How to Apply Makeup for Beginners

Makeup may do magical things, but it doesn’t have to be a mystery. Applying a basic, natural look doesn’t require a lot of skill or tools. You can do lots of the blending with your fingertips, and choose to leave out certain products if they don’t appeal to you. So have no fear: enjoy the process and your fresh, glowing face!

Laying the Groundwork

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    Start with clean skin. Wash with a gentle cleanser or simply use a toner to wipe away any impurities from your skin.

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    Apply a light moisturizer. This will keep your skin from getting too oily during the day, and will help moisturize any dry patches on your skin.

    • Wait five minutes before putting on foundation (see the next step) so that the moisturizer can sink in.[1]
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    Dab on a tinted moisturizer or a light foundation to your skin. Apply just a few spots with your fingers to your forehead, cheeks, nose and chin, then blend with fingers or a foundation brush, working the spots outwards from the center in all directions.

    • If you want more coverage, you can use a makeup sponge to apply, using the same blending technique.
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    Put a little concealer under the eyes. Use a small pointed brush to dot a bit where under-eye circles are darkest, usually at the inner and outer corners of the eye. Add a speck to other blemishes that aren’t covered by the foundation and blend into the skin.

    • There’s a little controversy about whether a concealer should be the same shade as your skin or ever-so-slightly lighter; however, it should never be lighter than one shade away from your natural tone. Look for something as close as you can find to your skin tone and err on the lighter side if need be.[2][3]
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    Set the concealer and moisturizer with a translucent powder. Apply it to your face, ideally using a velvet-y powder puff (as opposed to a powder brush, as that leaves a lot of loose powder) in a pressing motion. Use a powder brush to flick off any excess. If you are using a powder brush to apply, tap off the excess powder before applying to your face in circular motions. [4]


Putting on Your Eyes

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    Apply an eyeshadow of your choice to your eyelid. For beginners, try a single neutral shade like taupe or aubergine. Use a rounded shadow brush or your finger and make quick, short swipes across the lid, working your way up to the brow bone.[5]

    • The shadow should go from your lash line to just beyond the inner crease. From there it fades upward toward the bone.
    • Set with a thin dusting of translucent powder.[6]
    • If you’re using a brush, tap it lightly on the side of the eyeshadow case to remove any excess.[7]
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    Apply eyeliner. Use a black or brown pencil and apply along the rim of your upper lash line in short strokes.

    • Lift your upper lid with one hand and look down into a mirror as you apply with your other hand.[8]
    • Eyeliner is one of the areas that you can really experiment with as you become more confident applying makeup. Factors like color, texture, and line application can have a big impact on the appearance of your peepers. Play around!
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    Curl your lashes. Place a lash curler at the base of your upper eyelashes (along the lid) and press for five seconds.

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    After this, apply mascara. Apply to the upper and lower lashes with the tip of the wand oriented towards the outer corner of your eye. One coat should suffice for this look.


Adding Cheek and Lip Color

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    Apply blush to the apples of your cheeks. Smile as you do this so you can clearly see where the apples are. Dab on the blush and blend upwards towards your temples.

    • Try a cream blush for a natural glow that’s easy to blend in.[9]
    • If you opt for powder blush, use a brush that’s fluffy yet dense. Dust translucent powder over it to blend the edges.[10]
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    Apply lipstick or lip gloss. Pucker your lips like you’re about to plant a kiss and dab the lip color to the center of your upper and lower lip. This first application can be straight from the tube; then, use your fingers to blend outwards, adding color with your fingertips as needed.

    • If your lips are chapped, prep them before putting on lip color. Gently buff them with a warm, damp washcloth and put on a light layer of lip balm. Let the balm absorb before moving on to lipstick or gloss.[11]
    • For beginners, the lips are a great opportunity to add color and vary your makeup regime without having to fuss over application technique, etc. You can work with anything from neutral, barely-there gloss to creamy, fire-engine red.
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    Check yourself in bright light – daylight if possible – to make sure everything is blended and beautiful. You’re done!

4 Quick and Easy Desserts for Every Occasion

We don’t always have time to dress up, prepare an exquisite dinner and make a particularly sophisticated cake to serve our guests. But don’t worry! Just take your time, relax and make yourself beautiful before the evening starts – you will prepare a delicious dessert anyway. Check out these 4 quick and easy desserts for every occasion which will enchant everyone.


1. Gingered Apples With Ice Cream


  • 4 medium size apples
  • ¼ cup dark rum
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 8 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • 16 tablespoons vanilla ice cream

Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Wash apples and peel them. Remove stems and cut them in halves, then scoop out the seeds and fibrous flakes with a small spoon. Cover a baking pan with parchment paper to prevent sticking and place apples inside. Bake them uncovered for 30 minutes, or until soft.

Mix rum with ginger and pour over hot, baked apples. 5 minutes before serving put 4 tablespoons of vanilla ice cream on top of each apple and garnish with chopped walnuts.

2. Pears in Wine Sauce


  • 4 medium size pears
  • 1 cup sweet red wine
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 8 tablespoons chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Wash pears, remove stems and cut them in half lengthwise. Spoon out the seeds and the fibrous flakes that surround them. Cover a baking pan with parchment paper and place pears inside. Bake for 15 minutes until pears are tender but not mushy or broken.

In the meantime, put wine, water, sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon sticks and cloves in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over a low fire and continue simmering until reduced by half. Remove spices and pour the liquid over hot pears. Garnish with chopped nuts. Refrigerate for 3 hours and once in a while sprinkle pears with wine liquid from the bottom of the pan. Before serving add some more chopped nuts on top of each pear.

3. Banana and Orange Slices With Chocolate Glaze


  • 2 bananas
  • 2 oranges
  • 5.3 ounces (150 grams) unsweetened chocolate
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 ½ tablespoons hot water
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 5 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts

Peel bananas and oranges. Cut bananas into 1/3 inch horizontal pieces. Cut oranges in half and slice them into thin half-moon shapes.

Prepare the chocolate glaze. Put chocolate, butter and corn syrup in a small saucepan and heat over a very low fire until melted. Remove from heat and add sugar and vanilla. Stir well, slowly adding water until glaze becomes creamy. Dip banana and orange slices into the chocolate glaze and place them on a plate covered with parchment paper. Allow the chocolate glaze to cool and harden. Arrange fruit slices on a tray, refrigerate for 30 minutes, and serve!

4. Ice Cream Squares With Caramel Walnut and Granola Topping


  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 2 cups chocolate ice cream
  • 2 cups granola
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup caramel ice cream topping

Leave chocolate and vanilla ice cream at the room temperature for about an hour or until they become soft and half melted. Mix granola and walnuts and sprinkle 1 cup of this mixture over the bottom of a baking pan, then drizzle evenly with caramel topping. Spread chocolate ice cream on top of it and freeze for 10 minutes. Take out and now spread vanilla ice cream on top of chocolate. Sprinkle with remaining walnuts and granola and freeze again. Serve with caramel topping.