For the longest time, I've been wanting to make video tutorials of simple makeup routines that could help my friends, family members, and persons that live locally to my area. I've tried making videos several times and for some reason it ends up never working out. I hate them. I judge myself way too much. I have technical difficulties. And mostly, I'm scared to be judged by others. I've seen way too many YouTube girls get judged and smashed to the ground for their personalities, their techniques, etc etc etc. WOOP! What a surprise that a human would be scared to be judged by others. Plus, I should practice what I preach right?! Well, I thought that if it's meant to be, it will happen eventually. Right now, I just want to ease into it and do it with what I love doing, photography and writing.
So, today, I decided to gather my strength... get over my fear (like Sue Bryce would say - for those who know about portrait photography) and simply experiment.
I started out thinking that I would do a simple, go-out-to-the-grocery-store or let's-get-milk, drug store product type of look. (mouthful, I know) But then... I saw my barely touched Kryolan Cosmetics makeup collection. Oh Boy! I could not resist. I grabbed the products and the fun began! (Thank you Kryolan Professional Makeup - you rock!)
The look I created, could be used for a polished, day to day look. I think it would work amazingly for going to work as well especially if you work at a place where you have to look nice.
P.S. Don't get scared when you see me without makeup!!!!! The photographer in me wanted to edit the crap out of each of these images but I decided to keep them simple and to not retouch the skin. It's the best way to show the transformation that can be made by adding makeup. And by the way, there's so many people against makeup... just as there are so many people against Photoshop. But makeup is something that makes women feel more comfortable about themselves. Makeup gives us confidence. As so many people say, it's not for boys... it's for ourselves. We feel beautiful and it gives us an attitude of confidence like no other. That confidence is what people fall in love with.
In the end, I do edit the crap out of the final image. It is highly "airbrushed" (a little too much). It is meant to show the other side of things. This is how photographers transform the work of makeup artists into the final images!
Without further explanation, let's get to it!
1. PREP YOUR SKIN
Begin with a clean, fresh face... every time! Use a gentle toner to further cleanse your skin. (Note: When you take off your makeup and wash your face, you should try using a toner. You will be surprised how much makeup is still on your face after washing it.) The toner will also help to revitalize and reduce the size of your pores. Your skin might even feel a bit tingly and fresher. If you have a skin care routine, which I advice you should... go ahead and do it! Remember to always use a moisturizer, even if you have oily skin, to hydrate.
Something else that is very important is using a primer! Primers help to even out your skin so that the foundation can be placed on more smoothly. It also helps the foundation stay in place longer.
After prepping your beautiful face, find your foundation! Remember that your foundation should be as close to your skin color as possible. If your face is paler than your neck and/or arms, match your foundation to your neck. On this occasion, I was planning on using a light coverage foundation... something like a BB cream. I ended up trying a cream, medium coverage foundation, however, with a dense, flat top brush. Although, the best brushes for cream foundation are tapered and round.
In my opinion, the best way to apply foundation is by beginning on your T-Zone. This includes between and over your eyebrows (forehead), your nose, over, and around your lips. Start working outwards by patting and stippling. A little foundation goes a long way. It is very important to blend! The layer of foundation should be thinner and thinner as you reach your hairline, ears, jaw. Take the foundation down onto your neck and blend it out as much as you can so there isn't a harsh line separating your face and neck.
It will serve you well if you set your foundation. The way that I usually do it is by using a translucent powder with a fluffy powder brush. Do not overdo do it as you still want some dewiness on your skin.
Now you might look like you are pale and sick!
3. EYESHADOW (step 1)
The fun begins now! Apply eyeshadow primer. It works the same way as foundation primer. It helps to keep the eyeshadow in place longer and look more vibrant. (Remember, a little goes a long way.) Keep it simple, especially when starting out. With an eyeshadow blending brush (like the one pictured below) choose a soft brown color or something a few shades darker than your skin and place it over the crease of your eye. Begin blending it in windshield wiper motions and in small circles. You can alternate if you wish. Do it over and over until there are no harsh lines. This color will serve as your "transition" color when placing the others. You want all the colors to blend seamlessly! Next, you can choose a darker brown (you can place it with a smaller blending brush like the one pictured below, on the right) and begin blending it. How do you place it? In a < shape for your left eye and > shape for your right eye. The section that is on the crease can be extended closer to the inner corners of the eyes. Blend, blend, blend! This is the most important part when using eyeshadows!!! Do it until there are no harsh, cut lines and it looks like smoke. Hence, the smoky eye. This one is quite a simple one though.
4. EYESHADOW (step 2)
Grab a regular eyeshadow brush (like the one pictured below) and dip it in a color that is similar or lighter than your skin tone. You are going to place that eyeshadow on your mobile lid by "packing" it on. That means you will tap it lightly on without blending it too much so that you have a higher color payoff. Then, again, grab your blending brush and add a tiny bit more brown shadow and blend in the V motion. The point is the blend both colors so that there is a smooth transition
Grab your concealer! The concealer helps to cover under eye circles and any other discoloration that was not covered with your foundation, including pimples. A concealer can also be used to highlight your face. Adding a light color to the right spots on your face can help you look much more awake, full of energy, and almost flawless. You can choose a concealer that is a shade lighter than your foundation or several shades lighter. It all depends on the look you want to achieve. I, usually, choose a concealer that is 3-4 shades lighter. The brush I use to blend out my concealer is actually a blending brush (pictured below). I love the fluffiness of it. However, most concealer brushes are smaller and flat. You can also use your finger. The heat of your body will help to melt it and blend it out nicely. Furthermore, you can use a beauty blender. I think this is the favorite tool nowadays to blend out concealers. These give you the most flawless look.
You will place the concealer under your eyes in a sort of inverse triangle shape, taking it down to the top of your cheek... closer to your nose. I, also, put some concealer around my mouth (since there is some discoloration there as well) and on the sides of my nose. I will even add concealer on the bridge of my nose and the center of my forehead. A lot of people use something called a contour palette to highlight those places. I have never bought an actual contouring and highlighting palette, though, because I have the products I need in a "different" form. After this step, I grab a setting powder that is the same color as the concealer and set all those places. This will keep the concealer in place and help it to not melt during the day.
Keep in mind that you do not have to practice these steps in this specific order. I usually wait to put on the concealer almost at the end but this time, I simply grabbed it and started putting it on.
Now, it's time to actually contour your face. I barely ever leave the house without, at least, bronzing my face. It makes such a big difference in the way you look. It will help carve out the bone structure in your face and will even mimic a slimmer face. HELLO MODEL CHEEKS! :p
You can use a cream or powder. I use a powder bronzer. This should be several shades darker than your skin/foundation. I've heard a lot of people call it the E3 shape. The way you place it looks like and E and a 3. Apply bronzer along your hairline. The smaller your forehead, the less you put on as this will make your forehead look smaller. When you are applying it on the area of your temples, take it a bit into the top of your eyebrows but not all the way across. Apply it along the line of your ears and into your actual cheek BONE. If you touch yourself there, there is a sort of hollow space under that bone. That is where you place the bronzer all the way into your face and stop in the middle of your cheek. Well, under your cheek... not on it! Then, keep placing it around your jawline and into your neck. Putting some under your jaw/neck will help you look slimmer. Again, the deal here is to blend over and over again so that it looks like a shadow on your face with no harsh lines.
You can, in addition, place some on the sides of your nose and a tiny bit on the sides of the bridge of your nose. This will make it look thinner. BLEND!
There are several types of brushes but you can use one like the one pictured below. I used the large one for my face and the small one for my nose
Another angle for you to see the "3" shape.
Let's give some "character" to your face! Before you do anything, get your eyebrows plucked, waxed, or threaded. If you are not a pro, don't do it yourself. I sure don't! My recommendation is to get your eyebrows threaded by an expert. This is what I have been doing for the past 4 years and it's the best thing I could have done for my brows. I haven't done my research as to where it originated but it is very common in India. The ladies that do my brows are all from India! (If you are local to me and would like to get this done, contact me and I will refer you to them.)
After this, you can fill them in with a brow pencil. There are many products in the market that are made specifically to fill in and shape your brows. I used an eyebrow gel in the color dark blonde! Yes, I'm not blonde anymore but I knew it would be pretty dark anyway so I bought it. Fill in your brow with small, short strokes. Mimic your hairs and be gentle. Do not fill the inner corner of the brow so it doesn't look completely fake! I haven't gotten my brows threaded in a couple of weeks so they don't look their best but you get the picture! Use a brow or eyeliner brush if you use a gel or pomade.
Add the pop of color that will give you life! Everyone knows what blush is and what it does, right?! Grab a blush brush or kabuki brush (like the one pictured below) and dip it into your blush. As with everything else, a little goes a long way. Smile and place it on the apples of your cheeks. Blend it out and push it back into your hairline. Blend some more. It should be right on top of your contour/bronzer. At this point, if you wish, you can add a highlighter (I completely forgot to do it). You place the highlighter at the top part of your blush... the very highest point of your cheek and a little into the temples (not too much). You can also place highlighter, lightly, on the bridge of your nose, around your cupid's bow, and the very top part of your chin. Highlighters illuminate your face and bring moisture back to it so it that does not look dull with so many powders.
In my opinion, eyeliner is what makes your face look dressed up. Without it, you look beautiful but everything does not look completely tied up in a little bow. It is completely optional, however. If you feel it's too much, skip this step. To me, it starts becoming too much the moment the liner becomes winged liner. The simplest way is to use a pencil. As with everything else, there are tons of products in the market to line your eyes. I used a pencil, this time, to keep it uncomplicated.
Line your eyes, beginning in the center of your lid. Do not attempt to draw the entire line from one sweep. From the center, move to the outer corner. Start thin. Then, go back into the inner corner of the eye. Keep the line closest to the inner corner thinner than the line closest to the outer corner. Almost like a cat eye but without extending the line outside of your eye. This shape will make your eye look extended and longer. A lot of people line the water line at the bottom part of their eye. This is okay on many occasions but you must keep in mind that it will make your eye look smaller. If
I do not use fake eyelashes unless it's a very special occasion that I need to be super dressed up! I only use mascara. Grab your favorite mascara and use it! Something I recommend is using a clear lash mascara beforehand. This will separate and help your lashes look extended. Apply your mascara. I go under, over, and across... several times. You can begin by wiggling the wand at the base of your lash line all the way out. Apply several coats! You can apply on the bottom lashes as well! I, usually, don't... but it's preference.
Make your eyes look larger and yourself more refreshed! Do line your waterline but instead of using a dark color, use white or a light skin color. his will make you look more awake!
12. LIP LINER
Although optional, using a lip liner is something very important. A lip liner will help your lipstick stay in place and last longer. In my opinion, it also helps boost the color of your lipstick. Remember to keep your lips moisturized at all times. Putting chap stick on while prepping your face helps your lips be moisturized and dry by the time your put on liner and lipstick. After lining your lips, fill in the entire lip with the pencil.
I am obsessed with lippies! They are my favorite thing ever! Lipsticks also tie up your look and help define your personality depending on the color you use! You can use a lipstick, lip gloss, liquid lipstick, chubby stick, and so on! On this occasion, I used a lipstick palette and chose a nude color. Nudes are great for work and places where you don't want to call too much attention. Use a nice lip brush. I have tried so many and there is nothing like a nice, expensive lip brush. HAHA! You don't have to invest in one though. Use a lipstick or gloss instead. There are tons of different formulations. The trend this summer has been matte lipsticks. They are my favorite kind and I use them all the time. Again, use what you like! Follow your heart! :)
14. SETTING SPRAY
Finish off by using a setting spray. This will reinforce your makeup more and help to keep it place for a long time. Hold it several inches away from your face and spray the entire face. Wait for it to dry and you are ready to take your day head on! Trust me, you will feel empowered and much more confident!
As you can see below, my face was still wet from the spray! And YES, I have purple hair! Mermaid hair all the way!
And my heavily retouched image! Well, the face anyway! ENJOY!
I hope you learned a few tips and tricks! It's a lot to take in but you can read it as many times as you like! If you have any questions, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or message me through fb. I will putting up more tutorials and tips!