How to Apply Makeup Like a Pro

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You may not be a professional makeup artist, but who says you can’t do your own makeup properly? Follow these tips from beauty expert Tony Galvez to achieve the made-up look you desire.

Always start with a clean face.

Apply a light moisturizer before makeup for a smoother surface to work with. Whenever possible, use a moisturizer with SPF to protect your skin from the sun.

Choose a yellow-based concealer to help tone down and hide redness, broken capillaries or sunburn.

Always apply the concealer before the foundation or powder.

Avoid using powder to cover wrinkles. Powder rests in the creases and wrinkles of your skin and can make them more visible.

Add a tiny touch of shimmer cream, lotion, or powder to your foundation to brighten your face and give it a more youthful glow.

Apply foundation with a dampened makeup sponge to help it glide onto your skin and give smooth coverage without looking cakey.

Shop around for your concealer, foundation, and powder. Try on as many shades and brands until you find your perfect match. What’s more expensive is not always what looks best on your skin.

On removing makeup

Everyone likes a fresh start. If you want to wake up with clean, glowing skin, then you absolutely must take off all your makeup. You’re doing your skin the ultimate favor by taking off your makeup at night. Sleeping with your face makeup on can lead to dry skin, acne, and even wrinkles caused by collagen breakdown — and that’s just face makeup. Leaving eye makeup on causes its own set of problems, including eye infections, eye irritation, styes, and broken eyelashes. Removing your makeup every night is a skin care necessity.

Your daily cleanser should be sufficient to take off foundation and blush. “Massage the cleanser over your face and let it sit for 15 seconds, and don’t forget your hairline, under your chin, and around your ears. Then wipe with a wet, white cotton washcloth, so you can really see that all the makeup is gone. If your foundation is long- wearing or you use a face brush, you can go over your face with remover first,” says Galvez. Keep gently scrubbing until no more foundation or blush comes off on the washcloth.
“The process of taking off your makeup should be gentle and should never leave your skin dehydrated or irritated,” says Galvez. “I like to use a cleansing oil, which won’t dry out your face. Using your fingers, swipe a small amount of oil across your lids, eyebrows, and lips, and then lightly massage it all over your face. This will soften your skin and loosen the makeup, so you don’t have to rub like crazy. Then take a flat, square cotton pad — I like these better than the balls, which can be rough — and pour a little cleansing oil on it. Go over the same spots again, being careful not to scrub back and forth. Just skim the surface in one direction to pull up the color.”
You can also steam your face before washing. Fill up your sink or a bowl with hot water and hover your face over it for a minute or two. The steam will loosen up your pores and make it easier for the cleaner to penetrate the skin deeper to remove makeup and debris. This might have the extra time to steam your skin, but it’s a good occasional option. You can even add a drop of lavender essential oil for extra soothing, spa vibes.
When using mascara, swap the cleansing oil for a waterproof-eye-makeup remover. Otherwise, you’ll have to rub so hard to loosen the color that your lashes will break. Soak a pad with remover, press down softly on the lashes for a few seconds so the formula soaks in, and then slowly move the pad across the eyes.
After you’ve removed your eye makeup, take another pass with a dry cotton pad to make sure you get off any last bits of product and the excess makeup remover, too. This final pass will prevent mascara circles in the morning and improve your makeup application the next day. No one likes to wake up with raccoon eyes.
“I cringe when I see women using baby wipes to remove their makeup. Those do not get the job done, and when I tell women this, they say, “But baby skin is so sensitive, this must be good for my face.” Well, a baby’s butt isn’t covered in makeup that requires special ingredients for proper removal,” says Galvez.
But whatever your skin type, washing at night is a must-do. Commit tips on how to remove makeup to memory and implement them into your daily routine. We’ll all have nights we forget, but hopefully removing our makeup at night is the exception, not the rule!

Vance Madrid

Freelance writer, lifestyle blogger, social media manager, events coordinator, scriptwriter, film buff, wanderlust and certified foodie. Zealous for a keyboard and new experiences, I wish to live and learn through my writing.