For many, makeup is an integral part of their daily routine. Whether for work, a night out, or simply to feel more confident, a well-executed makeup look can make all the difference. And the good news: Perfecting your makeup routine doesn’t have to be complicated! Here are some tips and tricks to help you achieve your best look.
Skincare Comes First
Before we even get to makeup, it’s essential to start with a good skincare routine. Cleansing, toning, and moisturizing are all necessary, as they help prep your skin and create the perfect canvas for your makeup. Don’t forget to use SPF during the daytime to protect your skin from harmful UV rays and prevent premature aging.
Our Pick: Glossier Invisible Shield ($25, shop here)
Choose the Right Base
When it comes to choosing the right foundation, keep in mind your skin tone and skin type. First, choose the right shade for your skin tone. This may take a bit of trial and error, but it’s worth taking the time to get it right. Also, consider your skin type: A matte foundation may be best if you have oily skin, while a dewy finish is more flattering for dry skin.
Our Pick: ILIA True Skin Serum Foundation ($54, shop here)
Invest in Good Tools
The tools you use to apply your makeup can make all the difference. Investing in good quality brushes and sponges will help you achieve that flawless finish while using old or cheap tools can leave your makeup looking patchy and uneven. Don’t forget to clean your brushes regularly to prevent breakouts and ensure your makeup looks its best.
Blend, Blend, Blend!
Blending is key to achieving a seamless makeup look. Whether you’re blending your foundation, eyeshadow, or blush, work the product into your skin and smooth out any harsh lines. Use a fluffy brush or sponge for a soft, diffused finish.
Our Pick: Tarte the Buffer Brush ($34, shop here)
Don’t Forget About Your Brows
Your eyebrows frame your face and can make a huge difference to your overall look. Start with a light hand and build up the product gradually. To create a natural-looking shape that complements your face (rather than an overly drawn-on look), use a spoolie brush to comb through your brows and blend out any harsh lines.
Our Pick: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz ($25, shop here)
Play With Color
Makeup is all about having fun and experimenting with different colors and textures. Don’t be afraid to get creative; try bold lipsticks, colorful eyeshadows, or even glitter if you’re feeling adventurous!
Our Pick: Juvia’s Place The Zulu Eyeshadow Palette ($20, shop here)
Set Your Makeup
Once you’ve perfected your makeup look, use a setting spray or powder to keep your makeup looking fresh and in place all day or night. It’s also a good idea to carry your chosen lipstick, powder, and a few brushes with you, so you can make any necessary touch-ups when needed.
Our Pick: Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray ($23, shop here)