Top 5 Ways to Improve Your Makeup Skills

Top 5 Ways to Improve Your Makeup Skills.

Many women get stuck in a particular look because they don't feel confident trying new makeup products or techniques. Wearing their make-up the same way they did in high school or college gives them a dated look, and also prevents them from enjoying all of the innovations that are happening in the cosmetics industry. Makeup is fun when you know how to use it, and being able to apply it correctly will help boost your confidence on days when you need to look your best.

1. Start with YouTube

You don't have to put a lot of time into learning new techniques, but if you want to develop skills, you'll need to study just a little bit. The internet is full of great resources. YouTube has makeup tutorials for all levels, from beginners to professional makeup artists. Some of these tutorials use more than a dozen products that each cost $30 or more, but don't be intimidated. You can practice the techniques using drugstore makeup, or just learn by watching.

2. Visit Blogs

Blogs are a great resource for learning more about the latest products. You can find tips, inspiration and ideas for the latest and best makeup looks and trends in our Beauty Essentials article right here on

Makeup retailer Sephora also has blogs with tutorials and product review and The Amway Connections blog has articles about transforming your look from day to night and getting a "modern icon" look, for instance.

When you visit makeup and beauty blogs, just remember to look try just one idea at a time so you don't get overwhelmed with information. Focus on recreating beauty looks that feel appropriate for your skill level, for example don't take on false eyelash application if you're still learning how to contour.

3. Practice A Lot

You will learn a lot by watching tutorials and reading articles, but you won't retain it if you don't practice. Try to think of applying makeup as an art project, and remember that artists don't churn out great work on their first try. Trial and error is key. Pick a time when you're not leaving the house and try out one new technique at a time, with makeup remover handy. 
Be patient with yourself, and have a sense of humor when things don't turn out the way you expected. The more mistakes you make, the more you'll learn, and when you watch the next tutorial about liquid liner, you'll understand it so much better after wrestling with the product yourself a few times.

4. Buy Great Tools

Both artists and carpenters will tell you that having great tools are vital. If you've ever painted a room, you've learned that cheap brushes make the work look splotchy and awful. The same is true with makeup. While you can get by with less expensive products, you need decent brushes.. The right brushes will help you get a smooth, flawless application and blend beautifully.

5.Visit an Expert

There's no substitute for one-on-one education. Many stores and beauty counters offer a free or low-cost makeover where you can get hands-on learning. Be very clear with the makeup artist about your goals and don't be afraid to ask lots of questions. Make it clear that your goal is to learn techniques. Pay attention to the pressure the artist uses on your skin, the blending techniques they use, and the colors they choose for you.

Fab Tip: Applying makeup isn't rocket science, but it is an art form that requires training, practice, and patience. Learning new techniques will help you find the fun in using your face as a blank canvas to create a work of art. Just remember that you don't need makeup to be beautiful, it's there for your enjoyment.

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