If you’re a beginner in the world of makeup and beauty, it can be intimidating. I’ve been there, and I know how scary it feels to have no idea what to do next. That’s why I put together this step-by-step guide for how to apply makeup: so that beginners like me don’t have to feel like they’re fumbling around in the dark anymore. It’s all about finding your favorite products (and figuring out which ones work best for you), following their instructions, and practicing until you get it right!
Before applying any makeup, wash your face.
Before applying any makeup, wash your face. This will remove any dirt or oil that may be on your skin and give you a clearer canvas for application. If you’re using a cleanser that doesn’t have alcohol in it, I would recommend using an exfoliating mask as well to cleanse pores and prep them for the next step.
When applying foundation, use a light hand when applying it around areas like the bridge of your nose or around eyes (where it might look too heavy).
Apply moisturizer to your face and let it soak in.
The first step is to apply moisturizer to your face. This will help keep it hydrated, which will make makeup application easier. Moisturizer also makes your skin look smoother and more supple, as well as making it less prone to dryness and irritation in general.
Apply moisturizer to clean skin by patting it on with hands or a beauty sponge (a tool that resembles a sponge but has small holes). Let the product soak in for at least five minutes before applying any foundation or concealer (which are still part of this process).
Use primer before foundation.
- You should use primer before foundation.
- The purpose of a primer is to help makeup stay in place and keep it from creasing or fading throughout the day. It can also help with redness, acne, dry skin and other problems that may be caused by the weather or your lifestyle. If you have oily skin or are prone to breakouts (or both), a good primer will be especially helpful as it helps trap oil at the surface of your face so that it doesn’t seep into pores which causes irritation and pimples on top of any existing breakouts.*
- When applying your base/foundation, make sure that there’s no excess product left under either side of your nose because this can cause inflammation in those areas where there are usually more wrinkles than elsewhere on our faces.”
Apply concealer under your eyes and anywhere that needs coverage.
To cover blemishes and dark spots, use a concealer that matches your skin tone. You can also apply it to the under eye area first and then blend out any excess with a damp beauty blender.
- Apply concealer under your eyes and anywhere else you need coverage; this will give you instant results!
- Use small amounts of product—a tiny dot is all you need per eye (about the size of a penny).
- Apply lightly with fingertips or an applicator brush.
Use a damp beauty blender or fluffier brush to apply foundation.
To apply foundation, first place a damp beauty blender or fluffier brush on your face. This will help you get a more even application of product and avoid any streaks of makeup. Be sure to use a makeup sponge, rather than wet fingers, when applying your foundation so it doesn’t smudge throughout the day.
There are two ways to apply foundation: with an eye shadow brush or by hand (if you don’t have any sponges). For beginners who want something easy but still effective at covering up imperfections without looking like clowns all day long, I recommend using an eye shadow brush instead of directly applying the product directly onto their face with their hands because this will make sure that everything looks smooth and even from start to finish!
Start with a powder or setting spray to set your foundation.
Setting your foundation is a crucial step in applying makeup. If you have oily skin, powder may be best for you; if dry, setting spray will be more effective. The goal of both powders and sprays is to keep the oil from seeping into your pores and creating an uneven appearance on your face. They also help make sure that any excess oil doesn’t clump together at the surface of your skin—which can happen without fail when using liquid foundations!
Setting spray can also double as an eye shadow primer; just mist it lightly over each lid before applying any other products (like mascara). This will prevent creasing throughout the day so that you’ll look fresh no matter how long those 10 cups of coffee add up to this morning!
Start using bronzer around the edges of your face and blend up toward the center.
Now that you have the basics down, it’s time to start applying bronzer.
First, apply a small amount of bronzer around the edges of your face and blend up toward the center. This will help create some definition in those areas by adding warmth and dimension. Don’t overdo it! Just use enough so that you can make out some details but not too much where they look like they’re painted on or unnatural looking (like if they’re too dark).
Next up: apply foundation!
Use a fluffy blush brush to apply blush along the apples of your cheeks.
Use a fluffy blush brush to apply blush along the apples of your cheeks.
- Blending: Blush should be applied in small amounts, using gentle pressure and sweeping motions. You can always add more as needed, but try not to blend out too much at once; this will make your skin look flat rather than smooth and natural.
- Applying with Your Fingers: If you want to use your fingers instead of a brush (or if you’re just not feeling confident), go ahead! Just be sure that whatever product you use is light enough so as not to make it look like there’s still product underneath—that said isn’t exactly how things work when applying makeup by hand anyway!
Highlight above your cheekbones and blend up into your forehead and temples to give your face a brighter look.
To highlight above your cheekbones, use a light-colored powder or bronzer and swirl it into the hollows of your cheeks. The best way to blend up from these highlights is by using a damp makeup sponge (or fingers) and sweeping it across the tops of your cheekbones, then blending with either brush or sponge again. This will give you a brightened look that’s perfect for summer!
If you prefer not to apply blush directly on top of foundation, try using a lighter shade like champagne instead—it’ll add just enough color to create depth without being too obvious about it being there.
Keep it simple with just mascara, eyeliner, or skip eye makeup all together.
You don’t have to spend hours getting ready.
If you’re not sure what to do with your face, try just eyeliner or mascara. If you want more of a dramatic look, go for something like winged eyeliner or cat eyes (these are two different things). The point is that if it’s too much for beginners, then skip it and come back later when you’ve improved your skills!
Finish up with a matte or hydrating lip color.
Now that you’ve finished your face, it’s time to finish up with a matte or hydrating lip color. A lip liner will help make your lips look more defined, especially if you’re using a bold shade like red or purple. If you’re not sure where to begin with finding the perfect shade for you, check out our guide here!
Lip balms are another great option when it comes to adding hydration and shine without adding too much moisture—just make sure that whatever color product you choose has SPF in it (as well as staying power).
Learn how to apply makeup like a pro at home with these helpful tips
To get started, you’ll need to wash your face. Don’t skip this step! After washing, apply moisturizer to your face and let it soak in for five minutes before applying primer or foundation. If you’re using a cream base (like BB cream), use an even amount of product on each side of your face so that there’s no visible streakiness when it dries down.
Next up is concealer: Apply this around any dark spots under your eyes and directly onto any blemishes or areas where concealer won’t cover up everything in its path. Finally, apply foundation over everything else—it should be applied with an even hand rather than dabbing at individual areas; otherwise problems like lines will show up more easily as they age over time (and we don’t want that!). Let this dry before applying powder if needed; otherwise just blot away any excess liquid from underneath).
We hope you enjoyed the tutorial and learned a lot about how to apply makeup for beginners! If you have any more questions or comments, please leave them in the comments below.
How to apply makeup FAQ
How do you do basic makeup for beginners?
To apply makeup as a beginner, start by washing your face and applying a moisturizer, to make sure your skin is hydrated. Dab small dots of a light foundation across your face with your finger and use a brush to blend the foundation evenly across your skin. Next, apply concealer to any blemishes.
Which makeup type is best?
HD makeup is gentle and suitable for all skin types. Airbrush makeup is a good choice for clients with oily skin, and it’s also a quicker process overall. HD makeup gives a natural-looking, flawless finish that all clients desire.