I’m back with part two of the Makeup Guide series, which I have created to help all those that are just starting on their makeup path. If you click here you can read part one of the series.
Preparing the skin
Assuming that you’re applying your makeup in the morning, you, first of all, wash your face with a special cleanser/soap or whatever. Then the second step is to rebalance your PH levels by using a toner (using a toner also depends on your cleanser, it’s not a mandatory step but it can do wonders in your skin routine). The last step is to hydrate, which is crucial!
If you want to apply your makeup during the day, you don’t have to wash your face because excessively washing it can damage the skin, but you can use makeup remover, micellar water or a toner to clean out all the impurities you’ve gathered during the day. Even if you’ve hydrated in the morning you should still repeat this step, a hydrated skin will look 100 times better no matter what products you use. I’ve learned this the hard way! Don’t forget that having oily skin does not mean the skin is properly hydrated.
Primers can do many things, there are some that hydrate, some that fill in pores, some that cover redness, some that give the final look a dewy finish., etc. You can apply foundation without a primer but in my opinion, if you want your foundation to look good a primer is a must. Personally, I’m a huge fan of hydrating primers, especially the one from Too Faced, it’s a bit pricy but it makes the foundation melt into the skin. It has a sticky texture which is not a bad thing when it comes to primers. If you have large pores you can apply a pore filling primer in the areas where your pores are especially big and on the rest of the face apply the hydrating primer, at least that’s what I’ve been doing lately.
I usually don’t use a pore filling primer because I consider them to be a bit too hard on the skin for everyday use. Filling in your pores daily with a silicone based primer can clog them up and cause acne, so considering I already have bad skin, I prefer a lighter, more natural primer. But again, it’s a matter of preference and skin type, most people have no problems with pore fillers, others can’t completely clean them off without a good scrub.
Hydrating primer – Too Faced Hangover, I know it’s not an affordable drugstore primer but I really haven’t found YET another one that can compare.
Pore filling primer – Catrice Prime and Fine
The most important part of any makeup is the foundation. So, how do you choose the right foundation for you? First of all, you test the shade on your mandible, on the side of your face blending it into the face and neck, that way you can see if it matches your neck and face tone. If you have a huge difference of colour between your face and neck you can, for example, choose a foundation that is a happy medium between the two and blend it out, or choose the shade of your face but get ready to apply foundation to your neck EVERY DAY! Because I have a neck that’s whiter than my face and I’m too lazy to apply foundation to my neck and decolletage every day, I usually go for a foundation that’s lighter than my face but it’s the same shade as my neck. #lazywitch
Try to pat the foundation into the skin to make it look natural and healthy, you can best do that either with your fingers or with a sponge.
Witch’s recommendation: Anything from Catrice
Conceal, don’t feel! Sorry, I just remembered that annoying Frozen song that gets stuck in my head on a regular basis. So, concealer isn’t mandatory, but it helps if you have stubborn dark circles, spots or pimples that won’t get covered easily by your daily foundation. A concealer should be one or two shades lighter than your skin, and you should not apply it to the shape of your dark circles but in a large triangle, like you’ve probably seen online, and blend it out into the foundation. To give that natural glow to the skin you can also apply it on the forehead, on the centre of the nose, over the upper lip and on the chin and bleeend.
Now you’re probably wondering about colour correcting, you know, those purple, pink, green concealers. We’re going to talk about these another time because I don’t want to write a novel over here.
Witch’s recommendation: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer
All wet products (foundation, concealer, anything creamy) must be dried/set with a dry product. So we set concealer and foundation with powder. It will help your makeup last longer and it absorbs the oil from your skin, helping you get less oily during the day.
In the summer, when it’s really hot, for example, I use a light layer of foundation like you would use a BB/CC Cream. Because I know I’ll sweat an abnormal amount, I sometimes don’t powder my entire face, only under my eyes where I have to set my concealer so it doesn’t crease. It’s the only time when I don’t powder everything. Powder is important because it sets everything in place and represents a good base for powder contour, blush and highlight. If there isn’t powder between the foundation and contour/blush/highlight these become harder to blend because the product will directly stick to the foundation.
Witch’s recommendation: Rimmel London Match Perfection Loose Powder
If you apply only foundation and concealer your face will look flat because it’s all very uniform. Now, I’m not saying you should shave off the last 10 visits to McDonald’s with contouring, but you could use it to bring back life to your face and accentuate your natural cheekbones, maybe make a long forehead look smaller, whatever you desire to emphasize or play down.
Go with powder contour at first, it’s a lot more beginner friendly than cream contour.
Witch’s recommendation: Any bronzer from Makeup Revolution that doesn’t contain shimmery particles.
Not a big fan of blush, so let’s get over this real fast. You smile and apply a small amount to your cheeks, and blend in large circle movements, blending it towards the sides of your face. I recommend going with powder because like I’ve said before, powder is more forgiving, you need to unlock expert mode for cream.
Witch’s recommendation: If you want to catch three rabbits with one spell, you can get the Makeup Revolution Ultra Sculpt & Contour Kit which has a contour shade, a blush one and a highlight.
Yaaaas! This is my favourite part! I want to shimmer like a disco ball! I think the quality of a highlighter is determined by how shimmery it is, not glittery but shimmery. When I can see huge chunks of glitter in it, then for me it’s a cheap-bad highlighter, not a cheap-good one. You can highlight naturally by using concealer lighter than your foundation, but I like to add a shimmery one on top. You can apply it on the centre of your nose, highest point of your cheekbones, on your Cupid’s bow, chin and forehead if you want to make your forehead look bigger.
You don’t necessarily have to buy a highlighter in order to highlight. You can use a shimmery eyeshadow in a champagne shade, or anything that might look good on the skin.
Witch’s recommendation: Solstice Highlighting palette from Sleek, or again, basically almost any highlighter from Makeup Revolution
The last step is to set everything with a makeup setting spray. DON’T USE HAIRSPRAY! That shit will damage your skin in the long run. It’s not a necessary step but it can help your makeup look good for a longer time. Most of the time I honestly forget to set my own makeup and I can’t say it’s a tragic occurrence, but if you’re looking for a long lasting effect you might want to get one.
Witch’s recommendation: e.l.f. Studio Makeup Mist & Set, Nyx Setting Spray