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Grow Up & Makeup: 4 skills to know by your early 20s

PHOTOS BY AMAL SAEED

Makeup can be a difficult art. It’s true. However, there are certain makeup skills that everyone should know how to do by the time they’re 20. If you mess up on these things, people will notice and probably judge you. Once you’re an adult, it’s time to be able to look like one.

BASIC CONTOUR

Now, there are a lot of extra ways to contour specifically to your face shape. There are extra places to contour (like your nose) and different types of contour. By this time, though, you should at least know how to do a basic contour. You want to deepen the area under your cheekbones and your jawline with your contour, making it seem as though these parts of your face cast a shadow. You want to highlight the points on your face where the sun would hit like your cheekbones, your nose, and your cupid’s bow.

EYEBROWS

This is my personal favorite part of makeup, but it’s way too easy to mess these up. You should know that ‘90s pencil-thin eyebrows are OUT and natural brows are definitely more popular now. There are lots of ways to get a cute, put-together eyebrow. Eyebrows now are typically natural, defined, “Insta” brows, feathery, etc. the one big thing that you want to remember is to fill those brows in at least a little. Stay away from thin, barely-there brows and you’re set.

BASIC EYE

BLENDING!!! Patience is key with blending and blending is the key to a perfect eye look. This eyeshadow will keep you looking put together and professional for the everyday. You can also make it lighter for daytime and darker for going out at night. This look is a go-to, and once you’ve got it down, it’ll have your back.

FOUNDATION MATCHING

Queen, please match your foundation to your skin tone. Your skin tone is pretty much the color that you’re trying to match your foundation to and can change based on your tanning habits. Know the difference between warm and cool undertones. Having a warmer undertone means that the base color of your face is gold or yellow. If you have a cooler undertone, then you’re leaning more toward blue or pink underneath. Your undertone should stay the same throughout your life. Understand that you need to blend your foundation into your hairline and down your neck. If you have absolutely no clue where to start with matching your foundation, go to your local makeup store and ask a professional. They’ll also be able to help you find a foundation that works with your skin type, no matter how dry or oily that may be to you.

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Cam Deville

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