Applying Statement Makeup

woman applying makeup in mirror

Applying the same makeup day after day can be tiresome. However, it’s comfortable, right? You learn how to master a specific makeup technique and get ready following the same steps one morning after the next. Then when a unique opportunity presents itself, you find that you’re not entirely sure how you should wear your makeup. If you’ve not yet been faced with an opportunity to rock statement makeup, it’s bound to happen anytime now and when it does you’ll be prepared. Below is step by step tutorial that you can use the next time you need to apply a flawless statement makeup look.

Step 1. Creating a base:
The most important part of applying statement makeup is to start with a smooth and concealed base. The reason for this is that dry skin, blemishes, and other imperfections can take away and distract from the rest of the look, so having a flawless base is key. To achieve this you’ll want to apply an SPF moisturizer to a freshly cleaned face. Once the moisturizer has had a few moments, you can then follow up with a high-quality primer. Apply a medium to full coverage foundation all over your face, then go back in with a correcting canceler to touch up any imperfections. Finally, use a fluffy brush to dust a finishing powder all over.

Step 2. Form a frame:
You wouldn’t hang up a piece of statement artwork without framing it first, right? Well, the same goes for your face! To frame your face you will want to take a few moments to fill in your brows. If you’re new to the Brow Game, the easiest way to do this is by having a brow pencil and rounded brow brush on hand. So long as your brows are maintained, you can start by lightly tracing the upper and lower lines of the brow. Then create light strokes throughout the brows, concentrating on filling in any thin areas. Now you use the eyebrow brush to give the penciled look that you just created a more natural look.

Step 3. Light up the lids:
With your complexion flawless and your face framed, you’re ready to give your eyes a bright and bold look. Do this by applying a light gray colored shadow to the entire lid. Then, use a hi-shine metallic silver in the crease. After blending the two pigments together, use a thin liner brush to apply the silver shadow to the lower lash line, keeping in mind that the more pigment you apply the bolder the look.

Step 4. Line the lookers:
Your eyes are almost finished, but in order to pull the look together, you’ll want to line the upper and lower lash lines with a long lasting black liner. You can make the look even more fierce by lining the upper and lower waterlines, giving an illusion of synchronization between the lids and the lashes.

Step 5. Lengthen the lashes:
Play up your lashes by using a few coats of a lengthening mascara after you’ve given them a good curl. Let each coat dry completely before applying another.

Step 6. Prepare to pucker up:
At this point you should use both lipstick and lip liner to create a defined lip. Depending on your preference, choose one of the following hues: orange-y red, fuchsia, plum, or espresso. Start by lining the lip with a similar shade to the chosen lipstick, then use a lip brush to apply the lipstick. For a longer last, press a tissue between your lips and apply another layer of lipstick.

Step 7. Lighten up:
Finally, you’ll want to bring out the structure of your face without taking away from your eyes and lips. To do this you can highlight the apples of your cheeks with a lighter bronzer, being sure to blend it into your cheek bones.

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