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How to do makeup like a professional – beginner’s guide by Shalex Signature

Hi there, I’m Adekitan Salewa aka ‘Shalex Signature’, a makeup artist in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.

Have you been struggling with applying your makeup flawlessly or you want to start a career in makeup artistry and just don’t know where to start, I bet you’d be interested in this?

Through my years of experience, from what I already know, mistakes I’ve made and what I’m still learning, I have compiled this guide for makeup newbies, enthusiasts and included detailed step by step makeup on how to do makeup from scratch to fab.

With these steps, your interest and constant practice, you’ll be able to learn the basic makeup steps to do your makeup on your own.

How to do makeup from scratch - Beginner's Guide

Step One

Laying the Groundwork

1. Clean the skin: Start with clean skin. Wash with a gentle cleanser or simply use a toner to wipe away any impurities from your skin.

2. Apply a light moisturizer: This will keep your skin from getting too oily during the day and will help moisturize any dry patches on your skin. If you know you have oily skin don't skip moisturizer entirely; instead, try a gel-based formula that your skin will absorb quickly.

Wait five minutes before putting on the foundation (see the next step) so that the moisturizer can sink in.
Dab on a tinted moisturizer or a light foundation to your skin. Apply just a few spots with your fingers to your forehead, cheeks, nose and chin, then blend with fingers, or a foundation brush, working the spots outwards from the centre in all directions. 

Be sure to choose a foundation that matches your skin tone and when in doubt choose a slightly lighter shade over a darker one. This will help you avoid looking orange and give you a more natural look.
If you want more coverage, you can use a makeup sponge to apply, using the same blending technique.

See also: Tutorial: How to 'make up' in 15 minutes – Shalex Signature

3. Put a little concealer under the eyes: Use a small pointed brush to dot a bit where under-eye circles are darkest, usually at the inner and outer corners of the eye. Add a speck to other blemishes that aren't covered by the foundation and blend into the skin.

There's a little controversy about whether concealer should be the same shade as your skin or ever-so-slightly lighter; however, it should never be lighter than one shade away from your natural tone. Look for something as close as you can find to your skin tone and err on the lighter side if need be.

4. Set the concealer and moisturizer with a translucent powder: Apply it to your face, ideally using a velvety powder puff (as opposed to a powder brush, as that leaves a lot of loose powder) in a pressing motion. Use a powder brush to flick off any excess. If you are using a powder brush to apply, tap off the excess powder before applying to your face in circular motions.

Step Two

Fill in brows

1. Pencil to fill in sparse areas: It is advised to always make the filling of brows your second step because it is the most time-consuming element (others like to do eyeshadow during the second step, but some makeup artist are pretty clueless when it comes to eye makeup). Firstly, use a pencil to fill in sparse areas with hairlike strokes. 

2. Apply powder or pomade: Add powder or pomade to really define the ends of the brows, where there is basically no hair and lock it all in with a gel.

Step Three

Putting on Your Eyes

1. Apply an eyeshadow of your choice to your eyelid: For beginners, try a single neutral shade like taupe or aubergine. Use a rounded shadow brush or your finger and make quick, short swipes across the lid, working your way up to the brow bone.

The shadow should go from your lash line to just beyond the inner crease. From there it fades upward toward the bone. Set with a thin dusting of translucent powder.

If you're using a brush, tap it lightly on the side of the eyeshadow case to remove any excess.

2. Apply eyeliner: Use a black or brown pencil and apply along the rim of your upper lash line in short strokes.

Lift your upper lid with one hand and look down into a mirror as you apply with your other hand.

Eyeliner is one of the areas that you can really experiment with as you become more confident applying makeup. Factors like colour, texture, and line application can have a big impact on the appearance of your peepers. Play around!

3. Curl your lashes: Place a lash curler at the base of your upper eyelashes (along the lid) and press for five seconds.

4. After this, apply mascara: Apply to the upper and lower lashes with the tip of the wand oriented towards the outer corner of your eye. One coat should suffice for this look.

Step Four

Adding Cheek and Lip Color

1. Apply blush to the apples of your cheeks: Smile as you do this so you can clearly see where the apples are. Dab on the blush and blend upwards towards your temples.

Try a cream blush for a natural glow that's easy to blend in.

If you opt for powder blush, use a brush that's fluffy yet dense. Dust translucent powder over it to blend the edges.

2. Apply lipstick or lip gloss: Pucker your lips like you're about to plant a kiss and dab the lip colour to the centre of your upper and lower lip. This first application can be straight from the tube; then, use your fingers to blend outwards, adding colour with your fingertips as needed.

If your lips are chapped, prep them before putting on lip colour. Gently buff them with a warm, damp washcloth and put on a light layer of lip balm. Let the balm absorb before moving on to lipstick or gloss.

For beginners, the lips are a great opportunity to add colour and vary your makeup regime without having to fuss over application technique, etc. You can work with anything from neutral, barely-there gloss to creamy, fire-engine red.

3. Check yourself in bright light: Daylight if possible - to make sure everything is blended and beautiful. 

You're done!

If you're not sure where to start, ask a professional for help! As you get more experienced, you'll start to understand your face shape and what colour and makeup styles are most suitable for you. You can also invest in a personal makeup class with us at Shalex Signature.

If you are ready to start your journey in makeup, join the on-going make-up training

Contact: Adekitan Salewa, Shalexsignature

Instagram: @shalexsignature

Facebook: @shalexsignature

Whatsapp: +2349033853537

Email: shalexsignature [at]

Or visit our studio at
Akilapa Estate, off Jericho/Idi-Shin, Ibadan
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