Since I seem to love lists of 5’s, I bring you another edition of Five on Friday with a twist. I’m going to break down my top 5 makeup tips. I’ve learned/used hundreds of makeup tips throughout my life, but this post is really meant to be the tips that have stuck with me the most. Those that have become a part of my daily routine!
Always Set Concealer
This is going to sound so dramatic, but I don’t even understand how I used concealer before and did not set it. Was I a creasy mess? Did it fade? I don’t know.
EVERY SINGLE TIME I apply concealer under my eyes now I set it with powder. My preferred method is to apply a little concealer (usually with the wand) & blend with a damp sponge. I essentially bounce the sponge in order to blend. Immediately after blending, I use the same damp sponge, pick up a little loose powder (with the sponge) and then press the powder on top of the concealer.
If you’ve never done this with a damp sponge I know it can sound weird to use something that has water to apply powder, but trust me it’s the most crease-proof method!
If you don’t have a sponge, or don’t want to deal with water, you could always set the concealer with a brush.
Press, don’t swirl powder onto the skin
I confess that all my life I’ve been a swirler. I always saw people using their makeup brushes to swirl so I’ve been swirling away for years.
Thankfully, I’ve seen the light. Apparently this is how Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist does it. For every layer of product he applies to her skin, he presses it in using a sponge. And I’m not talking about a delicate little press. I’m saying pound that sponge in there (without hurting yourself of course). So, assuming you apply a liquid foundation first, you’d want to press it into the skin using a sponge. If you want to do another layer, go for it but make sure you are really pressing as you go. Once you are ready for powder, pick up the powder with a sponge again and then continue to press.
Yes, this takes a little more time, but this technique is what is going to get you that airbrushed, blended and flawless look. I take it to the next level and usually press my bronzer, blush and highlight as well.
This 3 min video by Wayne Goss explains the technique using a beauty blender.
When using mascara, always powder your eye lids first.
Say what? Yes people. A couple of reasons why:
+ Eyelids tend to produce oil. Yes, yuck! But it’s the truth. You actually may not even realize it, but if you ever have your mascara run or flake a lot (even the waterproof ones), then it may be due to the lovely little oil glands on your lids. So, even if you aren’t using any other products on your face, next time, use a little translucent powder, or even a light/beige eye shadow and dust it all over your lids.
+ The powder will actually help your lashes look a little bit more full/have more grip. Have you ever applied mascara on your bare face and thought that it doesn’t look the same as when you do a full face of make up? I would always wonder why this happened until I realized that when I do the rest of my face, a little powder ends up on my lashes making them look fuller. This is the idea behind a lot of volumizing/texturing sprays for your hair. They have tiny powder particles in there that adhere to the hair and make it fuller.
Hold you Eye Brushes Further Away
This was another revelation for me! I have quite a few eye brushes in my collection. And I’d like to think that I have a substantial amount of good quality eye shadows. Yet for the longest time, I couldn’t do any precise eye looks. Somehow my eyes always ended up looking muddy or uneven.
It wasn’t until I actually started paying attention to how professionals hold their brushes that I realized the problem. I tend to hold my brushes like I would hold a pencil. I.e. almost at the brush head. This usually results in too much pressure and for the brush hairs to spread and cover a larger . I hope that makes sense.
Unlike with tip #2 above, eye shadow needs to be applied lightly. Holding the brush further away from the bristles will make your eye shadow apply more precisely and will deposit less product.
Use a brightener under the brow
Sometimes it’s the simplest ideas the make the biggest difference. And that is exactly how I feel about using a product to highlight right under the arch of my brows. I’m not even going to be specific here with a product. I’ve used highlighter, eye shadow and concealer to do this and they all work well.
Use a small flat concealer or eye shadow brush and apply a small amount of concealer/eye shadow/highlight right under your brow. It will really make your eyes look brighter and more lifted. Just don’t go ham. You don’t need to highlight the entire space under the brow, just towards the center/highest point of the arch.
I hope this is helpful to some of you! What are your most used makeup tips and tricks?