Her cute lil family! <3 Photos by Ty French
Foundation is the foundation of your makeup, it is muy importante. Your skin needs to be the proper shade (this includes the skin on your neck also if needs be,) and it needs to have the proper dimension which I go over in more detail in my foundation post here. In this post I’m going over products and what to look for in a great foundation and primer.
When shopping for foundation here are some tips:
- Ask for samples. Most brands in major department stores will sample liquid foundation.
- Check your neck. If you look like you have a floating head consider using a lighter shade just along the jawline to make the color more uniform with your neck. You can also use a bronzer on your neck to even it out. Bobbi Brown makes great bronzers and for most things I prefer a matte bronzer. A great universal bronzer for light to medium (even if you’re fairly tan this color will still work) skin tones is the shade Natural from Bobbi Brown. For very red based skin tones I like Dark (this can also double as a blush.) And for a darker bronzer I like Elvis Duran. *I like to check the company website for any deals or promotions they might be having, otherwise I tend to order online from departments stores, Amazon prime, Ulta or Sephora.* And for a bronzer that can double as a contour color I like theBalm in Bahama Mama.
Now for the products. You guys this was so hard because sometimes there’s more than one product that I like. In my efforts to not over-complicate things I chose two foundations to recommend. For normal to dry skin I do really like YSL Touche Eclat . What you want from a foundation if you are dry is a one that will be hydrating with a dewy finish that will last on your skin. Sometimes, these kinds of foundations look incredibly flawless and natural at first but after several hours you may get a little bit shiny on the t-zone. No big deal, just at that point touch up with a little powder. For all skin types I love Laura Mercier’s invisible pressed powder. *last time I ordered a bunch of stuff through the Laura Mercier website they sent that powder as a sample, and I’m hooked!* It won’t add much coverage, it will just mattify.
For normal to oily skin the most universal foundation I’ve found is Lancome’s Teint Idole 24h. If you have more of a normal skin type and want a more sheer application apply a liberal amount of moisturizer to your skin just before applying the foundation. If you’re oily or want more coverage, you’ll want to wait for your moisturizer to absorb a little bit before applying.
If you have the kind of skin that nothing wants to stick to and even the ‘long wear’ formulas of foundations wear off (like the crazy durable Double Wear from Estee Lauder,) then the Becca Ever Matte Primer will be your best friend. This stuff is like, industrial strength so you can’t get lazy with it (if you miss a spot on your face you can tell because the foundation won’t grip as well to the area.) To ensure that you can get it blended properly before it sets I recommend applying the Becca Ever Matte Primer in sections, like this ↓ I know that picture looks kind of crazy but hopefully it helps:-)
I am currently testing out different kinds of foundation primer for dryer skin, I will keep you posted! So far I am liking Lancome’s Hydra Glow and it smells divine.
What’s your favorite foundation? I’d love to know!
This is part two of the follow-up post I did after my segment on Studio 5. I talked about makeup for teens and how to transition them into makeup plus a few other tips.
Here are the basics:
•Keep a full, but groomed brow. Most teens will be tempted to start tweezing them, then all of a sudden only a fraction of their brows survive. (I’m totally guilty of this. I plucked and plucked until there was hardly anything left. And what remained resembled little apostrophe’s, or tadpoles, on my face. 😕 Whoops!)
•Take good care your skin. After years of using aggressive cleansers ,I switched to Cerave after my dermatologist told me I was making my skin angry with everything I was using. Sorry skin, my bad! And honestly, for problematic, acne-prone skin, there are plenty of things that probably work, but I say just go to a dermatologist. They know best.
•Parents, when you feel comfortable with your teen wearing makeup, start with letting them wear mascara and lip balm. Then as needed, implement concealer, foundation, bronzer and a little for their brows. Then eyeshadow and eyeliner. These are just guidelines so use your best judgement.
Aren’t these girls just stunning? ↓
Getting the correct foundation is key. For dryer skin types, I like Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. For normal or combination skin, I like Lancome Teint Miracle. For oily skin, I like Bare Minerals Ready. These will all provide a lighter more natural coverage.
In my opinion, before and after photos are useful to give a better idea of where things go and what they look like ↓
The products I used:
Complexion: Urban Decay Naked Flushed palette in Streak for bronzer, blush, and highlighter and Make Up Forever Full Cover Concealer. For foundation, reference the previous recommendations in this post.
I know you’ve already seen this photo ↓ but look at them! They’re just so pretty!
Photos by Jessica Janae Photography . Special thanks to Whitney!
The product that made the biggest difference for this makeover was Laura Mercier Secret Concealer. It’s fantastic for under the eyes and they have excellent color options, ideal for neutralizing under eye discoloration.
If you tend to have issues with concealer creasing, set with Laura Mercier Translucent Powder. I prefer this powder over the Secret Brightening powder because you can also use this to set your face makeup.
Isn’t her eye color SO beautiful!?
(Also, she and her sister have darling little blog and you kind find it here)
Products I Used
Eyes: Urban Decay primer, MAC eyeshadows in Vanilla, Saddle and Bronze. Chanel liquid eyeliner on top, and Anastasia Pro Pencil on lower inner eye rim and under eyebrow to highlight. Lancome mascara and Ardell lashes on bottom for volume. Anastasia Dipbrow and Anastasia’s Pen for brows. Black Diamond sealer for lash extensions.
Photo by JessaKae
Do you think you can’t pull off a bold lip? Have you avoided buying a rich, pigmented shade because you’re afraid it can’t be part of your everyday look? Bold lipstick colors don’t have to be scary, and everyone can absolutely wear them! Depending on how it’s applied and what you pair it with, a lipstick can be incredibly diverse. I was asked to do makeup for four darling fashionistas, and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to show off just how multifaceted one little red lipstick can be!
I used the same exact lipstick on all four girls, sanitizing in between with my trusty Cosmetic sanitizer wipes. The lipstick I used was Lancome’s ‘L’Absolu’Rouge in Saffron Silk , check out how different it looks on each on of them!
The first look I did was on model Jackie. I started with Lancome Lip Liner in Charme , then blotted Lancome Lipstick in Saffron Silk on her lips, and finished the look with Bobbi Brown Lipgloss in Crystal.
P.S. I know you’re all distracted by her beautiful locks and are not even paying attention to her lip color 😉 Her ↑ beautiful hair color was done by the very talented Aubrey Nelson www.aubreynelson.com using a rather intriguing technique called hair painting.
Now, back to lipstick
Knowing how to mix and match lip liners and glosses with your lipstick can cut down on the amount of makeup you haul around in your purse or makeup kit. It can also save you a lot of money; you can create different looks by layering products that you already own! Remember, pink is just red with a little white mixed in (or in this case, a light pearly gloss.) And a plum tone is just red with some blue mixed in (or in this case, a purplish lip liner.) Play around with different combinations until you find what you like.
How beautiful are these girls? Here is a picture from the photo shoot they headed to after I did their makeup (thank goodness they’re all already hot cause I was massively crunched for time!)
If you’re still nervous about running out and buying a shade outside your comfort zone you can still utilize some of these ideas! Do something fun with that lipstick you bought from the grocery store that looked entirely like a different color in the package, or the free gift with purchase lipstick you got but never wear because you thought it was too dark. We’ve all been there! Makeup is all about experimentation.
Photo by Ivy and Stone Photography
If I could give every person in the whole wide world a tube of Bite Agave Lip Mask I would, and I would feel like I did a wondrous service. Even though the packaging makes me feel like I’m about to squeeze industrial strength craft adhesive on my lips, it’s thicker texture stays put so it actually has time to do it’s job surging moisture back into dehydrated lips.
How to use it:
If your lips are dry and peeling apply the mask and leave it on for 30 minutes then remove the mask and gently exfoliate your lips with a warm washcloth.
Or apply it before putting on lip color for added hydration and smoothness.
Or wear it alone for subtle shine and smoother looking lips.
I keep one in my purse and one in my makeup kit to use on clients. One tube of this stuff has lasted three times longer than the lip balm I normally use. It also works wonders for cuticles.
Bite specializes in only lip products made of all natural ingredients. They are currently sold exclusively at Sephora and you can buy it here Bite Agave Lip Mask