5 Makeup Steps I Never Bothered With, But Now I Don’t Skip!

Makeup Tips And Tricks

I definitely don’t wear makeup everyday. And I’m also not suggesting that there’s any particular rules anyone must follow. And I’m not even remotely qualified to give any fashion/style advice. Despite a couple of awkward beauty reviews.

However, here are a few little things that I do that actually make applying makeup easier. Or at least help the end result look a little more like I actually know what I’m doing.

make up tips and tricks

Use A Primer If I Want Long-lasting Wear

I didn’t used to bother with a primer because it didn’t’ seem to be a thing that did anything. it’s like a blank layer of nothing. Right? An unnecessary step and expense. But a primer helps make applying makeup easier, and also last longer. Win win.

If I’m just slapping on a quick bit of BB cream and a little mascara then I don’t bother with primer. But if I’m getting ready for a long day (or more likely – a big night) then a little primer goes a long way for keeping my makeup looking fresh.

Setting Powder Over Foundation Before Powder Contour

So this was a tip that I got from a “Things you’re doing wrong with your makeup” video on Youtube.  And it was a bit of a game changer for my powder contour application.

It makes perfect sense though. If you put your darker shade of contour straight onto your liquid foundation then it tends to stick to the moistness in the foundation. So it doesn’t blend out as well and can look a bit like my face is a bit dirty, rather than polished and perfect.

If you lightly powder over the foundation then the powder contour is easy to blend and look really smooth.

I alternate between using ELF pressed HD Finishing Powder and ELF loose HD Finishing Powder.

Transition/Mid-Tone Colour For Eyeshadow

I watch so many eye make up videos and didn’t understand why they seem to use so many layers of almost identical, but fractionally different eye shadows. It was actually this video that made so many things made so much sense. Actually this chick’s channel is amazing for slowly going through each and every step – and why it works.

But yes. Midtone. It’s a thing that makes a big difference to the end result. Watch the video. I don’t think I could ever explain it as well as she does.

Also I cannot stress enough how much of a difference using a “blending brush” has made to this process. It seemed excessive to have more than one eye shadow brush, but it turns out different brushes do actually do different things. Who knew?!?!

Eyelash Curler Before Mascara

Maybe this is just me, but I have quite fair, fine and short lashes that come out on a bit of a forward angle… so basically they’re invisible unless I apply mascara. And even when I put on mascara they’re not that impressive.

I actually purchased my eyelash curler specifically for when I’m attaching fake lashes, because curling your own lashes before applying fake lashes makes it easier (bonus tip!)  However for times I don’t want to bother with the whole gluing-stuff-to-my-face thing a quick little squeeze of a lash curler and it makes my lashes look…. Well… they look actually visible so that’s nice.

I did look into getting an eyelash perm, which is when realised I can get basically the same effect with a little squeeze of a $5 thing that looks like a torture device, but it does the trick. (And only hurts if you catch your lid instead of your lashes. Ouch.)

Highlight. Highlight. Highlight.

It’s funny how as a teenager I was so focused on ensuring my makeup was matt as possible. No shine allowed. But now like Tamatoa from Moana… I’d rather be shiny…….

I love Maybelline Master Strobbing Liquid because it is bright and brilliant, but it is a little bit cooler toned.

I’m also really enjoying the new ELF Jelly Highlighter in a gold tone. It’s a little bit more of an everyday highlighter, because it’s more of a warm glow.

What make up steps do you think are absolutely essential part of your usual makeup routine?

Also check out this video of me trying out the Aldi Lacura lip colour before you decide if you should be taking any makeup advice from me……

Rachel Stewart

Rachel is the founder of Parenting Central. She is raising two children, boy and girl, with her partner. Rachel is obsessed prams, car seats, carriers and all things baby. She has worked in the baby industry for several years, for both suppliers and also in a retail setting and has developed a passion for connecting parents with the right products to make their lives easier. When Rachel isn't playing with prams she's enjoys crocheting, drinking coffee (sometimes wine) and spending a little too much time on Facebook.


    1. I. am. in. love.

      “If the men find out we can shape shift they’re going to tell the church.”

      Dying. I must now waste the rest of this perfectly beautiful afternoon watching her videos.

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