Thursday, July 14, 2011

Basic Everyday Makeup Tutorial

Running late for work or school? Need a look that makes you shine in less than 5 minutes?
We all want beautiful skin and eyes that pop whether it's on a daily basis, or if we just want to add a bit of makeup for a healthy look. Keep on reading to see how to go from dull to glistening in less then 5 minutes!

I usually use this look on a dialy basis such as for work, or when going out. The fun and interesting part about it is that it's a look that can be used just as it is, or you can add a bit more of makeup if you decide to go for an evening look. You can pull it off with cheap, or expensive brands such as MAC cosmetics, but you can also use drug store products and they work great as well!

Here are the steps to this fresh and easy look:

Step 1: Foundation 

When buying or applying foundation on your skin, always aim for a tone that's not too light for your skin, yet not too dark, either. Look for a foundation that's just one skin tone lighter than your natural skin tone to make your skin get that natural, shiny glow, and at the same time to make it look more natural.
One of my favorite brands that I usually use would be Maybelline cosmetics, mainly because of their low economical price, and also because they're easy to work with products.

When adding your base, make sure not to add too many, since you're looking for a natural appearance. Concentrate on your cheeks and forehead. Dab a bit of the foundation on your cheeks, forhead and nose, and spread the product softly and evenly onto your skin using the tips of your fingers, making sure you add it evenly.

Step 2: Apply concealer and a primer to seal your makeup

Using a concealer about 2 to 3 shades lighter from your natural skin tone will help cover up those bags under your eyes from lack of enough sleep, or dark spots on your skin. Also, applying just a speck of primer onto your eyelids will help seal your makeup for a long lasting effect, and also prevent crease marks.

A good and cheap concealer can be Maybelline's Mousse concealer, since the soft texture is smoother to add onto your skin.

Step 3: Soft, smoky eyes in less than 2 minutes

For a soft and eye popping effect, apply a light, cream base coat onto your eyelid, from the crease of your eye downwards. 
Next, apply a bit of white eyeshadow just below your eyebrow onto your brow bone, blending it with a puffy brush. This will make your eyebrows more accentuated and make your eye look wider.
With the same brush, add a medium dark brown color to the crease of your eye, focusing more on the outer part of your eye, to give it a smoky look. Blend in the color to create that smoky effect. 

With an angle brush, apply that same brown, or a darker tone to the bottom part of your eye, just on the eyelash line to create an even smokier look. If you're aiming for a more natural look, then skip this part. 
For the final touch, apply a light amount of mascara just on your upper eyelashes. If you desire, add false eyelashes or individual eyelashes just on the outer parts to give your eye a nicer look. 

I use Maybelline's Expert Wear Eyeshadow kit, that even comes with the basic instructions on the back. Also, it comes with the colors already labeled on how and where to apply them. These are perfect colors to use when looking for a natural and fresh look to your eye.

Step 4: Blush

For a natural glow, apply a peachy-pinkish color onto the apples of your cheeks. Use a big, puffy brush to blend in it more naturally into your cheeks. This will give your cheeks a soft touch to it, and a natural glow.
Don't add blush onto the brims of your cheek bones if you want a natural look for everyday wear. Unless you want a more dramatic look, then add a darker shade of blush onto the brims of your cheek bones. 

Step 5: Lips

For your lips, add a peach lip gloss onto them, and since your eyes aren't dramatically overlooked, then you can use a natural gloss on top of them if needed. A peachy lip is wonderful to a natural look, and it also gives them that extra volume, too. 

And you're done!

This look is wonderful to use for an everyday natural shine to your face. To spice things up, add eyeliner to your eyes, or a darker lip color. Playing around with colors and looks will give you something different and unique to wear on special occasions or for a new look, so using this look as a base for another makeup idea can work as well. 

If you're looking for other makeup or hair ideas, then check in on my blog each week to see what's new! 

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