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When did makeup get so complicated

As I'm rediscovering my love for makeup, I'm also discovering that makeup is a lot more complicated than I once thought. Years ago I had a basic face foundation, powder, an eyeliner pencil, mascara, and some eyeshadow. Those were the items I used daily. There were no special primers, no lip plumping lip glosses (at least not in my makeup bag), and I didn't use special brushes for each step of my makeup routine. However, it seems things have changed for even the most casual makeup user. Here is a rundown of some of the products that are recommended to makeup users today.

Face products

The first thing you need is a good facial cleaner, and for a lot of people that isn't simply soap and water. Then, you need a moisturizer that is meant for the face. Once you've watched your face and moisturized it, you need to wait a bit for it to soak in. After that, you need to apply a face primer. This is meant to fill in your pores and prepare your skin to accept the next product, which is concealer. Once you've applied your first concealer, you can then apply your foundation. After the foundation is on, you then use an under-eye concealer and a spot concealer for any spots your primer, concealers, and foundation didn't cover up.

Still with me? I hope so because you aren't done yet.


For your eyes you need to start by applying an eye primer. Then, you apply an eye shadow base. Now your eyes are ready for color, and that part is completely up to you, however, most online tutorials will tell you to use at least three different eyeshadows. After your shadows are applied, it's time for eyeliner. This can either be a coal pencil, liquid, or a gel, and even a combination of all three. Lastly, you finish off your look with mascara, and false lashes if you're brave enough.

Still not finished. Now you have to move to contouring and blush.

Contouring, highlighting, and blush

First you start with contour. Contouring your face can make your face look slimmer, your nose look smaller, and your lips like more plump. Pretty awesome stuff, right? Well, it is if you do it right. Most of the time you only need one powdered product and a brush to pull it off. After you've contoured your face, you're now ready for blush on the apples of your cheeks. Then, you top all that off with highlights under your eye, on your chin, nose, and on your cupid's bow.

Who knew being "pretty" was such hard work? After all of that, you're finally nearing the end.

Powdering your face

Here's the part where you "set" your makeup. You use your choice of powder products to coat your face in a fine layer of powder to keep all of your products from rubbing off. This can be a pressed powder, loose powder, or a combination of both.


Last, but certainly not least are your lips. If you're doing a colored lip can use as many as four products. A moisturizer, a lip lining pencil, a lip stick, and a lip gloss. Of course, you can use as many or as few as you need to achieve the look you're after.

If you lost count that's 20 different products used in one makeup application, and that doesn't even include all the brushes and sponges that are recommended to apply all of these things. So I ask again, when did makeup get so complicated?

Image Credit » Threesia Goff

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Scorpie wrote on October 17, 2014, 8:25 PM

Hmm. This is beyond my pay grade as they say. I like the minimal look. Check out Wallis Currie-Wood, the main character's daughter on the TV show Madame Secretary sometime.

ThreesiaGoff wrote on October 17, 2014, 8:30 PM

That's the interesting thing that I found. A lot of beauty gurus use most of these products for even the most basic looks.

Scorpie wrote on October 17, 2014, 8:59 PM

Try some dark green shadow and dark eyeliner all around. Perhaps change hair color to add some red like this:

Linda-From-US wrote on October 17, 2014, 9:20 PM

I love face primers. They can hide many of our flaws. The one I use actually helps to hide those dark circles under my eyes that appear when I begin getting bad headaches. It is also helping a couple small lines that are beginning to form around my eyes.

Ldyjarhead wrote on October 17, 2014, 11:44 PM

I'm totally lost with makeup anymore. It's not a big deal since I'm home in sweatpants and t-shirt most of the time, but I'd be in a world of hurt if I had to really get all gossied up.

angelseguera wrote on October 18, 2014, 12:31 AM

I wear make up when I am going out to church, mall, parties and so on. Honestly I am not so good on it. I just make sure I wear it simple.

Kasman wrote on October 18, 2014, 11:56 AM

My wife won't step out the door unless she is wearing at least some makeup. She even keeps an 'emergency' lipstick in our car's glovebox! I understand the need many women (and some men) have for makeup. At the very least it gives a boost in confidence to face the big, bad world.

somedsatisfied wrote on October 18, 2014, 2:06 PM

I hardly ever wear make up anymore but I agree with you that there now seem to be so many more tools and products you are supposed to need.

idyll wrote on October 20, 2014, 4:30 AM

i do admire the ladies who can wear the make up for the whole day and touch-up them the whole day to keep the pretty face up. for me, i'm weak in it even i don't know who is wearing nice or ugly unless it is too obvious. i also don't understand, why some make-up/skin care products are too expensive, are they really effective as they advertise?

Torialou wrote on October 23, 2014, 8:34 AM

I still use a more basic routine myself, I found Lush face soaps work fine for my skin and their make up remover is also a cleanser. Make up, I do have a primer but the one I use goes all over the face so only takes a second other than that I just use foundation, powder, eye liner, mascara, eye shadow and lip stick. Sometimes blusher. So fairly basic still.

PattyTherre wrote on October 23, 2014, 10:48 PM

I need concealer for under my eyes or I will look like a zombie. I rely on primer to keep my makeup in place and I love cheek stains and lip stains. But my favorite is macara. I have about 50 tubes! I must toss some out even though they aren't very old. I don't need that many! lol

rana199426 wrote on December 14, 2014, 3:30 AM

I believe that every face should have its specific make up touch ups and rules... I will not get so specific with this but I'm just generally speaking..

arthurchappell wrote on January 13, 2015, 12:21 PM

Saw a make up demonstration at a burlesque event - it really is quite an art these days

LeaPea2417 wrote on December 23, 2015, 11:53 AM

I have never gone over board with makeup and I still do not. I just use a basic foundation, rouge , eye shadow, eye liner, mascara and lip stick ( and I look fine).