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How to Create a Simple Makeup Look

A Basic Makeup Tutorial

If you’re a beginner who’s looking to start creating the ultimate makeup look, then you’ve come to the right place! Creating the best makeup look for you is not as hard as you might think. If you’re just getting started then here are some steps to help you achieve the perfect look, whether you’re going out in the evening, need a simple and basic makeup look for the day, or are looking to start experimenting with cosmetic products.

Basic Eye Makeup

Eye makeup is a great way to make your eyes look pretty and stand out. To get started on your eye makeup look, you will need:

  • Eye primer
  • Eyeshadow
  • A small flat eyeshadow brush
  • Black kohl eyeliner
  • Black liquid or gel eyeliner
  • Black lengthening and volumizing mascara
  • Brow brush (same shade as your brows)

You can find these items in your local drugstore.

Start off by applying an eye primer to your eyelids. This acts as your ‘base’ for eyeshadow and the rest of your eye look later on. Think of it as a concealer or foundation for your eyelids.

Once your primer has dried or set in, get your eyeshadow palette. Select a shade that compliments your eye color. To understand, which eyeshadow shade would suit your eye color, read our article on best eyeshadow colors for your eyes. Once you’ve selected the right eyeshadow shade, get your eyeshadow brush, dab it into your chosen shade and apply to your eyelids by gliding the brush across your eyelids.

Next up is to apply eyeliner. Applying gel or liquid eyeliner can be a little bit tricky so here’s a pretty cool hack. Apply kohl eyeliner across the tip of your eyelids first, then apply liquid or gel eyeliner by following the kohl eyeliner line.

While waiting for your gel or liquid eyeliner to dry and set, touch up your brows by combing using your brow brush.

Then, to finish off the basic eye makeup look, apply the lengthening and volumizing mascara to your eyelashes. Then you’re done and good to go! Your eye makeup is complete.

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Basic Makeup Steps

To get started on using makeup as a beginner and creating your ideal makeup look, here are some easy and basic makeup steps to follow to get the look and to get going. You can start off by investing in a drugstore makeup set for beginners. And another thing: take your time to apply your makeup and master the techniques.

You will need:

  • Cleanser
  • Toner
  • Moisturizer
  • Primer
  • Beauty blender or foundation brush
  • Foundation, concealer or tinted moisturizer
  • Eye primer
  • Eyeshadow
  • Eyeliner
  • Mascara
  • Blush brush
  • Blush or bronzer
  • Lipstick or lip gloss

Step One

Start with a ‘blank canvas’: your face needs to be clean and clear so cleanse, tone and moisturize your face before applying makeup. Make sure you use the right cleanser for your skin type (i.e. normal, oily, combination, dry or mature.) To get rid of impurities, exfoliate your face.

Step Two

Apply primer all over your face. This is a ‘base’ for your makeup and it will smooth over your complexion.

Step Three

For a flawless complexion that’s free from blemishes, under eye circles and discolorations, use foundation, concealer or tinted moisturizer using a beauty blender or a foundation brush and blend into the skin. Make sure that you seek out the right shade. Here’s some advice on how to choose the best foundation for your skin.

Step Four

Apply your eye makeup look (see previous steps above.) Apply eye primer, eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara. Don’t forget to touch up your brows.

Step Five

Using a blush brush, apply a hint a blush to your cheeks. If you don’t want rosy hues or you have olive skin, use bronzer instead for a golden hue.

Step Six

Give your complexion a little bit of a glow by applying a hint of highlighter at the top of your cheekbones.

Step Seven

Last but not least, it’s time to focus on the lips. Moisturize your lips by applying lip balm to prevent chapped lips. Then choose from lipstick or lip gloss and apply on your lips. To make your lips stand out, apply lip liner or lip crayon before applying lipstick or lip gloss. Depending on the look you want for your lips, you can achieve a matter, sheer, bold or glossy finish.

While these makeup steps are basic, simple and easy to follow, they will help you to achieve a beautiful look without having to act like a beauty expert. Plus, with more practice and experimentation, you can improve your makeup skills in no time. Plus, there’s a lot of information out there so you can discover new hints, tips, trends and different looks and tutorials to try out.

So start trying out these basic makeup tutorial tips and get that makeup look!

Are you a beginner in the world of makeup? How long have you been experimenting with cosmetics? What are your basic makeup tutorial steps?