I’ve been trying to understand makeup. In order to get more knowledgeable I have actually had an appointment with a makeup artist to learn how to do my makeup. This is quite an adventure. I’m not going to bother putting up images or video, you can find enough of those online or on YouTube.
But here are some things I am learning. Start with good skin care, Now I know that that is quite a blanket statement. But the problem is good skin care is different for each individual. You may have combination skin, maybe you have acne, or maybe you have mature skins (like me) and are changing up your skin care to find what works. Whatever spot you are in, you may need to be a detective about what is the best skin care for your needs. And remember, as you age, move, the weather changes what you need for skin care may change. But work on developing a good skin care routine.
What we did for day to day makeup in order:
- face primer
- concealer (if needed)
- eyes (shadow only this time)
Remember this is for day to day makeup. For this “class” I brought my own makeup and brushes/sponges from home. We went thru what I brought to make sure the colors are good for me.
Make sure your skin is well moisturized. Dry skin is not what you want to begin with. Moisturizer doesn’t have to be expensive, but it does need to leave your skin feeling moisturized – not greasy. Let it dry a minute (don’t wait 10-15 minutes it will dry too much).
Next put on face primer. Again, it does have to be expensive. You want to put primer where you want to put makeup. Makes sense, but think about that. If you’re just putting makeup/foundation on your cheeks, maybe you put primer on your cheeks only. You don’t have to put primer on your forehead if you’re not putting makeup there. But you might want to put your primer under your eyes, and maybe on your eye lids (I used a separate eye lid primer – your choice). Here we used fingers to apply.
I took liquid and cream foundation (some was BB cream-still foundation). Here’s something I was told. If you want the sheerest coverage, use a damp sponge (triangle, round, etc. just wet it then wring it out). For more coverage, use your fingers. For the fullest coverage, use a brush. The other thing to note, you don’t smear your foundation on. You are supposed to tap it. Think about what happens when you put a drop of ketchup on a bun then smash it down. The ketchup spreads. That’s how you put on foundation. That’s also why you need moist skin to do this on. It will spread more smoothly, better on moist skin than on dry skin. So you are essentially spreading your foundation by patting it into your skin.
You put concealer on somewhat the same as foundation. You put a dot/dab on then smash it onto the area you want it. It will spread it out smoothly. For me I have puffiness under my eyes, but I don’t have dark circles. Mushing the concealer with a damp sponge just in the area I need it is better than trying to spread it with either fingers or a brush.
For blush we used a powder blush (what I happened to have). You could use a damp sponge, or a brush. Because I have more mature skin, they suggested that I draw an imaginary line from the outer corner of my eye down my cheek. Blush should stay from that imaginary line to the hairline, but should also be on the cheekbone. Not sure where that is? Feel for your cheekbone. If there’s bone, you’re on your cheekbone. That’s where they want my blush. This is the same placement whether its cream, powder, gel, or even if using lipstick instead of regular blush.
As for lipstick, they suggest I line and fill in my lip with lip liner before putting lipstick on top. So you don’t just line your lip with a liner, you also use it to fill in the lip. This can be helpful as it makes your lipstick last longer. You can also change the color of the lipstick depending on the color of the lip liner. Something to consider when you want to make your lipstick a little darker or lighter – change out the lip liner to alter the lipstick color.
How’s that for an interesting lesson? For now I will try to remember and practice these techniques. I will go back in and do another lesson in a couple of weeks. I will also go in to learn how to amp this up for competition.