Makeup Hacks for Beginners


  • A clean slate is a must. Make sure to thoroughly cleanse your face.
  • As long as you have healthy skin, any makeup-look will look good. Hence, figure out a skincare routine that works best for your skin.
  • Always start with less foundation and build up from there onwards so that your base won’t end up looking cakey. Same goes for concealer.
  • If you want sheer coverage, mix your foundation with some carrier oil or moisturizer.
  • At the end of your makeup application, set your makeup with a setting spray so that you can avoid a cakey look, and makeup will blend perfectly. For an affordable setting spray, you can use rose water
  • When you’re buying a new foundation, swatch it on yourself and wear it around in different light to make sure it’s a true match.


  • Always prep your eyelids with either an eye-primer or a concealer so that your eye makeup will last longer.
  • Make any colour of an eyeshadow stand out by first applying a white or a bright base.
  • If you are going for a bold eye makeup look, do the eye makeup first so that any kind of fallout can be cleaned easily, and your base makeup won’t be disturbed.

Read: Beginner’s guide to having a perfect makeup kit

  • Have a dried-out mascara tube? Put the tube in glass of warm water for 5- 10 mins and then apply.
  • Never pump your mascara. Pumping the wand traps air inside and makes the mascara dry out faster. Instead, spin the brush to get rid of clumps.
  • If you want to intensify eyeshadow colours, spray your eyeshadow brush with some setting spray or lightly dip into some water and then apply.


  • Before you start off your make up routine, moisturize your lips with a lip balm, so that by the time you get to lipstick application, your lips soft and prepped.
  • Scrub your lips at least 2 times a week so that your lips will be extra healthy. Healthy and soft lips can really make any lip colour look good.
  • If you want to customize or try mimic a lip shade, just mix two separate lip colours.

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Surabhi Mahadevan

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