IIID Foundation Help

Hey guys, anyone remember this post? I thought I’d bring it back to life.

I often teach makeup lessons and classes and I always emphasize this one very important thing: Your skin is really important, it takes up the majority of your face. It needs to look good.

There’s a product called IIID foundation and I stole this description right off maskcaracosmetics.com: IIID Foundation is a two color foundation system that gives you skin smoothing coverage, a perfect sculpt and movie star lighting all in one speedy system!

If you haven’t seen this video, go watch. She show’s you exactly how to use it.

This product is ideal if you:

-Want to highlight and contour and need it to be fast

Real fast, I thought I’d tell you a few things about me and where I’m coming from with my little opinions 😎 (you gotta consider your source, right?)

Hi I’m Vivian 🙂 I did my first paid makeup and hair job at age 14, my first bride at 16, and I moved by myself to LA when I was 17 to go to makeup design school (yes everyone I knew freaked out, understandably.) That was 10 years ago. I’ve done makeup for celebrities, movies, music videos, advertisements, blah blah etc. etc. but MOST IMPORTANTLY on thousands of everyday people, just like me. (a more detailed and less-braggy-sounding version of my story is right here.) I’m an observant perfectionist (working on easing up on that a bit!) and I’m the friend who will lovingly tell you when you have spinach in your teeth.

And this is me, two times.
otherfoundation_iiid_webThe makeup on the left took me 50 minutes to do. Five Zero. Granted I was getting ready to be on tv, but still, that’s a lot of time. The makeup on the right (using IIID) took me 20 minutes (details here.)

Anything revolutionary is bound to need some troubleshooting. Especially since we’ve all been living in the drab world of opaque flat color foundation. It’s like when you get a new phone. At first you have to think a little more about what you’re doing as you navigate it, then all of a sudden something clicks and it becomes second nature. Same with highlighting and contouring.

This is my FAQ, to add to the already rather thorough one you can find at the bottom of this page.

To streamline, I’m going to go through some typical questions/statements I get when showing someone how to use this foundation:

The dark foundation seems really dark and the light seems really light! Yep, and when they are blended nicely on your pretty little face it equals = your color.

Sometimes when I blend, I kind of blend it away. Use less pressure when you are blending or you can always add a bit more product after the first round of blending for added coverage. It’s the blend-ability and creaminess of this product that makes it both fast and easy to use. Foundations that dry and “don’t budge” require a lot more precision and take longer to apply, which is why IIID is ideal for fast everyday use. 

What is the finish of this foundation? I would call it semi-radiant. Just like healthy skin is.

If I touch and rub my face a bunch will it come off? Probably a little but should we be putting things on our face that don’t come off? My guess is probably not. Solution— don’t rub your face a bunch. If you have to blow your nose or something it takes like 4.5 seconds to touch up this foundation. 

After a few hours I always get shiny, will that happen with this makeup? If your skin produces oil throughout the day this product will not stop it from doing so. NBD just powder if you get too shiny!

So do I use the same brush to apply the blush that I use for foundation? Yes! You definitely can, just wipe off the excess when switching products. Or you can designate this brush here specifically for blush. 

So does this replace concealer? It can! And if you feel like you need more coverage in certain area’s on your face apply the IIID first, then conceal where you need it. That way you’re not piling on makeup where you don’t need the coverage. 

And that’s that.

I originally planned on doing separate before and after posts for both of those photos (Took the photo on the left, washed my face, took a makeup-less photo, then did the makeup on the right) but when I got the photos I had to post both makeup looks side by side to show the….lack of difference. Well, other then my nose probably looks better in the one on the right. And a demo of the ongoing forever question I have “To line the inner rim with dark or light. Dark…..or light…..”otherfoundation_iiid_webPhotos by Keala Jarvis

Thanks so much for reading you guys xoxoxo




2017-07-14T15:42:58+00:00 January 29th, 2017|Makeup, Uncategorized|8 Comments

Electric Violet Eyes and Contouring

It’s time! Your everyday, easy-to-use all in one, contour and highlighting foundation is available today! Use Maskcara’s IIID foundation to achieve this look.vivianmakeupartist_highlight_contourShailey has the most feminine and dainty features, so much prettiness.Before_sideTo achieve this look start by applying the contour color (Here I used Stone) of your foundation to your forehead, under your cheekbones, and along the side of your nose using the larger side of the dual-ended brush by Maskcara (I used the brush by It cosmetics because the other brush had not been released yet.)Step1_contourYou can blend with the same brush or with a beauty blender sponge (get it damp before using it.) I used the beauty blender because I was blending the IIID foundation into another foundation to achieve full coverage for Shailey’s family photos. Yes! You can use the IIID foundation alone for sheer to medium coverage or with another foundation for full coverage. Step2_blendWith the smaller end of the brush apply your highlight shade (here I used Sunlit.) This will go down the center of your nose, upper cheekbones, center of forehead and basically anywhere else you feel you need the coverage. Blend blend blend!Step3_highlightThere you go! Everyday contouring, quick and easy. (Sorry about not getting individual photos of the blush and illuminator, which adds the finishing touch to this complexion.  Shailey’s little ones had reached their limit for watching their mama get her makeup done! Understandably! So I quickly finished up. I was impressed they lasted as long as they did!) Blush color is called Pink Grapefruit and illuminator is Pearl.violetshadowThe rest of the details:

Eyes: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer, Jilted and Slowburn from the Urban Decay Electric Palette,  MAC Retrospeck, Stila Liquid EyelinerAnastasia Dipbrow in Ash Brown applied with angled brush. 

Lips: Urban Decay lip liner in Naked and Native with Bobbi Brown Crystal gloss.before_after_maskcaraSpecial thanks to Whitney with Jessica Janae Photography for the photos!

2017-07-14T15:43:26+00:00 January 12th, 2015|Makeup, Uncategorized|8 Comments