Hey guys! Here's a really nice, simple tutorial from one of my favorite YouTube channels, Pixiwoo. The makeup tutorials are by sisters Sam and Nicola Chapman (the creators of Real Techniques). Here's Nic's tutorial of the makeup from her wedding day. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
False eyelashes, many say, were invented as early as 1916. They were used in a silent film to create the illusion of "fluttering" eyes. However, it took many years for false eyelashes to become a frequent tool in the beauty industry.
One "falsies" pioneer, who them almost everywhere she went, was Lucille Ball. She can be seen in not only on her own show, but in interviews and on gameshows sporting long false eyelashes that practically hit the tops of her eyebrows. Upon future research, I found out that Lucy initially didn't like her co-star, Vivian Vance (Ethel); one day Vivian was wearing false eyelashes on set, and Lucy tore them off, saying "I'm the only one who wears fake eyelashes around here." Yikes! Don't mess with a woman and her trademark.
I've been using this trick for quite a while. It comes in handy if I'm doing a smokey eye for a client who's going out for the night, or if I'm doing a dramatic look for a photo shoot. If I know I'm going to be using dark shadows like maroon or black, I'll leave the face bare until I've finished up the eyes. That way, I can wipe any "fallout" (eyeshadow that falls off the brush and onto the cheeks or underneath the eye) away. It ends up being a big time saver in the long run!
Happy Sunday, everyone! I'm going to do a review for this blog post.; there has been a lot of hype in the beauty realm of Youtube about the Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. I had no intention of trying this foundation out, mostly because $60.00 for a foundation is a little crazy to me. However, it was given to me by a friend because the shade didn't match her skin. (Thanks MaryAnn!)
So, first off, it's a pretty thin formula. If you're like me, and like to apply foundation on the back of your hand, you'll find this will want to drip right off your hand. Once I got past this little set back, I thought it was great! Because of the texture, it does apply very nicely to the skin. It has just enough coverage to even out the skin tone, but is seemingly undetectable on the skin. The only other downfall, for my skin, is that I had to keep powdering throughout the day. I have relatively oily skin, so if you have oily skin as well, be warned that it may require some maintenance throughout the day to keep everything in place.
You may have heard of the Beauty Blender; it’s a dense, reusable sponge that gives you a effortless, airbrushed finish. Here are some thing’s you’ll want to know before purchasing one:
1. You absolutely MUST wet the sponge before you use it.
The Beauty Blender will grow almost double it’s size. Adding water gives it the nice bounce that makes it so famous. It also keeps the sponge from absorbing all of your foundation.
2. It’s may get stained depending on what foundation you use/how you clean it.
My biggest recommendation is to use Ivory soap to clean your Beauty Blender. They sell their own cleaner for it, but to be honest, it’s more money than it’s worth.
3. It’s pretty expensive.
The cheapest that you’ll be able to find a Beauty Blender is around $16. I think it’s absolutely worth the money, and you’ll realize that as well once you use it. However, there is a dupe that is a fraction of the price. The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is only about six dollars, but it isn’t exactly the same. It’s absorbs a little more foundation, and isn’t as dense. Overall though, you will get a similar effect.
Here you go, guys! An end to all the confusion.
BB Cream: Short for “Beauty Balm”
A light cream with multiple benefits, including moisturizer, primer, color, and SPF.
CC Cream: Short for “Color Correcting”
Even lighter than a BB cream, this is great for people with redness, or discoloration in the skin. It also contains SPF, like the BB cream.
DD Cream: “Dermatologically Defining” or “Dynamic Do-All”
Only two companies have created a DD cream, and they both have different names for the acronym. Both are a multi-benefit product, however the DERMADoctor DD Cream good for anti-aging whereas the Julep DD cream is good for all different skin types and undertones.
EE Cream: “Even Effect” Skintone Corrector
The EE cream is exclusive to Estee Lauder (as of now). It’s part of their “Elighten” line. It’s very light but makes the skin look effortly flawless. E.L. claims that you can wear it alone or under a foundation (like many other "alphabet creams"). It’s similar to Mac’s Face and Body foundation which is more of a liquid than a cream. It’s also has an SPF of 30! Score!
It’s easy to fall back on a go-to makeup look, especially because we’ve all had those times where we’ve decided to “try out a new look” and it hasn’t gone quite as planned. Here are some quick, easy ways to change it up!
1. Apply your foundation with a different brush than you normally would.
I know it seems simple, and that it won’t make a much of a difference, but it’s a good warm-up to get you out of your comfort zone. If you usually use a paddle foundation brush, try going for a stippling brush or Beauty Blender.
2. Watch youtube tutorials on new makeup styles.
It’s extremely helpful to see someone else breaking down every step, and giving you tips along the way. And don’t worry about having every single product that they do. Chances are if you don’t have the exact eyeshadow, you’ll have something similar.
3. Give your makeup multi-use!
As a makeup artist, I’m always having to improvise, and it’s made me realize that most makeup is useful in more than one way. Use a dark eyeshadow as a smokey eyeliner, or use a concealer as an eye primer if you’re in a pinch. My makeup biggest secret is using Mac’s “Copperplate” shadow to fill in the eyebrows. It’s the perfect taupey/gray to match anyone’s eyebrows!
Picking out a foundation is tricky, and can be nerve-wracking. The first thing you want think about is whether or not your skin has cool or warm undertones. How do you figure it out? It’s easy!
Think about how your skin looks in the winter. Does it look more pale or have some hints of pink/red? Chances are you have cool toned skin. If you have warm undertones in your skin, your skin will stay more of an olive/bronze color in the colder months.
Now I want you to think of your skin in the summer. When you’re out in the sun with SPF 15, does your skin burn or does it turn into a tan? If you burn easily, you likely have cool undertones. If you turn into a glowing goddess (lucky you!), you probably have warm undertones. Don’t forget! If you’re not sure, go to your nearest makeup counter, and ask them what they think. It always helps to get a second opinion.
Hey! I'm Heidi, the stylist and makeup artist here at City Headshots. Feel free to get in touch with me by email, or call me during our normal business hours at (212) 706-1902. I'm happy to answer any questions you have!
Hello! I'm Amaris, the second stylist and makeup artist here at City Headshots. I can be reached by email or can be called on Sundays. Happy to answer any questions!