You know what? Makeup can be really hard if you don’t know what your doing. It’s not something every gal picks up naturally from the very moment she puts on that first layer of foundation. Balancing colors, highlighting areas of your face just right; it’s daunting. It’s especially hard if you don’t have any inspiration to go off of, or any image in your head on which to base your look. So, for all you newbies to the world of makeup, and for all of you who are overwhelmed with all the looks and options out there, I’m here to share with you a few tips on how I gather my inspiration, and where I gather it from.
When I first started getting into makeup 2 years ago, all that I was doing on the computer for the most part was watching Youtube videos and researching. I was constantly pinning images to my “Beauty” Pinterest board and spending all my down time gathering knowledge from beauty gurus across the web. I was utterly fascinated with everything pertaining to makeup, and I actually taught my sisters a thing or two, even though they had been applying beauty products 2 and 4 years before me. This leads me to tip #1:
Tip #1: Understand what you are getting into
We are blessed to live in an age where information is literally at our finger tips. By watching Youtube videos from accomplished makeup artists, you can learn a wealth of knowledge and gain so much inspiration. Understanding the products and what they can do will better help you formulate what looks you want to achieve. Watch videos, browse tutorials, get to know makeup.
Tip #2: Experiment!
There’s nothing like experimenting with products and looks to help you understand what looks best on you. Start with neutral colors (i.e- don’t go for that neon pink eyeshadow right off that bat), and build up from there. If you don’t like what you’re seeing, try something different. Play, experiment, repeat. You will eventually get into a natural routine of products & applications that work best for you.
Tip #3: What is your clothing style?
What your clothing style is will have a big impact on how you do your makeup. For instance: I love to lean towards the 1940s & 50s with my clothing choices, but enjoy a unique pop of something out-of-the-box and colorful. This is how I do my makeup too: classic and feminine, harkening back to the looks of the mid-century, while keeping that bright Barbie pink lip color in my back pocket for something totally unexpected.
Tip #4: Pinterest & Youtube
My favorite way to discover new makeup looks/techniques/aesthetics is Pinterest & Youtube: Pinterest for visuals, Youtube for technicals. If you check out my beauty board, you’ll find all the images that inspire me for how I do my makeup, and you’ll probably see a lot of parallels to what I wear in blog photos and what images you see on my board. For techniques, I almost exclusively watch Lisa Eldridge’s channel on Youtube. I was first introduced to her via Ashley of Bramblewood Fashion, and ever since I’ve been hooked! I have learned just about all that I know from her tutorials. I spent (literally) hours going through any and every tutorial that I thought might be helpful, inspirational, etc. and gained a huge wealth of knowledge! I couldn’t recommend Lisa Eldridge’s channel enough, so go check her out!
I hope that this post will help you find your way in this great big daunting world of makeup & cosmetics!
Where do you find your makeup inspiration?
-Charlotte, the youngest sister & singer