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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.

Lastly…

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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Written by Brittany Hall
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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.

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April 29, 2013 2:33 pm

The Do’s and Don’ts of Lip Liner

Lip liner has had its fair share of hits and misses over the last couple decades. Just like fashion, makeup has trends that come in and out of style. A dark bold liner with a pale lipstick is definitely a trend we have seen come and go… personally, I’m very glad to see it go! Today I’m going to talk about my current uses for lip liner and ways to wear it that are modern and current.

The Do's and Don'ts of Lip Liner

First up…

Choose a lip liner in the same color as your lipstick and apply it all over the lip. This will help in multiple ways. One, it will prevent the lipstick from bleeding onto the skin around the lips. Two, it will help create a super long-lasting color. This is especially helpful with bright, bold colors. Here is an example of matching lip liners to lipsticks (they don’t have to be dead on and they don’t have t o be the same brand or shade!).

Lipstick: Image

Lip Liner: Image

Next…

Lip liner is a great way to neutralize the lip. It creates a colorless base that you can then add color to. You might want to do this if you or your client have naturally red lips and you would like to create a pale, nude lip. Sometimes when you apply a nude lipstick onto an already naturally red lip you get an odd, muddy color. To avoid this, take a lip liner that is a shade or two lighter than the lips and fill in the lips with it, then go ahead and apply the light nude lipstick over top.

Lipstick: Image

Lip Liner: Image

The finished result, the perfect nude pout…

The Perfect Nude Lip

Finally…

Use liner to subtly enhance the lips to make them appear slightly larger. To keep this look modern and chic you want to avoid over-lining. Use a lip liner that matches your lip color and line on top of or just outside of the natural lip line. This will make the lips appear larger, but not unnaturally so. Either fill in the lip with the liner or pop on a lipstick of your choice

Lip liner is a small detail in your look that can really add that polished, professionally applied looking finish. Lips will be that much more precise and defined, whether it be a nude lip or a bold lip. Hope that helped you guys out!

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Written by Brittany Hall
Makeup by Brittany
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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.

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March 31, 2013 2:23 pm

Get the Look: Sun-Kissed, Dewy Skin

Get The Look

Makeup trends are constantly changing and evolving. There are always different looks that are more popular during different times. For a long time, having perfectly matte porcelain skin was the it look. Now, trends tend to be turning more towards a dewy, sun-kissed look. This look is flattering on all skin types and all ages. Dewy skin is a sign of youth, so achieving this look on a more mature client is ideal. There are a few different ways to achieve this look. Here are a few…

First off, getting that sun-kissed glow…

Adding a little warmth flatters any skin tone, if done properly. Achieving that sun-kissed look is just a few steps away. Lucky are those with naturally sun-kissed skin, but for those of us who need some help to achieve the look, we can do so by using a few simple products. Using a self-tanner is always a great way to achieve a safe sun-kissed glow, but if you are looking for a quick fix, try a liquid bronzer or bronzing gel. Apply it before any makeup and be sure to apply the product all the way down your neck (if applying on a client, use a foundation brush for your application). A product like this can be used on any skin tone, even extremely pale skin – just be sure to blend! Look for a “bronzer gel” or “liquid bronzer,” like this product from Clarins called “Self-Tanning Instant Gel.”

Next up, adding a dewy sheen to the skin…

Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer

Personally, I love the Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer! Use this product on its own or mix with a foundation. If you decide to use this product on its own, I suggest setting with a matte powder or bronzer to take down a bit of the sheen.

Illuminating Primer

There are tons of illuminating primers out there. This is a great one by Fresh called Twilight Fresh Faced Glow. Apply before foundation for that lit from within glow coming from underneath the foundation.

Liquid Illuminator

Liquid illuminators are a more concentrated formula. That means they are almost opaque in their finish. That being said, you want to be more careful with your application. A liquid illuminator is perfect for mixing with foundations or applied sparingly to certain areas of the face. Lightly tap and blend with your fingertips onto the tops of the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, or anywhere you want to highlight. Usually these products come in a few different shades. Choosing an appropriate shade for your skin tone is important. For example, this Illamasqua illuminator comes in three shades: “Glimmer – Golden Tan,” “Odyssey – White Pearl” and “Poised – Pale Pink.” A darker or olive complexion would benefit from the golden tan shade while a more porcelain skin would complement the white pearl shade.

Any of these three products is a great way to add light reflection and an illuminating finish to your look. Like I said, mixing a liquid illuminator with your foundation is a great option, and using an illuminating primer as the base for your foundation will do the trick as well.

Follow up with a bronzer and blush to finish the look and ta-dah! Beautiful, dewy, sun-kissed skin!

brittany hallWritten by Brittany Hall
Makeup by Brittany
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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.

 

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All other images via www.sephora.com

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March 27, 2013 6:46 pm

Bronze, Blush, and Highlight

Bronze, blush, and highlight – the three key staples to a flawless complexion. Once you have perfected and neutralized (removed any redness, dark circles and spots) the skin with foundation and concealer it’s time to bring back the color and definition. Sometimes after we apply foundation we feel a little washed out or pale. Bronzer, blush, and highlighter are perfect ways to brighten up the face!

There are no rules for the order of application. I prefer to apply bronzer, blush, then highlighter – in that order – but you may have another method and that’s okay too! I find that applying bronzer first allows you to see the face shape better and identify where you need to apply the other two products.

When applying bronzer you want to focus on the hollows of the cheeks, the top of the forehead, and underneath the jaw bone. This is a gentle contour for the face and helps the face appear thinner and more sculpted.

When applying blush, focus on the apples of the cheeks blending back towards the ear, basically right above where you have applied the bronzer. Use small circular buffing motions to apply the blush. This will help with an even application of product and a natural finish.

Lastly, highlighter should be applied where you want to highlight certain areas of the face. Applying highlighter to the tops of the cheek bones helps to accentuate the contouring you have already done. With the darker bronzer in the hollow of the cheekbone (drawing it in) and a bright highlight on the top of the cheekbone (drawing it out) you’re really able to make cheekbones appear more pronounced. You can also apply highlighter along the bridge of the nose up into a V on the forehead, as well as temples, centre of the chin, cupids bow (just above the upper lip), and brow bone!

Here is a diagram I drew to give you a visual on these application tips!

bronze blush and highlight

Model: Siobhan Bolton / Makeup: Brittany Hall

brittany hallWritten by Brittany Hall
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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.

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We all do it, continue on the quest for that perfect foundation. To help you guys out a bit I’m reviewing my experience with some foundations I’ve tried.

When it comes to looking for a foundation there are a few key elements to keep in mind. Do you have dry, oily, or combination skin? Do you find that makeup doesn’t last? What current products are you using for your foundation and what do you like or dislike about them? These are questions you should ask yourself or your client.

Once you have determined these elements, here are a few guidelines to follow when choosing a foundation:

Oily skin: Oily skin can go a few different ways. There are now tons of liquid foundations that also mattify the skin. A powder would also work and many oily skins feel more comfortable with that. Look for mattifying, full coverage liquid or powder.

Dry skin: With dry skin, you should stay away from powders, and use them only to do minor setting if needed. Look for liquid, hydrating, moisture, or dewy.

Combination skin: Combination requires exactly that – a combination of products. Two different products for two different skin types, with the exception of certain liquids that work on both oily and dry skin. Look for liquid, mattifying, combination skin, powder, or cream to powder.

Here are five different foundations that are in high demand with my clients and popular among bloggers:

Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation

This is a great medium coverage foundation, but only if you don’t have a ton of imperfections to conceal or smooth out. If you need a nice even wash of color and coverage, it’s great! If you have extremely dry or oily skin I would suggest you avoid this product. This product gives an amazing finish on normal to slightly combination skin with little to no pigmentation, acne or other skin concerns. With that being said, I can’t count the number of times I’ve had a clear-skinned client tell me she needs full coverage for her acne. Sometimes we misjudge our own appearance (I know I’m guilty of this!). Be sure to set those misconceptions aside when determining the foundation you need.

Kat Von D Lock-it Tattoo Foundation

This is a full coverage foundation. It’s buildable, but it also sheers out nicely. I would avoid this product if you have very dry skin (or make sure you exfoliate and hydrate well before application). The product is so thick and full that the texture can verge on feeling like a cream to powder and might stick to dry skin. With dry skin you need something that glides over, smoothing and hydrating as it goes. Mixing foundations is also a great way to get the exact finish you want, so try customizing your own foundation! Mix this with a tinted moisturizer to sheer it out or mix it with something luminizing to add a dewy finish. Don’t be afraid to get creative.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

“Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer is a sheer, lightweight formula with a hint of color you can use in place of foundation for a natural finish and a healthy glowing complexion.”www.sephora.com

The description says it all. This product is perfect for just a slight wash of colour and evenness. Any skin type with any skin concern can wear this product. It looks natural and not like you’re obviously wearing makeup. The reason I say any type of skin can wear this is because even for acne-prone skin, a sheer application can take a lot of redness down and won’t look cakey or flakey on problem areas. There’s always the option of using a concealer to cover problem areas, leaving the rest of the skin with a natural sheer finish.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

This powder is not quite a foundation. It’s almost like a tinted moisturizer in powder form, but you are able to build it up more. It gives a beautiful luminous finish to the skin, avoiding an overly powdery look. This powder is perfect for any skin type, although with any powder you want to ensure dry areas are hydrated first. It’s great for setting a liquid foundation or for a foundation retouch throughout the day. I’ve used it to blot over oil spots to mattify as well!

Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Foundation

This cream foundation has a natural buildable coverage. Cream foundations tend to be for more mature skin or if you have concerns with fine lines or wrinkles. With mature skin comes the possibility of dryness as we tend to lose moisture with age. Therefore, this product would also be great for dry skin. This product is light and fluffy, so it doesn’t add cakiness to creased or dry areas but gently glides over problem areas, filling in lines and hydrating dryness. Just because this is geared to a more mature client does not mean that this foundation wouldn’t be a perfect fit for a younger client, depending on skin type.

I hope you guys feel more “in the know” on some popular products out there, as well as what to look for when it comes to different skin types. Happy makeup-ing!

brittany hallWritten by Brittany Hall
Makeup by Brittany
Visit Brittany on Twitter and Facebook

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.

 

Image 1 via www.sephora.com
Image 2 via www.sephora.com
Image 3 via www.sephora.com
Image 4 via www.madformakeup.co.uk
Image 5 via www.sephora.com

 

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It’s all about the liquid liner! Liquid liner has been quite popular for years but tends to experience bursts in popularity. As of late, we have seen a lot of this trend on celebs like Katy Perry, Adele, Kim Kardashian, and many more. What’s great about this look is it’s completely customizable. If you don’t see yourself sporting a thick line with a big wing, you can totally tame it down and do a thinner line with no wing – which will still give that oh-so-thick lash look!

Liquid Liner For Your Eye Shape:

The hardest part about liquid liner for most is trying to determine how to apply it correctly for their eye shape. Following your natural eye contour is very important; you don’t want to fight creases on your lid. This will result in a wonky and wiggly liquid line.

A great general rule is to extend your lower lash line out and up. This will be the base of your winged edge. Drawing a line following your lower lash line will give you the best angle for your eye. The picture below is a step-by-step on how I apply my liquid liner. Every eye will be slightly different but this is the application technique that I find most effective.

liquid liner

Different Looks

Creating different looks with liquid liner is so much fun. Feel free to get creative, whether you want a “bedroom eye,” “cat eye,” “pin up,” or “contemporary”! Here are some tips on creating different looks…

The “bedroom eye” is a term used to describe Marilyn Monroe’s look and many other old Hollywood starlets. Marilyn used to extend her liquid liner more straight out, to elongate her eyes horizontally. This created the illusion that her lashes were weighing down her eyes so much she could barely open them! For this look you want to extend your line more straight out rather than up. Once you have extended your upper lash line out (as far or as short as you wish your wing to be) flick up slightly. Like this…

liquid liner

Here is another example…

 liquid liner

This look below is an example of cat eye but it’s also very contemporary. If you want to create a cat eye stop at step #4 – continue on for a more contemporary approach to liquid liner. This is just an example I created but feel free to get inventive with your lines and wings. Be sure to follow the natural contours of your eyes and don’t fight angles, that way, no matter what you come up with it will look unified.

 liquid liner

I’m not one for saying there are rules when it comes to makeup. The general rules of artistry apply, such as lines of symmetry, contours, color matching, and balance, but rules and regulations – no! It’s an outlet of expression and an artform. Let your creative juices flow and come up with some chic ideas.

For Christmas this year I loved wearing this look below. This is super easy and simple to recreate. I did my usual liquid liner and then took a gel liner brush (any brush will do really, just make sure it’s small and dense). I used the gel liner brush to apply a gold cream shadow just on the first half of my lid (over the liner). Then with the remaining product on the brush I blended out until the cream shadow faded off into nothing. You could try this with any color! I found that a cream shadow worked nicely on dry liquid liner. It glided on smoothly and didn’t disrupt my work. If you were to use a pencil liner it may drag and pull off some of the liquid liner (something to keep in mind when choosing to mix textures and finishes!).

liquid liner

There you have it, some techniques, tips, tricks, and chic twists on an everyday liquid liner approach. I hope this information was helpful and please feel free to leave me any comments or questions!

brittany hallWritten by Brittany Hall
Makeup by Brittany
Visit Brittany on Twitter and Facebook

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.