(Closed) Learning how to do makeup properly

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
3569 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

If you have a Sephora around you, you can go there and have them show you what to do.  That was how I learned!

Post # 4
326 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Bainise2013:  you tube, you tube, you tube and some really good makeup brushes..They have so much tutorials on any kind of makeup look you want.. Smokey eyes, natural makeup, bronze makeup, wedding makeup etc. 


Post # 5
8682 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Bainise2013:  I would start with YouTube

just search for whatever things you want to learn and find people who you like that apply in a way that you can copy it and you like how their makeup looks. I learned a lot off of YT.


look at pixiewoo and makeupgeek (2 that I like)


Post # 7
823 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Bainise2013:  YouTube! Look up Carli Bybel and Jaclyn Hill. They look AMAZING and their videos are such good tools for learning. 

Post # 8
1006 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Youtube.  Try to find someone with a similar complexion to yours- it will help when it comes to choosing colors (not necessarily for exact match products like foundation, but for more general colors like eyeshadow/bronzer/maybe blush).  Most makeup gurus will talk about their skin types as well, so if you have a similar skin type you can guess that their products might be a good bet for you.  

I also really like http://www.youtube.com/user/gossmakeupartist– his videos are SUPER to the point- while a lot of the girls will talk for 5 minutes about their life/product/ideas for future videos/etcetcetcetc and I’m like.. get to the point already! His video on ways to apply blush helped me out a lot- I like the v method best on myself.  It’s weird to watch a guy put makeup on himself but his advice is sound.  

If you’re planning to buy makeup, get a (free w/purchase of $50) consult at Sephora first.  Check yelp to see if anyone has recommended anyone at your local store- some of the people are good (from what I’ve heard) and some are probably useless.  

Do you have brushes?  I like Real Techniques a lot- vegan and pretty cheap while still nice quality.  They work fine for powdered makeup too, even though some people say natural hair is better.  To get eye makeup to last, use primer (can’t recommend one- I have so far been too cheap to try the high end ones and had an allergy to the drugstore one).  Set creams and liquid eyeliners with powder.  Use transparent, not colored, setting powder to set your whole face.  I am lusting over the Alison Raffaele transparent powder right now.  I think some brands also make a setting spray for your whole face, but I haven’t used it.  

Also, for eye makeup eye shape matters for placement of the different shades (either to enhance the eye or to avoid making it look bad).  The traditional crease/lid/browbone thing apparently doesn’t work for all eyeshapes.  I have not mastered this myself, but google for eye shape eyeshadow techniques and pick out the ones for your eye shape.  

Also, learn about contouring and highlighting (to make cheekbones pop/face slimmer) and practice it- and then ask people how you look and see if they say “what is wrong with your face”.  If they do- you used too much or it’s too dark.  I am terrible at this haha, but the people who can do it look amazing.  Look at Kim Kardashian, maskara blog, and I believe there’s a c&h tutorial by one of the bee bloggers.  

Post # 10
249 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Youtube is a great source. But You can also go to your local library and get some books on how to apply makeup by some pro makeup artists! Thats how I learned when I was in High School. GOOD LUCK!

some great books:

Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual: For Everyone from Beginner to Pro by Bobbi Brown

Making Faces by Kevyn Aucoin

 Face Forward by Kevyn Aucoin


Post # 11
634 posts
Busy bee

The MOST important thing as you start out, period, is figuring out your eye shape.

I went through nearly a decade of ghoulishly bad make up I would immediately scrub off before I sat down and learned that I had hooded eyes and that made my make up sit incredibly different.


DO pick up brushes. Those little sponges on a stick that come with your make up are shit. Throw them all out. Buy cheap brushes at your local pharmacy or similar general market and make sure they are soft to the touch.


Eyeshadow is a misleading term. You will be using pigments to shadow AND hilight your eyes.

Post # 12
32 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

Pretty much every department store makeup counter I’ve ever heard of offers free makeup application with purchase. Mac, Clinique, Laura Mercier etc. etc. Go to your local department store and ask around at the makeup counters!

Post # 15
6105 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

Tanya Burr and Jaclyn Hill on YouTube are great!

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