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Makeup Tutorial for Beginners: Step-by-Step

Jan 03, 2022
Makeup Tutorial for Beginners: Step-by-Step

Makeup should never intimidate those who want to wear it. Makeup is fun, and it accentuates your natural beauty. There are some basic tips to know before you bring out the blush, so read on for some simple tips and a step-by-step guide to makeup application before you get started.

The Fundamentals

Before starting with the makeup tutorial, let us begin with a few skin-care basics you need to know before applying makeup.

  1. Always wash your face with a mild facial cleanser and warm water before applying makeup. This facial cleanse removes oils from your face that could cause your cosmetics to appear cakey. If necessary, exfoliate with a gentle scrub to remove dead skin cells and uneven texture.
  2. Moisturize your face with an oil-free facial moisturizer after cleansing. Moisturizing will create a smooth canvas for your makeup and replenish lost moisture after cleansing.
  3. Stand in front of a mirror with good lighting. Proper lighting will help you see your face clearly while applying makeup. Applying makeup in a dim-lit room could cause you to use more makeup than you intend, and that means it will look darker than you want. 

Which Makeup Products Do You Need?

We are keeping this super simple, so these are the essential makeup products you need in your makeup arsenal for makeup beginners. As you sharpen your skills, you will explore more makeup products, colors, and techniques.

  • Tinted BB Cream in the shade as close to your natural skin tone as possible
  • Concealer in one shade lighter than your skin tone to camouflage imperfections
  • Translucent loose or pressed powder to control shine and set makeup
  • Blush in a soft pink or peach tone to add a natural flush
  • Natural Colored Eyeshadow Palette in nudes, browns, or plums
  • Eyeliner in black or brown
  • Mascara in black or brown
  • Lipgloss or lip balm in the color of your choice
  • Optional: Foundation brush, blush brush, eyeshadow brush, and brow brush or spoolie

Makeup Application: Step-by-Step

Now comes the fun part! Position yourself in front of the mirror in a well-lit room, and let’s get started.

  1. Apply the BB cream: Apply the BB cream with your clean fingers or a clean makeup brush. Keep it light and blend it well into your skin, making sure to blend thoroughly around your nose and jawline. You should end up with a thin, even finish.
  2. Grab the concealer: If you have dark spots, scars, or pimples, use the concealer to camouflage those areas. Use concealer on problem areas only, and make sure to blend it in well. Set these areas with a bit of powder.
  3. Add some blush: Use your fingers or a blush brush to apply your blush to the apples of your cheeks. To find this area of your cheeks, look into a mirror and smile. The apples of your cheeks are the part that plumps up when you smile—place the blush there. Make sure to blend it out well for a naturally flushed look.
  4. Dust on the powder: Apply a light dusting of the translucent powder on your T-zone. The T-zone is your forehead, nose, and chin. The powder will help set your blush and BB cream in place and prevent shine.
  5. Enhance your eyes: Use your finger or an eyeshadow brush to apply eyeshadow to both of your eyelids. Swipe a coat of mascara onto your upper and lower lashes. Mascara and eyeshadow help open up your eyes, making them appear more awake.
  6. Brush your brows: Brush your brows upward with the spoolie, taming any wild flyaways. For extra hold, spritz a small amount of hairspray onto the spoolie before brushing your brows upward.
  7. Apply your lip gloss: Lip gloss or balm hydrates and accentuates your lips. Swipe the gloss across your lips and blend it in well by pressing your pout together. Remove excess shine with a tissue.

Voilá! You did it! Now you’re ready for some selfies.

Tips & Tricks for Makeup Beginners

This makeup tutorial is fundamental, so we are sure the more you practice, the more you’ll experiment with different cosmetics, techniques, and colors. Here are a few tips to remember and tricks to try when you’re experimenting with makeup.

  • Primer will help reduce shine and smooth out large pores. Apply primer after moisturizer and before BB cream or foundation.
  • A lash curler will curl your lashes before applying mascara. Never curl your lashes after you’ve applied mascara because this causes lash clumping, lash breakage, and will possibly pull a few out. Ouch!
  • Read the product labels and choose cosmetics that won’t clog your pores or cause breakouts. Avoid products containing oil and stick with those that match your skin type.
  • Always, always, always remove your makeup before going to bed at night. Sleeping in your makeup will clog your pores and cause breakouts, dullness, and premature aging. Take care of your skin by adequately cleansing and moisturizing your skin at night. Remember, your skin is your canvas.


Makeup is fun to wear when you know how to use it. Don’t feel intimidated by it or afraid of how it may look. Makeup’s purpose is to accentuate your natural beauty, not cover it up. Don’t apply so much that the real you shines through. 

Doe Lashes are an excellent alternative to mascara. They are easy to apply and look natural or dramatic, depending on your style. The choice is yours! Shop all of our Doe falsies and self-care items and merch to get the glam look you crave. Look and feel your best with Doe products. The rest of the fun is up to you!  


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