THE CONCEALER WARM UP

the beauty department concealer warm up

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

The under-eye area is a tricky one. Covering dark circles can go awry and frustrate even the most skilled of makeup artists! Especially when the product creases and accentuates the lines. But you can actually help prevent that from happening by doing this one thing that accomplishes two results.

When you swipe the concealer stick against the inside of your arm where your pulse is, it:

  1. thins it out so you don’t apply it too thickly and
  2. warms it up with your body’s temperature so it glides on and melts in more easily. Hallelujah!

My friend and up-and-coming actor Amelia Brantley shows us how here:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. Swipe the concealer stick against the inside of your hand where you would check your pulse (as demonstrated by Amelia above). This thins it out.
  2. Wait at least 30 seconds while your body temperature warms it up. While you’re waiting, work on a different feature of your face!
  3. Sweep the brush against the product on the pulse of your arm to load it with a thin layer.
  4. Now follow the hollow of the under eye area, where the skin is the darkest.
  5. Continue along the hollow as shown above.

 

LAZY GIRL MAKEUP COMPARISON

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE; GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE; GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

Have you ever been so busy that you only had time to do one makeup product? Or so lazy that you could barely bother with more than one? I thought it might be helpful to compare what a face would look like with only mascara on… or only lipstick, etc. Just to see which makes more of an impact or which has just enough of an impact to get you through your day with confidence. Actually, I go all around town with zero makeup on and feel pretty cute but it took me years to get there! Anyway, let’s walk through each look:

tbdoneproductSTEPS

JUST BLUSH:

JUST A BROW PENCIL:

JUST A LIP CRAYON:

JUST MASCARA:

What would be your go-to product if you only had time to apply one? Let me know in the comments below! And include a pic if you have a sec!

POWDER DON’T!

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

This little powder rule has saved me so many times. Powder can be your best friend when you find the perfect balance of taking down shine but keeping your skin looking alive and healthy. But it does you no favors if you powder the perimeter of your face. Why? Because that’s where our faces tend to have the most facial hair. And nothing brings attention to facial hair more than powder! I learned that the hard way on one of my first cover shoots in 2005 that was shot outside in direct light. I felt so bad when it came out that I had to learn that lesson at my client’s expense. Luckily she never said anything about it and continued booking me but I never forgot it! Anyway, the perimeter of the face doesn’t tend to shine that much anyway, so it’s okay to skip it and concentrate all of the shine patrol on the T-zone where we need it.

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. Dip the brush into the loose powder or against the pressed powder. Tap it against the compact to release the excess then stipple (press) the powder brush repeatedly as you move across the forehead.
  2. Press it in between the eyes as you work your way down the bridge of the nose. Be careful powdering your upper lip if you have peach fuzz there. The best way to deal with that area is by pressing the puff/pad that comes with the powder instead of a powder brush, and pressing it in downward motions.
  3. Press it on each side of the nostrils and also hit the apples of the cheeks.
  4. Finish by pressing it on the chin.

Note: If you have cystic acne and it’s along the face perimeter, you will want to powder the foundation/concealer to set it. In this case, switch from a powder brush to a puff and press it carefully on. Buy a pack of disposable puffs so you can use a new one each day.

QUICK LIP TIP

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

We mostly line our lips to define the perimeter or cheat them to appear slightly exaggerated. But in doing so, we aren’t doing ourselves any favors as the night goes on and the lipstick comes off! Because a lot of the time, we’re left with only the lined lip! To avoid that but still define the perimeter, try this!

STEPS1

TOOLS:

 

STEPS2

STEPS:

  1. Line the perimeter as you typically would.
  2. Now start filling in the inside two-thirds of the way in. Note: I like to leave the inner third bare so it creates a little illusion of depth = fuller lips. But you can certainly fill in the entire lip!
  3. Then finish with a coat of lipstick using a lip brush for precision or straight from the tube for convenience.

This way, as time wears on and the lipstick wears off, you have less of a “line” left over!

Note: I exaggerated her lip perimeter slightly for photographic purposes.