The envy you have for all these beauty bloggers and insta makeup enthusiasts has become too overwhelming that you just have to do something about it. Many of them started young so you feel like you missed your window of opportunity to learn how to apply makeup but you couldn’t be more wrong. Thanks to all of these makeup artists online and the power of the internet, there’s a lot of ways to learn and it’s easier than you think.
The first step is to find your look. Everyone is different and yes of course you’re going to be able to try and pull off (or not) many different looks but figuring out what basics work best for you will help you in the long run. If you need a bit of inspiration think about what celebrities you like or what makeup styles your friends glam themselves up with and which ones you like. Also do a little bit of research into what suits your colourings and face shape. e.g. Gold eyeshadow can bring out the yellow tint in your eyes. Establishing an idea of your desired look is a great starting point and will keep you motivated.
Another way to up your makeup knowledge is by hosting a tutorial party. Invite your closest friends and host a pamper party where an instructor will teach you and your gal pals the ins and outs of makeup. This way you can learn together and exchange tips and tricks with one another. And who doesn’t love a slumber party right? Slumber parties have no age limits. Now that you’re a little older you can substitute soda spiders with wine but cute PJs are always a must!
This one’s kinda obvious but in case you needed a reminder, the internet is your best friend! A simple google search will give you an endless amount of ideas and advice that you’ll find it hard to stop looking. We could not put a number on how many photos, instructions and tutorials are out there so we’re certain there is something to suit your needs.
Watching beauty bloggers will give you so much inside scoop into their life but more importantly give you so many secret makeup tips and tricks your would have never known about otherwise. Their videos are so relatable and you almost feel that they become your friend (kinda creepy but you know what we mean.) A lot of them have been in the same position as you where they don’t know much about makeup but have a passion for it. Most of them have learnt through experience and are willing to share those experiences with you so you’d be silly not to make the most of it. Their unique tips could provide shortcuts on all the little things that might frustrate you from how to get the perfect winged liner to more easily hiding blemishes.
We’ve all heard the saying ‘practice makes perfect’ and in the makeup world this could not be more relevant. The only way you are going to improve is if you keep giving it a go and if you fail, give it a go again until you get it right. After you’ve decided what makeup techniques or look you’re going to go for, sit yourself down in front of the mirror and do it. That’s pretty much the only way you’re going to excel at it. Don’t be afraid to try different looks either because a smokey eye gets a little boring after a while.
Next time you’re at the shops, make a pit stop into your local makeup store because you’ll be surprised how much info you can get off the makeup artists. A lot of stores actually offer free lessons to show you how to use products before you purchase. You’ll also be able to get expert advice on what products would be best for you. Try visiting Bobbi Brown, Mecca Cosmetica, Sephora or MAC as the workers there are usually more than happy to help.
You’re not going to know unless you ask! Think if someone you knew wanted to learn something you were good at, you would teach them wouldn’t you? Ask your mum, your friends, your siblings – they will be flattered you even asked!
Social media is basically our go-to for everything these days, we check the news on Facebook and get inspo from Instagram and this is no different for makeup. Social media is chockablock with makeup inspiration, tips and tricks and even quick tutorials. Follow some beauty accounts on Instagram to stay informed of the latest products, hottest looks and just get some ideas on how to achieve a desired face.
If you’re looking to go even further in the makeup industry or just want to know as much as you can for your own use of it, then why not take a course? Local tertiary eduction, salons and beauty schools in your area should offer beauty classes. You can choose from day incentive courses to 6 week ones or even a full diploma. Don’t hesitate looking into it further to make a decision that bests fits you.
Best of luck you makeup queens!