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Masterclass Makeup Tips

We recently attended a makeup masterclass at The Makeup School and wanted to share some of our makeup application tips we picked up!

Good skincare is incredibly important to provide the perfect base pre makeup application. It is a good idea to exfoliate 1 -2 times a week before cleansing to eliminate any dry and patchy areas. This will ensure your moisturisers, serums or oils give you the most effective results.


Makeup Primer
A face primer is essential for aiding in applying your foundation more evenly and smoothly and increases the longevity of the foundation.


An eyelid primer helps even the colour of the lid and removes any discolouration (darkness or veins) on your eyelids. Eye primers also aid in the smooth application of eye shadow, prevent it from accumulating in eyelid creases, and improve its longevity


Foundation, tinted moisturisers or BB Creams
Keep your skin looking fresh by using a foundation formula that is suitable for dryer complexions! Avoid heavy matt finish foundations but instead choose a more moisturising foundation to keep your skin looking even, glowing and dewy without emphasising fine lines.


Colour Correction, Lightening and Brightening
There are many types of concealers on the market but remember different concealers do different jobs. A heavier coverage concealer is used to conceal blemishes or can be applied to specific areas where you are wanting more coverage. The other is a much lighter consistency and is used for colour correcting rather than for coverage. This is typically used under the eyes, in the inner and outer corners of the eyes and other areas of the face that need brightening i.e. nose to mouth lines and around the mouth.

The powders job is to ‘set’ the makeup and to eliminate any shine in areas you are not wanting it. A guide for powder application is to concentrate on your T-Zone and a small dusting under your eyes to set your concealer. Make sure you invest in an ultrafine translucent powder that feels weightless and disappears on your skin.


There are lots of ways to apply brows and it is really a matter of personal preference. Pencils, powders, pomades being the most popular. When applying a brow colour avoid hard lines (which can be very aging) but instead try anchoring your hand to your face and then use delicate strokes to add colour to the brows with a soft hand building your colour up slowly.


Eye shadow
Often a wash of eyeshadow across the eyelid is enough to add definition to the eyes and remember to keep it contained on the actual lid itself. If you want to add a bit of drama you can add a darker colour to the outer corners of the eyelid and blend inwards. If you are wanting to apply some eyeshadow contouring try blending your eye shadow while your eyes are open, so you can see where the colour is positioned


Eye liner
Avoid harsh lines when it comes to eye liner. A soft pencil can be used on the outer third of the eye (top and bottom) and blended in well to soften with a brush. Eye shadows can also be used as an eye liner and if you are wanting a more dramatic effect simply dip your brush into water before the shadow then apply and blend.


If you are game to use an eyelash curler then you should give it a go. Curling your lashes before applying mascara will certainly open your eyes up. You can apply on both top and bottom lashes or for upper eye drama apply only to top lashes. Make sure you get right to the base of the lash. Learning how to apply ¾ false lashes is also a great way to add more drama to your eyes and easier to do than you may realise.


As they say blusher is the push up bra for your face and is your best friend! Injecting a pop of colour can give your face an instant lift. In particular cream blushes are a good choice for a glowing, illuminating creamy satin finish. Add a small amount to the apples of the cheek and blend diagonally up and away to suit face shape.


Creates some structure to your face by shading along the jawline, under chin or add bronzing powder for a Summer glow under cheekbones.


There is so many options when it comes to lips. Lipsticks, tints, stains, glosses. It is always a good idea to exfoliate your lips (it’s amazing what a difference it makes). Using a lip liner is great for stopping any ‘bleeding’ or you can even just use a liner lightly over your whole lip. If you are wanting a natural flush of colour then stick with rosy brown tones which will imitate a natural lip. Avoid very matte lipsticks as they will be drying on your lips, instead stick with satin and gloss or tint finishes. Lastly don’t be afraid of a pop of colour, especially over the Summer Season.

Remember good makeup brushes and a pencil sharpener are key! Visit themakeupschool for more tips and tricks or to take your own masterclass!