If you’re a friend of mine or you’ve been following this blog for a while then you’re probably aware of my less-than-average skills and knowledge in the make-up department. As I mentioned before (here), I have had the same, boring make-up routine for too long to admit because it’s easy and it works….sort of. My typical make-up routine gets the job done for day to day activities, but it hardly makes the cut for special occasions!
Since I have a bunch of weddings this summer, I thought now was the perfect time to learn a new, better, more exciting make-up routine! Last Friday I booked a make-over at Sephora (free if you spend $50 on products which is not hard in that store) and I got the experts to share their make-up tips with me!
Here's what I learned:
1. Skin care is KEY! You should start by cleansing twice (the first time only gets rid of surface dirt, the second cleanse is needed to loosen dirt that's trapped deeper), then apply a serum and finally a moisturizing cream.
2. Start with the eyes! I learned from my make-up artist, Katie, that if you start with foundation and cover-up and powder and then move to the eyes, it’s easy to get eye shadow on your freshly covered skin and unfortunately not as easy to remove it. Katie told me that starting with the skin is a sign that you're an expert make-up artist. Since I definitely don't fit into that category, from now on I'll be doing my eye make-up first! :)
3. You should always use three eye shadows- one light colour that covers the entire eyelid, a medium colour that goes in the crease of the eyelid and a dark colour that goes at the outside corner of the eyelid in the shape of an arrow (pointing up and away from the eye). A fun, bright colour (like gold) can be placed right on top of the eyelid, in the centre. A shimmery, light colour should go in the corner of the eyes to make them look bigger!
4. When applying foundation, use a brush! The application with a brush is much more even than using fingers and uses less product than a sponge! Katie even warned against the ever-so-popular Beauty Blender, stressing that it soaks up a lot of extra product!
5. When the foundation is even, concealer can be applied under the eyes, in the t-zone and on any blemishes and blended in using the same brush as the foundation. Setting powder should be applied over the entire face to make sure the make-up stays in place.
6. For bronzer follow the E3 rule. Place bronzer at the top of the face (literally in the hair roots) and then along the hallows of the cheeks and finally along the jaw line! It creates an 'E' on one side of the face and a ‘3’ on the other. Blush should be applied to the apples (roundest part) of the cheeks!
7. Finish off the look by adding eyeliner, mascara and a lip colour (if desired).
8. Wow! Take a step back and enjoy the finished product! Now if ONLY I could take Katie home with me....
I have to tell you that I tried out this look on my own for a wedding on Saturday and it was harder to pull off than Katie made it look! However, I got lots of compliments on my make-up and I’m confident that over time and with practice I’ll improve!
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Hi! I'm Mrs. Julia Dawe,