While there are a wide variety of makeup trends to try out this season, no look is complete without the right base.
The perfect eye makeup and a complementing lip color will finish the whole look. However, we all know there is much more to make up than simply putting on a base. There are a million steps and it can get quite meddling at times. Let me simplify those confusing steps so you can able to apply your makeup like a PRO!
Prep the skin!
Before applying any makeup, it is important to prep your skin with the essentials. This starts with a good cleanser and a moisturizing cream to hydrate your skin.
I am currently loving the Celeteque Hydration Facial Moisturizer. It is water-based, hypo-allergenic and great for hydration. You can also use Avene Thermal Water to soothe irritated sensitive skin. These two are must-haves in my makeup kit.
Primer is critical
Never underestimate the power of a good primer. In order for your makeup to sit well and blend with each other, you need a primer. To be able to create an even base, try applying a primer with a foundation brush. Cover your entire face for the maximum effect.
My best primer so far, the Benefit the Porefessional Pro Balm.
Foundations are key
Now for the first part of makeup: Foundation.
Start at the center of the face and continue to blend outward by using a stippling brush or a blending sponge. Apply the base in thin amounts, which means you can build-up if you wish for more coverage.
In my makeup kit are MAC Studio Fix Liquid Foundation, MUFE Ultra HD Foundation, Makeup Factory Velvet Lifting Foundation and the L’oreal Tru Match Foundation.
Conceal it up
After you have applied your liquid foundation, only add concealer in the areas that need additional coverage. Make a triangle under your eye by using a small concealer brush and gently blend it into your skin with your fingers or a beauty sponge.
My concealer must-haves are Maybelline FitMe Concealer and Graftobian Hi-Def Glamour Creme Corrector Palette.
Set your face
This may be the most important step to give you that flawless finish. Your liquid base needs a light dust of powder. Sweep over a light, translucent natural powder for an airbrushed look. Just apply with a fluffy powder brush for an even application.
I always recommend the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder. But if you have a limited budget, you may try its dupe, the Nichido Final Powder. It’s only 150 pesos but performs almost the same as LM.
Highlight those cheekbones
Apply a highlighter to your cheekbones, browbones, the center of the nose and to your cupid’s bow. This will add definition and capture the light in just the right places.
The only highlighting palette I am using is the Sleek Highlighting Palette in Solstice and I’m loving it so much!
Bronzer and Blush
For a day to day look, try by using a bronzer/blush combo. You can apply your bronzer first, on the hollows of your cheeks, hairline and to your jawline to give yourself a contoured look. Then layer your blush over it, slightly below your cheekbones.
One of my favorite blush/contour palettes is the BYS Contour Trio in Sweet. It has this warm peachy blush and a warm-toned medium contour shade that fits all skin tones. I swear by this palette.
This is how you get yourself that amazing look.
Of course, the steps above focus on the face more, but that is what everything else relies on. Your eyes and lips will compliment it. But don’t forget your eyelashes to make your eyes pop even more. If you have short or sparse eyelashes, try Lilash. It’s an eyelash growth enhancement product that promises to improve the volume and length of eyelashes after continuous use. Check out this review for more details.
Mastering this part of makeup will give you that beautiful finish that you always desired. Follow the steps above and stun your peers with a mesmerizing glammed up look!
40 Replies to “How to Do Your Makeup like a Pro”
Good thing im able to read this. Looking for a nice primer and saw the one you mentioned here at the beauty mnl. Will it, too, and I hope my skin will love it as well.
Hmm. I am not that fan of makeup , but this sounds interesting.
Nice tips! I’m finally obsessed with highlighters – and still trying to nail down the tricks!
These were needed tips for me. I am just getting started with makeup after raising 5 kids.
Very helpful tips. I constantly need to be reminded when it comes to make up techniques. Thank you for the detailed step by step instructions. :)Will apply some of them as soon as I grab my make-up. 🙂
I am loving your tips sis. I took notes of your cosmetic recommendations. Looking for the right brand and shade is often a real challenge for me.
Thanks for the step by step guide and also for suggesting products. I hope I can do this on my own. Sometimes, I practice applying make-up din after watching YouTube videos. 🙂
I have been a fan of make up since I was a teenager. I am always looking for the latest tips and tricks to try.
Nice! I am def far from a pro when it comes to makeup lol I barely know how to put it on! ty for sharing
I am not a fan of makeup though I think it is useful to learn. Thanks for sharing such detailed guide. I will use this someday.
I love that you completely covered the basic necessity for a fresh face. The foundation and all of its elements, highlighting, concealing, etc. These are tricky areas that often confuse people. Thank you for defining what is needed and how to use them.
I am not into makeups pero nagugustuhan ko na just a few years ago (late bloomer… nyahaha) Parang gusto ko mag-attend ng mga makeup sesh to know more on the basics. Thank you for the tips.
I am far from a professional. I don’t wear makeup often anymore, so it’s hard to get back into the groove of applying it.
Thank you so much for sharing these great tips!!! And oooooh how I wish I had an airbrush kit!!! haha
I love doing makeup and always welcome any tips that may up my game. This is a helpful read!
Great tips! I know way too little about makeup, but absolutely love how others do theres, thanks for sharing!
I also believe that the clean, prepped base is the best way to have great make up plus the use of great products that have been tried and tested. I am such a fan of highlighters!
I admire women who can do their own make ups! I can only apply powder and lipstick. and would love to attend a make up tutorial sometime.
You remind me again sa ating make-up session gaw. As always I like your tips and how you do it…
Hope to see you soon.
I don’t wear much make up, so this was a great read for me. I have never used a highlighter before!
I’m not a makeup expart but I love to do little make-up for everyday purpose. Those are such a great tips. I love highlighters. Thanks for the sharing.
I’m one of those people who rarely wears makeup but when I do I definitely want it to look good. These are really great tips to help me do jus that! Thanks!
I’ve always said that applying make-up is an art. You’re skill is something I really admire. I like make-up but oftentimes don’t have the time to really put into it. Usually I just the stick to the very basic. Would love to try a primer though.
This is such a nice piece of advice. Thanks for putting this up. Totally useful!
I am horrible at doing make up so anything that I can use to make that process easier, I am all for it!
I enjoy reading about some new ways to apply and products to use. I do not use alot fo make up but from time to time I need to wear it.
Love these tips…I read thoroughly to see if I was on the right track lol! I haven’t been successful in concealing with the triangle technique though. So I just use a little under the eye.
Indeed, the celeteque moisturizer is awesome. I also use the Celeteque oil for cleansing. I should try that Maybelline concealer fit me 🙂
i love airbursh makeup. i use it almost daily and can tell the difference on how it feels when i do and don’t.
Primer makes such a difference. It makes the makeup last longer
Sharing this to my sisters. They love make up. I only love lippie.
I love everything about makeup! When I do mine, I do a moisturizer and primer. Then I do my eyes and follow up with foundation, concealer, setting powder, bronzer, blush and highlighter.
These are great tips for doing your make up like a pro. I don’t really ever do my make up like this but once or twice a year. The tips above using the primer, foundation, etc are something I will have to try for sure. Thanks for sharing the tips.
I think I might have to bookmark this post in case I’d like to learn more about make-up application in the future. I cannot apply make-up to save my life! I also think this is not for busy and simple mums like me! Haha!
I’m using Ellana’s primer. It really helps with the ease of application and it smoothens my skin. I know some basic makeup tricks but I want to learn more, especially contouring. You’re lucky you can do your own makeup during special occasions!
Wow, Pro! The last time I hired a professional to do my make up was 10yrs ago on our wedding day! Hahaha
My make up was done for almost two hours with all those base, foundation thing, etc. (have no idea on make-up). It does gives a flawless look and really worth the price.