Makeup

Is it Really That Bad to Sleep in My Makeup?

You may have been told that falling asleep without removing your makeup isn’t good for your skin. I’ve learned that is very true!

Why? You’re throwing a “dirt party.” If you don’t remove your makeup at night, the powder, shadows, and cremes you’ve worn for 12+ hours will combine with the dirt, debris, and oil that has accumulated on your face throughout the day. And it will all sit there on your skin, mixing and mingling for another six to eight hours while you sleep.

You’re clogging your pores. And did I mention the oils, dead skin, and grime from your hair that is on your pillow? This will help to push all the dirt and debris right into your pores, leading to blackheads, breakouts, a dull complexion, and overall congestion.

You’re preventing your skin from doing its overnight job, including regenerating and repairing the day’s damage. Your skin behaves differently at night, cell turnover increases, trans epidermal water loss increases, oil production decreases, and blood flow increases. There’s a lot of important work to do, and you need to give your skin a proper cleansing, rehydrating, and an overnight rejuvenation treatment to help the process get done as effectively as possible.

How to Highlight and Contour

Why get surgery when you can trick the human eye with makeup? Yes, highlighting and contouring can change your features if applied correctly. For example, a round face can appear slimmer; a strong jawbone can be made subtler. There are no features that highlighting can’t enhance and contouring can’t hide. You can see the work it does every day on celebrities. No, they weren’t born like that and they didn’t wake up like that. I am going to tell you how to highlight and contour using concealer.

Here’s what you need

  • Foundation
  • Two shades of concealer. One should be one to two shades lighter than your skin, and the other should be one to two shades darker than your skin.
  • One beauty blender or three brushes. One should be a fluffy face brush and the other two should be concealer brushes.
  • One translucent setting powder
  1. Put on your foundation.
  2. Grab the concealer that is one to two shades lighter than your skintone and highlight the areas that you want to bring more focus to, such as underneath your brows, under your eyes, down the bridge of your nose, and the middle of your chin.
  3. You want to blend out the concealer with one of your brushes or with your finger. You don’t want any harsh line to show.
  4. Take the darker shade and contour any areas that you want to bring shade to, such as underneath your cheekbone, the side of your nose, your temples, and the crease of your eyes.
  5. Blend out the contour you just created so that there aren’t any lines.
  6. Finally, take your fluffy face brush and, with some translucent powder, set your face.

You’re done!

You are Probably More than One Color

Foundation Color Splats

The biggest question asked when looking into your next makeup purchase is “What color should I get for my foundation?”

I love this question since there are so many mixed blood beauties out there these days. It is a valid question, making the makeup companies work harder to cover and include all the various combinations that are skin today.

My immediate response is you are probably more than one color! No one is one solid color anymore. Some of the higher end lines might find something that is very close to being a one-stop shop for matching your skin tone, but if you are having a hard time finding your skin tone, you might need to mix. This is not a problem! It is a beautiful solution to show off your stunning skin and makes you a complex eye-appealing visionary.

First step in deciding your skin tone is to look into the mirror with a fresh clean face. Make sure you are in natural light if you can, if not, just take into account what tone your lamp’s bulb is and maybe even the color of the walls bouncing its own color onto you and your skin. Back to your face, what do you see? Under the surface do you see more red or pinky tones, or do you see more yellow or green tones? This is hard for some. You might see both.

If you see red or pinky tones, you are on the cooler side of the spectrum. If you have yellow or green you are on the warmer side of the spectrum.

Okay, now flash-forward: you are at Sephora in front of some makeup line that you have been yearning to try. Find a color that is as close to that “one stop shop” color. Does it not match perfectly? Is it too dull or ashy, then maybe you need a little something to boost it up. Look a few shades over from what you chose. Take a pea-sized bit and mix it with your first choice. Make sure it is in the tone you need: reds or pinky or yellow or green. It’s a game of trial and error. That is why it is so important to play with the makeup before you buy. I would suggest going to Sephora or another store with a wide range of makeup lines that allow you to play with samples.

When you are matching to find your color, you want to take into account what color your décolleté is as well. The worst thing to see is a floating head; your face doesn’t stop at your jaw line. It is very important to blend all the way down past your jaw and onto your neck. If you find that you might need to mix to find your perfect blend, remember the makeup lines try their hardest to get close, so you will only need a little bit of each to find your perfect blend. You can be more of one tone than the other, which has its benefits since it will last longer and make your purchase worthwhile.

The Beauty of Makeup

The purpose of makeup is to transform the face to appear more beautiful to other people. It is used for people to look more presentable by covering up redness, patchy and uneven skin tones, and to accentuate the best features of a person’s face, like their eyes or lips, for example. In turn, since one’s appearance to the outside world is improved, makeup helps to boost one’s self-esteem. However, if makeup is applied in a way that draws too much attention to an unattractive scar or neglects to cover up a blemish, it can have the opposite effect and detract from one’s appearance. For this reason, a good makeup artist knows how to enhance the best features of any person’s face. Some main points to consider when applying makeup:

  1. The Consultation: A good makeup artist needs to know the occasion for which the makeup is being applied. Daytime makeup is much more subtle and has a lighter application than makeup for a nighttime event. To choose the appropriate color palette, the makeup artist also needs to know the color of the clothing that will be worn for the occasion.
  2. Preparation: Practicing proper sanitation methods in station set-up is key—no one will return to a makeup artist who uses dirty brushes and equipment, or who does not wash their hands before applying makeup. Also, understanding a client’s skin type and properly prepping their skin, whether oily or dry, is very important before applying makeup. It is so important to start with a clean canvas! Cleansing the face of any oily buildup or old makeup is important as a first step. Applying the best toner and moisturizer for a client’s skin will allow for a smooth makeup application.
  3. The Application: Apply a primer and then foundation as the first step. There should not be a line of demarcation between the makeup and the client’s skin on their neck, so be sure to blend, blend, blend until there is a gorgeous flow from face to neck. After the foundation, apply bronzer, if desired, and some blush to the apples of the cheeks. A light dusting of translucent powder will do two things: It will help set the foundation and blush, and also give a nice matte or glowing finish, depending on the powder used. Next, apply eye shadow, eye liner, and mascara, always taking into account the client’s eye shape and color. The finishing touch will be a lipstick or gloss that either subtlety complements the eyes, or perhaps, by using a richer lip color and liner, is the main feature that is highlighted on the face.
  4. The Presentation: After the makeup is applied, hand a clean and lovely mirror to your guest to see their glowing and transformed new look! The beauty of makeup is that it is temporary. If your guest is unhappy with their new look, simply remove the makeup and start over.

Have fun! Applying makeup should be a fun and creative process for the makeup artist and their client, so get out there and have a blast!

How to Create a Winged Eyeliner

You see it everywhere you turn; it’s the one thing that you can achieve when in rush but want some type of glam. I admit this is one of the more difficult beauty tricks to learn, but it’s quick once you become familiar with the technique. There are many ways to do a winged eye, but I am going to share my favorite.

Here’s what you will need:

  • Black eyeliner. Liquid or cream works.
  • If using cream, an angled eyeliner brush or a pointed eyeliner brush.
  1. Hold your eyeliner pencil at the end point of your bottom lash line. Point it upward diagonally ending at the desired length that you want your wing to stop.
  2. Hold the skin taut right at the temple with the hand that’s free. Now draw another line from the very tip top of that diagonal line to the middle of your eyelid. There should be a blank area left.
  3. Fill in that blank area.
  4. Now, continue inward, slightly thinning the line more and more as you get closer to the inner tear duct.
  5. You are going to proceed to fill in the area from the middle of the lid to the inner corner.
  6. If you realize your line is ridged or crooked, just take a little more eyeliner and draw from the tip to the middle of lid once more, and then from the middle of the lid to the inner corner once more. Only this time, you shouldn’t have to fill anything in because you’re only perfecting the line.

You’re done!

Tattoo Cover

Tattoos are a great way to express yourself in a visual way permanently on your body. It is not understood by all and is not always visually acceptable in some situations, so what do you do? You cover it up!

Before and After using makeup to cover a tattoo.You need a high-pigmented foundation. High pigmented/color payoff makeup lines include (but are not limited to): Kat Von D Lock-it Tattoo, Make up Forever, Dermablend, and Ben Nye Tattoo Cover.

Other materials you’ll need are: a sponge, a small detail brush, translucent powder, and a powder puff.

The first step is to deposit a quarter size amount, for a medium-scale tattoo. The goal is to build up, not cake on, to the outer rim of the tattoo, slowly making your way to the middle.

With a sponge, you will not pull or push around the color but instead you will stipple, using an up and down motion, so there are spots of depth and small deckles left in the first layer.

Layers are needed for the deep black, but the biggest secret in tattoo cover is to powder in-between layers. Now powder.

Do one more layer; continue to stipple with the sponge but this time starting on the part of the tattoo with the most visibility. The stippling technique will help to soften the edges and give the illusion that the skin does not change. Powder again!

Now that the majority of the tattoo is covered, you might still have some bold outlining that is peaking through. Take your small detail brush and, with the brush on its flat side, stipple directly onto the lines or parts of the tattoo still showing. Then powder again. This detailing might need to be done a few times. Make sure to powder!

How to Create a Smokey Eye

The famous Smokey Eye as been around for a while and I believe it will never go out of style. This look is perfect for a night out with the girls or dinner dates with that special someone. While there are a couple of different ways to do this, I am going to walk you through the simplest steps to create a classic black sultry eye.

Here’s what you’ll need

  • Natural color eye shadow primer (with this look you don’t want creasing)
  • Three eye shadows. One for the lid (black); one as a blending, transition color (brown); and one for the inner corners of the eye and brow bone (a light shade)
  • A flat eye shadow brush and a blending brush
  • Black eyeliner
  • Mascara
  1. Prime your lid and bottom lash line with the natural color eye shadow primer. Blend from lash line up to the brow and bottom lash line with your finger.
  2. Then place the highlight color on the brow bone with your finger.
  3. Take the black eye shadow on the flat eye shadow brush and pat all over the lid, not going pass the crease.
  4. Next, take the blending brush with no eye shadow on it, and blend out the line where the black eye shadow ends.
  5. Take the same blending brush, but with the brown shadow, and blend where the black starts to fade.
  6. Line your water line with the black eyeliner. Apply it a little heavy so that you can smudge it out with your finger or the flat eye shadow brush.
  7. Optional: take a highlighting shade and apply it to the inner tear duct.
  8. Add mascara.

You’re done!

The Benefit of Using a Primer

If you want your face makeup to last a long time without having to touch it up, a must-have is the primer.

The primer is the first step before applying either foundation, concealer, or powder foundation, and sometimes bb cream too. Then it will last a few hours with a little touch-up. Primer also helps to reduce shininess, if you have oily to combination skin; dryness; and makes it easier to apply face makeup.

There are three categories of primer:

  • Face primer: for all over the face where the primer is colorless, feels smooth, and is prevented from clogging pores. It comes in gel formed, liquid, and cream based primer. However, there are different types of face primer:

    • matted primer—for oily skin,
    • brighter primer—tinted primer to add brightness, and
    • tinted primer—for a little more coverage that’s an alternative for color.
  • Eye primer: This is the most important makeup to apply before any eye shadow product. The eye primer will help the eye look on point without the shadow smudging to a faded color, and it won’t crease up the eye’s look. It will make your eye shadow last all day and all night long. Comes in a wax or cream-based primer.

  • Lip primer: If you’re struggling keeping your lipstick on all day and you’re tired of reapplying it and your lip liner consistently, lip primer will definitely help. It can also be used for someone with dry lips and won’t show that cracked lip stained look. Comes with a tube stick that looks like chapstick or, if you have extremely dry and sensitive lips, lip butter can also be used as a lip primer with added moisture content.

Having these primers will make your makeup on point and looking fabulous.

How to Create an Ombre Lip

An ombre lip is basically a gradient effect in color. It smoothly transitions from one color to the next without any sharp lines being present. Ideally one shade should be darker that the other, if they are in the same color categories, so that you can really see the ombre effect. You can also pick two different colors; it’s your choice. Ombre lips are fun to wear and you can get really creative with the colors.

Here’s what you’ll need

  • Two lip shades of your choice. One could be a liner and one a lipstick. That way your lipstick won’t bleed.
  • Lip primer if you’re using two lipsticks
  • Some sort of lip moisturizer like Vaseline
  1. Add the lip moisturizer to your lips and rub it in. You don’t want your lips to be super slippery. This also helps blending the colors together. If you have dry lips, it will be hard to blend.
  2. Take the darker color, which for me would be a lip liner, and outline your lips. Continue to build that lip liner into a thicker lip line. Leave the center free.
  3. Now, rub your lips together to get rid of any harsh lines.
  4. Take your lipstick and put in the blank center areas, try not to be too heavy-handed. Rub your lips together again.
  5. You basically repeat steps two and three until you get your desired ombre effect.

You can create an ombre lip with as many colors you can fit on your lips.

How to Match the Correct Shade Color

When it comes to makeup, one of the important things—before buying either a foundation, concealer, powder, or any face make up—is to find the correct shade for your skin. Whether you’re trying out new products, or if your skin changes tone, it has to match.

I know that some people match the skin tone using the edge of their jaw line or the back of their arm. But both of those areas have a different tone than where the makeup will be used, and where it will show if it doesn’t match.

To make a proper match on shade, first clean a strip of skin. It has to be clean or it will be infused with a different tone. Then use a q-tip, or a flat brush, and put it below the eye—next to the edge of the nose—and swatch all the way down to the nose area. This is the right location for determining tone. Then use a different brush—similar to a foundation or powder brush—or a sponge and blend it out until it becomes invisible, or reveals that it’s not the right shade.

If your skin looks pinkish-white, the shade color is too light. If the color is golden yellow, then it’s too bold. And if the color looks red-brown, then it’s too dark. When it matches, the color blends into the skin tone, making it disappear.

There you have it, a guide to indicate the correct color before buying a new product.

How to Create a Strong Brow

Brows are very important to an overall look. There are many ways to create a brow, but the more popular way right now is the “strong brow.” This brow doesn’t play games. Most people want this look but don’t quite know how to perfect it, so I am going to tell you how to get the look you’ve been wanting to learn.

Before learning the steps, you will need to start with well-groomed eyebrows. It is hard to create this look with many hairs being out of place, so removing any extra hairs will make it easy to map out your brows. You also need to have clean skin.

  1. Start with the bottom of your brow, and using an angled brow brush, make a line using short strokes from the beginning of the brow to the end.
  2. Then repeat the same step at the top of the brow. When you reach the end, the bottom line and top line should meet, creating a point.
  3. Now you need to fill in between the lines. You want the end of the brow fuller and deeper in tone. As you work towards the front, you want to use less product, while also using a lighter hand when placing the product. This will create a gradient effect.
  4. Using an angled brush, or small concealer brush, you want to conceal right underneath and above the line you mapped out in the first step. Lastly, don’t forget to use your finger to blend out the concealer.

Choosing Colors for You

With so many shades of shadows, blushes, and lipsticks, it can be overwhelming when trying to decide what color suits us best. Sometimes, when I walk into a store like Sephora, I get goggly-eyed like a four year old in a candy shop, with the pretty colors and perfect packaging. I want to try on every color and have someone tell me if it looks good or not, but that is not realistic. Then how am I supposed to know which colors work with my skin tone?

An easy way to solve that question is to know a little about your face and its characteristics. Blue eyes can usually pull off golds and silvers, neutrals, and earthy tones like blue or green. Blues, purples, and pinks, as well as all neutrals look very good with brown eyes. Green eyes really pop with pinks or browns. The color wheel is a great tool for helping to determine which direction you should go in. If you want a bolder look, then choose a color opposite your eyes. But if you want to achieve a more subtle look, use colors closer to your own eye color on the wheel.

When it comes down to it, if you like the way it looks and feels on your skin, then own it! Nothing is more beautiful than being confident in what you’re wearing.

Cream vs. Powder

Powder products have been around for a long time: powder foundation, powder eye shadow, powder blush. Until recently, they seem to have dominated the industry. But then companies started introducing new creations and formulations.

In the past, a cream would be thick and rich and not easily blendable. Today, however, they are available in every consistency we can think of, from cream to liquid to whips.

So the question remains, which formula is better? Personally I feel that, if you want to go for a more natural look for your blush or eye shadow, a cream will be your best bet. If you want something bold, then I would chose a powder because they are very buildable as well as blendable. You could also put a powder over a cream, to make sure that it sticks.

When it comes to foundations, a lot of that choice comes down to personal preferences. I find that people with oily skin prefer full coverage to hide the oil, but I think that a nice powder will help absorb some of the excess oil that may be present. On the other end, I feel like those with dry skin would not only benefit, but also enjoy, wearing something a little heavier, such as a liquid or a bb cream. They offer even, buildable coverage as well as protection from the dirty elements.

It’s not always easy finding a product that you love, but once you do, don’t let it go!

A Step to Step Guide to Dry Brushing

Dry brushing has always been a part of Ayurveda’s cleansing beliefs. It is a form of exfoliation that sloughs away dead skin cells, unclogs pores, reduces the appearance of cellulite, and removes toxins that have been trapped beneath the skin. In addition, dry brushing is also said to stimulate the lymphatic system, essential in helping toxins flow throughout the body. This extremely simple and inexpensive beauty regimen takes only about 5 minutes. With the simple steps below, you will see results instantly.

  1. Use a natural, non synthetic, bristle brush. A long handle helps to reach areas of your body that would otherwise be hard to reach.
  2. Stand naked in your bathtub, or elsewhere if you have a towel underneath your feet to catch the dead skin that falls.
  3. You can start anywhere you like on your body, but I prefer to start at my feet with long sweeping motions towards my heart. Brush the area several times and move on to the next section of your body. Take note that certain areas of your body are more sensitive than others, so make sure you are not too heavy handed with your brush, which can cause irritation. The more you dry brush, the less sensitive your skin will be.
  4. Rinse off in the shower to get all the dead skin residue off of your skin.
  5. Pat your skin dry with a towel. Finish with a body butter or a natural moisturizing oil, such as coconut, to help seal in the moisture.

Dry Brush and Accessories

Everyone Needs a Beauty Survival Kit

We’ve all been there, out and about, feeling great. And then we look into a mirror to find makeup issues going on. I used to never carry any makeup with me except a lip gloss. But now I think it’s essential to have a beauty survival kit that doesn’t take up too much space and has just the right touch ups that I might need. Here’s a list that I find always comes in handy when I need to reach into my purse and do a fixer upper.

Beauty Survival Kit

  1. Compact Mirror — For those times when you don’t have one around.
  2. Pressed Powder — Easy to touch up the face with either a translucent powder or foundation powder, especially for those who have oily skin and makeup which tends to slide off.
  3. Eyeliner — has the tendency to wear off or smudge throughout the day, so I carry a travel size liner.
  4. Lip Balm — I always carry a lip balm on me to keep my lips nice and moisturized.
  5. Lip liner/Lipstick — This changes depending on what lip color I’m wearing that day, but lipstick tends to bleed or fade so I always have both with me to clean up.
  6. Eyelash Glue — I usually wear false lashes and, at one point of the day, at least one of them starts to lift. So I make sure I always have glue on me to quickly fix the lashes.
  7. Hand Sanitizer — Important to use before touching your face.
  8. Perfume Sample — Apply a spritz throughout the day to smell fresh. Be careful not overdue it; too much perfume is never a good thing.
  9. Gum/Mints — Always have these handy for fresh breath.

Everyone’s survival kit will be different but it definitely comes in handy when you need a quick touch up!

Indie Cosmetics

The majority of makeup brands you find commercially can be traced back to just a handful of umbrella companies. Makeup tends to use the same ingredients so it’s not unusual to notice similar results and ideas across brands.

An alternative to this is to seek out small independent cosmetics companies. The indies are taking off in this culture of easy online marketing and social media. They occasionally have a small presence in shop displays or sell at craft or trade fairs, but the majority of indie business is done online.

These cosmetics are often handmade—not made in mass batches—and are always cruelty-free. Small companies can’t afford the expense of animal testing anyway. Many indie companies are vegan or offer information about any animal ingredients they may contain.

It’s a requirement for all U.S. cosmetics that they have their ingredients listed somewhere—often on their website. If they don’t, beware.

It’s nice to support a small business instead of a big corporation, and the people in the indie cosmetics world tend to be a community of people who have a real passion for makeup and beauty. If you worry about the accountability and quality of these products, look up reviews. They should be easy to find on social media, blogs, and review sites. These companies are also relatively easy to personally contact with any questions through email or social media.

Often beauty blogs are a good resource to find hidden gems. Etsy can be a great place to find these businesses as are Pinterest and Instagram. Indie makeup can be a lot of fun and open up a whole new world beyond the usual cosmetics counter.

Eyelash Tinting

People often tint their lashes as a good alternative to mascara. The three colors that are most popular range from the lightest brown to the standard black to deepest blue-black.

Along with your brow shape, eyelashes help to define your eyes. Having a deep dark lash line can take your eyes from barely noticeable to defined. Here are a few tips you can use when tinting your client’s lashes.

Make sure the lashes are clean and makeup free. If using a makeup remover that is oil-based, make sure that any leftover residue is removed as well.

Prepping the area is key to providing a clean and error-free application. Prepare the area around the eye with Vaseline. Use a q-tip and swipe the Vaseline under and above the lash line, making sure to stay clear of the actual lashes. This created a barrier and prevents the lash dye from adhering to the skin.

Place a clean protective pad under the lower lash line. This covers the skin below. The client will then close their eyes and the application can begin.

I prefer using a plastic cuticle pusher to get as close as possible to the lash line. Once the tint is mixed, I then apply the product by pressing it into the lash line and sweeping it down the lashes. I start from the middle and work my way to the outer ends making sure the lashes are completely saturated. Check to make sure there is no dye on the skin. If there is, immediately use a q-tip to remove the product, as it will stain.

Make sure the client is in a comfortable position as they will be seated with their eyes closed for about twenty minutes. Once the time is up, I remove the cotton and then dampen 4×4s with warm water and gently swipe the lashes from the inside out until all the product is removed. I have the client look up and I gently swipe the lower lash line as well.

Hand your client a mirror to see the ending results. Ta da!

Basics of Highlighting and Contouring

How to Contour

Learn how to contour your face to create the illusion of perfect symmetry! Contouring and highlighting are makeup techniques used by nearly every makeup artist designed to bring light to certain features on your face while creating a shadow effect on others. The goal is to create an illusion with makeup that draws attention to specific areas while diminishing the look of others. Depending on your skin or preference, you can contour and highlight using creams, liquids, or powders. For highlight, you will want to use a shade lighter then your skin tone. For contour, you will use a shade darker then your skin tone. I prefer to always use a highlight color that has a little bit of shimmer to give a glow to the face. For contour, use a matte color for the perfect shadowing.

  • Cheeks

    I like to start with my contour to map out my face. Start by applying a darker shade to the hollows of your cheekbones from the hairline down the cheek about halfway and blend. If you have trouble finding the hollows of your cheeks, suck in cheeks like a fishy face and you will find the hollows. You can add as much dark color as needed but always start out light and build up. You can also bring the contour up the sides of the forehead near the hairline to create a smaller forehead. Apply highlight right above the contour on the tops of your cheekbones where light naturally hits the skin. When applying blush, concentrate on applying it to the apples of the cheeks.

  • Nose

    The nose can be a little bit tricky, but with more practice it looks amazing! Apply your contour color on each side of the bridge of your nose. I like to start the contour from the tip of my nose and bring it upward to ensure a straight line. Apply the highlight color down the very center of your nose.

    Tip: The more you blend, the more natural your contour will look!

  • Eyes

    When it comes to highlighting the eyes, apply highlight underneath the brow. That will help arch the brow and make it look clean. Also you can apply highlight color into the inner corners of the eyes for a more awake look.

Mac Cosmetics

Mac Cosmetics was founded in Toronto, Ontario, Canada by Frank Toskan and Frank Angelo in 1984. They opened their first U.S. Mac store in 1991, in New York.

Mac Cosmetics started out as a line just for professional makeup artists: it was not sold to the public. Mac Cosmetics is known for its use as stage makeup, so it is a little on the heavier side when it comes to coverage. But, as time progressed, they’ve also come out with lighter foundations.

They have many different products now—basically, anything you need in makeup from foundations to powders, blush and bronzers, lip sticks and pencils. Mac doesn’t just carry makeup. They also have brushes and eyelashes, creams and primers. You can find anything you can think of at a Mac cosmetics store.

Mac Cosmetics are usually found in every Macy’s or Nordstrom’s department stores, but because of the small space, it’s only a fraction of Mac’s whole product line. Their pro line can be found in Mac’s pro stores. The pro line, or studio line, includes air brush makeup and exotic colors, together with different types of products. If you’re a licensed professional, Mac gives you an extra discount on your purchases.

Personally, I love Mac makeup due to their coverage and the different options that they always have. They never seem to fail with the next hot trend and colors.

Learning to Love Makeup

Before I started my education at Cinta Aveda Institute, my interest in makeup didn’t go much further than wanting to know how to make my own face look presentable. I knew the basics—like how to apply foundation, blush, eyeshadow, and lipstick—but anything more than that made my brain scramble.

It wasn’t until we started learning about makeup at school that I really became interested. Some great things my educators demonstrated for us were contouring and bridal makeup, two things I knew nothing about.

This came to good use when I had my first bridal makeup application last weekend. I was caught off guard when the guest told me that she wanted to do a trial run for bridal makeup, but I thought back to what we had learned and put it to good use.

I started off with a clean face, then applied a light layer of Aveda Tinted Moisture. This was great for my guest since she wanted a beautiful but natural look. I then went in with different shades of pink and purple, with a touch of gold for her eyeshadow. I was a little unsure at first, but as I continued to blend all the shades, it looked really beautiful. We finished off the look with a neutral lip with a touch of pink.

I was nervous to show her the final look, as this was my first bridal makeup, but was relieved when she looked in the mirror and told me how happy she was. The smile on her face was infectious. I left school that day feeling really proud of myself, and with a bit more confidence in my ability to do makeup.