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The full list, all seventeen of them, of types of makeup for you to guide yourself and select the best application for your needs.

We could have added a lot more detail to this page but we thought a dictionary like synopsis would be much easier to scan through.

Understanding Types of Makeup

1. Bronzer

  • Gives skin colour by adding a golden or bronze glow.

2. Concealer

  • Covers any imperfections of the skin such as blemishes and marks.

3. Contour Powder or Creams

  • Used to define the face, for example, giving the illusion of a slimmer face or to even modify a person’s face shape as desired.

4. Eyelash Glue

  • Sticks false lashes to the eyes.

5. Eyebrow Pencils

  • Defines the brows.

6. Eye Primer

  • Prolongs the wear of eye-shadows and intensifies colours when used used with shadows.

7. Face Powder

  • Sets the foundation, giving a matte finish, and also to conceal small flaws or blemishes.

8. Face Primer

  • Applied before foundation and mostly reduces the appearance of pore size. Face primer also prolongs the wear of make up and allows for a smoother application of makeup.

Additional makeup types and schematics

Face Makeup Schematic

9. Foundation

  • Evens out the skin colour. Usually a liquid, cream, or powder. Of the all the types of makeup, foundation is often the starting block for makeup use.

10. Highlight

  • Draws attention to the high points of the face as well as to add glow to the face. It may contain shimmer.

11. Lipgloss

  • Liquid lipstick in a sheer or transparent medium.

12. Lip-balms, liners, primers and sticks

  • Liquid or gel base and may contain alcohol to help the product stay on the lips which makes these items generally waterproof.

13. Makeup remover

  • Used to remove the makeup products, for example, before going to sleep. It may or may not contain moisturising properties.

14. Mascara

  • Darkens, lengthens, and thickens the eyelashes.

15. Nail polish

  • Colours the fingernails and toenails.

16. Rouge, blush or blusher

  • Used to bring out the colour in the cheeks and make the cheekbones appear more defined.

17. Setting Spray

  • Keeps makeup applied for long periods of time. Setting powder may also be used. Both can be pigmented or translucent.

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