Category Archives: Demonstrations

Contouring and Highlighting

We can easily say that contouring and highlighting is one of the biggest  trends in makeup although contouring and highlighting is a part of a makeup application for a long time.

What is contouring and highlighting? 

With  contouring and highlighting we want to bring back the 3D look of the face, to give more dept on the contoured areas and highlight the highest point of the face.

When you apply foundation on the skin it covers the blemishes and refreshes the face but at the same time it kinda wipes off the features and shapes. With  contouring we can give more dept and shape to the face also because we are shading the contoured areas will look optically sharper and smaller.

For contouring we are using a greyish – brown colour as we want to make it look the natural and real as possible. This colour can be 3 or 4 shades darker than our skin colour.

Highlighting is a process of enhancing the face areas where the light “hits the face”.  The highlighted area  is lighter and optically looks wider and bigger. Usually its the centre of the forehead, under the eyebrows and under eye area, top of the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, cupid bow and centre of the chin.  The colour can be 2 or 3 shades lighter than our skin colour depends how intensive we want to go with it.

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Tip of the day: if you don’t know where to contour your face, all you need to do is to check your face in a natural light in the mirror. The shadows on the face will show you where  you have to contour. Generally its the hairline on the forehead or the temples, eye socket, nose, under the cheekbones, jawline and chin. Don’t forget the contours are changing as the per the face shapes and they are never straight. Also keep in mind that when you are contouring you are shading so the best contours are more shadows on the face perfectly blended and smoothened out not harsh lines.

 

Stay with us tomorrow as we will talk about contouring products in details

Setting your foundation

We’ve all been there. You spend all this time perfecting your skin with foundation and concealer, and it looks great – awesome! Now you don’t want that to move, so you set it with some powder. And bam! Just like that: cake face. Now what?

Powder is great for setting your makeup and making sure it doesn’t slide around, but the slightest excess of it can take you from amazing to ‘ew’ in about 2 seconds flat. But don’t worry, there’s a way to fix that. All you need to do is apply your powder with a taco. Wait, what? Yes, you heard us: a taco–a powder puff taco, that is. The “taco” method is one that’s been taught in makeup academies for years and will ensure that makeup stays put while cake face stays in the past. Intrigued? Read on.

  1. Make sure any excess oil is gone.

Excess oil is the number one way for makeup to cake up on your face. To prevent that from happening, you need to make sure it’s gone before you set with powder. After you’ve applied your foundation and concealer, take an oil blotting sheet, or even a tissue, and gently blot any excess oil or product away.

  1. Pour loose, colorless powder onto puff.
 Grab a powder puff (it can be large or small) and with it laying flat, deposit a small amount of loose, colorless powder onto the center of the puff. It is imperative here that you are using a powder that is 100% translucent. Using a tinted powder can alter the color of your foundation or even change the way it looks throughout the course of the day.

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  1. Fold puff into taco shape and rub together.
 Here’s where the “taco” part comes in. You want to fold up the edges of your powder puff, creating a “taco” shape, with the loose powder inside the pocket you’ve just formed. Now, take both sides of the “taco” and rub them together well in order to really get the powder into the puff.
  2. Fold “taco” in the other direction and repeat.
 Open the powder puff up and fold it in the other direction. So, if you folded it horizontally the first time, fold it vertically this time, or vice versa. Repeat the same process of massaging the sides together.
  3. Knock off the excess.
 Unfold the puff and gently knock off any excess by flicking the underside of the puff. This ensures that you won’t be applying too much powder onto your face.
  1. Press and roll puff into skin.
With your now powdered puff, take it and form it into a “taco” again, this time with the powdered side on the bottom. Then, gently press and roll it onto the skin. Don’t swipe! This will disturb the makeup underneath. By pressing and rolling, you are locking in the foundation and concealer and ensuring that the makeup is really melting into the skin.
  2. Finish off with a setting spray.
Finish the face off with a few spritzes of your favorite setting spray. Doing this will get rid of any residual powder that may be laying on top of the skin, make you look fresh, and will lock in the makeup even more. No cake face here!

Tip of the day: the less is always more … keep this in  your mind every time you are applying your makeup.

Stay with us tomorrow as we are starting a new week.

New week and new topic all about the contouring and highlighting !

Powder, cream or liquid

Whoever said choice was a good thing probably wasn’t a woman trying to find the right foundation. Years ago we just grabbed a bottle of beige cream and called it good, but now we have so many options to choose from, including liquids, powders, sticks, pressed powders, and of course the new mineral powders. How are we ever to pick the right one?

We’ve collected a bit of information here to help narrow it down for you. As a basic rule: oily skin types should go for more powder and matte formulas, whereas normal to dry can use more oil-based options. If your skin is  dry and dehydrated liquids works the best. Here are the foundations, and when it’s best to use each one.

Liquid: The most popular option, liquids have been around for a long time and continue to be favorites because they’re so flexible and natural-looking. Oil-based formulas are best for dry to normal skin, and water-based formulas are better for those with oily skin. Liquids also work well in color combinations, if you’re into making your own shades by mixing two or more colors. Be careful of the long-wearing, smudgeproof versions. Though they may stay on longer, they typically have waxy and oily ingredients that can cause skin irritation or breakouts. (In humid conditions, though, they can be lifesavers.) Oil-free options or matte finish brands are best for those with oily or acne-prone skin. Ultra-mattes can also be good for oily types, but tend to leave the skin dry and taut.

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Cream: Cream foundation is a good choice for those with dry or mature skin. It provides medium to heavy coverage, and helps skin look soft and smooth.

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Sticks: These foundations come in solid form and have more of a drying effect, which may make them best for those with oily skin. They are also good for covering scars and flaws, and for creating more coverage. These are often used in photography sessions, but for everyday use, you may find them too heavy and thick-feeling.

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Powder: Similar to pressed powder, loose-powder foundations help control shine. However, they can be too drying. All but the most oily skin types may want to use these for touch-ups only. They also work well when you’re in a hurry, and can be great options for young girls just starting out on makeup as they’re light and easy to apply.

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Tip of the day: use  translucent powder to set your foundation to get a beautiful and matte finish.

 

Don’t forget to visit our blog tomorrow to read about setting your foundation and face powders.

 

What is HD foundation and when is it used?

In today’s digital age of Instagram, seven-second videos, and of course, selfies, an HD foundation becomes almost as essential to your social game as a strong Wi-Fi connection and adequate battery life. Long praised for their ability to create an airbrushed effect under the most high-def cameras, most formulas combine the use of coated pigments and ultra-fluid textures to provide a seamless finish, no matter how closely you will zoom in on a picture.

HD Micro Foundation Smoothing Fluid is a soft, micronized foundation with anti-aging complex and protects the skin from harmful environmental influences – for a perfect appearance. Ideally suited for natural looking make-up for high definition camera work in photography, fashion shows, show events, weddings and more. Apply Smoothing Fluid thinly and evenly with a fine-pore make-up sponge or foundation brush. Allow to act briefly and powder if necessary with Micro Finish Powder. ECARF certified.

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HD Micro Foundation Cream is a micronized foundation with unique light reflection. Optically, it significantly reduces the shadow effects of wrinkles. Which means that it enables natural, youthful appearance especially with make-up for high-definition camera techniques for film, TV and photography. At the same time, special ingredients protect the skin from harmful environmental influences. Thinly and evenly apply HD Micro Foundation Cream with the included very fine-pore make-up sponge or alternatively with a foundation brush and set it with HD Micro Finish Powder. ECARF certified.

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Tip of the day: the secret of the HD foundations is to layer them while applying on the face. With this application technique you will get a perfect and flawless coverage but invisible on the skin.

Visit our log tomorrow guys to read and learn about different foundation application techniques.

The magical TV Stick foundation

The absolutely favourite full coverage foundation is the Kryolan TV Paint Stick not only makeup artists but anyone loves it who wants a flawless skin just in few strokes.

As a texture is dry and giving a semi matte finish. Perfect for combination skin and effectively reduces the shiny on the oily skin also.

Mostly used in theatre, TV, bridal makeup but can be used for any occasion.

No primer required before the TV Stick. The foundation  will stay for more than 12 hours on our skin with just applying  the TV stick on a plain skin. What is really important to make sure that the skin is dry (not over moisturised and wet because of the moisturiser or primer).  In this case the foundation will stick to the skin and in 40 minutes will absorb.

Because its full coverage we can use it for creating drag makeup and its perfect in blocking out the eyebrows also.

The application can be with a foundation brush and the latex sponge also.

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The before and after picture of the Kryolan TV Stick Foundation application

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Tip of the day:  apply the TV Stick with a wet sponge for a  natural look if you need more coverage apply the TV Stick foundation with foundation brush.

 

Stay tuned guys as tomorrow you can read about the HD foundations.

Flawless skin and full coverage with cream foundations

We all know our favourite liquid foundations which are  giving a light to medium coverage.

But what should we do if we are struggling from skin problems, dark circles under the eyes, scars on the face ?

The liquid foundations coverage is not strong enough.

This is the moment when we will choose a cream foundation to cover and correct all these skin problems and correct the skin types.

We will talk about the Kryolan Cream foundations.

For the first time you will say no, Kryolan is a Professional Stage Makeup and its only for stage or TV.

It is for makeup artists but if you know exactly how to use the products you can easily use them on a daily basis.

Lets do a quick and useful review of our amazing foundations:

  1. Supracolor is an oil based moisturising cream foundation also known as greasepaint. Perfect for normal to dry skin and for the mature skin. The best to apply with a wet sponge by dabbing for a full coverage, glossy finish.

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2. Dermacolor as a texture is a bit dryer than the Supracolor. Specifically made to cover the different skin problems, discolorations, tattoos and scars. Can be used for all the skin types. Application with wet sponge semi glossy finish with a full coverage.

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3. Ultrafoundation is a creamy texture easy to apply and blend. Perfect for the dry skin. Application with a foundation brush with a full coverage and semi glossy finish.

 

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Tip of the day: for a flawless skin and full coverage apply thin layers of the cream foundation. Build it up from very thin layers rather than applying a thick layer creating a mask effect on the skin.

 

Visit our blog tomorrow we will share with you some lovely infos about the TV Stick foundations and their usage on a bad skin.

3 different ways to apply liquid foundation

When applied correctly, liquid foundation can create a beautiful, dewy finish that doesn’t look like makeup at all! Liquid foundation can be little tricky to apply at first, but with a bit of practice, you can achieve flawless-looking skin in a matter of minutes. This article will teach you three different ways to apply liquid foundation. Fingers work best if you want a lighter more natural coverage. Use a sponge or foundation brush to achieve a fuller coverage and create a glam, camera-ready finish.

1.Cleanse and moisturise your face. Makeup should always be applied to a clean canvas. Wash your face using your normal cleanser and pat dry. If you have dry skin, apply a moisturiser and wait a few minutes before applying foundation to give the moisturiser a chance to work.

  • If you are in a hurry or have applied too much moisturiser, blot your face with a tissue to remove excess moisturiser before applying foundation.

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2.Pour a dime-sized amount of foundation onto your palette of choice. You can either use the back of your hand, a small dish, or even a folded up napkin. Don’t pour out too much. You can always add more later.

 

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3.Dip your fingertips into the foundation, and begin to dab it onto your face. Start with two dabs on your forehead, two on each cheek, one on your nose, and one on your chin. A little goes a long way with liquid foundation, and you can always add more to areas that need additional coverage.

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4.Use your fingertips to blend the foundation into your skin. Use either a patting/tapping motion with just the pads of your fingers, or make small, light circles with your fingertips. Begin with the areas that tend to have the most uneven skin tone (nose, cheeks, and forehead for most people) and work out from there.

  • Think about blending the foundation lightly, not rubbing it in, and definitely not “slathering” it on.
  • If you need more coverage, add more foundation to your face a dab at a time.

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5.Blend the edges. Blend your foundation carefully into your jawline, hairline, and around your ears to avoid leaving distinct lines.

  • If you have a sponge, use it to blend the foundation at your jawline using short downward strokes.
  • If you notice a distinct color change at the jawline, you may need a different shade of foundation.

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Tip of the day: for a moisturised dewy look apply the liquid foundation with a wet sponge. In this case you can blend your foundation perfectly in the skin and the result will be natural and flawless.
Stay tuned guys for the best tips and tricks about the foundation this week.
Tomorrow we will talk about the cream foundations and will give you tips how to apply them effortlessly  and how to get a flawless, airbrushed look.

STUDENTS TESTIMONIAL

Dubai Zombie challenge

 

I attended the three days Dubai zombie challenge that took place in wonderland, Dubai from 7th till 9th of April 2016

The event was organised and supervised by the famous French Le Manoir de Paris, they are specialised in makeup and special effects.

There were 2 amazing ladies Laura and Dalila they were responsible for the clients that wants to change into zombies, they took good care of them with smiles and love from the entrance till the makeup room, and they also were supervising the whole event.

Then another French person to train the new zombies, in addition to two more men that were responsible for all the details of the game from maintenance to the safety of the clients, They were very well organised and they planned everything that they even had first aid kit to help the clients.

First day i went before we start we had a meeting with the two professional French makeup artists Emilia and Camilla we were seven makeup artists in addition to them, by the second day we ended up in only 5 persons, they divide us as follows

  • One group for the latex
  • One group for the Air brush
  • One group for coloring details
  • One group for the final touch of clothes and hair and rest of the body
  • Camilla and Emilia took over the Air brush details and were also overlooking all the groups to make sure that we were on the right track

They also decide that we rotate every day so that we all get to learn everything in the process, also during the breaks they encouraged us to practice on our own bodies to learn more all the tricks.

They were both very supportive and helpful they treated us as a team, they fluded us with all the experience and data needed to make sure that we become experts in such a short time, doing all the tricks and moves live really made a difference with us.

They were answering all the questions asked, it was really not only an event it was like a professional special effects course and workshop at the same time.

We had a lot of fun with all of them we even had the chance to try the game itself .

I am really happy I was chosen to attend this event i learned totally new things in a very interesting filed of makeup which is the special effects, I want to thank Livia in the first place she is the one who recommended me to the group of the event, thanks for the support Lipstick Makeup institute.

Le Manoir de Paris presents The Dubai Zombie Challenge

Our students of, ” The Lipstick Make Up Institute ” have the great opportunity, have been chosen to be participate in an amazing event of Le Manoir de Paris which brought its popular Zombie Challenge event to Dubai, Spring 2016. This interactive event makes participants feel like they are the star of their own scary movie. Hollywood quality decor, makeup, costumes and music create an unforgettable ambiance. Physical challenges will intensify the experience as “Survivors” try to escape the zombie invasion.
The skills that our students obtained during this process uses special effects makeup is priceless.
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