Make Up Do's and Don'ts

Make Up Do's and Don'ts

Applying make-up is one of those skills that can take a while to get a handle of, so don’t let it put you off if you can’t master it first time. For some it can be a long process, and I for one can definitely vouch for that. So, in this article I’ll be giving you a few tips and tricks that I have learnt along the way that hopefully will come in handy for yourself, on your own make-up journey.


Enhance the skin’s natural glow in these colder months by using a good moisturiser suited to your own skin.  Then apply your foundation on top of this. The use of one beauty product with a SPF is always recommended to protect your delicate skin from the Sun’s UV rays.


Tweezers, a spoolie brush and a brow pencil matching your natural shade of your brows is all you need to create natural and well-groomed brows. Fill them in following the natural shape starting from the tail-end first and use a lighter hand as you get towards the centre. Use the spoolie to blend out any harsh lines to give a soft and natural effect. Anything too dark or too harsh will contrast with your face and for eyebrows, this is what we want to avoid. 


Experiment when it comes to eyeshadow as this is something that is personal preference. YouTube is a brilliant resource when it comes to eye looks as there are so many possibilities, even if it’s just for inspiration as of course you don’t have to just follow what everybody else does. Always be confident in your own looks. Mascara is a great way to finish an eye look or simply just to frame your eyes without any makeup at all. 

Lips and Cheeks

Brighten up the face with a complementing shade of blush to your skin, applied on the apples of your cheeks. Always moisture your lips and exfoliate with a light scrub 2-3 times a week to keep them plump and looking healthy. When it comes to lip colour, go out and experiment with what suits you, however, usually frosty pinks may be ones to avoid.


Massage a cleanser into your skin and let it sit for a few minutes to help it break down your makeup. Then use a gentle hand with cotton pads to wipe the makeup excess off. Try to avoid face cloths as these can hold bacteria that you wouldn’t want to spread around your face. Once makeup is removed, use a moisturiser to replenish the skin’s moisture even if you, like me, have very oily skin.

Make-up on a budget

Shops such as Boots, Superdrug and TKMAXX are great places to have a search around for cheaper yet very good quality beauty products. Never feel like a higher price means better quality as I really don’t think this is the case. Once again, you’ll have to find what works for you; so don’t be scared to go around every tester you can find in the shop.


Written by Student Life’s Beauty Partner Rosie May


One of my favourite cheaper-alternative primers is the Nivea Men Post Shave Balm. A lot of the YouTube community use this, and it makes your makeup stay on all night! The formula is really thin and runny and feels lightweight on the skin, but still acts as a great base for foundation.


The L’oreal True Match Foundation is a great drugstore product. It is a light-medium coverage, however can be built up without becoming cakey. The range of colours is great and it only retails for £9.99! The formula has 24hr hydration, meaning no matter what, it’ll keep your skin looking fresh and flawless!


The Collection Lasting Perfection is a great drugstore concealer. The coverage is lush and only retails for £4, meaning it won’t break the bank! I also like to buy this in a very dark shade to use as a cream contour. 


I personally prefer a lot of drugstore highlighters over high-end ones anyway, so this saves me money in itself! One of my favourites is the Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in the shade ‘Golden Lights’. It is blinding and makes my skin look super glowy.


Brows are an extremely important part of the face. The MUA Brow Pomade is a very good drugstore dupe for the Anastasia Brow Pomade. It comes in a very similar pot and works perfectly with an angled brush (it comes with one in the lid too).


My all time favourite mascara is a high-end one. However, I don’t always have the money to be re-purchasing it a lot.  The Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara is a great quality drugstore mascara. It curls my lashes and gives them a dramatic look which I love!


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