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I wouldn’t. If someone doesn’t want to wear make-up, they don’t want to wear it– personal choice. Trying to pressure them into wearing it isn’t likely to change their mind, and seems kind of rude.

I think several of you missed the point. There is nothing in CeeBee’s question that suggests forcing someone to wear make-up. And remember, this question is being directed to Christine who is probably asked for advice constantly. Although many of you raised valid points about the inappropriateness of forcing your values or aesthetics on another person, that’s not what the question is about Sometimes a person simply doesn’t know where to begin with something and so she asks for help. There’s nothing sinister in responding.

A few months ago, I had a friend who wanted to wear a bit of make-up to her son’s wedding so she wouldn’t look washed out in the photographs. She asked for help. I first suggested a very simple skin care regime. From there I helped her select a tinted moisturizer, a neutral eye shadow, mascara, and a simple lip gloss. She could easily handle what she got and she looked lovely on the big day. I didn’t force my values on her; she asked for help.

I wouldn’t. It’s up to them whether they want or don’t want to wear makeup. If they wanted advice on how to start, I’d freely give it, but trying to persuade someone to start would be intrusive.

I would find out what the person’s interests are — if any — in makeup. If they have none, then I would not push my values onto that person.

I frequently get compliments on my makeup, and I use that as a segue into what I do — emphasizing the importance of proper skin care.

If someone isn’t passionate about beauty and fashion, they’re not going to stick with actually “using” the products I would recommend, so I make sure I understand what their interests are.

I agree with previous commenters as well. If a person is not interested in makeup (to start with) even the slightest mention of ‘I think this blush would look terrific on you’, ‘you’d look fantastic wearing this lipstick!’ are going to sound offensive to that person. I know it because I’ve been there.. The interest would come up by itself and when they come up to me with questions about makeup, that’s when I’ll help them ^^
Anyway, I’d say, start with skincare first. Once you see improvement with your skin, you’ll start caring about makeup too. That’s how I start out =D

my teenage daughter just recently started wearing makeup because she wanted to – I think mostly because she wants to play with my stash (no one touches my makeup lol). she already had a skin care routine set up, so I taught her about hygiene, you know, not letting anyone touch her makeup or using someone else’s at school, how to clean her brushes, where her crease is, tricks for mascara, I mean the most basic stuff as far as application goes. she doesn’t wear crazy colors, sticks to browns/bronze shades, gloss only, no powders or foundations until her skin clears up.

Well, if they’re asking ME, it’s probably because of the sparklies–so I’d tell them how I did my eyeshadow or nail polish. XD

skincare– even people who aren’t interested in makeup should take care of their skin.

then I’d probably suggest mascara for anyone with very light lashes, concealer for anyone with lots of skin issues, and korres mango butter lipstick to everyone because it’s very subtle and softens lips as well or better than any other lipbalm.

Depends. If it was a young person, I’d probably start with the world of lipgloss. It’s fun and easy. If it was an older person, I’d find out why the sudden interest (wanting a more professional look, concealing a recent scar, newly divorced and looking to glam it up, etc.) and go from there.

I think it highly depends on the person. I’d introduce make up differently to my niece (13 yrs), a friend in college (roughly 25yrs) or a full-grown woman of 40yrs. I think I’d start with mascara and lip products, then if they are interested I’d show them how to do proper eye makeup (incl using a base!) and then blush.

I won’t however, go into skin care. This is a minefield and if they are good with what they use I won’t interfere. Well, I think I’d tell them about the importance of sun screen but that’s the extent of it.

I never introduce people into makeup if they are not already interested in makeup, if they don’t have notions in makeup, I forget it. I really love it when people connect with me on makeup and see that it’s there to enhance beauty, not to look like you’ve played dress up or something. Recently, I succeeded at making an excellent makeover, because I felt listened and also because the girl I was working on (sorry for the expression) had genuine interest and helped me put more color on the outer V, helped me to make each eye evenly made up. It was a fantastic session for the first time because I was working with a girl who didn’t want an overly made up face as some newbies may want, but she wanted something a nude look with a little twist! Also, it’s not just introducing people to makeup that counts for me. What I love is working on a different eye shape than ine, a different skin tone, maintaining a connection with the person and not just applying something. She wabts me now as her make up person and it’s all good now! Also, makeup can’t work without good skincare. So I would also encourage new people to the importance of skincare first instead of focusing only on makeup!

If they did actually have an interest in make up I would take them to a good make up store and find out what they did want the most and then show them how to use it and encurage them to find something colourful and fun. If they did actually ask me to recommend a product for them I would probably recommend something basic like skincare or liquid eyeliner, concealer or mascara depending on their looks, style and age.

if they didn’t actually want to try make up i would not recommend them to use it.

My makeup is their inspiration hahaha!!! I made someone who doesnt wear makeup at all now cant go out without them lol.

If it’s makeup (rather than skin-care)and the person has expressed an interest, I’d start with something like MAC’s Painterly for eyes (makes you look wide awake, lasts all day), either a tinted moisturizer or mineral makeup to even out skin tone, a natural blush and a lipstick like LM’s Healthy Lips. Probably Lise Watier eyeliner or GOSH’s twist up ones (no need for a sharpener) and inexpensive but good mascara – L’Oreal Voluminous.

Every time Ive introduced anyone to makeup it has been because they have asked. Most women I know that aren’t into makeup are very curious about it but get overwhelmed very quickly. So I show them the basics and they keep coming back for more lol I also get the feeling like they feel they are doing something “taboo” ! its so funny. Girls its just makeup have fun with it!!! lol

Depends…usually someone approaches me if they want to start getting into makeup. I’ll take them to clinique or something for a more natural look and we just kind of sample things there. Or if we’re going to some type of party and we’re all getting dolled up together, I say “Hey, I’ll put makeup on you!” Fun bonding experience!

Being at Aveda we get A LOT of people who have never, or rarely worn make up and want help with one regular look, and something easy but with more flair for nights out etc.

I always start with skincare. Skincare is the foundation of make up, and good skincare = less make up most of the time. Why spend time covering something up if you can eliminate it?

Then, concealer and powder (rarely ever foundation if they haven’t worn make up), and keeping everything neutral. I think it’s important to show them simple ways make up can enhance. For the more fun look I usually add either a colored liner or colored lip, depending on their preference. Keeping it simple again. I find the more extravagant your routine in this situation, the less likely they are to have any interest in it.

Sorry, that was long winded!

By your question I would assume you would be introducing someone to makeup who has an interest. In that case I would have them follow the same process I did. I am in my mid thirties, I have played with makeup off and on for years but didn’t really understand it. I have discovered blogs and you tube gurus and it has helped me a lot.

I was actually thinking of starting my blog with this question. My boyfriend actually came up with the question. I’d start with the whole skin regime aswell and then slowly introduce them to make-up from there.

If they want to learn, I would start small with lipstick, then blush, then mascara, then foundation. Then get more complicated from there. Let them ask questions and make sure to show how fun it is for me.

One of my best friends very rarely wears make up (but she is so gorgeous without it, so she doesn’t need to), but asked me to help her with some make up and I only applied some mascara (she’s blonde so that made a HUGE difference) and some gel blush, which made her look incredibly bright and awake.

It definitely depends on the person, what condition their skin is in and how comfortable they are.

I find that when you have clear skin and neat brows, that makes such a difference already.

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