Simple Makeup for Beginners
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If you don’t wear a lot of makeup but want to start including a few simple essentials into your routine, this post is for you.
I love makeup, I love a multistep process, and I love experimenting with so many different things. And since I do the leg work for you, I can tell you that these recommendations are really perfect for a makeup newbie.
The very first product I would suggest that you purchase is concealer. Even if you never wear foundation, and don’t plan to, the simple act of adding a bit of concealer under the eyes, around the edges of the nose, and perhaps on any dark spots or blemishes, can make your entire face look rested and fresh. It’s very common for me to skip foundation on the weekends, or in the summertime, and just hit my under eyes and blemishes with a bit of concealer.
My holy grail concealer is NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, but if you’re looking for a lower price point, the Milani Conceal + Perfect is pretty close! I have yet to find a drugstore-level concealer that blows me away, but I admit that I have, sometimes, impossibly high standards.
The video will demonstrate the simple steps of this quick and easy, minimal makeup look. You can find a few helpful pointers below as well!
SIMPLE AND EASY Makeup Recommendations:
Bronzer: Physician’s Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer ($13.29)
Concealer: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ($30), Milani Conceal + Perfect ($8.49), Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment ($7.99)
A few helpful tips:
-stick to a radiant or glowing finish instead of matte. Why? It’ll look MOST like skin, which is likely what you’re used to seeing!
-sheer makeup may leave you wondering, “what is the point?” but you’d be amazed at how some sheer tinted moisturizers or sheer foundations do just the right amount of balancing without leaving your face feeling like it’s caked in makeup.
-you can use your fingers for a lot of makeup application, but if you are applying blush or bronzer, I highly recommend using a brush, even for cream products! A brush really allows you to seat the product on your face and control where it goes versus fingers which may spread it out and leave it splotchy.
-a lot of times the cream blush can be used on the lips as well.
-if you’re going to keep your makeup light, steer away from black eyeliner. It’ll likely be too harsh and can make your eyes look smaller in some cases. Go with a soft brown (no matter what your eye color) or even a mushroom/taupe color. You may even find an eyebrow pencil in a soft taupe shade that would look extremely natural as eyeliner on the upper lid.
-skip mascara on the lower lashes for a modern, open-eyed look
-bronzer is optional!
–Real Techniques makes brushes and sponges that work VERY well and come at a comfortable price point.