Sweeping on mascara might seem intuitive, but there’s actually a lash-maximizing technique that when employed correctly can take your eyes from whatever to woah. Ditto brow pencil and even lipstick. Kimberly Soane, the director of artistry at Bobbi Brown, offers up 6 easy tips for every product in your kit.
Never put concealer or foundation on your eyelids as a base, it will cause your eye makeup to crease.
Use your fingers to apply your foundation if you want sheer coverage and a brush for medium to full coverage.
Always apply powder where you are shiniest first–usually your T-zone–with a very light dusting everywhere else.
You should put bronzer on your neck, face, and chest to even out your skin tone. Be sure to take a step back and make sure everything is the same color.
When applying blush, smile, then dust the apples of your cheeks, then sweep pigment towards the tops of ears, then down toward the jawline.
Trace brow pencil or powder along the tops of brows for an instant facelift.
Could your make-up be making you break out?
Anyone who’s ever struggled with acne-prone skin knows to avoid using products that clog your pores. So, when it comes to picking cleansers and moisturizers we aim to use products labelled with ‘non-comedogenic’ (ie. non pore-clogging). But sometimes we tend to forget about the other products that go on our faces—and stay there all day long. When it comes to preventing blocked pores, your choice of makeup is just as important as your skincare. Many foundations, powders and blushes contain oils, sodium lauryl sulfate and other skin-aggravating ingredients that can lead to breakouts.
Thankfully, there are plenty of non-comedogenic beauty products out there. Here are some of our top picks.
1. Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation
This oil-free foundation from Laura Mercier will give you radiant, all-day coverage without making your skin breakout.
2. Benefit The Porefessional Primer
Not only will Benefit’s The Porefessional primer not clog your pores, it’ll make them virtually non-existent!
3. Bareminerals Original SPF 15 Foundation
This all-natural powder foundation from Bareminerals will give you a flawless finish while still letting your skin breathe.
4. Jane Iredale Peaches and Cream Bronzer
Like all of Jane Iredale’s products, this gorgeous bronzer/blush combo is 100% non-comedogenic.
5. Nars Radiant Concealer
Cover up blemishes without making them worse with this creamy, non pore-clogging concealer from Nars.
Contouring is the hottest make-up trend. Anyone who’s anyone is contouring and emphasizing their best features, so if you want to get cheekbones or the perfect pout, read on for some top tips!
Tip #1: Concealer
First, start with the concealer—and don’t be shy about it! Concealer is a really useful weapon in any make-up lover’s kit, and it’s not just for hiding those dark circles under your eyes. Apply this product using a dabbing motion instead of rubbing to create the desired effect—you’ll want to use it on the areas that you want to highlight: the brow bone, the top of the cheekbones and the line down the middle of your nose.
Tip #2: Foundation
Next, use your foundation. In order to create the perfect contoured look, you’ll need to pick up three shades of foundation. One will match your skin tone perfectly, one will be two shades darker and one will be two shades lighter. This will help you to contour your face perfectly, highlighting those gorgeous cheekbones and giving the face some real shape, without distorting the natural skin color too much.
Tip #3: Guidelines
To create the perfect contouring guideline for your cheeks, draw a straight line from the corner of your mouth to the top of your ear with an angled contour brush. This is where you apply the darker foundation, creating a shadow below your cheekbones that looks razor-sharp! This darker area should be no wider than your little finger—if you make it much wider, you’ll start to look hollow and gaunt, instead of glowing and radiant. Using a highlighter, draw a line from the outer edge of your nose through to the outer corner of your eye. Use some slight shading on the side of your head, where the temple is, to emphasize the cheeks and give your eyes a fantastic, age-defying lift!
Tip #4: Draw a line
Next, using your contouring product we’ll make your nose look straighter and slimmer. Draw a line starting from the beginning of the eyebrows, going straight down to the tip of your nose. To make your nose look slimmer bring the lines closer together. Additionally if you want to make your nose shorter apply the product under the tip of the nose, a pencil brush will do the job perfectly.
Tip #5: Blend
Lastly – blend, blend, blend! Using a stippling make-up brush make sure that the guidelines you’ve drawn on your face aren’t visible and ensure that the make-up blends seamlessly on your face. This might take a while, but the effects will be stunning and you’ll be ready to walk the catwalk!
Contouring isn’t rocket science. If you follow the tips we gave you above, your application will improve. We found that face contouring is a rising trend and will stay with us for some time. So, make sure you do it the right way.