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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.

Featured photo credit: www.musictory.it via southfloridagaynews.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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