We asked Mariska Swart a Freelance Make Up artist & Lecturer at Face to Face Beauty & Make Up School all the Make Up questions we struggle with on a daily basis.
1.How can I do an easy smoky eye? (Actually easy)
The true answer to getting an easy perfect smoky eye is that there is no quick fix way! Reason being all eyes and faces are unique. With most things in life, the old saying “practice makes perfect” counts here as well. The best way to do a smoky eye is to start with the basics. Know where you want to add the darker color(usually the crease or the outside corner of the eye). As soon as you know that you can start practicing. Start out with a brown or even a light grey until you have the blending bit down. Apply the dark shade in such a way that you can barely see it when facing yourself in the mirror.
That way when you blend(or smoke out) the color, it won’t end up at your brows. Using an eye shadow brush (yes an actual eye shadow brush, not your fingers) will go a long way with helping the blending go smoothly. Do your eyes first so that if there is any mistakes you can fix it when applying your full foundation. Keep the brow bone (area below the brow) as clean as possible and for events or extra drama add some highlighter. Now as soon as you are happy with your light smoky, you can go on to darker shades. Remember this has a lot to do with playing around to find what best suits you and what you are most comfortable with.
Big secret tip: a shimmer eye shadow will blend waaaay easier than matt colors specifically black.
2.. How can I easily apply liquid eyeliner?
Liquid eyeliner is one of those things that will make many females run and hide out of fear! If you make use of gel liner, make sure to have the proper angled liner brush.
When applying the liner lift up your eyelid just above the lash line to get a tight line above your lashes, you can always thicken and lengthen afterwards. Most people find that the liquid eyeliner pens (which literally looks like a coloring marker) work better as it gives more control. These markers or brushes work in exactly the same way as a normal marker or brush would.
Most people find that the liquid eyeliner pens (which literally looks like a coloring marker) work better as it gives more control. These markers or brushes work in exactly the same way as a normal marker or brush would. If you press too hard too much product will be applied, if you slant the brush a thicker line will be achieved and if you use the very tip of the brush, you will have a very thin line. Again do not try this the first time on an important first date or event. Practice on yourself with only eyeliner until you are confident enough with the technique. Small mistakes can easily be fixed with an ear bud soaked in makeup remover. (Obviously not if you have a perfect smoky as per question 1 and then ruined it with liner)
3.What is the proper order of applying my makeup
There is usually a set way in doing things but with any art form the rules are meant to be broken. Do what suits your lifestyle best.
I usually moisturize first (for oily skins use a mattifying product otherwise your makeup will end up sliding all over your face.)
Step2: apply foundation on the eye area. (If the shadow tends to crease and sweat off, invest in an eye shadow primer)
Step3: powder the eye area with translucent powder to remove the stickiness. This powder won’t leave color on the skin.
Step4: eye shadow then eyeliner. If not confident with liner yet do that first then shadows and fix liner at the end if the shadows has smudged over the line.
Step5: mascara, mascara, MASCARA. This deserves its own step as this product transforms any eye from dull and tired to awake and sexy.
Step 6: remove any panda eyes with a remover wipe and apply foundation over the face and concealer under the eyes. Powder the areas that you are prone to sweat or have oil. Usually the forehead, nose and chin. Step 7: add some color by using a blush and lip color that works well with the color used on the eyes. Do not use purple on the eyes and expect an orange tone lip and cheek to work out. You will look like a hot mess. Pinks stick together and
4. Do I really need lip liner under my lipstick??
Yes lip liner is a must. Once you have used one properly you’ll never be able to go back to applying lipstick as irresponsibly. The waxy consistency of a lip liner keeps the lipstick from bleeding into the little lines and cracks around your mouth. Liner also allows you to fix tiny flaws in the lips if the one side is lower down you can draw it higher up etc. Want fuller lips? You can line slightly outside your natural lip line to create the appearance of fuller lips. Again ladies the emphasis is on SLIGHTLY! Bozo the clown lips does not look good on anybody. The biggest bonus that a lip liner has is that it will help your lipstick last a lot longer.
Keep your liner color a shade or two lighter or darker to your lipstick color depending on the look you want. DO NOT do dark liner with light lipstick as it is very distasteful. And best be left In the history of makeup fails.
5.What should I use to keep my makeup on longer?
I love mac fix it spray. There are many of these makeup fix sprays on the market these days so shop around until you find your perfect one. When in a pinch you can always use hairspray as well- If you don’t mind the fumes. This will basically seal your makeup and result in it not sweating off within the first hour out.
6. Contouring or Strobing?
I prefer using a touch of both!! Contouring to sculpt features and then using highlighters to make certain features pop! I like to have the best of both worlds.
** in makeup my biggest tip is to always start small and build up from there. One can always add color and drama but it is a lot harder to remove without messing up the whole look entirely.
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