Makeup artists are truly invested in their clients' skincare and often devise a skincare regimen specifically tailored to their needs. From...
Makeup artists are truly invested in their clients' skincare and often devise a skincare regimen specifically tailored to their needs. From water intake, diet, use of night creams, facial cleansers and choice of facialist, makeup artists know that half their work starts before any actual makeup is applied.
I always recommend seeing a dermatologist to find out what products you should be using for your skin and putting in the time to maintain your complexion's natural beauty.
Pre-prep can make a huge difference, and hydrated skin is the foundation of any good makeup application.
These are the most common steps I've seen from makeup artists:
1. Wash your face with a gentle face wash, being careful to not strip your skin of its natural oils.
2. Apply a high-quality moisturizer all over your face and neck, letting it absorb for five minutes.
3. Treat your eyelashes to an eye serum
4. Apply lip moisturizer
5. Use under-eye patches or treatments on any problem areas, letting them absorb for the product’s suggested time.
6. When all that moisture sinks in, spray a water mist over your entire face and pat with a sponge to lift any unnecessary oils.
It's totally worth it to splurge on the applicators, so invest in good tools. High-quality brushes and sponges dictate the end result of...
It's totally worth it to splurge on the applicators, so invest in good tools. High-quality brushes and sponges dictate the end result of your makeup application.
If you take proper care of your tools and keep them clean, they can last a long time and can even make cheap foundation go on like a dream.
Use more than one foundation. I have never seen a makeup artist use only one foundation for the entire face. They often have a palette with different shades and blend two or three different colors onto the face.
The t-zone gets one shade, the jawline and hairline share a shade and the rest of your face gets another shade. Makeup blending is what creates the elusive ‘no makeup’ look. The blending process usually takes 45 minutes to an hour, believe it or not.
Some products apply better with a damp sponge, so wet the sponge with warm water. Makeup Forever’s Ultra HD Foundation applies on the skin better when the applicator is damp. I am obsessed with disposable Alcone Non-Latex Sponges, but a beauty blender will do.
Translucent powder, whether loose or pressed, keeps everything in place. I would be careful not to over-apply this product, because it can make your face look dry and cakey.
Don’t get foundation in your brows. It creates a muddy look and is an instant sign of having too much makeup on.
The face is usually the palest part of the body, and given that the number one cause of premature aging is sun exposure, do your best to avoid...
The face is usually the palest part of the body, and given that the number one cause of premature aging is sun exposure, do your best to avoid UV rays altogether.
I use a spray-tan product on my face and neck, applying it before bed and waking up with a glow. When I wake up, I rinse away any residue with a gentle face wash and apply my favourite moisturizer (La Mer), giving the makeup artist a more balanced canvas.
Good lighting is necessary to see what you're doing, but you would be surprised how many people apply their makeup in a dimly-lit room. Makeup artists like a mix of natural light (try sitting by a window) and a bright yellow light. I often travel with GlamCor’s Light Kit to avoid dreadful hotel room lighting.
A natural-looking glow can be created by applying a liquid blush (like NARS Multiple Stick) before the foundation. Contouring and concealing should also come before foundation; don't forget to blend, blend, blend.
Lips are rarely complete with just one lipstick. I often get asked, “What lipstick are you wearing?” and I can never give a proper answer because it's usually a cocktail of things. My current obsession: MAC Spice lip pencil applied to the cupid’s bow, MAC Whirl on the outline of the lips and MAC Rosy Rim in the middle, with a clear gloss applied over top.
Setting spray is always the finale, but apply from a distance and fan your face to dry. I love MAC Fix+.