Up until a month ago I never wore makeup, no not even when I went out unless I called in a professional to lend a hand… For a fashion obsessed crazy like myself you would think fashion and make up would go hand in hand and it does, except I had never been taught how to apply it (cue fear of looking like Mimi from the Drew Carey show – pictured above for those of you who don’t know who she is) so the most action my face saw was concealer (without foundation) for the red angry pimple and mascara to magnify my ‘barely there’ lashes, oh and perhaps some lip-gloss…sometimes.
So I thought it about time that I did something about my fear of make up and had a lesson in how to apply it correctly from the lady who has been doing my makeup for 10 years. Of course I had my partner in crime (she is mentioned in many Stylecrush posts) my sister. Now, my sister has been wearing make up for years (I must have missed out on the makeup application gene) and so she had somewhat of a vantage point, already knowing how to apply the foundation and lip pencil with lipstick.
The Lesson itself was great, here is where I give a shout out to the most wonderful make up artist EVER, Barbara Mordini! Barbara gave me tips and ‘insider secrets’ and patiently walked me through the whole process and I loved it. I wanted to share some secrets with you all for those of you who like me need a little help.
1. Use a primer to prime your skin (do not go over eyelids) and apply your eye make up first (this way if you make a mistake or if you get shadow that falls on your cheek it is easily removed).
2. When applying mascara look down and coat the top of the lashes first and then underneath (you can apply a second coat but only before the first coat dries otherwise it will look clumpy).
3. Apply foundation with a brush, it looks smoother and is easier to apply.
4. Its all about the contours… when applying blush on your cheeks apply to the apple of the cheek and then use a light shimmer on the cheek bone and blend.
5. When covering blemishes, do not use a concealer that is lighter than your base colour as this will emphasize it more, choose a concealer the same shade as your base colour. ( I had been getting it so wrong for the last 10 years)
So I am still not sold on the foundation but I am loving my tinted moisturiser with a SPF 15+ and I have been practicing the blush application every day. Barbara, you would be proud… except for the fight I had with the black liquid liner last Saturday night…