In a time when Contouring, Non Contouring, Strobing, Baking and all these new techniques have become the latest and “greatest” trends, the basic fundamentals of makeup application have been lost. What happened to the days when just a little mascara, eyeliner, some blush and a pretty color on your lips was HOT??
Don’t get me wrong…I LOVE contouring! But honestly…most of us ain’t got that kind of time. If you want to put a little effort into it, even if it’s to take the kiddies to ballet class or soccer practice or to just grab coffee, I think you may find this content useful. Here’s what I consider “BEAUTY BASICS.”
Moisturizer – Starting with a nice clean face, follow it up by applying your favorite moisturizer. Moisturizing is so important. It helps eliminate dry patches, helps to create supple skin and it feels so good, especially during the colder months. Not to mention, keeps us looking younger. Allow 5-10 minutes for your moisturizer to be absorbed.
Primer – Primer is a debatable product. Some people like it and find it totally necessary. Others don’t understand the use or just don’t like the feel of that extra layer. A friend of mine mentioned she breaks out from the use of it. I use it and like it. I feel it keeps my makeup in place. There are many options out in the market that can probably help with sensitive skin. I love Benefit’s Porefessional and Smash Box Photo Finish Primer. I use them interchangeably and have had no issues. They are both silicon based, which maybe the allergen that causes the reactions or breakouts. Ask for a sample at your local Sephora if you worry about reactions or just want to test it out. A good primer should nicely fill in large pores and even the surface of your skin for your foundation application.
Eyebrows – Eyebrows are considered the frame of your painting. If your eyebrows are not groomed or neat, it is likely the finished product won’t be at its best. You should always have a good brow pencil/ spooly brush.
Eyes – My eye makeup varies and is dependent on time (if I have any). On work days, when I’m rushing out of the house, I’ll grab my brush and quickly sweep some of bronzer or blush across the my lids. This adds a nice dash of color. I follow it up with a shit load of mascara. The more dramatic, The Better.
Concealer – This step can vary on preference of pre or post foundation application. I like to do it pre-foundation to hide some freckles and discoloration I have and to conceal my dark circles. Concealer can also be used post-foundation to help contour the face and add brightness. I won’t go into detail, because I believe this deserves a feature all on its own.
Foundation – Foundation/Tinted Moisturizer/BB or CC Cream…whatever you use, go to town! Some prefer no coverage, light coverage or full coverage. I like light/barely-there coverage. I usually reach for my Estee Lauder EE Cream or Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. When I have a big event and I need to be camera ready, I turn to the Holy Grail: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (enter emoji with palms to Heaven). Just to tell you how great and light it is, my girlfriend used it for her wedding in Aruba and it didn’t budge even after she was thrown into the pool.
Bronzer – Bronzer is LIFE! It really is. It provides so much color to the face, like being kissed by the sun. I do a figure 3 with my bronzer. Starting from the temple, bring the brush down to the hollows of your cheek and then sweep down to your jaw line. Any bronzer will do the job.
Blush – Sweep a little color around the apples of your cheek. Easy does it.
Highlighter – Did someone say GLOW? Heaven help, I love me some Highlighter!!! I could probably skip most of these steps and just head straight to highlighting. I highlight the top of the cheekbone, the bridge of my nose, my brow bone and Cupid’s bow. I Just Love It! There are so many on the market. I want to own them ALL.
Lip liner/Lipstick – Do you Boo! This will reflect your personal style, so sky’s the limit!
So there you have it! These beauty basics are what I find to be key players. These are in MY order of application. By no means do you need to follow these as LAW but you can toy around with the arrangement. You can even skip most of these steps if it’s just too overwhelming. We will discuss them all separately and in depth, so you can get more details on their use.
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