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7 Beginner’s Techniques to Perfect Men’s Makeup Application

7 Beginner’s Techniques to Perfect Men’s Makeup Application

Have you ever asked a man if he wears makeup, or why he wears it? Men should (and can) wear makeup because they deserve an awesome look, too. The masculine walk to beauty is increasing, and people have accepted that both men and women should benefit from makeup products. The world has finally accepted makeup for men in the beauty and cosmetic industries.

While it’s easy for any beginner in men’s makeup to buy makeup products (concealer for men, guyliner, tinted moisturizer, mascara, etc.) from stores like Differio, the case with applying men’s cosmetics is entirely different. Without the right guidelines, you’ll look totally messed up. It’s not only about wearing makeup, but also about how natural you’ll look with these products on.

Lots of male beginners jump to makeup application without considering how they’ll look with them on, and end up looking entirely painted. But you could become a pro by simply being guided, and practicing.

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If you’re having challenges applying male makeup, here are 7 foolproof techniques for getting a glowing, natural look. While this may take time to learn, you will definitely get your desired fresh and naturally glowing skin. 

1. Apply Moisturizer

First, the most vital step to creating a glowing look is to moisturize your skin. Your skin needs to be hydrated in order for your foundation to look natural after application. If you leave your skin dehydrated, it will cling to the dry patches, revealing an unnatural finish. Use a moisturizer that suits your skin type, and avoid choosing products only based on someone’s recommendation. It doesn’t necessarily mean it will suit your own skin. A good moisturizer should keep the foundation on your skin for the whole day.

2. Apply Foundation

After applying face moisturizer, you can apply foundation now that your skin is hydrated. All you need is a decent layer of foundation for a long-lasting and smooth complexion. A good foundation covers and treats long-term skin concerns, like minimizing pores, immediately after application.

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It is recommended that you use a sponge or makeup brush to apply your foundation for the most natural look. A quality makeup applicator creates the perfect base for other makeup products. You must apply your foundation first before concealers, because it serves as the base to all other makeups you’ll apply on your skin. 

3. Apply Concealer

Concealers are designed to hide blemishes, but you also need the right technique to get the perfect coverage. It’s recommended that you use a small brush for application so you don’t overdo it. A good concealer will cover even the darkest marks and biggest spots. However, if your concealer is roughly used, you won’t get even application on your skin, and some spots may not cover well. Practice this often to master the product application and make your covered spots look natural.

4. Apply Brow and Facial Hair Filler

Use an eyebrow pencil to fill in the patchy, sparse spots. This will instantly create naturally fuller brows. To add more length to your eyebrows, you can gently extend the brow outwards with a fine-pointed brow pencil.

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You can also fill in sparse areas of your beard with a brow pencil, or you can buy beard makeup specifically designed for facial hair. Perfect this look as desired and you’ll have a full, burly beard.

5. Apply Contour

You can add nose, temple and cheekbone contouring with a good contour powder. For nose contouring, apply strokes down the sides of the nose bridge with a fine contouring brush. Blend well to make the lines disappear so that it leaves shadows of a more sculpted nose.

Create the perfect, sculpted cheekbones by applying contour powder just beneath your cheekbones. Apply contour powder slowly, so you don’t overdo it. Apply contour powder to your temples to finish the look. You must blend slowly and outwards to get a perfectly natural look. 

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6. Apply Highlighter

If you want to highlight your face, apply it immediately following your contour application. A good highlighter should be applied down the center of your nose bridge, center of the forehead, and directly on your cheekbones. The right highlighter will leave a naturally dewy finish. No one will question your glowing complexion. 

7. Apply Finishing Powder

You’re almost done! Lightly dust your face with a finishing powder. Avoid harsh buffing, so you don’t tamper with your makeup or uncover your blemishes.

Follow these techniques and you’ll be the proud owner of fresh, glowing skin. You may not perfect this on your first application, but with time and patience, you’ll master this men’s makeup artistry.

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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