Laying the Groundwork
Start with clean skin. Wash with a gentle cleanser or simply use a toner to wipe away any impurities from your skin.
2Apply a light moisturizer. This will keep your skin from getting too oily during the day, and will help moisturize any dry patches on your skin.
- Wait five minutes before putting on foundation (see the next step) so that the moisturizer can sink in.
3Dab on a tinted moisturizer or a light foundation to your skin. Apply just a few spots with your fingers to your forehead, cheeks, nose and chin, then blend with fingers or a foundation brush, working the spots outwards from the center in all directions.
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- If you want more coverage, you can use a makeup sponge to apply, using the same blending technique.
4Put a little concealer under the eyes. Use a small pointed brush to dot a bit where under-eye circles are darkest, usually at the inner and outer corners of the eye. Add a speck to other blemishes that aren’t covered by the foundation and blend into the skin.
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- There’s a little controversy about whether a concealer should be the same shade as your skin or ever-so-slightly lighter; however, it should never be lighter than one shade away from your natural tone. Look for something as close as you can find to your skin tone and err on the lighter side if need be.
5Set the concealer and moisturizer with a translucent powder. Apply it to your face, ideally using a velvet-y powder puff (as opposed to a powder brush, as that leaves a lot of loose powder) in a pressing motion. Use a powder brush to flick off any excess. If you are using a powder brush to apply, tap off the excess powder before applying to your face in circular motions. 
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Putting on Your Eyes
1Apply an eyeshadow of your choice to your eyelid. For beginners, try a single neutral shade like taupe or aubergine. Use a rounded shadow brush or your finger and make quick, short swipes across the lid, working your way up to the brow bone.
2Apply eyeliner. Use a black or brown pencil and apply along the rim of your upper lash line in short strokes.
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- Lift your upper lid with one hand and look down into a mirror as you apply with your other hand.
- Eyeliner is one of the areas that you can really experiment with as you become more confident applying makeup. Factors like color, texture, and line application can have a big impact on the appearance of your peepers. Play around!
3Curl your lashes. Place a lash curler at the base of your upper eyelashes (along the lid) and press for five seconds.
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4After this, apply mascara. Apply to the upper and lower lashes with the tip of the wand oriented towards the outer corner of your eye. One coat should suffice for this look.
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Adding Cheek and Lip Color
1Apply blush to the apples of your cheeks. Smile as you do this so you can clearly see where the apples are. Dab on the blush and blend upwards towards your temples.
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2Apply lipstick or lip gloss. Pucker your lips like you’re about to plant a kiss and dab the lip color to the center of your upper and lower lip. This first application can be straight from the tube; then, use your fingers to blend outwards, adding color with your fingertips as needed.
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- If your lips are chapped, prep them before putting on lip color. Gently buff them with a warm, damp washcloth and put on a light layer of lip balm. Let the balm absorb before moving on to lipstick or gloss.
- For beginners, the lips are a great opportunity to add color and vary your makeup regime without having to fuss over application technique, etc. You can work with anything from neutral, barely-there gloss to creamy, fire-engine red.
Check yourself in bright light – daylight if possible – to make sure everything is blended and beautiful. You’re done!
Do I have to do my eyebrows?
If you think your eyebrows look okay, then skip it. However, if you want a more polished, clean look, brush your eyebrows, because they shape your face.
Can I shape my eyebrows using makeup?
wikiHow ContributorYes, you can, but do not overdo it, or it will look fake. Use an eyebrow pencil that closely matches the colors of your own eyebrows. Try to follow the natural curve of your eyebrows. You may find this article helpful.
Do I absolutely have to curl my eyelashes? Those things scare me!
Of course not. Only if you want to.
What should I do for dark circles under my eyes?
Get some concealer, and apply it in small dots under your eye. Blend it in well, then apply your foundation as usual.
I don’t have any foundation. What can I use instead?
You can use a tinted moisturiser. To make a tinted moisturiser, just mix BB/CC cream depending on your preference, with a light moisturiser for your skin type that will do three things: prime, keep your skin moisturised, and protect from the sun. Blend and mix both substances together to create a coloured moisturiser as close to your natural skin colours as possible. Test this on your neck first, not the face or the hands. Apply the tinted moisturiser with your fingers, beauty blender or a brush depending on how much coverage desired (beauty blender=high coverage, brush=medium, fingers =sheer), using small dabs then building them up gradually to avoid a cake finish. Then, apply concealer.
What is the difference between concealer and foundation?
Foundation evens out your skin tone so you are not splotchy. It goes over your entire face. Concealer hides blemishes, such as zits, scars, etc. It only covers the blemish and a small area around it.
Can I just use concealer and skip the foundation?
If you just need to cover some blemishes, then yes, you can; you should not use concealer all over your face in place of foundation, however. Also, make sure that you blend in the concealer properly, or it will look powdery when you are done.
Can I do this without using concealer?
Of course! You might not even have to use concealer in the first place. Some people use concealer to cover up any imperfections because they want a flawless, airbrushed look.
How would I apply eyebrow pencil?
wikiHow ContributorYou would simply fill in your eyebrows using light strokes, then comb over your eyebrow with a spoolie or brow brush to blend it all in. Check out How to Use Eyebrow Pencil for more information.
Which is better for my skin, tinted moisturizer or foundation?
Generally, the less makeup you wear, the better it is for your skin – in that sense, tinted moisturizer would be better, though foundation will provide more coverage if you need it. However, there are some good high-end foundations formulated to care for your skin while you wear them.
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- Finding the right shade of foundation is very important. A good rule of thumb is to brush a little on your jawline: if it blends in, it’s right for you. If not, try a shade lighter or darker.
- If you are going to apply more than one eyeshadow color, but aren’t sure what colors look good together, a natural palette is a good option. You can buy an eyeshadow palette anywhere makeup is sold. In palettes, the colors all correspond, and sometimes the shadows are even labeled by which area they should be applied to.
- Ask your parents what you can start with; could you go full out with heavy blush and dark red lipstick? Or do you have to start light with clear lip gloss or light mascara?
- Don’t over-do your makeup. Start by mastering a neutral look and slowly work your way to more elaborate makeup if you wish.
- Some products may cause an allergic reaction to sensitive skin. If you know you have sensitive skin or simply want to be cautious, seek out makeup that is labelled “hypoallergenic.”
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