Feeling the want (or need) to get into makeup but have no clue where to begin? Relax. We’ve got your back!
You never truly felt the need for makeup (because you’re just absolutely fabulous au naturel!) but you’re suddenly feeling the itch to start exploring cosmetics (and the Kardashians are rubbing off on you). But there is a mind-boggling array of products out on the market – and words like primer and Kabuki brush and BB cream are throwing you off.
Take a deep breath. Let us break down the basics for you, along with the purpose of each product. Here’s what every make-up newbie needs to have in their makeup kit:
Moisturiser ● Primer
First up – you need to prepare the “canvas” (a.k.a your face) for the great work of art. While moisturiser softens and hydrates the skin, primer prepares it for the foundation. Together, moisturiser and primer make the perfect base for makeup application and ensure that your makeup stays on all day.
Foundation ● Concealer
As mentioned, your face is the “canvas” that will be painted on – and so you’d want the canvas to appear as even-coloured as possible, meaning camouflaging imperfections such as dark spots, redness, blemishes. An even skin tone also enables other products (eg blush, concealer, highlighters) go on much more smoothly. And if you have dark circles, then a concealer will do its job by offsetting the natural shadows that occur under the eyes – and cover other skin imperfections.
Blush ● Bronzer ● Highlighter
It’s time to add a little healthy, rosy glow to your smooth, even-toned face with a classic blush – apply some to the apples of your cheeks. As far as bronzer and highlighter go, you’d want to put them on places your face naturally gets hit by the sun such as your nose, forehead and chin.
Eyebrow Pomade ● Spoolie Brush
Your eyebrows are one of the most important features on your face. Start by brushing your brows into place with a spoolie brush; brush up and away from your nose, so that all the hairs are laying the same direction. Then shape and fill in your eyebrows with the eyebrow pomade using an angled brush. Then use the spoolie again to even out the colour so that your eyebrows look as natural as possible.
A versatile eyeshadow palette offers a whole combination of hues for you to experiment with. First, sweep your favourite base shade on your eyelid using your eyeshadow brush. Then place a darker tone of shadow in the crease of the eye – this will make your eyes pop as it’d add depth and dimension in the right spot. Lastly close your eyes and blend across, smoothing out any hard lines.
Eyeliner and Mascara
The combo of eyeliner and mascara are a great albeit subtle way to call attention to the eyes, and it also helps make them appear bigger. There are three kinds of eyeliners – pencil, gel and liquid. The eyeliner pencil is the most common (and easiest), and is perfect for an everyday look. The gel, which comes in a pot and is applied with a brush, has a creamy consistency, so they glide effortlessly across the eyelid. The liquid liner is great for creating cat-eyes and other dramatic eye shapes – but also less forgiving if you make mistakes.
After you’re done with the eyeliner, it’s time to curl and coat those lashes. Grab the eyelash curler and pump up the lashes. Then, place the mascara wand against the base of your lashes and wiggle it back and forth a little. Pull the wand out toward the tips of your lashes with a zig-zag motion or another little wiggle.
Lip Liner ● Lipstick
A lipstick – especially bright coloured ones such as red – has the power to instantly uplift, boost your confidence and make you feel empowered, and sexy. The two essentials to have in your makeup kit would be a nude lipstick as well as a red lipstick – both super versatile, allowing you to go from work to the club. Before you apply your lipstick, however, line your lips with a lip liner; this would help prevent the colour from bleeding out or feathering. Choose a lip liner that’s the same shade as your lipstick, then outline the natural line of your lips to help make them look fuller. Lastly, swipe on the lipstick shade of your choice!