I guess I’m all about the lessons posts lately? I wasn’t event sure where I was going with this post until I finished writing it. Originally I thought I’d do a Makeup School Tips & Tricks post, but so much of my education was on theory and technique that it’s not easy to translate in blog post form. Instead, I ended up with a more general things I learned in Makeup School (although some could be considered tips).
But first, I’ll back up for those who may have just started reading.
I dreamt about being a makeup artist since I was 14-15 years old. However, my parents told me I had to go to college – once I got a degree, I could do whatever I wanted. But then life happened. I went to college, got a degree, then went to grad school and got another degree. After that I started working in accounting and the whole idea got pushed to the back burner. It wasn’t until I started Just A Little Blush that I started pursuing the idea of makeup artistry again. So, I finally found an academy that had condensed programs, took time off work and completed the level 1 training.
The last few weeks have been accounting work early in the morning, the Makeup Training Academy during the day and a little more accounting work at night. It’s been fascinating and exhausting at the same time. Most days at the Makeup Training Academy we talked theory in the morning and then I worked on two models in the afternoon. Standing 5-6 hours at a time is no joke.
Anyways, since I finished training last week, today is the perfect opportunity to share :
7 Things I Learned in Makeup School
+ Doing makeup on someone else is completely different than doing it on yourself
The angle, the way you hold brushes, the amount of pressure you apply, etc. I like to think I do a decent job on myself so I thought it would be easy to do it on someone else. It’s not. Consider how many times you’ve looked at your face in the mirror. You KNOW your own face. Therefore, you know intimately what works and what doesn’t. You know how much product you need to get the effect you want. You know how much pressure you are applying. I could go on, but bottom line, doing makeup on someone else, especially a stranger is much harder than it looks.
Plus, you’re literally up in someone’s grill all the time which takes some getting used to. Word to the wise: don’t eat lunch at a Mexican restaurant before doing makeup unless you want to smell like a burrito all afternoon.
+ As with most things in life, practice makes perfect
No matter how many classes I attend, how many youtube videos I watch or books I read, nothing compares to actually practicing. It’s easy to break down and follow one tutorial, but looking at someone else’s face and coming up with something from scratch takes a lot of practice. On that note, I’ll be taking volunteers.
+ Less is more
I know the current trend is heavier makeup – crazy highlight, truck-loads of foundation & lashes that go up to your brow. But, using color theory and a few techniques really allows you to do more while using a lot less product. For example, the simple solution to creasing concealer? Use MUCH less of it. However, most of us are hesitant to use less because we need more coverage. By adjusting the color of the concealer to the right shade you can cover just as much, if not more of the darkness while using 1/4 of the amount of product. Further, spot correcting allows you to cover any blemishes or scarring while using much less foundation in the areas you don’t need it.
+ I don’t need 15 different eye shadow brushes to create a look
Most days at training I used one or two brushes for eyeshadow. This is especially surprising considering that the amount of brushes I own is enough to makeup an entire army. Creating a look is more about placement, using different angles of a brush and blending. Nice brushes certainly help, but they aren’t required – use the tip and sides of your brush to get a different effect.
+ Green is not the best choice to color correct redness or blemishes
This was probably lesson #1. Yes, green is the color opposite red in the color wheel. In theory, something with a green tint would counteract redness or blemishes. But, if you think about it, is anything on your face truly blood red? Unlikely. And if it is, you may want to contact a physician. Most redness is actually a pink color while most blemishes and hyper pigmentation are actually pink/purplish in color. Therefore, for most people, the best corrector is probably a yellow shade.
+ Unless you use a lot of self tanner, the best foundation shade is the one that is less noticeable on the face
I always tested foundation on my chin, cheek, arms, you name it. But, it really isn’t that complicated. I worked on 9 different models the last two weeks with a range of skin tones and I only had 6 shades to work with. There was always one that worked. I would pick out 2-3 shades that seemed to be around their skin tone and then stripe each foundation on the front of their face around the mouth/chin area. I then stepped back and looked at them in the mirror. The shade I could see least was always the best choice since it camouflaged with their own skin.
Don’t try to match other body parts or your chin. Look at yourself head on in the mirror to match. Again, the only exception here would be if your body is a completely different color than your face. In that case, stipe your chest to find a match.
+ When building coverage, powder in between layers
Going with the less is more theme would indicate that building layers isn’t necessary. However, there are certain circumstances when we need to build coverage. To learn the technique we covered up a fairly sizable birthmark I have around my right elbow. This particular birthmark is 4-5 shades darker than my own skin tone. Since it’s brown, there really isn’t a “correcting” color per se. We had to first lay a foundation much lighter than my skin tone to cancel out the darkness. However, this made my skin look really gray. To revive the skin tone again we needed another layer with a peach tint. To avoid just swirling around product, we powdered the original layer and then patted the second layer, powdered again and added a third layer until achieving the desired coverage.
Hope you have a great week!