Over the past couple of years my interest in beauty has grown, it helps when you have professionals styling you and making you look glamorous. I find make up a lot more exciting than I did a few years ago. The fact you can use make up to just cover a blemish or go bold and daring to make a statement. So every time I have the pleasure of working with an MUA (Makeup artist) I always ask questions either about the make-up they are using or how they achieve certain looks, is it because of blending, contouring etc.
So here are a few tips that MUA’s have told me. I have been given a lot of advice about make up some may not be right but here are the few I choose to follow.
Let’s start with the basics I may have mentioned before about having a clean slate to work on, hence why I cleanse, tone and moisturise daily. Usually in the mornings so I look refreshed for work as I don’t tend to wear make up on a daily basis, so I can at least say my face is clean and rejuvenated ready for the day ahead. I try to do the same before going to bed but sometimes I’m just too tired, I at least make sure I remove any make-up before going to bed because the minerals from the make-up seep into your pores clog them up and cause breakouts, so that really is worth it?
I’ll continue on the note of looking after your skin a couple of other things I try to do once a week is a face mask and exfoliate. With exfoliating it’s just a way of cleaning your face a lot more thoroughly and removing the dead skin cells, so it’s definitely worth doing. A favourite of mine is St.Ives, it’s the only one that actually feels like it’s doing something. With face masks you can get all kinds to suit your needs, ones that are for sensitive skin, oily skin, moisturising masks or hydrating ones, get whichever one suits you.
Now onto the make-up, a tip about base, don’t forget the neck because they won’t. I’m pretty sure this was a quote from Will & Grace when Karen is giving make up tips to drag queens about covering up their Adam’s apples….but it she has a point. How many of you have seen pictures of girls on Facebook or Instagram where the girls have the foundation line at the jawline, I know I have too many times. And it’s an easy fix, just apply your foundation and powder onto your neck as well and make sure to blend so everything looks natural.
On my first photoshoot I ever did (this is going back to when I was about 10) this was the first time I ever had my makeup done professionally and I remember the MUA being in her early 20’s and she looked so glamorous. I must have been extremely annoying because I remember asking a lot of questions but this was only because I was so fascinated with what she was doing, I distinctly remember her doing my eye makeup first, and to this day no other MUA has done this, I asked her why she was starting with my eyes. The answer was so simple, it was because of the fallout from the eyeshadow when that was going onto my face she could remove that easily without ruining any foundation because there was none there. I don’t know anybody that does this but to me it makes perfect sense so I always do eyes first.
This leads me perfectly onto the last tip I have and by far the best make up tip ever! It’s all to do with eyeliner, so many girls (including myself) struggle with eyeliner and I’ve tried everything to get my eyeliner even, using scotch tape (which just hurts), approaching my eyeliner from different angels, e.g looking down into a mirror, pulling the skin taut (I end up just stabbing myself in the eye multiple times and crying black) and trying different types of eyeliner: pencil, liquid, gel but no matter how many YouTube videos I watch I still don’t know what to do with what. So here is the tip with eyeliner that will save you countless hours of standing in front of the mirror staring at your eyeliner and cursing yourself for not getting the wings even, just remember this one simple line..…there not twins there sisters! Think about it your eyes aren’t exactly the same shape neither are your eyebrows that frame them so it’s pretty impossible to get your eyeliner exactly the same! This has been a revelation to me personally, I don’t want to get frustrated by makeup I want to have fun with it. I think that’s the most important thing is to have fun and experiment, try different looks and colours and if it doesn’t suit you wipe it off and start again. That’s the beauty with makeup you can always start over xxx