Time to get my hands dirty…with makeup!
As many of you know, I love makeup. I love the transformative properties it provides along with the artistic creativity it affords me. I’ve been working on my skills with makeup for nearly three years now and it seems to be getting me noticed. I’ll be the first one to tell you that I am by far not a professional makeup artist, and will admit to the fact that I think I’m quite average when it comes to makeup. With that being said I’ve received many compliments from people all over the place, and recently my friend Hanna has suggested that I give a little rundown on my routine. So here we go…
Before we get too deep into the post, let me talk a little about the tools of the trade. If you’re just starting out with makeup, it’s probably a good idea to stick with cheap options, such as using swabs or cheap brushes for applying eyeshadows, and using drugstore brands of makeup. As you get the hang of it, you can then move up and invest in a nice set of brushes and makeup. Another basic tip, YouTube!!! I learned almost everything I know from it, and so can you!
After getting a close shave and finding a confortable place to sit, I usually start of first with my eyes (I usually make a mess with eyeshadows). I start with a primer base (Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion), and then I start my work with the Urban Decay Naked palette (around $50, a heck of a deal for what you get), for a bold natural eye makeup look.
I usually start with a white eyeshadow and brush that up from the inner corner up to the brow for a highlight color. Then I take a light gold color for the inner eye, and gradually change to darker shades as I work myself to the outer eye. Then I take a dark color, and with a blending brush, blend that color from the outside corner towards the inner corner along the crease of the eye.
I use a MAC Kohl pencil (in Feline) to line the bottom and smudge the line with a pencil brush. I then use the same pencil to color in my bottom and top waterline (the top is not necessary and tough to do), followed by MAC blacktrack gel liner for the inner eye (I get the pointy thin line in the inner corner by using a thin brush I bought at a crafts store, cheap way to go, oh…and a ton of practice).
After applying some lotion, and a base primer (MAC Perp+Prime), it’s time for the foundation (MAC studio fix fluid). Since I am quite pale, I have a noticeable line of foundation at the bottom of my neck, which I blend out into my upper chest with the lightest shade of foundation I could find. This gives me a nice transition from the face, to the neck, and to the body. I follow this up with Dermablend along my beard area, which does wonders to coverup the noticeable beard shadow. I finish up the foundation with a translucent powder to set the foundation.
Next up: contouring. This is most dramatically used by drag queens to shape their faces, but I tone it down quite a bit for an everyday look. You can search for YouTube videos to explain how to contour the face. I use a MAC blush palette to help shape the face, the nose, and the cheeks, using a light color for the highlight, and some shades of brown to create depth.
Have a great week everyone! Love,