Tried on makeup for the first time, advice on how to improve please

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#1 poohe on 1 year ago

[URL="http://imgur.com/a/QsWs"]Picture of my first try[/URL]

It may not be very good, and it's definitely not feminine enough for my taste. I used foundation, lipstick and eyeshadow. Haven't got any contours and still need to find out how to use my concealer. Some feedback would be appreciated, thank you.

#2 WingsofAngels48 on 1 year ago

You might want to consider learning to conceal your eyebrows and drawing on ones that are slimmer and more tapered. One of the most noticeable things that distinguish between male and female faces is eyebrows imo. Also definitely learn to contour/highlight. Eyeliner and mascara/fake lashes would also help.

#3 Indiana Jolly on 1 year ago

Well Poohe, I just recently went through this myself, so I can offer you a few pointers. I actually did a lot of browsing through drag make-up tutorials to accomplish the look I was going for. There are a lot of videos out there. -and a lot of the drag queens are very extreme in their looks and sometimes use jargon that's so over-the-top it's hard to understand what they're trying to explain. But I found this one guy who does a great basic clean tutorial that I found very helpful. He not only explains the 'how' but also the 'why' which made complete sense to me. It's not just an art-form, but there's a science to it as well.
You'll notice that he describes all the products he uses which are very 'high end' and can be expensive. (He's a professional though. Been doing it for years.) I was able to achieve a very basic clean drag look by using some very basic non-specialty store make-up. -but it does depend how far you want to go. I used a very light cream foundation, 2 slightly different shades of powder, eyeliner, mascara, light blush, dramatic lipstick, and a neutral tone with shimmer eyeshadow set. All that combined with a generic application brush starter set, I spent about $18.
Did a couple hours of trial and error while watching the tutorials (watch, pause, apply, watch, pause, apply, watch, pause, apply) until I got to this...
[URL="http://image.ibb.co/jJkHcF/make_up_test.jpg"]http://image.ibb.co/jJkHcF/make_up_test.jpg[/URL]

After that, I wrote down some notes and duplicated it again & again until I was comfortable with the routine. Contouring is huge! -and so is eyeshadowing. Once you understand those two basics, the rest falls in place. Here's a link to the video of 'How to contour & highlight'.
His name is 'Courtney Act' and he has several other tutorials utilizing the same basic look. (eyebrows, natural application, etc.)
[URL="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N05cVy2a6O8&t=9s"]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N05cVy2a6O8&t=9s[/URL]
Let me know if you have questions on anything specific. I'll try to answer as best as I can. Just remember not to get discouraged from your first couple of attempts. There is a lot of room for error. It all takes practice!
;)

#4 poohe on 1 year ago

[QUOTE=Indiana Jolly;5060641]Well Poohe, I just recently went through this myself, so I can offer you a few pointers. I actually did a lot of browsing through drag make-up tutorials to accomplish the look I was going for. There are a lot of videos out there. -and a lot of the drag queens are very extreme in their looks and sometimes use jargon that's so over-the-top it's hard to understand what they're trying to explain. But I found this one guy who does a great basic clean tutorial that I found very helpful. He not only explains the 'how' but also the 'why' which made complete sense to me. It's not just an art-form, but there's a science to it as well.
You'll notice that he describes all the products he uses which are very 'high end' and can be expensive. (He's a professional though. Been doing it for years.) I was able to achieve a very basic clean drag look by using some very basic non-specialty store make-up. -but it does depend how far you want to go. I used a very light cream foundation, 2 slightly different shades of powder, eyeliner, mascara, light blush, dramatic lipstick, and a neutral tone with shimmer eyeshadow set. All that combined with a generic application brush starter set, I spent about $18.
Did a couple hours of trial and error while watching the tutorials (watch, pause, apply, watch, pause, apply, watch, pause, apply) until I got to this...
[URL="http://image.ibb.co/jJkHcF/make_up_test.jpg"]http://image.ibb.co/jJkHcF/make_up_test.jpg[/URL]

After that, I wrote down some notes and duplicated it again & again until I was comfortable with the routine. Contouring is huge! -and so is eyeshadowing. Once you understand those two basics, the rest falls in place. Here's a link to the video of 'How to contour & highlight'.
His name is 'Courtney Act' and he has several other tutorials utilizing the same basic look. (eyebrows, natural application, etc.)
[URL="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N05cVy2a6O8&t=9s"]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N05cVy2a6O8&t=9s[/URL]
Let me know if you have questions on anything specific. I'll try to answer as best as I can. Just remember not to get discouraged from your first couple of attempts. There is a lot of room for error. It all takes practice!
;)[/QUOTE]
Ooh, thank you! That looks super helpful, and your picture gave me a boost in confidence. ^^ For questions, I would ask on how to decide on the shades for my contours and highlights so they fit my skin?

#5 poohe on 1 year ago

[QUOTE=WingsofAngels48;5060623]You might want to consider learning to conceal your eyebrows and drawing on ones that are slimmer and more tapered. One of the most noticeable things that distinguish between male and female faces is eyebrows imo. Also definitely learn to contour/highlight. Eyeliner and mascara/fake lashes would also help.[/QUOTE]
I see, understood. Eyebrows now do seem quite important since you bring it up. If I conceal my eyebrows with glue and cover it in foundation, how do I get rid of the glue afterwards?

#6 EXEC_HYMME_MACARON on 1 year ago

[QUOTE=poohe;5060756]I see, understood. Eyebrows now do seem quite important since you bring it up. If I conceal my eyebrows with glue and cover it in foundation, how do I get rid of the glue afterwards?[/QUOTE]

You would wash it off with warm water and soap. From your profile it states that you're in the UK, so I don't know what brands to direct you too.. But you want to look for a glue-stick that's non-toxic and washable. (Over here we call it "school glue" with a popular brand being Elmers)

#7 Indiana Jolly on 1 year ago

[QUOTE=poohe;5060755]For questions, I would ask on how to decide on the shades for my contours and highlights so they fit my skin?[/QUOTE]

Well, you want to go lighter in skin tone to create a blank canvas on which to paint (so to speak). -but you don't want to go too light. Otherwise it would look unnatural. When I went shopping for foundation, I simply held the colors of the bottles up to my face in a mirror at the store to compare & contrast. After that, I picked two powders that were slightly darker than each other to help with the contouring. :)

#8 KuruttaKanashii on 1 year ago

You also need to figure out if your skin tone is warm or cool. The usual test is that warm skin tones look better with gold jewelry, cool skin tones look better with silver.

#9 Blood_Sword on 1 year ago

I feel like my best friend's makeup guides would be really helpful to you. She's doing a "makeup for dummies" series on her cosplay blog right now and there's two parts out at the moment.

Part one: [URL="http://sairu-chan.blogspot.com/2017/08/makeup-for-dummies-prepping-your-skin.html"]Prepping your skin[/URL]
Part two: [URL="http://sairu-chan.blogspot.com/2017/08/makeup-for-dummies-base.html"]The base[/URL]

#10 poohe on 1 year ago

[QUOTE=Blood_Sword;5061453]I feel like my best friend's makeup guides would be really helpful to you. She's doing a "makeup for dummies" series on her cosplay blog right now and there's two parts out at the moment.

Part one: [URL="http://sairu-chan.blogspot.com/2017/08/makeup-for-dummies-prepping-your-skin.html"]Prepping your skin[/URL]
Part two: [URL="http://sairu-chan.blogspot.com/2017/08/makeup-for-dummies-base.html"]The base[/URL][/QUOTE]

Wow, I really love theven tutorials. They're straight to the point and simple to understand. It's super helpful, thank you to you and your best friend! Can't wait for the rest of the series to come out. ^-^

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