Makeup Basics! Primers, Setting Products and Tools, oh MY!

Happy new year everyone! Even though the month of January is more than halfway over, I’m STILL putting “Happy New Year” to you all!

Since it is the beginning of the year, I thought it would be fun to talk about makeup basics. Items I think anyone should have if they are starting to build their makeup collection and just new to makeup application in general. If nothing else, all the makeup junkies out there will have more options of items to add to their collections!

PREP & PRIME!

A good makeup application starts with a makeup ready face. I was going to add ideas for moisturizers but with SO many different skin types and various skin needs, I decided to opt out. Moisturized skin is DEFINITELY the first step and after that you should have something that locks in your skincare as well as prepares your skin for your foundation and/or concealer. That is where primers come in! Primers prime the skin for whatever you put on top. Primers can be hydrating, illuminating, color correcting, but overall mattifying. I think a GOOD primer should feel like a light moisturizer, something that is little hydrating without over doing it and softens the skin improving the overall look of it. I have to admit, find the PERFECT primer is something that has taken me a LONG time to do, but I have some of my favorites to share with you!

Sonia Kashuk Perfecting Mattifying Primer, Lisi Prime Time, Benefit Stay Flawless

Sonia Kashuk Perfecting Mattifying Primer, Lisi Prime Time,  Benefit Stay Flawless

Fergie Take On the Day Eyeshadow Primer

Fergie Take On the Day Eyeshadow Primer

I think when testing out a primer, you should wear it all day with nothing else on your face. That way you can see exactly how it interacts with your particular skin. You can see if there is any irritation and how well it mattifies your skin throughout the day. I feel like a  primer is very personal because everyone’s skin is different, but when you find the ONE, you will know it!

SETTING PRODUCTS:

Besides getting your skin ready for makeup products, you should have something to set it and keep it in place. For some people, their PRIMER can ready and set the skin, but for others, they may have to double up their arsenal to make sure that everything stays in place. Again, setting products are very personal depending on skin type and skin needs. Not all setting products are powders. They can be sprays or apart of the foundation themselves! I think the best setting products are loose translucent powders because they tend to me lighter feeling on the skin than a regular pressed powder in a compact and not cake up as much. ‘Caked up’ makeup just means that it’s WAY too heavy and OBVIOUS you are wearing makeup. You can scrap off that product like icing! Let’s NOT have that. I personally find it easier for cakey face to happened with pressed powders than loose powders or spray setting products. LESS IS MORE with setting items!

Clockwise: Makeup Forever HD Powder, Rimmel Stay Matte, Boots No7 Perfect Light, Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray

Clockwise: Makeup Forever HD Powder, Rimmel Stay Matte, Boots No7 Perfect Light, Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray

BASIC TOOLS!

Honestly, I think people should learn to apply makeup with their hands (our God given tools!), but makeup brushes DO help keep things a little more sanitary (unless you DON”T CLEAN THEM…like me ><). Anyway here are some makeup brush basics that I think you should invest in if you are starting off with makeup.

1. Multi-purpose Brushes i.e. DENSELY Packed Brushes

L to R: Real Techniques Buffing Brush - e.l.f. Studio Powder Brush

L to R: Real Techniques Buffing Brush – e.l.f. Studio Powder Brush

I think one of the FIRST makeup brushes to get our those that you can use for MANY different products be it foundation, blush, powder, or concealer. I have Real Technique’s Buffing Brush and e.l.f.’s Powder Brush. Both are brushes that are packed FULL of fibers that make them perfect for a variety of products. These are only examples and there are MANY  other options out there, but finding brushes similar to this look is key. They can blend liquid, cream, and powder products with ease, so no matter WHAT makeup products you start off with, they will be able to apply them flawlessly!

2. Eyeliner & FLUFFY Blending brushes

L to R: eBay Dual Eyeliner Brush - Sonia Kashuk Blending Brush

L to R: eBay Dual Eyeliner Brush – Sonia Kashuk Blending Brush

Eyeliner products be they cream, gel, powder or liquid may have brushes they come with the product, but I think everyone should have a GO-TO eyeliner brush for days when you want a PRECISE look. An eyeliner brush should NOT have bristles that shoot out EVERYWHERE, but stay tapered to a point to give you the BEST even application. Look for an eyeliner brush with DENSELY packed bristles that do not come out very far from the actual barrel. I think when eyeliner bristles are very long, they bend easier and do not stay as stiff when you add product or use it on your lids. A second necessity for eye makeup is a blending brush or specifically a FLUFFLY blending brush. Something with long bristles and create a ‘dome’ or rounded point at the end. Why I think that this is a good brush to have is that when you start to apply eyeshadow, a fluffy blending brush REALLY helps you control the INTENSITY of the eyeshadow colors. Put too much on? Sweep a blending brush over it and it will SOFTEN the colors.

3. Powder Brushes – loosely packed bristle brushes

L to R: Real Techniques Powder Brush - Face Secrets Deluxe Powder Brush

L to R: Real Techniques Powder Brush – Face Secrets Deluxe Powder Brush

Powder brushes are good to have because they can ALSO be multi-purpose! I think these are good to have because along with your setting powders, you can use them with blushes and bronzers. If you starting out, a big powder blush can help diffuse the product help PREVENT ‘cake face’ with your setting powders and lessen the intensity of your blushes and bronzers. I think they really allow you to build SLOWLY on coverage/color of makeup products so that you will not apply TOO much the first go around.

4. Makeup Sponges

(Pink) eBay Makeup Sponge - (Blue) Sonia Kashuk Makeup Sponge

(Pink) eBay Makeup Sponge – (Blue) Sonia Kashuk Makeup Sponge

So makeup sponges are those makeup tools that you either will try and love or hate! I am recommending them because they REALLY help blend LIQUID products whether they are foundation, highlighters, or blushes. Sponges help to create a flawless and airbrush look to your skin IF that’s what you want your particular makeup look to be. Just remember to DAMPEN your sponges to help in the blending process.

REMOVING MAKEUP!

Ok, so you played with your makeup and NOW it’s the end of the day and you need to take it off. Probably the MOST important beside the right tools is having the right products to REMOVE makeup from your face AND your makeup brushes.

L to R: Dudu-Osum Herbal Oil, Ponds Wet Towelettes, Nuance Foaming Face Wash

L to R: Dudu-Osum Herbal Oil, Ponds Wet Towelettes, Nuance Foaming Face Wash

Removing your makeup is SO essential! Your skin needs to BREATHE after enduring whatever products you have put on your face that day. I do not think it matters what product you end of using to remove your makeup. I think it’s just important that it removes the makeup COMPLETELY without hurting the skin underneath. I personally use a combo of some sort of light oil for heavy makeup days or makeup wipes with a facial cleanser for lighter makeup days. You can do this before or after you shower. I like to do most of it IN the shower because I find it easier.

bareMinerals well-cared for Brush Shampoo

bareMinerals well-cared for Brush Shampoo

Lastly, CLEAN YOUR MAKEUP BRUSHES!. I admit being bad at this myself as you can tell from the pictures I posted. You can use a variety of products to clean your makeup brushes. There are LOTS of brush cleansing sprays and shampoos or you can make your own with a gentle anti-bacteria soap like Dawn or Softsoap and a oil like olive oil. Do what works best for you and your budget!

WHEW! I know this post was LONG, but I hope it really helps someone out there! Makeup is VERY personal, but when you find what works for you and can make a routine with it, all the searching, reading, reviewing, and experimenting with products will be worth it! Know yourself, what you want your makeup to do for you and strive toward that idea. Your makeup should work together to create an awesome outcome, and by starting with a good, sturdy foundation, everything else can fall into place.

Thanks for reading!

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2 thoughts on “Makeup Basics! Primers, Setting Products and Tools, oh MY!

    • You will find one! Maybe you could go Sephora or Ulta and someone there can let you try out some and help narrow down the playing field. For me, it was really intimidating going through the search alone! Let me know if I can help in anyway! =]

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