How to Apply Makeup Professionally

Ever wanted to know how to apply makeup professionally? There are so many products available that its hard to know what you should and what you shouldn't try. It's a real dilemma, especially if you're just starting out! 

You'll also need to know what colors to wear and which brands to buy! Choosing can be so confusing! Keep in mind that any brands that work well for your complexion and your pocketbook are probably your best options:o)

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Trial and error will help you choose what brands work best for you. If you buy products from a superstore, at least you won't be wasting loads of money on expensive brands you may end up not liking but have to buy first to try!

There are a couple of basic steps to follow to learn how to apply makeup. Natural looking makeup is definitely fashionable, but color and shimmer is great to.

The key is to get in mind what look you want before you start. It’ll help you in the process to know before hand what you’re trying to achieve. Knowing how to apply makeup is tricky but it can be a blast too.

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Don't use heavy, cakey makeup ever. You will only look like you're wearing heavy, cakey makeup. If learn how to apply makeup correctly, you’ll look emphatically beautiful. Makeup should definitely make you look better, not worse!

Get the right mindset first too. Learning how to apply makeup can be and should be like an adventure!

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How to Apply Makeup Professionally

Before you start any makeup application, pull your hair back so you can clearly see your entire face. Hair falling in front of your eyes won't help you much!

Step ONE: How to Apply Makeup - Clean Your Face
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If you don’t clean your face properly, you will be painting a dirty picture. Use a mild facial cleanser or skin toner to create a smooth palette. Any artist will tell you that you can't paint a beautiful picture on a dirty canvas!

You also need to be sure your hands are clean! As you apply makeup, you will be touching your face quite a bit with your fingertips! If hands are grungy, you will transfer oils to your face which may end up becoming zits!

This would also create a good opportunity to shape your eyebrows if you haven't done that in a while.

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Step TWO: How to Apply Makeup - Apply a Moisturizer

Apply a moisturizer directly after cleansing to help hydrate your skin. I like to use Oil of Olay daily moisturizer first, then apply a facial serum over it.

Use a moisturizer every day of the year! Remember that most people are out in the sun more during the summer months so don't scrimp. pply sunscreen over lotion if the brand you choose doesn't have sunscreen listed as an ingredient.

*TIP: When you apply lotion to your face be especially careful around the delicate eyes. ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS use gentle strokes. I suggest using your middle or ring finger for lotion application.

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Step THREE: How to Apply Makeup - Apply Foundation – Foundations are the base of your makeup. I hope you do use one as they help protect your delicate facial skin from pollutants and sun rays!

Since there are many types of foundations to choose from, application is going to vary slightly for each one. The key is distribution... making sure you get every nook and cranny covered uniformly!

Make sure you cover your entire face; down into the hairline, nose, and under the chin, blending it down onto the neck. Be sure not to leave any areas that have obvious lines. BLEND WELL!

You can get more help for applying the varying types below...

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Step FOUR: How to Apply Makeup - Apply Blush

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Apply a light dusting of bronze or blush onto the cheek areas, high up on the cheek bones in a triangular pattern that follows your natural cheek bones. The longer part of the triangle will go over your cheek bone downward. The skinnier part of the triangle should be directed toward your nose!

If you don't have high cheek bones, envision where they would be if you had em, and create them with your blush. To create high cheek bones, simply use your regular blush where cheek bones would naturally be on your face. Use a contrasting darker color underneath your cheek bone application. Use a larger brush to sweep over the blush and blend them together. Remember, you are the artist and this is your picture!

*TIP: Blend blush with a large makeup brush. You should NOT see any lines of demarcation where your makeup ends and your blush begins.

*TIP: You only want to give a ‘hint’ of blush, for a natural look. Apply too much and you'll either look like a clown or like you don't know how to apply makeup correctly!

More about blush application here.

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Step FIVE: How to Apply Makeup - Apply Eye Liner

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Using a basic black eyeliner pencil most of the time will save you a lot of headaches on choosing but colors are certainly an option. Use darker liner colors if you want your eyes to stand out and lighter colors if you're not doing anything special.

Ask your friends for their advice too if your not sure what colors look best. Most close friends will tell you the truth.

Liquid eyeliner is a wonderful tool if you want to give the illusion of longer lashes and bigger eyes. Use them sparingly if you're always stressed for time... Pencil liners are definitely easier to get used to!

*TIP: If you use liquid eyeliner's and like more distinct lines and dramatic eyes, apply eyeshadow first, then apply the eyeliner on top.

*TIP: If you use pencil liner's, apply liner's first, then eyeshadow. Smudge for a muted effect.

To learn more about basic eyeliner application, here's the link.

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Step SIX: How to Apply Makeup - Apply Eye Shadow

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If you use eyeshadow, then apply it first before you apply mascara. Follow manufacturers directions that’s on the packaging. (Usually found on the back.)

If you buy eyeshadow that comes as a blend of colors that look naturally good together, there will be instructions as to where to apply each color on the eyelid. You may even see a diagram so it's easier to understand. As a general rule however, apply the neutral color over the entire lid, the darker shade in the crease, and the lighter shade on the brow bone.

Eyeshadow pigments have come a long way so you won’t need much to get good coverage. A little definitely goes a long way. There is a huge variety of color choices today, that's a fact.

*TIP: Choose carefully and opt for the colors that compliment your own skin tone.

Get more tips on how to use eyeshadows here.

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Step SEVEN: How to Apply Makeup - Apply Mascara

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I used to apply mascara a lot more when I was younger. I don’t bother much with it anymore unless I have something special going on or am feeling funky. It's perfectly fine to use one everyday though... that is, as long as you remove it each night before bed.

For the best results, curl your eye lashes before applying mascara if you can. The problem that I have with most curlers, is that some of the less expensive brands can leave an imprint under your eyes after using them.

*TIP: There is a bit of a learning curve when you curl lashes. The more you use your curler, the better you get!

Apply mascara first to the base of the lashes and then pull the wand towards the end of the eyelashes. Be sure to separate lashes as you go. Apply as much as you like to both top and bottom lashes... or any one of the two.

*TIP: Be careful not to get mascara in your eye. It will hurt if you do. Ouch!

Get more mascara tips here.

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Step EIGHT: How to Apply Makeup - Apply Lipstick

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If you like to use lipstick, then apply it last. You can either wear it alone or outline your lip with a lip pencil to help lips stand out.

For practical purposes, start out using the same liner shades as your lipstick or a neutral tone. Don’t stray too far outside the lip line though. It's just not kosher! So don't do it!

After you apply lip liner, fill in with your choice of lipstick. You can either brush it on or use right out of the tube.

*TIP: To keep lipstick in place longer, apply a moisturizer to your lips beforehand.

If I were on a deserted island and could only have one makeup item, it would be lipstick. Lipstick will enhance your appearance even if it's the only makeup you're wearing. Not so true of mascara, eye shadow, eyeliner, or foundation!

Find out more about basic lipstick and liner application here.

Learn how to take care of your lips here.

Final Step: Finishing Touches

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It really helps if you step away from the mirror for a few minutes and then look again. This will help you decide if you need any final finishing touches! Once you're satisfied, look again! You might see something you really like from the reflection in the mirror! You have just painted a beautiful picture!

Need help hiding imperfections?

Now you know exactly how to apply makeup professionally! So cool!

How to Apply Makeup Pages

Primer and Foundation Tips

Determine Your Skin Tone - Warm or Cool?
How to Choose the Right Foundation Make Up
Best Make Up Foundation for All Skin Types
5 Foundation Makeup Tips from Celebrity Makeup Artists
Make Up Primer - So Your Makeup Lasts Longer Than You Do!
Translucent Loose Powder – A Makeup Artist’s Secret Weapon
Conceal Facial Skin Discoloration Magically!
Foundation Make Up Tip to Hide Imperfections
Correct Your Face Shape Using Shading and Highlighting Techniques

Makeup Tips for Eyes

Tips for Beautiful Eyes - Anti Aging & Makeup Tips for the Best Looks
(There are lots of referring eye makeup pages listed on this page!)

Cheek and Lip Tips

Blush Application to Create Cheekbones
Use Skin Bronzer to Create a Warm Facial Glow Anytime of Year
How to Apply Lipstick and Lip Liner
What Shades of Red Lipstick Suit You Best?
How to Create Sensuous Full Lips – Corrective Lip Makeup Tips
6 Shades of Lipstick That are Perfect for Warmer Weather!
5 Lipstick Shades for Cooler Seasons

Makeup Color Tips

How to Avoid and Fix Makeup Mistakes
Your Makeup Color Season
Make Up Application - Ideas for Light Hair
Cosmetic Make Up for Dark Hair

Removing Makeup

How to Clean Your Make Up Brush
Is Using a Make Up Remover Necessity or Splurge?

General and Targeted Makeup Tips

Make Up Tips for Everyday Wear!
8 Makeup Tips for Oily Skin
11 Makeup Tips for Dry Skin
Makeup Solutions for Aging Skin

Seasonal Makeup Tips

Spring Makeup Trends 2017
Spring Makeup Trends 2016
Spring Makeup Trends for 2015
Spring Makeup Trends 2014
Makeup Tips for Summer
Makeup Tips for Fall
Makeup Tips for Winter

Makeup for Different Hair Colors

Makeup Colors for Redheads
Makeup Colors for Brunettes
Makeup Colors for Blondes

Makeup for All Occasions

Party Makeup Tips for Festive Occasions
Holiday Make Up Ideas for Party Girls!
Bridal Makeup Tips for Your Special Day
Prom Makeup for a Fairytale Night!
Teen Make Up – Experiment to Express Your Style!
Celebrities Without Makeup - A Lesson in Perspective!
Long Lasting Makeup Tips
Pretty in Pink Makeup - Perfect in Any Season
Sexy Make Up – Sizzling, Smutty, Sweltering!
Seductive Makeup – Tempting Fate with Bewitching Appeal!
Applying Makeup in Ten Minutes or Less

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