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May 10, 2013 10:12 am

How to Create the Ultimate Makeover

Makeup is a wonderful tool for anyone who wishes to accentuate what they already have or create an illusion of what they might have. It is a fun and creative way to express your style and beauty. One of my favorite things about being a makeup artist is to create the ultimate transformation or makeover. I love to find the best feature of the face and make that stand out, masking any flaws or imperfections. Knowing what to draw on and what to mask is the key to a good artist.

In this post I am going to talk about creating a basic makeover for your client, obviously tweaking these instructions to fit each individual. I’m going to show you pictures of my clients – some before and after shots. I will then walk you through the process of assessing a face, what needs to be corrected, and what should be a focal point. As a makeup artist, being able to recognize these points is very important.

Take a look at this client below…

Everyone loves a makeover

With the summer weather upon us, this client came to me with a bit of a sunburn and some minor scarring/pigmentation issues. The first thing you want to do is correct. I went in with a light concealer that had a yellowish undertone. I did this to counteract the redness happening in the skin. If there is any redness in the skin, steer clear of foundations or concealers with pink undertones.

The next thing you want to look for is the focal point. For this client that was glaringly obvious to me: her eyes. She has a great eye shape as well as very large brown irises (the colored part of the eye). To really accentuate these features I choose to use a smokey grey/brown shadow with beautiful big long lashes. When you look at her the first thing you are drawn to is her eyes – mission accomplished.

Next up…

Makeup application before and after

When we take a look at the above client, starting with corrections, we see some redness and spots that need to be concealed. I also notice that the brow shape is really bringing down the sides of her eyes, making them appear droopy when they are far from it. You can see when comparing the brows and eyes in both pictures that in the “after”, her eyes look quite lifted. That’s mainly due to altering the brown shape.

I needed to lift the second half of her brown up. In doing so (trying to avoid the “drawn on” look), I just added brow powder where it was needed, avoiding areas that already had hair. Using this technique, you are able to fill in more on the skin without making it look noticeable. But if you put product where there is already hair you have darkened that area as to almost reverse the work you have done on the skin. It’s all about balance. You can see how that not only lifted her brows but her eyes as well. To continue to draw the eyes up I used a big flared lash which really lifts the outer corner of the eye again. All of these factors turned what appeared to be a droopy eye into a beautifully lifted eye, which it already was. In this case, brows were the main area of correction and eyes were our focal point.


These brows are gorgeous

Right off the bat I looked at this client and saw amazing brows. They have a beautiful shape and are very flattering to her facial structure. I knew right away I wanted to make them a focal point. There were small patches to fill and I darkened them slightly but I really didn’t need to do much to make these brows pop.

An area of correction for me was the under eye. There was a little darkness and puffiness. In most cases, it is quite difficult to reduce the appearance of puffiness with makeup alone, although there are some little tricks to help it appear reduced. When concealing the under eye darkness and trying to avoid accentuating puffiness you want to avoid putting a bright concealer or highlighter right on the peak of the puffiest spot. This will only draw attention to it. Fill in the rest of the under eye with concealer and brightener. In turn, you are drawing our attention to the dark areas which are now bright and light, taking the attention away from the puffiness. If you’re worried about not applying concealer under the whole under eye, don’t be – the puffiest part of the eye is rarely ever the darkest part, therefore it doesn’t need concealing. The puffiness is still there, we have just created an illusion that it’s not. Ah, the beauty of makeup!

Before you begin makeup on your client, take a step back and really take a good look at their face. Where are her angles and shadowing? Does she have a large brow bone? Is it casting a shadow under the eye, or is it just dark circles? Determining the root of what needs to be corrected will help you do your job better. I hope this has helped you guys out! Please feel free to head to my blog, click the “contact” link and ask me any further questions. Have a wonderful day!

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Brittany Hall has established herself as a freelance makeup artist, with over five years experience in the industry. She’s also an established blogger – on “Makeup by Brittany”, she blogs about fashion, beauty, home decor, and makeup. She brings her flair to the QC blog with regular posts about her experience in the beauty biz.