The basics of make-up for beginners


Makeup has taken centre stage in this modern-day lifestyle. The industry has been highlighted, as never before. Beauty Guru has become an official profession on the internet, with many aspiring beauty youtubers and bloggers wanting to follow in the footsteps. Corporations are taking advantage of such a profitable market by producing as many products as they can. Cosmetic products have become a staple on most urban shelves and have even made themselves a place in the individual’s daily routine!

Everyone has their own make-up origin story; for some, it starts as early as puberty while some may only become interested well into their adulthood because they feel it’s a ritual of maturity. Whether channeling self-confidence or doing it simply for the fun of it, one cannot deny the appeal of makeup.

This article is the place for you if you are someone looking to get into this dazzling little activity.


Makeup at the beginning can be tricky and intimidating. Looking at this huge range of products, from shades to formulas to prices to tools and techniques, where do you even start?

Well,it’s okay, no need for panic. It takes everybody time to understand and apply the craft that is makeup. No matter how many or whose tutorial you watch, unless you do it yourself practically, you will not master it. The best way to get a good hand at makeup is to practice!


Sometimes you need to understand that in makeup, expensive doesn’t always mean good and at times knock-off products can instead look better. Makeup differs for everyone, what looks good, and feels good for some will do nothing for another. There are many factors at play here; just being high quality doesn’t ensure that it will look good on everyone.

These are the things to consider if you are new to makeup.

Why do you want to wear makeup?

Alright, starting right from the beginning, ask yourself why you want to wear makeup, and what it is that you want to achieve with it in terms of appearance and statement. This simple distinction will help you choose what kind of makeup you want to do and then you can find products that relate to your vision.

For example, if you want to look bold and fierce, you will go for makeup that stands out, like red lipstick or if you want to look chic and fun, you’ll wear graphic liners, but if you prefer natural makeup, you can do the clean girl makeup look.

Learn basics first

Sure makeup is all about expressing yourself and taking risks to explore the endless possibilities but, before you go all self-exploratory you should first achieve a certain level of mastery of basic applications. It’s the process of learning anything, beginning with the basics. You can’t write a story unless you learn the alphabet.

Skin type

The first thing to know when buying makeup is your skin type. The main skin types are dry, normal (neither dry nor oily), oily, and combination (both dry and oily). Skin type has the possibility of changing depending on one’s age, climate, location or what time of the year it is.

Different products produce different effects depending on the skin type. You need to use formulas and ingredients that are compatible with your skin; like you can’t pair oil-based products with already oily skin, or using mattifying formulas that will take away moisture from already dry skin. The most important reason to not make this mistake is that it will damage your skin and it can be difficult to heal.

The second reason is that products that suit your skin will look great on it while wrong ones will ruin the look, like how dewy cosmetics will compliment dry skin beautifully and matt ones will compliment oily.

Skin Tone

Skin tone means the colour of your skin. Products may appear different on different skin colours. You have to match your exact shade when buying cosmetics like foundation, concealers and to some extent contour as well. The rest of the product you buy should bebased on how it appears, as in what shade it looks on your skin tone. Blushes that are purple on white skin tone tend to look pinkish on brown skin tone. Likewise, orange blushes look the best on black skin.

Skin Care

Makeup at the end of the day, no matter how good quality, is still chemicals. Usage of these products for prolonged periods may harm the constitution of your natural skin. You need to compensate and balance makeup with skincare.

Be sure to always remove your makeup at the end of the day and cleanse your face thoroughly; first with an oil cleanser to strip off the makeup but still provide hydration and asecond time with a water-based cleanser to strip off the oil from the first.

Exfoliate at least twice a week; it removes the dead skin cells from the top layer of your skin. Makeup over dead skin cells causes it to be flaky and patchy.

Moisturize and hydrate your skin every day because makeup can make the dry. You’re cleansing every day so make sure to follow up with moisturizer daily as well.

Figure eye shape

Eye makeup might just be the centre of your makeup look. Whether for a simple look or a vibrant one, knowing how to compliment your eyes makes or breaks the look. Knowing your eye shape tells you what kind of technique or liner you should use. The same cat-eye might look different based on eye shapes.

Right brushes

Choosing the correct brush for its corresponding task makes applying makeup much easier. There are individual brushes made for a specific purpose like angled brushes will give you precision, while there’s a separate crease brush for the crease.

Setting spray

Invest in a good setting spray even if you have to loosen your pocket. This is a key product that keeps your makeup right in place so you won’t be worrying about melting or smudging. As a beginner or a pro, it will give you security and confidence in your makeup.


When it comes to learning makeup, try to simplify it as much as possible; not the makeup look, but the approach that is. Now that you know all that you need to, you can start right away. Walk into a cosmetic shop,confident and sure!