As promised I have asked a few fellow Pro Makeup Artists to share some of their favorite tips. I must say they are pretty dam good.
As always if you have a question let us know in the comments and we will be more than happy to answer them this weekend for our Q&A.
Ready for some fab tips? Here we go…
Tip #1: Skin Care is just as important as Makeup! I cannot tell you how many times clients sit in my chair and do not care for their skin properly. I find in particular, woman who have oily skin. Either they don’t use moisturizer at all OR they overdo it when it comes to exfoliating & masks.
Please do your research and invest in your skin, not only is it preventative care but it also affects the way your Makeup wears. I also highly recommend using a Foundation Primer, my favorite is Colorscience Skin Brightening Primer.
Tip #2: Foundation! If I had a dollar for EVERY TIME someone told me that they don’t wear Foundation because they like to look natural but then bust out a FULL COVERAGE foundation POWDER….I’d be Rich! I have news for you, you are wearing FOUNDATION.
Thick powder is not Natural and has the tendency to look more cakey than any liquid or cream and let me tell you why…
When you are using a Full coverage powder, most likely you are going to touch up with it right? Right!
The thing about that is that you are actually caking on layer upon layer of full coverage.
For a natural look, I like to build coverage with the liquid or cream foundation and set with a translucent powder.
Tip #3: Not everyone needs to be contoured to the Gawds! Yes, I said it! Of course we’ve all seen that Meme of Mona Lisa with and without contour and yes, some of us feel invincible with a good contour…
But this technique is called Corrective Makeup. Not EVERY face needs correcting. Some people are blessed with beautiful bone structure and really don’t need this at all, but with the contouring trend being so huge I find that almost every woman that sits in my chair says “I need to learn how to contour!” The fact is that there is no need to go so Hammer Time.
I personally show clients that subtle is always better, especially if you are someone whose daily makeup routine is 5–15 min. I really stray away from making a road map out of any face (you’ve seen it, especially with beauty gurus on YouTube and Instagram where they lay down both the light cream and dark creams at the same time and then try to blend everything like nobody’s business).
In my opinion, you are creating so much more work and it feels more complicated and scary to the everyday woman who needs simplicity in her routine. I always recommend to do foundation first, and then build on that. If you choose to contour, I usually suggest to use a cream as that is the easiest to blend out and looks most natural. This will help you ensure that you don’t apply more than you need to and you will still feel like yourself when you look in the mirror.
Tip #1: Lighting. Always do your makeup in front of a window if possible, you get natural light and you can see exactly how the makeup looks on you. From the correct color to how dark it’s going on.
Tip #2: Always layer a light powder over any foundation before adding contour or blush so it won’t get muddy.
Tip #3: Use a correcting concealer with some salmon to deep orange depending on your skin tone to cancel out dark circles, before applying foundation.
Don’t use a concealer that’s 3 shades lighter because it won’t cancel out the blue undertone in the dark circles it will just make it look ashy.
My favorite makeup tip is to put your moisturizer in the fridge. Not only does it help keep a bit longer, nut the cool application helps to soothe, tighten skin, minimize the look of pores, and reduce inflammation and puffiness in the skin. It’s a must for me!
Lastly, here are a few of my suggestions I love sharing with clients…
Tip #1: If you are going to do a heavy eye makeup please do that before any foundation is placed on skin. It will allow for a much cleaner look. To clean up the fallout (excess shadow) use a clean foundation brush with a touch of moisturizer on it. It will act just like an eraser. Once clean and dry move on to foundation, powder, bronzer, etc.
Tip #2: Keep your brushes clean. Bacteria and dust can build up in your brushes over time. If they are not clean you are placing that into your skin which can cause an infection or allergic reaction.
Use a brush cleaner once or twice a week. This will not only clean but strengthen the hair of the brush. Once a month I clean them in baby shampoo and then let them air dry overnight. Make sure you lay them flat after washing so that the water does not go through the barrels and un-glue the brush.
Tip #3: Products that I tell clients they should always have on them for touch ups are concealer, powder, lipstick, gloss. Products you should have period are lash primer, skin primer and setting spray.
WOW! These ladies definitely have some pretty amazing tips!
So I haven’t updated my portfolio in forever but if you would like to see some of my work you can find it on YouTube right here…
Well I hope that you enjoyed some of these tips and learned a few tricks. Feel free to reach out to any of us for questions or leave a comment below in the comments.
Until next time…