Posts Tagged ‘foundation’

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…)

BACK TO THE BASICS: HOW TO APPLY FOUNDATION

post + photography by amy nadine, graphic design by eunice chun

Today we’re going back to the basics and we’re starting with foundation application! We’ve already learned not to go against the grain in our Foundation Direction tutorial and now we’re taking it a step further. When you apply your foundation, always start in the middle of your face and work outwards. This way, the concentration of product is in the center (where we need it the most) and thinnest along your hairline. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

  • Your Favorite Foundation — I used Cle de Peau Cream Foundation on our model Mahala because it gives full coverage but NEVER  looks like you’re wearing makeup. It’s an investment but if you’re into combining top skincare and makeup, you’re going to die for this foundation.
  • A Foundation Brush — by now you know how I feel about this flat-headed Shiseido Foundation Brush! It really presses the makeup into the skin as opposed to swirling it around on top of it. It’s such a game changer.

STEPS:

  1. Squeeze a nickel-sized amount of foundation onto the palm of your hand to slightly warm it up with your body temperature. Dip the brush into the product to load it up.
  2. Start in the center of your nose and imagine it’s the center of a star. Draw each star point by tracing the brush in a line from the center to your forehead, then back again from the center to your left cheek, then from the center to your jaw, then from the center to your chin, etc. Once you’ve drawn all of the star points, do not re-load the brush with product but simply use it (or your fingers or a sponge) to blend and distribute what you’ve already applied to include the rest of your face.
  3. Finally, go back and re-load the brush into the remaining foundation in the palm of your hand (there shouldn’t be much left) and apply it all over your neck. It’s important to make sure your face and neck match, but if you’re wearing a collared shirt or a turtleneck sweater, make sure to blot your neck with a tissue after so it doesn’t transfer onto your clothing. (Not cute!)

 

 

HOW TO CONTOUR & HIGHLIGHT

post + photography by amy nadine, graphic design by eunice chun

When you apply foundation to your entire face, you’ve created a blank canvas, so you have to go back and add the dimensions back in. Remember in art class how you used darker shading to push an area away and lighter shading to pull an area towards you? That’s all we’re doing here! It creates the illusion of a stronger jawline, more chiseled cheeks and a slimmer face. And the easiest way to do this is by drawing the letter E on each side of your face to contour and the letter C on each side of your eyes. Anyone can do that, right? I’m showing you how to do it with both cream and powder formulas together for staying power, but you can certainly do one or the other. (more…)

NEUTRALIZE TO MAKE AN IMPACT

post + photography by: amy nadine, graphic design by eunice chun

Lips come in many shades with some darker than others, regardless of your skin tone. My clients with darker skin tones tend to have darker lips or a dark line on the perimeter of the lip area. My client Krysten Ritter has very fair skin and raspberry red lips naturally. I also have fair skin but my lips barely have any pigment to them at all. So it’s the luck of the draw, really. But if your lips are naturally pigmented, you’ve probably struggled with lipsticks looking different on you than they do in the tube. If that’s the case, then this tutorial is for you! Grab your favorite lipstick and do a comparison of what it looks like directly on your lips versus what it looks like after these four steps.  (more…)