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How to Identify Your Makeup Style
Finding your signature makeup style can be a key component of your personal identity and help you to present yourself to the world in ways that make you feel confident and self-assured. Finding your makeup style is a personal process that will likely need some refinement as time goes by. No one can prescribe a particular look for you because it should be led by your lifestyle, daily routine, and your personal idea of beauty. We can, however, guide you through a series of steps and things to consider when developing your signature makeup style. So, let’s get started!
Think About Time
Each element of your go-to beauty routine needs to be achievable, so it is important to carefully consider how much time you are going to want (and will be able) to spend on each step on an everyday basis. If you prefer to wake up and make it out the door as quickly as possible in the mornings, you won’t want to commit to an elaborate routine that will take you 30 minutes to complete. On the other hand, if the process of a multi-step beauty routine is something you genuinely enjoy, running through each element is likely to help you to start your day off on the right foot.
It’s All About the Base
The base of your makeup is the most important and often the most finicky to perfect. Spending some extra time and effort getting your base right will make everything else so much easier, so it is always worth doing your research here. It is imperative to choose a base product that is both suited to your skin type and matches your skin tone perfectly. If you are struggling to find an affordable base product that suits your skin type and tone, it will be worth investing a greater percentage of your makeup budget in a higher-end product.
You should also ideally aim to select a base product with the lightest formula you are comfortable with. If you have good skin most of the time, a heavy-coverage foundation is likely to be too much. Instead, opt for a tinted moisturizer or light-coverage foundation and cover any blemishes or imperfections with a concealer. Another important factor to think about is your preferred method of application. Do you enjoy applying a liquid product with a brush or sponge, or are you more inclined to want to use a powder product that you can pat or buff on to your skin? Always swatch base products where possible and spend some time researching the pros and cons of each of the products you are drawn to.
Create a Makeup Mood Board
Looking at beauty blogs, influencers, social media and magazines can help you to identify the types of makeup looks that most appeal to you. Collating the images you love into a mood board will help you to select styles, colors, tones and finishes that will allow you to create makeup looks that make you feel like yourself. When first looking at the imagery you’re drawn to, it is worth identifying the main features and overarching style. So, you might find that you are inspired by 1950s looks or enjoy the relaxed smudginess of grungy, edgier beauty looks. This will help you start to select the specific products that you’ll need to realize your beauty vision.
The good thing about makeup and beauty products is that they wash off super easily, so you can experiment with a variety of looks until you find the one that suits your style, lifestyle and preferences. The experience of putting some of your inspiration into practice will give you the opportunity to refine the type of looks you’re drawn to and identify which methods of application suit your skin type and features. It is also a good idea to think about your closet at this point and ensure that both elements of your personal style complement each other and work together to present your ideal image to the world every day.
Refine your Routine
When you start playing with products, you’ll get a feeling for the types of finishes and qualities you enjoy. At this point, you can start refining your must-have list to include very specific things. If you find that your makeup collection is missing a matte-finish deep brown eyeshadow that lasts all day without creasing, you can start doing some research and find the perfect product at the right price point for you.