Some of my own personal tricks of the trade when dealing with face make up (foundations/blush/contouring etc).

– Often times when wearing foundation,it may look as if your wearing a mask. To avoid this, apply a powder bronzer with a make up powder brush along your hairline.

– Wearing a touch of blush on your cheeks really livens up your face. Apply blush on an angle starting on the apples of your cheeks up to your temples. It also gives a contouring effect.

– Blush isn’t just for your cheeks. When you are in a time crunch & don’t feel like finding eyeshadow to wear, just use the blush you used that day as your eyeshadow. This trick really balances out your look.

– Use a foundation primer to smooth out your face before applying foundation & primers also helps prolong the wear of your foundation.

– Powder foundations are best used if you have normal to oily skin, liquid foundations for normal to dry & cream foundations for normal to dry.

– For matured skin (50+;if you have wrinkles),cream foundations are the best variety for your skin. Creams reduce the appearance of fine lines.

– If you have oily skin, find foundations that are designed especially for oily skin.

– Apply a loose powder (translucent or a powder that matches your skintone) after foundations application (powder excluded). This sets your make up, controls shine & makes your foundation last throughout the day.

– As the seasons change, so will your skin. During warmer months, you may get darker as opposed to cooler months you may get lighter. Buy a light & dark shades of foundation(I use liquids) & mix the different shades together til you get a color that best matches your skintone. This is the cheapest way to change up your foundation shades as your skintone changes throughout the months.

– Using a make up sponge to apply your liquid foundation & worried about the sponge absorbing most of your foundation? Soak your sponge in water & squeeze the excess water before putting your foundation onto the sponge.

– Bronzer just isn’t for summer months. During the winter months, you may notice that your skin looks a tad dull. Apply a powder bronzer making a “3? motion with your brush on your face on each side. Starting at the middle of your forehead, cheeks, & ending at the middle of your chin.Sounds funny but,it works.

– Contouring your face slims down features you want to downplay. Use a shade that is at least 2 shades darker than your natural skintone(you can use a powder, bronzer, or an eyeshadow). Contouring can be done inside the hollows of your cheekbones, along your jawline, sides of your nose, or even on your forehead.

– Highlighting your face gives your skin a glow. Use a shimmery light powder to highlight your cheekbones, bridge of your nose, over the browbone, inner corners of your eyes, over your mouth or, even under your eyes.

– If you love cream blush but hate that by the end of the day it disappears, apply a touch of a powder blush that best matches the color of your cream blush. This sets the cream blush & keeps meltdowns at bay.

Always remember to wash your brushes at least once or twice a week! Brushes are a playground for bacteria & if they aren’t cleaned regularly, they can cause breakouts. Plus, eyeshadow brushes that aren’t cleaned can cause colors to get “muddy”. As a make up artist, I always clean my brushes after every use. Make up sponge should be replaced often as well. If they are completely saturated in product & looks kind of nasty,don’t second guess..just toss them. You can also wash your sponges & let them dry but, the best bet is to just buy a new bag of them. Sponges are quite inexpensive.

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