I never thought I’d find myself writing a blog post about makeup, but here I am.
In my 25 years, I’ve never been particularly interested in using makeup; it just wasn’t my cup of tea. Whenever I did try my hand at it, it always looked a mess because I never did any proper research and basically just followed some old skool tips my mom gave me. I started off with brightly coloured eye-shadow immediately, no foundation whatsoever, no blush, just some mascara and maybe a little bit of concealer (put on way too thickly, I might add). Not my best look.
Anyway, recently I’ve been a little bit more curious about it all. And so, inspired by the many beautiful YouTubers I watch on a regular basis, I thought: why not give it a go? After all, there’s no time like the present!
For my first time trying makeup, I turned to my trusted friend YouTube and looked for quick and easy makeup tutorials. There is a whole load of videos available, so I suggest just checking a few out and then seeing which one works best for you. What I wanted to find was an easy tutorial for first-time makeup users, preferably without using too many different products. I stumbled upon this video by RachhLoves and found it was the perfect fit for me, because it was all about creating a natural look (so minimal product use!) without using any brushes (and thus spending less money!).
I had absolutely no idea what to expect when I started this tutorial. I obviously knew which products I needed, but I had never used 80% of them ever in my life – I had used mascara and eye-shadow before, but that was a looong time ago.
Although the tutorial mentioned using a moisturiser, foundation and concealer, I opted to go for an all-in-one BB cream. Simply because I didn’t want to invest in three products at once – I don’t know if I’m ever actually going to use them again, after all. Although the BB cream did its job, it did turn out a little shiny and I noticed that I needed to use a lot more of the product in order to get similar results to the foundation and concealer combo. I do have clear skin, but there is some redness in my face and I have some dark circles underneath my eyes, and they weren’t so easy to camouflage with the BB cream. If I stick to this, I might have to reconsider investing in some more products!
Next up was blush. In the tutorial, Rachel used a cream blush, but I couldn’t find one of those anywhere, so I went for a blush stick. Seemed similar enough to me. This was very easy to apply because you can simply dot the blush onto your cheekbone with the stick and then gently blend it in with your fingers. Although I didn’t really see much result, I was definitely pleased with the ease of the product. And hey, the whole point was to go for a natural look, so maybe it wasn’t too much of a problem that I didn’t really see a lot of difference.
I fixed the makeup with some translucent setting powder – which also made my face look less shiny, yay! – and then it was time to get started on the eyes. To my surprise, Rachel started with her mascara. I found this a bit strange because I feel like this makes it harder to put on eye-shadow later. I poked myself in the eye with my mascara (the one product I was confident about applying), but other than that there weren’t too many hiccups. Like with the rest of the look, I didn’t really see a difference, but that is probably more to blame on the fact that I am super inexperienced and I didn’t have any decent brushes to apply the eye-shadow with.
And last but not least: lipstick. This was the part I was most nervous about, because I think messing this up is where the clown-look comes in. I purposely opted for a very neutral colour (as also advised in the tutorial), to give myself the best chance of not completely botching it. To my surprise, applying lipstick is apparently very straightforward: just think of it as a lip balm. Luckily, I use lip balm almost on a daily basis and thus it was a lot easier than expected. I was actually pretty pleased with the end result!
A few tips and tricks for first time makeup users like me:
* There’s no need to invest in a boatload of products when you’re first starting out. For example, moisturiser, foundation and concealer can be replaced by BB cream, depending on what your needs are. Of course, there’s no harm in buying this stuff off the bat, but for those of you – like me – who don’t want to invest too much money right away, going for products that have multiple purposes is a good compromise.
* Tied in with that: you don’t have to go for expensive brands to get decent results. Drugstore brands might fulfil your needs just as well as more high-end cosmetics. Of course you’ll have to experiment a little to find out which products work and which don’t, but overall just remember: cheap doesn’t necessarily mean bad.
* If you’re starting with zero experience, I suggest you stay away from colours that are too bold. It’s easier to end up looking like a clown when you pull out the bright colours immediately. Trust me, I’ve been there. Start off with subtle colours (look for tutorials that advertise no makeup looks or natural-looking makeup looks) and slowly start building your way up to colours that pop.
So there you have it, my experience with trying makeup for the first time at 25 (hey, what can I say, I’m a late bloomer!) and my very own set of tips for when you’re taking your first steps into the world of makeup. I also made a video about this over on my YouTube channel. I think the most important thing to take away from all of this is to just take it easy and not stress out too much: there is always makeup remover that will allow you to start over.
Do you have any tips you would like to share with me? Let me know in the comments below!