How To Apply Makeup Perfectly January 23, 2017

How many times have you done your makeup and have the outcome to be an absolute fail? Do you ever look at beauty bloggers and wish “I wish my makeup turned out like that”? Yeah, me too. All the time. I’ve done some research and figured out how to perfect the art of applying makeup. It’s the small things that make a difference, honestly. Read on and you’ll be surprised just how easy it can be through the tutorials.

How to Prepare Skin For Makeup?

The first and foremost thing you should remember while preparing your face for makeup is whether you are using water-based or oil-based makeup products. This is important to know because if you are using an oil-based moisturizer with water-based foundation, it won’t mix. Your makeup preparation will get uneven. Its nothing but basic science. Oil and water never mixes, no matter how much you try. So next time, whenever you go to pick up any makeup product keep in mind that either get water-based or oil-based products. This is the biggest reason why makeup won’t last and yet the last thing that women ever think about.

Step 1: Cleanse Your Face

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First, cleanse your face with a pH balanced product; don’t use anything that leaves a film.

Step 2: Dap Some Toner

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Use a toner. Now this is optional. If your skin excretes excess oil, toner comes handy in ridding your skin of that oil. Suppose you’re going out and you don’t have time to wash your face, dab some toner on your skin. It will give your face a fresh lift instantly.

Step 3: Apply Moisturizer

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Moisturize or use a primer, don’t use both together. Piling two or three layers of cream will make your makeup to slide. Don’t use moisturizer on your eyelids. Make sure atleast one of the products contain sunscreen.

Emergency Skin Preparation:

A quick fix if you don’t have so much time to do for your skin. Just wipe your face with alcohol-free and perfume-free baby wipes. Don’t use the cosmetic makeup wipes as they leave a creamy residue. You won’t be able to blend the makeup.

How To Do Makeup Perfectly? – Tutorial

Here are a few step by step directions for you to follow so that you have no doubts on how to apply makeup perfectly.

Step 1: Know Your Skin Type

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The first and foremost step before applying makeup is to determine your skin type.

  • Usually, people have oily, dry, combination and normal skin types.
  • When you visit a store or a mall to buy cosmetics, the sales assistants at the counters are usually trained to understand your skin type. They can easily do a preliminary analysis of your skin and suggest some products for your skin.
  • Try these products at the counter and buy them if you find them useful.
  • Alternatively, you can ask for sample sized products or sometimes, even free samples if they are available.
  • You can also try a drugstore brand which offers similar products at lower prices. Do keep in mind the suggestions given by the Sales assistants and also check for yourself as to what feels good on your skin.

Once you have all the products you need, you may start with the actual makeup application

Step 2: Get Your Face Ready

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How to do perfect makeup for the face? Makeup is like an art where your goal is to make your face look as natural as possible, even though you may be using a lot of products.

  • The first and foremost thing is to keep your skin healthy.
  • Go for facials and keep your skin hydrated
  • Try to use a deep cleansing face mask to cleanse the face from any dirt or oil that may be left over.
  • Exfoliate your skin if you have dull and dry skin to help remove dead skin layers or patches.
  • Remember that oily and sensitive skin may get irritated by exfoliation. Resist exfoliation if you have pimples or blemishes to stop bacteria from spreading.
  • Apply a toner on a damp cotton pad and sweep it over the face gently. Using a toner will make sure that the pH balance is restored and it will pick up any remaining dirt too.
  • Once done, apply a moisturizer irrespective of any skin type. Use a light moisturizer if you have an oily skin and use a heavy one if your skin lacks moisture.

Step 3: Applying Primer

  • Wait for the moisturizer to soak in for 2 to 5 minutes.
  • Now take a primer and apply it on the face. Applying a primer will ensure you have a smooth surface to work on.
  • It will make it easier to apply the foundation

Step 4: Applying Concealer

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  • Now take your concealer and apply it in the under the eye area or on any blemishes or spots which need to be concealed.
  • In the under eye area use little stripes of the concealer and the blend with the ring finger. The ring finger has the lightest touch so it’s best to opt for it when blending in delicate areas like the under eye area.
  • Make sure you dab the concealer instead of rubbing it in.

Here is a detailed post on how to choose the right concealer.

Step 5: Applying Foundation

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  • Usually, powder and liquid foundations are good for oily skin while dry skin is best off with cream foundation.
  • Take the foundation and lightly apply a small quantity on the face. Use two dots on the forehead, two each on the cheeks, one dot on the nose and one on the cheeks.
  • Use a foundation brush, or blending sponge or simply your hand to blend it in.
  • Blend well and do keep in mind to blend well especially in the hairline, the smile line and upper lip area.

Read How To Apply Foundation on Face Perfectly to get more information.

Step 6: Touchups

  • Take the concealer again and check whether you need any touchups or spots to address.
  • Using it again will ensure that some very hard to conceal spots are concealed and redness is minimized.
  • You may use a pointed brush to blend it to make it look more natural.

Step 7: Applying Blush

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For a more natural looking blush use the cream blush right after applying foundation. A cream blush looks more natural and can be easily rectified in case of a makeup mistake.

  • A powdered blush can be difficult, as you will have to do it again from the start in case of any mistake.
  • Use the cream blush on the apples of your cheek. Simply smile and blend in from the apples to the temples using a brush or just your fingers.
  • Use gentle strokes while blending.
  • After blending, check on both sides of the cheek to see whether the result is as desired.
  • If you want more intensity, use more blush and blend in as instructed above.

[ Read: How To Do Self Makeup? ]

Step 8: Applying Eyeshadow

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Here are detailed steps on how to do perfect eye makeup.

  • Now for the best eye shadow application use an eye primer to prime the eyelids.
  • If you have an oily lid then this is a compulsory step for you. The primer will help keep the oils away while keeping the eye makeup last longer.
  • If you want a shimmery eye look then use a shimmery primer to prime the eyes. This is great if you have not been able to tweeze the brows and there are stray hairs under the brow. This step will help conceal them too.
  • A silvery primer will look great on fair skin while a golden one will look great on a medium or darker skin tone.
  • Apply the primer from the lash line and till the brow bone.
  • You can also use this shimmery primer just in the inner corners of the eyes to make it pop.

  • Apply a golden eye shadow on the lids and blend in well.
  • Smoothen out any harsh lines and do not apply any cream shade above it.
  • Also, you can dust a bit of translucent powder to seal up all the creamy eye shadows.
  • If you want a simple everyday look use non-shimmery and natural colors like browns, nudes, pastels or taupe. These look great for daily wear.
  • For those occasions where you need to add more colors, wine shades, purple, reds, green and blues do a great job.
  • Invest in some good eyeshadows.
  • If you are using cream shadows either top it with a translucent powder or apply a same shaded eye shadow powder to seal it in place.

Here is a detailed post on how to apply eyeshadow.

Step 9: Applying Eyeliner

  • Use brown or black eye pencil to line your eyes.
  • Use brown eye liner for a subtle look and black for a more defined eye look.
  • If you want to stay away from shadows you can use only eye liners as well.
  • Line the lids and also the inner rim of the eyes with kohl or eye pencil.
  • You may use gel or liquid liners to line them.

Here is a post on how to apply eyeliner perfectly and for applying kajal.

 Step 10: Applying Mascara

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  • Now use your eye lash curler to gently curl your lashes.
  • Add false lashes if necessary.
  • Do keep in mind to choose the lash glue carefully. For a more natural looking eye lash, use the darker glue so that it can be camouflaged with the eye shadow or liner easily.
  • If you have very thin eye lashes use a coat of mascara on the lashes and then curl them.
  • Now apply another layer of mascara to make it look thicker and full.
  • If you use false lashes, first apply them and then curl them along with the natural lashes.
  • Once done, apply mascara.

Here is a detailed post on how to apply mascara.

Step 11: Doing Your Brows

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  • Now fill in your brows with a brow pencil or use a bit of powder eye shadow to fill the gaps of the eyebrow, if any.
  • Use a brow brush to tame the brows or use a clear mascara to keep them tamed throughout the day.

[ Read : Makeup Tips For Brown Eyes ]

Step 12: Applying Lipstick

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  • How to do perfect lip makeup? Before you use any color, check if your lips are dry or chapped.
  • If you have chapped lips take a damp washcloth and gently rub over the lips to remove the dead skin. Alternatively, you can use a damp toothbrush to do the same.
  • Next, apply a lip balm and let it sit for 2 minutes.
  • Now gently remove excess balm using a blotting paper or a napkin
  • Once that is taken care of, apply the lipstick.
  • If you want the lip color to stay all day, use a matching or nude lip liner underneath.
  • Apply the lip pencil and fill in the lips.
  • Now apply the lipstick either directly from the tube or use a lip brush.
  • Once you have applied it, blot and reapply another layer. This ensures that the color stays for a longer time.
  • Add a layer of gloss for added shine.

Now let’s discuss about fixing makeup blunders.

How To Fix Makeup Blunders?


One of the biggest mistakes that woman generally make while doing makeup is that they always try to look fairer and in such an attempt they choose either a too light shade which doesn’t blend well with the skin and makes you look pale like a vampire and your hands and other body parts doesn’t match, and the white-skinned western girls try to go for a tanned look and choose a much darker shade which only makes them look dirty not tanned. The proper way to choose the foundation color is to take a little amount of it on your finger tips and blend it on your jawline or neckline. If you can’t see it after it’s properly blended, then that’s the right color for you. Always blend well foundation, on your face and neck and exposed chest part so that the colors match, if your hands are dark, then on your hands also.

Now let’s come to fixing your foundation, if you have put too much on your face, take a moistened piece of tissue or a moistened makeup sponge and dab it on your face softly and take off the excess foundation, don’t do it with too much pressure.

Excess Concealer:

When you have put excess foundation or concealer around your eyes, then also perform the basic foundation removing steps as mentioned above.

Lip Liner:

It’s supposed to line the natural lining of your lips and not to make them look bigger. Choose a neutral shade or a shade a little brighter than your lipstick color and line carefully the natural lining of your lips and then fill in with liner first and then lipstick or directly the lipstick with a brush.

What to do in case you have put on too much lip liner? Take few drops of makeup remover cream or lotion on a makeup sponge and carefully remove the line without disturbing the lipstick.


When you have put a color which doesn’t match your makeup or you wanna lighten or remove it , take a moistened tissue paper , fold it into half and kiss it again and again putting it between your upper and lower lips , you will see the lipstick lightens and lightens as you kiss the tissue. The tissue soaks your lipstick color. No need to moisten it.

Lip Gloss:

When you have put too much lip gloss, then what you can do is you can dab on some talcum powder or your compact powder on a tissue paper and then perform the tissue kissing steps as mentioned above.

Overbrow Plucking and Coloring:

If you over plucked , then in smooth hands, apply dot by dot, i.e., in a dotted fashion, with an eye brow pencil to correct your brow look. Choose a color most natural to your hair color or a tone lighter than that.


Mascara should be applied to a maximum of two to three coats, any more and your lashes will look spiky and unnatural. To solve this problem, comb through your lashes with a clean eyelash comb, until the mascara clumps on your lashes are gone.


You have always till now perhaps applied blush after applying foundation, now it’s time for change, because the most perfect blush selection is something near to your natural lip color and to apply it with a big full blush brush (preferably buy it separately because these doesn’t come with the blush generally) and that too you should apply it before applying foundation to achieve that perfect look. Don’t apply too much , coz if you do then you will look like a clown.

If you have already applied too much, then just dab on with your compact powder or a bit more of your foundation to achieve correction.

Black Eye Makeup – The Look of Dark Circles

If you are someone who has the habit of rubbing their eyes, then you may end up smudging up your eye makeup which will give you a dark circle look. So lets say the rule to keeping good eye makeup is choosing an eye liner that’s very near to your hair color or a tone darker to that and keeping the lining as close to your water line and lash line as possible. When applying eye shadow keep in mind not to extend it up to the brows , keep it as much to the lids as possible. If you have over applied, take a Q-tipped brush dabbed in makeup remover and remove and reapply . If your lower or upper eye contour looks darker, apply foundation on it with a Q-tip brush very gently to fix the color.

Now, here are some makeup tutorials for different looks to inspire you!

Top 10 YouTube Makeup Videos:

You just can’t go wrong with these tutorials! Take your pick and get beautiful!

1. Vampire Makeup Look:

Try this vampire makeup look for fiction-inspired parties. This look has gained a lot of attention in recent times. This tutorial would teach you how to get the vampire look easily without too much effort.

2. Maleficent Makeup Tutorial:

Maleficent is one of the best fantasy movies from Disney. This tutorial on maleficent is simply stunning and fun to try on. It shows the perfect way to look like Angelina Jolie’s maleficent character.

3. Contouring And Highlighting Tutorial:

Unless you contour and highlight your face properly, your entire makeup look just won’t look complete. It helps to accentuate your facial features perfectly. This tutorial shows you the best way to contour and highlight your face. If you are looking for makeup tips video for a night party, this tutorial will surely show you the way!

4. Snow White Inspired Makeup Look:

Snow White is one of our favorite cartoon characters, isn’t she? You can try this makeup look for Halloween-inspired parties. This tutorial teaches you how to create the cartoon-like looks without any difficulty.

5. Perfect Picture Look Tutorial:

In today’s world, where Facebook is all pervasive, we always want to be photograph ready, especially when with our loved ones. This video teaches the makeup tricks, which will help you look your best, naturally in snaps.

6. Plump Up Your Lips:

Angelina Jolie is famous for her plump lips. Many girls dream of lips like her, but assume it to be an impossible task. But this tutorial proves those naysayers wrong! With this video, you can get the lips of your dreams, and that too without much difficulty.

7. Smokey Look:

Smokey looks have been in trend for quite a long time now. They make you look stunning and glamorous instantly. This tutorial teaches the correct way to create smokey eyes step by step.

8. Red Carpet Makeup Tutorial:

Red carpet reminds us of celebrities with stunning and bold makeup. This simple makeup video is based on classic and modern twist on Hollywood makeup for red carpet events such as Oscars.

9. Autumn Makeup Tutorial:

The ombre look is ‘in’ right now. Instead of having the lips or eyes subtle, Ombre lips keep both of them bold. This tutorial will teach you how to create autumn Ombre makeup look easily. This video is easy to follow and will definitely help you get this look just.

10. Dark Lips Makeup Tutorial:

Some of us prefer wearing dark lip colors over nudes. This video makeup tutorial teaches us the makeup tricks to get the perfect dark lips easily. This season, opt for dark vampire colors for your lips and bedazzle the world.

And you are ready to go! Hope these easy steps helped you on how to do a perfect makeup. Do let us know in the comments below. Till then, keep it stylish!

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  • Indu

    thanks for the article

    • Shabby

      Welcome Indu .Glad you liked it

  • Oindrila

    Very nice and helpful article :)

    • Shabby

      Thanks a ton Oindy

  • Sreelatha K

    Superb Article.
    As an added advantage, would have suggested some products names as well.

    • Shabby

      Hey Sreelatha ,
      Thanks and point noted. Will surely keep that in mind after wards

  • divya

    Wow! Now that’s a nice tutorial for make up.
    I have always had doubts on applying the right make up, this helped a lot:)

    • Shabby

      Thanks a lot Divya :) I am glad this helped :)

  • Pranati

    Nice tutorial.. This will really help me apply makeup in the real right way!! i always made a mistake of applying eye shadows directly
    but now onwards i wont. :)

    • Shabby

      Thanks Pranati :)

  • Tarani

    Everyone gives tutorials on eye makeup and foundation and more but no one ever tells you how to put it all together right! Thanks so much. As a beginner i can promise you that this post has definitely been of great help to me.

    • Shabby

      Thanks a lot Tarani :) You made my day :)

  • Maina

    I agree with tarani! Putting it all together is the hardest part ever. Some times it is so hard to tell which colour goes well with each other. They all look nice indivdually but then i put it all together and the result is just ghastly.

    • Shabby

      I agree Maina .. This is the toughest part of Makeup. You will see that sometimes the weirdest combinations do magic and sometimes which look very easy to carry make a horrible pairing. Also I would like to mention that while doing makeup just follow these three rules and you will never look bad:
      Rule 1- less is more so apply only the amount required , do not over-apply
      Rule 2- Concentrate on one aspect of your face(Eyes or lips) Not all at once. With smokey eyes or bright eyes keep lips subtle like a neutral or soft pink or n*de shade. With a bright lip keep the eyes subtle so that it all balances.
      Rule 3- Never apply a lighter foundation or powder than your natural skin tone. Believe me this is the first and last point when it comes to makeup. A lighter foundation makes you look pale and ghastly. We want a natural looking dewy makeup look and not look like a ghost.

      Hope this helps :)

  • Nidhi Roongta

    Loved everything about this post. Learnt so much and rectified too many. Compiling it must have not been easy and so a big Thank You to you. Now I won’t be looking madeup with make up.

    • Shabby

      Thanks a lot Nidhi. I’m glad this post helped you. :)

  • Gurleen

    Good one shabby:) will try it soon

    • Shabby

      Thanks Gurleen :)

  • Gurleen

    Under concealers works great i must say, specially the stick ones, they make the best in concealing the dark circles and other spots.

    • Shabby

      Yes I do agree. I prefer stick ones over liquid ones :)

  • sowmya

    awsum article… facts that every girl must know … it really helped me a lot..
    thanks a lot :)

  • sang

    Great thanx for this article, really useful