Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Lessons in Makeup

You could say that I have a love/hate relationship with makeup. Some days I enjoy playing with all the different colors and get excited when my smoky eye turns out perfectly.

But, then there are those days when my eyeliner refuses to go on straight or my lashes refuse to curl. That's when I want to toss my makeup bag out.

Want to see the best techniques makeup artists use without having to spend thousands of dollars (and a crazy amount of time) it takes to go to makeup school yourself? If you still do, that's great, but at least you'll be prepared.

  1. Spend Some Bucks On Your Tools.
Tools and products are equally as important as the makeup skills that you have. Just by improving the quality of your brushes and using richer pigmented products, the application would immediately be better, even without improving your technique.
Here are the eight basic brushes you need:

1. Foundation Brush
2. Concealer Brush
3. Fluffy Powder Brush
4. Blush Brush
5. Small Blending Brush
6. Flat Eyeshadow Brush
7. Precision Brush
8. Lip Brush
Once you have your tools, you need to know how to hold them. If you want to apply color evenly, place your fingers on the center of the brush handle. You can easily turn a fluffy brush into a flat, angled brush by wrapping your hands around the bristles and flattening them.

2. Mix Primer With Your Foundation.

There are THREE different types of Foundation:

Liquid, Powder, and Cream.

You can wear cream foundation as is for opaque, full coverage, or you can break it down to be more translucent by mixing it with some primer. This is a sure way to retain the foundation's coverage without looking caked on. Plus, you get to reap the long-lasting durability that cream foundation has over liquids and powders. It also helps the makeup blend seamlessly with the first layer of primer on your skin.

Everyone can use cream foundation, but those with oil skin should use a damp sponge to apply it. Most foundations have oil in its formula to give the coverage blend-ability. Using the sponge will "pick up the pigment, but not the oil in the foundation". You'll still get great coverage, but not the shine.

For dry or combination skin types, use your foundation brush and buff the foundation onto the skin, concentrating on the center of your face, which is typically where your skin has the most discoloration. The further you get from the center, the less coverage you want.

3. Love Your Flaws - Then Conceal Them.

The key to being a successful makeup artist is being able to identify someone's undertones and know how to manipulate the color wheel to get rid of unwanted color. Opposite colors cancel each other out, so green-pigmented concealer covers redness, and orange-y concealer removes blue. If you use your beige concealer, it's only going to make those areas look muddy.

Practicing on someone (like a friend) is key because you quickly learn how to deal with all types of skin tones and facial features, which you will have to become comfortable with if you want to be a professional.

4. Learning How To Contour Properly So You Can Alter Your Face Shape and Features.

Contouring is the art of highlighting and shading. Anything that is lighter than the skin tone will make the area more prominent, anything darker will make that area recede. Here's how easily you can alter your face:
If you have a round face you want to make it look more oval.

Apply a bronzer a shade or two darker than your skin in a "3" shape alongside your face: on your temples, the hollow of your cheeks, and your chin. If you have a prominent forehead: shade around the outer edge of your forehead along your hairline to minimize the area with bronzer. If you have a flat or wide nose: shade alongside your bridge the area with your inner brows. Then highlight right on the center of your nose.

If gravity is taking a toll and your cheeks are sagging: apply a highlighter just above your cheekbone all the way to your temple. Use a blush directly on the cheekbones, then use a bronzer in the hollow of the cheek, underneath your bone.

If you really want to make contouring stand out, use a sparkly highlighter, which will reflect the most light. Then for your bronzer, go for the matte finish, which will absorb light and create a stark contrast.

5. Make Your Eyes Pop!

If you want to add definition: Sweep a light bronzer through the crease of the eye, which is halfway between the lash line and the eyebrow. This technique is great for mature skin, because as you age, the eyes lose elasticity and things aren't as they used to be. It will give a mature face more definition. A tip for you blue-eyed girls: An orange-y bronzer in your crease will make your eyes even bluer.

If you have narrow set eyes: to elongate your eye width, apply a black liner to the outer half of both your upper and lower lashes, connecting at the outer corner.

6. Think Opposites When It Comes To Color.

For Blue Eyes:

Orange is the opposite color of blue, anything with orange in it with make blue eyes stand out more. It doesn't have to be a blazing sun color - it just has to have orange-y undertones like gold, apricot, or peach.

For Green Eyes:

Red is the opposite color of green, which isn't to say you should apply red-colored eyeshadow to your lids. But, you'll help your green eyes pop if you use colors that have red undertones, like deep plums and wine.

For Brown Eyes:

Brown is a neutral color, so any color will work well, but the most standout colors are purples and blues.



Just remember,

(Edward Scissorhands)

this could be you.

See you next time,


Happy Shopping!


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