How to Apply Makeup for Beginners

It doesn’t take a lot of beauty products to create a gorgeous weekend and weekday look. This basic face is perfect for weekend days when you want to clean up your complexion, but you don’t want to go all out.

The secret to getting away with little makeup is to keep your skin in tip-top condition. Great skin doesn’t need much foundation or concealer. You won’t need as much blush or bronzer. You’ll notice a few of my tips involve the skin: making sure it’s exfoliated and well hydrated.

If you have any flakes at all on your skin, I recommend exfoliating with a lukewarm washcloth massaged in a circular motion over your entire face and lips. Slather on moisturizer if your skin is dry.

Don’t skip sunscreen even on cloudy days. This is especially important on weekends spent outside. BB creams are great for providing moisturizer, sunscreen, ​and foundation. But if you only have regular sunscreen, that’s fine too.

If you don’t have a tinted sunscreen or BB cream, then apply foundation or tinted moisturizer on your face. Once you’re done with that, dot on concealer around the eyes making sure to hit any dark or bluish spots.

The basic weekday face is perfect for going to work in an office. You don’t want to go overboard with your daytime office look, unless, of course, you work in a trendy industry where you can get away with anything. In that case, you can do whatever you feel is comfortable.

Exfoliate with a lukewarm washcloth over your face and lips. You can use a brown sugar with oil scrub if you prefer. Follow exfoliation with moisturizer.

Apply foundation or tinted moisturizer if you need it. Follow with concealer under the eyes, just as you would on the weekend. Dot concealer on any of your red spots, uneven spots or blemishes. Add a pop of blush to the apples of your cheeks. Set your makeup with powder if needed by using a big fluffy brush.

Leave the shimmers and the smokey eyes to the evening. Stick to a basic eyeshadow palette with a neutral color on your lid and a darker color in the crease. Line your lids if you’d like and smudge them so the line isn’t so obvious. Curl lashes and apply a couple coats of mascara.

Daytime is not the time for a bright red, coral or pink lip. Leave that to the weekend or evening. Instead, choose a flattering lip color.

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