Try not to use soap (unless it is hand made pure soap) as it is inclined to remove natural skin oils leaving the face vulnerable to flaking skin, the early onset of lines and wrinkles and the increased risk of other skin disorders such as acne.
However, some people don’t feel clean unless they’ve washed with soap and water. If you are one of those people, there are now many brands of soap on the market which claim to be non drying.
It is, however, best to use a mild cleanser such as Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser, 16 Ounces as a first step in preparing to apply makeup.
Whether or not you have oily skin do not be tempted to miss out on moisturizing, also known as hydrating or conditioning your facial skin.
Find a product that has a minimum sun protection factor of 15, such as La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid for Face, 1.7-Ounce Bottle and your skin will remain free from flaking and retain the smoothness and condition essential for successfully applying makeup, even though you may have to spend time outdoors exposed to the elements.
I, myself, always wear a total sun block for my face but that is my preference as my skin tends to burn.
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As the skin around the eyes tends to be dryer than elsewhere on the face and is consequently more delicate, special care must be taken to prepare this area before applying eye makeup.
Fine lines around the eyes are the first sign of aging skin, they are an advance warning so it is important to keep them at bay.
Whether they have appeared or not, follow this routine. Apply a good eye cream or lotion first thing in the morning and last thing at night. This will keep the skin receptive to the makeup you will apply to make the best of one of your most noticeable facial features.
Starting your Cover Girl Makeup
So, what tools will you need to give you that professional beauty parlour look? Simple really, just your fingers, some brushes and applicators. Buy the best brushes you can afford, the softer the better. A good retailer will advise you, but you will need a powder brush for your cheeks, eyeshadow brushes, a lip brush (possibly a lip pencil, which I prefer) and an eyebrow brush. Sponges for applying eye cream or smoothing foundation are better if disposable.
Cleanliness is next to godliness! Wash your hands before applying makeup, wash and clean your brushes regularly and rinse out the sponges.
Think about the lighting at your dressing table or makeup area. You need to see the flaws clearly to better cover them up and to emphasize your best features.
The final step is to select the right products and colors to suit your complexion. If possible book an appointment with a professional makeup artist, otherwise visit a department store and if lucky you will get a free makeup session. Otherwise ask to try samples, note the ones you like and watch and learn from the demonstrators.
Insider Model Tip no 1
After cleansing, spray your face with mineral water. One quick blast will do. You can buy aerosol spray cans at most pharmacies. This will help to retain moisture.
Then apply moisturizer onto a damp face. After the moisturizer has been on for about 10 minutes and your skin is dry (I never can wait this long) begin to apply your foundation preferably using a sponge otherwise use your fingertips in a gentle upward and outward motion and smooth out the edges into the hairline.
Insider Model Tip no 2
I was told by a makeup artist on a shoot that the best way to apply foundation cream with your fingers is to simply pat it onto your skin. This way you will not pull at the delicate structure of the skin and you may prevent premature sagging. Also do not put too much foundation cream on at once. It is preferable to build it up in layers.
Insider Model Tip no 3
Apply concealer under your eyes and anywhere you have a blemish you want to hide, lightly after the foundation as this will prevent the concealer from being rubbed off.
Insider Model Tip no 4
Dot a tiny blob of concealer on the outer edge of each eye and this will or should give you a wide awake look.
Next take the big blusher brush and sweep across the blusher. Tap away any surplus powder and lightly brush across your cheeks emphasizing your cheek bone and gently blending in with the surrounding area.
Inside Model Tip no 5
In the 60s and 70s it was fashionable to put a big brown streak of pancake makeup along our cheek bones. It was obviously intended for the camera but became the thing to do. Nowadays fortunately its all about emphasis not exaggeration.
Now for your eyes
Cover your lids with a neutral beige shade of eyeshadow, then brush a slightly darker shade in the crease, again blending carefully into the brow bone. If you like to dramatize your eyes take a fine brush and with the darker shade gently dab under the lashes of the lower lid and then the upper lid. Do not overdo this or you will end up looking like a panda.
Brows – Very important feature of the face and must not be overlooked. Brush your brows upwards to find the shape and, using a powder shadow near to your brow color, sweep across your brows with short light strokes brush. Lay a pencil flat on your face from the corner of your nose to the outer edge of your eyes and don’t take the shadow any further than this point. If your eyebrows are long with a tendency to move and look untidy, dab with Ardell Brow Sculpting Gel Clear
Time to finish off with your lips, preferably with a soft pencil of natural shade. Outline either the outside or inside of your lips, depending on how large they are. Do not do this in one solid line or it will look too hard. Next in-fill with the pencil to give a base, brush your lips with the lipstick of your choice and and finish off with a dab of gloss.
Insider Model Tip no 6
Put your index finger into your mouth, close your lips and pull out slowly. This will take off residue gloss or lipstick and you will not end up with red stains on your teeth.