Happy Tuesday dolls!
I wanted to talk about color correcting and how to target uneven skin complexion using specific makeup products. I wanted to share some of my favorite color correcting products and some new ones I picked up that I have been liking so far. My oldie but goodie products are by Make Up Forever: Camouflage Cream Palettes and (new) HD concealers – I’ve been a big fan of their products and love how they are always coming out with newer and better formulas across the board for makeup so they are just some of my holy grail brands I stand behind and love. Another color correcting product I have always used in the past and just started up using on my clients again is the Bobbi Brown corrector pots. These two brands I definitely don’t mind spending the money on to stock for my kit and use on my clients. Especially for this area of correcting uneven skin tones, they have stayed consistent in the products they came out with.
Some newer items I have been trying out are the Smashbox color correcting sticks. I have the contour sticks and really loved them so decided to pick up these creamy sticks again, but in the color correcting shades. These particular sticks can be used wet or dry and are just a dream to blend into the skin. I used them for my last photoshoot on my model who needed some evening out in the skin and they were very easy to use for application and for blending.
I have heard some good things about the Urban Decay Color Correcting fluids so I would be open to try out some more new ones. Let me know if you have tried it out!
PRO TIPS: Color Correcting is used for evening out skin tone and neutralizing discoloration. You can use color correcting concealers/products to brighten up under eyes/discoloration, whether it be dark circles, redness, or even blemishes and acne.
Pick the right color for the application: red with green (green helps reduce redness), yellow with purple (lavender or purple lightens and brightens sallowness and yellow areas), and blue with orange (peach/orange shades help brighten and cancel out dark areas on the face as well as redness like Rosacea)
- MAKE UP FOREVER Camouflage Cream Palette in No. 3 & 4
- SMASHBOX Color Correcting Stick in Get Less Red & Look Less Tired – Light
- BOBBI BROWN Corrector in Dark Peach
Hi friends! Hope you’re having a great Thursday and excited for Friday tomorrow!
For today’s makeup look, I decided to use a cream contour and a powder contour. Nothing too dramatic though. Just enough to get good definition in my face and the powder always helps with creating more definition after the blending as well as setting the areas where I applied the cream product.
I wanted to share some tips on how to effectively contour using cream products. Whether you want to use your fingers or a brush to apply the product, the key to using any cream product is BLENDING. You can use your fingers to pat and blend in the product, or a good synthetic brush and even a beauty sponge. I personally like to use brushes and a beauty blender. For this particular cream product, the L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD concealer is fast-drying, but I like to apply it on all the contour/highlight areas of my face all at once and then blend each area instead of applying the product in the contour/highlight area, blending, and then repeating the steps for the rest of my face. So because this product is fast-drying and the way I like to apply it can cause it to dry even faster, I spritz a makeup setting spray over the areas before I blend. You can also spritz your brush or beauty sponge with the setting spray as well. They both help with blending out the product smoothly. Thank God. Otherwise, you’d definitely be having sore arms!
After the blending is complete, I go back in and re-define the contour/highlight areas with the ABH Contour Kit, blending the powders again and setting the areas where I applied the cream product. I use a powder/blending brush and duo fiber brushes to apply the powders. I know this may sound a like a full coverage, full face of makeup, but it really all depends on how much you apply the product on your face. Of course you can always build and blend to achieve the full-coverage makeup look, but you can easily achieve the natural makeup look by just lightly applying the product.
I’ll be snap chatting my look from today so let me know what you think! Snapchat: @ryulala
- MAC Fix+
- L.A. Girl PRO Conceal HD concealers in Creamy Beige and Toast
- Tarte Double-ended eyeshadow brush
- NARS Yachiyo Kabuki brush
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit
Happy hump day beauties!
Even though the weather seems to be a bit cloudy today, I was feeling for a dewy, clean fresh faced look. I like to spritz on a makeup setting spray before applying my foundation to keep the dewiness look on my face. Today, I used the Skindinavia makeup setting spray and applied the MAC Face & Body foundation (I am almost running out of this bottle) and used a duo-fiber brush to lightly help apply the liquid foundation all over my face. I used my go-to concealer by Maybelline Fit Me (I use this concealer and switch between this one and the NARS concealer) and applied it under my eyes, forehead, little it on the bridge of my nose, around my nostrils, and around my lips to conceal any uneven skin tones and brighten up those areas. I set these areas very lightly using the Laura Mercier TL powder just so there is no creasing and then warmed up my face a little with some bronzer using my MAC MSF powder in Dark Golden. Next, I used my favorite mascara by L’oreal Paris Voluminous in Carbon Black and also the Maybelline Colossal Volume mascara for my bottom lashes. Then I finished off the look with my favorite Demi Wispies by Ardell lashes and voila~ finished look.
I hope you all liked my step-by-step fresh face look today. It is very simple and I did not do anything other than bronze my face to add some warmth and depth. I will usually go with this look to keep it looking dewy and fresh and “natural” with some big eyes, with the help of my wispies lashes. I always get compliments asking whether I have lash extensions when I wear these and that they look very natural. Obsessed!
Have a great rest of the week dolls!
- Skindinavia Makeup Setting Spray
- MAC Face and Body Foundation
- Poise duo-fiber brush
- L’Oreal Paris Voluminous mascara
- Maybelline Colossal Volume mascara
- Ardell Lashes
Hi dolls! Hope you are having a relaxing Sunday and recharging for the new week ahead!
One of my favorite palettes is the Too Faced Natural Eyes palette. This is one of my go-to palettes that I use on myself as well as clients who prefer a “natural” look. It has a great variety of matte and shimmer shadows that can help you achieve the “romantic natural” look or the “smokey glamorous” look. The perfect eye shadow shades are important, but using the right brushes are key to help you achieve the looks you want. There are several brushes I use for application, but the two I always have in my personal makeup bag are the MAC 217 and 224 brushes. These babies are my “OG” faves since I started playing with makeup and I always re-purchase them from MAC. I do love the Sigma and Morphe brushes of course, but I always seem to come back to these MAC brushes. I have so much history with them as they have helped me become the artist today. After all, blending brushes are probably the most important brushes to have when practicing your craft.
Here is a little step-by-step guide to getting the natural, romantic eye look. Enjoy your Sunday lovelies!
Natural and Romantic:
- Apply “Heaven” all over the lid space with a medium sized eyeshadow brush. I usually like to neutralize the eye space with a light shadow color which will help me build up and blend darker shades easily.
- Apply “Nudie” in the lower and outer “v” area of the eye lid using a smaller eyeshadow brush, but staying closer to the lower part of the eye. This will be your transition color. Use a blending eyeshadow brush to blend the two shades together.
- Apply “Cashmere Bunny” in the crease and “v” area to create depth and dimension to your look. Use a blending brush to smooth out all shades. If you want to “deepen” the crease shade, apply the “Sexpresso” shade into the crease. Blend with a blending brush from the outer to inner part of the eye lid.
- Add a little champagne shimmer and apply “Silk Teddy” to the lower, center part of the lid.
- Too Faced Natural Eyes palette
- MAC brushes in 217 and 224
Eyebrows are key to completing a makeup look. For me, if I’m having a good brow day, I know I’m bound to have a FAB day ahead lol. Here are some easy tips to follow and some of my favorite products/tools I use to maintain my brows!🗓 Get your brows on a schedule and groom them every few weeks. Whether you like to get them tweezed, threaded, or waxed, make sure you are getting your brows cleaned up so you can maintain the shape! If you’re paying to get your brows done like me, find a professional that is consistent and knows how to shape your brows the way you like it. You’re paying for the service so don’t be afraid to communicate how you would like your brows before hair removal!
🖌 Once you have determined your brow shape, use a good pencil, pomade or shadow to fill in any sparse or over-tweezed areas. I use @anastasiabeverlyhills Brow Wiz and Brow Powder in soft brown with Duo Brush #12 and #7. The ABH Dipbrow Pomade is another great brow filler.
😌 Use a concealer to define your brow shape, help conceal hair growth and create a clean arch. I use the @maccosmetics Studio Finish Concealer along with the @anastasiabeverlyhills Duo Brush #20 to define and clean my arch.
🎀 Hope this info helps beauties. May your brow game always be STRONG! 😉