As part of my training to become a makeup artist, I've uncovered some of the "tricks of the trade" when it comes to makeup application. And the wonderful thing is - it's not rocket science! Getting a professional makeup look at home is achievable, and I'm going to tell you how to take your makeup to the next level with these 7 makeup artist tricks.
1 | Knowing where to start.
Some women don't wear makeup because they are not sure how to use it and are afraid of being overdone. If you are unsure, start with foundation, add mascara, blush and lipstick or gloss. Just these 4 products alone will give you a fresh, polished, natural look. There are SO many eye shadow colors out there to choose from, so if you're stumped, start with a color scheme specifically made to compliment the color of your eyes. Start slowly and add one product at a time. If you are not used to wearing makeup, using a ton at first may be a little too much for you, so start slowly. The bottom line is - if you want to wear makeup, be true to yourself and experiment until you find something you love!
2 | Use a light touch and build colors up slowly.
In my opinion, daily & Special Occasion Makeup is meant to enhance your natural features, and the goal should be for people to look at YOU, and not your makeup. In order to keep and natural and flawless look, don't wear too much:
Eyeliner: Dark, thick eyeliner will make you look overdone and will make your eyes look smaller.
Mascara: Too much mascara looks fake and will almost always flake the longer you have it on.
Foundation: Make sure your foundation is the same color as your skin. Foundation is meant to protect and give the face a smooth look. The magic word is BLEND.
Powder: The same holds true for powder - not too much. BLEND BLEND BLEND.
3 | Lips are CRUCIAL!
If you have a full face of makeup and you aren't wearing lipstick or lip stain, you are missing a crucial piece of the muzzle. Imagine if you wore sneakers with a formal gown. You would still look lovely in your dress, but the look is not complete and cohesive. Here are some tips for lips:
Apply lip liner to completely cover the lips and your lipstick will stay on much longer.
Make sure your lip liner doesn't show through your lipstick.
Try out the formula you want to wear to an important event BEFORE you go. Many lipsticks are advertised as long-lasting, but each persons body chemistry is different so you want to know how it will perform on you.
In general - your lip color should match your skin tone; Cool colored lip sticks if you have a cool undertone, and warm colors if you have a warm undertone.
If you want to make your lips look smaller, keep your liner on the inside of your lips. If you want them to look larger by going outside your natural lip line, this can be tricky. This type of application often leaves you looking messy and unpolished.
4 | Adjust your makeup to where you're going.
Wear makeup that suits the occasion. If you are going to school conferences you shouldn't wear the same or as much makeup as you would if you were going out with the girls. Generally your makeup should be lighter for events during the day, deeper and darker for events in the evening.
5 | Think about hair color.
Colored hair is SO HOT right now and why not? It's fun and easy to do, and it really gives us the opportunity to show our personality. I have gone blue, violet, and pink. I get a lot of enjoyment out of hair color.
But here's the thing - your hair color should be in harmony with your skin if you're going for a natural, glowy look. If you have dark hair and you want to add color, keep it close to the same shade such as navy, deep purple, and dark green. Same applies for light colors. Light hair, light color. Pinks. Violets. The gentler the transition is from your hair color to the added color, the more fluid the look becomes.
6 | Look at the whole picture.
When your makeup is completed it should look natural and look like YOU. That means avoiding colors that clash with your clothes, hair color, or eyes. If you think you look old and harsh, your makeup is probably too dark. If you look pale and washed out, try adding a brighter or deeper shade of the colors you are already wearing.
7 | One last thing....
Keep makeup looking fresh all day by doing regular touch ups or using a good setting spray. (I recommend this one! All NYX brands are #crueltyfree) Don't let your makeup fade or crease. If you have oily skin, first use oil control moisturizer and foundation. Then be sure to wear loose powder, keeping pressed powder with you for touch ups. I recommend keeping a lipstick or gloss with you for long events (weddings, prom, anniversary parties) to keep your lips looking luscious longer.
And don't forget to Smile!!!