How to Apply Makeup: A Step-By-Step Guide


Place the ultra-soft, wavy brush at the base of your lashes and comb through your lashes to the tip, sweeping up. Give it two coats for extra drama and add some mascara to your bottom lashes by wiggling the wand through those lashes vertically.

If you’re really ready to amp up the drama you can add some false lashes to your look after you apply mascara. Applying falsies isn’t as easy as it looks so you may need assistance. Consider our article, How to Apply False Eyelashes Like A Pro, your guide.


How to Apply Lip Makeup

After you’ve finished your face and eye makeup, show your pout some love by swiping on a lip color. 

How to Apply Lip Liner

Before you apply lipstick, use a lip liner to define your lip shape and to prevent color from bleeding, which happens when your lipstick runs or smudges outside of your lip lines. Using the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lip Liner in a shade that closely matches your lips or your lipstick color, draw a line the outer edges of your lips following their natural curve. Then shade in your lips with the color to give your lipstick a base. 

How to Apply Lipstick

Next, swipe on your lipstick. You can place the bullet or applicator directly on your lips and apply, starting from the center moving outward towards the corners of your mouth. Otherwise, use a lipstick brush to swipe the color on lightly, building it little by little.

With so many different colors and formulas available, the possibilities are seemingly endless. If you prefer a pigmented nude shade, go for the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Les Nus Intense Nude Lipstick. For a budge-proof, matte formula, you’ll love the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick. If you prefer a natural look with a hint of shine, the L’Oréal Paris Glow Paradise Balm-in-Lipstick with Pomegranate Extract is perfect for you. 

Editor’s tip: If you’re going for a high-shine look you can always layer your lipstick with a nourishing lip gloss, like the L’Oréal Paris Glow Paradise Lip Balm-in-Gloss Pomegranate Extract. It comes in 12 buildable shades that provide a luminous look to the lips while moisturizing them with pomegranate extract. 

How to Apply Setting Spray

After all your work, it’s essential to set your makeup to ensure that it stays in place and lasts throughout the day. Grab your setting spray and shake it well. Then hold the bottle eight to ten inches away from your face and spray in an “X” and “T” motion. Keep your eyes closed to avoid irritation.

We love the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray and Set Make-Up Oil-Free Setting Spray for this because it’s formulated to lock your makeup in place and prevent it from settling into lines. 

If you are learning how to apply makeup to oily skin or used a liquid complexion product, you can also set it in place with a translucent powder, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Sweep & Lock Loose Setting Face Powder. Tap a fluffy face brush into the powder and sweep it onto the areas you want to set. 

How to Remove Makeup

Playing in makeup is fun, but waking up with a breakout because you slept in your beloved look is not amusing to anyone. So it’s important that you remove your makeup before bed, every time. We know it’s sad to see all that work go away but don’t worry, now that you have the basics down you’ll get to practice more and experiment with several different looks. 

To remove your makeup, use a facial cleanser or makeup remover that’ll tackle even waterproof mascara and other budge-proof formulas. The L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types is the perfect companion for this. It uses tiny oil molecules to lift makeup, dirt, oil and other impurities up and away from the face. 

Pour it onto a cotton round and swipe it onto your face. Then follow up with a gentle cream cleanser for a double cleanse that ensures that no traces of makeup make it into your beauty sleep.

Next: 7 Simple Makeup Looks For Everyday Wear

Edited by: Shalwah Evans, Photo Credit: Chaunte Vaughn

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