So, why do we wear makeup? We want to look good, right, we want guys the guys to think we are hot and the girls to be jealous and envious. But, I thought, BETTER YET: why not make them think we didn't even try?!
Guess what is more sexy than anything in the world to a lot of guys? A girl that is confident enough to not wear makeup. You might be freaking out about the thought of not wearing makeup...but who says you can't wear a little with no one even being able to tell? Here is how:
1. Have a smooth blank canvas to work with
Make sure you wash your face every night and every morning (trust me it makes a difference!) Try face washes until you find the one that is perfect for you. Also make sure you moisturize your face, especially if you have combination or dry skin. It is important to figure out your skin type in order to pick the best products. If you have acne, I know it will be a little harder but be patient.
2. Don't go crazy on eye makeup!
Find out what your natural eye lid color is and use an eye shadow that best matches that. Then, do the same thing for above your eyelid up to your brow bone (this should be a smidge darker). You might feel naked after looking at your face with this on,but, relax...it will come together.
3. Concealer is your best friend
I don't know about you but I have AWFUL under eyes circles. Here is what I do: I use a yellow concealer and make three to five dots in the area just below the circle. Don't use very much just a small amount! Then I dab it in carefully with my ring finger all the way up to my lower lash area and just below the circle. If you just put concealer in the circle itself it will make it worse. After the yellow, I use a concealer over it that is a shade lighter than my skin(applying the same way as the yellow). When you look in the mirror you will notice under your eyes looks way lighter...don't worry it will work out :) With acne use concealer and don't use too much and make sure you really dab it in. If you have red spots invest in a green concealer that will help.
4. Do your homework!
What I mean by this is know what your skin type is before deciding what face makeup you want to use! Do you want to use a foundation, pressed powder, loose powder, etc. For example, if you have oily skin a foundation might not be the best bet unless it is oil free and works with oily skin. The next step is to accept your skin shade! A lot of us want to go darker because we think it makes us look a little tanner or covers up more imperfections:not true! If you find yourself having to apply makeup to your neck to match then you chose the wrong color. Your shade should blend into your skin and the only difference should be that your skin looks a little smoother. A lot of places, believe it or not, will let your return it if it doesn't work...so keep your receipt! If you have the opportunity to test a shade do it, and ask for help too and get a second opinion.
Learning how to do contouring and highlighting takes a little practice but it is worth trying out! Look it up on the internet and watch a couple tutorial videos. The basic concept is contouring means darkening(making the areas you darken stand back)For instance, applying a darker shade just below the cheekbone and up towards the temple area makes your face look more lifted and gives more pronounced cheekbones. Highlighting means brightening areas you want to pop. Think about this: when you see the moon in the dark sky doesn't it seem to pop and catch your attention? When done, make sure you fully blend and it doesn't look unnatural.
I hope this was helpful! Makeup takes practice and a little bit of time to get it down. I suggest practicing makeup in your free time to get a feel for it. Watch videos and tutorials online and try it for yourself. Also, make sure to research before you buy stuff (especially if it is expensive) that way you will know if it is worth the cash. I think that makeup should enhance what we love about ourselves and hide what we need to without it even being noticeable. Why should we keep people guessing what we really look like by hiding behind makeup?