The best advice for 30 something makeup newbies

makeup advice for 30 something

The idea of putting on makeup scares you? There’s no reason. In fact, I have quite a few friends that when they hear I have a beauty blog are surprised. Why? Because even though I do wear makeup very often I am not an expert in makeup. Not by a long stretch.

I almost always have the same kind of makeup, nothing dramatic nothing that changes my features completely. And that is totally ok.

Make up is not for hiding yourself

I only accentuate what I think are my best assets when it comes to my face. I can hardly do a good contouring and if I decide to do it usually takes me ages to finish it right now. Probably the right shades to do a proper contouring no longer exist in my makeup bag. That’s might be the case because I haven’t tried in about 2 years.

I don’t think that makeup is to put a mask on our face, to help us go incognito on the street. If you are doing that (without being a superstar or some other reason of that kind) you are probably doing it wrong.

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You don have to put on a full makeup every single day.

It is great to experiment with new looks, to try new things, to have fun but please, for the love of God, do not make a daily routine to completely change yourself when putting on makeup. What is the point? At the end of the day you have to take it off and you want to still recognize the person staring back at you from the mirror.

Makeup is not a mask

Experiment, see what works best for you, accentuate your best features and hide what does not compliment you but if you are a Pocahontas please do not turn yourself into Arielle and definitely not into an Ursula.

Contouring to change the shape of your face on a daily basis is too much (unless you are an MUA or vlogger and this is part of your job).

Face primer + eye primer + foundation + blush + illuminator + bronzer + mascara + eyeshadow + eyeliner + eyebrow contouring + lips base + lip contour + lipstick… Just writing them down takes some time, putting them on your face takes even longer. And they are not always necessary.

If this is your routine and it makes you feel good, no worries, but if it does not don’t feel guilty. The most important thing is to find what is right for you. Experiment, make it fun, enjoyable.

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If you think this is necessary on a daily basis… you should think again.

Putting on makeup should be fun, not a burden


The truth is that to be able to put on makeup on, in just a few minutes takes practice. You won’t be able to apply correctly foundation + concealer + mascara + eyebrow shadow in 5 minutes if this is not a routine for you. Most probably if you do not do it often this will mean spending about 15-20 minutes in front of the mirror.

But it’s not a very steep learning curve. Everyone can do it. The best advice, in this case, is: master the basics first and go from there.

If you find makeup intimidating start with applying mascara on a daily basis. Then after, let’s say, two weeks’ practice, start contouring your eyebrows on a daily basis.

These two simple steps, if made correctly, will make your eyes look really, really pretty. With practice, it will take you, literally, 2 minutes to do it.

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This is more than ok for everyday makeup. This plus mascara 🙂

You can try every now, and then, or even more often so you get to build the skill but be careful not to feel the need to look like a different person every day. That might lead to a serious depression.

Even if you wear it often, look in the mirror and love yourselves make-up-less at least just as much, if not more.

Do you find makeup intimidating? How often do you wear makeup? How do you perceive yourself with you aren’t wearing makeup? If you wear makeup daily how many products do you use?

You can read a post why I think wearing makeup daily is not bad for you here.

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4 thoughts on “The best advice for 30 something makeup newbies

  1. I love when I do my makeup not because I feel like I NEED it – I post as many Instagram, etc photos without it so I am obviously not bound to it… but because I feel like its a fun way to express myself 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

    Britt |

    1. Yes, that is my point. You have to enjoy, not take it like “I absolutely have to do this”. Self-acceptance is way more important than makeup will ever be.

    1. You are so right. After hardly wearing makeup during my pregnancy it was so difficult to put on foundation properly :)))

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