As a professional makeup artist, I’ve worked with hundreds of women for the most important occasions and events in their lives. From weddings, to branding photoshoots, and speaking engagements, my job is to make women look amazing and feel confident.
Every time I do a woman’s makeup, I hear the same thing: “I wish I could do my makeup like you do. I don’t know how to do my makeup. I’ve been wearing the same makeup since 8th grade. I don’t think I’m doing it right.” Does this sound like you?
I admit, it would be great to be like the Kardashians who have their own personal artists come make them up every day (or at least that’s how I imagine it). But you don’t have to be a celeb to look great every time you leave the house. You can easily learn how to do your makeup and look amazing. All you need is a little practice, belief in yourself, and some tips from me!
Here are my top 3 tips to do your makeup like a pro!
1. A little goes a long way. Do you feel like your makeup looks caked on, or like you wearing a ton? You’re probably using too much. Or you’re wearing full coverage for everything. You don’t need to wear as much makeup as you think you do. It looks more modern, fresh and young to just wear enough to enhance your features without covering or changing them.
Look at changing your full coverage foundation to a sheer one or a tinted moisturizer. Skip the Kardashian contouring and add shape to your face with a light dusting of bronzer and a pretty blush. Use the tiniest amount of a loose, translucent powder to set your makeup rather than a colored powder compact.
2. Your brushes are magic erasers. Do you ever get frustrated because you’ve put too much blush on, or your eye shadow looks messy? You can use your brushes to erase your mistakes and have your makeup looking clean and beautiful.
Use your foundation brush with the leftover foundation on it to blend out streaky blush or contouring. Use a fluffy eye shadow brush dipped in a little concealer to erase eye shadow fall out beneath your eyes. Swipe your concealer brush up at the corner of your eye to clean up eye shadow that makes your eyes look droopy. Does your eyeshadow look like your drew it on with a crayon? Use a clean fluffy brush to blend out the harsh lines so it fades into the skin or the next color. Does your red lipstick look less than perfect? Use your concealer brush with leftover concealer to clean up smudged lipstick around your mouth.
3. Flawless skin is everything. This is what sets apart a great makeup look from an ok one. If you skin looks good, then you don’t need to wear a lot of other makeup. And if you’re not blessed with naturally clear, glowing skin, you can fake it with good products and techniques.
Spend most of your getting ready time on perfecting your skin, rather than a complicated eye look. It can be easy to just slap on some foundation or powder and then spend 30 minutes trying to perfect a smoky eye you saw on you tube. But if your skin doesn’t look good, no one is going to care about your perfect liner.
Massage in your moisturizer, so your skin absorbs it and is really hydrated. Add in an illuminating cream on top of your cheekbones and under your foundation to give your skin a natural glow. Take time to blend in your foundation so it looks like skin rather than makeup. Use thin layers of concealer to cover up dark circles or a blemish, instead of putting a whole blob on all at once.
Doing your makeup doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, it can be easy and should be fun! I want you to feel confident in your own makeup skills, and know you look amazing every day.