3 Tips To Help You Step Up Your Makeup Game

3 Tips To Help You Step Up Your Makeup Game

A few pointers for the novices and the newbies.

Now personally, I LOVE makeup, to me, it's a form or artistry and a way for one to express themselves and their creativity, however for the longest time I was terrible at applying it. More recently, even though I’m still working on perfecting my makeup skills, I’ve gotten much better at applying makeup seamlessly. This wasn't by chance a thoughtless or completely easy process but thanks to practice, and a number or YouTube tutorials I have gotten the hang of the application process, and I’m going to share with you some of the tips, tricks, and information that helped me progress at the trade.

1. Skincare matters

Without a good foundation, a house is bound to fall apart and be unsteady. The same with your makeup, without a good skincare method, and good skin preparation your makeup will not appear as flawless as you would like, and it won't last as long as you'd like either. Finding a good skincare routine for your personal skin problems is important.

Whether you have dry, oily, sensitive, or acne-prone skin, being aware and using products tailored to fit those specific skin needs is crucial for creating a smooth base for your foundation. Remember skincare, and makeup goes hand in hand, especially in regards to skin type. Foundations have all different types of formulas that make them better for the use of people with certain skin types, compared to others, not only does skin care and knowing your skin type help set up a good base for your foundation, but it also plays a role in whether the foundation itself will work well on you or not.

2. A bad color match will result in bad makeup

Now if you've watched as many YouTube tutorials as me, you hear all this makeup jargon that's thrown around that can make your head spin if you let it all. Foundation matching to a makeup novice is one of the hardest things to do, it has to do with undertones, which have to do with your skin color, compared to your eye color, compared to the color of your veins...it's all just really confusing.

Sometimes there are not always people available to help us get color matched correctly, and sometimes their original match for us isn’t correct. Different makeup artists and gurus around the world all have different ways they swatch foundations to find their correct shade, it can be a unique and different process for everybody, but a way that has personally worked for me was a method introduced by YouTuber and former MUA, Jackie Aina. In order to find her perfect foundation match she swatches the colors against her chest and blends them all in, and whatever color blends most perfectly into her chest (basically to the point where it unnoticeable to most people) is her foundation color.

However, this method doesn’t work for everyone, so there are a couple other methods that can be used when needing to find the perfect match, YouTuber, and Influencer Patricia Bright uses the same swatch method on her hand to find her perfect shade match, all while other common places used to shade match are the neck, the jawline, and the inside of one's wrist. The key to getting the perfect shade match is not being too quick or allowing yourself to be pressured into buying something, and of course, trial an error, when in doubt just ask for a sample to take home and try on your own with your regular routine to see if you like it or not.

3. It's all by preference

The application of foundation is hard as it is, but when one also accounts for concealer, color corrector, blush, bronzer, contour, eyeshadow, highlighter, and only God knows what else it's easy to look like a colorful, patchy clown. Do not fret, however, because since makeup application is different for everyone, everyone is going to have a different routine from the next person and that's ok!

Maybe you like looking glowy instead of sculpted, or maybe you love your features chiseled but you don't really like dewey-ness or many extra colors on your face, or maybe you love the more natural look of some light dew and rosy cheeks, the great news about makeup is it's your preference. If you don't want to use every single product you don't have to. If you want to use every single product in your makeup arsenal that's fine too, it's about whatever makes you happy, and feel beautiful in your own right.

I hope my few pointers, and words of wisdom helped you progress a little bit further on your makeup journey, now pick up your brushes (or sponges) and blend away my darlings, blend away.

Cover Image Credit: Unsplash.com

Popular Right Now

10 Outfits Every College Girl Wears To Class At Least Once

You can thank me later.

It's happened on more than one occasion.

The occasion of being called out more than once for dressing down for class and by "down" I mean some of the haters we hate to love claiming that they can't see the shorts we're wearing under the oversized band tee on our way to class.

Contrary to popular belief, yes I'm not oblivious to how my choice of outfits for class tends to shift on the more comfortable side and yes, I am aware that it looks like I'm not wearing pants, I like it that way.

Every girl in college wears what they feel is comfortable enough to wear in a 2-hour lecture and these are my ideas of comfort.

1. The infamous oversized tee with Nike shorts.

I'll say it right now, I have a variety of assorted Soffee and Nike shorts that I pair with almost every oversized tee I own and it's my go-to for those 8 AM math lectures.

2. Oversized tee with leggings and riding boots.

Once the first red, yellow and orange leaf is found on campus grounds, you know you're about to see a swarm of college girls, like me, sporting riding boots in every shade of brown. Jeans optional.

3. Oversized tee with leggings and rain boots.

Once the first rainfall hits campus, you better believe you'll see this same 'fit paired with Hunter boots in almost every color.

4. The "I'm going to the gym right after class, I SWEAR" look.

Whether or not I have plans to go to the gym after class or not, I'm probably in my gym gear 4 times of the week and I'm not ashamed by it.

5. Jeans.

I've always had a hate/hate relationship with wearing jeans when I absolutely do not have to and here's why: they make my derriere completely disappear. When (and if) you catch me wearing jeans in lecture hall it's probably because someone paid me a large sum of money to do so.

6. Your boyfriend's flannel paired with... you guessed it, your favorite pair of leggings.

This is probably one of the many flannels I've stolen from my boyfriend and certainly not the last one. Paired with another favorite standard black leggings, you can't go wrong with this outfit to snooze in.

7. The baseball hat and quarter zip ensemble.

One of my all times favorites, you can't go wrong with a zipper up 3x too big for your body and a baseball hat you honestly forgot where you got it from. We also can't forget our infamous black leggings.

8. Your "walk of shame" outfit.

Now, this doesn't mean you roll up to Intro to Psychology wearing what you wore to the lacrosse mixer the night before, no. This is more of the outfit you so quickly had to throw on in a span of two minutes because you left so and so's apartment downtown an hour too late.

9. A v-neck.

Another one of my favorites.

10. Dresses (or anything even relatively formal).

Disclaimer: I personally would never come to class wearing this but gigantic kudos to cute a** girls that do decide to wear this because you look good.

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

Tips For A Young Adult Who Wants An Awesome Credit Score

You’re going to need it, so you might want to start building it.


Ah, the infamous credit score. Here you are, an emerging adult with no credit or bad credit. What do you do? You need a good credit score to do “adult" things. Unless you're a billionaire who pays everything in cash, but that's not me and it's probably not you either since you're reading this, you need to build a decent credit score. Here are a few tips I've learned to boost those numbers.

If you're good, and I mean penny-pinching, stingy money hoarding, only pay bills and buys the cheapest necessities good, you should consider a credit card.

Credit cards will get you into so much financial trouble so fast, but they do build credit. I recommend doing your research on some student credit cards. They offer lower interest rates and rewards for good grades and purchases on gas and things like that.

Only make purchases on your credit card that you have the cash in hand, or bank account, to pay off right then. Basically, use your credit card as an extension of your debit card. Set money aside for every one of your credit purchases in some sort of savings account specifically for your credit card to pay at the end of the month.

I've heard that keeping a small percent of what your credit limit is on your credit card will build great credit if you continue making monthly payments, but ALWAYS have the money to pay the whole sum of debt set aside. Never let your debt become unmanageable.

For those of you who have less self-control, go to the bank and tell them you are trying to build your credit score. Some banks will give you a small loan and place it directly into a savings account. They then will draw your monthly payments from that account. You never have the money, so you don't have the option to spend it.

THIS. I so wish I would have thought about this when I was first trying to build credit. You live and learn. Just sharing an awesome idea I was told about. I'm sure you might have to pay interest but it wouldn't be much and worth it not to go crazy in debt with a credit card.

This one is for the parents out there. Help your kid out and put their name on something you pay for.

Their first car. Even if you're making the payments they get some credit *pun intended* for your generosity. Maybe even add them to one of your credit cards but only if you're one of those “good" types that know how to use one to build great credit.

These are just a few ideas to help kick start the climb to great credit. Always be real with yourself and your spending habits. Be smart about purchases and your debts and always have the money to pay what you owe. Good luck!

Related Content

Facebook Comments