If you are just starting out with make up it is important to know the basics, so I wanted to share what I have learned in the past decade about make up with you. In this article I will shortly introduce five basic make up products to create a flawless face or a clear canvas, which you can then use to add more color to.
This product is used as a base to even one's face in order to cover flaws and create one uniform skin color. Foundation comes in many textures: liquid, cream, mousse, stick or powder, and offers a variety in coverage, namely from very sheer-light to full coverage. For a long time (especially as a teenager) I was not a fan of using foundation, because I did not believe we (women) needed to plaster layers and layers of make up on ours faces. This idea came from my then-16-year old peers who would wear so much (or so awfully) foundation that their face would look so cakey. After my skin started showing signs of rosacea and I found the most amazing light-coverage foundation by Bobbi Brown I became less resistent. I still am a firm believer we do not need foundation (we need no make up at all) so you will not find me walking around with foundation (or any make up, for that matter) on a daily base. My point being, though I place foundation within the "basics" category, do not feel the need to make it part of it - if you do not want to! Any who, I digress. Foundation does not only come in lots of textures or coverages, it can also be applied in many ways. You can use your fingers, a sponge, or a brush. There is a lot to choose from and to think about (I have not even begun about finding the right color) and if applied properly foundation can make your face look flawless.
After your foundation is set and dry you can add a powder to make oily or shininess disappear. Not all foundations need an extra powder (e.g. with powder foundations). Face powder comes in two textures: compact powder or loose powder. Translucent powder means that the powder has no color and its only purpose is to set your foundation and to minimize the grease.
This product is for masking dark circles or any spots and blemishes on the face. Just like foundation the use of this product is to create a more evened out and flawless face. Some like to go for concealers that are one or two tones lighter than their skin tone for a fresher and more awakened look, while others go for the same color as their skin tone or foundation. You can apply concealer before or after you apply foundation. There are several make up artists who claim it is better to do it afterwards and others say it is best to do it beforehand. It really depends on the type of concealer and foundation you are using. Applying foundation first, then concealer can mean you use less concealer, which is a good thing. So you should just try out both ways of application!
I think this is a more advanced make up product to use.. at least it was for me. I did not use any highlighter back when I was 15 and just starting out with make up (heck I did not use anything in this article.. ok, so never mind me). Highlighter basically highlights certain parts of your face. By doing so it makes your face look more awake and less flat (just adding foundation can make your face appear a bit flat.. this is one of the reasons why people contour, I suppose). To keep this just as an introduction, I would say the most important places to highlight (without having to full-on contour your face) would be underneath your eyes (dark circles) towards the inner-V, a line from the tip of your nose upwards and your cheekbones (for which there are many products, check these out by Benefit). You know, I think this is a bonus basic product. Does that even exist?! I do not always apply highlighter, but I do believe it can really finish a look.
I do not know if it is me, but I have been hearing more and more about primer the last couple of years. Before that I only knew of it for on your lips and eyes, but your whole face? Wow! Well, it is quite the popular product, nowadays. Primer is applied before anything else (so even before you apply your foundation) and will absorb the oils on your face, minimize the fine lines in your face and/or create a more matte finish. Either way, it is supposed to increase the durability of your foundation. I still have not jumped on the bandwagon, but I have a couple of primers lying around somewhere to try out.. so who knows, maybe even I will become a fan.
I wanted to create an informative article about make-up basics for your face, but I always have this voice in my head telling me it is necessary to voice to the world that make up is just there for fun. We should play with it, use those vibrant colors to create beautiful things. Never should we feel any less beautiful without make up, though. I know lots of women who are afraid to go out of their homes without make up on, which I find a pity because true beauty comes from within (no matter how corny that may sound). You should never feel like you are only beautiful with make up on, so even as a beauty blogger, I truly enforce this message. Oh well, here you have the basics to create a clean canvas for your face.. now all you need to do is add some color! In the near future, I will also write about adding that color by applying lip products, eye products, and cheek products!