The perfect face of makeup should look easy, effortless, as if you #wokeuplikethis. But all you ladies who binge-watch makeup tutorials as much as you do Friends know that ‘effortless’ takes a whole lot of effort. Sure, it’s not rocket science, but much like any science, makeup follows a divine order. Here’s our fool-proof guide to layering makeup right with some of the best beauty goods in the biz’.
Apply a pea-sized amount of primer along the centre of your face, and gently massage it outward for even application.
1. First Base
For a bump-free base, use a beauty blending sponge and don’t forget your neck and lids. If you have oily skin, go oil-free.
2. Run for Cover!
Your body temperature slightly changes the concealer’s texture and colour, so give it a minute or two to settle before you blend it in and set it with powder.
3. Powder Please
To prevent it from looking cakey, apply powder with a big, fluffy brush instead of a powder puff. Oily skin types should go for something talc-based.
4. Smile and Swirl
Whether you’re applying it straight or angularly, make sure to always blend both ends so you can’t see where the color starts.
5. Bronze it, Baby!
Apply bronzer where the sun would normally hit your face: forehead, the bridge of your nose, temples, cheeks and chin.
6. Lip Service
Use lip liner to prevent bleeding before applying lipstick. To make it last longer, pack on powder before applying a second layer.
7. Ready, Set, Go
Hold this face primer at arm’s length, spritz over your face and wait for it to dry. Whatever you do, don’t rub it in!
A. Put a Lid on It
Work eye primer into the fine lines on your lids so that makeup doesn’t settle in in the creases.
B. Shadow Play
To amp up color on a bright, matte eyeshadow, use white eyeliner to make a thick band over your lid before you pack it on.
C. Line Dancing
To make sure your eyeliner doesn’t budge through the day, go over it with eyeshadow of the same color.
D. Flutter so Fly
To avoid gloop and clumps, gently roll the tip of your mascara wand over tissue. Then wiggle the wand over your lashes for a thick, wispy finish.
E. High Brow
When you’re filling in your brows, make sure to create defining lines with a pencil before filling them in, and work extra product out with a brush after.