When it goes well, the process of applying makeup is one of life’s simplest pleasures. Twirling a brush through pigmented eye shadow, carefully coating your lashes with mascara, outlining your lips with a soft lip liner pencil… it’s almost therapeutic.
Of course, as well as being a pleasant experience, we all want the fruit of our makeup application efforts to look good. Sadly, this isn’t always the case. No matter how many YouTube videos you watch and re-attempts at creating the perfect cat eye you have, sometimes, your makeup just doesn’t look right.
If this issue sounds familiar to your experience, then here are a few things you might want to try to help you achieve that flawless finish you have been wishing for…
Start with the basics
If you want your makeup to look good, you have to prepare the surface. In this case, the “surface” is your skin. A good skincare regime is a vital component of the way that your makeup looks when complete. Aim for a regime that focuses on cleansing, exfoliating, moisturising, and anti-ageing via serums or even Botox. These fundamentals should help prepare your skin for makeup and produce a better, smoother result when your makeup is in place.
Switch your products
If you’re having consistent issues with just an area of makeup like your mascara application or shaping your eyebrows with a pencil, then there’s every chance your beauty products themselves are to blame rather than your application skills. If a product is six months old, or has experienced a change in texture, for example, if liquid products have become sticky or pencil products have softened then it might be the product that is the problem. Make the switch to a different product and see if that improves the results.
Reduce your use of matte products
Matte products have been wildly popular for several years now, but they are rather difficult to wear. Matte eye shadow and lipstick will reveal every single flaw on your skin or in the application of your product, so you may find a switch to a glossier finish is more forgiving. I am a nightmare for this one because I love liquid matte lipsticks, the problem is, they really don’t love me and my lips can tend to look really dry. Since switching to a more moisturising satin finish my lips look so much more healthy and it actually feels better too.
Opt for a heavy, silicone-based primer
Finally, a heavy silicone-based primer is your best friend if you’re still not seeing the perfect finish you’ve hoped for. Silicone primers are incredibly good at smoothing the surface of your skin, and can help to deliver the best possible results every time. You can even layer silicone primers to really achieve the best possible finish; just leave five to 10 minutes drying time between layers. Silicone based primers are absolutely fantastic if, like me, you suffer from enlarged pores or fine lines and they also help your makeup to last too.
Take care of your application tools
I am so guilty of not doing this but, you should clean your makeup brushes at least once per week. If you don’t, then your finish can suffer due to accumulated dirt and messy bristles. Eye shadow brushes are particularly susceptible to this, as are Beauty Blenders and other sponge products, so these should always be first in line for a wash when you have the time.
The tips above should help you achieve the flawless finish you have been hoping for. Good luck!
Got any tips that I have missed? Well please let me know in the comments section.
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