Last night, I went to my friend, Candace's house for a Mary Kay party. We had so much fun eating yummy peanut butter dip, peach cupcakes, and playing with make-up. While applying the make-up, I came to learn that the girls never wore blush. And not only that they didn't wear it, that when applying it, they thought it should be in a straight line from the cheek to the temple. Therefore, I decided it was time to blog about the wonder of blush and contouring.
First off, you should know that I have a round face, therefore I know how to apply make-up to a round face. Each face shape is a little different, so what I'm doing won't work perfectly for everyone. You should also know, that I am not a make-up expert. I just happen to read a lot of girly magazines, and I lived in a dorm with community bathroom where we all swapped our secrets - both in the world of make-up and boys - the boy secrets obviously didn't stick.
So, in reality I really have no clue what I'm doing, but here's my face make-up routine. You should also know that I hate blogging about hair and makeup because it means that there will be a lot of weird photos, so please disregard any odd facial expressions. Finally, I tried to use my "real" camera instead of my cell phone, and self-portraits aren't the easiest, so disregard the wonky cropping.
Okay, here we go. This is what I look like when I wake up in the morning....once my hair has been tamed. No make up, no lotion, no nothing.
I start by applying eye cream, moisturizer and primer - in that order. If you aren't using primer, go get some. It evens out your pores, & gives you a dewy look. If I were rich, I would only use Arbonne's primer. I've gotten multiple people hooked on it. If I can't justify $30, or if I don't have time to order, I use Maybelline Age Rewind. My eye cream is MAC; I love it.
The moisturizer is from the Arbonne RE-9 line.
Once my face is prepped, I contour and even out my skin with concealer and foundation. I use a Maybelline concealer that is waaaaaaay darker than my skin, and I use some tri-colored concealer that I found at Costco one day. Yes. I buy make-up at Costco. Don't judge me, Internet. I also use a liquid foundation. I don't necessarily use all of these daily. Sometimes I don't do any thing, and just put on some mascara.
So here's how the conturing works. I put a little bit of the dark concealer in the hollow of my cheeks. (You can find the hollow by making kissy faces at yourself in the mirror.) Then I blend it all in with a sponge or my fingers. You can still see the line a bit, but my foundation will take care of that.
|See how my concealer forms a "triangle" under my eye?|
I don't blend it all in. I just kind of leave it, and let my foundation blend it in. Speaking of foundation, I use about a dime sized amount and a pink sponge that I found at TJ Maxx a few months ago. It's the type you get wet. I then use a "stipple" method to apply it. (Stippling is an art term that is kind of like blotting - apparently you're supposed to avoid rubbing your face, so you blot instead.)
Now it's time for blush. Blush is amazing. It gives skin a beautiful glow.
I use a compact with 2 colors. I think it's from Lancome. One is peach toned, and the other is pink toned. I rub my brush in both colors at the same time, that's why the compact is so messy. I figure if one color is good, two must be better.
Then I smile at myself in the mirror, and I find the apples of my cheeks. Starting at the apple of my cheek, I rub a little blush, and make a small "C" under the eye. Going from the apple around to the lip. Kind of merging my blush to my dark concealer from the first step. Sometimes I use my fingers to blend a little bit. Sometimes I don't. It all depends on my mood and what I'm getting ready to go do.
Here's my post-blush look. So serious.
The very last thing I do after eye-make up is to apply a setting powder from Arbonne. This stuff is a miracle powder. It covers every make-up mistake I make. I love it. It's just the right amount of translucent and dewy.
And then I'm done! It sounds like a lot of work, but I can do it in 5 minutes flat with eye make up. It just takes practice. Notice the definition in my cheek bones? That's the darker concealer.
A quick side-by-side comparison. Notice the better light in the after photo. Photographer's trick. :)