So the journey begins. I feel like the appropriate place to start is with YouTube makeup tutorials. Why? Because they are free and obviously these people must know what they are talking about- they look great!
These were the three videos I watched: 1, 2, and 3. I pretty much just chose the videos that YouTube recommended, and then the second video had a link to the third, and I’m surprised I was able to stop watching- these videos are addictive. I only watched introductory videos. I’ll save the advanced stuff for later (contouring- I’m coming for you).
My main takeaway was that I need to invest in a lot of makeup brushes! I avoided this by substituting my blender (note: I found out it was a knock off beauty blender, but I don’t think that makes a difference). Also, there seems to be some disagreement about whether to put concealer on before or after foundation.
My pre-video routine was:
- sunscreen (if I remember, which I need to be better about because I’m pale AF)
- bb cream (applied with fingers)
- concealer for blemishes (applied with fingers)
- concealer for the eyes (applied with fingers)
- eyebrow tint/gel
My reasoning behind this order is that when I would apply bb cream after concealer, I would wipe off all the concealer and all the blemishes would show up again. Additionally, I put on powder before my under eye concealer because I feel like powder enhances lines, especially around the eyes, so I figure putting on under eye concealer last means that the powder won’t adhere to it and enhance any eye lines. *I invented this theory and I have no clue if it is valid*
My after-tutorial routine is:
- sunscreen (… ugh I should just start using the moisturizer with the sunscreen already in it)
- blemish concealer (with blender)
- bb cream (with blender)
- under eye concealer (with blender)
- bit of powder- but only on T-zone now
- eyebrow tint/gel
- lip stuff
Essentially, my routine is the same except that I apply my blemish concealer before my bb cream and I have incorporated my beauty blender. I feel like my makeup looks a lot better already! The blender makes everything look smoother and more air brushed as opposed to streaky. Also, I can officially say I don’t apply makeup with my fingers anymore! #improving #barely