Makeup Guide: The essential makeup starter kit

Makeup is not simple, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. I have broken down the essentials here in this makeup guide. I hope you guys find it useful.

  1.  Base
    1. Foundation
    2. Concealer
    3. Powder

A flawless and even base is necessary for your makeup to look good. Even if you have perfect skin a good foundation will still everything look better because makeup products blend better with a proper base.

  1. Eye makeup
    1. Neutral Palette

The key to choosing the right neutral palate is that it can double as a highlighter and even a contour if needed.

  1. Eyeliner (pencil)
  2. Mascara
  1. Face makeup
    1. Contour
    2. Blush

Yes, these are important. Once you apply foundation your face will look very two dimensional. Ideally your contour should be a couple of shades darker than your skin tone and the color should be on the cooler side. You are creating shadows here and it is essential to seamlessly blend the product into the hollows of your cheek your jawline anywhere you think you think you need to add shadows, (think nip/tuck).

I know when you have darker skin and do not visibly blush you don’t see the need for a blush, I have been there. A blush just awakens your wake, it creates the illusion of blood flow and brightness. Be strategic with the blush, do not just pile it on the apples of your cheeks. That will lead to a killer clown aesthetic. Blend the blush with your contour and remember to blend upwards to your temples to lift your face.

  1. Lips

You need a variety. Bold, nude, and extravagant. The right lip color can totally make a look. Choosing the right lip color is not easy. Especially when it comes to nudes for melanin rich girls. There are a ton of pretty-pink nudes out there that will look ashy on us. Then there are rich browns that if you chose a shade too light it will wash you out. It is about balancing out the depth of your skin to that you want in your lips. Experiment, always try new things.

5. Primer and Setting spray

These are self-explanatory. The primer primes and prepares your skin for makeup. The setting spray sets it and increases the longevity of the look.

  • Color Corrector is the most important thing for a Brown Girl. To even out hyper pigmentation and prevent ashy-ness. I intent to make another post on this very soon because once I learned how much better it made look I’ve been hooked.

 

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A Guide to Makeup: Part 1 (How to buy the right foundation?)

Being an amateur in the beauty world is not simple, it is an incredible journey that I do not have the compass for. However, I have discovered a couple tricks to surviving a makeup addiction and being broke. Admittedly I do want to try every new product in the market, but I have learned to make the most of everything I own.

One thing I have learned is to avoid buying complexion products online. It is more likely to be a fail compared to any other type of product. It is a no-brainer but seriously resist the temptation. There is only so much you can figure out based of description and the swatch provided. Complexion products like foundation and concealer are the base of your makeup and it must be a perfect match.

Undertones are really the toughest part of purchasing a foundation and you cannot determine it without truly looking at it against your skin. Yes, you might know that you have a yellow or an olive undertone but there is such a thing as the foundation being too yellow.

Both are the same shade but one is neutral and the other is warm! (NYX Total Control Drop Foundation)

You also must take into account if the product might oxidize and darken upon application. Or that product might cause a reaction from your skin.

I have a five-step system to buying the perfect product for you

  1. Scour the internet for products that might just work, so you know what you are looking for at the store. – Look at site like LiveTinted
  2. Get someone to help you pick out items that are of the same shade but different undertones because you need to find the closest match. – Thats what they are there for.
  3. Apply it to your jawline, so you find the foundation that matched both your face as closely as possible.
  4. At the store you obviously are going to look at other items, so I recommend trying the foundation first, so you know it blends and adapts to your skin.
  5. And then of course buy the one that works the best.

It might be difficult to find a product that matches your entire face, and this is where you will need a color corrector. We will talk about that in the next post. For now it important that your foundation matches your neck so that yo udon have a floating head when you apply makeup.

 

 

 

 

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