Monday, 15 February 2016

Beginners Guide to Makeup | The Lipstick Hub

In today's post I'll be showing you how to do a very natural, basic makeup look, tell you some application tips and tell you guys any tips and tricks of the trade. I've also got a little glossary of terms at the bottom of the page so you know some makeup terminology and can understand beauty guru's during their videos.

In this video I do a very basic look just to show you guys how you may apply makeup and some products that are very easy to use and are hella affordable. In no way do I claim to be a beauty guru or expert, this is just something I thought I'd throw together to make your lives easier.

Application of makeup:
  • For foundation I would definitely recommend a 'stippling' motion when using a foundation brush or makeup sponge. Stippling is first applying the foundation in circular motions across your skin and then dabbing the smaller areas to buff it out and make it look more blended and even. When applying foundation you should always add some to your neck and ears as well, don't directly apply some, just dab the excess on those areas, this is to avoid getting a harsh foundation line.When matching foundation to your skin tone, always use the bottom of your cheek on your jawline. This will give you the most natural skin tone rather than going with the back of your hand.
  • For winged eyeliner, if you want it as even as possible but need some assistance, you can use Shadow Shields or you can use some good ol' Scotch Tape, just be sure to stick it to the back of your hand a couple times before putting it under your eye. When using the eyeliner, whether it be liquid, pencil or gel, start from the wing, bring it to the outer corner of your eye. Now that you have the wing, start from the inner corner and then connect it to the wing.
  • When applying liquid lipsticks start with your bottom lip and do not smack your lips together, this will help prevent smudging, flaking and an uneven application. Instead do one lip at a time and let it dry before moving on to the next one.

Tips and tricks of the trade:
  • Let your mascara dry first before wiping it away with a cotton bud.
  • Use concealer around the lips to clean up the shape of your lips or any bleeding (which means the lipstick is sinking into the lines around your mouth).
  • When doing your waterline eye makeup, using a makeup sponge to pull down your under eye area will prevent makeup coming off.
  • Using translucent loose powder on top of your lipstick will mattify it.

Glossary of terms:
  • Baking - to let loose setting powder set on the highlighted areas of your face.
  • Low-end or drugstore products - products that come from brands that are typically on the cheaper side, and come from places like chemists, Priceline, Target, Kmart, Big W etc.
  • High-end or luxury products - products that come from brands that are typically on the more expensive side, and come from places like Myer, David Jones, Sephora, Mecca etc.
  • Feathering - in terms of lip products, when something feathers, it comes off the lips in small flakes, similar to bleeding.
  • Tight-line - the opposite of the waterline, the line beneath your upper lashes.
  • FOTD/MOTD - Often used in hashtags, Face Of The Day or Makeup Of The Day usually refers to your makeup look for that particular day.
  • MUA - Make Up Artist.
  • Dupe - A similar product to said other product, usually on the cheaper side but not always.