My beautiful client Lina wanted to learn how to achieve the perfect simple, everyday polished makeup look. The only makeup item she owned was an Almay eyeshadow palette, so we started off with the basics of the importance of using primers & product suggestions/basic makeup application techniques. I can't wait to see how her makeup application techniques improve with practice over time!
Whether you are dry or oily, finishing powder is a product that completes any look. When I first started using makeup, I was young & paranoid - I wanted a flawless-looking complexion using the least amount of products possible. I figured the less product I wore, the less likely I would induce a breakout. I was convinced that as long as I used the most long-lasting, oil-free, matte-finish foundation out there, I would look just as good at 8pm as I did when I first applied my makeup at 8am earlier that day.
The result? I obviously learned the hard way that no, wearing only foundation was not the solution to the flawless complexion I desperately wanted to create & maintain for 12+ hours. Throughout my many years of experience wearing and doing makeup for a living, I learned that every little detail counts, which directs me to the point of this blog post: Finishing powder is your best friend if you wear liquid or cream foundations.
There are a plethora of finishing powders out there, and not all are made equal. While some of them are geared toward oil-control (MAC Blot Powder), others are geared toward completing an overall look, to soften the face and create a smooth appearance. Here are a couple of my favorites:
|MAC Blot Pressed Powder, $24 (0.42oz)|
MAC Blot Pressed Powder is probably one of the most popular pressed powders out there used for oil-control. It comes in Light, Medium, Medium Dark, and Dark. I would imagine that most people would fall under Medium because it is very sheer and works for a wide range of skin tones. I am a NC30 and use it in "Medium," and my friend, who is a NW42, also uses this shade. This powder keeps me oil-free for about 4 hours before I need to touch up. My one gripe about this product is that it is not as finely milled as other powders out there, so over-applying this product (which I am guilty of doing) will definitely make you look a bit cakey.
|Tarte Smooth Operator Finishing Powder, $29 (0.32oz)|
I received this Tarte Smooth Operator Finishing Powder from Sephora's 500-point perk in May. Now, mind you, I am not generally a fan of loose powder. I think that loose powder is messy and given the fact that I am accident prone & do my makeup daily in the car, on the freeway.. (I know.. no need to judge) - I was more than hesitant to try this out. I figured this would be another Make Up For Ever HD Powder, and boy, was I afraid of the "white cast" that silica powder gives in flash photography. However, I was delighted to discover that this finishing powder instantly smoothes out my skin, keeps my makeup shine-free much longer than the MAC powder, and I've had no new breakouts since trying this! While this is my HG (homegirl ;) ) product, I definitely would not recommend this powder for bridal makeup, because you have to be so careful about the application to not get that white flashback when taking photos. Better safe than sorry, right?
|CARGO Blu_Ray HD Powder, $32 (0.28oz)|
What are your favorite powders/products to set your makeup with?
I am, as ever, lagging behind in updating this blog with my latest projects, so here are some photos of a bridal party that I did at the end of June. I must admit, I was pretty concerned because it was literally the warmest day of the month and the wedding was outdoors at 3pm - not exactly the best conditions to stay sweat & shine-free if you ask me, but definitely the best conditions to test out the longevity of makeup & setting spray ;).
My bride, Katy, was very concerned about looking overdone. She normally does not wear any makeup and wanted to make sure that she still looked like herself. After getting a good idea of what look she wanted (natural, blushing bride look, enhanced features), we were able to achieve a look that she felt comfortable with and a look that would also look great in photos.
Barbara, Katy's mom, is not a makeup-wearer by any means. Her main concern was that she would look like a raccoon and that her face would feel heavy. I was able to convince her to let me put minimal foundation on her to get the appearance of a flawless complexion so that she would glow in photos.
| A guest at the wedding, Belen.|
Face: Murad Skin Perfecting Primer
Sheer Cover Duo Concealer "Light/Medium"
Graftobian Foundation Creme "Buttermilk"
Chanel Perfection Lumiere 60 Beige and MISSHA Perfect Cover BB Cream #27
Cargo Blue-Ray Powder #30
Urban Decay All-Nighter Spray
Cheeks/Contour/Highlight: NARS "Laguna" and "Casino" Bronzer
MAC "Wedge" Eyeshadow
Benefit "High Beam"
Chanel Blush "Tweed Sienna"
Brows: MAC Brow Pencil "Lingering" and "Strut"
Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion
LORAC Pro Palette "Nude" (Inner corner), "Sable," "Expresso" & "Slate" (Crease)
Urban Decay 24/7 Liner "Perversion"
MAC Fluidline "Blacktrack"
Lashes: Chanel le Volume Mascara "Noir"
Falsies - a pair I picked up from Downtown LA, but a similar pair from MAC here.
Lips: Chanel Lipliner "Nude"
Tom Ford Lipstick "Pink Dusk"
|Belen was so happy with her look that she sent me this photo the next day to show me how well her makeup held up in 100-degree heat & a night of dancing!|
Belen, the girlfriend of Katy's brother, had one request: The bolder, the better. With this in mind, we created a foxy, smoldering smokey eye look for her. I emphasized her large eyes with dark eyeliner and false lashes from a vendor in DTLA. With the help of Graftobian's creme foundation, I was able to create the appearance of clear, radiant skin.
I was so happy to hear that Katy, Barbara, and Belen had no problems with the longevity of their makeup throughout the entire wedding ceremony & the reception that followed. It was such a rewarding experience to show Katy & Barbara that it was possible to have makeup on without looking (and feeling!) overdone.