makeup looks How to Apply Makeup for Beginners
A basic guide for putting things on the right way and in the right order.September 16, 2022
A basic guide for putting things on the right way and in the right order.September 16, 2022
When it comes to applying makeup like a pro, there isn’t one concrete way to do it 一 but there is a general order of application which will make things easy and more cohesive. And if you’re struggling to find a method that works for you, or you’re wondering how you can level up your makeup game, you’ve come to the right place.
Before applying makeup, it’s important to prep your skin to create an even base. So, be sure to complete your skin care routine before diving into makeup. That means you should always cleanse your skin and moisturize first (don’t forget your SPF). Once you’ve done that, you want to apply a primer.
Face primers are great for creating an even base for your makeup. If you have dry skin, go for a luminous primer, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Lock Makeup Primer, which adds glow to the skin without feeling heavy. If you tend to get oily throughout the day, try the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Lock Makeup Primer which mattifies the skin while creating a blurred effect.
Once your skin is cleansed, moisturized and primed, it’s time for the complexion products. Keep reading to see the best order of application.
Foundation is among the few makeup essentials that you don’t want others to see, meaning it’s supposed to look just like your skin but better. So be sure to choose a formula that suits your specific needs. Also be sure to choose a shade that matches your skin tone and undertones. If you’re buying online, make sure you examine the foundation swatches of your preferred pick or you use a virtual try-on tool to get the best shade match.
For example, if you have oily skin, you may want to consider using a matte foundation, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24H Fresh Wear in a Powder. Its breathable and weightless formula completely evens out your skin tone while staying put for up to 24 hours. Plus, it’s waterproof and sweatproof, so you won’t have to worry about touch-ups throughout the day. Grab a foundation brush and sweep the soft formula over your face until you have even coverage in the build you desire.
If you have dry skin, consider using a liquid foundation, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible 24 Hour Fresh Wear Foundation, Lightweight. The thin liquid formula provides buildable, full- coverage and creates an even complexion that doesn’t look cakey. Use a damp makeup blender, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, when applying liquid foundation to get even and natural-looking coverage. Wet the blender and squeeze it until it’s slightly damp, then bounce and roll it over your complexion to buff in the product.
Foundation does a great job of evening out the complexion, but concealer can target any stubborn imperfections. There are two types of concealer you may want to use when you’re figuring out how to do makeup but this can make the matter of where to apply concealer quite tricky. You can use an all-over concealer that helps to brighten and illuminate areas of your face, or you can use under-eye concealer to mask dark circles and fine lines. Of course, you can also opt to use both depending on your makeup needs.
If you have an all-over concealer, you can apply it under your eyes and over any blemishes or areas you want to brighten. For a full-coverage option, try the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Full Wear Concealer Waterproof, Full Coverage, which has a long wearing formula.
If you’re looking to cover up dark under-eye circles only and prefer a more lightweight option, try the L'Oréal Paris True Match Eye Cream in a Concealer, 0.5% hyaluronic acid. This multitasking product provides all day hydration that works to keep the eye area looking fresh and bright, thanks to its dose of hyaluronic acid.
Foundation and concealer are often used interchangeably but they have very different functions. Still, some wonder if you should apply foundation or concealer first. The standard rule of thumb says foundation should go on before concealer but TikTok hacks will have you thinking otherwise. When you’re just starting out, stick to the basics and graduate to more complex methods of application as you more skilled at applying your makeup.
Applying blush is a great way to add some color to your complexion and ensure your face doesn’t look one dimensional. Using a fluffy cheek brush, apply your color of choice at the apples of your cheeks and swipe up gently towards your temples to create a lifted look. We love the L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Radiant Satin Blush with Camellia Oil because the cream-to-powder formula is smooth, blendable and luminous without looking glittery.
Finish off your skin by adding some radiance to the high points of your cheeks with a highlighter. The L'Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glow Amour Glow Boosting Drops are great because you can pat the liquid fomula into your face with your fingertips for a more concentrated glow, or you can blend it out with a sponge to make the shimmer appear more understated.
If you’re working with a powder highlighter, grab a fan brush and gently sweep it across your cheeks, the bridge of your nose and other areas you’d like to highlight. If cream highlighter is more your thing or you have dry skin and prefer hydrating products, you can gently pat it into your skin using your fingers — the ring finger has the gentlest touch.
Now, it’s time to move on to the eyes — grab your eyebrow pencil, eyeshadow, mascara, and get ready to work.
If you have sparse brows, sculpt and define your eyebrows using the L'Oréal Paris UnbelievaBrow Longwear Waterproof Brow Gel. It’s an easy way to thicken thin, barely-there brows. First comb your natural brows with a dry spoolie so you can see what you’re working with. Then apply gel little by little, building it up as you need more until you get to the look you want.
If your brows are in pretty good shape and you just need to fill them in a bit and give them hold, use the L'Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Waterproof Eyebrow Mechanical Pencil. Use the slim pencil to create light strokes between your hairs. Then set them in place with a strong hold clear gel, like the L'Oréal Paris UnbelievaBrow Longwear Brow Topcoat, Waterproof Universal Transparent, which keeps the hairs tame all day without feeling hard or crunchy.
Before applying eyeshadow, add an eye primer or a matte concealer to your lids to make sure your eyeshadow has some staying power. When opting for a simple look, first apply color onto your lids with your fingers or a flat eyeshadow brush. Then, apply a mid-tone shade to your crease with a fluffy brush and place a dab of highlighter along your brow bone.
For a neutral eye makeup look, use the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Pocket Palette Eyeshadow in Boudoir Charme 一 it contains four neutral shades in varying depths to create natural definition on the eyes.
Interested in cream and liquid eyeshadows? Check out our article, How to Use Cream and Liquid Eyeshadows, for more details on how to make the most of these products.
It’s easiest to apply eyeliner before mascara and after eyeshadow. Trying to draw an even line in one stroke is difficult even with a pencil when you’re first starting out, so try taking it line by line. Then going back over it to connect the broken lines and make your line as thick as you want.
For a liner that you can smudge or keep looking sharp, reach for the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner 一 you can even use this eyeliner on your waterline (this technique is called tightlining) for added definition. If you prefer to use liquid eyeliner for an ultra-sharp look, try the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Grip Precision Felt Waterproof Eyeliner which has a fine tip for precise application. The type of liner you choose will likely be dictated by the look you’re going for so you may want to keep several formulas, finishes and colors in your arsenal.
Place the ultra-soft, wavy brush at the base of your lashes and comb through your lashes to the tip, sweeping up. Give it two coats for extra drama and add some mascara to your bottom lashes by wiggling the wand through those lashes vertically.
If you’re really ready to amp up the drama you can add some false lashes to your look after you apply mascara. Applying falsies isn’t as easy as it looks so you may need assistance. Consider our article, How to Apply False Eyelashes Like A Pro, your guide.
After you’ve finished your face and eye makeup, show your pout some love by swiping on a lip color.
Before you apply lipstick, use a lip liner to define your lip shape and to prevent color from bleeding, which happens when your lipstick runs or smudges outside of your lip lines. Using the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lip Liner in a shade that closely matches your lips or your lipstick color, draw a line the outer edges of your lips following their natural curve. Then shade in your lips with the color to give your lipstick a base.
Next, swipe on your lipstick. You can place the bullet or applicator directly on your lips and apply, starting from the center moving outward towards the corners of your mouth. Otherwise, use a lipstick brush to swipe the color on lightly, building it little by little.
With so many different colors and formulas available, the possibilities are seemingly endless. If you prefer a pigmented nude shade, go for the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Les Nus Intense Nude Lipstick. For a budge-proof, matte formula, you’ll love the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick. If you prefer a natural look with a hint of shine, the L'Oréal Paris Glow Paradise Balm-in-Lipstick with Pomegranate Extract is perfect for you.
Editor’s tip: If you’re going for a high-shine look you can always layer your lipstick with a nourishing lip gloss, like the L'Oréal Paris Glow Paradise Lip Balm-in-Gloss Pomegranate Extract. It comes in 12 buildable shades that provide a luminous look to the lips while moisturizing them with pomegranate extract.
After all your work, it’s essential to set your makeup to ensure that it stays in place and lasts throughout the day. Grab your setting spray and shake it well. Then hold the bottle eight to ten inches away from your face and spray in an “X” and “T” motion. Keep your eyes closed to avoid irritation.
We love the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray and Set Make-Up Oil-Free Setting Spray for this because it’s formulated to lock your makeup in place and prevent it from settling into lines.
If you are learning how to apply makeup to oily skin or used a liquid complexion product, you can also set it in place with a translucent powder, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Sweep & Lock Loose Setting Face Powder. Tap a fluffy face brush into the powder and sweep it onto the areas you want to set.
Playing in makeup is fun, but waking up with a breakout because you slept in your beloved look is not amusing to anyone. So it’s important that you remove your makeup before bed, every time. We know it’s sad to see all that work go away but don’t worry, now that you have the basics down you’ll get to practice more and experiment with several different looks.
To remove your makeup, use a facial cleanser or makeup remover that’ll tackle even waterproof mascara and other budge-proof formulas. The L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof - All Skin Types is the perfect companion for this. It uses tiny oil molecules to lift makeup, dirt, oil and other impurities up and away from the face.
Pour it onto a cotton round and swipe it onto your face. Then follow up with a gentle cream cleanser for a double cleanse that ensures that no traces of makeup make it into your beauty sleep.
Edited by: Shalwah Evans, Photo Credit: Chaunte Vaughn