You may be thinking why am I writing about the basics of make-up, when there are thousands of hours of tutorials of make-up on YouTube?

This week alone I have been asked more questions about this than usual and as my first post on this site it seems appropriate to start at the beginning. 

First of all before we even get to the make-up we need to mention skincare. Looking after your skin is essential to the application of make-up. It makes application easier, the make-up will sit on your skin better and last longer and a little pamper always makes you feel better. You should cleanse tone and moisturise twice daily I recommend having two different moisturisers one for day and the other for night . Exfoliate regularly to give your pores a good clean - I don't exfoliate every day I tend to do it every other day as my skin ends up sensitive and too dry otherwise.  I also like to use a mineral mud face mask once a week to ensure that my pores remain clean and tight. Skincare is important and it will keep you looking younger for longer which we all want - in my mid twenties I start to worry more about wrinkles than I ever have done in my life before. 

Good skin care is vital, I can't tell you how many of my friends use expensive make-up and other than washing their face with soap  do nothing to their skin and to be frank they are wasting their money, they need more of it to cover blemishes that is created by not getting it all off in the first place, they get dry skin and their make-up goes all patchy around it and looks rubbish. I tell them this till I am blue in the face and they don't listen, say they don't have time - it takes five mins if that! So please look after your skin your older self will thank you and so will I as someone has listened to me.

So once you have prepared your skin now it's time to apply a primer, which primer you use is entirely up to you and also your skin type. For example if you have visible pores use a pore minimising primer, if your skin is dry use a moisturising primer especially if you are using a matte foundation as they can be drying etc. If you have any questions about what ones to use please feel free to ask me I will be happy to answer them.

Primer can be applied with a sponge, brush or your fingers it's really up to you. I recommend fingers as many need to be worked in to the skin until tacky for best results. Don't skip priming as your make up will not last as long without it.  Once you have applied primer it's time to colour correct - some people advise to do this after foundation but then you will need to reapply a concealer in your skin tone over that where as if you colour correct prior to foundation you may not need to then apply concealer once your foundation is done. Colour correcting concealers tend to come in four shades, orangey peachy tone, yellow, green and lavender. You can get more than these this is just the main four now in order to colour correct properly it's best to have a look at a colour wheel.


So any colour you have on your skin i.e redness you would want to cancel that out by using the colour opposite it on the colour wheel which would be green. 

Now what comes next is personal choice whether you do eyeshadow  first or finish your base. The majority of the time I do my base unless I'm using a really dark eyeshadow or using one I know has a lot of fall out. But I'm not going to cover eyes in this post as it's simply about the basics. After we have colour corrected now we need to apply our foundation, again you can apply with a sponge, brush or fingers. As a make-up artist I use all three methods depending on the foundation but I love applying with a brush and would recommend using this method. There are so many brushes available on the market it become quite confusing, the one I use the most and would say is a good all rounder is a foundation buffing brush. These are dome shaped or flat and have densely packed bristles and buff the foundation in to your skin. It's best to start applying foundation in the centre of your face as this typically needs more coverage. Buff the foundation on to your skin using circular motions remembering to apply to ears, neck and jawline and hairline.

Once we have got on our foundation it is time to apply concealer to any remaining blemishes. If you need to apply to under eye circles try to avoid using one that's drying or really heavy as it will crease or split and look like crap. To apply over a spot pat it in to the skin don't rub as it will just move and uncover the blemish.

Finally after we are finished using all our cream products it's time to set all our hard work with a powder, you can use loose or compact. Loose tends to increase wear longer than compacted powder but it has more coverage and a tendency to look cakey so it very much depends on preference or what you are trying to achieve with the make-up. If you want a light application of powder use a brush if you want a heavier application use a puff. After either of these methods brush downwards all over your face to ensure that the powder isn't clinging to any hairs on your face.

So that's the basics guys. As always I'm happy to answer any questions you may have.




Published by Jay Tonner