How changing the way you apply makeup can change your overall makeup look

Applying your holy grail products the right way as well as applying the correct amount of product can help you achieve the makeup look you desire. Applying our makeup using the wrong technique can lead to a disappointing finished result, regardless of the quality of the product we are using. 

But, how does the way you apply your makeup affect your finished look?

Start with a fresh base

Applying makeup to a dirty face can cause problems with the skin. You should avoid applying products on top of other makeup products that have been sitting on your face for hours. 

Cosmetic acne can occur when liquid makeup products, for example, foundation or cream blush, cause a blockage in the pores resulting in bacteria growth, causing breakouts on the face. 

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Give your pores a chance to breathe, by cleaning off what you’re currently wearing before you start newly applying. 

Furthermore, to avoid a cakey appearance on your fresh base, when applying foundation or concealer, do this in thin layers and work up the coverage only in areas that need it. Try using patting motions instead of rubbing on the product.

Clean your make-up brushes

When applying your makeup it is essential that you do so with clean makeup brushes as these dirty brushes will impact the result of your look. Ideally, you should be washing your brushes once a week, depending on how often you wear makeup of course. 

Dirty makeup brushes can leave bacteria on your skin which will negatively impact the result of your makeup look. So, set aside time each week to wash your brushes with warm water and shampoo. 

Apply your makeup in natural light

Applying your makeup in natural lighting gives you the best judgment of what your makeup will look like when you are out and about. If you use artificial lighting you may go too deep with the contour or not use enough concealer, which will negatively affect your overall look. 

Try setting up your makeup station by a large window if you can. If you don’t have access to natural light, perhaps because it is wintertime, then invest in a vanity mirror. 

Foundation first, concealer second

It can be tempting to apply concealer on your dark circles, red patches or blemishes before you apply your foundation. This however is not an effective strategy because foundation is actually more effective at cancelling out discolouration or unevenness,  

Apply your foundation first then top it off with some concealer to ensure full a coverage base.

Contour precisely  

When applying your contour, you should build up the pigment as you go and use your bone structure for guidance, by following the shadows of your own face shape. 

Try using circular motions to sweep colour to the areas you want to look smaller, this may include the jawline, the sides of the temples, and the hollows of your cheekbones. 

To create a more defined jaw, blend some contour powder or cream along the edges of your jawbone. To chisel your cheeks, blend a line of contour beneath your cheekbones. Applying your contour in a precise manner will help you to achieve the look you desire. 

Double-curl your lashes

Grab that eyelash curler, and make the best use of it by not just pressing down once, press down twice! This will further define the curl of your lashes, creating longer and more full-looking eyelashes. 

Be aware that your eyelash curler needs regularly cleaned to avoid a build-up of bacteria. 

Apply highlighter before foundation

Just like the technique of contouring has changed, so has the technique of the order of the application. 

Start by blending a cream or liquid highlighter over your cheekbones, then apply your foundation on top of the highlighter, finishing with contour to add dimension.

By blending foundation on top of your highlighter you will avoid that obvious harsh highlight line. Instead, you will be creating a natural glow. 

Final thoughts

By making these small changes to the way you apply your makeup you will positively impact the finished result, giving yourself a more desirable makeup look. 

Remember that makeup techniques are unique to every face because we all have different skin types and face shapes. So, have an experiment to find the best-suited application techniques for you. 

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