Hello! Following on from my Makeup Cheat Sheet post I decided to do a video and blog post about different makeup products and application techniques.
Here’s my video!
As with all these posts, this is just the ways I do things and there are infinite other ways of doing things, but here is a good place to start.
Primer: I love the Nivea Sensitive Post Shave Balm (men’s product) because the ingredients are the same as many high end primers and it really keeps your makeup on, controls oil, and hydrates. If you’re someone who wants something marketed as a primer, you can’t go wrong with any primer from Makeup Forever.
Corrector: This is a product that goes on before concealer or foundation to ‘correct’ any discolouration on the face. It goes directly on the discoloured area and should not look blatantly like a patch of random colour on your face, it should even out your skin overall. What I mean by that is basically ignore most youtube and Instagram tutorials that show someone smearing red lipstick under their eyes, or green all over their face.
Mint green: good for redness, often needed for blemishes, rosacea, or around the nose. Dab it gently and sparingly on the red/pink parts of your face, adding more if you need it but starting with a minuscule amount. I recommend the LA Girl ProConceal in Green.
Orange/Peach/Yellow: For brightening dark circles and dark pigmentation that has a blue/ purple tone. I’m a bit hesitant to recommend orange because it is usually to rich and deep for the people who are keen to use it. I recommend peach for most people. Rule of thumb is that if you’re trying to lighten dark patches, the corrector should be lighter than the affected area, common sense right? Everyone’s skin is different but for most people I’ll take 70-90% yellow corrector and mix it with orange to create peach. Tap on to blend.
I haven’t actually ever used a violet or blue corrector, they are pretty rarely needed.
Application and Tips:
-Remember that your corrector shouldn’t look strange once blended, the concealer, powder, or foundation you put on top of it should be just to even things out, not cover up this random colour on your face.
-If your foundation or concealer cover up your redness or dark patches enough on their own, don’t worry about corrector, many people don’t need it.
Concealer: A concentrated base product that comes in liquid and cream form. Use it to cover discolouration, blemishes, and under eye circles. Generally I recommend using a liquid concealer as it is more versatile, thick creams will crease under your eyes but are great for blemishes. Liquids are good for all purposes, unless you want some seriously heavy duty concealing, like for a tattoo, them check out dermacolor by Kryolan or Revlon Colorstay. The Cover Fx custom cover drops seriously increase your concealer or foundation coverage so they are amazing for concealing spots. I use LA Girl Pro Conceal which is a liquid, if I need some heavy duty blemish concealing I mix it with Cover FX drops. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer is amazing but pricey.
Powder: Essential for ‘setting’ concealer to prevent it rubbing off, fading, or getting oily throughout the day. Even dry skin needs a touch of powder where you’ve used concealer. I like translucent powders because you don’t need to worry about the colour. I recommend Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot, Codi Airspun, Laure Mercier Translucent Loose Powder (good for dark skin too), Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (especially for dry skin), and RCMA no color powder (especially for dry skin and dark skin). Powders with colour for dark skin, Sacha buttercup is an amazing under eye powder, I like the Black Opal loose powder but it oxidises (gets darker once applied) so buy a lighter shade than your skin.
Powder Foundation: I have only used two, the Bare Minerals Original loose foundation powder and the Nars All Day Luminous Powder Foundation. I love both. Nars is not as good value (you get a lot less product) but less messy because its not loose, and lasts a bit longer on the skin.
I recommend a powder foundation for normal, combination, or oily skin. Dry skin can use it but needs a really moisturised base. For light coverage buff with a brush all over, for medium coverage, spray a mist with water, glycerin, rose, aloe vera, on your face then buff into damp skin. Keep doing that to add layers of coverage. This never looks cakey, it fact it gives the most natural finish I’ve had with any foundation.
More foundation types will be discussed in a future foundation post.
Bronzer: You need to really just find something that is the right level or warm for you depending on your skin tone. Makeup Forever make my all time favourite bronzer wich coms in so many shades, the Pro Bronze Fusion. Never looks unnatural, lasts forever, is waterproof?! Decent budget ones I’ve tried include NYC, Rimmel, Bourjois. Apply to the cheeks, hairline, temples, neck, forehead, nose (wherever you want a bronzed glow).
A cool toned bronzer can also be used to contour, like The Balm Bahama Mama and Benefit Hoola. I use Anastasia powder contour kit and a great cheap find: Natural Collection single shadow in Crushed Walnut. More on contouring in a later post!
Blush: Use any blush you want to be honest! Different depths of peach suit everyone, as to dusky rose shades. I like Milani, Elf and Wet n Wild (american brands) for budget options and Nars for high end. Apply to the fattest, most protruding, soft part of your cheek. Avoid going close to your eye socket or mouth. Blend in small circular motions