The 8 Holy Steps For a Perfect Make-up

Steps For a Perfect Make-up

I’ve been a make-up lover for a really long time, which means I’ve learned a lot from my mistakes. I also learned how to take care of my skin and discovered some tricks that help my make-up look better. So here are my 8 steps for a perfect make-up!

DISCLAIMER: Take everything you read with a grain of salt. This is a personal opinion and, even though all tips are tried and tested by a variety of friends and make-up experts, it’s better to do your own research and see what works best for you.

1. Wash your face and hands!

I can’t even begin to tell you how important those steps are! Try having a skincare routine and stick to it! Always wash your face and moisturize it before you put on make-up and after you take it off. I know how tempting it is to take off your make-up using a wet wipe, but it’s ineffective and it’s going to give you acne and wrinkles. Don’t be lazy, for the love of god just wash your face.

Use a double cleansing system (or triple, if you wear heavy/high-coverage make-up): use an oil-based make-up remover, then a gentle face wash to take off all of the remaining make-up. After that, do your skincare routine, or at least put on a moisturizer so you won’t look like a crone when you’re older.

2. Try to avoid waterproof eye make-up because it can dry out your skin and lashes.

This was a sad realization for me, but the ingredients that make the formula waterproof are really damaging for the eye area in the long run. If you use waterproof mascara constantly (like I used to), you’ll realize that your eyelashes will become more fragile, shorter and will fall off more often than they should (yes, your eyelashes have a cycle too). Not to mention how hard it is to take off waterproof mascara. And, frankly, waterproof make-up is not that useful on your eye area (or your face, really), just be a grunge goddess (or god, who am I to judge).

Think of waterproof makeup like an overindulgent dessert. Just right on the perfect occasion, but not something you should have every day. If you just can’t help yourself, try water-resistant (which is more lightweight) instead of waterproof mascara.

3. Exfoliate your face once a week to avoid skin flakes and cakey make-up.

This is pretty self-explanatory. Opt for chemical peels rather than mechanical ones. I know it sounds scary, but they’re actually good for you in the right amounts such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid, AHAs, BHAs, and so on. Mechanical exfoliants aren’t bad for you, but they’re ineffective most of the time. In other words, just be careful with what you put on your face.

4. Less is sometimes more. (Yeah, I know, such a cliché, but it’s true.)

Use this philosophy to avoid cakey make-up by using fewer products. This will stop you from looking like a clown (no, I’m not talking about that time you called your ex, sadly I can’t help you with that).

Less is more also means to not wear make-up every day. Try at least once a week to let your skin breathe, maybe do some facemasks. I usually wear make-up maybe once a week.

5. Just because it’s DIY or has natural ingredients that doesn’t mean it’s good for your skin.

Simply stay away from DIY skincare and make-up. Products are dermatologically tested for a good reason. Just because an antivaxx mom told you to use a lemon instead of a vitamin C serum, that doesn’t mean you should rub lemon juice under your eyes. They may have similar ingredients, but the concentration is totally different. Please stop doing things because a lady dressed in 100% cruelty-free linen told you it’s ok to do so. Coffee scrub is awful – you’re basically rubbing glass-like shards on your face. This is how you get acne and premature wrinkles.

6. Stop following internet trends!

Own your face. Your nose and lips are just fine the way they are. You don’t need to overline your lips, it’s not a magical illusion. We can see your real lips, trust me. This trend makes you look like a deranged bimbo with bad eyesight. The only ones who can pull off this look are drag queens.

We all have different faces, try what’s best for YOUR face shape. That’s why your contour looks bad, even though you did exactly what that influencer told you to. Next time you want to do your eyebrows with concealer just because you saw someone do that, remember the disappointment in your mother’s eyes when she saw you dating the neighborhood’s bad boy and imagine it’s 10 times worse. This is me looking at your sad, dusty eyebrows.

7. Even if it has an `only purpose`, that doesn’t mean you can’t use it for other areas.

Lipstick can be used as blush or eyeshadow, liquid lipstick can be used as an eyeliner or brow pomade. Also, mascara is great as eyeliner. That brow pencil can come in handy as a lip liner to a darker lipstick. Your contour shade is great for a quick & easy eyeshadow. Try to make the most out of your products, but always be careful. Read the label and make sure its ingredients are safe before putting anything on your face (even though most make-up products are usually safe to use on all areas).


Not sure if a make-up website sells original products or whether it’s a reputable website? Look it up, read the reviews. Do the same for any product you put on your face. Read the label, search any unknow ingredients, be careful if you have any allergies. Do your research, be informed, trust no influencer.
I hope that you learned something new. Let me know if you already tried some of those tips or if you agree with my advice. If you have other useful tips from a fellow make-up addict that worked for you, leave them in a comment.
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