It’s easy to bend rules in makeup but if you want to know how to apply makeup like a professional, then this post is for you.
There a lot of different ways to apply makeup to anyone, some people go full coverage and really detailed and drawn on, and some like to go easier showing a more natural finish. In the professional makeup artist’s world, application depends on what is necessary. Today, I’m going to give you some tips and tutorials of how to apply makeup for a beauty concept, which is what most of us do anyway.
I mentioned beauty concept because there are different looks that we can look into like avant-garde, theatrical, high fashion, and all these other things, but I think so far, what most of us want to do is to create a flawless beauty look for the day or night.
Amazing Tips on How To Apply Makeup Like A Pro
Take note that while professional makeup artistry calls for creativity and thinking outside the box, there are many times that I find myself actually staying inside the box to create looks that certain situations call for, Like a party, an everyday makeup look, a wedding, etc. So this is what I have in mind.
How To Apply Makeup: Foundation
Contrary to popular belief, a foundation does not need to be full coverage all the time it only needs to cover certain areas that like redness, pimple spots, and the likes. The important thing to note is color matching and even application. A Natural-looking foundation starts with good skin care and applying less on the face. Blending it out evenly also helps to create a flawless finish.
This video by professional makeup artist Mathias Alan, shows you how to apply makeup like a pro.
How to Apply Makeup: Blush
I can forego anything except for blush. On days when I’m in a hurry I never step out of the house without a cheek tint, blush immediately gives your face a healthy looking radiance about it, taking away the dullness on the skin. So it’s important to know how to put blush on your face shape. Depending on how you apply it, it can make your face look longer, narrower, or even bigger. Take a look at this face chart for example.
As a professional makeup artist, I’ve found that applying a cream blush under a powder blush helps in the longevity of the makeup. So I would normally dab and blend a cream blush first and then I brush over a sheer wash of iridescent blusher like Nars Orgasm for a more glowy, healthy looking skin. Make sure the cream blush and the powder blush match.
So if you’re going for a natural healthy glow, peach and pinks work well together.
Mauves and browns create more depth to the cheeks and I would apply this more along the outer perimeter of the cheek area above where I would normally contour.
Apricot and champagne colors together create beautiful cheek dimensions which I would apply on the cheek bone area sweeping down to the apples. For additional information check out some of these cream blushers that you can use.
How to Apply Makeup: Eyeshadow
Knowing how to apply makeup, in this case, eyeshadow takes practice. I find that the more I put makeup on myself or on others, the better I get at it. There are a lot of different eyeshadow products and it can be difficult to know how to apply makeup if you haven’t got the slightest clue on how to use them.
But for basics, this video by Daniella Mansutti shows you how to create a very basic and simple eyeshadow look just like how pros do it.
How To Apply Makeup: Liquid Lipstick
It’s all about liquid lipsticks these days and if you have a hard time knowing how to apply makeup such as a liquid lip product then you’re missing out on the fun. It’s a good thing I have this tutorial ready for you.
How To Apply Makeup: Eyebrows
Eyebrows can make or break your look. If you know how to apply makeup but doesn’t know how to do your eyebrows properly, then you need to learn how to do it.
Eyebrows generally start where your inner corners start, but depending on how narrow you want your nose to look, you can fade the product towards the nose area closer to each other. As a general rule, your eyebrows can create an illusion of a narrower nose or a wider nose, depending on how far or close they are.
When applying an eyebrow product always start with the arch area just because the application seems to be darker the first time you put the product on.
This video by MakeupbySaz will show you how to correctly fill your eyebrows like a pro.
How To Apply Makeup: Undereye Concealer
This makeup application is often forgotten when doing everyday makeup, but you should know that this is one of the most important things to do if you want to look fresh. Creasing is the number 1 enemy for undereye concealing. I struggled with this problem so many times but really the trick is simple; apply a thin layer of you favorite undereye concealer (mine is Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer) if that’s enough then add another layer. Remember do not go overboard because believe me this will cause your concealer to crease and to cake, one or two layers of concealer will do. After that, you have to set it with a setting powder (I use RCMA No Color Powder). That’s it and you’re good to go! Oh, one more thing, you probably see tons of tutorial where they apply undereye concealer in an inverted triangle position, you would want to copy that because it creates an illusion of lift and it brightens the center of your face.
How To Apply Makeup: False Lashes
I love Mila Kunis’ eyelashes! She’s my number 1 peg when it comes to beautiful, fluttery lashes! However, not everyone is blessed with those long and curly lashes that is why boxes of falsies are staples to my kit. It’s one thing to apply falsies to someone and another if you have to apply it to yourself. You just need four products, though, tweezers, pocket mirror, eyelash glue and your falsies (I love using Cherry Lashes). Hold your falsies with your tweezers, place your pocket mirror on your palm or on a flat surface lower than your position. Apply glue to your falsies and let it sit for around 10-15 seconds then look down to your mirror then apply your falsies! Read this article for a detailed tutorial.
How To Apply Makeup: Contouring
Kim Kardashian may have made this technique popular nowadays but believe me, contouring has been around for as long as I can remember. Kevyn Aucoin is the creator of this cult makeup technique. When you say contouring, though, it automatically means you sculpt and highlight. Sculpting is creating shadows to the areas of your face or even your body that you want to recede, in short, you push those areas away. Meanwhile, highlighting is when you pull areas on your face or body that you want to put focus on. For a more natural contouring, it’s best that you use cream products, powder contouring products, on the other hand, will appear more pronounced, best for pictorials or for night time events. There’s only one key technique to contouring and that is blending! Whatever you do you have to make sure that there will be no visible or harsh lines on your face. Everything should look seamless and you’ll be able to do that if you blend patiently.
This video from Kandee Johnson provides great hacks and MUA secrets for perfect makeup application:
Knowing how to apply makeup may be daunting to a lot of first-timers, but it’s a good thing that you can just take it out when you don’t like it. Keep practicing and working on your makeup skills because it is a skill, you don’t just pick it up out of thin air and immediately know how to do it. Even professional makeup artists have to study and practice.
I hope these tutorials have helped you if you have other pro tips on how to apply makeup, write it in the comments section below; to really look the part, take a look at these cute holiday outfits you can wear!