How to Improve Your Make-Up Skills
When I first started out with makeup, my products included glitter lip gloss and eye shadow quads from the Sabrina the Teenage Witch Magazine. Today, I have an expanding palette collection and an empty purse. It’s been a long journey but I’m slowly learning how to cover my eczema prone skin and create the perfect cut crease. Below are some ways in which you can improve your own makeup skills. How have you improved your skills over the years? I’d love to know how!
WATCH BEAUTY VLOGGERS
I only started taking notice of my make up abilities back in University. Until my first year, I was still rubbing my foundation in with my hands, applying eye shadow with my fingers, and I wasn’t even aware of flawless eyebrows…
Then I started subscribing to Beauty Vloggers on YouTube. At first, I was watching vloggers such as NikkiTutorials and Laura Lee. From here I started to take an actual interest in what I was doing with my makeup, and I’d play around with different looks about three times a week. I was even looking forward to the nights where I would sit down, watch an Amanda Bynes film, order a pizza and recreate a look from a tutorial I’d seen that day.
Tutorials are a great way to hone your skills, especially if you’re on a budget.
TAKE MAKE-UP COURSES
If you have the time and the money, why not take a makeup course? For my 24th Birthday this year, my best friend Emily bought us two places on a Make-Up Masterclass at Peaches and Cream. We learned all about smokey eyes as well as a bridal look! At the end of the class, we were even given a certificate to show that we had participated in the workshop itself.
You can find makeup classes all over the North West. Chill Out Beauty Training offers Level 2 Certificates in Makeup classes, as well as a Level 3 Fashion and Photography course. You can also buy a place on their Make-Up Trade Secrets course, which is aimed at anyone who just wants to improve their make up routine. This would be great if you’re looking to improve your everyday look, or if you want to learn how to apply flawless makeup!
PRACTISE, PRACTISE, PRACTISE
This is an important one. It’s all well and good watching someone else apply makeup and assume you know the tricks of the trade. This will never be the case unless you’re willing to look silly in front of the mirror. You need to learn how to apply your knowledge to your face. This is where you’ll find that some looks just aren’t for you. And that’s okay! Practising taught me that smokey eyes make me look like a shrew, definitely not the look I want to ever achieve again…
LEARN ABOUT THE TOOLS OF THE TRADE
Sometimes you can have the makeup, know how to apply it, and fall short when it comes to the actual application. Do your research, find the best brushes for your skin type, and never buy cheap. Finding the best brushes can do a world of good, so definitely don’t scrimp.