Make-Up Application Techniques and Tips

Finding the right shade and tone for your face and your look requires practice. And as the saying goes, practice makes perfect, so put in the time and effort now so that when that big event comes up, you know what to do. This will save time for you hair and outfit.

New Things to Try

If you want your makeup to look a certain way or you just want to experiment, now is the perfect time to do it. Maybe you want to try a more complicated eyeshadow look, or you want to try to make an ombré lipstick. Here are some things you could try while at home:

Eyeshadow & Eyeliner

Even the experts are still learning how they can improve their eyeshadow and blending skills. It is okay if you don't get the exact look you want your first try. Eyes are the hardest part of a general makeup routine. The most common form of eyeshadow is in a powder form. Powder eyeshadows usually include mattes, shimmers, metallics, foils, glitters, and duo-chromes. Other forms may include creme or liquid eyeshadow. If you are new to makeup, maybe use some neutral shades, and maybe a shimmery bronze shade to put on your eyelid. If you are more experienced in the world of makeup, maybe try doing eye looks with more vibrant colors, or perfecting the art of eyeliner. You could try doing a pink eyeshadow look without looking sick, a cut crease using concealer or a smokey eye. Or you could learn to do eyeliner in your waterline, or winged eyeliner using a liquid formula. The possibilities for eyeshadow experiments are endless. No matter how experienced you are in makeup, blending is the key ingredient to a flawless eyeshadow look.

Foundation/Base

Foundation is called "foundation" for a reason. It is the foundation of your makeup. Foundation is supposed to make your skin look flawless and perfected, followed by concealer. The two main forms of foundation are creme (which usually comes in a stick component) or liquid. Both can be blended out with a beauty sponge or a brush. You want the foundation to be properly blended into the skin, so that it doesn't look cakey. Do not get foundation to make your skin look lighter or darker. When buying your foundation or concealer, make sure that it doesn't oxidize or look a different way on your skin after some time that you don't like or doesn't look good. Keep in mind of what undertone you are as well, whether you are cool-toned or warm-toned.

Lips

Your lips are a very important part of your makeup. They can determine what kind of look you are going for, and they can come in all types of forms. Since 2014, many makeup brands have put out a Liquid-to-Matte lipstick formula, which have become permanent products in lots of peoples' makeup kits. But some people don't like the drying feeling of a Matte Lipstick or Liquid Lipstick, so they might resort to lip gloss, lip liner, or a creme lipstick. Another very popular and unique Liquid Lipstick formula is the Kylie Cosmetics Velvet Liquid Lipstick, which doesn't dry down to a matte texture, but feels more creamy on the lips and is less drying. Now is the perfect time to find out what is your favorite type of lipstick, and you have a lot of choices. You may want to try a lip liner with a matching lipstick or lip gloss. You could wear a lip that you would never wear out in public, just to get some use out of it and see if you like it. Or try a lipstick with a darker lip liner, topped by a glittery pigment or gloss to create an ombre lip. Or, you could simply just practice applying the different types of lip products. Maybe try out a lip scrub as well and add it to your everyday life.

Contour/Bronzer

Lots of people like to look very tan when they wear makeup, but instead of going to the tanning salon, they have a home remedy to make them look tanned by the sun. There are three types of contour: liquid, creme, and powder. When it comes to the liquid contour, many people just use a darker concealer shade and apply it straight to the face, and then blend it out with a brush or sponge. Creme contour sticks are very popular in today's makeup world. You simply just apply the product to your face and then blend it out. Simple as that. Some people might get powder contour and bronzer mixed up. When you contour, the idea is that your face looks chiseled and defined, and bronzer makes you look tanner. Sometimes, someone will have a darker contour shade underneath their bronzer. If you don't know where you are supposed to contour, here are some tips: lots of people use the "3" technique, where they make a "3" shape on the side of their face. The top of the three is on your forehead, the middle just underneath your cheekbone, and the bottom on your jawline. Most people use a brush to do this technique. Another way of applying contour or bronzer is to just apply it underneath the cheekbone. Some people also contour their nose to make it look a certain way, or their lips so that they look bigger. With contour, the most important thing to remember is to contour your face to fit your face, not the way you see it in every YouTube tutorial.

Blush/Highlighter- Blush and highlighter are some of the fun and easier parts of a general makeup routine. Just like contour, they can come in multiple forms such as creme and powder. Some people even like to use lipstick as a blush and lightly dab it on their cheeks. Blush is applied to the apples of the cheeks to give a rosy hue. Blush is applied with a brush shaped to fit the cheek. Highlighter comes in creme, liquid, and powder forms. While some people like a subtle glow, others like blinding highlighters that look like mirrors on their face. You usually apply highlighter to the cheekbones, nose and on the Cupid's Bow on the lips to give a nice (or insane!) glow to the face. Use a brush to apply highlighter, but if the color or pigmentation is too intense for you, just go over it with a beauty blender.

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Stay at Home Make-Up Tips

Most of us are now into April with stay-at-home orders still in effect due to the global health crisis. Stuck inside for a month now, we've come up with all sorts of activities to do to keep us busy and stave off the boredom like as as playing cards, streaming video, doing puzzles, or consuming way too much social media. But just like any other skill, if you're looking to perfect your look for when the health restrictions are lifted, practice makes perfect. So why not get our your pallets out and spend a couple of hours getting you ready for you first outing when the stay-at-home order are lifted? Supplies can easily be ordered online, so no need to worry about running out of base or foundation and liner while you practice you technique. Just don't use too much toilet paper for clean-up!

Here are a few tips for a fun makeup practice session:

Find a good Spot to Work

A good mirror and good lighting are the keys to properly applying makeup. The bathroom usually has good light, so that is a good option. Or, if you have a dedicated makeup station in your room with a good mirror and a place for your supplies, then do it there. You want a place where you can work quietly and effectively.

Set the Mood

Sometimes listening to your favorite podcast or music playlist can get your creative juices flowing. You phone and decent speaker are great tools you can add to your makeup kit. Just make sure the batteries are charged up! Some people find doing their makeup and skincare therapeutic. If you are doing your makeup in the morning, maybe have a cup of coffee or tea. Maybe even FaceTime, Zoom, or call a friend or family member to get feedback and opinions.

Make Sure You Tools are Clean

Clean brushes are always a great way to start a practice session, so make sure your makeup kit is in order and your brushes are clean and you products are not broken or expired. To tell if your products are expired, simply smell the product. If it smells odd, then maybe it is time to throw it out. Also, check the expiration date on the component or the outside package. There should be a little container symbol that will tell you how long it lasts (example: 12 months).

When pandemic and health crisis over, we'll have regrets about not getting six-pack abs or writing a novel, so don't waste this valuable opportunity. You've got some extra time on your hands, put it to good use by working on your make-up skills!

 

 

 

The Secrets to Smudge-Proof Makeup

All too often, I catch glimpses of women with unknowingly smeared lipstick and raccoon-like eye makeup on the street. Hey, it happens -- but it doesn’t have to! As a makeup artist for Good Morning America, it’s my job to make sure the anchors and reporters look perfect from the show’s start to finish. With those hot studio lights and high-pressure scenarios, it’s a challenge to make their makeup smudge- and budge-proof.

Over the years, I’ve learned a few tricks that really work. With these following tips, you’ll look flawless for hours.

1. Choose the right foundation.
Finding the right foundation that won’t look caked-on after a few hours is essential. The best product depends on your skin type. Experiment with drugstore concealers to find the right one. Sephora-brand concealers are also dependable. They come in a variety of shades for all skin tones and rarely require reapplication throughout the day. I like how they sink into the skin, leaving a nice, natural look.

2. Finish with translucent powder.
Television anchors are constantly under bright studio lights. My trick for keeping them shine-free: I use a translucent powder, which leaves skin with a matte finish. I recommend doing a touchup through the course of a day. Use a facial tissue to gently blot the skin and remove excess oil. Then reapply the translucent powder.

3. Go waterproof.
How often have you looked in the mirror to see smeared mascara or a black under-eye smudge? To prevent this from happening, use waterproof mascara. Some can leave your eyelashes looking brittle or clumpy, so test out a variety of brands.

4. Prime your lids and lips.
Creased, smudged eye shadow is one of the biggest beauty blunders I see. But one simple step can prevent this from happening: First, prime your lid with concealer. Without a primer, the makeup has nothing to hold onto -- and the natural oils in your skin will cause it to slide off and crease. So gently dab a little concealer onto your eyelid before applying any eye makeup.

You can also use this same trick for your lips. Using a finger, blend your concealer right onto your lips. If you find that this causes your lip color to look too light, try filling in your entire lip with a natural-colored lip liner. Then blot with a facial tissue before slicking on your lipstick.

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Feel Exhausted? Look Refreshed in 5 Minutes Flat

You may have been up all night running tissues and cold compresses to your child, but you’ve still got to show up to that staff meeting this morning looking a little more human. In between dispensing doses of cough syrup and medical advice to the babysitter, you can pull off a sophisticated, office-appropriate look in five minutes. Bonus: You may even have time to brew yourself a cup a tea. 

Step 1: Get Glowing

Tinted moisturizer camouflages a red nose and dark circles. With your fingers, smooth an illuminating formula over any inconsistencies, patting a little extra at the under-eye area. Do the same on any stress blemishes that may have popped up overnight.

Step 2: Wake up Tired Eyes

First, line the upper lash line; use a deep brown shade for a more natural finish. Then curl lashes and apply two or three coats of volumizing mascara to the upper lashes. (Tip: To avoid clumps, circle the wand as you take it out of the tube, which removes excess formula.) Dab a light-reflecting concealer at the inner corners of your eyes for a wide-awake look.

Step 3: Add a Rosy Flush

Trust me when I say this: A peachy blush stick is every woman’s best friend. The color adds a bit of glow to any skin tone. Choose a formula with a hint of shimmer for extra radiance. Apply it to the middle of the cheekbones and at the brow bone; blend in with fingers.

Step 4: Consider Bold Lips

Deep red lips scream confidence. Slick on a lip stain for serious stay-put power. Plus, a true red with blue undertones will also brighten a dull smile.

Step 5: Get Slick

No time to fuss with your blow-dryer or curling iron? Sweep your hair in a chic chignon for instant sophistication. Part your hair down the middle, gather it at the nape of the neck and fasten with a non-slip holder. Divide the ponytail in two sections. Coil the first around the base and fasten with a bobby pin. Repeat with the second section, tucking the ends underneath the elastic. Spritz with a stronghold hairspray.

Step 6: Accessorize

Nothing says pulled-together like a well-cut jacket. Place a black or navy blazer over any top for instant polish, and add a scarf for a pop of color.

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6 Pro Beauty Products

Most of us have our favorite beauty staples: foundation, blush, and mascara. But it’s time to introduce a few new items into your repertoire. As a makeup artist, I deal with hundreds of different cosmetic products -- but I always find myself relying on a few surprising ones.

Consider adding the following products to your beauty regimen. They may seem simple, but they’ll make a huge difference!

1. Exfoliating products.
Large, clogged pores are my beauty arch-nemesis. For a smooth complexion, I use a micro-exfoliation wash, mask or cloth to strip away excess dirt and oil. Choose a gentle product that isn’t too harsh on your complexion. My rule of thumb: If the product feels like it’s scratching your skin, toss it.

2. Antiaging serum with vitamin C.
Known in its pure form as ascorbic acid, vitamin C lightens dark spots and softens fine lines. I prefer serums with rose hips, which are high in the vitamin. To apply it, put a reasonable amount in your palm, rub your hands together and pat your face, neck and décolletage. Then softly drape an unfolded on your skin to absorb the excess. Tip: If your product turns a different color, like yellow, that means it’s lost some of its benefits -- and it’s time to buy a new bottle.

3. Primer.
Several of my clients complain of having red splotches or sallow complexions. Tinted primer is the remedy to these problems. Remember the color wheel from art class? Opposing colors can neutralize one another: Green balances out red, and violet counteracts yellow.

Choose your tinted primer and prep your skin with moisturizer. Using a flat foundation brush, paint the primer on your face, focusing on the areas that need color correction. Dab off any streaks with a and apply your foundation as usual.

4. Nude eyeliner.
When all the concealer in the world is not enough to make me look awake, I brighten my eyes with a flesh-toned eyeliner. Choose a waterproof pencil one or two shades lighter than your skin. (Even if you’re pale, stay away from stark white liner. They can create a chalky look.) Sketch the color across your waterline -- the innermost rim of your lower eyelid -- brush on your mascara, and your eyes no longer look like they’re begging for an espresso.

5. Paintbrushes.
Mixed in with my pricey top-of-the-line makeup brushes, you’ll find several art store paintbrushes. Great for lipstick, eyeliner and under-eye correction, many of these brushes are made from the same synthetic fibers as their more expensive makeup counterparts. Some of my finest and most precise eyeliner brushes are actually meant for oil or acrylic paints and cost half as much as the less effective ones sold by beauty suppliers!

As with all brushes, washing is essential. Use a mild shampoo to scrub off any residue and makeup and rinse. Then press the brush into a folded to remove as much water as possible. Shape the brushes and lay them out to dry.

6. Cream shadows.
For years, cream shadows have been my No. 1 necessity. These products provide long-lasting coverage, so there’s no need for a specific eye primer. Plus, they have pigment that blends well with powder shadows.

How to apply it? Spread a light peach-pink cream shadow over your lid, V area and crease. Before the product dries, dust your lid with a lighter matching shadow. You can keep it simple or go more dramatic by highlighting the center of your lid with a pearl shimmer, then add a darker shadow to your V area and crease. Wipe away any smudges or excess.

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