I was doing wedding makeup on the weekend, and it made me realise, that makeup is really about being you, only better. Makeup is not about covering up or creating a mask, it is about enhancing your natural features and beauty. Bearing this in mind, there are a few really easy tips we can recommend for your own DIY flawless party makeup.
A friend of the bride came in on the weekend and commented on how the bride’s skin looked amazing, and I realised that that is exactly the comment we should be aiming for when doing makeup. The comments should not be about “your makeup looks amazing”, but “you look amazing”. They should not notice that it’s the makeup, they should think its you! We’ve broken it down into several steps for you.
- The first step to amazing makeup is to have an amazing base and prime your skin. As I’ve heard Napoleon Perdis says “Its a crime not to prime”, and it really is. Our Arbonne cosmetics Makeup primer is the best I’ve found, and it can be bought online. Although many people may say you shouldn’t use skin care products with silicone-based products in them, this is one exception to that rule. You actually want your makeup primer to prevent makeup from sinking into your pores, and hence, you don’t mind having silicone-based ingredients in this product. These type of molecules are actually too large to sink into the skin, and hence, actually prevents your makeup from sliding into your pores. You only need a tiny amount of this product to create a smooth base for your makeup. Worried about how to use this product? We’ve even done a video to make it really easy.
- After that apply foundation, followed by concealer. No, your concealer does not go on first. You only need small amounts of concealer to cover anything that the foundation does not cover. Otherwise, you end up with heavy, mask like coverage, which is not ideal. Usually the blemishes you want to cover are darker than the rest of your skin, so you should use a slightly paler colour of concealer. The exception to this rule is if you are using a mineral powder foundation. In this case, you can start by using a small amount of concealer to cover any blemishes (don’t cover too thoroughly or it will end up looking cakey), and then follow with a big powder brush loaded with a conservative amount of mineral powder foundation.
- Be sure to brush off the excess or your coverage will be too thick.
- Finally, set this with a translucent, or well matched powder. This will blend and set your base, and allow for easy application of other powder based formulas such as eyeshadow or blush.
You can also view our video tutorials, including how to create a flawless base. We also have tutorials on mineral powder foundation application.