Our new team member, Barbara Fartek, a professional makeup artist, introduces herself with this tutorial.
Sometimes you come home really late, and it usually happens when you have plans in the evening. So you have to change and fix your make-up, but there’s zero time. No need to panic, we got you!
Step 1: Foundation in Stages
Usually, foundation is applied either first or last in a routine, but to make the most of your products you can apply it in stages. First apply cream foundation to the upper half of your face, and don’t forget the eyelids. Foundation on the eyelid can work as a primer, plus it covers any discolouration you have on the lids, which makes the pigments on top pop.
The idea is to create a blank canvas, but keep the layers light so that your skin looks healthy. Set with a thin layer of translucent powder, then move on to eyeshadow.
Step 2: Bronze is Best
When your time for doing make-up is limited, it’s a smart idea to reduce the amount of products you use and think “2-in-1”. If foundation can work as primer, then bronzers and contouring products can work well as eyeshadows. Bronzer products usually come with 3 different shades, which are perfect for highlighting the brow bone and accentuating your crease.
First go in with the darkest colour and apply it all over your eyelid all the way up to the crease. Easy enough, right?
Then take the middle shade on a fluffier brush and blend the area where the darker eyeshadow and your skin tone meet. Blend in with swiping and circling motions to get a smooth transition.
Step 3: Highlight of the Day
Work your way all the way up to the eyebrows as you blend, but keep most pigment and definition in the crease. On the brow bone, apply the lightest shade from your bronzer palette to lift the eye. For that extra pop, apply that same light shiny shade to the inner corners of your eyes.
Step 4: Keep It Comfortable
To truly transform any daily look into a night-out look, you have to think dramatically - fake lashes. Strip lashes can be difficult to apply and a nightmare to wear, so switch them out for individual lashes. Dip the end of your first individual lash into glue and wait for it to dry slightly. Then start applying your lashes by placing them on the skin right above the lashes. To get that full and fluffy look, start applying lashes at the outer corner and keep each next lash a millimetre from the previous one.
Then apply a thin line of liquid eyeliner right on the lash line to add some definition. You can flick it out to get a cat eye, or leave it as it is. And remember to blend your real and fake lashes together with mascara by wiggling through them and lightly pressing them together with your fingertips.
Pro-tip: If you’re not used to fake eyelashes, but really want to try them, start with individual lashes. They’re much easier to apply and even if one falls off, it won’t be as dramatic as it is when strip lashes suddenly disappear.
Step 5: Frame and Tame
Eyebrows frame your face best when they are plucked and trimmed properly. Once you get those two steps down, you can fill in the sparse areas with a brow pencil or a pomade. Pomades tend to stay on longer, pencils are quicker to use and some are quite long-lasting - it’s really up to you which you decide to use. Be careful when you’re picking the shade of your pencil/pomade - darker shades can look intense(ly bad) really fast, so it’s best to go for a shade that is slightly lighter than your natural hair colour. Keep most of the product in the arch and tail of the brow, and blend away the front part.
Step 6: Clean the Mess
Dramatic eyeshadow looks are usually messy because of the fall-out, which is why it’s easier to apply foundation afterwards. Simply clean your face with make-up wipes or a remover, then start applying products. No need to deal with chunks of eyeshadow on your cheeks. If you have redness in your skin or really dark undereye circles, you can colour-correct before going in with foundation. A small amount of green concealer will cover any redness or spots, while salmon pink/orange shades cancel out blue undertones under the eyes nicely. The idea with colour-correction is that you use less foundation because you don’t need as much coverage.
Step 7: Contour Sparingly
When you contour, do it light-handedly. Applying too much can quickly turn into a mess, but if you use light pressure and place it properly, you should be fine. To narrow down your face, contour right under your cheekbones, on your temples and under the jaw. This will give your face more definition as well as some colour. For a lightly flushed look, apply some blush that compliments your skin tone. Finish with a subtle highlighter on the cheeks to give yourself that healthy glow.
Step 8: Lip Tip
Lipstick can change the mood of any make-up look quickly, so choose it wisely. A red lipstick will give you a classic look, while vampy darker shades will give you a bit more edge.
Apply lipliner first to define the shape of your lips and even them out. Lipliners also have a waxy formula, which helps keep the lipstick on top in place.
Pro-tip: Lipliner can help your lipstick stay in place, but for the ultimate long-lasting feel, apply a small amount of translucent powder over your lipstick, then re-apply that same lipstick over top again. We promise it won’t budge.
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