The Perfect Complexion
Beauty the Professional Way
Ever wonder how celebrities and movie stars get that great flawless complexion? Or even the make up counter clerks at your local Macy's, Marshall Fields, or Sephora?
Or maybe you are the type of person who wonders why anyone should wear makeup. Well it brings out the natural beauty in everyone. It helps to cover our own imperfections, Can define our best features, and well as make someone look entirely different.
Now, You may be wondering how to get that perfect complexion. The first step, is starting with your skin care. No one has perfect skin, it can range from Normal/Oily, Normal/Dry, Sensitive, Combination, Acne prone, dry, Oily, and aging skin. To have that flawless look, you must have a good skin care regime. Which means washing your face twice a day. In the morning when you wake up (or whenever you wake up) and Before you go to sleep.
Preferably use professional skin care line. Even if you cannot afford a professional brand, there are still great skin care lines that fit everyone's budget. Department stores, i.e. Target, which carries non-professional to professional skin care lines that can help all skin types, it is a good idea to stay within the same skin care line for facial wash, moisturizers, toners, eye cream, etc. However it is not necessary to do so.
Okay, so we have the skin care down pack. The 2nd step is PRIMER. You must use primer, it will help your makeup stay on longer, but it will also help it go on smoother. And not create Streaks.
Now it comes down to makeup for that perfect complexion. Just as you should stay in the same skin care brand (although not necessary). It is also, and a MUST for your complexion makeup to ALL be the SAME LINE. If you use cover girl foundation, you should also use their concealer, and powder. Find out what the base is. (if its water base, or silicone base.) If you use water base foundation, its best to use water base concealer. But if you don't have a water base foundation or concealer, it will still work-if its in the same makeup line.
Now that you understand that, the 3rd step is concealing, when it comes to concealing always remember complimentary colors. They cancel each other out, and that is where concealer comes in to play.
There are different colors of concealer, Green, Orange/Apricot, Violet/purple/lavender,Yellow.
If you have any redness- you are going to use the green concealer to cover up that redness. Not too much green or it will give you the look of being green, which can make you look sick. If you have a red hickey, use this concealer to hide it.
Yellowness in your skin tone? Use violet/purple concealer. Its used to normalize yellow-colored skin imperfections, and if you have bronzed/darker complexion, with dark under-eye circles or spots it can hide them.
Under-Eye Circles? Use the Orange, also can be known as yellow, peachy, or apricot color concealer for different companies, it will hide the blue and/or violet underneath your eyes, and even if you have a bluish purplish bruise.
Now that we have that covered. Lets talk about foundation. You have to figure out if your skin color is Warm, Neutral, or Cool.
People with Yellow, medium beige, dark beige, or olive undertones tend to be Warm. You can also tell by your veins in your wrist. They tend to appear green under the skin.
People with pink or rosy undertones in the skin, and even light beige, are known as Cool. Fair/Pale Porcelain skin is cool because of their pink undertones in the skin. The veins tend to have blue or violet appearance.
Neutral is a mix between the both, not really having any undertones that are dominate.
To figure out what color you are, You can test the foundation on your jaw line, and you want to blend it into your neck. If it blends well into your jawline and neck, then you have found your match. Another way to figure out your undertones is to hold up color cards. Red and Gold are warm, while Silver and Grey (gray) are cool. Hold one of each color card up to your face and figure if you look more warm or more cool. If you look closely relative towards both, you are going to be neutral.
Okay so now you have figured out what undertone you are. How are you going to apply the concealer and foundation? With a concealer brush and a foundation brush. These work the best to have no uneven amount of product distributed on your face. If the concealer and foundation is the same base, Apply the concealer on first. Blend it well over your areas that you want to hide. And do not use too much where it looks obvious. If the Concealer is water based i recommend applying it after the foundation is applied and blended in, then layering with foundation over the spots.
Before you have begun applying any makeup, DO NOT FORGET THE PRIMER! Apply the primer all over your face, and under your chin and onto your neck, you will not need to much of it. Alittle goes a long way. There are even primers for your skin type. And some primers are called base.
Okay so your face is washed, moisturized. You Applied the Primer. Now you need to Conceal (if same base) When you apply the conceal, use only as much as you actually need, and blend it out over the area. (Your ring finger can be used, but make sure you hands are clean!) Now that you concealed your blemish. You are going to apply the foundation, with a foundation brush. Sponges aren't bad...but some can absorb too much product.
Put some foundation on your wrist, enough to be distributed on your face and onto your neck. Focus towards the inner part of the face, blend outward covering all over and blending into your neck. You do not want to be one of those people who have a line of demarcation. Even blend foundation over your eyes. Layer over the spots your concealed and blend well. Blend into the hair line.
Use powder, translucent or the same as the foundation color to help set it.
Certain types of foundation is preferred for skin types, Liquid in my opinion is best for dry skin to normal/dry, and sensitive. There are liquid foundations just for normal/oily and oily skin types. Make sure those are non-clogging. Mineral is best for oily, sensitive, dry, combination, and normal.
So go out there a experiment in finding your perfect foundation match! If you have any questions let me know, and i will be glad to answer them!
*Also if you have aging skin, try foundation to help it. Stay away from anything with sparkles in it, they will make your fine lines more noticeable. Which you want to stay away from. And use matte powders. And use anti-aging skin care as well.
Now go try out your perfect complexion, and be the beauty you are :]