CLASS: Makeup Application for Beginners

Topic: Makeup Application for Beginners
Location: Austin History Center
Room: Austin History Center
When: Sunday, December 9, 3:00pm-5:00pm
Bring: Makeup (see list below)

Join Fit Free ATX for a not-so-fitnessy event! In this 2 hour class you will learn the very basics of makeup application: choosing and applying foundation, powder, eyeshadow, mascara, bronzer, and blush. This class is a safe-place and open to everyone regardless of age, sex, sexual orientation, skin color, experience, etc. Please bring your own makeup and products along so you can get hands-on experience!

Some beauty basics
Basic makeup shopping list (with help from Allure, Lifehacker, and Buzzfeed):

  • Foundation or concealer- Foundation evens out your skin tone and conceals any subtle blemishes or discolorations on your face. Concealer is your go-to for things like covering blemishes and more apparent skin discolorations, and can also be used to brighten and even out your under eye area. The wrong color can make your face look "off" so I suggest doing a lot of trial and error, getting matched by a professional, or skipping this step completely.
  • Eyeshadow- Shadows give your eyes some pop! For a more basic, not-so-flashy eye, stick with nude colors. Add darker or brighter colors for a smokey look or a pop of color.
  • MascaraMascara is a great way to give your entire face a little extra pop without having to learn all the other techniques. I recommend that you pick a mascara that’s not waterproof to start because it will be much easier to take off later. 
  • Powder- pressed or loose
  • Blushblush is a soft pigment available in powders or creams meant to mimic the natural flush of your face, making your complexion look more healthy and vibrant.
  • BronzerImagine bronzer as sunshine in powder form. When you apply foundation to your skin you even out your skin tone, but you’re also getting rid of the natural shadows and highlights on your face. Think of the bronzer as your way to use shadow to create depth or to give the illusion of moving a part of your face back. 
  • Lip colorWe’re not just talking color — the choices are endless — but we’re also talking types of lip color. There’s lip balm, gloss, tints, creme sticks and stains. The main difference you should be aware of is that each one carries a different level of pigment, aka the amount of color that will show up on your pout; this can vary from brand to brand. The easiest intro to lip color is to start off with the less pigmented options and work your way up to the bolder hues that take more effort to apply and maintain.
  • Brushes/spongeThe right brush doesn't just make it easier to apply makeup; it can also allow you to be more precise. At minimum, you need four: a large powder brush, a slightly smaller fluffy brush (for blush, bronzer, and/or highlighter), an eye-shadow brush the size of a fingertip, and a smaller shadow brush (for smudging and blending). You'll also need something to apply concealer or foundation. You can use your fingers, or you can purchase a makeup sponge (like a Beauty Blender) or a concealer brush.
For a little extra:
  • Highlighter- It's time to glow! Highlight adds shine and shimmer to the face.
  • EyelinerEyeliner is all about enhancing the shape and color of your eyes. There are several techniques you can use, but beginners should keep application simple by using a pencil along their lower lash line to create definition and along the upper lash line to make eyelashes look fuller. Simple as that.
  • PrimerProfessional makeup artists swear by primers for brightening and smoothing skin, locking in makeup all day long, and adding another line of defense against skin concerns like acne, uneven texture, and fine lines. 
  • Setting sprayMost 'setting' and 'finishing' sprays are designed with a similar goal – to make your makeup last longer.  Think of this as hairspray for the face.
  • Brow pencil/powder/gelEyebrow enhancement can actually change the entire look of your face — this is why we’re considering it a more advanced makeup route. You can try powders, creams and other variations of mediums, but the easiest way to fill in and shape your eyebrows tends to be an eyebrow pencil that you can get in a hue to complement the natural color of your eyebrows.
  • Lip liner- Lip liners essentially create a barrier to keep the lipstick on your lips and prevent the color from bleeding or feathering onto the perimeter of your mouth. Generally, you want to use a color that matches your lip color, or is nude or translucent.
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If you're new to makeup, I suggest buying drug store or less expensive products. This allows you to try out different products, formulas and colors without spending tons of money.

One great way to get bang for your buck is to buy a value set. These typically have lots of different products for very affordable prices. One of my favorite stores to purchase makeup from is Ulta (which has a couple locations around Austin and you can shop online). They have lots of products and have an awesome rewards program.

Here are some kits I suggest:

1. Pretty and Polished Makeup Collection- $29.99, on sale for $19.99- The Ulta Beauty Pretty & Polished Makeup Collection includes eye shadows, liners, glosses and more! It has everything you need to look gorgeous all in a pretty case.

Collection Includes:
  • 28 Eye Shadows (0.02 oz each)
  • 6 Blushes (0.08 oz each)
  • 4 Glitter Top Coats (0.04 oz each)
  • 3 Brow Powders (0.04 oz each)
  • 3 Highlighters (0.08 oz each)
  • 3 Eye Liner Pencils (0.02 oz each)
  • 2 Lip Liner Pencils (0.02 oz each)
  • 2 Bronzers (0.08 oz each)
  • 2 Matte Liquid Lipsticks (0.03 oz each)
  • 2 Creamy Lip Glosses (0.03 oz each)
  • 1 Tinted Eye Primer (0.33 oz)
  • 1 Setting Powder (0.08 oz)
  • 1 Brow Wax (0.03 oz)
  • 1 Brow Tint (0.09 oz)
  • 1 Blush Brush
  • 1 Eye Shadow Brush
  • 1 Crease Brush
2. Brilliantly Beautiful Makeup Collection- $29.99, on sale for $19.99- The Ulta Beauty Brilliantly Beautiful Makeup Collection includes a gorgeous makeup assortment and a cute cosmetic bag, all included inside a reusable travel cosmetic case.

Collection Includes:
  • 1 Eye Shadow Palette in 14 shades (0.02 oz each)
  • 1 Bronzer/Blush Duo Palette (0.07 oz)
  • 3 Shiny Liquid Lipsticks (0.06 oz each)
  • 3 Matte Liquid Lipsticks (0.06 oz each)
  • 2 Creamy Lip Glosses (0.06 oz each)
  • 2 Shiny Lip Glosses (0.06 oz each)
  • 2 Lip Liner Pencils (0.02 oz each)
  • 2 Eye Liner Pencils (0.02 oz each)
  • 1 Tinted Eye Primer (0.27 oz)
  • 1 Large Cosmetic Bag
  • 1 Small Cosmetic Bag
3. Ulta Beauty Favorites Kit- $25- The beauty haul that has it all! The Ulta Beauty Favorites Kit features our best selling and hottest products in customer favorite shades.

Kit Includes:


  • Full Size Juice Infused Lip Oil (Peach): Peach infused nourishing lip oil
  • Full Size Illuminator (Radiant Diamond): Sheer, shimmering highlighting powder
  • Full Size Amped Lashes Mascara: Builds volume and lengthens lashes effortlessly
  • Full Size Brow Tint (Light): Fills in and conditions brows while giving a natural finish
  • Full Size Gel Eye Liner Pencil (Black Out): Super creamy, pigmented eye liner
  • Deluxe Size: Matte Makeup Setting Spray: Sets makeup for an all-day matte finish
  • Deluxe Size Eye Shadow Palette (6 shades): Matte & shimmer, everyday favorite shades