7 Ways to Improve Your Makeup Skills

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Whether you’re going full glam or applying your go-to everyday makeup look, these 7 ways to improve your makeup skills will have you putting on your makeup like a pro every step of the way!

After taking the time to find your favorite products and making the effort to use them, the last thing you want is for your makeup to look patchy and faded at the end of day. While taking a makeup course might be fun, there’s no need to invest that kind of time and money. Put these ways to improve your makeup application into practice and your friends will start asking you for makeup advice! Just be sure to tell them where you learned your beauty secrets. 😉


7 Ways to Improve Your Makeup Skills at a Glance

Let’s start with a quick overview of the tips to follow. We have 7 makeup application hacks that we’ll discuss in depth in just a minute!

  1. Put on a Primer
  2. Use a Color Corrector
  3. Take Advantage of the Right Beauty Tools
  4. Apply Multiple Shades to Create Dimension
  5. Perfect with Makeup Tape
  6. Exfoliate and Moisturize Before Applying Lipstick
  7. Finish With a Setting Spray

Adding beauty tools and extra steps to your makeup routine may have you thinking, I’m already in a rush when I’m getting ready! Who has time to add more steps/products/tools to their makeup routine? Well, besides making your makeup look better, using these makeup hacks will actually make applying your makeup a lot easier and faster.


7 Ways to Improve Your Makeup Skills

1. Put on a Primer

Before applying anything else, apply a primer. Basically, primer does what the name implies, it preps the skin for even makeup application. A face primer will help even out your skin and “fill in” pores to give your other beauty products a smooth canvas to build on. Primer also helps your makeup last longer, giving you that freshly applied look throughout the day.

I love the silky texture of the Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer. It glides on so smooth and feels so good! You really need to experience it for yourself to truly appreciate what I’m talking about! The Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer is my favorite because it does more than improve the look of your pores and extend makeup wear. This primer works overtime to blur and brighten your skin as well. The blurring effect is pretty amazing, it’s like using Facetune in real life! Also, Vitamins E and C are used in this primer as antioxidants. Vitamin E acts as an anti-inflammatory and Vitamin C brightens skin. Green bean extract (I’ve never heard of a beauty product using that before!) has anti-wrinkle and pore minimizing properties.

2. Use a Color Corrector

First of all, what is the difference between a color corrector and a concealer? A concealer, which I’m guessing we’re all more familiar with, is used to cover imperfections. I use concealer under my eyes to help mask dark under eye circles. I also use concealer over blemishes to hide them away. Color corrector works a bit differently, instead of covering it counteracts and cancels out things like dark under circles, redness, and age spots.

I’d love to go more into depth, but for now let’s focus on the basics. I love color correcting palettes because each color has a different pigment that it cancels out. Here’s just one example, to brighten dark under eye circles use a peach or orange color corrector. Peach for fair and medium skin, orange for olive and deep skin. The Stila Correct & Perfect All-In-One Color Correcting Palette is fantastic because it includes everything you need to leave your skin looking even and natural. It includes cream color correctors and pressed finishing powders to neutralize, brighten, and counteract dark under eye circles, hyperpigmentation, dark spots, veins, and redness.

3. Take Advantage of the Right Beauty Tools

The right tools will allow you to get the most out of your beloved beauty products. Most eyeshadow palettes come with those little sponge applicators, but it’s impossible to apply your eyeshadow and blend with those. What about using your eyeshadow as eyeliner? Did you even know that was an option? With the right makeup brush it is! Check out my Instagram page to see how I use a makeup brush to turn my favorite black eyeshadow into a smokey eyeliner.

If they are not there already, I highly recommend adding makeup brushes and blending sponges to your beauty arsenal. A high quality set of makeup brushes and blending sponges can help you apply and blend your eyeshadow and face makeup flawlessly. For eye makeup application, I really like the Morphe The Best Of Blends 7-Piece Brush Set. When it comes to blending sponges, nothing beats the BeautyBlender Makeup Sponge. Bonus Tip: For seamless makeup application, blend your face makeup all the way out to your ears and below your jaw line to your neck.

4. Apply Multiple Shades to Create Dimension

Attending The Makeup Show in San Francisco a few years ago, I learned a lot of fantastic makeup application tips from top pros in the industry. The one that stood out to me the most was to use and blend together several shades of foundation/concealer instead of just one. When you look at your bare face, it has dimension. When you apply your makeup, it’s best to recreate that dimension for a natural look.

During her demonstration, Danessa Myricks recommended using 3 shades of face makeup: a shade lighter than your natural skin tone, a shade that matches your natural skin tone, and a shade darker than your natural skin tone. The lightest shade should be applied on features you’d like to highlight. The darker shade can be placed where you’d normally contour your face: along your hairline, on either side of the bridge of your nose, under your cheek bones, and along your jawline. The shade that matches your skin tone the best, can be used to fill in all of the other areas of your face. Now let’s throw it back to tip number 3, because the most important thing to do when applying your face makeup is grab a BeautyBlender and blend, blend, blend these 3 shades together! To put this tip into play, I recommend using 3 shades of the Danessa Myricks Beauty Vision Cream Cover Adjustable Foundation & Concealer.

5. Apply Eye Makeup With Makeup Tape

First of all, using a gentle adhesive tape is of the utmost importance, but more on that in a minute. Using adhesive tape while applying your eye makeup allows you to get a little messy, but still end up with perfect lines. I use a gentle adhesive tape on the outer corners of my eyes (placed just below the lower lash line) angled out toward the tail end of my eyebrows. Be sure to check out my Instagram Reels to see exactly what I’m talking about. Doing this helps me create a clean line when applying my eyeshadow and acts as a guide when applying my winged eyeliner. Bringing your eyeliner to a perfect point is simple with this makeup hack!

You can find makeup tape online at Sephora.com and on Amazon, but using a makeup tape specifically isn’t completely necessary. Using a gentle, non-irritating medical tape works well too. Do not use any other kind of tape. Before applying any tape to your very delicate eye area, makeup tape or medical tape, always apply it to the inside of your wrist first to get rid of some of the stickiness. The goal is to apply makeup flawlessly, not irritate or harm your skin! I like using the Sephora Collection Makeup Tape or the Nexcare Gentle Paper Tape. Again, to see exactly how I use this makeup hack to improve my makeup application, check out my Reels on Instagram.


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6. Exfoliate and Moisturize Before Applying Lipstick

A super simple way to improve the look of your lipstick is to exfoliate before applying it. Before applying any lipstick, particularly any matte long-wear lipstick, I do a gentle exfoliation. I also apply a light layer of my favorite lip treatment, which I discuss more in depth in my Winter Beauty Must-Haves post. This allows me to apply my lipstick to smooth, hydrated lips. If you’ve used any long-wear lipstick, you know how drying it can be. Exfoliating and moisturizing will help avoid creases in your lips, so your lips look and feel smooth, soft, and kissable.

To exfoliate, I use the e.l.f. Cosmetics Lip Exfoliator in Mint Maniac. It’s also available in Sweet Cherry and Clear. This lip exfoliator is enriched with Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter, and Avocado Oil. It’s also vegan and cruelty-free. To follow up my lip exfoliation, I apply a light layer of the Fresh Sugar Lip Balm Sunscreen SPF 15 in the “shade” Sugar, which is not tinted. After my lip balm has a bit of a chance to absorb, I go ahead and put on some long-lasting lip color!

7. Finish With a Setting Spray

Finally, let’s finish up this post with another easy way to improve your makeup application. To make your makeup last all day and night, use a setting spray. Setting sprays are fine refreshing mists that set your makeup in place and keep it looking fresh for hours. All you need to do is spritz some on and you’re good to go!

My favorite setting spray is the Skindinavia The Makeup Finishing Spray. I use the regular formula, but there are also Oil Control and Bridal formulas available. All formulas use a fine mist, that is oil-free and paraben-free. Setting sprays are typically used after you’ve finished applying your makeup, but to improve your makeup application even more, apply a setting spray throughout the makeup application process. I like to spritz some on after applying my foundation/concealer, again after applying my eye makeup, and then one last time after finishing up with my highlighter, bronzer, and blush.

Which one of these ways to improve makeup application will you try? Please share in the comments!


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