Makeup: A Complete Guide

Although makeup can enhance a person's appearance and make them more attractive, it is also used to hide flaws. Whether you want to wear makeup every day or experiment with colours and textures, this guide will teach you everything you need to know about applying makeup, from concealer to mascara. In this blog, we will discuss the different types of makeup and how to apply each one. We've also included some tips for applying foundation, eye shadow, blush, lipstick and more.

What is Makeup?

What is makeup


You may wonder what makeup is. Well, it's a way to enhance your appearance and beauty by covering up blemishes or accentuating features you want to stand out more prominently. A study found that people wearing makeup are perceived as more physically attractive than those who aren't. (1)

Makeup can change the shape of your face by using different products on different areas of your face (the cheeks being one of them). People often apply makeup to the parts of their bodies that don't get exposed to the sun, for example, their necks. The arms and chest are also fair game when applying blush or powder foundation.

Different Types of Makeup

There are many different types of makeup to apply depending on how keen you are on your appearance. There is something for every need, whether you want to conceal flaws or change the look of your lips. Included in this are:

  • Base Makeup

Base makeup


Base makeup products include:

The goal of base makeup is to make your skin look flawless-something that can be accomplished with a brush or sponge, depending on the level of coverage you desire.

  • Eye Makeup

Eye makeup


Eye makeup products include:

These simple additions can help you vary your look from day to day. The best part about eye makeup is that anyone can do it themselves at home without special knowledge or skill in applying cosmetics—until they get better at doing their own every day.

Also, read eye makeup for Beginners - a step-by-step guide.

  •  Lips Makeup

Lip makeup


Lip makeup products include-

Lipstick can be applied with a brush or directly from the tube—though you may need to use a lip brush if you want a more precise application.

Also, learn 40+ amazing Revlon shades of lipsticks for different skin tones.

What Is The Correct Order Of Makeup?

If you follow this sequence, your makeup will look more natural: Apply primer, foundation, and concealer. Next, apply eye shadow, eyeliner and mascara to shape the eyebrows. Finish by applying a lip gloss or lipstick.

How To Apply Makeup Step By Step

You must properly moisturize your skin before applying makeup if you want it to last all day. If your skin isn't properly prepped, the result is heavy makeup that doesn't look good or last. So follow this:

  • Prep Your Skin

Cleansers, serums, and moisturizers are the foundation of your skincare routine. The cleanser removes dirt and oil from your face; moisturizer prevents dryness by retaining water in the upper layers of skin cells; a broad spectrum sunscreen (SPF) protects against UV damage that leads to wrinkles, age spots and other signs of sun-related ageing. (2)

Let your skin's natural glow shine through with Revlon Touch & Glow Advanced Radiance Crème Face Wash.

  • Apply Primer & Colour Corrector

After moisturizing, use a primer to smooth your skin and make it easier to apply foundation. It also helps the colour stay longer. Using a colour corrector before applying foundation can even out your complexion. In addition to neutralizing redness or discolouration, the right shade will provide an even base for makeup.

Revlon ColorStay UV Primer provides a base for 24-hour wear that absorbs into the skin and controls shine.

  • Grab Your Foundation

After you apply primer, it's time to put on the foundation. The foundation helps even out your complexion by providing a layer of coverage and hiding blemishes. It can also help to minimize the appearance of wrinkles, scars and other skin imperfections. There are many foundation types, including liquid, powder and cream. The right one depends on your skin type and how much coverage you want.

Try Revlon Full Cover Foundation - a full-coverage foundation that gives you the look of wearing no makeup at all.

Also, learn 11 reasons to wear foundation.

  • Apply Concealer

Face Concealer


Face Concealer is a makeup staple that can be used to camouflage flaws and other imperfections in your skin, as well as make it appear more even-toned. To apply concealer, start by dabbing a small amount of product onto the tip of your finger. Gently pat it into problem areas—like under-eye circles or acne spots—to blend in with your natural skin tone. You can also use a makeup brush or sponge to apply it.

Try Revlon Colorstay Skin Awaken 5-in-1 Concealer that multitasks to erase, perfect, brighten and hydrate skin for a flawless look.

  • Set Your Base

Once you've applied foundation, concealer and powder, it's time to set your base. Setting powder is a translucent powder that goes on after you apply your makeup to help keep everything in place. To apply setting powder, lightly brush a small amount onto your face with a makeup brush or sponge.

We recommend using, Revlon's Loose Finishing Powder, which is made of finely milled powder, and sets the foundation without changing its colour.

  •  Contour To Add Dimension To Your Face

This step is optional but can help define your features and make your face look more defined. To contour, use a bronzer on the areas of your face where shadows naturally occur—under your cheekbones, along the sides of your nose, and around your hairline and jawline. Use a powder brush to blend it with the rest of your makeup to look natural. If you are still unsure of how to contour, try using a matte bronzer on your cheeks, forehead and jawline in that order.

  •  Blush & Highlight

Blush & highlighter


Face blush adds colour and warmth to your face, but it can help bring more life into your look by bringing the focus onto the apples of your cheeks—the area above your eyebrows and below your cheekbones. You can also use a Face highlighter to make certain areas stand out, but it can give you that extra special something in your makeup look. To apply highlight, use a brush, sponge or fingers to pat some shimmery powder onto areas like the tops of your cheekbones, down the centre of your nose and above the bow shape of your lips.

Try Revlon Powder Blush which is made with microfine powder that blends flawlessly and lasts all day.

  •  Focus on Your Eye Makeup

The eyes are the most important feature you can play up or down when doing your makeup. Whether you apply your eye makeup in a natural or glamorous style, you can customize it according to your outfit and mood. Select different types of shadows and liners so that when combined with mascara, they create the perfect look for any occasion or destination.

Here's what you need to do:

  • Eye Primer

Before applying eye shadow, use a primer. A good primer will help your eyeshadow apply smoothly and last longer by preventing creasing—be sure to tap off any excess first.

  •  Eye Shadow

Eye shadow


Apply eye shadow after the primer. There are many different types of shadow, from matte to shimmery. You can choose a colour that matches your skin tone—or use a shade to highlight certain areas of your eyes, like the inner corners or brow bone.

Revlon's Colorstay Look Book Palette offers a vast array of colour choices, from shimmering metallics to mattes.

  • Eyeliner

After applying eye shadow:

  1. Use an eyeliner pencil or gel to draw a line close to the lash line on both the top and bottom lashes.
  2. If you're going for a natural look, try applying the liner in a very thin line.
  3. If you want more drama, apply it thicker.

Revlon Classic Fabuliner Eyeliner redefines your eyes, defining any eye makeup look.

  • Mascara/False Lashes:

Lastly, you can apply mascara or false eyelashes to further accentuate and thicken your lashes. If you want more drama, apply false lashes.

Revlon's Water Tight Mascara enhances your lashes and gives volume to eye makeup. Its feather-light formula stays all day long.

  • Eyebrows

Eyebrows are the frames that complete a face. You can make them appear fuller by filling in sparse spots with a pencil or using products like brow powder and gel to enhance their shape—whatever works best for you. Use a brow powder to fill in sparse spots. And once that's done, use the gel to tame unruly brows.

Revlon Colorstay Brow Fiber Filler Gell is a tinted gel that contains brow-building fibres to create fuller and more defined eyebrows.

  • Apply Lip Makeup

Before applying lipstick, prep lips by smoothing on a primer or lip balm, then trace the perimeter of your mouth with a pencil to create an outline that will make lip liner application easier. Create a dramatic look by applying liner just slightly over the natural line of your mouth, then filling it in with lipstick. Next, apply gloss to make it last longer.

  • Setting Spray

For a final touch, apply setting spray to lock in your look. A setting spray will help prevent smudging and keep your makeup fresh for hours. If you have oily skin, a setting powder may be more suitable than a mist.

The Revlon ColorStay Lock Setting Mist locks in your look for up to 24 hours with triple-power action. It also protects your skin from pollution daily.

Also, read 21+ must-know makeup tips & tricks for beginners.

Makeup Is A Way To Enhance One's Appearance And Beauty.

Makeup is a way to enhance one's appearance and beauty by adding colour and definition. It can improve the look of your face, hide imperfections, or make you feel more confident about yourself and make you look younger. (3)

To learn how to apply makeup correctly, you can:

  • Find out which colours look good on you. Ask friends who wear makeup what colours they think would compliment your skin tone best.
  • Get rid of acne or blemishes before applying foundation over them; this will prevent caking up and keep your face looking fresh all day long.
  •  Before you put makeup on, you can test a small amount of it on your hand or arm. Wait for it to dry before deciding if you like how the shade looks; too much can make you look unnatural.
  • When applying foundation: Use a sponge to dab on your cheeks, nose, forehead and chin. Blend well with fingers until the colour is absorbed into the skin.

About Revlon

Revlon is a world leader in colour cosmetics, with products ranging from lipsticks and nail polishes to eye shadow palettes. Loved by all beauty experts and makeup fanatics worldwide, Revlon’s accessible and original beauty products inspire women everywhere. The brand provides innovative, trendsetting and high-quality products at affordable prices. To know more about Revlon products, visit Revlon India.


There are a lot of makeup tips that you can apply to your daily routine. While this article only covered a few tips, it is important to remember that there is no right or wrong way to apply your makeup. You should always feel comfortable with how you look and use products that work best for your skin!!


Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we get from beginners and makeup pros alike:

Q. How do they buy makeup? 

A: You can buy makeup online or at a local store. If you're buying online, be sure to check out reviews and ratings for the company. Some are better than others and will give you a good idea of what products work well.

Q. What is the best way to improve your makeup routine? 

A: Start with a good skincare routine to help your skin look healthy and clear, which most people want when they wear makeup. You can also practice with different products until you find ones that work for you.

Q. Which is better, concealer or foundation? 

A: Both concealer and foundation are great, but they have different purposes. Concealer covers up spots, dark circles under the eyes, etc., while the foundation is used to even out skin tone and provide coverage for larger areas of the face. Concealer is usually lighter in consistency than foundation. Generally, it is best to use concealer first and then apply foundation on top to help your makeup stay put all day long.

Q. How do I choose a concealer colour? 

A: The best way to find the right concealer colour is to choose one that closely matches your skin tone. The goal is to find something that will blend in naturally with your skin and make dark circles, blemishes, etc., less noticeable. If you have brown or black spots on your face (like pimples), use a two-shade lighter product than the rest of your skin tone. If you want more coverage under the eyes, try using a darker shade instead of a lighter colour.

Q. What should I put on my face before makeup? 

A: Before applying makeup, it's a good idea to prep your skin with a moisturizer. A moisturizer will help keep your foundation from drying and cracking throughout the day. If you have oily skin and want to avoid looking shiny, try an oil-free formula that contains mattifying agents like talc or silica.