We have all seen those people that were far too much blusher and look a bit like a clown. This often causes many of us to stay away from blusher and not use it for fear of looking like a fool. The aim of this article is to explain the benefits of using blusher and how to apply it to get the right effect. When Blusher is used correctly it will add a natural glow to the skin as well as adding contours to the face. It is a great tool and should appear in any woman's makeup bag. What Type of Blusher? When looking for blucher you will find you can get it as a powder, cream of even a gel. They all have different qualities and it is a good idea to pick one that you feel comfortable using. The creams and gels will stay on the longest but the powders will come with more choice of colour. Powder must be applied over foundation whereas other types can be applied on bare skin. What Colour should You Choose? When choosing the colour of your blusher, you should first consider your skin tone and then, the look that you want to achieve. Now let's consider the types of colours and how they work. Cool colours - These are colours that tend to have a blue undertone and will add freshness and a healthy glow to your face. For light skin go for a pink and a plum or similar will work for darker skin. If you are wearing a brown or orangey lipstick don't use a cool colour for your blusher. Warm Colours - These will normally have orange undertones and they work best for contouring the cheeks and adding definition to the face. If you have a light complexion then you should think about using a light apricot whereas a burnt orange may be better for those with darker skin. Don't use a warm blusher if you are going to wear a cool lipstick or a lip colour that has a blue undertone. Universal Colours - These are those shades that generally come in between the cool and warm colours. The advantage of these is that they suit everyone and go with any share of lipstick. For light skin you are best to go with a peach, for medium skin rosewood works well and red is best for darker skin. Natural Colours - These are the neutral beiges and browns. These have very little red in them and are best used as a bronzer rather than a blusher and can in fact be use alongside your usual blusher. How to Apply your Blusher? Now you have chosen the colour and type of blusher you are going to use let's consider how to apply it. Below are the steps for applying powder blusher: Step 1 - Never use the brush that comes with your blusher these are usually too small and will not give the right application. Get yourself a quality blusher brush before you start. Step 2 - Look into the mirror and give yourself a big grin. This will allow you to see where the apple of your cheek is. Step 3 - Dip the brush into the powder and remember to always shake off the excess before you begin. Brush over the apple of your cheek towards the ear using short up and down movements. Step 4 - Now blend in the blusher. You can do this by adding a horizontal stroke over the vertical ones and then blot with a tissue. For creams and gels follow the below steps: Step 1 - Look into the mirror and give yourself a big grin. This will allow you to see where the apple of your cheek is. Step 2 - Dab a small amount on the apple of your cheek and rub with your fingers. Ensure that you take the time to ensure this is blended properly. TIP for the day:If you were at all worried about blusher you should not be now. Experiment, try different colours, just remember that blusher should be subtle and look natural. Stay with us tomorrow as we talk about Mascara and Fake Lashes
Step 1: Determining Your Face Shape
Before beginning your highlighting and contouring, you must first determine your face shape. Faces can be oval, rectangular, round, heart-shaped, oblong, diamond-shaped, or triangular (including inverted triangular). To determine your face shape, pull all of your hair back tightly and examine your face in the mirror, looking for the following attributes. A measuring tape may be used to measure the length and width of the face for a more precise determination. OVAL: Oval-shaped faces have a length equal to 1.5 times the width of the face, with forehead and jaw equal widths. RECTANGULAR: Rectangular faces are 1/3 longer than the width of the face and have strong angles on the forehead and at the jawline. ROUND: Round faces are as wide as they are long, but with soft, rounded edges. HEART-SHAPED: Heart-shaped faces have the most width at the cheek, eye, and forehead areas, with a narrow to pointy chin. Sometimes they will also have a high forehead. OBLONG: Oblong faces are as long as it is wide. Straight sides, a high forehead, and larger than average distance between the bottom of the lip and the tip of the chin are common attributes of the oblong face. DIAMOND-SHAPED: Diamond-shaped faces are characterized by a narrow forehead and a narrow chin with the widest point at the cheeks. TRIANGULAR (and INVERTED TRIANGULAR): Triangular faces are wide at the forehead and narrowest at the jawline; inverted triangular faces are widest at the jawline and narrowest at the forehead.Determining your face shape will help you decide where to place your highlights and contours and what features you’d like to define or downplay.
Highlighting certain features of the face can be super flattering for the spring time, if done properly. By illuminating specific areas of the face, you’re putting them in the spotlight, but don’t think taking a face powder with tons of shimmer and applying it all over will give you a flattering look. All good things must come in moderation (even glitter).When it comes to brightening any part of the skin, it’s always a good idea to stick with the “less is more” mindset. Features like cheek bones, under the brow and cupids bow, nose area, chin and forehead are all prime targets to apply some sort of illuminator. We put together every highlighter tip for your face, from where to put a brightener to which products you should be using. Take a look through the slideshow above to see some of our favorite celebrities exemplifying the highlighted, fresh-faced look. Tip for the day: "Less is more" Stay tuned tomorrow as we have to talk about the right shade of blush for you
This actually depends on your skin type and the blend-ability of the product you are using. It is pretty obvious that a concealer will be much more pigmented than a foundation which might make it a tad bit harder to blend. For example, for someone with an oily skin type I would suggest that he/she uses a cream concealer 2 shades darker to contour and one that is 2 shades lighter to highlight. This needs to be set with a translucent powder to prevent it from slipping and sliding on your face. You don't need to stick with a single product. You could use a highlighting concealer and a contouring foundation. It's all up to what products you have access to! Infact, the brushes you use might actually make or break your highlighting-contouring routine, so keep that in mind too. It slims your face and creates definition and illumination to create a sleek, sculpted look. Tip for the day: Your are not only enhancing your facial features, but also get a little confidence boost! Stay with us tomorrow as we talk about 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. 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
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.
- Make sure any excess oil is gone.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
Master the foundation application and be your own makeup artist. Brush? Sponge? Fingers? what works the best for you? When its about foundation we are always sceptical what is the best way to apply it. Well it depends what is the type of your foundation and what works the best for you. You have one main goal to achieve a flawless skin.
- Use your fingers if you are not happy with the brush strokes or the sponge.
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. 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. 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 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. The before and after picture of the Kryolan TV Stick Foundation application 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.
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:
- 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.