On Saturday morning at 9.30am, four ladies headed into Bella Hart Beauty Emporium in Subiaco with little or no makeup on to learn how to apply their makeup to look like supermodels – naturally flawless with glowing, spectacular skin.
When I was doing modelling, the very first thing I learnt was that this look – the look where it seems you’re wearing nothing at all – was the hardest of all looks to achieve.
Makeup artist, Rachel, took the four girls through the looks and showed them how to get the fabulous skin they’d dreamed of; the kind you only get from eating raw foods, drinking litres of water and staying out of the sun. Except we faked the look with great products.
Here, I regurgitate the steps so you at home can copy the look:
Preparation: First, you’ll need the tools. Make sure you have handy a foundation brush, small concealer brush, eye shadow brush, lip brush, two cotton buds, blush brush and some tissues (to cover those mistakes, should you make any).
Step 1: Primer
Rachel says your primer is like your protective barrier. It will stop your foundation and other following products from sinking into your skin, making your makeup last longer and protecting your skin from foreign bodies. Primers are silky, so they’re best spread on your face with a brush to make everything smoother. Your foundation brush should suffice, so you won’t lose too much product to your fingers. You should prime your whole face, bar your lips and only use excess on your eye area. The new BECCA Illuminating Primer is fabulous!
Step 2: Foundation
Choose a foundation based on three things – the amount of coverage you want (heavy, thin, natural), the end result you want (matte, dewy, light) and of course, the colour. Apply foundation with a brush starting from the inside of the face and working out. Use light strokes, particularly around the eye area and don’t apply on the eyelids. In the class, we used Lancome’s new Teint Miracle, a lightweight but great coverage foundation.
Step 3: Concealer
You should have two concealers in your makeup tool kit – one illuminating and one covering. The illuminating one should be used under the eyes to cover darkness and instantly make you seem like you’ve had eight hours sleep, even if you’ve only had three! The covering concealer is good to cover blemishes and pinky pigment (i.e. around the nostrils). Done? Holy shit, you look amazing!
Step 4: Setting powder
A powder will hold your base in place for the whole day. Use a translucent or light coverage powder to keep the look in place. We like Laura Mercier pressed translucent powder.
Step 5: Eye Base
This is the step so many people miss! It’s important to put an eye base all over your lid and brow bone (basically anywhere you’ll apply shadow) to make any colour you put on top last. We love Laura Mercier’s Eye Basics, which we dot on and then spread with a concealer brush.
Step 6: Eye shadow
There should be at least two colours of shadow used every time you do your face – the colour and then one shadow a lighter shade than your skin tone to highlight your brow bone. Apply a flat brush to your colour and then wiggle to get the most pigmentation on the brush. Then, press it onto your eye to get the most colour onto your eye lid. Brush the highlighting colour over your brow bone. Take off any excess from your brush and then blend the two on your crease line using little feathery strokes.
Step 7: Eye liner
Be brave – liner doesn’t have to be black! Softer colours like burgundy and brown make eyes pop so give them a try. Create a pointed ‘V’ shape on your outer eye corners and blend with a cotton tip dipped in a matching eye shadow colour. This will help the colour still pop and set rather than just wiping the shadow away.
Step 8: Mascara
Again, try colours other than black. I love brown for day as it’s not too heavy. Dip your brush, wipe the tip (so you don’t call spillages) and then apply, squiggle the lashes as you pull the brush from base to top. This will separate and coat each and every lash.
Step 9: Highlight
Apply a light colour in the inner corner of your eye to make your eyes pop and fake the ‘wide-awake’ look.
Step 10: Eyebrows
Using a sharp eye brow pencil, flick little hairs in between your natural brow hairs to create definition in your brows, leaving the first sparse area of the brow. The perfect brow line is definable from the nostril. Hold your pencil horizontal from your nostril, this is where your brows should start. Next, hold it to the outer corner of your iris, this is where your brows should arch. Lastly, hold it to the outer corner of your eye, this is where your brow should end. Too easy!
Step 11: Blush
Create a teardrop shape with your blush to show where you naturally blush. Smile in the mirror, then apply your blush colour to the apple of your cheek, blending upwards toward your temple.
Step 12: Lips
Line lips with a lip liner and then fill them in. This allows for the colour to last once your lip gloss has disappeared. Next, apply your lip gloss, smooch together and then reapply if necessary.
Step 13: Bronzer
Apply bronzer for definition and a little extra glow. You can apply it a little over your blush, then under your jaw line to create definition. A little goes a long way, so be gentle!
Step 14: Marvel
At your amazing new look! (Thanks, Rach!)
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