Do What the Professionals do
1. Spend a little more on your tools – tools and products are equally as important as the makeup skills that you have. Just by improving the quality of your tools and using richer pigmented products, the application would immediately be better, even without improving your technique. So if you really want to apply your makeup like a pro, “Do what the professionals do: Use the proper tools for application.” Once you have your tools, you need to know how to hold them. “Where you hold a tool on the handle affects your control.
2. Mix primer with your foundation – You can wear cream foundation as is for opaque, full coverage, or you can break it down to be more translucent by mixing it with some primer. What? Isn’t primer only supposed to go on before foundation? But professional says this is a surefire way to retain the foundation’s coverage without looking caked on. Plus, you get to reap the long-lasting durability that cream foundation has over liquids and powders. Prior says this also helps the makeup blend seamlessly with the first layer of primer on your skin. But those with oily skin should use a damp sponge to apply it. Most foundations have oil in its formula to give the coverage blend-ability. Using the sponge will “pick up the pigment, but not the oil in the foundation.” You’ll still get great coverage, but not the shine. For dry or combination skin types, “use your foundation brush and puff the foundation onto the skin, concentrating on the center of your face, which is typically where your skin has the most discolouration”. “The further you get from the center, the less coverage you want.”
3. Fix your face shape – how to contour properly so you can alter your face shape and features. Contouring is the art of highlighting and shading. Anything that is lighter than the skin tone will make an area more prominent, anything darker will make that area recede.
If you have a round face and want to make it look more oval: Apply a bronzer a shade or two darker than your skin tone in a “3” shape alongside your face: on your temples, the hollow of your cheeks, and your chin.
If you have a prominent forehead: Shade around the outer edge of your forehead along your hairline to minimize the area with bronzer.
If you have a flat or wide nose: Shade alongside your bridge starting from your inner brows. Then highlight right on the center of your nose.
If gravity is taking a toll and your cheeks are sagging: Apply a highlighter just above your cheekbone all the way to your temple. Use a blush directly on the cheekbone, then use a bronzer in the hollow of the cheek, underneath your bone.
And if you really want to make your contouring stand out, use a sparkly highlighter, which will reflect the most light. Then for your bronzer, go for a matte finish, which will absorb light and create a stark contrast.