It seems the entire beauty industry is consumed with contouring, baking and strobing and keeping up with these new trends can be a little hard! Whether you like it or not, it has become the quintessential western way of doing your makeup and I for one have certainly jumped on the bandwagon!
There are just so many tutorials these days but many gurus and influencers forget that not everyone knows what baking is unless it’s in the kitchen!
So I thought I’d break down the makeup basics for those who might love a better explanation on makeup application. As soon as I began wearing makeup properly as a 17 year old, I had more people than I can count ask me if I was a Makeup Artist and to that I answered, I am self taught. The one important thing I learnt is that there are no rules in makeup, don’t feel pressured to do anything just because it’s the latest craze or it’s trending on Instagram.
Beauty and makeup should above all else be unique and definitively the way you express your beauty not how someone tells you how to. Take from it what you like, use what you like and work to something you find appropriate for you 😊
Today I share how to create a base and a friendly reminder to subscribe and follow for the next blog on eyes, brows and lips!
Follow your regular skin care routine. Allow at least 30 min for moisturiser and sunscreen to penetrate the skin and kind of mesh with it to create the perfect canvas. If you’re in a hurry or just don’t have the luxury of time on your hands, then 5-10 minutes will do.
Primer is optional and I have never used one honestly so I can’t recommend one currently however this acts as a base for your foundation and helps foundation to ‘stick’. Not essential but handy for those with oily skin that begins breaking down your makeup as soon as you’ve applied it and helps with longevity overall.
Creates a blank, smooth and flawless complexion.
Depending on the formula, different tools may be better for each.
Pros- product warms on your fingers = easy to blend
Cons – easy to waste product = over use & not hygienic
Brushes – Paddle or Round Top
Pros –applies foundation in a more hygienic way
Cons – can exfoliate the skin with use & can create patchy looking makeup and streaky foundation
Pros – blends foundation into skin for blurring effect
Cons – sponge can absorb too much product = waste & can be un-hygienic depending on if you’re regularly washing it after use
Use under eyes to highlight, counteract dark circles and conceal any blemishes. Choose a colour 2 shades lighter than your skin tone.
Pin point conceal blemishes. Pick a neutral based concealer close to your skin colour for hiding blemishes. We want to camouflage the area not highlight it further with a lighter shade.
Blend with fingers, sponge or small brush of your choice
Thin, paint like brush for any blemishes you wish to conceal
Side note: If you concealed under the eyes, now would be best to bake your under eye area and leave it on for a few minutes. Continue with the next step.
4. Cream Contour (Optional)
If using a cream contour then apply before regular face powder and set contoured areas with an ashy/cool toned coloured powder.
5. Face Powder
To set your work you need to lock in cream/liquid products and they help prevent shine if you’re an oily gal. The key is a little goes a long way. The more you pack on the more you start to look aged and crepey looking. If you baked your eye shadow then remember to dust it off now.
6. Powder Contour (Optional)
Use to sculpt the face, make sections of the face appear smaller/hidden or more defined and/or sharper. Use cool tones of brown or ash browns.
Straight Edge brush
Contour creme stick (the product itself)
Add warmth and glow to your skin and create ‘depth’. We don’t want to have mannequin faces! The fairer your skin tone the ashier/cooler the colour should be. We don’t want dusted Cheetos on your skin. The deeper your skin tone the warmer you can go 🙂
Add colour back into your face (after doing everything possible to remove it lol)
Fingers (mostly for creams)
Accentuates the natural points of the face the sun hits to give a dewy, fresh, glow.
Fingers (mostly for liquid and cream products)
10. Finishing Spray
This is another step, much like primer that I tend to forget because I haven’t really bothered to find one that I like. Honestly, spray your face with a bit of hairspray…it does the same thing! This is probably terrible for your skin though. Try and purchase an actual ‘Finishing or Setting Spray’ like Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray.
It helps to melt the powders used on your face to look less cakey and more dewey fresh. This shouldn’t effect your makeup if you’re prone to oil and helps with longevity.
10 steps just for the base!!! It seems like a lot, but as previously mentioned this is a get to know the basics and I want to go in depth with the process. Choose whichever steps you feel comfortable doing and which work for your every day routine.
A Little On Makeup Trends
We owe thanks to the many Drag Queens who essentially use these tricks of the trade daily and they’ve become almost a staple technique in our makeup routines.
Baking or Cooking
No we’re not talking about making cookies tonight love, just the simple art of highlighting under your eyes with a light concealer and pressing a loose or pressed translucent powder to the area and let it ‘cook’ or ‘bake’ to provide ultimate lightness.
The contours or hollows of some places on your face can allow for sculpted looking faces with sharp and high cheek bones.
Opposite of contouring and kind of like baking except we do this on the cupids bow, around the mouth, chin, right under the contoured bit of our cheek bones and foreheads.
Something I have only dabbled in however this is basically using red, orange and green types of cream products to counteract the colours on your face caused by being human basically. Things you want to disappear as fast as Krispy Kreme Doughnuts at a party.
Red/Orange counteracts blue/purple for veins etc.
Green counteracts red for pimples, capillaries etc.
Lilac/purple can create a lightening effect and you may have seen some primers and moisturisers contain lilac pigment to achieve lighter, glowing skin. Very popular in Asian cosmetics.
If you’ve read all up until the very end then I applaud you. Here’s a virtual cookie for your efforts in sticking through this post 🍪
I certainly hope you’ve learned a thing or two, be sure to come back to read it again if you’re unsure of anything.
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