Your Guide To Basic Make – Up

Make up colors change with fashion styles and seasons. The latest new color may or may not be right for you, so how do you take the gamble out of buying make up? You can get a professional makeover to help you choose the colors that are best for your skin tone, or you can learn to choose the best colors.

Classification of Colours

There are two Groups.


Green, Brown, Orange, Yellow, Gold, Lemon, Rust, Fawn, Cream, Apricot, Mustard and Bronze.


Blue, Purple, Pink, Grey, Sliver, Burgundy, Aqua, Violet, Ivory, Red, White, Black, Lilac, Maroon.

If your new to the make up concept it can all feel a bit daunting. What should i have in my make up bag? What goes where? What order do i do everything?

Whats in a basic Make up bag?

  • Foundation – Evens out skin colour and helps to disguise minor imperfections. Providing an even,smooth base for colour.
  • Powder – Sets make up, makes it last longer, Diminishes any oil shine, gives a matte appearance to over all make up.
  • Eyeshadow – Gives extra definition and extra shape and/or correction to eyes. Brightens entire face, indroducing colour to co-ordinate with clothes, draws attention to eyes.
  •  Eyeliner – Defines eyes, makes the eyes pop. Creates different finishes and looks.
  • Lipstick – Brightens face, adds definition and/or correct lip shape. Balances emphasis on eyes.
  • Blusher – Balances and co- ordinates colour between lips and eyes
  • Mascara – Gives length and thickness to lashes, gives finer definition to eyes
  • Brow pencil – Gives definition and correction to shape of eye brows if necessary.

This order of application should result in an overall co – ordinated look, creating harmony between the cosmetics and clothing.

Method of application

Foundation – Do a small amount over the face after moisturising for an easy and even distribution. Blend outward over entire face, including lips and eyebrows. If preferred, use a damp sponge and wipe gently over the entire face.

Powder – Apply with brush across forehead, over eyelids, face and lips. Brush facial hair downwards.

Eyeshadow– Use a small amount of powder on brush. Soft sweeping motions across the eyelid as dabbing movements tend to cause fall out on the cheeks and lashes. More colour can be applied if desired but it is difficult to remove excess.

Eyeliner – Start with a think line on top of the upper lid as close to the lashes as possible, from the inner corner to the outer corner finishing with an upward flick. If you want a thicker line simply go over until desired width is achieved.

Lipstick– outline lip using lip brush or pencil, if using pencil make sure to lightly color the lip before applying the lipstick, this will create a softer lip line when your lipstick fades through out the day. If longer lasting effect is desired – Blot, apply powder over lips, re apply lipstick and blot again. Gloss can be used over the lipstick if desired.

Blusher – Apply with a brush on cheek bones toward hair line. Do not use too much as again it is hard to remove excess.

Mascara – Upper lashes, apply with a zig zag motion to coat and separate lashes to avoid clumping. Lower lashes do the same with a lighter pressure as it is easy to transfer mascara onto the skin.

Brows – To add shape and complete the look, take a natural brow pencil or powder and fill in your brows, following the natural/ desired shape.

The correct foundation to suit your skin color.

Pale      Ivory toned foundation, cream beige or Bare beige.

Olive    Golden Tones

Dark    Bronzing tones, Golden Tan, or Toasty Beige.

Ruddy   Beige tones with no pink.

Sallow   Warm, Rose Beige.

It is always a good idea to get the over the counter sales technician to help you find the correct foundation for you.

Hiding Flaws

Although foundation will help to hide most of the flaws and imperfections of your skin, such as un even pigment, redness, shadows under the eyes, small pimples – these problems can be concealed with fresh colored creams and tinted creams which go on before your foundation.

Spots                                                 Medicated flesh colored sticks to cover spots.

Shadows under eyes                     Light colored concealing creams.

Redness                                             Green tinted stick used under foundation.

General Visual Effects


Light – Brings out, Enlarges, Accentuates, highlights.

Dark – Recedes, Deepens, Diminishes, Gives definition.


Shiny – Glosses, Highlights, Frosts, Accentuates.

Matte – Disguises oiliness, Make imperfections less noticeable, eg wrinkles, Longer lasting effect.

If you still feel like you ned a little guidance most of your local salons offer make up lessons, as do department store counters, book in and have someone show you on your face, as no two faces are the same.

The most important advice i can give you tho is to have FUN with make up, rock it, be confident because its about how it makes you feel on the inside that counts!