It all started with one blue eyeliner. My mom and sister never wore makeup when I was growing up but I came across an old blue eyeliner that my mom had somewhere deep in her bathroom cabinet. I played with that eyeliner and was fascinated from that point on with makeup and the way it could transform and change the way people looked. As a makeup artist, I’m passionate about makeup and I’m always excited to share what I’ve learned over the years through my obsession with it. I’m no fashion expert, but MAKEUP – makeup is my thing. In my first post, I wanted to start with the basics: How to get perfect (looking) skin. This technique is easy enough to do every day (or at the very least when you’re going out and want to look good)! These are the products and techniques that we use in all of our pics on the blog.
I never wash my face before bed. (I know, I know!) I’m not a big skin care person, although I know I should be. By the time bed rolls around, I’m exhausted. I want to go to bed as fast as possible (sometimes I don’t even make it off the couch where I’ve fallen asleep) and washing my face is just NOT happening. I’ve had to get really good at faking great skin. Here’s the way I do it:
Step One: Exfoliate
Exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. Exfoliation is important for a number of different skin issues including acne, wrinkles, dry skin and hyperpigmentation. If you don’t have enough money to get microdermabrasion or chemical peels (I certainly don’t), Philosophy’s Resurface – The Microdelivery Dual-Phase Peel is a lifesaver! It is one of those products that DELIVERS. (And also about the only skin care product I swear by). Read the reviews on this one, Mamas – it is amazing. I use it about once a week (it’ll last you a long time) to exfoliate and smooth my skin. It only takes a few minutes and leaves my skin SO soft. It’s especially great in the winter months when I have areas of dry skin. The VIB sale is a great time to try it out (20% off) and with Sephora’s great return policy, you don’t have to worry about being stuck with something you hate.
Step Two: Primer + Foundation
Primer is one of those products that is often overlooked but is essential in producing awesome final results. Primer “preps” your skin and creates a smooth canvas for your foundation to go over. It also helps your makeup to last much longer than it would without it. There are primers for all types of skin issues, but I’ve highlighted my favorites here. (Primers can be applied with your fingers.)
- For Oily skin: Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer
- For Normal/Combination skin: Urban Decay’s Brightening & Tightening Complexion Primer Potion
- For Dry skin: Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer
Foundation isn’t the thick, cakey makeup you may think it is. Liquid makeup can literally transform the look of your skin and erase imperfections with the swipe of a brush (which is the key to applying it!). Here are my favorite foundations for all skin types:
- For Oily Skin: Make Up For Ever (MUFE) Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation
- For Normal/Combination Skin: Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup*
- For Dry Skin: Clinique’s Moisture Surge CC Cream
*Shana and I both LOVE the Naked foundation by Urban Decay. It improves your skin over time and it’s easy to find your shade using their number system. If you have pink undertones, choose a shade that ends in .5 and if you have yellow undertones, choose a shade that ends in .0. For reference, Shana has pink undertones and I have yellow undertones.
- No matter what foundation you choose, Urban Decay’s Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush is a necessity for applying it. This brush is worth every penny and helps your foundation go on flawlessly, getting into pores and wrinkles and creating an even finish. Your fingers (or even a sponge) simply can’t apply foundation as well as this brush can.
To apply, put a little foundation on the back of one hand, dip the brush into it and apply it in small circles all over your face until it’s evenly blended.
Step Three: Concealer
Concealer works WONDERS to brighten and wake up your face. I have clients who are amazed by how refreshed they look after I apply concealer to their under eye area. The key is using the right products and applying it correctly.
- My favorite concealer is Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer.* (This stuff is pricey, but will last you forever and it lives up to its name.)
- My favorite concealer brush is bareMinerals Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush
*If you have yellow undertones, choose a “golden” shade. If you have pink undertones choose a “beige” shade.
To apply, put a small amount (a little goes a looong way) on the back of one hand, dip your brush into it and dab onto skin in a “v” from the inner corner of your eye, down your nose and up to the outer corner of your eye. Blend using the brush.
This pic of Shana shows you where to apply the concealer . . . blend it all together within the lines you see here. You don’t want to apply in the typical semi-circle shape under your eye because this can create reverse-racoon eyes and doesn’t draw the eye up to look more open.
Step Four: Blush
Some women shy away from blush, but it really warms up the face and creates a healthy glow when used correctly. There are a ton of options when it comes to blush; stains, creams, liquids, sticks, etc. The EASIEST form, however, is good old-fashioned powder. The key here is finding one that has great pigment so it will last throughout the day and again, correct application.
- Tarte’s Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush is formulated for all skin types, has a great number of shade options and lasts
- Apply it with Sephora Collection’s Pro Angled Blush Brush #49 to get it exactly where you want it (also a great brush to have for highlighting and contouring as well – tutorial to come soon!)
To apply, tap brush into product (don’t drag as you’ll end up with too much product on your brush) and dab onto your cheek from mid-apple of your cheek up to top of cheekbone. Don’t smile when you apply it, as your cheeks are higher when you smile . . . which will make you apply it lower than where you actually want it. If you have blush applied too low, it drags your entire face downwards and makes you look older (or sadder or saggier)! The goal is HIGH cheekbones so remember that next time you’re applying blush! 🙂
In this picture, you can see I’ve applied the blush from the apples of my cheek upwards, blending it so it fades toward the hairline.
Step Five: Powder
To set and blend everything together, use a pressed powder applied with a brush. This last step creates a flawless finish and seals your makeup so it lasts throughout the day.
- My holy grail of powders is Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder (no, I’m not getting paid by Urban Decay–I just really love their products!)
- Apply it with a big fluffy brush like e.l.f.’s Studio Powder Brush (an awesome yet inexpensive flat-topped powder brush)
To apply, tap the end of the brush into the product and swirl onto your face in circles.
So there you have it! No matter what makeup look you’re going for–whether you want dramatic smokey eyes or dark lips or if you want a natural glow, you have to start with great skin. Great skin will always look good, no matter what you’re wearing! Let me know if there’s a specific makeup tutorial or other makeup tips and tricks you’d like to see in the future! Remember the Sephora VIB sale starts TODAY, so get your code and get your shop on!
[Note from S: After going through 12+ pages of coats…. The Mom Edit’s Nordstrom Clearance Sale shop has been updated….with coats. #obviously Mostly puffers. But I stand by my puffers.]