How to makeup like Madison Beer

You know who you are.

On Saturday night, you’re going to stay in bed until 2am watching Mad Men reruns while eating Cheetos — not even bothering to brush your teeth at all because you just finished an entire box of wine cooler from Trader Joe’s.

But I bet you’ve never seen someone as effortlessly gorgeous as Madison Beer look so damn good doing such simple things like brushing her hair out of her eyes without crying. That girl has got some serious skills when it comes to looking pretty. And thanks to this extremely helpful video tutorial, we have them now!

I’ll admit, before seeing the above clip I didn’t think much about Madison’s flawless complexion. But after taking notes from the pros? It made me wonder if my own face could be transformed into something similar. So here’s what I did.

First step was to prep my face by washing my pores clean, then applying a light layer of moisturizer. Then came primers and foundations. The first thing I noticed about Madison’s face is its smoothness. She doesn’t put anything over top of her foundation except maybe a little bit of powder, which makes her makeup last longer. Plus, since there isn’t any product between her base and her blush, it creates one cohesive whole instead of several different products blending together.

Next up were eye shadow palettes. I went basic black, gray, blue-ish green, and pink. My favorite part of the process was picking colors that matched Madison’s natural coloring. In terms of eye liner, I used Maybelline Great Lash Blackest Liner Liquid Eyeliner ($9) because it goes on smoothly and dries quickly. For lips, I picked up Beauty Blender Lip Tint 5 Piece Kit ($10), which had shades perfectly matching Madison’s shade range.

And finally, I applied two coats of NARS Velvet Matte lipstick. This formula provides great pigmentation and allows for easy application. As far as finishes go, matte works best for people with normal to dry skin types. If you have oily skin, try using a more liquid finish.

Here are six other tips I learned during the making-up process that will help anyone achieve Madison-esque results.

1. Prep your face

Before starting, make sure your face looks fresh and clean. You can use a facial scrub to exfoliate away dead skin cells. Or if you want something gentler, simply wash your face with warm water followed by cleansing oil cleansers like Cremo Cleansing Oil ($21). When choosing which cleanser to buy, keep in mind whether you typically have sensitive skin. While many cleanser brands claim their products won’t irritate your skin, they may cause irritation in certain individuals. Washcloth recommends checking labels carefully and avoiding those that contain fragrances, dyes, alcohol, sodium lauryl sulfates, parabens, synthetic fragrance oils, wax esters, gluten, talc, SLSs, SLESs, DEA, TEA, DMAE, BHT, propylene glycol, PEG 400, phthalates, triclosan, formaldehyde releasers, mineral oil, petroleum jelly, oxybenzone, retinyl acetate, salicylic acid, lauroyl sarcosinate, and bismuth subsalicylate. To get started, check out these seven face mask recipes.

2. Apply primer.

Primer helps set your foundation and prevents creases throughout the day. A few weeks ago, I asked readers what kind of primer they preferred, and most said they liked Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer SPF15 Hydrating Skin Booster ($27). According to Make Up For Ever, this primer gives “a subtle dewy glow.” Another option is Benefit Cosmetics’ Benetint Ultra Creamy Face Powder ($23) which offers long wear and sun protection.

When selecting a primer, consider your skin type. If you have very dry skin, opt for creamier formulas. People with oily skins should look for mattifying ones. Since I’m someone with combo skin, I chose a hybrid of the two options.

Once you find your ideal primer, apply it generously onto your forehead, cheeks, chin, nose, upper chest area, lower neckline, inner arm pits, underarms, and cleavage areas. Leave it alone for 10 minutes, then blend softly with fingertips. Repeat if necessary.

3. Use foundation that matches skin tone and texture.

If you haven’t been following along closely, let me catch you up real quick. After washing and exfoliating my skin, I applied a neutral toned brown concealer all over my face. Next, I took a peach based foundation pan worth $39 from Sephora and swatched it on my hand. Based on the way the foundation looked on my fingers, I knew it would match well with my skin tone. Once I found a foundation that worked for me, I blended another lighter foundation underneath it to create contrast.

For example, if you have olive toned skin, try wearing a foundation that’s either slightly darker than your skin tone or no brighter than your undertone. The latter tends to give a better chance of achieving your desired result.

After finding the perfect consistency, take small dots of foundation and draw straight lines outward toward your ears. Then repeat on each side of your head, covering your entire face. Be sure to tap lightly on the edges of the foundation to avoid streaks.

Then, using a damp sponge, pat the rest of foundation evenly on your face. Do this slowly and gently, paying attention to where your contours begin. Don’t forget to pay special attention around your eyes, jaw line, mouth, nostrils, eyebrows, and outer corners of your cheekbones.

In addition to your foundation, you might need a translucent powder. I recommend Physicians Formula Pro Finish Compact Powder ($16). Not only does it provide coverage, but it’s super cheap.

To finish off your makeup routine, I suggest adding a high shine setting lotion or serum. Urban Decay’s 24 Hour Shine Lotion ($38) gave my skin a nice finish, though I’d probably skip the pricey travel size version. Instead, purchase whatever lotions or serums you normally reach for to add a touch of extra glossiness.

4. Choose the right bronzer/blush combination.

Bronzers come in multiple forms, including powders, liquids, sticks, and bronzers. They’re meant to enhance your features and bring life to dull skin. Before deciding which bronzer(s) to invest in, decide what kind suits your skin best. Some bronzers offer a warmer effect, others offer a cool shimmer, and still others appear almost flat.

My personal favorites include Models Own Truffle Bronzing Powders ($18 – $26), MAC Strobe Palette ($22), and Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip & Glow Multi-Surface Brush #29 Softening / Illuminating Contour Duo Foil Bronzer ($17). All three deliver a soft glow.

As far as blushes go, choose five shades ranging roughly from pale to medium tones. One tip I read online suggested keeping your darkest blush within the same family as your skin tone, whereas your lighter hues should vary from family to family. For example, if you have fair skin, stick to pinks, peaches, or plums in your palette. On the other hand, if you have dark skin, pick oranges, reds, lavenders, purples, or blues.

The trickiest part of this process was figuring out exactly which shades to pair together. Luckily, once again, Instagram helped me narrow down my choices. From there, I settled on mixing various shades together to see what would happen.

The next step was to select a blush brush. Most importantly, don’t grab a fluffy one. Brushes aren’t supposed to move across the surface of your skin, but rather glide across your cheekbone. For beginners, I highly recommend investing in a quality compact blush brush. There are plenty of affordable ones out there.

Finally, I selected a finishing puff for final touches. I ended up purchasing a new Urban Decay Finishing Spray ($19) because I wasn’t happy with mine. Although it seemed fine initially, it left behind noticeable residue the longer I wore it. Plus, the aerosol container design means you have to shake it vigorously every time you open it, otherwise, you end up wasting precious product.

5. Set the mood with eyeliner, mascara, and lip color.

Eyeliner can seem daunting, especially if you’re trying to recreate complicated cat eye designs. However, luckily, there’s a foolproof method to getting the job done. First, start by lining your upper lash line inward from corner to corner. This ensures maximum length and full opacity. Then fill in the gaps of the bottom lashes with waterproof gel liners. Finally, curl your remaining lashes upward.

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