Makeup Act Right!

Ladies, do you ever wonder why your makeup doesn’t last? Why it looks so shiny as if it is going to run off your face or be cakey where it visibly sits on the skin and solidifies in the fine lines and pores, rather than just blending seamlessly on the skin? Now of course, everyone has their own reason why they choose to wear makeup, but for the most part, it’s to enhance the look; cover up dark spots; blemishes; scaring; chronic acne; redness or hyperpigmentation. Whatever the reason, you want your makeup to be as seamless as a second layer of skin.

As a professional and celebrity makeup artist turned beauty blogger, I always say, a great makeup application starts with great skin. However, in an imperfect world, that’s not always possible so my advice is to make sure you prep, prime, set and seal. If you don’t know the best approach to make this happen, no worries, I will share my 4 fav steps and my go to products to help your makeup application act right.

Prepping the skin: Make sure you cleanse, tone (astringent) and moisturize.

Some may have a skin regime and others may just wash and go, but whatever it is, make sure the skin is clean and moisturized…I express moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!!! When the skin is hydrated it helps in creating a smooth canvas for the foundation, even if you have oily skin using a cream that will hydrate the skin works best. One of the creams that I give rave reviews is ‘Embryolisse Concentrated Lait Cream’ because it truly helps hydrate the skin and it has a matte finish which allows me to control my shine. Good and moisturized skin will look and fill plump, the foundation will blend effortlessly into the skin while helping minimize fine lines and dry patches.

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Priming the skin: Face primer is a base for the foundation; it goes on smooth and allows the makeup to last longer.

Most primers are formulated with silicone based polymers, which is why it’s able to give the foundation a smooth silky finish. Mary Kay Foundation Primer Sunscreen is a primer that I swear by because it’s an oil free primer with SPF 15 in it. It fills in imperfections and dries quickly to a matte finish, which is always a plus for me because again it allows me to control my shine. Now, one of the best ways to apply the primer is with your fingertips. Why? Because the warmth of your fingertips really help work the primer into the skin as opposed to using a sponge or liquid foundation brush. Using your fingers also helps to invigorate the skin like a mini massage. My clients absolutely love it and always express how good it feels when I’m doing their makeup. Once this step is completed, you are now ready to apply your foundation.

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Setting the foundation: Setting the foundation is just that, it helps set the makeup.

Foundations tends to be oily, so on most skin types, we use a powder to set the foundation for a longer wear throughout the day, helping to minimize the shine. Most powders are very fine, so most brands will work with any skin types.  When I’m applying makeup on a new client for the first time whose skin type I’m unfamiliar with, I always play it safe with Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder because I know it will prolong the wear of the application and will not create flash back when applied properly. However, if you are applying your own makeup and you have oily skin, be careful not to overdo it and run the chance that you haven’t added enough color (usually bronzers) to compensate for the amount of setting powder that was used. Blend your life away!

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Sealing the makeup: setting spray is like the final step to completing your look. Some say it’s optional, but I always say it’s a needed step to complete the makeup application.

As a professional makeup artist with nearly 10 years of experience, I always make it a point to spray my clients before the makeup application, during the makeup application and after the makeup application is completed. For you DIY girls, I suggest you do the same if you want a professional result. Setting spray is a must use!! It helps prevent makeup from running, wearing off and transferring under extreme pressure. There is a setting pray out there for all skin types and occasions. If you want a guarantee, my pick is Ben Nye Final Seal Mattifying Spray. This spray withstands the test of time whether it’s used for stage makeup or if your make up must uphold underwater. If you are just reading this and didn’t know to purchase a setting spray or you simply ran out and need to snatch your face now, do what women did long before there was such a thing as a setting spray, use some good old hair spray; yes hair spray! Sealing makeup with hairspray has been the secret of most professional dancers and actors for many years.

TIP: To achieve the perfect look, identifying your skin type is key! The first step in the application process is determining whether you have dry skin, oily skin or combination skin. The trick to finding products that work best for you and applying makeup properly is to understand your skin type.  The old saying, “practice makes perfect,” in my experience, goes hand in hand with selecting the perfect products for a flawless finish. There’s a product out there for all skin type, so sample before you purchase to avoid buying foundation, powders and sprays that you can’t use.


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