Although you may be confused about the proper use of cosmetics, it is actually quite simple. Follow these tips for some basics about the proper care of your skin and the quick methods for makeup application. Be sure to start with good makeup that enhances your natural beauty.
Be sure to apply makeup to clean, dry skin. Use a gentle cleanser and exfoliate regularly. Your facial cleanser should be made especially for use on the face. Ensure that your cleanser fits you specific skin type. Do not over exfoliate. Exfoliating too often can lead to dry skin, which ages more quickly.
Instead of using a thick foundation, try a tinted moisturizer or a mineral foundation. These types of cosmetics are not as heavy and are less likely to clog your pores. Heavy foundations can also settle into fine lines and wrinkles, giving you the appearance of being older than you are. Powdered foundations are easy to apply but tinted moisturizers will keep your skin from drying out. You may need to experiment to find.
Make up brushes are perfect for applying liquid foundation, powder and eye shadow. Cosmetic brushes give you light, even coverage without transferring dirt and bacteria from your fingers to your eyes and face. Cosmetic brushes should be cleaned often. Follow manufacturers instructions for cleaning, wash with makeup remover or clean brushes with shampoo. Lay brushes flat or hand upside down to dry completely before next use. If you use your fingers to apply cosmetics, sanitize before, during and after application. If you use sponges, replace them often.
Keep your lips soft and supple by applying a moisturizing lip balm often. Apply lip balm before putting on lipstick. This will keep your lipstick from drying out and settling into the lines on your lips. A lip liner will help define your lips and keep lip color in place. Choose a shade of lip liner that is very close to your lip stick color. Lip color can also be applied with a lip brush.
To keep eyeliner from looking crooked or too harsh, use a brush, eye shadow applicator or Q-tip to smudge it. Ensure that your eyeliner is even on both sides. Primer can be used to help set your eyeliner and eye shadow. A good primer will give your eye makeup a good base to cling to while ensuring that your makeup stays on longer. Foundation primer is available for the same purpose. If you use a foundation primer, be sure to apply a moisturizer first.
Curl your eyelashes before applying mascara. When your eyelashes are curled, they will appear longer. Use a lengthening or thickening mascara for best results. Do not apply too many layers of mascara and never apply a subsequent coat of mascara to dry lashes. This will cause clumping.
Application tutorials are available online to help you apply your makeup perfectly. Eye shadow fads change often so these tutorials can help you stay current with the latest trends.
Cosmetics should add to your appearance, not completely cover you up. Your natural beauty should always shine through. For the newest techniques and fads in cosmetic application, visit your local cosmetic retailer.