We’re kind of know-it-alls when it comes to beauty tricks, but even we have to admit we’ve never used our concealer like this before. Recently, we asked Amanda Bell, a makeup artist for Pixi Beauty, to show us some of her best tricks for creating subtle contours on the face — and she dropped this gem on us. Watch and see how drawing whiskers on your face (yes, like a cat’s!) can give your entire face a lift.
Every successful makeup look needs a foundation, but that doesn't mean you have to use one. For most complexions, semi-sheer tints give just the right amount of coverage and let your glow shine through. Choose a product with built-in SPF, such as Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydrating Color Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($35, clinique.com) or Shiseido Urban Environment Tinted UV Protector SPF43 ($30, shiseido.com). Optional: Add a translucent setting powder to your list if shine is an issue.
Primer, is a commonly skipped but vital step. A good primer can make your face a smoother canvas for foundation to adhere and can help hide common makeup mistakes like streaks and common skin problems like large pores and redness, while adding longevity to your makeup.
Using the right primer can counteract discoloration and even out skin tone. There are also primers that address specific skin types (oily, normal, combination and dry) picking the right primer will ensure a more flawless looking makeup.
Picking the right foundation can seem like a nearly impossible task. Between finding the right color, benefits and coverage, it seems like there are an endless number of options. To make it more complicated you have to choose the foundation type, liquid or powder.
There are a few factors you should consider when trying to choose between a liquid and a powder foundation. You should consider skin type (dry, oily or normal), skin conditions (rosacea, acne) and the desired effect you want to create (matte, dewy).
Color concealer neutralizes undesirable colors on your face. Like the redness from acne or brown from dark eyes cycles. Neutralizing colors are colors that appear opposite on the color wheel. For example- blue neutralizes orange, green neutralizes red. So in order to cover redness from rosacea you would cover it with a green concealer. If you just use a concealer a lighter than your skin tone, you won't conceal the problem because the red or blue tones will shine through. Color correcting can reduce wrinkle and erase dark spot, so always neutralize the flaw first.
When picking a color corrector, it is important to remember the depth of the chosen shade is also important. For example, if you have dark skin, select a deeper shade of green. A very light shade of green would have too much white in it and will be too light for dark skin.