Wad up #BossWriters!
I’m stepping up my game to be the #BossWriter I’m called to be and that means I have to step up my flawless make-up game.
I’m a blerd, have always been a blerd, and have no problem saying that. I’ve spent the majority of my life reading books instead of learning about make-up.
For me, it’s been difficult to learn because I was never taught how to beat my face. See, the way melanin is set up, my mother’s rarely wears makeup and doesn’t really need it. So I’ve had to start out learning a lot by myself via YouTube and make-up counters.
The problem with this is, there are sooo many different opinions and advice. Then throw in the fact that it can be difficult to find shades of makeup that compliment African-American skin tones, and you can suffer from information overload when you just want to learn how to beat your face the easy way.
For someone, who needs a simple guide like me, I got you covered.
For someone who wants to start wearing make-up, but doesn’t know exactly where to begin, I’ve made it easy for you.
Mind you, this is my opinion, and I’m no make-up artist or professional, but l am super observant. Based on what I’ve heard ‘make-up guru’s’ say all the time, here’s an easy list to get you started on buying make-up and for a reasonable price.
Moisturizer – This should be relatively cheap to begin with. Start by using the moisturizer that you already use for your skin regimen. Make sure this moisturizer matches your skin type whether it’s oily, dry, or combination. Combination skin means your skin is oily and dry. You want to clean your face, then use moisturizer before you apply your make-up to protect your skin.
Primer– Primer is the next step after cleaning and moisturizing your face. Primer serve as a foundation to your make-up. In other words, primer is as a way to protect and moisturize your skin, as well as, help your make-up last all day. If you can find a primer and moisturizer in one, that’s ideal. For starters, look at the drug store for a primer. For chocolate girls like me, I’ll start off with Cover Girl or Black Radiance that are sold at drug stores like Walgreens and CVS.
More advanced make-up people get primers for eyelids and eyebrows, but starting off, a simple primer for your face should be fine.
Concealer– Concealer helps conceal blemishes, and you typically want a shade that’s one or two shades lighter than your actual skin tone. LA Pro Concealer can be bought online, is relatively cheap, and compliments darker skin tones.
Foundation – Foundation is what you use before you being contouring and all that jazz. You want to find a shade that compliments your tone. I highly recommend Black Up from Sephora and Flori Roberts.
Setting Powder/ Setting Spray – Setting powder or setting spray helps preserve your look so it lasts throughout the day. A great cheap beginner is going to be Elf, which can be found at Walmart or Black Up’s setting powder. I’m a huge fan of the BlackUp line because it doesn’t give you that orange look when it oxidizes.
Beauty Blenders/Brushes – Before you start spending all the money on the big bucks, check out Dollar Tree for super cheap beauty blenders, make-up organizers, and brushes. I found a super excellent Walgreens brush and was able to buy one, get one half off that saved me tons of money. I suggest looking at Wet-n-Wild and start off with a foundation brush, fluffy brush, and crease brush for your eyesbrows.
Lipstick, Lip Liner, or Lip Gloss – You can find cheap lipsticks or lip glosses at Wal-Mart of your local drugstore.
Eye-Brow and Eye-Liner– Again, you can find them cheaply at your drug store of choice or big box store.
Eyeshadow and Blush – I suggest starting off with a more neutral palatte for you to play around with before you go crazy with the colors. Eyeshadow colors that you can wear at work and then transition for a night style are ideal. Be sure to watch out for weekly sales at your drugstore hat can help you find eyeshadows at reasonable prices.
Mascara – These make your eyes lashes all long and luxurious. Again, mascara is a cheap find at a drug store or Wal-Mart.
So there you have it.
I’ll be adding more info about my make-up adventures, and I’m so excited to share what I find with you.
For now, these basics wil help you create a cool look for the low. The long, luxuruious lashes, tinted moisturizers, BB cremes, and more will come in future posts!
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