Whoever said hitting your 30’s was a bad thing, had never mastered the art of makeup application. Makeup can drastically change your appearance, and you can take it as far as you want to. It can help to take years off your appearance if applied correctly – while the wrong application, color schemes, and tools used can actually make you appear older than your years. That’s why today Lionesse wants to share with you some of the basic makeup application skills that every woman should master before she hits the big 3-0. Any woman can do this, and nothing you see on this list is difficult or over the top. Let’s delve into some of the basic skills you need to know to keep a flawless face.
Covering a Zit
Adults can and do get breakouts – more so in women than in men – due to various stressors, and oftentimes they are hormone related. Whether it’s one zit or five, you should know how to cover up your pimples. Concealer should become your best friend in this regard. To cover a zit, apply a dab of concealer over the pimple, then foundation lightly, then more concealer. Seal it all in for a flawless look with a finishing powder, and voila – no more reddened, bumpy mess.
Highlighting your face, or giving yourself a dewy appearance, is super easy and looks great for those days where you just don’t want to wear much makeup. Especially during the spring and summer months, highlighting can be your best friend and give you the perfect glow you need. When it comes to highlighting, opt for the areas around the orbital (eye) bone, center of the nose, cupid’s bow (above the top lip), and center of the forehead.
Whether you got 8 hours of sleep or two, it’s possible to wake up to undereye bags and dark circles. This can really make your face look exhausted. To liven it up and make yourself look refreshed and awake, you should know some basics to fix the temporary problem. Apply a good concealer under the eyes after your foundation. Blend out well, bringing it down the sides of the nose. You can also spritz your face with a toner to refresh your skin and wake you up.
Attain a Fuller Looking Lips
In your 30’s, women seem to lose a bit of volume their lips once held – especially in the top lip. To get fuller looking lips, you will need concealer, a lip liner of your choice, a lip brush, lipstick and lip gloss. Apply concealer to the center of the top and bottom lip, and bring it up over the skin. Line your lips, slightly exaggerating the line outside of the natural lip line. On the bottom lip, be sure not to line all the way to the center, but leave that part bare. Blend the lip liner at the outer corner of the lips inward a bit with a lip brush. From there, apply some lipstick and blend everything together. Apply a bit of lip gloss to the center of the lips only to give a fuller appearance. Done – simple, easy, and anyone can do it!
Perfect Your Eyeliner Skills
Every woman should know how to make use of a basic eyeliner pencil by age 30. If you don’t, you should begin practicing every night, for at least 5 minutes, before you go in with a makeup remover wipe to remove all of your makeup. Use a liquid liner to create the perfect cat eye or winged look – but it’s best to begin with a pencil liner for practice purposes. Opt for a cream liner for easy application.
Contouring Your Cheekbones
Contouring your cheekbones is a makeup essential – and although it can take a bit of practice, it’s well worth the trouble of learning to do. Facial contouring can completely change your face – you can make your face appear slimmer, more defined, and even change the shape of your nose and eyes. There are many tutorials available online which detail how contouring can be done – and every person, once they learn how to do it, can master the art of contouring and develop their own contour style.
Shaping and Filling In Your Brows
Unless you have super thick brows, you needn’t worry about filling yours in – but every woman could do with a bit of brow shaping. Using a good quality brow pencil that matches your brow color to line the outside of the brows in a natural way and fill in the tail end of the brow to give it an elongated or slimmer look can really make a big difference in your face.
Natural Looking Foundation
Mastering the art of applying a natural looking foundation is super important for any woman – and can help even out your skin tone, give color, and build the perfect base for other cosmetic application. Again, there are many tutorials available online which detail how to perfectly apply foundation to give yourself a natural look. As a tip, always use a beauty blender sponge or wedge after applying your concealer with a makeup brush. Always choose a foundation that perfectly matches your skin tone, or is one shade darker.
Bronzer is one of those summer essentials every woman can’t be without. It’s also a great product to use during the cold months of winter when you’re missing the warm kiss of the sun. Bronzer can be used to contour the cheeks and add a bit of color to the cheeks, giving the skin a sun-kissed glow. Be sure to apply it to the upper cheeks, near the crease of the cheekbones, and to the forehead – all areas where the sun would normally give you color.
Blending Your Blush
Gone are the days of the 80’s where blush was applied heavily and used to contour your cheeks (thank goodness). Learning to properly blend out your blush, and other products, is essential to obtaining the perfect makeup look. Be sure to only apply a minimal amount of blush to the face, to the apples of the cheeks, and blend out and upwards.