Posts Tagged ‘concealer’

TO SEE OR NOT TO SEE!

Post + Photography by Amy Nadine, Graphic Design by Eunice Chun

This post came to be after a visit to the mall last week and noticing that a lot of the lovely ladies that I came into contact with were wearing a wee bit too much makeup! How did this happen? Girls with gorgeous skin that I would give my left arm for were wearing a mask of foundation in the wrong shade ending at their jawlines, way-too-light undereye concealer, orange bronzer, clumpy mascara… how can they not see it? So this post comes only from a place of sisterly love, straight up like I would tell my besties! Please remember that makeup products serve different purposes, some are used to create an illusion, others used to hide imperfections, some used to define and accentuate while others are used to make a statement. So I created these handy infographics to demonstrate the basics. Of course, makeup is a form of expression and no “rules” are set in stone, but use this as a guideline to ensure people see a more gorgeous YOU and not your makeup!

MAKEUP THAT SHOULD BE AS UNDETECTABLE AS POSSIBLE:

  • FOUNDATION — We use foundation to even out our skin tones and hide any imperfections. Don’t use it to look tanner or paler! Find your exact shade (revisit my Foundation Shade Finder Tutorial for help in that area) and make sure to apply it on your neck as well.
  • CONCEALER — When covering up undereye circles or blemishes, pick a shade that is as close to your foundation shade as you can find. Revisit my Blemish Cover Up Tutorial and Covering Dark Circles Tutorial if needed.
  • ILLUMINATOR — This is where you can go a shade lighter than your foundation and concealer, but make sure to illuminate with a cream or liquid product, not a shimmer/glitter powder that’s noticeable in the daytime. Revisit my Illuminate Tutorial to find out more.
  • BRONZER — Too many of us don’t use bronzer correctly and end up looking like an oompa loompa! Chose a brown shade instead of orange, pick one that is matte instead of shimmery, make sure to sweep it only where the sun would hit your features and don’t forget your neck! Revisit my Bronzing 101 Tutorial for more.
  • EYELINER — Unless you’re going for a statement liner like a Cat Eye or  a piercing Rimmed Eye, use my No-Liner Liner Tightlining Technique by gently lifting the lid upwards and tracing the pencil back in forth in between the lashes but never above them. This is also great for those of us with smaller eyes who don’t want to lose a millimeter of lid space!
  • LIP LINER — Unless you’re going for a statement lip, pick a color close to your own lip color (or a hint darker if you’re like me and have really washed out unpigmented lips!) or the exact color of your lipstick. Use lip liner to define your lips and give them a more pronounced shape, but don’t let it be noticeable.
  • BLUSH — Choose a cream blush so it really melts into the skin. Revisit my Cream Blush Tutorial for learn how to apply it correctly.
  • MASCARA — Lashes are my favorite facial feature! Define them and let them shine in all their glory, but please don’t clump them up! Always wipe off the excess from the wand on the back of your hand or a tissue before you go near your lashes. Revisit my Clump-Free Lashes Tutorial for more details.

MAKEUP THAT WE USE TO MAKE A STATEMENT:

 

A BLANK CANVAS

Post & Photography by Amy Nadine, Graphic Design by Eunice Chun

For some of us, melasma and hyperpigmentation are a part of life and every now and then we have an important occasion that calls for full coverage. But that doesn’t mean we have to go out and buy a full coverage foundation (it’s not good to wear that much coverage on a daily basis anyway). Just make your own with concealer and face lotion! I personally think it gives better coverage than the “full coverage” foundations that are out there. Again, please don’t do this every day, as I don’t know how sensitive your skin is to breakouts, even though this shouldn’t cause a breakout as concealers are formulated to also cover blemishes. So just save it for an emergency situation where you find out you’re going to be on television or have your picture taken for something important! Here’s how: (more…)

QUICK TIP: SETTING POWDER

Post + Photography by Amy Nadine, Graphic Design by Eunice Chun

We spend a lot of time and precision applying foundation and concealer exactly where we want the most coverage, only to take a powder brush and swirl the foundation away from where we placed it. Not good! I learned this technique from one of my idols, Mary Greenwell, whom I was lucky enough to go on an international press tour with in 2007 where she was working on Cate Blanchett and I was working on Geoffrey Rush for their movie Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Anyway, as you can imagine she was incredible and lovely enough to teach me a few things about makeup (and life!). This little trick has saved me time and again. Here’s how: (more…)

QUICK TIP: WHEN TO APPLY CONCEALER

Post + Photography by Amy Nadine, Graphic Design by Eunice Chun

I get asked this question often so I’m answering it in a way that everyone benefits! Always apply your foundation all over before applying concealer. Think about it… when you apply foundation first, it covers up a lot of imperfections on its own, cutting down the amount of imperfections you need to go back and spot conceal. If you had applied the concealer first, you would have ended up using a lot more concealer than you would have needed to and done twice the work. Also, if you apply foundation with a brush or sponge, you can move the concealer that you’ve already applied off of the targeted area (such a waste of time and product!).  (more…)