Jun 052012

One of the things I detest about the makeovers that makeup counters offer, is their idea of makeup. They seem to think that makeup is meant not to enhance your features, but to give you a new face (or should I say ‘mask’). Makeup is best when applied in small quantities and in colours that suit your skin tone specifically.

This article will teach makeup application for beginners. You will learn how to do makeup for a regular day out whether at work or in college or with friends.

Note: Before applying any makeup you must wash your face with a soap-free cleanser, pat dry and apply a moisturiser suited to your skin type followed by a sunscreen.

Basic makeup is:
1. Eyeliner
2. Lipstick

You will need:
1 eyeliner pencil (black or brown)
1 lip balm
1 tissue
1 lipstick


This is my face without any makeup.

My face without makeup

  1. Close one eye. Place your index finger (of the hand you don’t use for writing) on the outer corner of the closed eye and pull gently so that the upper lid is stretched. This is what I do to draw an even, straight line on the upper lid.

    Stretching the eyelid gently with the index finger

  2. Hold the eyeliner close to the lash line at the outer corner of your upper lid and lightly draw a line from there till the inner corner.

    Positioning the eyeliner pencil on the lid

    I rarely get it in one sweep so I draw halfway along the lashline from the outer corner and then draw halfway from the inner corner. Then if there is any gap left in the middle, it’s easy to fill it in. This method always gives me an even line.

  3. Once that is done you can make the line darker wherever you want by going over the first line again. I suggest keeping it darker and thicker towards the outer corner and thinner towards the inner corner.

    Eyeliner applied

  4. Apply lip balm to your lips. Invest in a good one. I use Nivea Fruity Shine. The balm helps the lipstick to glide on smoothly. Press the tissue against your lips to blot off any excess balm.
  5. Apply the lipstick to your bottom lip from the outer corners to the centre. Wait a few seconds and press your lips together very gently (DO NOT rub them together). This will leave an impression on your upper lip that you can use as a guide for filling in the lipstick there (the Cupid’s bow on that lip can be tricky).

    After applying lipstick on bottom lip and pressing my lips together

  6. Apply lipstick on the upper lip from the centre dip of your lip to the outer corners. Wait a few seconds and gently press your lips together again.

    After applying lipstick on both, the bottom and upper lip

  7. Gently massage the colour into your lips with your finger. This will even out the lipstick helping it reach all the folds of your lips as well as help the colour to last longer. If you don’t like getting your fingers messy then use a tissue to blot your lips by folding it in half and closing your lips over the tissue as though you’re chomping down on it.

    Lipstick after blotting

    Hold the tissue between your lips to blot off excess lipstick
  8. Reapply the lipstick on both lips as described before.

    After reapplying lipstick

    That’s it!

    My face with Basic Makeup in 5 mins: eyeliner and lipstick

Let’s do a quick recap

Step 1: Eyeliner
Step 2: Lip balm
Step 3: Lipstick

*If you want a very light stain on your lips, simply spread the colour on your lips with a finger.
*If the liner on your upper eyelid seems too scary a task, skip that and just rub the point of the liner along the inner rim of your lower eyelid. Make it nice and dark. Then close your eyes. The lower line will leave an impression at the base of the upper row of lashes making them look darker. 

Products used in this post:
Eyeliner pencil: L’Oreal Contour Kohl 131, Jet Black
Lipbalm: Nivea Fruity Shine, Pomegranate
Lipstick: Revlon Colorburst Lipstick 015, Grape

For an even easier version of 5 min makeup do read Non-Fussy Makeup in 5min (version 2).

Check out my post on Shopping For Makeup Without Getting Conned for tips on improving your makeup shopping experience without overspending.