How to Apply Makeup in 10 Easy Steps

Celebrity makeup artist Sharon Gault provides effortless basics for your everyday appearance to achieve simple beauty and evening glamour.

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Say goodbye to that sexy, smokey eye, step away from the electric blue eye liner and forget the false eyelashes. Your cosmetic look doesn't have to be bold to be beautiful. A natural look is simple enough for daytime and flawless enough for an evening out. Rely on classic shades that flatter your skin tone when designing a versatile, everyday makeup look.

Step 1: Prep Your Skin

Apply a primer or BB cream with a built-in moisturizer and SPF -- go for an SPF 15 or higher. These multipurpose products prep your face for makeup application, hydrate your skin and protect it from the sun's harmful rays.

Step 2: Hide Those Flaws

Target under-eye circles, blemishes and hyperpigmentation with a concealer that matches your skin tone. Use a pointed concealer brush to dab the product onto the affected area, and tap it into your skin using a clean finger.

Tip

  • To hide redness, opt for a green-tinted concealer. Professional makeup artists rely on color-correcting concealers to minimize inflammation and balance skin tone.

Step 3: Build a Base

Apply foundation to your T-zone and any problem areas. For sheer coverage, use your fingers to massage foundation into your skin. For more coverage, opt for a foundation brush.

Tip

  • If you were blessed with an even skin tone, show it off. Use a subtle tinted moisturizer instead of a complexion-covering foundation.

Step 4: Set Your Foundation

For those with excess shine, lightly dust loose translucent powder over your complexion to set your foundation.

Step 5: Add Some Color

Use a large soft bristle brush to apply a blush to your cheeks. Start at the apples and then sweep the brush up toward your temples.

Step 6: Fill in Your Brows

Use an eyebrow pencil or cream to fill in sparse areas and create a well-defined arch. Focus the product on the upper half of your brow line for an instant -- not to mention cheap -- brow lift.

Tip

  • If you have brunette or black hair, go a shade or two lighter on your brows. Blondes can emphasize light brows by going a shade or two darker.

Step 7: Accentuate Your Eyes

Swipe a neutral eyeshadow across your eyelids, brushing this base up to your brow bone. Blend a darker earthy shade -- like taupe or charcoal gray -- into your eyelid crease to add further definition.

Step 8: Define the Eye

Add some definition with black liner on your upper eyelid. Start drawing from the inside corner of the eye, working your way out to the corner. Keep this line thin so that it works well from day to night.

Step 9: Embellish the Eyelashes

Hold your mascara wand, starting at the root of your eyelashes, and move up them in a zigzag motion to ensure every lash is covered in mascara. Apply two coats of black or brown mascara.

Step 10: Pucker Up

Line your lips with a lip liner that coordinates with your lipstick. Use a brush to dab the color onto your lips in a downward motion. Choose a medium-hued color for daytime -- think rose or coral -- and add a layer of shimmery gloss to play up your lips for an evening out.

Tip

  • Lip color might inadvertently emphasize dry, chapped lips. Before applying the color, buff any dryness with a damp washcloth. Apply lip balm and let it absorb into your lips before adding any color.

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