The Application Tips You Need to Know, According to Makeup Artists

The Application Tips You Need to Know, According to Makeup Artists

As a self-identified makeup addict, I’m pretty well-versed in most common makeup application practices. I have learned from years of trial and error, blue eyeliner, green eyeshadow, all of it. That being said, however, I feel like after years of using the same products—Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation, I’m looking at you—it can be easy to fall stagnant. In order to make sure all of us are doing our best makeup application possible, I asked two makeup artists from different brands for their advice.

PHOTO: Jess Mingrino

To start, both makeup artists–Kim from Bobbi Brown and Autumn from MAC—walked me through their recommended skincare practices. Kim suggested starting the face-washing process by using a “multi-tasking cleanser” to erase all traces of makeup. This could be a multi-use cleanser, or micellar water and then a cleanser of your choice. The use of a product that will eliminate makeup helps to prevent future breakouts and clogging. The next step is to apply a hydrating toner using a cotton pad, both morning and night. This will prep your skin and help to lock in moisture. Speaking of, the next step both provided me with was moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Kim said that once you apply moisturizer, “[your] skin is smooth and plumped, and [your] makeup will stay fresh and glowing.”

PHOTO: Lex Kelly

Once your skin is prepped, you are ready to start your makeup application. Where the two MUAs differed was their use of primer: Kim said to skip it if you used moisturizer, while Autumn said moisturizer then primer. So, do with that what you will, but personally, I do still use a primer after applying moisturizer. The next step is to evenly apply your foundation; once it dries, you can work on that contour.

PHOTO: Amber Sudra

Apply cream or powder bronzer to your cheekbones, along your jawline, and around the upper edges of your hairline. Use a fan brush to apply highlighter to your nose, brow bone, and upper cheeks and you are good to go. Autumn said that once your contour is cut, you should then fill in your brows, apply eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara. When you are finished, grab your loose finishing powder and “use a powder puff in a gentle pressing motion” to seal in your look.

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Featured photo by Valerie Cammack.