My Guide To Flawless Makeup
By Ifeoluwa Dada
19th October, 2018
19th October, 2018
Fun fact about me; I’ve always loved makeup. I remember being 11/12 years old, slapping my Mary Kay Creme-to-powder foundation on my face and putting one shade of eyeshadow on my lids, feeling like the baddest 12 year old. After I graduated secondary school, I decided to learn makeup artistry, so my makeup got a little better, but to be honest, much of the improvement came from the continued practise long after beauty school. I used to do makeup as a side hustle but I dropped it after I realized I really only liked doing it on my own face. Ever notice times when you beat your face, and you do everything how you learnt, but for some reason it just doesn't look right but you can’t really figure out what's wrong? Well I used to get that a lot, and little by little I figured out what was wrong with my makeup and I've been able to gather these little tips which I believe might be helpful to someone else out there. So sit back, relax, and get ready to up your makeup game.
First things first, if you do your foundation before your brows then you’re wrong. Like wyd sis? It’s brows, eyes, skin work and then lips. Everyone knows this. Its law. The main reason I believe skin work should be last is because applying eyeshadow and drawing & concealing your brows can be messy, imagine blending out your foundation and concealer perfectly only to have massive fallout from your eyeshadow, doing a poor job of blending it out, and then having to walk around with green pigment where your highlight should be. Tragic. If you’re going to go down that road at all, I strongly suggest leaving some setting powder on your undereye area so it’s easier to sweep off fallout. When doing your brows, please use a concealer that’s not more than two shades lighter than your regular foundation shade because we're really not trying to bring halo eyebrows back.
Moving on to the base, since I have really oily skin, there’s this thing I usually do. After putting on some primer, I like to go over my face with some setting powder. It just helps to make my face even more matte, which in turn makes your makeup last longer. I actually learned this from a Jackie Aina tutorial. If you have dry skin, you could skip this completely. Now still on setting powder, I've found its best to press it into your skin, rather than just packing it on your face. Also, if you’re chocolate skinned like myself, there’s really no need for you to be using setting powder that’s way too light because flashback is real! Setting powder- and contour- is not a one-size-fits-all thing. You have to pick a shade that will complement your skin tone. We're not about to be out here looking crazy. About foundation, I only have one word. Blend.
Now it’s time for the one makeup step that gets everyone excited. Yep you guessed it; HIGHLIGHT. Now one thing I’ve learned is if you really want that highlight to pop and blind your enemies, spray your applicator with a facial mist right before you apply it. You can thank me later. Now, we all love a good matte lip, don’t we? But don’t you just hate it when you put on matte lipstick and your lips feel like actual, literal concrete? It will really have you feeling like there’s harmattan and it’s not a pretty sight. Cracked, dry looking lips have never and will never be cute. But luckily, I have a tip for that too. Just apply some lipgloss before you put on your matte lipstick. Your lips will thank you. I really hope these little tips can be useful to someone, so we can all shine together. Till next time x