When you watch all the beauty gurus on YouTube, it seems like they have a lot of time on their hands to do makeup. This may actually be the case because it is their hobby, passion or perhaps even their job.
The most popular videos are all about a highly complex makeup that can take hours to perfect. There are always so many products involved that they can often make you feel that you need to spend a small fortune to look flawless. And it’s not too far-fetched to think so.
The truth is that there is no need to layer on wads of makeup to look great. And it is definitely not necessary to have access to a hundred different beauty products.
You can do very well with just a few must-haves that will give you the look you desire in no time, even if you are not particularly skillful when it comes to makeup.
Here are some of the must-haves for your everyday kit:
Your face needs to be properly nourished; irrespective whether your skin is dry, normal or oily. Also, you need to protect your skin against the harmful UV rays that trigger premature aging and make your face look worn. You can get a moisturizer with SPF and combine the best of both worlds.
There are specific products for each skin type so make sure you get the right one for you. Keep in mind that even oily skins need moisturizing. Cleansing gels can dry out the face and will stimulate your skin to produce more sebum.
Nourishing Lip Balm
You have to hydrate your lips properly, whether you use lipstick or not. It is usually best to invest a bit more in this department, as it is not unheard of for cheap products to dry out the lips even more. This will force you to apply them over and over again throughout the day.
Get an intensive formula that specifically cares for dry and chapped lips. These are usually shiny and non-sticky so they can successfully replace lip-gloss.
Slightly lining your lips can make a big difference, even if you decide to apply simple lip balm instead of a bold lipstick. If you want a discreet look, go for a nude or light pink lip liner that looks as close to your natural lip shade as possible. Then just define your lips.
A Fitting Wardrobe
Whatever your style may be, if you’re going to go for the minimalist makeup look it’s good to match it with appropriate clothing. We like the bohemian look with relaxed and flowing dresses and “the girls next door” tops and accessories. Take a look at The Freedom State for some boho fashion inspiration if you like that sort of look.
If you’re more into other styles then remember to match your makeup with your clothes. Don’t overdo things on your face if you’re just wearing jeans and flip-flops and vice versa if you’re dressing up for a very formal event.
Sometimes you may have dark circles under your eyes, even if you rest well. Some people are genetically prone to these as well. Blemishes can pop up regardless or your age and no one wants to display an unaesthetic red zit.
These imperfections can be hidden easily using a light concealer. The shade varies according to your skin. It has to be a few shades lighter than your regular skin tone, but make sure it’s not too fair; otherwise it will be noticeable and look obvious.
Yellowish tones usually work best for everyone. Just remember to moisturize your face very well before applying concealer, particularly around the eye area. If you don’t do that, the concealer might easily crease in fine lines or wrinkles and that will look bad by the end of the day.
Most women have small and barely visible lashes. A bit of mascara can make a world of a difference. It is the product that can make you more awake and fresh than any other. Also, it is easy to apply it even if you are a newbie to makeup.
Cover well both upper and lower lashes. Apply several layers. Don’t go for waterproof products unless you know you will be facing some kind of heavy humidity. They tend to be tougher to remove.