Makeup Techniques You Can Perfect In Quarantine
A lot of us have extra time on our hands, so why not hone those makeup skills?
With the hours outstretched and no certain end to our current situation, we’re seizing the day and our make up brushes. Join us as we take this opportunity to perfect all the makeup tutorials we’ve watched before on YouTube but just didn’t make the time for! Here are our top picks, all of which are unlikely to require new purchases.
What is strobing, you ask? It’s how you get that perfect golden hour dewy look! Strobing is the shiny cousin of contouring, and mastering it means you have crossed the threshold from highlighter-user to highlighter-artist. Like contouring, it also aims to help give shape to your face by highlighting all the high points and bringing focus to your best features. So how do you do it?
Step 1 – Prep with a hydrating moisturizer
The beginning of just about any beauty routine – moisturizer! If your skin is oily, you might want to opt for an oil-free moisturizer for this step.
Step 2 – Pick a highlighter shade that matches your skin tone
Here’s a small guide to picking the right shade:
Fair skin – pearl and champagne tones
Medium skin – beige and peach tones
Olive skin – coral tones, like our
Dark skin – gold tones
Take a look at our range here and see which one would be best for you!
Step 3 – Colour correct and apply foundation
Step 4 – Strobe!
Apply your highlighter of choice to only the spots which catch light, like along your cheekbones, temples, down the bridge of your nose, below the brow bone, in the corners of your eyes and above the cupid’s bow. Try not to spread the product all over and stick to these areas as much as possible. If you have oily skin, avoid highlighting your forehead and chin.
We know there are a lot of women who already have this down and can do it in their sleep, but there’s also a fair portion of us who struggle with the art of the cat-eye. There’s no better time than now to spend hours in front of the mirror until you get it right! Here’s a simple guide to perfecting this age-old eyeliner technique:
Step 1 – Draw a dot on the left side of your eye that will eventually form the tip of the cat eye.
Step 2 – Draw a line that connects the corner of your eye to the dot.
Step 3 – Draw a longer line above this short line that connects the point to the middle of your eyelid.
Step 4 – Fill in the gap between the two lines.
Step 5 – Extend the line from the middle of your eyelid all the way to the inner corner of the eye.
Step 6 – Smudge, if desired!
Try it out with our Smoked Kohl and let us know how it turned out!
Contouring is like photoshop in real life, but it’s also really hard to get right. A technique that’s been passed down by drag queens over generations, it’s finally made it into the makeup mainstream and onto our YouTube screens. Whether you want a full Kardashian face or something a little more subtle, here are the basics of a good contour:
Step 1 – Prime your skin with a moisturizer and a makeup primer.
Step 2 – Apply a cream highlighter on your cheekbones, down your nose, on your brow bones, and on the inner corners of your eyes.
Step 3 – Mix your foundation with a beauty oil to sheer it out a little, then blend it across your face with a damp sponge.
Step 4 – To contour, follow the shadows of your own face shape with your bronzer or contouring powder. If you feel your jaw isn’t as defined as you’d like, blend some powder or cream along the edges of your jawbone. If you want to chisel your cheeks, blend a line of contour beneath your cheekbones. If you love your nose, leave it alone!
Step 5 – Blend in all the lines so they aren’t too sharp.
Step 6 – Set your T-zone with setting powder, then mist your face with a setting spray to blend it all together.
No, we don’t mean banana bread. Baking is a makeup technique that involves layering different makeup products to targeted spots on your face, in order to create a flawless, crease-less finish. It involves letting your makeup sit on your face for a bit longer than you usually would, to allow it to absorb properly. Here’s a step by step breakdown:
Step 1 – Moisturize around the eyes. Remember to pat your eye cream on gently instead of rubbing, and give it a minute or two to set in.
Step 2 – Apply foundation. That’s right, even before you get to concealer! You’ll need liquid foundation for this step, preferably a matte-finish one like our Skin Tint Mattifying Foundation. Apply a small dot with your fingertips onto your forehead, chin and cheeks. Blend it in using a brush.
Step 3 – Create triangles using a concealer. Draw upside-down triangles below your eyes, extending from the corners of your eye down to the apples of your cheeks. Then, use a makeup sponge to gently blend it in. Diffuse the hard lines, but make sure the shape you applied it in is still maintained.
Step 4 – Use a translucent face powder on top. Pour a generous amount of translucent, loose setting powder into the lid, dip the same makeup sponge into the powder, and press it directly on top of your concealed under-eye area.
Step 5 – Bake! Let your powder-topped concealer sit for a few minutes.
Step 6 – Dust off the powder. Once your few minutes of baking are up, use a fluffy brush to dust off the powder that’s sitting on your face. And ding! You’ve successfully baked your makeup.
Baking is made just for the base, remember to still go about your usual makeup routine once you’re done!
There you have it – four makeup techniques that will fill up your days in lockdown, and that you’ll hopefully be able to show off very soon outside of it! Try them out and tag us in your selfies on instagram – @rubysorganics.in