Applying makeup for the first time can be daunting prospect, no mater what gender you are. Finding time to practice application is essential if you are trying to wear makeup discreetly.
It’s taken me years to find my preferred makeup and perfect the techniques needed to conceal my blemishes.
BUT you don’t need years because you have me!
Choose a maximum of four products and once you become comfortable you can build from there.
I would always recommend that where possible you go in-store to get a professional to match you up with the correct shade but if you’re not ready for that, buy the two closest shades to your natural skin colour. You will inevitably use them both throughout the year as the seasons change.
The best place to apply makeup is somewhere with an abundance of natural light. I have always found bathrooms a good place to apply makeup. But if your bathroom doesn’t have a window, it might be worth investing in a small magnifying mirror light.
OK! So this is something you can relate to! Men like tools right? The key to a discreet application is blending. Much the same as when you have your hair cut; you don’t want any obvious lines. I prefer to blend with brushes, but for beginners I would recommend using a sponge. It’s easily concealable in a wash bag and won’t leave you with any rouge hairs on your face; which is often a problem when using makeup brushes.
For the best results, always apply over a moisturised face. Makeup will cling to any areas of dry skin making your foundation patchy.
Don’t worry about getting foundation on your lips. If you try and avoid the lips you will end up having patches of bare skin. When you’ve finished with your application, get a damp cotton pad and remove any makeup and apply a lip balm.
Check your hairline, eyebrows and beard. Makeup loves to cling to areas where there is a lot of hair. Sometimes when I am a bit heavy handed, I just wipe these areas (minus the beard!) with a tissue to remove any excess.
If you keep your face clean shaven, I would recommend leaving your skin at least 30mins after shaving before you apply makeup if you can.
If you have applied your makeup before donning your clothes, you will need to be mindful of getting makeup on your collar. Unfortunately, applying makeup when you are already dressed isn’t without it’s problems either. With the mineral makeups I recommend, the loose powders can sometimes find their way onto your clothes, so when you are applying your makeup, I find it best applying it whilst leaning over a sink.
This is just as important as application. A lot of people ask me if wearing makeup can make acne worse. I always say that it depends on the brand of makeup, but in addition to that, not removing your makeup properly can lead to breakouts. Put your face wash in the shower and clean your face as part of your usual shower routine. Use a flannel or muslin cloth to remove the product and exfoliate 2-3 times per week for a deeper pore cleanse.
While you’re still perfecting your application, allow plenty of time in the morning to get ready. When you have got it down to a fine art it won’t add more than ten minutes onto your day.
When I first started wearing makeup, there wasn’t the abundance of makeup tutorials that there are now on YouTube. This is a great way to learn tips and build your confidence with makeup. For beginners I would suggest checking out The Beauty Boy.
You got this! If wearing make up is going to help you be the best version of yourself, do it! There is nothing more attractive than someone who is confident in their own skin.
You are not alone. There a hundreds of men and women out there that feel self conscious about their skin. If you have more questions on skincare or makeup advice, comment below or join my acne support group Blemished & Beautiful.