Posts Tagged ‘corrective’

glamOh does glamOur

January 7, 2010

“Glamour” can mean many styles of makeup, from old school to modern. Traditionally, though, it describes vintage makeup of old Hollywood in the 1940’s.

Glamour makeup is marked by dramatic characteristics such as winged eyeliner, defined brows, and red lips. Though sheer coverage and the appearance of natural skin is usually the goal for foundation, this look requires a  slightly fuller coverage for the illusion of a perfect complexion. Don’t forget false lashes, too!

Truth be told, this look doesn’t look fabulous on all faces and personalities. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t adapt elements for it to work for you. Be daring and try it for yourself!

Smiling after Makeover

Photos from the Mink Coat Mini Shoot

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Powder or Plastic?

December 22, 2009

Instead of plastic surgery, which is painful and costly, you can visually alter the bone structure of your face through makeup. Corrective makeup application can give the illusion of a slimmer face, sculpted cheekbones, fuller lips, etc.

Before you feel insulted, I wanted to point out that corrective makeup doesn’t necessarily mean “you’re ugly” and your face needs to be “corrected”. Corrective makeup is about enhancing your good features and letting them overshadow your not-so good ones. Even the most beautiful of celebrities and models utilize these techniques.

The goal with corrective makeup is to make the face appear as balanced and symmetrical as possible. This is what the eye and brain interpret as beauty. Don’t believe me? When’s the last time you thought Quasimodo was hot stuff?

In lieu or addition to contour/highlight powder, the most natural and long-lasting way to do this is with liquid or cream foundation.

Here is an example of using cream foundation to alter features of the face.

1.  Apply concealer to brighten eye area (inner corners near nose and underneath eye).

2. Apply highlight, a foundation color lighter than your skin, on eyes and underneath eyes (from inner corner sweeping up to the temples). This will make you eyes appear more open and lifted.

3. Apply highlight to areas of the nose you’d like to enhance. Here, I added to the upper bridge and the left side of her nose.

4. Apply foundation that matches her skin on the rest of the face. The surface redness is instantly reduced and skin complexion is more even.

5. Apply contour, a darker matte neutral brown and/or charcoal grey cream foundation, in areas you’d like to minimize attention, thus directing attention to the highlighted areas.

For her nose, I want it to appear straighter and draw attention to the bride. I contoured on the sides of her bridge and on the bottom portion of the nose.

For her cheeks, I contoured on the underside of the cheekbone (not underneath). The shadow created enhances her cheeks and makes her face look slimmer…without any blush color!

Stay tuned for more details on where, how, and what to apply for contours/highlights.