Step by Step Make-up guide for beginners

Some of us are used to wake up and go. Some have extra time to pull off a full faced makeup look, however, some are just happy with this is how I woke up look. I am not implying that either is bad or good for you, but if you have time to glam up on a working day; I can say I am proud of you. Make ups are not easy for first timers, some girls who are new to this game actually have a hard time how to start and what products to buy. This post is specifically for those girls who just discovered the power of makeup.

Here is my step by step makeup routine guide for you girls:

First step: Clean your face

We don’t want to clog up our pores and put up dirt after dirt especially if you already had a fresh and healthy skin. Applying makeup on a fresh and clean face will make it smoother and easier. I suggest using a gentle cleanser depending on your skin type. I personally use Shiseido Ibuki Gentle Cleanser and follow it up with my  Korean Skin care routine (which I will tackle in another blog post).

Second step: Applying primer

Cover Fx Illuminating Primer

Some may skip this step but actually, this step is beneficial to make our make up last longer and smoother. Primer is a base for foundation and has different formulas like gel, cream, and powder. To know more about primers, see my previous review about the best face primers I tried.

Third step: Foundation

A foundation is used to cover up flaws or to create an even or uniform skin complexion. Make sure that the foundation you use matches your skin tone. We don’t want our face to be orange or lighter than our neck. I have learned that to get the perfect foundation shade; you don’t want to swatch it on your wrist but on your chin.

Fourth step: Concealer

Concealer will help us hide those embarrassing discoloration and dark under eyes. It can cover up pimples and redness as well. Your concealer should always be a shade lighter than your foundation. During this step, you can also apply contouring but this is optional if you’re just starting. Apply concealer under your eyes, on your chin, and your forehead.

Fifth step: Setting Powder

To make our makeup lasts longer and to avoid crease, the setting powder does the job. I always don’t skip setting powder, it just makes your face feel smoother after applying those cream formulas. I always use translucent powder like Laura Mercier, which is by far the best setting powder I tried. During this step, you can also apply a technique called baking wherein you will use a wet wedge sponge dipped in the translucent powder. After you dipped the sponge, apply it carefully on the areas where you applied your concealer or focus it under your eyes. Set it for approximately 5 minutes and brush it off with a powder brush.

Sixth step: Eyeshadow

You can actually skip this step or not, it all depends on how much time you have left. If you want to go full glam, better yet start at least an hour early to do your makeup 🙂

There are many tutorials for any eyeshadow look you want online. From Smokey to a daytime makeup look, it is all up to you. Creativity has no limits when it comes to applying eyeshadow. With this, all you need is an eyeshadow palette that will do the job from creating smokey or a daytime look. I personally love ABH Modern Renaissance palette, the colors are so pigmented and applies on your skin smoothly.

And don’t forget to finish your eyeshadow look with an eyelash curler and mascara, you can also put in fake lashes if it suits you.

Seventh step: Makeup Setting Spray

This step is the most crucial part, the setting spray does the job for your makeup to last longer. It also avoids your makeup to melt, and you will really feel the difference of a makeup with a setting spray than without it. So far the best setting spray I tried is the Urban Decay All Nighter Spray. It really does make your makeup stay all night if you want to. For a cheaper alternative, try the Nyx Matte Finish Setting Spray.

Final Step: Lipstick

The final and the best step among the rest! A lipstick will complete our look. From nude lips to bold lips, it is all up to you! Again, the sky is the limit for whatever color you want to put on your lips. There are different finish as well; matte, glossy and satin. I always like matte lipsticks, they last longer than usual. However, always moisturize your lips if you’re going for a matte lip. We don’t want cracks and dryness to take over our lips.

Try to check out my review about Kylie’s koko collection here.


So, girls, I have put in a step by step guide for you to begin with your beautiful journey. The beginning is always hard and confusing, but the more you learn about it the more you’ll get better at it. Good luck! If you have questions, please do let me know in the comments below. xoxo 🙂


  1. Grace

    July 21, 2017 at 4:35 am

    I’m glad I found this post. I am not a make up girl myself and have prided myself on looking young without them but now that I am a mom and have a business to manage, the stress have taken its toll on me and I now look older than my actual age. It’s time to face the fact that I need help. This post is simple and straight to the point, thank you for sharing this!

    1. caroleyourworld

      July 21, 2017 at 4:38 am

      thank you for the lovely comment! glad my blog helped you with a step by step guide for makeup 🙂 I know, makeup can be intimidating at first if you don’t know what to do with it, but over time you’ll get better. xoxo

  2. Roxanne

    July 21, 2017 at 8:05 am

    This is really informative. Thanks, Cawie! 💋

    1. caroleyourworld

      July 21, 2017 at 6:29 pm

      thanks, Roxanne! come by often to check on what’s new 🙂

  3. Sade

    July 21, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Great article! I’ve been doing makeup for years now but funny enough I just started incorporating primers and I agree with you – they definitely make a difference! My foundation goes on smoother and it just looks better. Have you tried the milk of magnesia trick? If you have oily skin it really works with keeping the greasiness at bay. Do you know of any good concealers?

    1. caroleyourworld

      July 21, 2017 at 7:41 pm

      I have never heard of milk of magnesia trick before, might as well research about it! For concealers, A friend told me that nars soft matte complete concealer is really good. I have never tried it personally yet – but I will soon. Right now, I am using nyx HD studio and maybelline age rewind. Both are really good too!

  4. Agnes Nowak

    August 18, 2017 at 12:27 am

    Hi Carole
    Nice job and a great step by step explanation. Are you a makeup artist?
    Since we’re on the primer topic,
    I’d love for you to try Arbonne makeup primer and let me know you think. I’ve tried many brands and this one really stands out: controls shine, glides smooth for perfect foundation base and is non-toxic.
    Great read!

    1. caroleyourworld

      August 18, 2017 at 12:43 am

      thanks Agnes! And no, I am just a big makeup junkie and I love everything makeup related! Thanks for the suggestion, will look into it!

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