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Breaking Down the Basics: A Makeup Tutorial for Beginners

If you are a makeup lover but don't know much about the basics of makeup, look no further. Everyone starts somewhere and if you need a starting point, you've come to the right place.

Here is your ultimate beginners guide to a simple yet beautiful make up look to help you get started on your makeup journey.

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First, you'll need a primer to ensure long-lasting makeup. You have the choice of gel, cream, and spray primers. Cream-based primers provide moisture to the skin, gel-based primers even out the skin, and spray-based primers are quick and easy to use. Once you've decided which product you want to use, apply the primer to all areas of the face. 

Once you've applied primer, you can move on to foundation. Foundation is the base of most makeup looks and is meant to even out your skin, creating a smooth surface for the rest of the products you will be using. Foundations can come in liquids, creams, powders, or sprays. Liquid foundations allow for buildable coverage, cream foundations allow for fuller coverage, powder-based foundations add coverage to the skin with a lightweight finish, and spray-on foundations are lighter yet full coverage. You also have the choice of a natural, dewy, or matte finish. Whichever finish you decide will determine which foundation you choose to purchase , along with the type of coverage you'd like — light, medium, or full. Apply a few drops of foundation around areas of the face and blend with a brush or a beauty blender.

After foundation comes concealer; it is essential to use concealer after foundation to effectively cover dark circles or brighten the under eye. You will choose your shade match or one shade lighter depending on the look you are trying to achieve. Coverage can be buildable with most concealers, so start off by lightly applying the product under the eye; you can always add more. Once you've applied both products, you're going to want to set the makeup in place with pressed or loose powder.

Next comes contour and highlight, the finishing touches that add an overall dimension to the makeup look. Contour is sculpting your face using products slightly darker than your skin tone, whereas highlighting is brightening up areas of your face. You can use cream or powdered products, or a combination of both; cream products can appear more natural and dewy, whereas powdered products appear more matted. The contour should be applied to the cheeks, jawline, and around your forehead. Then, apply highlight above the cheekbones. You could also add blush if you'd like, which will brighten up the look even more.

If you are someone who prefers to shade your eyebrows in , you can follow up with this step next. Choose the most identical shade to your eyebrow color and begin to fill in the brow, shaping it as you'd like. Next, add mascara to lift and define the lashes.

Once you've completed all of these steps, you can decide whether or not to include eyeshadow in the look. Some people prefer to do eyeshadow first, and some prefer to do it after the base is set in place; ultimately, it is your decision. For a natural beginner look, you can choose soft colors such as the ones in Anastasia Beverly Hills' soft glam palette. Start with a small amount of product, then work your way up.

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Lastly, apply your lip product of choice, whether that is lipgloss, lipstick, lipliner, or a combination of products, and finish up your look with your favorite setting spray. There you have it—a completely simplistic and natural makeup look.


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