So now you’ve gotten the hang of the basic makeup it’s time for you to take your makeup game to the next level. You know how to use eyeliner, can kind of work the liquid foundation, and realize the basics of mascara. So what’s next?
Here are a few things to add to your kit:
Highlighter: No I don’t mean that neon yellow pen you use in text books. Highlighter is a product that can add brightness and glow to your face when applied correctly. Choose a highlighting product based on your skintone, for example pink tone highlighters work well with pale skin. Don’t choose one that’s too bright, white or shimmery. It might make you look fake and possibly a bit shiny. Like all makeup products you want it to blend into your skin and compliment it. The goal for highlighter is that you get a nice dewy look that makes you look moisturized. The main places you should apply your highlighter is similar to where you apply your concealer, on the high points of your face. These places are your cheekbones, temples, and Cupid’s Bow. Use a bit of foundation powder to help blend the highlighter in. As long as you don’t look like a shiny unicorn you’re doing it right.
Primer: Primer is pretty much a base coat that you put underneath your foundation. Not only does it prep the skin for more makeup application but it also evens it out and makes pores less visible. It softens the skin and smooths it out to add to a flawless application. Usually primers won’t cause your skin to break out and it can also help reduce redness. I’ve had a tube of Hard Candy’s Sheer Envy Illuminating Skin Primer for awhile and while Hard Candy isn’t the best makeup brands and had a few duds, this primer is a nice one to start off with. More recently I’ve been using a mini of Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer (i got this in a trial set with 2 other products for $10)
Lipsticks: Well of course you can start using lipsticks in your beginning kit but usually they’re tinted lip balms, and maybe soft pink lipglosses. At least that’s what I started out with. Now I use a lot of bold lipstick colors in dark colors. I love berrys, plum, deep wine reds, and blacks. Starting to experiment with bolder lipstick choices will help you decide what colors really suit you and make you stand out. Now that I’ve tried darker lipstick colors I actually stay away from nudes and pinks (other than the fact that they don’t look good on my skintone, I found that the bolder colors suits my personality)
Liquid Eyeliner: You’ve all heard how difficult it might be to put liquid eyeliner on. Everyone always complains about it but the truth is it’s not that hard. I’ve had a bit of practice and I found that felt tip eyeliner markers work the best for precision and control. Along with keeping you hand balanced you’ll find that putting on eyeliner will be easy soon enough. You can even enlist the help of some clear tape on the corner of your eyes to help guide where you want your eyeliner to be. Just be sure to put the tape on the back of your hand before putting it near your eye. This will make sure that when you pull it off later it won’t damage the delicate skin around your eye.
Eyeshadow palettes: I mean a little bit more advanced palettes that have a range of shadows. Usually when starting out you might get a single color eyeshadow, a duet, or a quad. Now you can try larger palettes to create a variety of looks. Not only will this expand your repertoire of makeup looks but it will also provide you with more options to experiment. I’ve got a few palettes that have over 4 colors and I use them all them time so it’s well worth the investment.
A Spoolie Brush: A spoolie brush looks like a mascara wand. It great for grooming your eyebrow hair and fading out the color of your eyebrow pencil so that way they don’t look too drawn on. It’s a multi purpose tool that has helped revolutionized the eyebrow game.
Eyeshadow brushes: By now you should probably start ditching those sponge wands that come with basic eyeshadows and duets. They’re ok but eyebrow brushes are even better. I made a post about the different kinds of brushes here. You cant start picking out the basic eyeshadow ones. Using brushes will give you better control over your shadows and allow you to blend which is an important part of makeup.
Now you can use your eyeshadow brushes to help apply it onto your lids, experiment with different types of mascaras that work best with your lashes, start hyping up your eyebrow game, and work on making those lips big bold and beautiful. Always remember that makeup is about experimentation. Not everything will work right the first time, or it might and you’ll find a product you’ll really like.