From the age of around five, I was stealing my sister and mums make up, making myself look like a clown, infuriating them and having an absolute ball.
Some things have changed as the years have gone by but I’m still sneaking into their rooms and seeing what exciting new products they have.
Before I got into graphic design I was set on the idea of becoming a makeup artist, I was never quite good enough but I did a few course and spend a lot of my free time doing my friends makeup, watching tutorials online and generally just being a bit of a girl.
Over the years there are a few things I have picked up on from the industry and want to share them here with my readers on Girl Thing Designs.
Prepare Your Skin
If you’re putting your makeup onto unprepared skin, your setting yourself up for blotchy, patchy makeup that won’t last past lunchtime.
Investing in a good primer is something I advise all girls to do, it will really help to set your make up and give you a dewy or matted look, depending on what primer you choose.
Always Get Colour-Matched
Throughout my teenage years, I was wearing a foundation that was around three shades too dark, just because I wanted to have a bit of a tan. BIG MISTAKE!
I feel like this is a phase all teenagers go through but getting yourself colour matched it one of the greatest things and you really do have to trust it.
Don’t Forget to Conceal
Concealer can be a girl’s best friend if used right.
Always ensure your concealer is a couple of shades lighter than your foundation and use it in key areas such as under the eyes, temple and of course on any blemishes you wish to cover up.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Technique is everything and now more than ever you can find a whole host of amazing tutorials from professional and makeup enthusiasts online on sites such as YouTube and Instagram.
I find tutorials so handy when buying a new eye pallet or contour set as they will help you to get to grips with the product and show you things you may never have discovered.
Perfect the Flick
Eyeliner can be a pig to learn; for some people its extremely easy but for others, it can take many attempts to get it right.
The trick to the perfect winged eyeliner is the wand you use to find one that you like and buy it in bulk!! Take your time, have a steady hand and a cotton bud with coconut oil nearby to correct any mistakes.
Set Your Makeup
Setting your makeup essentially does the same as priming it as it gives you a little bit of extra coverage for the day.
It will help to keep your make up on for longer and depending on if you pick up a matte or dewy setting spray, will give you an extra glow.
Always Remove Your Makeup
Sometimes, I’m a fan of the naked face
This is essential and one step I will always do without a doubt.
Makeup wipes are quick and easy but notoriously bad for your skin so invest in a good micellar water or cleaners to rid of your makeup at the end of the day. It may take time to find one that is right for your skin and doesn’t dry it out but once you find that holy grail product – don’t let it go.
So there you have some of my top tips for makeup, are you a bit of a makeup buff and want to share your tips with the readers here on Girl Thing Designs? I’d love to hear from you so get in touch by clicking here or to become a contributor, please click here.