Now that we are full swing into 2016, I wanted to get back to what I do best. Helping a girl out. People ask me all the time if I’m judging their make-up. Truthfully the answer is “Yes and No.” While I always notice make-up whether it’s for good or bad reasons, I don’t base their life story or judge them as a person for it. If anything I notice the same few minor make-up mistakes, that are easy quick fixes, that most people would change if they were aware of them.
Here are 5 tips you can do right now that will improve your everyday make-up routine:
- Do your make-up facing natural light if you can. Have you ever looked in your car rear view mirror and think, “Oh GAWD! What happened?” You see brow hairs everywhere, your foundation looks orange and streaky, and your eye shadow isn’t blended? Don’t be ashamed, it’s happened to all of us! The reason you leave your house thinking you look good, and your car mirror proves otherwise is because NATURAL LIGHT NEVER LIES. Bathroom lighting can be tricky. The lights are bright and deceiving, the mirror can be 1 ½-2 feet away depending on your counter depth, making it hard to really know what your make up looks like up close. Doing your make-up in natural light might take some getting used to but at least you’ll accurately know how your make-up looks in person. Bonus Tip: When taking selfies, always look for natural light. People ask all the time how I take such clear pictures of myself. I know there are ring lights are really popular, but I keep it simple and face a window. Natural light is your friend.
- Prioritize your time. If you only have 5 minutes to do your make up, focus on making one thing extra polished and the rest a quick touch up. I think it’s drilled into our heads (especially people of my generation) that make-up must always start with Concealer, Foundation, and Powder. THEN you move onto whatever else, wrong! If you’re in a hurry, skip steps where you can and focus your time where you need it most. For me, 5 minutes looks like: brows, mascara, and a dash of concealer. Done. Make-up doesn’t have to be an hour-long ordeal every day to look polished. Pro-Tip: There are great multi-purpose products out there. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick and Make-up Forever Ultra HD Cover Stick are pigmented enough to be concealer & foundation in 1.
- Find your signature statement lipstick. A signature lipstick is one of those shades that you just want to hug because it makes you feel so dang good. It could be red, pink, plum, nude; the color is irrelevant
because it’s how it makes you feel. I have a certain lipstick (Chanel Incandescente) and when I wear it I get so many compliments. It’s a beautiful red, like so many other reds out there, but for some reason this particular lipstick makes me feel extra special; which translates entirely into how I carry myself.
“If you’re sad, add lipstick and attack.” –CoCo Chanel.
- Make sure your eyeliner blends into your lash line. Eyeliner that is jagged or disconnected from the lash line is the make-up mistake I notice the most. Think of eye-liner as baseboard trim around your house. It wouldn’t make sense to go through the effort of installing baseboards if there were a gap between the trim and your walls! You’d demand the builder would fix it, right? Similarly, if you’re going to go through the effort of applying eyeliner, make sure it blends into your lash line. Otherwise, it defeats the purpose of eyeliner; which is to define your eyes. Here’s a trick I teach clients if they have trouble with eyeliner. Instead of drawing one solid line, take a kohl or gel liner and draw a dotted line along your lash roots. Then, while the liner is still “wet,” take a stiff angled brush and blend the dots one into another. The finished result is one smooth continuous blended line with no visible gaps. If you want a more natural look draw smaller dots, if you want a bolder liner draw thicker dots- either way, blend and smudge.
- Curl your lashes and apply a double coat of mascara. This one is self-explanatory. Adding an extra coat of mascara to your lashes is the quickest way to give your eyes some extra pop. Did you know that when cartoonists draw animals, they give them big lashes to personify the characters? It’s a fact; big lashes make your eyes look bigger, brighter, and more alive. Just remember to replace your mascara every 3 months.
- Bonus tip: Don’t compare yourself to social media gurus. Their entire job is to be photo ready which can take hours. As a make-up artist one of the most unrealistic requests is, “Can you just make me look like this really fast?” as my client show me a picture of X instagram celebrity at X photo-shoot. My answer is usually no, and here’s why. Whether you are putting make-up on yourself or a professional make-up artist is applying it, remember that flawless make-up takes time. There’s color correcting, layering, and the blending has to be SO precise. It’s a process. Do I think it looks good in photos? Yes, but I guarantee in person it looks like a thick mask of make-up, because it is! Keep in mind this is coming from someone who loves make-up. I’m not saying less is more. I’m not saying more is more. I’m saying don’t get caught up in, “I wish I looked as perfect as so and so make-up guru.” Remember that they are real people, and chances are, on their days off they’re probably wearing “no make-up, make up” too.
Sometimes I wish I knew how to make You-Tube videos because these things would be much easier to explain! Hope these tips help your everyday make-up routine in some way. Please feel free to comment and let me know your thoughts!