How to apply makeup step by step for beginners

The power of makeup is undeniable; our favorite products help us create the beauty looks we love, enhance our favorite features, and summarize our definitions of beauty. The best makeup routines help the modern woman boost her confidence and face the world head-on—no matter what the day has in store.

When it comes to makeup, the skillful application can make all the difference. Applying your favorite products the correct way, Looking for natural makeup that keeps your skin looking radiant all day?

Learn how to apply your makeup with these important beauty tips. From applying foundation to using an eyeliner, these tips and tricks will help you create a flawless look that you can be proud of.


  1. Moisturizer
  2. Primer
  3. Foundation
  4. Concealer
  5. Foundation powder
  6. Highlighter
  7. Eyeshadow
  8. Eyeliner
  9. Mascara
  10. Lipstick
  11. Setting spray

STEP 1: Moisturizer

Not only is it good, but it’s also a necessity. Moisturizer does two very important things: First, it smoothes skin’s surface for a more even foundation or concealer application and can even help makeup to stay on longer. Second, hydrating skin underneath makeup will help the skin to look less dull

Learning how to apply moisturizer correctly is half the battle. Pour a small amount onto your fingers—the dollop should be roughly the size of a quarter. Start by spreading the moisturizer across your forehead; begin from the center of your face, then move outwards and up.

Then, do the same starting at your nose, spreading the moisturizer across your cheeks. Ensure you’ve rubbed in the moisturizer evenly across your skin to avoid clogging your pores. Once you’ve applied enough moisturizer, gently rub it in using circles, and give it a few minutes to dry before moving on to the next step.

STEP2: Primer

Now that your skin is well moisturized, prep your face with primer. Whether you’re planning on applying a light coat of foundation or a full face of makeup, primer is an important first step

So what exactly is primer? Think of primer as a base for your foundation or face makeup that will help it go on smoother and last longer.

To apply your primer, begin by squeezing a small amount onto your fingertips, or onto your preferred makeup brush or sponge. Pro Tip: A little bit goes a long way. Start with a dime-sized amount of primer in the center of your face, and slowly work it out towards your cheeks, forehead, and chin.

STEP3: Foundation

When it comes to foundation, finding the perfect shade for your skin is priority number one. The right shade of foundation can make all the difference. So how do you go about picking? Test foundation colors against your jawline. After applying, if the foundation disappears without any sort of blending, you’ve found your true match. This may take a bit of trial and error, but taking the time to pick the right shade is crucial.

Start from the center of your face and blend the liquid foundation outwards. As you sweep your foundation across the skin, be sure to buff it in. Some women like to stipple a damp sponge over their foundation to help ensure it gets into those lines and creases, which can create a smoother, more even texture. Certain types of makeup brushes are also great for buffing foundation into the skin.

STEP4: Concealer

Picking the Color of Your Concealer

It’s wise to invest in two shades of concealer. One should be very similar to your skin tone and can be used to cover dark spots, pimples, and other facial blemishes. The other should be lighter than your skin tone and can be used to highlight certain areas of the face or add clarity to your makeup look.

To highlight your face using a liquid or cream concealer, place small dots in the following areas:

  • Horizontally over the center of your forehead
  • Down the center of your nose
  • Under your eyes
  • In a curving arch at the top of your chin, just under your bottom lip

Gently blend it into the surrounding skin, and always be sure to cover it with a foundation or setting powder.

STEP5: Foundation Powder

Applying foundation powder can be a tricky process; too little and you may as well have skipped the step altogether, too much and you’ll be sporting the dreaded “cake look”

For this step, place your brush into the powder then firmly press it into the skin; this step helps the powder make its way into pores and lines for a smoother texture.

STEP6: Highlighter

The right highlighter adds a bit of glam and glows to every makeup look. Whether you’re opting for a more natural look or want something bold and beautiful, a highlighter can complement your makeup application.

Using a liquid highlighter first, apply in the following areas:

  • Down the bridge of your nose
  • Across the tops of your cheekbones
  • In the inner corners of your eyelids
  • On your brow bone
  • The indent above your upper lip (also called the Cupid’s Bow)
  • The center of your forehead
  • The center of your chin

Once you’re happy with your liquid highlighter application, blend it in using your fingertips or a sponge. To maximize the effect of your highlighting, layer in cream or powder highlighter over the areas you wish to accentuate.

STEP 7: Eyeshadow

Eyeshadow can add interest to your makeup look, whether you opt for neutral shades or go bold with colorful hues. Whichever look you use, grab two complimentary eyeshadows: one lighter shade, and one darker shade.

Dip your eyeshadow brush into the light shade, then tap the brush to get rid of any excess product. Apply the lighter shadow across the entire lid, starting at the lash line and ending just above the crease of your eyelid.

Now dip your brush into the darker color, tapping off the excess once again. Apply the color at the outer corner of your eye, just above your lash line. Sweep the darker color across your eyelid crease, just under the brow bone. Stop application around the center of your eyelid, as you don’t want to darken the inner corners. Take a clean shadow brush and blend the two shades. If you’d like a more intense look, reapply the darker shadow once more.

STEP8: Eyeliner

Applying eyeliner can be difficult—one little mistake and you’re stuck with “raccoon” eyes. Banish your eye makeup woes with these essential tips for applying eyeliner.

liquid eyeliner, start thin at the inner corner of your eye, then make the application thicker towards the outer corner. You can start lining at the middle of your eye, or in the inner corner, and keep the liner tip or brush as close to the lash line as possible. Use small strokes of your liner to create small dashes along the lash line, then connect them to fill in the gaps. If your hand slips, don’t worry! Apply a bit of eye makeup remover to a Q-tip and clean up the area.

STEP9: Mascara

If you’re going to use only one makeup product, mascara should be at the top of your list. A few swipes of mascara can make your eyes look brighter in a single step.

You can find mascara in a variety of colors, but black and brown tend to be the most popular. Start by curling your eyelashes with an eyelash curler.

How to curl your eyelashes:

  • Place the curler at the base of your upper lashes, being careful not to grab any of the sensitive skin around your eyelid
  • Slowly close the curler
  • Hold it in place for a few seconds
  • Release gently

Wriggle the mascara brush lightly across the roots of your lashes. This will create more volume, which you can then pull through to the ends of your lashes. If your lashes clump together, grab a clean wand and brush through them. Apply a second coat for more volume.

STEP10: Lipstick

Applying lipstick is a special kind of art. Many people are frightened to experiment with lipstick because, if you mess it up, you can easily end up looking like you just graduated from a clown training course.

Simply line the inside center of your top and bottom lips with a cream lipstick formula. Then, using your finger, blend the color outwards toward the edges of your lips until your lip color looks smooth and not choppy. Your lips will look natural but will still have a hint of color and definition.

STEP11: Setting spray

Setting spray or setting powder can be the final touch for your makeup routine. If you want makeup that stays on all day long, without greasing, creasing or shine, it’s important to invest in a quality setting solution.

Hold the bottle at least 8 inches from your face, then spritz lightly a few times to ensure all bits of your face is covered. If you want to ensure your makeup is covered from forehead to chin, first spritz in an X shape across your face, then follow it up by spraying a T shape.

There’s no need to rub the spray in once applied, as it will dry naturally within seconds.

Final Look:

Your makeup is complete. With these makeup applications tips, it’s easy to create a variety of beauty looks, whether you’re headed to the office or going out for a night on the town.


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