How To Apply Makeup That Looks Natural

All women can benefit from some form of makeup. A foundation smoothes out skin tone, covers imperfections and leaves you with glowing skin. Concealer does just what the name implies; it conceals skin problems that you don’t want the world to see. A of blush adds natural color to give you a glow. Eye makeup accentuates the beauty of your eyes. Lipstick or lip gloss adds color and shine to your lips. Cosmetics are every woman’s friend. If applied correctly, makeup will enhance your beauty. The trick is to be sure to apply the correct amount. If you apply too much, you will look heavily-made-up. The natural look enhances the beauty you already have.

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Step 1

Apply concealer to your face. Concealer should be one shade lighter than your foundation. Dab it on the areas you want to cover, such as on acne or under-eye circles. After you dab it on, gently work it into the skin, leaving about 80 percent of it showing and working about 20 percent of it into your skin.

Step 2

Apply foundation to your face. The foundation should be the same color as your face; don’t try to apply a tan with your foundation. Use a water-based foundation for oily skin and a cream foundation for dry skin. If you have acne or other skin imperfections, you may want to use a foundation with more coverage. Use a sponge to apply liquid foundation or a brush to apply mineral powder foundation. Blend it in well with your neck to avoid having a line of demarcation at your jaw where your foundation ends.

Step 3

Apply a small amount of blush. Use a brush for a powder blush and a sponge for a cream blush. Smile and apply the blush to the rounded parts of your cheeks. Blend it in well so it looks natural. Use lighter shades such as pink for light complexions and darker shades such as brick for dark complexions.

Step 4

Apply a neutral color eye shadow to your eyelids. Use a sponge-tipped applicator to brush a neutral color such as light brown to your eyelids from the crease to the eyelashes. Sweep the applicator across the eyelids starting from inside the eye to the outside, stopping slightly outside the outer edge of the eye. Apply a slightly lighter color from the crease to the eyebrow. Avoid shiny, glittery cosmetics if you are going for a natural look.

Step 5

Apply mascara in a brown-black color. Brush the wand from the base of the lashes to the tips. Apply a second coat. Apply a coat to the bottom lashes by holding the wand vertical and brushing from the outside to the inside.

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2 Responses to How To Apply Makeup That Looks Natural

  1. I am a freshman in college and I really want to get good and applying makeup. I have blonde hair, blue eyes, and not completely tan…but not completely white skin.

    First question, what different types of makeup do I need to apply? (Ex: Blush, bronzer, eye liner, concelear, lipstick)
    Second question, what is the best brand to use? I’m of course on a budget, so cheap? lol

    Thank you so much!!!


  2. Hi Sophia! You might be interested in The 30 Days of Beauty series we are running this month on our sister site, Beauty and Fashion Tech. It will be covering a lot on makeup basics starting pretty soon and then on through the end of the month. Here is the link to the category page for it: A new post goes up each day on a specific beauty topic. For a good basic makeup set to cover most situations, I recommend a light foundation, concealer, powder, blush, a few basic neutral eyeshadows, mascara, a neutral eyeliner (go for brown, not black), lipstick and lip gloss. Maybe add bronzer in place of blush sometimes and over time add some brighter colored eyeshadows for fun occasions. A couple of good overall budget brands are Milani (especially for shadow, blush, and mascara), Wet and Wild (especially for eyeshadow and they have some nice palettes/sets), and NYX. Those all tend to to offer quality for less money. Wet and Wild is particularly affordable. For great foundation and lip products, I really like Sally Hansen Natural Beauty and L’Oreal (although avoid L’Oreal’s roller foundation). L’Oreal is on the pricier end of the drugstore brands though.

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