Are you a Nigerian girl with a typical dark skin and want to learn how to put on makeup? Every great work of art starts with a solid foundation and your face is no different. Blending your base seamlessly with your skin color, tone and texture is essential for a natural look.
Take your time when selecting your foundation and test it on a patch of skin on your jaw line. The one that seems to disappear when you put it on is your perfect match. Remember that your goal here is to enhance your natural beauty, not to hide it all behind thick layers of makeup.
Let’s look at tips for how to put on makeup foundation, concealer and powder step by step, selection tips and how to get a seamless finish.
How To Put On Makeup Foundation Step By Step
Step 1: Dot your foundation on to your nose, cheeks, chin and forehead. Use a sponge or brush to apply crème or crème to powder.
Step 2: Using clean fingers, a damp sponge or a brush spread the makeup in a downward and outward motion. Make sure that every part of your face is covered.
Step 3: Blend
Step 4: Blend
Step 5: Blend
Are you beginning to notice a trend here?
Selecting The Right Foundation
There are lots of different foundations that cater to any special needs your skin has. Consider what else you need your makeup to do for you other than even your skin tone before you run out and get it.
- Hypoallergenic (for sensitive skin)
- Full coverage
- Long lasting
Just like the special need your skin has, makeup also comes in a variety of different finishes depending on the look you’re going for. Here are some of the different textures of foundation.
- Liquid: The lightest of the three types, it’s best if you want sheer coverage. This is the most widely used daytime makeup. It’s very easy to apply and spread with your fingers and it’s harder to make mistakes since it’s not heavy.
- Crème to Powder: This type provides medium coverage. Because this is an ‘all in one’ type of product it’s great if you’re on the go. This type tends to work well for people with oilier skin types and dries to a powdery matte finish.
- Crème: These come in stick and compact forms and are the most common type used. They are very easy to apply, give full coverage and a flawless finish but can be a bit heavy if not carefully applied.
The number one rule of how to put on makeup is to always test the color of your foundation in natural light since that gives the best color match result!
Tips For Seamless Foundation Application
- Blend until you can’t tell where skin stops and makeup starts.
- Pay special attention to your jaw and hairlines.
- Blend over your eyelids also. This makes your eye shadow stay on better and the colors more vivid.
- When you’re done, take a sheet of tissue paper and gently blot your face to remove any excess.
How To Put On Makeup Concealer Step By Step
Using concealer is very important because let’s face it, we’ve all got a little something we want to hide from the world. Covering up little flaws first makes the difference between looking nice and being exceptional!
Here’s how to use cover up step by step.
Step 1: Dot the areas where you want coverage with product.
Step 2: With a finger, sponge or concealer brush, tap gently over the area with a back and forth motion.
Step 3: Blend
Step 4: Blend
Step 5: Blend
What Are The Different Types Of Concealers?
- Cream Stick: This is the heaviest so it’s ideal for discolorations and blemishes. It’s the most difficult to blend into the skin so it’s not recommended for areas that are delicate or have fine lines.
- Pot: Covers completely, but blends better and tends to be more moisturizing. This one is great for areas like under the eyes.
- Tube: Creamy and easy to blend, its lightweight and tends to wear off faster than the stick or pot versions.
- Wand: The lightest, this type is great for touchups. It’s just the right size to slip into a purse of pocket.
- Pencil: An ‘on the spot’ solution its just right for when you have a single pesky blemish.
Tips On How To Put On Makeup Concealer
Here are some tips on how to apply makeup concealer and choosing the right one for your needs.
- Don’t try to match your skin color; always go one shade lighter. The point is to lighten the dark marks. Depending on the darkness of the area going a shade or two lighter is best.
- Choose a concealer based on the type of imperfection you want to cover and the level of coverage you want.
- Warm the product up on the back of your hand before applying. This makes it easier to spread and prevents it from going on thick and cakey.
How To Put On Makeup Powder Step By Step
- It sets your foundation and keeps it looking smooth and fresh all day long.
- It helps eye shadows and other makeup to stick to your skin better.
- It keeps the shine down on oily areas of your face giving it a matte look.
Let’s look at the steps to use to finish off your flawless face once your concealer and foundation are done.
Step 1: Use a powder brush to work the product into the bristles making sure that it’s fully covered.
Step 2: Tap the brush to remove any excess.
Step 3: Gently buff your skin, being sure to cover your entire face, including your eyelids.
Step 4: If you need to, repeat the process again until your face is flawlessly matte.
The Different Types Of Powders
- Loose: This is what the pros use and it works best when you use it with a quality brush. The loose form is great for setting your foundation and giving your skin a light and refined look and really helps to hold down oil as well.
- Pressed: Are you a woman on the go? Then this powder is perfect for you! It comes in a compact and goes on with a sponge or puff. This is a good choice when you need a touch up on shiny parts of your face.
Tips On Powder Application
- Think about using translucent (sheer) to hold down shine without adding extra color.
- Use this powder to prevent and fix mistakes. If you put some under your eyes with a sponge it’ll catch any eye shadow that fall while you’re putting is on. Then you just dust it away when you’re done.
- Change your puffs often so you don’t give dirt and bacteria any chance to clog your pores.
- If you’ve gotten a little heavy handed with your makeup, sweep pressed powder over the heavy areas to soften the look without having to start all over again.