Thursday, 21 May 2015

10 Top Tips for Applying Makeup



Before blogging, YouTube and Pinterest I was a total makeup noob. Ok, I still am one, but not quite as bad thanks to the internet, which contains a wealth of fantastic makeup tips and tricks. I use so many of them on a regular, if not daily, basis and these are 10 of my favourites.

1. Apply foundation downwards. As the hairs on our skin sit downwards, foundation will look more natural than if applied in any other direction.

2. Apply concealer under the eyes in a upside down triangle shape, around and down past your dark circles - as opposed to applying directly and only on dark circles. The concealer will look more seamless and less obvious this way.

3. Use the two finger trick to know where to start applying blusher. Simply place two fingers together next to your nose and apply blusher from the other side.

4. To give blusher a more natural finish, lightly buff the edges with the brush you used for your last base product i.e. powder or foundation. This will soften the edges with any left over product so the blusher colour will look more like it's glowing from within than sat on top of the cheeks.

5. When setting your base with powder and a brush, pat it on with light, bouncy motions rather than sweeping it across the skin, as you're less likely to disturb the makeup you've already applied.

6. If you've just run out of your light to medium coverage foundation or tend to only buy high coverage foundation, you can sheer the high coverage foundation out by using a damp makeup sponge. The water on the sponge will slightly dilute the foundation.

7. Don't own an eyeshadow primer? No problem, try using a cream eyeshadow in a similar or neutral shade as your primer instead. Cream eyeshadows are very long wearing and it will still give the eyeshadow going on top something to adhere to.

8. This one is a bit fiddly, but great if you're not quite sure where your cheekbones are to apply highlighter. Turn your hand over so your palm is facing up and place the bottom of your palm onto your cheeks. The bottom of your palm will sit comfortably and naturally on your cheekbone when in the right place!

9. Take advantage of multi-tasking makeup when applying in a rush or travelling - for example, cream blusher can be also be applied as a lip product to add a wash of colour with a subtle sheen.

10. If you want to set your brows in place but don't have a brow wax or gel to hand, use some hairspray instead and run through brows with a spoil or old mascara wand (though not too much hairspray - crispy brows aren't a good look).

What are your favourite tips for applying makeup? I'd love to learn some more. I am thinking of doing more makeup tips posts in the future, so please leave your tips in the comments box and I may well include them in another post with a credit! 

Beauty Bird xx

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  1. Fab tips! I'll definitely remember the ones about applying blusher, mine never seems to sit right on my face haha x

    Always, Alice

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    1. It definitely takes some practice. Even with that trick sometimes I'm still not sure if it looks right! xx

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  2. Really great tips, loved reading this. Haven't heard of a lot of these xx

    Ioanna | Hearting.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Ioanna! Really glad you enjoyed this post xx

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  3. These are such great tips! I've never thought about which direction to apply my foundation before, so I will definitely have to try it downwards. Really helpful post x

    emily x ❤ | emilyloula

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    1. Thanks so much Emily! Really glad you found it helpful. Sometimes the best tips are the simple ones xx

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  4. I loved reading those tips, especially two fingers rule for applying blusher - thank you! Great post!

    Mademoiselle-Lala.com

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    1. You're welcome! That tip is probably my favourite! xx

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  5. Great tips! Before blogging I was so bad with makeup. I mean I am still learning, but at least now I know the importance of brushes and bronzers:)) The tips for applying blusher are so handy!

    http://www.beautynerd.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Georgiana! I am always still learning xx

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  6. Great tips lovely! I love using cream eyeshadow instead of a primer, it works so well xx

    www.anacelinelabod.com

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  7. Love this post Sasha! Just goes to show that no matter how old you are (as in me!) you are never to old to learn new make-up tips! Definitely going to try that trick with the concealer! xx

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    1. Thanks Jenny! Definitely not! Let me know how you get on with the concealer tip xx

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  8. These are great! I often do the powder trick when I apply too much blusher and the upside down triangle has been a revelation haha. I need to try applying foundation downwards - thanks! xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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    1. So glad you like them Jasmine :-) I love a good beauty tip! xx

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  9. Some great tips and I've learnt a few new things today. Going to try them out when applying my make-up tonight x

    Amanda / Amanda's Escape

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    1. That's made my day :-) Please let me know how you get on? xx

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  10. I love the two finger trick! I might just be able to start wearing blusher now!

    Please do more posts like this!

    Dannie x
    www.famousinjapan.co.uk

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    1. Let me know if you find it works! Aw ok I will definitely try to do another :-) xx

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  11. Love a good multi tasking product, esp when I'm in a rush or trying to carry around minimal products! I also like to sheer out bases by mixing with a radiance primer, esp in Summer! :)

    Nic x

    StrawberryBlondeBeauty

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    1. That's a good tip to mix a base product with a radiance primer! Thanks xx

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  12. Definitely going to take in consideration all of these tips. I'm completely clueless about makeup haha!

    laurieelle.com xx

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    1. Glad you found this helpful Laurie! xx

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  13. These are amazing! Definitely gonna put my foundation on downwards now and use hairspray in my eyebrows as I always struggle trying to keep my eyebrows in place!

    Ax
    www.alicerosieallsop.com

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  14. What a brilliant post! I really enjoyed it :)

    lillies and lipbalm
    xx

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    1. Thanks Mel, so glad you did :-) xx

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  15. A great post lovely! Some of these are definitely new to me. I like the blusher trick as mine just never seems to sit completely naturally and I'm so jealous of people who can manage to achieve a lovely natural flush that fades out and blends beautifully x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

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    1. Thank you Becky! I'm definitely still working on getting that fade out! Maybe one day :-) xx

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  16. Great tips. I'd never heard of number 3. Will be trying that! M xx

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  17. Fab tips! I think the foundation one is great - it make such a difference. One of my tips would be to always wiggle the mascara wand left to right when applying your mascara to avoid clumps x

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    1. Thanks Kat! The mascara tip is such a good one xx

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  18. Great tips. Totally trying them out!

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  19. Great tips. Totally trying them out!

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