Make-up and beauty tips for beginners

If you lack experience in things like make-up application, manicures and eyebrow waxing, the idea of establishing a beauty routine might seem a bit daunting. With such a huge variety of treatments and products available, it can be difficult to know where to begin. If you're eager to look a little bit more polished and put-together but don't quite know where to start, here are a few simple steps you can take to get the ball rolling.

Go for regular beauty treatments

One of the most effective ways to achieve a consistently polished look is to invest in regular beauty treatments.  Getting a spray tan every 1–2 weeks and a regular manicure for instance, will ensure that you have a gorgeous glow to your skin and groomed nails all year round.  Whilst the frequency and nature of the treatments you choose will of course, depend on your budget and preferred personal aesthetic, it really is worth adding one or two treatments into your beauty routine to ensure you always look and feel your best. 

Don't rush into buying high-end cosmetics

There are thousands of cosmetic products on the market, in every colour, texture and consistency imaginable. This can make the process of choosing the ones which are right for you very challenging. It is best to take this process slowly and try out less expensive brands initially, so that you can experiment and find out what kind of products will suit your needs without wasting too much money. This is especially true for base products such as foundation and concealer, which often cost quite a lot.  

Consider your individual needs

The items you will need will depend on the condition of your skin, your colouring and the type of look you want to achieve. For instance, if your skin tone is fairly even and you prefer subtle make-up,  then a tinted moisturiser, along with a concealer for covering up under-eye circles and occasional breakouts should suffice. Conversely, if you suffer from acne or rosacea and want to achieve a more glamorous, flawless appearance, then a high-coverage foundation along with a thicker concealer may be necessary.

A good quality mascara and an eyebrow pencil are considered essential items by many women, and are particularly useful for anyone with light-coloured hair; the former can make your eyes appear larger and emphasise their colour, whilst the latter can help to enhance your face shape. Blush and lipstick are fantastic for anyone who wants to brighten up their complexion or simply add a pretty pop of colour to their make-up look.

Learn about make-up application

The application of cosmetics can make an enormous difference to the final look you achieve; even the highest-quality foundation can appear cakey and unattractive if it is applied incorrectly. As such, it's worth spending a bit of time researching make-up application techniques online; there are hundreds of video tutorials available on this subject.

For more beauty tips, talk to a professional.