If you’re anything like me, when you started wearing makeup, it didn’t look anything like it does on those Instagram models. From flashback troubles to creasing, learning what works for you can be quite a slippery slope.
You don’t have to immediately go to Sephora and buy the most expensive foundation, nor do you need invest in the OG Beauty Blender. Different things work for different people, and you will probably have to try a lot of things before you figure out your preferred glam.
Lucky for you, you have these 5 easy tips to help you find your look even faster!
Finding Your Undertone
Before you can even start looking for a foundation, you need to know what your undertone is. Simply put, your undertone is the faint color that shows up under your dominant skin tone. One way to find your undertone is the trusty wrist test. Look at the veins in your wrist; do they look more blueish or greenish? If you answered blue, you likely have cool undertones. If you said green, you likely have warm undertones. Now, when looking for your foundation match, you can check to see if that shade matches your undertone!
Get Professionally Matched
A surefire way to make sure that your foundation matches your skin tone perfectly is to go a store like Sephora or Ulta and ask them to match you. Now, you don’t necessarily have to buy the $50 foundation they will inevitably recommend you, but if you know your shade in one brand, you can do some research and find its equivalent in any brand you like.
Put Powder Under Your Foundation
This is one for people with oilier skin like mine: find a nice setting powder that you like, and put it on right on top of your primer. Not only will this make the foundation that goes on top look so much smoother, but it dramatically reduces shine and makes your makeup last so much longer!
YouTube Is Your Friend
If you’re thinking about investing in a product that’s a little on the steep end, definitely do your research first. YouTube will likely have dozens or even hundreds of videos demonstrating and reviewing the product, so watch a couple and make an informed decision. However, I would take these reviews with a grain of salt, as the makeup community on YouTube is notorious for promoting products for money.
Makeup is Creativity
Your makeup doesn’t need to look exactly like it does on Instagram models. Makeup is creativity, and that means you need to find the look that makes you look and feel the best. Don’t hold yourself to someone else’s standard, because humans are amazingly diverse, and everyone is beautiful in their own way!
Everyone knows how hard makeup can be when you’re just starting out, but hopefully some of these tips can save you some time and money, and help you find your perfect look even faster!
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