When did makeup get so complicated
As I'm rediscovering my love for makeup, I'm also discovering that makeup is a lot more complicated than I once thought. Years ago I had a basic face foundation, powder, an eyeliner pencil, mascara, and some eyeshadow. Those were the items I used daily. There were no special primers, no lip plumping lip glosses (at least not in my makeup bag), and I didn't use special brushes for each step of my makeup routine. However, it seems things have changed for even the most casual makeup user. Here is a rundown of some of the products that are recommended to makeup users today.
The first thing you need is a good facial cleaner, and for a lot of people that isn't simply soap and water. Then, you need a moisturizer that is meant for the face. Once you've watched your face and moisturized it, you need to wait a bit for it to soak in. After that, you need to apply a face primer. This is meant to fill in your pores and prepare your skin to accept the next product, which is concealer. Once you've applied your first concealer, you can then apply your foundation. After the foundation is on, you then use an under-eye concealer and a spot concealer for any spots your primer, concealers, and foundation didn't cover up.
Still with me? I hope so because you aren't done yet.
For your eyes you need to start by applying an eye primer. Then, you apply an eye shadow base. Now your eyes are ready for color, and that part is completely up to you, however, most online tutorials will tell you to use at least three different eyeshadows. After your shadows are applied, it's time for eyeliner. This can either be a coal pencil, liquid, or a gel, and even a combination of all three. Lastly, you finish off your look with mascara, and false lashes if you're brave enough.
Still not finished. Now you have to move to contouring and blush.
Contouring, highlighting, and blush
First you start with contour. Contouring your face can make your face look slimmer, your nose look smaller, and your lips like more plump. Pretty awesome stuff, right? Well, it is if you do it right. Most of the time you only need one powdered product and a brush to pull it off. After you've contoured your face, you're now ready for blush on the apples of your cheeks. Then, you top all that off with highlights under your eye, on your chin, nose, and on your cupid's bow.
Who knew being "pretty" was such hard work? After all of that, you're finally nearing the end.
Powdering your face
Here's the part where you "set" your makeup. You use your choice of powder products to coat your face in a fine layer of powder to keep all of your products from rubbing off. This can be a pressed powder, loose powder, or a combination of both.
Last, but certainly not least are your lips. If you're doing a colored lip can use as many as four products. A moisturizer, a lip lining pencil, a lip stick, and a lip gloss. Of course, you can use as many or as few as you need to achieve the look you're after.
If you lost count that's 20 different products used in one makeup application, and that doesn't even include all the brushes and sponges that are recommended to apply all of these things. So I ask again, when did makeup get so complicated?
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