Makeup for Beginners: The 5 Must-Know Tips to Get You Started Right

by Ivy Boyd

Makeup for Beginners: The 5 Must-Know Tips to Get You Started Right

Makeup can seem so involved, but once broken down into categories, it will make perfect sense. If you’re ready to give it a try, then you’ll love this easy, natural makeup look for beginners.


For some, makeup is a hobby, an enjoyable ritual, or even an obsession (not that I know anyone like that…). For others, makeup is overwhelming and intimidating and results in not wearing it at all. I’ve met more than a handful of women that say they don’t wear makeup, but they’d like to. They say they don’t wear it because they feel unsure of what they’re doing or fear they’ll look overly made up and silly. It doesn’t have to be this way. With seven products, we are going to achieve a “natural makeup for beginners” look that’s simple and quick to do. If you’re just starting out, this video tutorial is for you.

Even Out Your Skin
Unless you have the complexion of a baby angel, you’ll want to even out your skin. If you have blemishes, dark circles, discoloration, or broken capillaries, a tinted moisturizer or BB cream isn’t going to cut it. Don’t be afraid of liquid foundation! It doesn’t have to look like a mask. There are many options, from light to full coverage and many buildable options. I’m applying NARS Sheer Glow with my fingertips, first dotting it onto areas that need coverage, then blending outward with my fingers.


Now we need to set our handiwork, so dust a loose, translucent powder like Make Up For Ever HD Setting Powder over skin with a large powder brush.


Add a Healthy Flush
After you’ve evened your skin tone, you’ll want to add a natural, rosy glow to your cheeks. This will give you a healthy, well-rested appearance. Dip a blush brush into a medium rose-colored powder blush like Milani’s Rose d’ Oro. Keep your blush above the bottom of your nose, and keep about a 2-fingers’-width distance from your nose. This will ensure the most flattering placement.


Define Your Brows
Brows can be very involved, but we’re keeping it simple here. A tinted brow gel like this one from Anastasia Beverly Hills can give you just enough color to define, and the gel will shape and hold the brow hairs. Brush the product through, using short, upward strokes.


Add Shadow to Your Eyes
Defining your eyes makes the biggest impact in any makeup look. You don’t have to get overwhelmed with choosing coordinating colors and what brush does what blending. A simple satiny shadow applied with your fingers can do just enough. I’m dipping a ring finger into L’Oreal’s Infallible Eyeshadow in Bronzed Taupe and applying from my lash line, up to my crease. Use a clean finger to soften the top edge. Taking what’s left on your ring finger, sweep along the lower lash line, about three-quarters of the way in. No eye look is complete without mascara so apply a natural one like Korres Volcanic Minerals Volumizing Mascara for a feathery, subtle look.


Add a Pop of Lip Color
Don’t be afraid of lip color as it pulls your look together, especially in photos! We are going to move beyond the comfort zone of lip gloss, and try out a nude, wearable lip color. Using Revlon’s Colorburst Lip Butter in Pink Truffle, apply a light coat to lips. See? Isn’t it the perfect shade? It’s just enough!


I bet you’re feeling pretty proud of yourself—as you should. You’re well on your way to becoming a makeup master. See you next round when you’ll be ready for eyeliner, a second shadow color, and a little bronzer if the mood strikes!


For more makeup how-to help from Ivy, go to Wake Up for Makeup.