Hello, loves! Today I was looking back on photos that were taken around the era that I was getting into makeup and really trying to do it everyday. I was trying to do things that my skill set just wasn’t ready for yet. I was feeling this emoji the whole time: 🤦🏻♀️ and wondering why in the world anyone let me out in public like that. So I decided to make this post. This is a full face of makeup for beginners. Simple, easy, and quick. Of course you can change and/or omit any steps here to make it your style. Also, if I didn’t have the drugstore brand, I just showed the high end version I had of that type of product. Okay, enough talking, let’s get into it!
The first step is always moisturizer. I like Illuminating moisturizers like the L’Oréal Glotion but anything will suffice. I like Cetaphil a lot too!
I always do my brows before I move on to my face to give the moisturizer time to sink into the skin. For brows, I recommend a pencil for starting out, just because I think you will be more comfortable with that. You’re used to holding and using a pencil. I think that will make it easier for you. I usually just grab a cheap pencil that also has a spooly end. I’ve heard great things about the NYX Micro pencil I believe it’s called. However, I think powder is easier to apply. Mine is from a subscription box, but I know you can get some in the drugstore. No matter what product you use, all you do is fill in and shape your brow the way you want it. You can build brow powder up easily, so it can be as light or dark as you’d like. It’s also really easy to clean up if you make a mistake. Just take some concealer on a small detail brush and go over the mistake. Then pretend it never happened. 🙂
I’m not picky when it comes to primer. I’ve used the Maybelline Age Rewind Primer and it did what I needed it to. It was a typical silicone primer. It filled pores and made my skin nice and smooth for foundation application. Just rub this all over your face using your fingers. For eyeshadow primer I still usually just use some of whatever concealer I’m using. Just put a little dot on each eye lid and blend it out.
As you guys know, I don’t wear foundation everyday. But when I did, I like the L’Oréal Lumi foundation. It was cheap and of course, as a dry girl, I loved it’s dewy finish. Just pump this out on the back of your hand to warm it up a little. That makes it blend into your skin easier. Then just use a brush or a sponge and put it all over your face and blend it on in! I personally prefer a sponge over a brush. I’ve heard great things about the Real Techniques beauty sponge.
I like FULL COVERAGE concealers. Before I got hooked on the Tarte Shape Tape, I was a huge fan of the Hard Candy Glamoflauge Concealer. It’s extremely full coverage, although it’s a little drying. It’s beautiful and definitely does what you want it to do. Just put this under your eyes, and on any blemishes you may have. Use a brush or a sponge to blend it out.
6. Setting Powder
You can use any translucent powder for this. I personally like the ELF Illuminating Powder. It just brings more life to the skin and makes you glow. I love it. Just sweep this all over the face with a big powder brush.
Here, you can go as simple or as complex as you want. Sometimes I just throw some of whatever bronzer I’m wearing in the crease and some of whatever highlight I’m wearing on the lid and I’m out the door. No matter what kind of look you’re doing, always start by taking a big, fluffy brush and applying a matte cream shade all over the lid. Anywhere you primed for eyeshadow with either concealer or eyeshadow primer. This will help the shadow you use after this to blend easier. I love Creme Brûlée from Wet ‘N’ Wild for this job. I always find this at my local dollar tree. To start the look, I recommend a nice, middle of the road brown shade for the crease. Something like Frappe from Make Up Geek. That’s a warm toned brown that’s pigmented so it’s quick to apply because you don’t have to build it up. But it’s not so dark that it looks odd in the crease. Use a fluffy brush and put it where the crease is in your eyelid, using windshield wiper motions. Don’t use too much product, and make sure you do the windshield wiper motions a lot. That’s the key to beautiful eyeshadow: blending. You can just stop there if you want, or you can go into a shimmer shade for your lid. Go with one that with blend easily into your crease shade. For instance, when I use Frappe in my crease, I like to pair it with Amber Rush from the L’Oréal Infallible line. That blends easily and compliments Frappe, so it doesn’t look awkward if I accidentally don’t blend well enough. I like to use a concealer brush for this. And if you want, you can take a pencil brush or a thin eyeshadow brush and run some of your transition shade along you lower lash line. This will take the look to a whole new level! And lastly, take a light shimmer shade, like Iced Latte from the L’Oréal Infallible line on any kind of eye brush really. Pop that right under the brow and right on the inner corner of the eyes. Don’t make it too intense, make sure it blends with the transition shade.
I always like to take a black pencil liner and put that in my waterline and tightline. Any waterproof black pencil will do for this. I liked the L’Oréal Infallible Liner before I found Urban Decays 24/7 Waterliner. If you want to be bold and try a wing, I have a how to here. One of my favorite liners to do a wing with is the Physicans Formula Eye Booster Liner. It has a brush tip applicator and is very comparable to the KVD Tattoo Liner in Trooper.
9. Lash Curling/Mascara
I’ve always curled my lashes and up until a couple years ago, I just used the cheapest curler at the drugstore. It will do the job just fine. I recommend warming it up by putting it under your leg or in your bra while you do the rest of your makeup. A warm lash curler will make the lashes curl more and make the curl last longer. Just like a hot curling iron for your hair. Next is mascara. You all know exactly what mascara I’m going to recommend. Yes, the Covergirl Lash Blast. This is my holy grail, ride or die, tried and true mascara. I can’t even count how many tubes of this I’ve gone through. Just apply this normally to the upper and lover lashes. If any mascara accidentally gets on your skin, just leave it for a few minutes so it dries then just take a brush and swipe it off. It should come off cleanly after it dries.
I like to use a cool toned shade for contouring. I’ve never used one from the drugstore, but I’ve seen contour kits there a million times. I just take a small face brush and run the contour shade along the hollows of my cheeks. (Think from the top of your ear to the corner of your lip.) And down the sides of your nose. (Around in between your eyes down around the tip.) Or you can check out my How To Contour Like A Pro post here.
I’m not picky when it comes to shades of blush. I love them all. Just make sure you don’t go too have handed, because you can go from chic to clown real quick. I’ve been meaning to pick up some Milani blushes, as I’ve heard great things about them. Just take a big, fluffy brush and apply the blush to the apples of the cheeks and up. (Basically right above of your contour.) make sure you don’t lose your contour in all that!
You guys know what I’m going to recommend for this product, too. Yes, Physicans Formula Butter Bronzer. It never fails me! It smells divine and blends like a dream. Just take a middle of the road face brush (not too big, not too small) and blend this all along the perimeter of the face, into the hair line, and I like to take it on top of my contour a little bit, just to warm it up and blend it all together some.
My favorite part! Maybelline has their Master Chrome line and Wet ‘N’ Wild has come out with some good ones, too! Just take a decent amount of product on a smaller face brush and pop that highlight right on the tops of your cheek bones. (Right above your blush.)
I recommend a nude lip color because you can never go wrong with a nude lip. I like the L’Oréal Infallible line of matte liquid lipsticks. (I’m realizing how much of the L’Oréal Infallible line I like. Sorry! Lol.) Or even just a balm, like EOS.
15. Setting Spray
L’Oréal has a great setting spray, and I’ve heard great things about the Wet ‘N’ Wild and ELF ones! Just spritz this generously all over your face, locking everything in place for all day wear.
And that’s it, lovelies. That’s my recommended full face of makeup for a newbie to the makeup world. It’s simple, and really the base for any look. You could take this tutorial and go any way you wanted to with it. Throw on some false lashes, change up the lip color, or add some deeper shadow shades. That would change this whole look! And you could just follow the tutorial for a casual, everyday makeup look that won’t make you look like you were trying too hard or doing anything outside of your skill level. (AKA you won’t be going out looking crazy.) I hope you guys enjoyed this post. Let me know if you did down in the comments. Thank y’all so much for reading and hanging out with me today. I’ll see you guys next time!