One of my friends came to me in frustration, asking "How do you put on liquid eyeliner without it looking like a hot mess?" Here are the essential tricks to applying liquid eyeliner perfectly smooth, even if you're bad at makeup.
Tools you will need:
-One thin, pin-point brush
-One thin, angled brush
-Concealer that matches your skin tone
-A black eyeshadow
-A liquid eyeliner
Helpful hint: Instead of spending $20 on an eyeliner, you can get one, like the e.l.f. liquid liner, that's much cheaper.
First, you want to sketch out the eyeliner with a black eyeshadow, using an angled detailer brush. The eyeshadow will be more forgiving if you make any mistakes. You can also clean up anything with some concealer if needed.
Once it is looking how you want it, dip your detailer brush into the liquid eyeliner formula and trace over the black eyeshadow. You can smoke the liner out with more eyeshadow or clean it up with some concealer.
There are a couple of reasons I advise against getting your makeup done at a makeup counter before your headshot session.
One of the reasons for this is because, unless you know the person working that day, you do not know the artist's particular “style” or whether they are a novice or pro.The second reason, is because they might not know how the makeup will appear on camera. And if it’s too heavy or too light, you don’t have anyone to make the adjustments to correct that. Thirdly, once you get your makeup done, you have to worry about getting to your headshot session and if it’s hot out, or rainy, or you just have a while to travel, the makeup will not look the same as when you first got it done.
That’s why we offer the convenience of getting your makeup done on-site, here at City Headshots. You have a stylist for the duration of your shoot to make sure your hair, makeup, and clothes are looking good the entire time. All you have to worry about is your smile, and just that in itself should make you smile!
There’s a common misconception that you have to do your makeup drastically different for photos. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve seen put on loads of makeup because they were afraid their normal look wouldn’t show up on camera.
Theres a really simple trick to know how much more makeup you should apply if you’re going to be photographed in pictures. You want to apply just a step heavier than you normally would. What does this mean? It means that you should definitely be able to see that you’re wearing more makeup than usual, but you shouldn’t feel uncomfortable wearing it outside. So, no clown makeup, no extreme smokey eyes, just a natural makeup with a little bit heavier than you normally would. Post down below if you try out this little trick!
Hey guys! We are so excited to announce that we have brought on another makeup artist for the City Headshots team!: Amaris Sicklick.
Amaris Sicklick, Make-up Artist, is a native New Yorker. Her love of film and television lead her to pursue a B.A in Screenwriting at SUNY Purchase. Writing Film and television brought her an understanding for the medium but it was not enough to simply write, she needed to create her characters in a more tangible way. This lead her to enroll in the Master Make-up program at Make-up Designory NYC where she learned the core principles of makeup and worked with professional photographers and models to create evocative images. While there is always more to learn on the journey ahead, she embarks forward to provide her services for actors and professionals alike.
It's no secret that highlight and contour is one of the biggest makeup crazes of the decade. Highlight is a shimmery powder (or liquid) that is applied to the top of the cheek bones to give you glowy skin. Some of the most popular highlighters can run you about $40, but are they really worth it? Check out Dominique from Batalash's video on her favorite highlighting colors!
Just like any makeup, there are cheap and expensive brands for everything. And typically, what you get is what you pay for, but not always! While walking down the makeup isle in CVS (which is usually where you can find me if I'm in a CVS), I stopped at the "Milani" Cosmetics section. I grabbed one of their lipsticks, and examined the packaging. "What?! Six bucks?! Okay, I'm getting it," I decided.
Much to my surprise, this lipstick was awesome! Extremely high quality, smells good, moisturizing while still keeping a semi-matte finish. I wore it a couple hours and was blown away at how I was able to wear it without re-applying.. And then, I went back to CVS and bought four more colors.
Next time you see a "Milani" lipstick at the drug store, pick one up if you see a shade you like, you won't regret it!
NikkieTutorials is where it's at. She is one of the most knowledgeable and down-to-earth Youtubers out there. She makes learning about makeup fun and interesting, so I thought I'd post her tutorial on how to highlight and contour. Enjoy!
When you're planning for a wedding, you want to make sure that everything is perfect. Here are some tips on what to look for in a makeup artist for a wedding.
So, you've found a makeup artist that you're interested in. Do they get back to you quickly? Are they polite and accommodating? Do they talk to you on the phone, and provide clear information and answers to your questions? These are all questions you want to consider.
This is another aspect that is very important when hiring a makeup artist. Ask to view some of their work; ask for their website. This assures that it is their work, and that they're not taking photos from other makeup artists.
3. The Trial
This is the day where you make your decision. The makeup artist that you pick for your wedding day should contact you the day of the trial, the day before or even the week before, to confirm your appointment. She should be on time, or even 10-15 minutes early. She should also be friendly, organized, and hygienic. The makeup artist should be able to apply your makeup in one hour, and she should show you along the way what she is doing so there will be no surprises.
If she hits all the marks, then it looks like you've found the one! Now you can rest assured knowing that she will be there to make you look gorgeous on your big day.
Here are some of my go-to kit essentials:
1. Loreal Liquid to Powder Foundation
This is such an under-rated foundation. It works well, and is a great way to thin out a cream foundation without losing coverage. There is a slight SPF, so if you're doing makeup for a photoshoot you might want to skip this foundation, but for any other occasion it's great.
2. Smashbox Pore Refining Primer
I spoke about this in my last blog post, but it really is a miracle product. It keeps the skin matte all day, and fills in pores to create a flawless base for foundation.
3. Temptu Concealer Wheel
Having a makeup kit is all about consolidation and efficient packing. That's when palettes become your best friend. I like the Temptu Concealer Wheel because it's a truly neutral, and has a nice range of colors.
4. Ben Nye Rainbow Color Wheel
When you first look at it, you might be thinking, "Okay, well, I don't plan on getting into face paints... when am I going to use this?" This wheel is the most essential. You can make any color under the sun with this wheel and it's a really great way to get practice mixing colors. Make sure you also have a cream color in plain white, so you can make a color lighter if needed.
5. Clear Gloss
Once you apply the lip color, all you have to do is add clear gloss on top. You can keep a couple other colored glosses, but if you have a smaller budget, just a clear gloss will do the trick.
It feels like this year we went straight from winter to summer. Here are a couple of things you can do to protect your skin and keep your makeup lasting all day.
1. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.
This should be something you do already, but it will really help your skin through the day if you start off by moisturizing your face and neck. Ideally, you should have a thicker moisturizer for winter time and a lighter moisturizer for summertime. For summer time I like Trader Joe's Antioxidant Moisturizer.
2. SPF 1,000,000
Okay, not really, but you do want to make sure that either your moisturizer or foundation has a decent SPF. If you're going to be out in the sun you want to make sure that you have long-lasting face/neck/whole body protection.
The next step is just as crucial as the last two. Make sure that you have a primer that works for your specific skin type. I've found that for oily skin the Smashbox Pore Minimizing Primer works amaaaaazingly. For dry skin, I suggest the Smashbox Hydrating Primer.
4. Less is more.
Finally, remember that the biggest trick to long-lasting makeup in the summer heat is to keep it simple. The more stuff you put on your face, the more likely it's going to cake and slip. Stick to waterproof eyeliners/mascaras and thin liquid foundations or even just fuller-coverage powders.
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!