Before adding colors and all, it’s important to read the face for application. This involves cleaning, moisturizer, primer, concealer, foundation and powder to name a few products. Applying these takes a bit of knowledge which is why tutorials are awesome, but here are some basic instructions to get going.
Clean the Face
Wash the face with a gentle cleanser, then pat dry (don’t rub) with a clean towel. There are many exfoliation cleansers that contain micro-beads that will buff the skin and leave it smooth and ready for makeup application. Many will wipe the face with a cotton ball that’s been dipped in the toner, this makes pores appears smaller.
Apply a Good Moisturizer
When it comes to choosing a moisturizer, one will quickly find there are more options than they imagined. Choose one that is good for the skin type and with no unnatural additives. There are oily, dry and combination types for the various skin conditions. Apply it gently in a circular motion, all over the face.
Some prefer a tinted moisturizer that covers the use of both lotion and primer, or foundation. This option gives the face a lighter feel.
Use Primer and/or Concealer
Not everyone uses primer, but makeup tutorials say it gives a smooth and perfect finish if the wearer has very deep pores. Primers also help keep makeup on the skin longer. They come in different types, some cut redness and others are a matte finish.
Concealer is perfect for hiding any blemishes, discolorations and also the under-eye circles that many have. It should match the chosen foundation but be a shade or two lighter. It should also be gently applied in a circular, tapping motion. Makeup tutorials recommend using an applicator or a brush so one isn’t tempted to rub the skin. Cover blemishes, and those dreaded under-eye circles. Quickly patting powder over concealer keeps it from cracking or wrinkling.
· For pimples – use a green tint
· For dark circles – use yellow or orange tint
· For yellow skin tones, choose a lilac colored concealer
Match the Skin Tone
It’s best to shop for foundation that offers samples, and by placing a spot of the makeup near the jaw line one can tell if they have gotten the best match. There are companies that sell foundations to go with warm, neutral and cool undertones. For anyone who is purchasing a foundation from one of these companies, be sure that the right undertone and skin tone is chosen.
Makeup tutorials advise of these tips to help decide the undertone:
· Those who have purple or blue veins have a cool undertone.
· Those who have greenish veins have a warm undertone.
· If it’s hard to decide, then it’s likely a neutral undertone.
There are many ways foundation can be applied and coverage is dependent upon what the foundation is applied with. Makeup tutorials will tell their audience that beauty blenders are the best, though foundation brushes and sponges work well too. Many just use their fingers.
Start at the nose, and work out on the bridge of the nose, chin and cheeks. Blend outwardly and don’t forget the jaw line, neck and forehead or there will be a visible line that is more than unattractive.
Apply a Light Powder
Makeup tutorials advise choosing a powder that matches the skin tone. The powder brush should be swirled in it and any extra powder should be blown off. Begin at the nose, then forehead and cheeks. Powder helps set the foundation and give a finished look.