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Makeup In (And Out?) of Lolita 
11th-Nov-2012 09:28 pm

When I take pictures of myself in Lolita coordinates and put them online I get a fairly complicated suggestion:
"You're so pretty, but try and use some makeup to complete your outfit."

As I get more serious about dressing elegantly in my day to day life, I find myself asking a fairly complicated question:
"How do you use makeup?"
I am 19 and it's safe to say I've never put on makeup by myself in my entire life. At least- if I did, I didn't go outside with it on because I looked like an overly excited 6 year old in their mother's makeup bag. And that was like.... a month ago. Basically what I'm saying is that I could pull off the "Boyfriend does my makeup" meme without needing my boyfriends help at all.

I'm not saying my mom put on my makeup every day before school, I'm saying I only wear makeup on special occasions, like weddings or other formal events. And in those times I get someone else to do it, because I would have no idea what I was doing.

So I look up tutorials online, and find a lot of beautiful Lolita makeup tutorials... but they seem to think you know the basics, even that you know advanced things.
So I look up basic makeup tutorials online, and they seem to think I'm a 10-12 year old girl.

So, not only could you give me your favorite Lolita makeup tutorials, but maybe give your favorite makeup tips. Your favorite makeup videos- regardless of fashion. Your favorite.... beginner makeup tutorials? Even the ones for 10-12 year old girls seem to assume you know what you're doing. Or at least that I know the difference between foundation and concealer. Because honest- I don't.

Bonus questions: Is this going to take a lot of practice and a lot of makeup remover and time and effort to learn what I'm doing? Would it be better to get a friend to teach me in real life and make a night out of it instead of trying to follow youtube videos? Is learning makeup like learning a new language- it's easiest when you're young?

Super Bonus Discussion Question: What do you think about makeup's roll in Lolita?

Edit: Ahh, so much great advice! Thank you everyone, you made me feel more confident and let me know what I should try next. <3

12th-Nov-2012 05:42 am (UTC)
Well, honestly I think that a little makeup in Lolita goes a long way. Don't be intimidated by the girls in the incredible false eyelashes and sparkles, although that look can be stunning it really isn't for beginners. A good and simple thing to remember is to use dark eyeliner on the outer corners of your eyes and white on the insides- it makes your eyes look wider and more awake! That and a bit of lip gloss is all I usually wear in Lolita (since I wear Lolita clothing every day). For special occasions, though, I love doing very dramatic Gothic makeup. So I think that makeup plays a quite different role in Lolita and different amounts of makeup should be used depending on your comfort level with makeup and whether Lolita is your daily style or something you just wear for special events.
12th-Nov-2012 06:09 pm (UTC)
<3 Thank you. I can see what you mean. If you're being casual, your makeup might as well be casual too, but more extreme Lolita might mean more extreme makeup.
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12th-Nov-2012 05:44 pm (UTC)
This. I love talking to the people at the makeup counters, they're always so helpful!
12th-Nov-2012 06:08 pm (UTC)
Wow, I didn't know that was a thing. Thank you, I don't often go to places with those counters, but I do know what you're talking about, I just didn't know they did things like that for free. And I do see why it would be rude not to buy something after. Thank you for the advice!
12th-Nov-2012 05:55 am (UTC)
The thing that helped me out the most with learning make-up to begin with, was going to a counter in a department store and having the girl do it, and explain each step an why she was doing it. From there it's all been trial and error. I watch a LOT of tutorials and only just bought my first set of real make-up brushes.
You need basics for the face- a good face moisturizer to begin with, foundation (liquid that matches your skin type), concealer (which is for dark circles and break-outs, used sparingly and usually one or so shades lighter than your skin), powder (either "transparent" setting powder or a powder in your skin color) to set the foundation.

Liquid should be spread evenly from your face down your neck and blended so you have no lines. You can use your hands or a brush or a sponge. Doesn't really matter which. Concealer takes just a dab and should be placed only in troublesome spots and then blended in with the foundation. Again, you can use your fingers. Then use a brush or sponge to apply the powder to set it and that's the very basic application of foundation.

Going deeper, highlighting and contouring are more advanced, and are used to create illusions. Contouring is done using a darker shade to create the illusion that something is further away (Imagine sunken cheekbones for an extreme example) But this can be used to diminish features a little bit. Highlighting is the opposite, using a shiny or light color to bring features out or make them appear bigger (White eyeliner under eyes to make them look wider)

For me, learning eyeshadow applications and blending was the most difficult and I still don't feel confident so I won't try to offer you help there. But, I think that make-up in lolita is the same with any fashion- It completes the look. Hair and make-up finish your outfit so that you look put together, and the colors you use should coordinate with the outfit (That doesn't mean you have to be matchy-matchy though) It just looks like you put time and effort into getting ready. You don't have to even put on a whole lot of it. Just some foundation, blush, eyeliner/mascara should do the trick.

IDK, tl;dr Thats my contribution.
12th-Nov-2012 06:06 pm (UTC)
No, I read it! It was very nice too! Thank you
12th-Nov-2012 06:11 am (UTC)
Make-up is a wonderful, wonderful thing! I can honestly say that before I started cosplaying (which was before I got into Lolita) I was a complete noob in applying it to myself, and at first I would go to my sister to ask her for help, haha.

What you want from make-up is largely dependant on what you wear. If you're going for OTT sweet, you want to top your outfit with dramatic make-up, if you're more into classic, it's another thing entirely!
12th-Nov-2012 06:17 am (UTC)
Everyone else has some really good advice! I didn't start doing "full face" makeup until I was about 18 or so, before that I just sort of did eyeshadow and lipstick, and I actually haven't started wearing blush until very recently! So it was really weird to get used to the feeling of foundation and the way blush looks. I think it's just something that takes getting a little bit used to. Try to do your makeup as naturally as possible at first, so you don't feel overly made up, but you're used to the feel of makeup on your skin. It's probably not going to take a lot of practing and makeup remover, just a little bit of wearing it on a regular basis to really get used to it. Your makeup skills probably aren't as bad as you think they are! You're probably just hyper aware that you're wearing makeup.

You don't have to go crazy doll face with your makeup in Lolita, but I do think that if your outfit is even a little bit complicated (that is, more than just a JSK, cardigan, and socks!) it does complete the look. Especially if you're into OTT or something and you have a lot of big fake hair and hair accessories, I think a look like that, without makeup, just ends up making your face be completely overwhelmed by accessories and clothes. Like one of those wooden painted pictures with a hole in it to stick your face xD
12th-Nov-2012 06:11 pm (UTC)
"You're probably just hyper aware that you're wearing makeup."
This. And your post makes me a lot more confident to start trying makeup day-to-day. Thank you.
12th-Nov-2012 06:18 am (UTC)
Frankly, I think it's a little rude when people suggest you wear makeup... it's your face and therefore it's kind of your business what you do with it, so unless you're in some kind of photoshoot setting where you feel it's important to achieve a certain look on camera, in my eyes there's nothing wrong with wearing little or no makeup in lolita. You don't somehow become ungroomed or unattractive the split second you neglect to apply makeup, and it's not somehow inelegant to not wear makeup. So don't feel pressured to apply it if it's something that doesn't suit your preferences or lifestyle!

With that said, if you'd like to learn to apply it, I agree that visiting a makeup counter for a consultation is a great way if you'd like to learn how to apply. Many counters offer events where you can get a free consultation with a makeup artist in exchange for purchasing a product or two c: I think it's easiest to learn when you have someone there to show you the ropes and answer your questions. If you can't find any counters nearby, asking a friend is also a good option. Many drugstores offer very cheap products and while they have the potential to cause irritation or just look "off" for everyday use, they're great if you just want a friend to show you the ropes.

I would be wary of using youtube tutorials. On the one hand, they're easy to follow and most makeup artists on YT will clearly show and explain the products they use and a quick Google search will usually tell you what the products do and where to buy them. On the other hand, a stranger in a pre-recorded video on YT won't be able to offer advice suited for your skintone, eye shape, face shape, etc. I think they would be a great thing to "graduate" to once you have a passing familiarity with the colors and styles of makeup that work best for you, but I think it's better to start with a friend or professional showing you what to do.
12th-Nov-2012 06:28 am (UTC)
I agree with everything here. Especially since I have chronic scarring acne, which no medication or amount of cleaning has been able to help with. It's incredibly difficult trying to find non-oily products that do a good job applying proper coverage.

It's particularly awful when people criticize people with bad teeth and acne, claiming uncleanliness. I am hygienic - I was and brush everything I need to regularly- but all of these issues I have stem from getting the sucky group of genetics in my family. But I try to handle the cards I am dealt with.

I have been too scared to seek advice with people at the beauty counter, but it's a goal I'm trying to overcome.

Edited at 2012-11-12 06:31 am (UTC)
13th-Nov-2012 08:28 pm (UTC)
I second everything in this comment. I've been wearing lolita almost every day for years, and I've never been a makeup person. (I only wear makeup on-stage, since one tends to look sickly and ghost-like without it....) I think wearing makeup or skipping it should definitely be up to the individual. :)
12th-Nov-2012 07:29 am (UTC)
Make-up is not really good for your skin so if you want to keep a bright youthful glow throughout the years, don't wear very much of it. And when you do wear it, go for a very natural look. Just even out your skin tone with some powder/ foundation and make sure not to cake it on, no one likes caked on make-up. A little lip gloss and maybe some mascara, it's best if the skin looks clean so apply lightly. You don't want to get carried away with make-up because it distracts from your natural beauty. I would highly suggest moisturizing and exfoliating your skin on a regular basis. The best way to keep your skin looking beautiful is to take care of it. You can also take Flaxseed oil which is high in Omega 3s and makes your skin look glowing and it also causes your hair to be extremely shiny and your nails to be very strong. You could also try taking Vitamin E supplements or prenatal vitamins. All are great for hair, skin, and nails.
12th-Nov-2012 08:36 am (UTC)
One tip I have is this: Do your makeup in a well-lit place and take a cell phone camera picture of your face with the makeup on after you finish applying. You'll be surprised at what shows and doesn't show on camera!

I grew up pretty ignorant to makeup as well, but I like to think I apply it fine these days. Makeup is something that just takes a lot of practice once you get the proper techniques and order of products you apply down. I personally picked up Paula Begoun's The Beauty Bible for something like $2 from a going out of business bookstore. It is a good basic starter book for what all the makeup products do and how to apply it, a Makeup Application for Dummies book if you will. Mind you, her own beauty line is crap and she seems to believe everything is either an irritant or pore clogger so take her product advice with a grain of salt.
12th-Nov-2012 10:38 am (UTC)
I think that makeup is essential in lolita, because it is such an over the top style, even worn casually, compared to normal clothes, that you need to look "complete", not as if you'd just put the dress and that's it, or else it would look out of place, like a costume. That's why makeup and hairdo are so important depending on the level of lolita you're wearing.
But most, I personnaly think that taking care of your skin is more important than makeup. I used to have severe acne when I was younger, my skin is still acne prone and oily nowadays and using foundation doesn't really help with that, it just hides it but then it eventually gets worse in the end. So instead of learning to wear makeup first, I looked on the internet for the right products to heal my skin first. Today, people tell me I have a beautiful skin though I'm only wearing a BB cream (a cream for sun protection that is slightly colored to even your skintone) and some mineral powder ! No foundation \o/
So having a heathy looking skin really helps making makeup applying easier and faster. For makeup itself like the other girls said, go to a makeup store and ask them to teach you ! I learnt faster this way than with youtube tutorials because you can see where each product is applied precisely on your own face, which is different for everyone. I think that MAC sellers are so nice in any country I go, you don't have to buy anything and they have great quality products, also a wide range of colors for every skintone.
I knew nothing about makeup either and went step by step. Once you've mastered a step you go to another, and find the technique that suits you, experiment ! You'll find that for example foundation isn't mandatory, it's really up to you, makeup is fun and should be played with !
12th-Nov-2012 10:56 am (UTC)
I don't have a favorite Lolita makeup tutorials I can recommend. I would say go for the makeup tutorial for beginners and once you got the basics down, you can look up for lolita makeup tutorial.

I was new to makeup too when I was like 19. I remember asking my mom or sister to show me the basic. I really want to learn how to apply makeup on my own to look good like going to places and cosplay (before I got into lolita). I watch a lot of video tutorials, and reading makeup product review. Also it's important not just learning about makeup, also finding skincare works for you. I have acne/oily skin which it was harder for me, but it take me many trials and investing buying makeup that are right for me. YES, it take a lot of practice and techniques, and it got easier and less time to put on makeup. Sometimes now I do my sister makeup in special occasion since I'm more advanced.

Don't be afraid of makeup. Makeup is only to enhance our features. I do think wearing makeup is important like any fashion lolita or not, it just putting bit more effort to complete your look and outfit together.

Edited at 2012-11-12 11:15 am (UTC)
12th-Nov-2012 11:10 am (UTC)
I tend to use pink and brown palettes. If you use them lightly around the eyes it can look quite natural. There's a wonderful eye shadow blending tutorial on DeviantArt. Ill find it for you :)
12th-Nov-2012 11:49 am (UTC)
I'm a freelance makeup artist - it's my job and I still find it a little daunting at times. I cannot stress how much a little bit of eyeliner and pressed will change your entire look. I know that Lolita makeup seems like it's an enormous endeavor, and usually it is (concealer, primer, foundation, powder, eyeshadow, eyeliner, lashes, blush, lipstick, gloss, etc).

But go to your local drugstore and pick up a black pencil (or a pen-style liquid liner) and and a white pencil, and a pressed powder foundation in your skin tone. It'll probably cost you somewhere in the neighborhood of $15 and it's all you'll need for a very basic look.

Then the key is just PRACTICE. Sit down in front of a mirror and figure out what looks best on your face. If you mess up, wipe it off and try again. All those girls on youtube, very few of them are giving you solid makeup advice. They just like showing off the skills they got from years of, say it with me, practice.
12th-Nov-2012 12:27 pm (UTC)
I learned how to apply make up properly at the age of 23 with tutorial from Cover Girl website. They have a "Tips" section that explain how the use of their product and how to apply them.

They also have a "Get colormatched" section to help you chose product that match your skin tone and features plus matching together.

Maybeline also has tutorial classified by difficulty level:
12th-Nov-2012 02:38 pm (UTC)
i'm kind of the same as you-- i only wear it on special occassions. for me, it's a personal choice not to wear it much. when i was 18, my mother literally got angry with me because i refused to wear it even though it was because i feel A) comfortable in my own skin and B) my face feels so much healthier without it. she told me i would never attract any male attention without it and it completely ripped my self esteem down worse than it was already.
that aside, i don't not wear it as any kind of statement if that's what it sounds like, i just feel better without it.
12th-Nov-2012 07:37 pm (UTC)
Contrary to what your mother said, I've met men who don't even like makeup! So it really depends on the person. :P

12th-Nov-2012 02:55 pm (UTC)
I would suggest looking this information up on you tube and searching through several different post. Telling someone how to do make-up and watching a video with instructions are rather different things, and the videos might be a bit easier to get. The suggestions that everyone has posted so far seem really nice as well.
12th-Nov-2012 02:58 pm (UTC)
I don't have any tutorials for you, but I can tell you how I got started wearing makeup. I hardly wore makeup at all until I turned 22 and got engaged... if I did wear it, it was some poorly applied concealer, and a little bit of lip gloss. I got tired of looking "bleh" all the time, so before my engagement photo shoot, I went to the MAC counter at my local Macy's and signed up for one of the classes that they were offering. The class was "free", but you had to reserve your spot by loading $50 onto a Macy's gift card, which I used after the class to buy makeup. My class was probably a couple hours long, and after that, I got to sit down with one of the Mac ladies, who found me the concealer and foundation that matched my skin tone, and showed me how to apply everything.
After the class, I got myself some nice brushes at Target, and found a book or two at the library about applying makeup. A year plus later, I've got a few good looks down for Lolita, every day, business, and going out. :) It takes a bit of practice to master each look, and a little trial and error. Probably the best thing you can do is to practice, and invest in good quality cosmetics and brushes.
12th-Nov-2012 03:14 pm (UTC)
I started wearing makeup at 25ish (because lolita u_u) I watched so many videos, tutorials, blah blah, but I only got better with lots of practice. I still haven't gotten the hang of eye shadow.. Just buy a good makeup remover that isn't too abrasive and practice every day. I only practiced once a day every few days because there was no immediate hurry to wear makeup and didn't want to risk messing up my face. As for tutorials, gossmakeupartist on youtube gives really good advice on makeup and caring for makeup. He has tons of videos you'll have to root through, but I find he has the best basic tutorials because he not only teaches you how to apply the makeup, but explains why you're supposed to use this or that item.

As for makeup on me.. I used to find it a little offensive when people insisted that everyone should wear makeup while wearing lolita. Then I saw a picture of me in an outfit. My face was completely washed out and buried behind my outfit, so to speak. I should add that my skin tone doesn't work well with pastel colors, and I wore pink that day. I think wearing makeup definitely brings the face into balance with the strong contrasting look of lolita, but that was after deciding for me only, looking at lots of pictures for comparison, and getting over trying to convince myself that I never wanted to start wearing makeup. My advice is, it's up to you, and choosing not to wear it doesn't mean you're wrong.

Edit: reworded for clarity and I'm a bit oc.

Edited at 2012-11-12 03:29 pm (UTC)
12th-Nov-2012 04:02 pm (UTC)
I've been wearing make-up since I was in 6th grade hah and I love it, but you learn everything from trial and error. I've never trusted a single cosmetics counter lady in my life, every time they have gotten near my face what they have done has been laughable at best. The best thing to do is determine your skin type and basetone, review foundations, and start with that. Get samples from places like Sephora or department stores, apply them to your face and examine them in *every possible light* and I mean outside on a bright day, on a dull day, under artificial light, everything. Blend properly, make sure you don't have that awful face/neckline women get when they aren't wearing the right color or blending it well. Frequently, foundations are either too orange or too yellow for your skin (too light or too dark too), so look for that. See how the product wears throughout the day- does it dry your skin out or does it start to melt off or get greasy? It took me years to find the perfect foundation combination for my skin tone and type. For me, it's Cargo F10 liquid foundation topped with Nars loose powder in Snow. Depending on your skin type, you could do well with a liquid base or a powder base (like Bare Essentials). You really just need to play with it, but always make sure you use a good sunscreen/moisturizer before you begin and ALWAYS take your make-up off before bed. And keep your pillowcases washed!!!

Once you get your foundation down, everything else is pretty easy and up to your personal tastes. But I do think that a nice, even base is important. There are plenty of tutorials for eyeliner, mascara, eyeshadow, lipstick, blush, highlighter and such, and you can vary it all from day to day. I know a lot of people won't agree with me, but I value my base make up above all else hah (though I'm a total lipgloss junkie too!) and I would never skip wearing it. I do think that properly applied, neatly worn make-up completes the doll-like lolita aesthetic.
12th-Nov-2012 04:08 pm (UTC)
I actually had the same exact problem when I first started Lolita. One of the first videos I watched was this one:

Even though it's sweet Lolita, I feel like it's simple enough to use for apply to most styles.

I found that watching Lolita Transformation videos can help you decide what look you like, and also gives you some great techniques. Michelle Phan's makeup tutorials are also really nice.

As for your bonus question, it depends on you. If you'd like to have someone there with you to go over each step with you, having a friend would be great. If you'd prefer watching other people do makeup and learning by example, I'd suggest the videos. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. With the videos, the person making the video is using products for their particular skin, not yours. With a friend, there are just some things you can't watch, like how she holds her brush as she puts on your eye shadow, or how she puts on your eyeliner. You could counteract these disadvantages, however, by doing both, which would probably be best.

Edit: Whoops! I forgot to give you some of my make up tips. XD

Find out what your skin type is! The type of makeup you use will really be affected by your skin type. For example, I have sensitive, dry patchy skin, so certain foundations (and sometimes powders) irritate my skin and cause me to break out. Make sure you wash your face and moisturize before putting on makeup. Make up can dry out your skin, which can also cause break outs.
If you have trouble figuring out you're skin type, I would suggest going to places that sell make up and ask them. I'd go to a few shops though, as you may get different answers depending on where you go.

Edited at 2012-11-12 04:18 pm (UTC)
12th-Nov-2012 05:03 pm (UTC)
When I first started wearing makeup, I went through a ton of products until I found a few that I liked. Now I always look up reviews before I buy any drugstore makeup or high quality makeup. There are plenty of reviews on google and this will save you a lot of hassle and money!

There are different skin types (dry, oily, combination) that will affect what kind of makeup to buy. You can use this quiz from Clinique to figure out what you have:

And if you're in the US, you should checkout the brand Elf. Their prices are really cheap but the quality is very good with some products! I really love the blush/bronzer compact, and the primer is pretty good too.

12th-Nov-2012 05:07 pm (UTC)
I think wearing makeup, especially when you may be getting photos taken (meetups, conventions, etc) can definitely make you look more polished and it completes the look. But this is coming from someone who keeps accumulating makeup and never really wears it outside special occasions. I practically never wear it because I don't feel like it unless I'm getting all gussied up. I used to never leave the house without the works while in high school and now, I'm like... "eh".

However, I will note that makeup for everyday wear and makeup for photos can be entirely different. I learned a lot from watching various videos on Youtube. I suggest some of these tutorials, but there are many more if you just look up "Makeup Tutorials"
You can also look up Lolita Transformation videos to see how other Lolitas apply makeup.

I also second getting your makeup done at a department store makeup counter. I learned a lot from them as well, and you also get to try out products too!

One thing you'll want to know is that while cheaper makeup may be good for experimenting, you'll find it might irritate your skin, or may not have very much pigmentation at all in it (eyeshadow especially). Some of the better drug store brands can work, but I'm always checking out Sephora for deals. I've found higher-quality mascaras, eyeliners, and eyeshadow are less likely to irritate my eyes and last much longer.
12th-Nov-2012 11:33 pm (UTC)
Michelle Phan is great. She speaks very clearly, demonstrates well and best of all, you can watch them as many times as you want.

I tend to not wear any or hardly any makeup in Lolita. I think it's a personal decision. I try not to wear it because, personally, I do not think it is good for your face or your health. I look very young for my age and would like to continue in that vein in the future, so I am frugal with makeup application.

Sometimes I do though. It's like eating Cheetos. I know I shouldn't but every once in a while I can't help myself.

In those instances, I try to use colors that compliment my coloring. I think this is very important when wearing makeup and the better you do this, the less you end up having to put on since it goes so far in enhancing your features. I think make up counters do well in helping you identify your own coloring and what colors do well with that and youtube videos are great for shape, theme and purpose ideas and how to execute them.
12th-Nov-2012 05:15 pm (UTC)
For me, it was simply trial and error. I had always kind of thought that it would be more straightforward but boy was I wrong.

Start off small. Get some mascara and eye shadow, maybe some lipstick. Get really good at applying that your face, and then work up from there.
12th-Nov-2012 07:24 pm (UTC)
Makeup does take time and practice. I would find a friend who you think has the best makeup skills and just spend the entire weekend learning and trying out basic makeup styles. I learned from my sister, and she taught me very well :) makeup is always an optional thing, and preference changes perspective so you don't have to follow my directions precisely, but they are the basics I started off with. If you want, you can stem off from there, or just stick to simplicity, which some people can pull off. Good luck!
Eyeliner can change drastically with just a swipe of the pencil, or change of color. I prefer sticking with brown eyeliner because black makes my pale skin stand out too much and makes me look sick. When applying eyeliner, there are many different ways and styles because of face shape, eye shape, the eyeliner being liquid, pencil, cream etc. as well as color, it being sparkly etc.
The way I do my eyeliner is simple, but does a lot to compliment my face. I start on the outside corner and draw my way in, stopping at the last eyelash, while fading out so it's not a big fat line that just stops. If you're having trouble making the line smaller, you can use your finger or brush to fade it. When I'm satisfied with the line, I'll add a tiny wing on the outside corner, while making that fade as well. When applying eyeliner, make sure it's as close to the eyelash line as possible, and don't be afraid to actually touch your eyelashes with the
pencil. My first official makeup style was this and some mascara. My first ever attempt was eyeliner on my
water line, but I'm trying to forget that ever happened. ;)
Mascara is everywhere. There's volumizing, lengthening, some that claim to help your lashes grow longer, as well as different colors. When applying, start gently on the inside lashes, and stroke the brush outwards. You don't need mascara on your bottom lashes, but some people prefer to do so. Try to make them separate, and not clump together, otherwise it could look messy.

When you think your good with the eyeliner and mascara, start thinking about eyeshadow and makeup brushes.

Don't stress out about all this! Knowledge is always something you acquire over time, and makeup isn't something you have to master in one night. Talk to friends and family about their makeup, the brands they prefer and why, and their routine. Take into consideration your skin type. Is it normally oily? Dry? Combined? Then think about your skin color, and what colors look nice with it. For me, pink, white and brown eyeshadow look best on me compared to black, blue, green, or anything else. Good luck and don't be afraid to fail! Practice, patience and a little imagination are always needed when applying makeup!
12th-Nov-2012 08:16 pm (UTC)
Instead of watching complex makeup tutorials I would suggest watching 101 videos on things like foundation, concealer, eyeliner, contouring etc. Makeup in 2-5 minutes videos might be helpful as well. This way you will learn to master the basics and you will be able to do a quick simple look. Makeup Geek has some of helpful beginner videos such as how to apply eyeliner and conceal undereye circles.

If you have difficulty lining your eyes with pencil/liquid eyeliner you can try using a angled brush and eyeshadow or gel eyeliner.

You will definately need to practice, practice, practice. I also second people's suggestion to visit a makeup counter. Concealer and some form of foundation (whether it's tinted, mineral or liquid) that match your skin type and colouring is the most basic thing you need and they can help you.

A good book is Carmindy's Five Minute Face.
12th-Nov-2012 08:29 pm (UTC)
I've never found makeup counter people to be extremely helpful. They always try to sell me colors that I don't think look good on me. I prefer to pick what I like at a makeup counter by myself (with the exception of foundation which is tough to match). The best way to learn to apply makeup is to practice! Go to Sephora or a department store and just walk around trying things for an hour or so. On a Friday night when you aren't going out, try to apply full makeup. You might look bad at first, but it was really just through trial and error that I learned to apply makeup. Makeup really does make you look more polished. I'm not saying everyone needs to wear makeup, and I don't wear full makeup everyday, but I feel a little bit more confident when I do.

13th-Nov-2012 12:15 am (UTC)
If you are going to use mascara, I recommend a good waterproof brand. Blinc or Loreal have a good one, they come off in little tubes instead of a runny smudgy mess under your eyes. Sometimes, when wearing lots of makeup for the first time, washing it off can be the hardest and most frustrating part, so waterproof mascara, waterproof liner, and a sensitive makeup remover like SensEyes by Sephora will make taking all that off a snap!

Also, when I first started, I just used face lotion and a translucent powder and mascara. It's very hard to go wrong with those, but it also helped me learn the techniques. After that, I started with a little shadow in my creases, a little blush, then a little highlighting on the bridge of my nose, etc. Small steps!

I personally feel... balanced? when I wear full makeup and big hair with lolita, because I feel like my face and hair are equal to my outfit. When I dress casually, my makeup is also casual. I don't think it is essential though. I have a friend who looks stunning without makeup, in and out of lolita. She just takes good care of her skin and shapes her brows, that alone goes a very long way.

Good luck, and remember to do it for you, do it because you find it fun and enjoy it, NOT because you think you need makeup. :)

Whoops, hit the wrong reply button, meant to reply to the post ^^;

Edited at 2012-11-13 12:15 am (UTC)
13th-Nov-2012 10:39 am (UTC)
Practice. That's the main thing. It's no different to drawing or knitting or any other kind of art.

I had horrible make up when I first started. Now I can do it just fine. :)

For basics:

A MATCHING foundation. Do not go for the wrong shade. Seriously. No one likes orange foundation. Splurge on the foundation. You'll be using it a lot, so it's better to have a decent one than a cheap dodgy one.
A powder to set the foundation. I like translucent powder, but so long as it matches your skin tone, you should be fine. A decent quality one will be good, but sometimes the cheaper ones are ok as well.
Eyeliner. Now what type is up to you, whether you like gel, cream, pencil, liquid etc. I use all of them depending on the look. For a beginner, start with a good quality eyeliner pencil. One that's nice and soft, but not too soft. Don't get one that's really harsh
as it might hurt your eyelid.
Mascara. I go for black mascara, but there's brown, dark brown and black, which are the most popular ones. Oh and clear. :)
Eyeshadow. :D get a simple eyeshadow palette, one with neutral skin tone colours, tans, browns, golds, pinks etc. Generally a decent eyeshadow will prob be better, but you can get the cheaper ones.
Primer for eyes. This stuff helps your eyeshadow stay on. No creasing. I wear it everytime I need to wear eyeshadow.
Base for eyes. Different to a primer. Not really needed for a beginner but I'll put it in the list anyway. Makes the colours brighter. So if you want a really pink eyeshadow, apply a pink base over the primer, then add eyeshadow and it will make the eyeshadow stand out more.
Eyebrow powder. Just to fill in your eyebrows. Also can use matte eyeshadow if you don't have any.

Now if I haven't confused you yet, here's what I use:

Foundation: Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation in 115 or 133.
Powder: Pallido Rice Powder in Translucent
Eyeliner: Inglot Gel Eyeliner in 77
Mascara: Maybelline (forgot the name, but generally any mascara will work) in black
Eyeshadow: Lauress, Fryinnae, Artifiical Sweetener, Sugarpill, Stila, Illamasqua, pretty much any brand will work, depending on colours.
Primer: ELF eye primer. Between $1-$5 depending where I buy it online.
Base: NYX cream base, NYX Jumbo eye pencils, Maybelline Colour Tattoo, Illamasqua's cream eyeshadows. (cream eye products can crease, so I usually use them as a base)
Eyebrows: Stila eyebrow kit in Dark.

Right, soooooo once you've read all that, now to apply it! :D

Start off lightly with your FOUNDATION of choice. Illamasqua's foundation is quite dry? so you need very little. Apply to face using brush, hands, sponge, your choice.
Apply POWDER of choice with a brush or powder puff. (I like the brush better. Fluffy brushes are awesome :D)
Apply EYE PRIMER. Dab a little bit onto each eye lid and move it around the eyelid.
(OPTIONAL) Apply BASE of choice. Do basically the same as the primer.
Apply EYESHADOW of choice. For beginner, choose a neutral colour such as a light gold, and apply it to the crease of your eyelid.
Apply EYELINER: To line your eye, SLOWLY line above the lash line from the inner corner to the outer corner. Doesn't have to be thick, thin will be fine.
Apply MASCARA: Pretty simple add mascara of choice.
Apply EYEBROW POWDER: Fill in your eyebrows with the powder to the shape of your eyebrows. If you're too nervous to try, just leave this step until you feel more confident.

Now you've applied a simple make up! :D
Keep practicing and you'll get the hang on it! :)

If I get time, I'll add some pictures. PM me if anyone wants help. :)
15th-Nov-2012 09:27 pm (UTC)
I wear make up only 3 times a month or so, my skin is fine so I don't need to use foundation and concealer. When I have the played-all-night look I use BB cream and ta-da zombie turns into a doll model.
Sometimes I go for the doll look with circle lens, fake eyelashes, super bright BB cream and blush because that's all I can do now, ugh whenever I use eyeshadow I look like a messed up witch.
I must say if I wasn't so lazy I would work on my make up skills, because make up is art, you're dawing... and painting... on your own face XD

Edited at 2012-11-15 09:28 pm (UTC)
16th-Nov-2012 09:50 am (UTC)
I'm obsessed with makeup. The makeup section in my theatre class was one of the most fun moments to learn how to do. I find makeup easy as long as you know your tools. The thing I have to ask you is what kind of makeup are you going for? Dolly eyes are classic in lolita and fairly easy to do. Message me anytime if you need makeup help or want a walk through for dolly eyes. :)
16th-Nov-2012 09:57 am (UTC)
Ps makeup remover is expensive. Baby wipes are cheaper and do a great job. In fact, I prefer baby wipes over makeup remover 9.5/10 times.
17th-Nov-2012 01:01 pm (UTC)
I'm similar to you, I barely wear makeup unless its a special occasion. I only recently started to wear basic makeup every day (that I'm out of the house, don't bother when I'm home all day) to reduce the appearance of my acne after having it since I was 13 (I'm 20 now).
If you're like me and don't have perfect skin and want to even out your skin tone, I definitely recommend BB cream. It's very easy to apply, like a moisturiser I just use my fingers to spread it around my face evenly, and apply more to the areas that need it. It also doesn't feel like you're wearing makeup, and you don't need to put primer or anything on your face beforehand. I wear concealer on top of this every day so that my face isn't as red and gross as it would be without.
I also find mascara is a good one. Not something I wear every day, but when I'm going out or for special occasions. I find it so much easier to apply than eyeliner, I can never do that one well.
Lip colour (whether it be lipstick or gloss or tint, whatever) is also an easy one to apply. You have to find the right colour to go with your skintone and your outfit, which is where a makeup counter or a friend can help you.
I watch a few YouTube makeup tutorials for fun but don't really follow them step by step, but I think by watching them I may have picked up some tips and techniques that I can apply when I need to.
Also, like anything, just practice and see what's good for you!

About makeup's role in lolita, I think it helps to achieve the cute and elegant "doll" type look with the perfect skin, big eyes and blushing cheeks. It also shows that you're willing to put in the time and effort to enhance your facial features while wearing a beautiful, elaborate co-ordinate. It completes the look (as it can do with any other fashion or outfit that is non-lolita).
29th-Nov-2012 07:20 am (UTC)
You should look for Misako Aoki's make-up tutorial on Youtube! (I'd look it up for you, but YouTube is blocked on my computer until three in the morning, because I'm supposed to be doing homework. Sorry!)
Her look is really simple and works with pretty much everything. She puts on fake eyelashes I think, but you can easily go without them.
The main point of it is just a line of black eyeliner on the top lid, which I usually use eyeshadow for, for a softer look. I find that if I want to be simple and sweet, just that line is good, paired with white eyeshadow on the top lid and tear ducts, and white eyeshadow, then mascara and curled lashes. If I want a darker look, I just add a line of black on the bottom to the middle of my eye like you usually see with lolita make-up. It's really easy and quick. I've done it a lot and can do it just a few minutes. It's really versatile. I can wear it to school, or with a full on lolita coordinate. I just start with the one line base and add however much I feel is appropriate. Maybe I just want the line and such, or maybe I want false eyelashes, or maybe even some jewels and colors. It's perfect.
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