If you’re seeking a bit of makeup inspiration, there are lots of resources available for you to find the makeup design you want for a custom look. One of the best ways to take your designs to the next level is to start with a course in Hollywood Makeup for star-quality looks, or check out Eye and Lash Art to get some out-there ideas.
The internet is a treasure trove of makeup design ideas. One of the best places to look for makeup inspiration is YouTube. There you can find tutorials from amateurs and professionals to help you get the look you want right now. If watching those videos makes you think: ‘I could do that,’ you probably could. Turn yourself into a YouTube Rockstar, and you may end up being the next viral sensation. (The good kind of viral sensation, not the other one.)
If you want more help from the real big dogs in the industry consider picking up a book like Kevyn Aucoin’s Making Faces. Bobbi Brown and Scott Barnes also have notable publications out there cataloging techniques and styles with step-by-step descriptions on how to replicate them.
Of course, the most contemporary source for makeup designs is publications like Vogue. Marie Claire even has their own course. In magazines, you can find all the hot trends of the season as well as some utterly outrageous styles. Snip a page from a magazine ad and try your hand at replicating what you see. Keep in mind that different facial contours will dramatically affect the outcome of your look. Apply the look based on your own proportions for best results. If something is not quite right, check the brows first. The brows are the frame of the face, so whether they’re sharp and angular or soft and round they control the impression of the eyes.
If you’re seeking designs for a special event, why not learn how to do the makeup yourself and save the trouble of booking a salon? From Prom Makeup to Bridal Makeup or Runway Looks, Udemy offers step by step tutorials with real professionals. If you’re into wearing makeup, and you’re using it everyday, it pays off to know how to do it right.
More and more cosmetic companies are selling pre-fab eyeshadow and lip designs. You may not necessarily want leopard-print on your lips, but it’s out there if you want it. Most of those pre-made makeup designs work essentially like a sticker that you apply to your lips or eyelids. The effects have varying permanency—staying on for at least a couple hours. These products are always worth checking to see if you can replicate the look you want without having to go to a professional. Don’t forget that false eyelashes are used ubiquitously on the red carpet, and they may hold the key to getting the look you want. For everyday wear, apply the individual tufts of eyelash extensions rather than the long strips which look less natural most of the time. A liquid eyeliner will conceal most of the glue mishaps, if you’re trying falsies for the first time.
Most department stores have qualified makeup artists working at the makeup counters. They may be able to give you some solid tips for bringing out your best features, and they are good people to ask for advice on special occasion makeup. Just keep in mind that they are there to sell you the products. While some high-end brands are worth the price, other products are virtually identical to their drug-store counterparts.
If you’re in a makeup rut, get yourself a list of your favorite celebrities and see if you can copy their looks. Marilyn Monroe had very iconic lips and brows. See if you can re-create them. Obviously, it won’t look exactly the same without the platinum wig, but you’d be surprised how close you can get. Fake eyelashes go a long way to getting the red-carpet look, so keep them in your arsenal. Check out some pictures of Angelina Jolie. Her lips are so large and full you almost never find an image of them with anything but clear gloss or translucent nude color—otherwise they would dominate her face. If your full lips are overwhelming your baby blues, take a page from her book. If you’re a redhead or have unique coloring, try to find a celebrity with similar tones. Then you cans see how the pros handle it.
Basic Makeup Rules
Once you’ve found some designs you want to try, it’s good to keep in mind some basic makeup rules to make sure your look is successful.
- Start with clean skin. Makeup on top of makeup will always look cakey and overdone.
- Make sure the light in your bathroom is bright and even.
- Conceal imperfections with a good concealer for redness around the nose, dark circles under the eyes, or pimples.
- Apply a true-tone foundation to ensure you really do have a blank canvas.
- Do choose to emphasize either eyes or lips. Most of the time, you won’t want to do both, or you risk looking hard.
- Do try using a lip liner to draw just outside your vermillion boarder. You can dramatically change the look of your lips by carefully drawing their shape. This look isn’t for everyone–it can look clownish. But it can also give your lips another dimension or fullness.
- Do learn the difference between a day look and night look.
- Do read the labels on the products. Cosmetic companies have come under fire for keeping known carcinogens in their products. From lead in lipsticks to mercury in face creams, just because it’s on the shelves, doesn’t mean it’s safe. Whenever possible opt for brands with fewer chemicals.
- Keep your cosmetics clean. If you can’t remember the last time you washed your makeup brush, you could be spreading nasty bacteria with every stroke. Clean your brushes regularly and use disposable makeup applicators. It is recommended that you only keep mascara for three months. While some of guidelines for how long you can keep a product are grossly self-serving for the cosmetic industry, others are worth listening to. Without question, if a product has a foul smell or an off texture, bin it. For the same hygiene reasons, try to avoid sharing your products with friends (or ask a professional how to limit contamination.)
At the end of the day, style rules are made to be broken–hygiene rules not so much. Makeup is a place to express your creativity, and it is artistry. It takes time to develop your hand control and to find the products that elevate your features. Learning some makeup basics with a tutorial is a great shortcut. Whether you want to have Cleapatra’s cat eyes or the soft natural look of innocence, makeup can dramatically change your image. Mastering color will help you achieve balance in your look, and a course let’s you avoid the sales pitch at the beauty counter. It’s also a good way to get tips, so you can get your everyday look in less time. Maximize the contours of your unique face. After all, what the world really wants to see is you.