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The Correct Order To Apply Makeup Products

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Concealer after foundation? Blush before eyebrows? The order in which you should apply your makeup is a controversial topic, largely due to the differing opinions on what products should land on your face first.

But never fear—we’re breaking down the exact sequence for putting on makeup to help take out some of the guesswork and have you looking flawless.

The general rule of thumb? After going through your skincare routine (check out the correct order to apply your skincare products) consider the texture and staying power of what you put on next, and don’t be afraid to slightly alter the process to make it work for you.

Check out our step-by-step application guide—along with some of our favorite beauty products—below.

Step 1: Primer & Color Corrector
Using a primer and/or color corrector is optional, but if you choose to use either (or both) it should be done directly after your skincare routine. This will smooth and even out your complexion and help product stay put longer.

Step 2: Foundation
Foundation acts as a foundation (no pun intended) on which to build your other makeup. Look for a formula that will enhance your skin type and tone—this will help set your other products properly. if you have even skin, you can skip foundation entirely and dab a few spots of concealer on your trouble spots instead.

Step 3: Concealer
Always use concealer after putting on foundation to avoid using more product than necessary and to stop your skin from appearing cakey. Dab our buildable Cream Concealer on the spots that need more coverage (under your eyes, over blemishes, etc.), and then soften the edges with a Blender Brush.

Step 4: Blush, Bronzer, & Highlighter
To give your complexion a finishing touch, add a pop of color on your cheeks with blush, get your glow on with a shimmering highlighter, and/or try your hand at contouring with our Bronzer. Layer creams under powders if you choose to use both.

Step 5: Eyeshadow, Eyeliner, & Mascara
Coated eyelashes can get in the way when you’re trying to nail winged liner, so swipe on your mascara after applying your eyeshadow and eyeliner.

Step 6: Eyebrows
The intensity of your eyebrows should complement the rest of your makeup, so shape and fill your arches with our Cream Brow Pencil to match your entire look. (Pro tip: Feel free to interchange Steps 4, 5, & 6 depending on your preference)

Step 7: Lips
Because it’s the easiest to reapply as the day wears on, applying your lip color is always a good final step in your makeup routine, whether you’re simply dabbing on some tinted gloss or doing a full look with liner and lipstick.

Step 8: Translucent Powder or Setting Spray
You can use one, both, or neither, but these two products (try our Sea Mineral Hydra Mist) are made to help your makeup last longer and look better as the day goes on—apply them right before you head out the door.


A Beginners Guide to Eye Makeup

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Are you a self-proclaimed beginner in makeup?

There’s no shame in that, sister. We’ve all gone through that, not knowing what brush to use, where to apply eyeshadow, let alone how to blend properly. But don’t worry, we’ve got your back! This makeup tutorial will help any beginner learn how to do eye makeup correctly and beautifully from here on out.

Ready to learn some insider tips and tricks about eye makeup application?

Easy eye makeup for beginners.

Step 1

Always start with an eye primer.

Eye primer helps create a smooth surface for the eye makeup. Once the primer has dried, you can apply an eyeshadow base that helps make the eyeshadow stick to the skin better. If you don’t have an eyeshadow base, a concealer or foundation will do.

Always use eye primer first.

Step 2

Start with 4 basic shades.

For beginners, you want to start with 4 basic shades to pull off an everyday natural look. You need a highlighter that is a shade lighter than your skin tone, a matte mid-tone shade, a contour shade that is 2-3 shades darker than the skin and a matte black shade. If you have a facial highlighter, you can use that too.

Learn with a basic eyeshadow palette first.

Step 3

Grab the essential eye makeup brushes.

You will need a small flat eyeshadow brush for application, a small and medium-sized blending brush and a smudger (optional).

Get the right eye makeup brushes.

Step 4

Glide your flat brush on the lightest shade and apply this on the inner corner of the eyes. This is where most of the product should be and then you can easily blend outwards after.

Make sure to tap your brush before applying to remove excess product.

Apply the highlighter in the inner corner of the eyes.

Step 5

Here’s a neat trick you can try: Dip the tip of the brush in water enough to dampen it. Then glide it on the eyeshadow and apply again in the inner-most corner of the eyes (tearduct area). You’ll be amazed at how pigmented it is.

Use the damp brush trick to get more color.

When you’re done with that, use the same color and highlight the arch of your eyebrows.

Highlight the eyebrow for a defined arch.

Step 6

Now on to the mid-tone shade. Use a blending brush to apply the eyeshadow above the crease, blending from the outer corner inwards.

Work on your crease.

How will you know you didn’t overdo it with the shadow? Hold your brush at the edge of your nose going up to the edge of the eyes. Anything below the line should be clear.

Use this trick to check if you have enough eye makeup on.

Step 7

Contour the eyes.

Using the contour shade, apply from the outer corner while blending into the crease on the outer half of the eye. Please make sure that you don’t blend too high because the mid-tone shade should always be higher than the contour shade.

Contour the eyes for added depth.

Step 8

Your eyelid makeup is done so you can now proceed to the bottom part of the eye. Mix the mid-tone color and the contour shade and apply on the bottom lash line starting from the outer corner until it meets the highlighter.

Fill in the bottom lash line.

Step 9

To complete the look, apply the matte black eyeshadow on the outer corner of the eyes and close to the bottom lash line. This will make the eyes a little more dramatic.

Use black for more drama.

Step 10

But of course, it won’t look as pretty if your lashes aren’t curled…

Curl the lashes.

then mascara…

Use a mascara shield to prevent it from touching the face.


Add eyeliner for more eye definition.

and with practice, false eyelashes too!

Wear false eyelashes for extra dramatic eyes.

As you can see, this basic natural eye makeup is quite easy and with some practice, you’ll be able to master it. Once you do, blending colors and creating new looks will be as easy as eating pie!

Don’t forget to wash your brushes!

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Proper Makeup Routine Guide | What Goes First?

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Do you have a proper makeup routine you do every day? If you don’t, our comprehensive guide on what to put on first and put on next will help you immensely!

Proper Makeup Routine | Your Step-By-Step Guide

Are you trying to discover or rediscover the makeup world? Don’t be ashamed, we’ve all been there! We all started confused and to be honest, I just put on what I wanted back then regardless of the proper order.

Luckily, you need not go through that anymore because I’ll hold your hand and guide you through. Today, we have a step-by-step guide that will help you build your own proper makeup routine.

Are you ready to get started? Let’s do this!

Proper Makeup Routine for the Face

When putting on makeup, you must always start with the face before anything else. Although I’d recommend that you groom your brows first before doing your face makeup. So here’s what you need to do in an orderly fashion:

Step 1 – Primer

Just how a painter primes the wall before painting, you should also apply primer on your face first. Primer lets you create a smooth canvas for your foundation and concealer to blend beautifully.

Face primers also help reduce the appearance of pores, smoothen fine lines and wrinkles, and help makeup last longer. When applying primer, leave it to dry before applying anything else.

If you plan to use a tinted moisturizer instead, it can be your first step.

Step 2 – Foundation

Once the primer has dried, you can now apply your foundation. You can choose to apply with your ring finger (if you’re in a hurry), a sponge, or a foundation brush. When it comes to foundation, the secret to getting that flawless coverage is to blend your foundation smoothly and evenly. If you’re using BB cream, this is also the time to use it.

Step 3 – Concealer

Now it’s time to layer your concealer. In some cases, foundation will be enough to cover dark undereye circles, acne spots, and other red areas of the face. But for some people, they need concealer for more coverage. So just apply the concealer under the eyes by drawing a triangle and then blending out smoothly. Feel free to do spot concealing as well.

Do note that there are people who will tell you to apply concealer first before foundation, as this is an acceptable practice for some. However, we do not encourage this. By the time you apply your foundation over your concealer, you’ve already wiped away your concealer underneath.

Step 4 – Setting Powder

You wouldn’t want all those effort to go to waste once you head out the door right? The sun can easily melt away your foundation and concealer, so it is a must that you lock it in place with setting powder. Using a powder brush, just gently pat setting powder all over the face.

Step 5 – Blush or Bronzer

You now have a smooth and almost flawless canvas. It’s time to add some colors! First, apply blush. How? There’s an ideal way to apply blush for every face type. For women with tanned skin, they prefer layering bronzer on top of blush as well. Bronzers will give you a sunkissed glow.

Step 6 – Contour and Highlight

Now that you’ve added color, let’s add depth and dimension to the face. The ultimate secret for getting that perfectly defined face is to contour and highlight. Contouring is for defining the shadows on your face, while highlighting is brightening the areas of the face where the light hits the most.

Proper Makeup Routine for the Eyes

We are one-thirds of the way from completing our proper makeup routine. Next stop? The eyes! This is the area where you’ll spend most of your time in because of the small fine details. Eye makeup also needs to be done properly because it’s the highlight of any look!

Step 7 – Eyebrow Makeup

With eyebrows well-groomed, you can go ahead and fill in the brows. You can use a brow pomade, eyebrow pencil, or eyebrow powder for filling in.

What’s really important here is that you create the perfect shape of eyebrows for your face. Once you’re done filling in, you can finish up with an eyebrow mascara.

Eyebrows frame the eyes, which makes it every important to get your brows on point!

Step 8 – Eyeshadow Primer

It is usual for eyelids to get oily, hence, eyeshadows creasing after a few hours of wear. To prevent creasing, you must apply an eyeshadow base or primer. This will help your eyeshadow stick better as well as intensify the color of your eyeshadow as well. If you don’t want to use a separate shadow primer, you can also use your concealer for this purpose.

Step 9 – Eyeshadow

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Applying eyeshadow is the most fun part of doing your makeup, that’s because this is where you can really be creative with your look. Go matte, shimmer, or metallic–the spotlight will really be on your eyes.

I highly recommend you use an eyeshadow brush to apply eyeshadow to make sure the application is even. First, apply eyeshadow on the lids and then work on your crease.

And I got one more secret to tell you: the key to perfect eye makeup is blending!

Step 10 – Eyeliner

Applying eyeliner is the trickiest part of eye makeup. Let me tell you, years and years of doing makeup and I still can’t achieve my perfect winged eyeliner by myself. What an accomplishment when I do! Applying eyeliner takes practice and you should really work on it as this is an important step to define the eyes.

Step 11 – Mascara

You’re almost done with eye makeup and will just need some finishing touches. One of the last things to do is apply mascara on your lashes. Curl the lashes first and then apply at least two to three coats of mascara. You can also apply mascara on your bottom lashes. I really love mascara! It really does help make your eyes pop!

Step 12 – False Eyelashes

Wearing false eyelashes is optional. You’d actually want to save it for special occasions. One of the common mistakes people make when wearing falsies is wearing it before applying mascara.

Know that false eyelashes are curled to perfection already, so there’s really no need to curl them and apply mascara.

Some people still do, but my experience, my falsies get damaged easily and I want to preserve my falsies for a couple of uses still.

Proper Makeup Routine for Lips

We’re almost done, everyone! The last part of our proper makeup routine is the lips and here’s how to do it:

Step 13 –  Lip Liner

Wearing lip liner helps your lip color stay longer on the lips. It’s extremely helpful when you wear red lipstick because it prevents the color from bleeding out. Another good thing about wearing a lip liner is that it makes the lips look fuller and plumper!

Step 14 – Lip color

To complete your lip makeup, apply your lip color of choice. Whether you want to wear lipstick or just lip gloss, this is the step to do achieve that perfect pout!

Proper Makeup Routine for a Flawless Finish

You can actually finish your makeup routine with applying lip color…but if you really want to achieve that complete, perfect, and flawless finish, you should do these steps as well. Trust me makeup lovers, these steps can make a huge difference!

Step 15 – Finishing Powder

While setting powder is for setting your foundation, finishing powder is for locking your makeup in place all day long. Finishing powder usually comes in white or translucent shades. That’s because it is supposed to act as a protective and luminous veil on top of your skin. Just make sure to apply this evenly as there’s a possibility of having a white cast in photos.

Step 16 – Setting Spray

Setting sprays have different purposes depending on the product you’ll buy. It can lock makeup in place, give your skin a dewy or matte finish, and can remove the powdery look. It also doubles as a facial mist to keep skin refreshed all day long.

For a simple look, check out this tutorial from Amy-Rose Walker:

Was that a lot to take in? Don’t worry. You don’t have to do every step right now. You can always reduce the steps according to the proper makeup routine you want. Just make sure that you follow the order above. It looks challenging at first, but once you start getting used to the steps, it will be a piece of cake! Well, what can I say, learning is what makes makeup more fun!

What’s your current makeup routine? Sound off in the comments section below!

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Simple and basic makeup steps for beginners: a how-to tutorial (2020 Asian edition)

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So you are a beginner to makeup, and you want to pick up basic makeup steps so that you can use makeup on a more regular basis? Allow us to help.

While none of us here at DV are professional makeup artists, those of you new to this whole shebang may still find these tips about makeup for beginners useful because we are just you: everyday people who simply enjoy wearing makeup to go out or for work.

We’ve broken down the makeup journey into bite-sized chunks that aren’t too hard to digest. This simple makeup tutorial is all you’ll need to take your first step into the wonderful slippery slope of makeup.

1. Do your skincare first

This shouldn’t be much of a surprise, but sometimes we tend to forget that our makeup goes on easier when our skin is well prepped and hydrated.

Make sure your skin is well cleansed, then use a cotton pad to go over with some toner. After that, follow up with your usual skincare routine.

If you’re really in a rush, the two most important products you shouldn’t miss out are your moisturiser and your sunscreen. In fact, you should be using them even if you don’t wear makeup.

DV tips on makeup for beginners: Many makeup products are advertised as containing sun protection ingredients. That’s great, considering that many of us in Singapore are exposed to the sun for long hours everyday.

However, we recommend all makeup beginners to still apply a sunscreen as part of their pre-makeup skincare routine.

Any additional sun protection you get from your makeup should be treated as a bonus rather than as a replacement for a proper sunscreen.

2. Apply primer

If you’ve been reading American-centric makeup content, you may notice that primers can be a polarising subject – some can’t live without it, others say it doesn’t make a difference to them, while others even complain that it breaks them out.

In hot and humid Singapore and around Southeast Asia, however, a primer is generally regarded as essential, especially if you have combination to oily skin. They play a huge role in controlling your oil production, and helping your makeup last longer through the day.

P.S. even your favourite Korean makeup gurus Pony and Heizle use primers in their daily makeup routines!

DV tips on makeup for beginners: If you aren’t certain whether your skin agrees with primers or not, try finding affordable and well-reviewed drugstore brands to experiment with – there are many out there! See our list of 12 best primers for oily skin for some inspiration.

3. Apply foundation

Explaining foundations would take a whole other article, so we’re going to keep it short and succinct here.

With liquid foundations, we to drop or pump out a bit on the back of our hands before using fingers or a brush to apply them on the face.

Always remember to blend as much as you can!

DV tips on makeup for beginners: Always check close-up in the mirror after applying your foundation to make sure you didn’t leave any brush streaks or fingerprint marks on your foundation anywhere. You may not see them clearly at home, but they are painfully obvious in the fluorescent lights of the office!

Also, extend your foundation downwards past your jawline to your neck area. Having your face look a different colour from your neck is not a flattering look!

For tips on finding your perfect foundation shade, we’ve also written up a how-to guide to foundation matching!

4. Apply concealer

Should you apply foundation or concealer first? This is a question in the makeup world that polarises people as much as asking whether the chicken or the egg came first. While the IT Cosmetics VP of Global Education prefers to do her foundation first, what we say is: whatever floats your boat. You can also try both methods and see which result you prefer.

Test out how thick your concealer is on the back of your hand first before applying them onto your undereye areas and zits.

For very thick concealers, a small dab of product will probably be sufficient to give good coverage. You don’t want to end up with too much concealer, which will cake up and feel heavy under your eyes.

Remember: blend, blend, blend! Harsh lines of makeup are a no-no. You can blend easily by patting (not swipe!) gently with your finger. Extra tip: Look upwards so that your undereye is slightly stretched, so it makes blending a little easier.

DV tips on makeup for beginners: Liquid and cream products must always be applied before powder products. This means that if you’re using a powder foundation and a liquid concealer, you don’t have a choice here: your concealer must come before your foundation.

The reason is because powder is able to sit on top of liquids and creams and, in fact, prevents them from slipping about, but the same does not apply the other way round. Liquids and creams cannot grip to powder as well as it does to your skin.

On a related note, this also means that if you are using other cream products cream blushes, highlights, and bronzers, you should be applying this before any powder products powder foundations and setting powders.

5. Set your undereye concealer and your face

If you happen to be using a liquid concealer on top of your liquid foundation, now would be a good time to set your undereyes.

Many of us tend to have fine lines underneath our eyes (if you don’t, count your lucky stars!). This means our undereye concealers are prone to getting caked within those lines – this is termed “creasing”.

Dabbing some setting powder on your undereye concealer after application will ensure less slipping around of the liquid or cream, which should also mean less creasing. 

Source: Eman

Don’t be dismayed, however, if you still see some at the end of the day – most concealers can’t eliminate creasing entirely, but a good one should reduce the appearance of these fine lines.

If you have oily skin, this is the time you can use setting powder on the rest of your face to control oil production throughout the day.

For combination skin types, use setting powder only on your oily zones, so that your normal areas don’t get overly dried out from the powder.

DV tips on makeup for beginners: With undereye concealers, many people to use densely packed powder brushes, or a velour puff (with a flat and smooth surface) to really pack on the setting powder underneath the eyes.

6. Draw your brows

Eyebrows used to be a sadly neglected feature of makeup that few people did, but the past few years have seen a resurgence in the emphasis that people place on brows.

In order to have an easier time drawing your brows, make sure the are already nicely groomed to begin with. You can either pluck the stray hairs yourself, or you go to a professional brow salon to shape and tweeze your brows into shape.

There are so many different ways to draw your brows that we had to write another article on how to draw your brows, but it really depends on what you personally to see on your face. Most Singaporeans tend to go for a natural but luxuriant arch, while there are others who do Korean straight brows in order to look younger.

If you’re not sure what brow you yet and don’t want to overdo things, simply follow the natural shape of your brows, adding vertical upstrokes to mimic extra hairs.

Use the spoolie that commonly comes with brow pencils to comb your brow hairs and blend out the pigment as well.

DV tips on makeup for beginners: Get a brow product that matches your current hair colour. It doesn’t need to be a 100% perfect fit, but it shouldn’t be leaping out to grab people’s attention before the rest of your face does.

If your hair is dyed a funky colour, you don’t have to try and find a blue or green eyebrow pencil! Rather, try to get your brows to match the general darkness and tone of your hair.

Most importantly, don’t leave the house without your brows drawn. You could forego the rest of your eye makeup – but not your brows!

7. Do your eye makeup

Eye makeup is a good-to-have but not exactly a need-to-have, especially for makeup beginners.

They tend to require the most skill and practice, as it is easy to go wrong and get a makeup look you definitely don’t want. Hence, you’ll need to spend some time perfecting it at home before you are ready to make a public debut.

DV tips on makeup for beginners:

Source: Makeup Mania

For eyeliners, draw as close to your lashline as possible. You want to avoid the unsightly gap between your lashes and your eyeliner.

r Jen Chae demonstrates an eyeshadow look

For eyeshadows, you definitely want to set aside some spare time to practise instead of trying it out for the first time one morning before work. It will not turn out well.

Watch as many tutorials as you can to get an idea of how people mix and match colours. Warm-coloured shadows tend to work the best on Asian skin tones, and it also helps that they are always in trend

Eyeshadows also tend to crease over the day, especially if you have oily eyelids. To get over this issue, we suggest that you invest in a good eyeshadow primer – they are a godsend.

If you want to get your first eyeshadow palette but are not sure what to buy, you can also take your pick from our comprehensive list of eyeshadow palettes for beginners.

For mascara, make use of eyelash combs – you may have to buy them separately, but they are certainly worth it. They help to de-clump your mascara and separate your lashes for a more fanned out effect. Be careful not to poke yourself in the eye though!

8. Apply blush

4 different ways to apply blush; Source: Marie Claire

Leaving the house with only foundation on can make you look rather ghostly and pale. Foundation knocks out the natural redness of your face, so you need to add some of that healthy flush back.

Blush is usually necessary for most people, and the right shade applied with the right intensity can be very flattering.

Blush is most commonly applied from your temples to the high point of your cheekbones just beside your nose, in a slight U shape. Remember to blend your blush out well if you want to avoid looking Pikachu!

DV tips on makeup for beginners: If you don’t want to commit so much financially to makeup just yet, try out products that are marketed as being “lip and cheek stains”.

These products are commonly of a liquid or cream formula, so make sure you apply these before using any powder products on your face.

They also tend to dry and stain your skin really quickly, so if you’re using them – work fast!

9. Highlighters, bronzers, and contours

These three products are, we feel, more optional than the others. They enjoy popularity in America, but Asians veer towards more natural looks that don’t involve a ton of contouring.

There are, of course, always a lot of good quality, affordable options in the drugstore for you to experiment with if you’d .

10. Apply lipstick

The wonderful world of lipstick is too big for us to fully explain in a single point, but we will attempt it.

If you have a lip liner, draw along the outer edges of your lips to create a guide for your lipstick, and to prevent lipstick from feathering out.

If you don’t have a lip liner, go straight to lipstick application proper. With your lipstick, draw an “X” where your cupid’s bow is – this makes it easier to draw more precisely along that tricky area – and continue applying as per normal.

What you’re aiming for is a clean, crisp line along the shape of your lips. This may require a bit of practice before you’re able to do it perfectly – don’t be afraid to clean up mistakes with cotton buds drenched in makeup remover!

Source: WikiHow

DV tips on makeup for beginners: Lipstick stains on teeth are a very real problem in life. After you’ve applied your lipstick, shape your mouth an “O” and use a finger to wipe around your inner lips. No more embarrassing lipstick stains!

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How to apply makeup: Step by step guide for beginners to get it right

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Have you ever painstakingly applied makeup only to feel the end result isn’t as you had been expecting? Does it feel there is something amiss and your makeup does not look quite so flawless? Applying makeup is an art that can completely transform you, but there are certain rules that you need to follow.

This is where you will the need to have access to a proper makeup step-by-step guide. The most important thing to remember when it comes to applying flawless makeup is that you need to follow a general order of products. This will help you ensure that you achieve the most beautiful end result.

We know that makeup is a form of expression for a lot of people and many of you enjoy the creative freedom of trying out different things, but following a makeup step-by-step guide will make you flawless each time.

Each one of us has our very own style and preferences but the basics of nailing your makeup – in whatever kind you – be it simple or intricate are the same.

This makeup step-by-step guide is for all those of you who wonder whether you should apply concealer before or after foundation. You have come to the right place and we will help you get it perfect each time. Keep reading to learn about the best order in which to apply your makeup, starting from the face to eyes and lips as well…


Remember: Makeup looks a lot more flawless and a lot less cakey on skin that is naturally smooth and conditioned. Following a thorough skincare routine is the answer to naturally glowing and flawless looking skin.

The first step should always be washing your face using a gentle yet effective cleanser to rid your skin of dirt, oil and impurities. Next, in order to balance the pH levels of your skin post the cleansing, use a pH balancing toner.

A toner also helps tighten your pores and improves skin texture. Follow that up with a hydrating moisturiser to prevent the makeup from drying your skin and also ensure that it looks great all day long.

The Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser keeps the skin underneath your makeup healthy and prevents it from looking cakey.


Step 2: Use a primer

If you want your makeup to look fresh and not melt all through the day, never skip on using a primer. Primer, the Lakmé Absolute Blur Perfect Makeup Primer , helps blur your pores and makes your skin an even canvas for all your makeup to go on.

This is because a primer helps smoothen out fine lines and pores for your makeup to wear more evenly throughout the day.

Always pick a matte finish primer if you have oily skin and apply it all over your face or to targeted areas, depending on your skin’s specific concerns.


Step 3: Apply a foundation

Next, start by applying a little bit of foundation to make your skin look flawless and your skin tone even. It is very important that you pick a shade of foundation that is the closest match to your actual skin tone, as picking the wrong shade can make you look ghostly and weird. Also, pick a foundation your skin type.

People with oily skin should go for a matte finish foundation, the Lakmé Absolute Mattreal Skin Natural Mousse 16hr. On the other hand, if you have dry skin, a radiant finish foundation, the Lakmé Absolute Argan Oil Serum Foundation With SPF 45, might be a better option.

Use a sponge or brush to apply the foundation for a natural, air-brushed finish.


Step 4: Conceal problem areas with a concealer

While following the makeup step by step guide, the next step is to conceal all the problem areas of your face using a concealer, especially the under eye area.

You can either use a shade that is the closest match to your skin tone or pick one that is one shade lighter to help highlight the area. Lakmé Absolute White Intense Liquid Concealer to even out the skin and conceal skin imperfections.

Use the included applicator to blend and buff the concealer into your skin and blend it using a sponge. Set this base makeup using a compact powder to keep sweat away.


Step 5: Time for some eyeshadow

Now is the correct time to apply an eyeshadow. Start with dusting some neutral colour on to your entire lids. You can then pick a dark shade and apply it to the crease. This will help intensify your eyes and add a lot of depth and dimension.

Remember to take the lightest shade from your eyeshadow palette and apply it to your brow bone to complete the look.

If using multiple eyeshadows seems a daunting task to you while doing makeup step by step, then simply pick a colour you love from the Lakmé Absolute Illuminating Eye Shadow Palette – French Rose and sweep it all over your lid for instantly beautiful eyes.


Step 6: Eye liner, kajal and mascara

To finish off your eye makeup, take liquid eyeliner such as the Lakmé Eyeconic Liner Pen Fine Tip – Black. You can create a wing or draw a simple line.

This will instantly make your eyes look bigger and brighter. Next apply some Lakmé Eyeconic Kajal to your waterline and finish it up with mascara.

This will give you fluttery lashes and tie your entire eye makeup together.


Step 7: Sweep on some blush

Blush is that part of the makeup that helps add a flush of colour to your face. It gives you a healthy glow and makes you look you have just come back from a jog.

You can use natural pink shades or use something more vibrant, depending on your mood. But always pick a shade and formulation to suit your natural skin tone and skin type.

This will ensure that the blush looks natural and not made-up at all.


Step 8: Wear your favourite shade of lipstick

Before you wear a lipstick, it is important to wear a lip liner. Lining your lips can help prevent colour from bleeding out or feathering.

Choose a lip liner that’s the same shade as your lipstick and outline the natural line of your lips to help make your pout look fuller.

You can also colour in your lips with liner before applying the lipstick to help create a smooth base. Once you’ve prepped

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Beginner Makeup Tips for African American Women

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Beginner Makeup Tips for African American Women

Even with the number of beauty influencers having skyrocketed over the past decade, there is still a large gap in that space for influencers specifically for women of color.

With a lack of influencers speaking to our unique needs, providing tips about makeup for dark skin, or sharing beauty secrets for other sisters, it can be intimidating to face the beauty world as a makeup novice. At Mented, we wanted to help fill that gap! If this speaks to you, then you’ve come to the right place.

Check out this step by step makeup tutorial designed for our dark skin sisters to help you learn about the best makeup for women of color and achieve the confidence you deserve.

Get the Right Foundation Color

Despite what may appear on celebrities or online influencers, no one has perfect skin all the time.

This is where the magic of foundation comes in – the right foundation can help smooth over any flaws and create a natural canvas for the rest of your makeup. Matching the foundation to your skin tone is key.

Use a foundation shade finder to help identify the shade of your skin and the undertones beneath your natural shade.

Your undertone has a strong impact on what shade will match you best since it’s the underlying shade of your complexion. Generally, undertones are grouped into three categories – warm, cool and neutral.

Warm undertones feature golden, yellowed, honeyed or peachy tones, while cool undertones include hints of red, blue or chocolate-hued colors. You have a neutral undertone if your skin has no apparent warm, pink or blue undertones, making it appear more balanced.

Knowing more about the colors of your skin and undertones can help you find the best foundation shade to match your skin tone, which will work to enhance your skin rather than cover it up unnaturally.

Historically, it’s been difficult for women of color to find foundations that truly match their skin even if they know their undertones because of the lack of product made specifically for these tones. However, that’s been changing in the beauty market by brands Mented.

Women shouldn’t have to go to the trouble of mixing multiple different foundations just to get their perfect color. Mented created foundation shades that are perfectly pigmented to match a range of darker skin tones so you can find your best match easily and quickly.

Apply with a Foundation Brush

After you are color matched, it’s time to apply the foundation. This is an art unto itself, but it’s easy to do once you know how. First, apply the foundation – whether liquid or stick – across your face in broad strokes.

Then, beginning in the center of your face and working outwards, buff the product into your skin stroking in circular motions with a foundation brush. Buff in the foundation until it’s blended well and evenly across your face and looks natural.

The result should be smooth coverage that’s set to last all day.

Build in Layers for Fuller Coverage

We all have those days when we feel our skin may need a little more help to achieve that glow it normally has. When you need greater coverage, a buildable foundation Mented’s allows you to achieve that preferred level of coverage.

If you want to go light, simply apply a lighter amount of product and go over your face with the brush once, maybe twice.

For fuller coverage, apply more product and go over your face a few times, working the product into the skin in layers.

Pro Tip: Applying foundation primer before putting on your foundation is the secret to getting it to stay well all day long. Primer is especially helpful for women with oily skin or when it's humid out.

Use Concealer for Discoloration and Highlighting

Concealer is a product that can be strategically used to cover up any undesired blemishes or even out discoloration. Find a complementary concealer for dark skin that will work to blend with your skin tone and foundation.

Apply concealer in these areas you’d to cover a bit more strongly or focus on your T-zone – the area along the bridge of your nose and across your forehead.

Whether your skin is already looking smooth or you simply want to add more to your makeup look, you can also use concealer to highlight your features. Apply product below your eyes, above your cheekbones and on your chin as a form of highlighter to brighten up these areas.

Similar to the application of foundation, buff the concealer into your skin with a brush or other tool to blend it into your foundation and ensure it appears smooth.

Contour a Pro

While we know contouring can sound intimidating, don’t be afraid to try it out! There are simple tips you can follow to add even the lightest contouring to your makeup routine that will be easy to apply and look natural.

 The purpose of contouring is to add dimension to your face, chiseling some areas and softening others. For your contouring color, pick a shade darker than your base foundation.

With your color in hand, apply carefully at the sides of your temples, the hollows of your cheeks and under your jaw.

Then the key is to blend, blend, blend! By properly blending, you’ll ensure that the additional makeup will enhance your features and not look unnatural. Similar to applying your foundation, you can contour light- or heavy-handed, creating a softer look or one that’s more dramatic.

Bronzer and Blush

Bronzer and blush are two of the key components of a basic makeup routine and are both incredibly easy to apply. They work to add color and dimension to your face, though not as dramatically as contouring with foundation does.

To apply, dust bronzer along the sides of your face, the hollows of your cheeks and along your nose. Using another brush, apply blush onto the apple of your cheek.

Don’t know where that is? Just smile! It’s those beautiful, rounded cheekbones that emerge.

Frame the Eyes with the Brows

One of the major secrets of a successful beauty routine is one that is often overlooked…your eyebrows. Your brows help to accentuate your eyes and don’t have to be colored in or shaped too powerfully in order to have an impact.

Great brows can be made simply through a defined shape and even color. Whether you shape your eyebrows at home or at a salon, it’s key to perfect that arc so you have a baseline to work off of for coloring.

It will then be easy to fill in or define the shape even further with a variety of tools, from pencils to powder to brow gels.

Apply your Eye Makeup

An eyeshadow palette in nudes and neutrals is the perfect place to start exploring the ever-expanding universe of eye makeup. Mented’s Everyday Eyeshadow Palette has 9 nude shades designed for dark skin, great for every occasion from the office to date night. Try these simple steps for application:

  • Apply the lightest shade evenly over the eyelid.
  • Add a middle tone to the eye crease and blend upwards.
  • Dab the darkest color in the far corner of the eye just at the crease.

After applying any desired eyeshadow, it’s time to add mascara and eyeliner for the finishing touches. Be sure to apply your desired eyeliner right at the lash line above and below the eye, and use a Q-tip or small brush to blend if needed. Following this, apply mascara starting from as close to the lash line as possible and swipe carefully to the end of the lashes for full coverage.

Perfect that Pout

There are three basic products when it comes to lip color: lip liner, lipstick, and lipgloss. If you’re just starting your makeup routine, you don’t have to use all three, but it can be helpful to know about them as you become more comfortable with makeup.

The most important thing to consider for any lip product is the color. With the dizzying array of lipstick products available on the market, knowing your best color will help you sift through them all to find your perfect shade.

Whether looking for a nude, red or other bolder lip color, you first need to determine your skin undertones to help guide you to what shades of each color will match your skin best. Some companies have started making lipsticks shades for dark skin specifically, we have at Mented.

These will be most helpful to peruse when building your makeup collection because they’ve been created for the shades and undertones of women of color.

The easiest way to apply lip products is to simply swipe the lipstick and lipgloss directly on your lips.

If you want to take it one step further, try using a lip liner to outline your lips before applying the lipstick or gloss. This will help the lip color last longer throughout the wear.

Keep in mind that a lip liner should be a slightly lighter color than the lipstick so the two will blend smoothly together.

Pro Tip: Help your matte lipstick last longer by making sure your lips are exfoliated and moisturized. You can also try a primer before putting on color and set it with powder to create a clean base.

Enhancing Your Natural Beauty

Embarking on a journey into the beauty world for the first time is something that should be exciting! Makeup should be fun and easy to use as a tool to enhance your natural beauty and become your most confident self. With the tips from this African-American makeup tutorial for beginners and your trusted Mented makeup made exclusively for dark skin, it’s time to let that melanin shine through.