Makeup | Making it Work

Makeup is a fantastic tool which can really help you to improve your self-esteem. A little foundation, mascara, eyeliner and bronzer can take you from looking tired and frazzled to perfectly put together. If you’re a creative kind of person, you can have fun with bold eyeshadow, lipstick, lashes and contouring to completely transform the way you look. However you use makeup one thing is key- and that’s getting your prep work right. Here’s how you can go about it. 
Start with a good skincare regime
Makeup should enhance your beauty; using it as a tool to completely cover and correct is generally less effective. If you have serious skin issues then these are likely to still be prominent when you cover them with cosmetics (often, they’ll look worse). This applies to things like dry skin, acne and psoriasis. Your best bet is to start with your skin first, work on getting this to be as healthy as it can be. If you have an ongoing skin condition, speak to a doctor or dermatologist who can put you onto the right treatment, rather than trying to hide away behind a thick layer of foundation. Keeping your skin clear and hydrated provides the very best base for your makeup. 

Consider a procedure
If you have an issue with your face that affects your self-esteem, why not consider a procedure? It’s a big decision to make, but if you feel this is right for you then it could make all the difference to the way you feel. If you’re always being told you look tired even when you’re well rested for example, then tear-trough filler could dramatically improve the look of your eyes. If you’re self-conscious of smiling because you have a ‘gummy smile’, sometimes a small amount of lip filler can correct the problem. These kinds of procedures last for around twelve months, so it’s not as much of a commitment as going under the knife. 

Prep the skin
Every time you apply makeup, your skin should be prepped. Wash it carefully with a gentle cleanser and apply a light moisturiser that’s easily absorbed. Once this has fully sunk in, put on a primer as this fills in pores and gives your skin a good ‘base’ meaning anything you apply to it will last all day. From there you can get to work with your products. Doing this will give you the best result every time. 

Apply using the right tools and techniques
Finally, you might have the nicest makeup products ever but if you’re not applying them properly you won’t get the best result. Do your research into brushes and tools like the beauty blender. Use clean tools to apply your products and teach yourself about different techniques- there are thousands of videos on Youtube who can help you to do this. 
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