Tips to Improve Your Makeup Routine

Some women appear to be as accomplished as professional makeup artists when it comes to putting on cosmetics. There are no signs on their flawless faces of patchy foundation, clumpy mascara or over-blushed cheeks. For them, it all seems easy. If you are not one of those women, however, then don't fret. This article provides tips to help smooth out your makeup routine. 

1. Get the Right Kit 

A builder wouldn't attempt to build a house without having the right tools for the job, just as an artist requires the correct brushes to produce a masterpiece. Well, the same principle applies to putting on makeup. A product might promise a facelift in a bottle, but without a good set of brushes you are unlikely to achieve the immaculate finish you hope for. The correct kit will help ensure a more even coverage and blend products. 

There are numerous online articles and YouTube tutorials on makeup brushes, which will help you to choose the right ones for you. Also, before making a purchase, don't forget to check the packaging for cleaning instructions. Brushes will stay effective for much longer if you take care of them. Many can be washed. 

2. Improve Your Technique with Practice 

As with everything else in life, applying makeup gets easier the more you practice. So keep at it until you achieve the look you want, and don't be scared to experiment. If you need to, you can always wipe it off and start again. Unless you are feeling particularly brave, don’t experiment on days when you are in a rush to leave the house. When you are working under pressure, you are more likely to make mistakes. 

3. Clear Out Your Makeup Bag 

Even unopened cosmetics have a shelf life. Once a product is open, however, this is considerably shortened as oxidation and degradation begins. When it is past its best, makeup is likely to be less effective in providing the results you want. So you have to be brutal and throw away all of those out-of-date items. This will probably feel painful if you have spent a lot of money on a particular item, but you will look better for it. Another reason to discard old cosmetics is that they can irritate the skin and cause eye infections. Shelf life varies from product to product, so deciding when to replace items can be tricky. Luckily, there are plenty of guidelines available online to help you decide when it is time to reach for the bin. 

4. Choose the Right Products 

There are so many different cosmetics on the market that it can be difficult to know which ones are right for your skin. If you make the wrong choices, however, your look will be unnatural. The first thing you need to know is your skin type, because you will then be able to select a foundation that has been formulated for your needs. You must also choose colours that are right for your skin tone, otherwise they won't suit you. If you are not sure what your skin type is, free makeup consultations are available in many stores. Just visit the counter of a brand you are interested in and the staff will usually be happy to advise you. Also, make use of the free samples attached to magazines and testers in stores when experimenting to see what looks right.

Don't be afraid to make mistakes along the way. Most of us have had our fair share of makeup disasters, but it is important to recognize that trial and error will help you to perfect your look in the end.

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