Makeup ... thousands of products and brands and one person, you.
Sounds complicated right? What to choose? How to apply makeup? What is the best for you and your skin type or facial features?
Let's start talking a bit about the term "makeup" and its history.
The term "makeup" can have many different meanings depending on the context. Makeup can refer to both physical cosmetics applied to the body and the act of such application. The beauty industry is worth billions of euros and is full of artists and brands, both frequently praised and criticized by users.
The use of makeup can be dated to one of the oldest societies, the Egyptians, back to 6000 BC Both men and women in Egypt were known to create and use facial makeup made with natural resources. At the beginning of the XNUMXth century, makeup was considered "somewhat questionable" and the middle classes, in particular, viewed makeup as "something unacceptable in educated society that remained in the realm of prostitutes and actresses."
During the women's suffrage movement, women took back makeup and spoke out against these stigmata using the red lipstick, that became a symbol of strength, power and freedom during the suffrage movement (I used to always have a sexual undertone).
Later, with the emergence of Hollywood, high fashion and glamor, makeup began to increase in use and popularity. From movie stars to models, makeup began to be used to enhance beauty and was marketed to the masses.
Today, makeup is unquestionably normal. Every year more products appear, more color combinations that encourage us to try, play with them, experiment, and find the products that favor us and highlight our natural beauty.
In theory it sounds good, but how do we do? Do we have to spend a lot of money to buy countless products to experiment at home?
This should not be so. It is true that trends change every year, but if we follow the basic steps we will not have to spend a fortune on thousands of products, just to test to see if they work or not for us.
Not all of us have to be great at the art of makeup (for this there are makeup artists) but if we follow a couple of simple rules, we can be our own artist.
The first basic "rule" is to apply makeup in a way that looks "natural", that can easily outline your features. The idea is to get a chic look, not loaded. Opt for makeup that you can use both day and night, that make you look stylish, highlight your features and beautify your face.
To show off your real and natural beauty, the makeup should be simple, not excessive. Try to highlight her features harmoniously.
Remember, the ideal makeup routine doesn't reveal itself overnight, so you don't have to worry about getting it right the first time.
First and most important step: Clean and hydrate the skin. The skin is your canvas ... a clean canvas, ready to receive all the chromatic harmony. Do not forget to hydrate it with a product suitable for your skin type.
This will help a lot Step 2: The makeup base.
Try to use a foundation that matches your natural skin so your makeup looks flawless. Take your time choosing your base shade. Try it on the neck, leave it for a couple of minutes and observe it in natural light. If the color blends perfectly with your natural tone, you've found the winner. Now, our tone changes according to the weather, so you should repeat the same step according to the season.
Also, take a good look at the ingredients, choose non-comedogenic products, without much alcohol, silicones. That is, choose products with natural ingredients. In time your skin will thank you.
An example of light, non-comedogenic bases that give a natural and healthy appearance to the skin are the Just Free Skin Foundation by Bell Hypoallergenic or the Bell My EveryDay Makeup Foundation.
As a trick to be able to use a base that you have in your collection but that is too light or dark, is to mix a dark tone with a light one until you get a tone that is similar or very close to your natural tone.
Another trick is to mix the foundation with a little powder for more coverage and duration.
Step 3: The concealer for dark circles
This step is very important if you have dark circles or if you want to cover certain imperfections.
Go for a concealer that is slightly lighter than the shade of your foundation.
Apply it with your fingers and spread it over the entire face until it is even.
Step 3: the powder
It is a very important step to seal the concealer and foundation, and also to control excess sebum throughout the day. You can opt for Compact Powders or Loose Powders.
Also if you have excess sebum and / or acne, a highly recommended powder to control this excess sebum is Matifying Powder 4 Matte de Miyo by Pierre René Professional .
A 2-in-1 product, to seal the makeup base but also to protect your skin is the hypoallergenic powder with sun protection factor SPF 50.
In order not to worry about looking for a suitable tone for your skin type, transparent loose powders are highly recommended, which do not add color. Just seal your foundation and control the appearance of shine throughout the day. An example is the Transparent Finish Powder by MIYO by Pierre Rene Professional.
Step 4: eye makeup
After preparing the skin, applying the primer, the foundation, the concealer and the powder, it is the turn of the eyes. Here, the most important thing is the look of the eyebrows - they can radically change the overall look.
So, a lot of patience. You can choose an eyebrow pencil, powder, gel or pomade, but the most important thing of all is the color. Use a color 1 or 2 shades lighter than your hair color. Comb your eyebrows very well, try to draw hair with hair and not make a straight line, comb again and at the end seal the hairs with a transparent wax for eyebrows or with an eyebrow gel.
For eyelid makeup, beginners are recommended to use colors nudes, earth colors, in daily makeup. Apply the darker color to the ends of the lids to create the effect of depth, blend very well and apply a lighter or iridescent color to the inner tip of the eye.
With the colors you can play until over time you can create more complicated looks, but as a general note, blur is the key word.
Eyeliner is another impossible mission for many of us. Even the most seasoned people can have their days when they just can't get out of hand, so don't worry. Start by lining the edge of the upper lids with a black or brown color (for a more natural look). At first you can go for pencils as they are easier to use.
At the end, apply a little mascara (mascara) to give volume / lengthening and depth to your look and your eyes are ready!
Step 5: The blush or blush and the bronzing powder
They are used to highlight the cheekbones, contour the structure of the face and, of course, prevent paleness.
You need a thick brush. To use the blush correctly ... smile! Yes, you read that correctly, smile, and with the brush apply the blush on the prominent side of the face.
Adopt the "fish mouth" to apply the bronzer in the hollows that form in the cheeks.
Blurs everything very, very well. As a tip, apply a little product at first and then more if necessary.
Step 6: lips
Here it depends a lot on the rest of the makeup. If you have chosen a very natural eye makeup, you can use a more daring color such as red or more intense colors.
If you want a natural look, or your eyes already have intense makeup, you can opt for a lip balm or gloss or a lipstick with a natural and matte (or nude) color.
Also, and very helpful to draw the contour of the lips is lipstick. Don't forget to apply it all over the lip, not just the contour.
Step 7: Spray to seal the makeup
Makeup sealing sprays are used to lengthen the duration of the makeup, or to control sebum. They are applied approximately six inches apart, after you have finished all the makeup on your face, with your eyes closed.
I know there are many steps and details, but it's actually simple: prep skin, apply primer, foundation, concealer (if necessary), sealing powder, eyebrow color, eyes (you can quickly apply a color Matte all over the eyelid or just the ends and the inner part of the eyes with a highlighter), liquid eyeliner (if you want), mascara, a little blush and bronzer powder, a balm, gloss or a matte lipstick , and in 5-10 minutes you are ready to go.
And don't forget ... play, experiment. It's not going to be perfect at first, but this is the nice part. When you finally find that eyeliner line or that look of eyes that you want so much and that you see on YouTube or Instagram, the satisfaction is maximum.
I invite you to leave me in your comments, how is your makeup routine? What is that product without which you cannot leave your house?