Just the Basics! (Beginner Friendly Make Up Guide!)

I owe you all an apology!  I didn’t think about the terms and vocabulary for make up sometimes being confusing or even like another language!  That’s why this “tune in tuesday” is all about the basics!  Basic definitions, products, brushes, etc!  I hope this helps clear up some terms and allows you more artistic freedom in addition to the ability to follow along with ease!

So let’s get started!



Foundation is used all over the face to help with complexion.  It evens out skin tones and ranges from sheer coverage, which would be like a tinted moisturizer or just a tint of color, to full on pigment like shalack that will not show anything underneath it.  Foundation is helpful for those with malaysma, hyperpigmentation, acne, or for those who just want a more even skin appearance.  My favourites: Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat, NARS Sheer Glow and Sheer Matte, Dior BB Cream, Clinique Even Better.



Concealer is a product you use to get rid of dark spots, darkness under the eyes and any blemishes.  It can be applied before or after foundation.  My preference is after foundation because I like to see how much the foundation can cover before I start adding more product.  That keeps things looking nice and clean. My choices are; Giorgio Armani High Precision Retouch, MAC, Cle De Peau, YSL.



Blush is applied to the cheeks for a natural flush.  It makes it so people don’t look dead, and can add a fun pop of color to an otherwise natural look.  My choices are NARS, Clinique, Laura Mercier, Giorgio Armani.



Traditional lipstick comes in a stick and is applied to the lips for added color and oopfm.  Favourites; Rouge D’Armani, YSL Rouge Volupte, Revlon, Make up Forever.


Violine Out of Control

Lip stain is a product that is applied to the lips and stays put for very long periods of time-sometimes drying, so be careful which brand you use. YSL Glossy Stain is my choice!



Lipgloss is a product you apply either by itself or on top of lipstick to add shine, sparkle, or moisture.


Foundation Brush (used all over to apply foundation)


All over eye shadow brush (smaller, flat)


Contour or fluffy brush (larger, poofy)


Blush Brush (I like an angled brush)


Concealer Brush (Smaller in size than foundation)


Optional: lip, eyeliner, eyebrow, powder

What is basic shadow?

Basic eyeshadow is an easy look that is usually super simple and natural.  It consists of:

“One color all over”


All over means from lash line to under the brow bone.



A Contour is when you use light and or dark colors to make features stand out.  When I contour my eyes, I always use a different color in the crease of my eye. It doesn’t necessarily need to be a lot darker, just different than your first all over color.



To highlight means to use light for features to stand out such as under the brow bone, on the cheek, down the nose and chin and forehead- insert Touche Eclat!


This product is famous for bringing faces alive and can do so by applying under the eye brow, along the bridge of the nose, under the eyes and on the cheek bones, upper lip, and chin


Water line is the fleshy part of the eye area that is super sensitive, but can really pop when you add eyeliner to it



Mascara is product you use on your eyelashes to make them stand out- some is waterproof and some is water resistant– waterproof means that you can’t take it off with regular make up remover and would need a special make up remover.  Water resistant is the best as it stays all day, but comes off with your cleanser. Most mascara anymore is water resistant.



Fake Eye lashes, fringe, etc. So many names and so many great looks you can achieve with a little glue and lash! I LOVE the Ardelle Lashes, and Duo Waterproof Glue (comes out black).

There’s a lot to love in make up, and it doesn’t need to be complicated!  I hope these terms and basics help you to learn more so we can discover more in future tutorials!  Please comment your questions below for anything else you would like to know!!!

Love and Beauty,


Emily's Just the Basics!

About emilyinbeautyland

Emily Oliver is a celebrity make up artist raising fraternal twins in Seattle, Wa and relishing the beauty of the world through their eyes.
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