With the rate at which makeup is gaining grounds, a lot of makeup products have been formulated to meet the constant and endless demand. The whole art of makeup is a fascinating one, as you can either accentuate your face with makeup or pull it down.
In that makeup application, whether done rightly or wrongly, does a thing or two to your face. This is why it is necessary to be skilled as regards makeup application, and the right makeup products will help all the way.
Do you desire a flawless face after your makeup application? Or you do makeup, and you get all patchy and cakey at the end? Fret no more because this post features my makeup ‘holy grails’ for achieving a flawless face.
Topping my list of makeup products is the face primer. Applying primer on the face before putting any other product is advisable. This is best done after cleaning the face in that it helps to smoothen the face.
Some primers help to make the skin more even and also reduce the appearance of pores on the face. However, you need to know that the result you will get depends solely on the type of primer you choose to use.
You need to ensure your hands are clean before you rub the primer onto the face. This is to make sure that you don’t get germs from your hand onto the face, as this can cause you to have acne breakouts and other skin irritations.
2. Colour Correcting Concealer
What’s a color corrector?
They are designed to hide skin imperfections like redness, sallowness, and general discoloration. They’re mainly suitable for anyone with dark circles, scars, dark spots, and hyperpigmentation.
Although most skin imperfection can be handled by just foundation and concealer, if you are not cool with that, a color correcting concealer will work just fine! They are produced mainly for problem areas- hyperpigmentation and acne breakouts.
There are many colors to choose from:
- Green Color Correctors
Green correcting concealers correct pronounced redness such as rashes, birthmarks, and skin inflammation. It works fine for though red marks. Just apply a tad-bit on the spot and blend with your finger or a brush.
- Yellow Color Correctors
Yellow correcting concealers are for mild red and pink hues. In the case of extreme redness, use either green or yellow concealer to correct such issues.
Also, you can use it for the redness around the mouth and nose. Apply on the spot and blend well.
- Pink Color Correctors
Pink correcting concealers correct yellow and light green hues. If your green vein is showing on your face, you can cover it up using a pink concealer. If you have deep olive skin, this concealer is perfect for you.
- Orange And Peach
Wondering what color works for dark spots? Orange and peach are the best bet. They correct dark undereye circles, dark spots, hyperpigmentation, sunburn, and other skin imperfections.
They help to brighten up deeper skin tones, and to cover a blue scar, orange concealer is a go-to. For mild blue hues, a lighter shade of orange like the peach concealer is perfect.
For a facelift and to cancel out under-eye bags, use peach as an under-eye concealer.
- Violet, Purple, And Blue
Violet and blue cancel out yellow bruises or scars. While orange hues correct dark spots and hyper-pigmentation, also it works for an orange-colored skin.
For yellow spots, use a purple concealer.
After applying your primer, and color-correcting, move on to the foundation. Be sure that your foundation is the right color for your skin tone else; it will stand out. If you are not sure of your foundation shade, go to a makeup counter and get color matched.
If your face is paler than your body, it would be recommended to choose a color that matches your body so that when applied, the shade of your face will match your neck.
Before applying your foundation, you should choose which kind of coverage you would like. Some people prefer a full coverage foundation so that all marks or blemishes on the face are covered.
While others prefer something sheerer and use it to even out skin tone and hide small imperfections. There are many different options in between, so choose this based on preference.
To apply foundation, use either a blending sponge or a foundation stippling brush for the best outcome. While applying, use dabbing motions instead of swiping. This will help you have a neat and even coverage without any streak on the face.
Concealers are used to hide flaws on the face that may not necessarily be entirely covered by the foundation. You should also have a concealer that is lighter than your skin tone and thinner in consistency to use for highlighting.
When trying to cover dark circles under the eyes, you should use the lighter-toned concealer and tap in a “V” shape underneath your eyes. You can also highlight above your nose, your cupids bow, chin, forehead, and the corners of your mouth.
5. Setting Powder
Following your concealer highlight is to use a big fluffy brush to apply powder to your face to set all the foundation and concealer. This will help your makeup stay put all day and prevents creasing too.
You can use either loose powder or pressed powder (loose powder works well for me) and can use either a translucent powder or a colored one.
If you are choosing to use a colored powder, I would recommend you get one that is either the same shade as your foundation, or one shade lighter. This is so that when you are touching up your makeup throughout the day, you won’t be having dark spots on your face.
The next step is to use a bronzer to contour and even out the face from the highlighting done earlier. It can take a while before you get the bronzer that would work correctly for your face, it’s all good, however.
- Get a large, angled brush and apply the bronzer to the hollows of your cheeks.
- Do the same for your jawline, temples, hairline, and the edges of your nose.
- When that is done, make sure to blend so you don’t look all scary.
The reason for this step is to give your face a more chiseled and narrow look. If you are a bit on the chubby side, never skip this step!
This is my favorite part of the whole makeup application. Doing this, I have all the choice to either glow so much that you got to wear a sunshade for you to look at my cheekbones or go subtle.
How do I apply for a seamless and effortless glow?
- Using a fan brush, gently rub the fan brush over the pressed highlighter.
- Dust off the excess so you don’t look patchy.
- Find the highest point of your cheekbone and lightly glide on the brush.
- Dust the remaining on your cupids bow, chin, and the forehead for a more dewy look.
8. Setting Spray
If you have had your makeup ruined by sweat even before the day gets spent, you will never underestimate the power of a setting spray. Also, if you have never added a setting spray to your makeup kit and a part of your daily activity, we need to talk!
This setting spray is one of the great inventions in the makeup world, and I am glad to be around at this time. After your makeup is fully applied, all you have to do is spray a few spritzes over your face, and you are good to go.
This little setting spray ‘shower’ as I like to call it will make your makeup last some extra hours. So, from henceforth, worry no more about your eyeliner smudging off, or your makeup creasing as soon as you are done.
9. Mascara/ Eyeliner
Mascara and eyeliner are two different makeup products, but for me, I use my mascara as an eyeliner too. This is because all I use my eyeliner for is to get a subtle cat-eye, and the content of my mascara tube can do just that.
Eyeliner is a makeup product applied on the eyelids and under the eyes while the mascara is applied onto the lashes to give them a fuller and longer look.
They both work hand-in-hand to give the eyes a more vibrant look.
- I start by creating a wing at the corner of my eye- I like to follow my eye shape for this.
- Then I make small dots over my eyelid- following my eye shape again.
- Finally, I connect the dots in short, like strokes, so I don’t mess everything up and Voila!
- To line my lower lashline, I use a brush to apply it, and I smudge it out of I want to.
Before I apply my mascara,
- I curl my eyelashes first (you can decide not to curl yours, but it is advised for best results).
- Then I proceed to tilt my head to the back and apply my mascara from roots to tip. This I do in a wriggling motion, and this will help me have more volume at the roots.
- When that is done, I let it dry before I apply another coat- if I want, and that’s all.
The last on my list of makeup products is the lipstick. This is where the whole makeup application takes a definite shape and form. All you have to do here is find a lipstick with the shade that matches your mood or the look you are going for and apply.
However, you do not want to have a lipstick stain on your teeth, therefore, follow these steps.
- Rub some lip balm on your lips to fill in the cracks and reduce dryness.
- Use a lip liner that matches your lip color to outline your lips. You can start by making dotted lines on your lips and connect afterward.
- Start applying the lip color starting at the center of your upper lip and moving outward towards the corner.
- Repeat this process until your lips are thoroughly and evenly coated.
- To keep the lipstick off your teeth, you need to blot your lips. Fold a tissue in half and place it in between your lips.
- Press your lips together and release gently.
- To make your lipstick last even longer, you can dust a little powder over the tissue before blotting.
With the list of my favorite makeup products above, achieving a flawless face will be quite easy. Why are you still waiting? Get your makeup products today and start beautifying your face.