When it comes to applying makeup and being left-handed, mistakes can be more common than you’d think.
Do not let this dishearten you as simple tricks such as using angled brushes and gel liners, as well as noting down tips by left-handed beauty gurus online, will help to turn the game around.
Being left-handed and a makeup enthusiast no longer has to be miserable. Whilst you may have almost perfected the struggle of not smudging your writing in school and college, the problem can go beyond using your left hand to write. Makeup application, in itself, is unquestionably a task that needs to be practised and mastered.
For a lefty who is a makeup enthusiast, the road has many more obstacles in the path to flawlessness. Tools like eyelash curlers and angled brushes can feel like pain during your makeup routine. You want to sport the casual flick of the eyeliner or bat your curly eyelashes at your crush, but that still remains a dream. Easy application of any makeup is achievable by keeping in mind a few tips that will get you to left-handed-perfection!
Don’t forget: Like all new habits, these hacks need to be accompanied by a truckload of practice as well.
As they say – practice makes perfect!
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Why Is It Harder to Apply Makeup If You Are Left-Handed?
Traditionally, makeup products and tools were made when almost 90% of the world’s population was right-handed. Whilst the products, as such, tend to not be the reason behind making makeup application difficult for lefties, it is mostly down to the makeup tools that cause the nuisance.
Liquid and powder-based products are the easiest to apply because you are meant to cover a larger surface area of the skin and the type of brushes or makeup sponge you are using is of no consequence to you being left-handed. Even lip products are fairly easy to use because of the practice you have had holding a pencil and writing with it through your school and college life. With that in mind, at least using a lip pencil doesn’t feel like a daunting task!
What Products are the Hardest to Use If You Are Left-Handed?
When it comes to eye makeup, eyeshadows are a fairly easy game if you know the basic rules of blending and colour combinations. The main trouble arises when you are trying to get that sharp winged eyeliner going that slays all day.
Different types of products are available in drugstores and beauty stores for this – liquid, pen style, gel, and pencil eyeliners! These products can either be used by themselves or using a brush. Where the application seems simple when you try it on your hand, the opposite may be said when you try the same liquid liner on your eyelid. The line is never even!
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Dragging different types of eyeliners from left to right is the standard that they are prepared and tested for before they are launched into the market. Brands rarely test them to be applied in the opposite direction (by left-handed people) or whether they perform with the same efficiency and ease.
Eyelash curlers are another set of tools that are manufactured for right-handed people only. Even if you try to somehow fix your fingers through the tongs of the curler, the effect will be the complete opposite of what it is supposed to be doing to your eyelashes.
What Techniques Provide Easier Application If You Are Left-Handed?
Lefties have undoubtedly both established and experienced the difficulties of apply makeup with their dominant hand. There is always room for improvement that will make your makeup look flawless as well as, more importantly, make the application process easier.
Here we go through some techniques proven to be tried and tested by our trusted lefties:
Apply Eyeliner Bit by Bit
One of the most common things that left-handed people struggle with is the eyeliner application. A simple technique that you can use to master this is to use the stamping method. Apply the eyeliner bit by bit.
These ‘bits’ do not necessarily have to be connected to each other. Once the outline is ready, you can fill in the gaps and reap the benefits of an easy application.
Even winged liners become easy to apply using this technique
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Smudge It Out
If you still find the thought of giving eyeliner another try unnerving, then a technique that can be used is smudging. Irrespective of how jagged your eyeliner is, use a pencil brush or C-shaped eyeshadow brush to gently smudge the line. A sexy, smouldering eye look with minimum hassle is yours in no time!
Learn from the Pros
The internet is flooded with makeup videos, typically with a makeup guru giving out many tips and tricks in each of their videos. While there might not be many left-handed makeup experts out there on the web, there is definitely a handful that you can follow.
Bethany Mota and Kathleen Lights are our top recommendations. Bethany is ambidextrous and does have videos where she uses her left hand for makeup application. Kathleen, on the other hand, is an out-and-out leftie.
You can definitely learn a lot from both of their application techniques.
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Practice, Practice, Practice
A steady hand is certainly your best friend when it comes to makeup application. Practice all the tricks and techniques you have learned as much as possible as this is the only way that you can perfect your makeup application skills.
How to Avoid Smudging Your Makeup?
Makeup can smudge irrespective of the individual’s dominant-hand-choice. The humidity in the atmosphere, your skin’s natural oils, and just clumsy hands can be the culprit.
To avoid makeup from smudging due to any of these reasons, follow this routine:
Always Wash Your Face Before Applying Makeup
An unclean face has unnecessary amounts of oil, dirt, and grime that can make your makeup slip and slide.
Always Use a Primer
The stickiness in this ‘God-sent’ makeup product will help your eyeshadow or your base products stay longer on your skin. Makeup longevity greatly increases by using a primer.
Line the Waterline with a Nude Eyeliner
You can also use a nude shade of eyeshadow to smudge out the lower lash line. Doing this will prevent the eyeliner from bleeding away from your water line. The same technique can be used to set the eyeliner on top of the eyelids. However, do keep in mind that this will mattify your eyeliner (in case you prefer a glossy liner look).
Tip: A great trick to avoid eyeliner from smudging from the water line is to set it using eyeshadow in the same shade. Simply tap some eyeshadow in a corresponding shade on top of the eyeliner.
Waterproof formulas are a great substitute to avoid makeup from smudging. Under eye-pads can be good to prevent fallout that can smudge easily onto your cheeks. However, this hack works only if you apply your eye makeup before the rest of your face. Otherwise, the eye pad will remove base makeup easily.
Set the Makeup
Ensure you use a good powder to set your makeup in place. These types of powders will absorb any excess oil and help the skin to remain oil-free for a longer time.
What Products/Brushes Are Easier to Use?
We have gathered some intel from makeup experts and listed down certain products and makeup tools that can aid in the makeup application process for left-handed beauties.
Straight Tipped Brushes to the Rescue
These brushes are meant to work better than angled brushes when you consider using them from left to right and right to left. It may be slightly difficult to get the perfect wing with them, but the right angle, and a bit of practice, can help you to achieve the desired flick.
While you are at it, try practising using the brush in the ‘generalised’ left-to-right direction.
Say Goodbye to Pen Style Eyeliners
Pulling the tip of pen-style eyeliner might seem like a dream come true but when you have to do it using your left hand, the inconvenience of dragging it is undeniable.
These types of products are not meant for pushing from left to right, which is what lefties generally do.
Stick to Gel Liners and Eyeliner Pencils
The solution to the above problem of eyeliner pens is using gel versions of eyeliners or an eyeliner pencil. The final look is definitely going to look different, but it is beautiful nonetheless.
A few brands understand that not everybody has the skills for drawing a ‘wing on fleek’ type of eyeliner. Eyeliner stamps are now available for less talented souls. This presents a fortunate chance for left-handed people as the stamps can be used in combination with gel eyeliners to get that perfect wing.
By practising these tricks and techniques, eyeliner application should be just as easy and straightforward for lefties.
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