A Guide to Becoming a Makeup Pro

by Heather

I love experimenting with makeup, but the truth is, I haven’t always been fabulous at it. Everybody must start somewhere, and like Oprah, I started from the bottom. It took a lot of practice and perseverance, but now I’m the seasoned makeup professional you see before you today. Just kidding; I am much better at it though. Want to know how I did it? Read on to find out!

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Choose High Quality Makeup and Tools

Although some cheap makeup can be great, you can’t be too careful. If you’re just starting out, it’s always better to use high quality makeup and tools to get a lovely effect. Not only will high quality makeup be easier to apply, it’ll give a more professional finish. Read reviews online to find out what’s worth the money and what isn’t. Try to read reviews from people with the same skin type as you to make sure the product will suit you. You’ll need a good set of brushes too.

Practice Makes Perfect

As I mentioned before, practice makes perfect. You won’t be a pro after the first few tries, and it may even take months before you see big improvements. The important thing is that you continue to try your hardest and improve your technique. An eye for detail is essential.

Watch Tutorials

Tutorials are one of the best things out there for improving your makeup skills and techniques. You can always find short videos explaining anything you need more help on. This might be something small, like how to create a better eyebrow arch, for instance. It might just be that you’re looking for a specific makeup look to create; there are plenty of those out there! Watch as many tutorials as you can and make sure you practice along with them too.

Read Books

Reading books should help you to perfect your technique just as much as tutorial videos. You can find specific books on makeup brands, or books explaining how to achieve certain looks. Lauren Conrad even has her own book. You can refer back to your books as often as you need to in order to get it right.

Take a Class

Feel as if you need more one on one guidance? Take a makeup masterclass! LivingSocial and Groupon offer these at discounted prices. However, you can just as easily head over to your favorite makeup counter and ask for some tips and a makeover. You’ll have to pay of course, but you’ll get some free samples and invaluable tips.

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Don’t Be Afraid to Try New Things

If you want to become a pro at applying your makeup, you can’t be afraid to try new products and looks. Even if you don’t think it’ll suit you, try it and you might be surprised. I used to think that I couldn’t pull off eyeshadow, but I’ve recently wore purple glitter on my lids and loved it!

What do you think of my guide to becoming a makeup pro? I hope you find it useful!

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lisa December 30, 2014 - 10:59 am
I'm terrible when it comes to makeup.I have tried different looks and it always ends up looking like clown makeup. If any, I use a bit of liner and mascara. You have some good tips listed.
lindamanns December 30, 2014 - 1:48 pm
It looks like you have every brush there is. I would love to learn how to do my makeup better. I appreciate you sharing this
Tina Bornheimer December 30, 2014 - 9:18 pm
Wow, first all I LOVE the picture of the woman with the eye makeup! I'd like to master that one! lol Lots of great information here and I thank you for sharing that. I didn't know you could take a class .. and quite frankly... the ladies at the counters at the malls I go to don't seem to be too friendly .. they look down at me so I don't find them very approachable so I wouldn't ask them anything. :(
Vero M January 1, 2015 - 9:08 am
Great tips. I need to get more into doing my makeup this year.
Natalie Brown January 1, 2015 - 4:22 pm
I've always loved make-up. Love this eye look too! Thanks for the great links. :)
laura rubenstein January 1, 2015 - 8:49 pm
I didn't know there was a class. I defiantly need help blending my eyeshadow :)
Candice January 3, 2015 - 1:07 am
I used to love doing my makeup. This makes me want to start experimenting again!
Imma Foosa January 4, 2015 - 9:26 pm
my make up kit won't give a result like this...duh??? - Imma Foosa

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