Here we go! The last four steps in creating a perfect canvass for makeup application!
5. Lift Concealer (Optional)
The next step after foundation is applying under eye concealer, one of the areas that are most difficult to conceal. However, if you are lucky and foundation can do the job, then skip this part.
If you are like me, then read up for some tips I learned…
- If you have terribly dark under eye circles, counteract it with an orange color corrector. Blend well. (Step 3)
- Apply foundation over the corrector. Use light tapping motion so the corrector won’t smudge
- If foundation isn’t enough, use a liquid concealer to cover dark under eye circles. Why liquid? Because it’s easier to apply and will not tug delicate skin (i.e. your under eye area).
- With the use of your concealer brush, dab the concealer on the OUTLINES of your eye bags.
- DO NOT put concealer over the eye bags to conceal it as this will only highlight the bags instead of concealing it.
See the difference?
Powder is used for additional coverage and to set your corrector, foundation, and concealer.
To “seal in” foundation onto your skin, start of my putting some loose powder on your hand. Grab a powder puff, get some loose powder onto that puff, and gently tap the loose powder onto your face with the puff.
For additional coverage, use a powder brush or a kabuki brush; followed by the powder puff method to “seal” it in.
7. Contouring and Highlighting
I’ve started to love the effect of contouring your face to accentuate what we’ve naturally been blessed it- our cheekbones! The brilliant benefit of contouring is that even if we do not have the coveted oval face shape, we can contour to achieve a similar look.
Starting off with an angled brush (the MUFE 24S is incomparable amongst the different brushes I’ve tried- perfectly shaped to fit the hallows of our cheeks, just-right density to grab and deposit enough powder without looking muddy).
With a blush color 2-3 times darker than your skin tone, contour your face starting from outside your ear along hallows of your cheeks. Your contour should end on the same line as the outer corner of your eye.
You can also apply your contour shade at the bottom and sides of your nose, your temples, and your jawlines to make it look slimmer.
Highlight areas that the sun hits naturally- your nose, chin, right above the apples of your cheeks and your forehead. Use a shade that is 2-3 times lighter your skin tone.
I like using the MUFE Sculpting Kit #2 for this step. Is your wishlist growing and you feel your wallet getting tighter and tighter? Haha, no fret! Try NYX’s Blush in Taupe as a contour shade, and NYX’s mosaic powder in highlight as a highlighting shade as cheaper yet equally effective alternatives.
Alas! The last step! Probably the most difficult one though, boo! But trust me, the results are absolutely worth it! Cleaning up and fixing your eye brows is like an instant facelift! It will also instantly make you look neat and polished. You can use the medium of your choice- pencil, powder, liquid, as for for color selection, remember a few tips from the pros:
- Dark colored haired girls, use an eyebrow color 1-2 shades lighter than your hair color. Matching your natural hair color to your eyebrows would be too dark and look too harsh.
- Light colored haired girls, use an eyebrow color 1-2 shades darker than your hair color.
Personally, I would NOT suggest attempting to shape your brows for the very first time. The risks are simply not worth the unknown result! If you under pluck, that’s fine, but if you over pluck, oh no! Brow hair takes a while to go back, so…
- First time? Go to a professional! Get your eyebrows waxed or threaded by somebody who knows what they are doing!
- Once you have a shape to follow, maintain it! Grab your tweezers weekly to remove stray hairs. This way, you wouldn’t have to hit the brow salon every 3-4 weeks to get it done!
Some tools you would need for your eyebrows:
- Eye brow pencil, gel, powder
- Mascara wand (get it from an old mascara)
- Eye brow scissors
So there you have it! The first eight steps of makeup application! Master these steps and you can move on to the fun part- color! Blush, eye shadow, lipstick, oh my!