Posts Tagged ‘easy’

THE FOUNDATION GOLDEN RULE

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

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

I realized the other day that when it comes to applying foundation, I always have our models use a foundation brush or egg-shaped sponge, because those are what I use on my clients. But when I apply my own, I always use my fingers. Probably partly because I clean brushes and sponges so often for my kit, that I don’t want to add another one, and partly because I love how my fingers warm up the foundation and I can really tap it in. And of course, it’s the fastest route. But using your fingers can go awry quickly if you don’t apply it in layers! I cannot stress this enough: apply only one pump, rub it between your fingers, tap it into skin, then go back and do only one more pump, rub it between your fingers and tap it into your skin. Stop and take a second to see if that’s enough of if there are a few areas that need a little more coverage then pump one more time, rub it in between your fingers and spot apply. That’s the only way to do it. If you pump three or more times and apply it that thickly, you’re left with a heavy and streaky application that will only end up all over your phone, even after you powder it. No bueno. Here’s how to get better results:

TOOLS:

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STEPS:

  1. Hold your fingers together tightly and use your other hand to pump only one time onto them as demonstrated above.
  2. Rub your fingers together to thin it out.
  3. I like to tap it as I rub it all over my face and neck. Try it and let me know if you like it too!
  4. Really get into the hard-to-reach areas.
  5. Repeat step one by pumping only one time into your fingers.
  6. Repeat step 2 by rubbing your fingers together to thin it out.
  7. Repeat steps 3 and 4 by tapping and rubbing it all over. If you need more coverage, you can add another layer.
  8. Set with powder (not shown but this is my favorite powder right now ($$)).

If you’re a sponge or foundation-brush-kind-of gal, do this same golden rule by only applying one pump at a time so you only apply one layer at a time. It’s the only way to help it become one with your skin instead of mostly sitting on top of it.

AMP UP YOUR SHEET MASK

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

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

Last year I shared my MultiMasking 101 Tutorial with you and today I want to show you how to get even more out of both of your serum and your sheet masks. Both are incredibly powerful skincare tools on their own, but paired together the right way and you will be emailing me about how plump and radiant your skin is! There really is nothing like it unless you spend an hour getting a facial at the spa. So the next time you have a first date or a big event where you really want to shine, spend ten minutes spoiling your skin and bringing it back to life with this technique. After five minutes wearing a sheet mask, lift it up and apply a face serum, then re-cover your face with the sheet and let it double-penetrate for another five minutes. The power of the two  together at the right moment is pure magic. Here’s how:

FAVORITE SHEET MASKS:

FAVORITE SERUMS:

  • Peptide — I personally use this Hydropeptide Serum ($$$) twice a day, every day. I don’t use it on my clients because I don’t see them regularly enough for it to work its magic.
  • Anti-Aging — I love this one ($$) because it has retinol in it.
  • Anti-Acne — This one ($) really tackles unhappy skin, calms it down and clears it up.

STEPS:

  1. Open up the sheet mask and lay it over your face as demonstrated above.
  2. Rest for 5 minutes and let it do its job.
  3. Lift the sheet and fold it gently across the top half of your forehead.
  4. Pump your favorite serum onto your fingers and rub them together with your other hand.
  5. Apply the serum all over the face and neck in a gentle patting motion.
  6. Unfold the sheet from your forehead and cover your face again.
  7. Rest for another 5 minutes then remove the sheet. Pat any excess serum into the skin.

Oh and this is the Joan Crawford Needlepoint Pillow!

DIY CREAM BLUSH

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

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

I go back and forth between powder blush and cream blush all the time on my clients (and myself). But if I had to choose, I love the fresh-faced look that only a cream blush can give. Powder blush always looks well, like powder that sits on top of the skin. It’s super pretty, don’t get me wrong! But let’s be honest: no one will believe it’s an actual flush. You just look like you love wearing makeup, hence the term “looking made up”. Which is our divine right! But when you want to use makeup to strategically enhance, define, accentuate and look more awake, you have to use different techniques and different products. In this case, we want to mimic that “in love” glow, so we would switch to a cream blush and stipple into the skin. But if you don’t have one handy, convert your powder blush into one with today’s tutorial! Here’s how:

TOOLS:

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STEPS:

  1. Dip your finger into the moisturizer to grab a pea-sized amount.
  2. Swirl it in the palm of your hand. This thins it out and warms it up with your body’s temperature so it will melt together better.
  3. Slide the Q-tip across the powder blush with a little pressure to pick up a small amount of product.
  4. Now roll the Q-tip into the thinned-out cream in the palm of your hand.
  5. Swirl your magic solution around with your finger until it’s all mixed together.
  6. Dab the blush brush into the solution to load it up.
  7. Fake smile in the mirror to find the apples of the cheek and start on the top half as you stipple the brush from there along the top of your cheekbones. Some of my clients love to keep it concentrated on the apples only while others like to do a high corner flush, more towards the temples. Basically, if your face is very angular or bony, stick to the apples to add fullness. If your face is rounder or you’re a little heavier right now, suck in your cheekbones and concentrate the blush there (and follow the hollow with a bronzing powder to contour and thin them out!).

FOUNDATION & POWDER RENEWAL

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

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

I can’t tell you how many times I leave for a job in the morning feeling quite lovely then look in the mirror around 3pm and gasp! I mean. What happened to my foundation and powder application? Life, I guess! But I’ve learned that the same product that I set my makeup with is what I can use to revive it. Except for instead of spraying it (which sets it), I do this technique. It’s something I discovered on set with clients because as much as they may love me, they don’t really appreciate me walking up to them and spraying their faces! So I needed to find a way to revive their powdered foundation another way. Here’s how you can too:

TBD Midday Blues

 

TOOLS:

  • Your Favorite Face Spray — By now you know I’m beyond obsessed with Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir (I buy the full size one ($$$) but you can try it out in this size ($)) because it takes years off of my clients’ faces by creating the perfect amount of dewiness and glow without looking shiny or oily. I also really really love this dewy mist ($$) that instantly brings foundation and powder back to life, no matter how caked they have gotten.
  • A Beautyblender Sponge — I especially love this one that comes with this fancy ring stand ($$) because it should always be on the counter so it can breathe and not in a makeup drawer with no circulation (I learned the hard way once when I cleaned it and put it back in my kit, only to find it mildewed!).

STEPS:

  1. Spritz a few times into the palm of your cupped hand.
  2. Dab the back of your egg sponge into the solution until all of it has been absorbed.
  3. Now gently tap the back of the sponge over any areas that have gotten cakey.
  4. Continue over areas that need life again.
  5. You can do this any time your face needs it!