Let's be real. The only real way you can learn the do's and dont's of makeup is by actually doing them. Making the mistakes and learning from them (without sounding too pretentious and serious about makeup). We've all been there, sitting in front the mirror and preparing for a party, putting on different shades, formulas and brands, feeling like we looked great, and only to look on to the pictures and feel nothing but regret. Here are some of my hard learnt experiences to spare you from the regret and embarrassment.
Do use a moisturizer. Before even thinking about putting makeup, you should always begin with a clean and moisturized face. It's good for you skin, and it will make everything from foundation to highlighter sit better on the skin and cling to it.
Do get to know your face. When you're face is moisterized and ready to take on the evening (and heaps of lipstick and bronzer), you should get to know your face. This sounds unbelievably narcicistic - because it is. It takes a little of bit of time spent in front of mirror in order to know the nooks and crannies of your face. Or, in a professional way of putting it, you're getting to know the contours of your face. This helps in order for you to know where to put your eyeshadow, contour powder, blush and highlighter, so you can enhance your features without looking like a drag queen version of yourself, who was late for the competition and had to do your makeup in a dimly-lit bathroom full of wigs and feather boas. However, if I'm being honest, I don't always mind the dragqueen look and extra-ness (,which all of the pictures of every single night-out I've ever been on also show)
Do invest in a good blending brush for eyeshadow. When you have gotten to know your face, and therefore your eyeshape, you should buy an eyeshadow brush to help you accentuate your features. My all-time favourite blending brushes are MAC 217 and Sephora PRO Airbrush Crease 31. They last a lifetime and blend all types of eyeshadows in seconds, and do most of the work for you - a win-win situation!
Do wear an inner corner highlight. I am most likely the biggest fan of an inner corner highlight on the entire planet. In my opinion it goes with every look. It makes your eyes look bigger and brighter, and it finishes of a look beautifully. Obviously, it doesn't always have to be a colour as stark as MAC Nylon every time - even though it's bloomin' amazing stuff.
And now for the dont's,
Don't overdraw your lips (too much). I'm as big of a fan of big, fat lips as the next girl, but there is a fine line between the Kylie-Jenner-pre-'no I don't have any lip-filler (yet)' look and gorgeous, plump lips. To create the perfect blend of the two, I really enjoy using the L'oreal Lipliners.
Don't forget to prime your eyelids. If you want a FLAW-LESS makeup look, you should always prime your eyelids. Whether you do it with an actual primer, such as the Urban Decay Primer Potion, or with a concealer, it does the same job by preventing your eyeshadow look, which you just spent a solid 15 minutes blending and perfecting, from creasing and/or disappearing throughout the day.
Don't make a line with your highlighter on the tops of your cheekbones. It doesn't look 'on fleek', 'beat' or 'snatched' - it just looks like a sharp line of shimmer. Now, I was a firm believer in the 'line' until I saw a makeup goddess (and I promise, I'm not exaggerating ) walking around a department store with the prettiest and most seamless highlighter I had EVER seen. From that day I began packing on my highlighter in layers with a bigger brush in order to create a more blended, glowy base. Another tip is to not be afraid of popping on a bit of highlighter on the middle of your forehead and a tiny bit on your chin. I know, I know, it's controversial to draw attention to our already shiny t-zones, however Kim Kardashian said it in an Instagram Story once. And if it's good enough for Kim K, it's good enough for me.
Don't ever, as in ever, ever, ever use fake tan on your face. Chances are the product itself isn't even made to go on your face, and you'll end up looking like a patchy carrot. Just tan your neck nicely, and mask the difference between wannabe-beach-babe-golden and ghostly pale (in my case) with a deeper shade of foundation, than you would normally use.
The last set of do's and dont's is to simply do your makeup, so you feel confident (even if this means to never wear primer and always fake tan your face), and dont care about the "these eyeshadows are the bomb for green, hazel and blue eyes"-articles produced in a never-ending stream. Ain't nobody got time for that.