How to do your makeup for work: 2 beauty looks
MANILA, Philippines – How you wear your makeup can vary depending on the situations you find yourself in. Makeup for the day, for example, is more focused on skin-tone colored products for that natural look, and in the evening, brighter colors are used to stand out.
For work makeup – makeup that you'd wear to the office or a job interview – Bobbi Brown’s Asia-Pacific Manager of Artistry Felix Nguyen said that it’s important to look like yourself; less is always more. He also said these looks should be easy to follow. They can be done on a bus, in the car – just about anywhere.
“Makeup should be easy, fun, and fast,” he said. “You don’t want to overdo the makeup."
Felix previously shared with members of the press two select beauty looks one can wear to a job interview or just look pretty and polished in the office. Check them out below:
Felix said that a good foundation is key before putting on makeup, and stressed the importance of skincare.
Use a lightweight base toner to begin. “This is to hydrate and pump up the skin first.”
While wiping the toner all over the model’s face, he explained the reason why people should start off with this step first. “This is always an important step to start with, because it helps your skincare, and as the toner goes deeper into the skin, the more benefits your skin gets out of it.”
After the skin is “nice and plump,” pop on a little bit of hydrating eye cream under the eye area. “It’s a lightweight, water-based eyecream, and it’s also helpful to find in the eye area for your corrective concealer.” He suggested to use only a little bit.
He also said not to put eyecream on the eyelid, because this will only make it look oily during the day. Eye cream be used on the eyelid during the evening.
Serum is next, to prevent aging and brighten the skin. “Put a little bit into your hands, and gently work the serum into your skin with your hands.”
After your skincare routine, check on the way it's applied, and ask, “Does your skin look dry or wet?” The key is getting the right balance, said Felix.
Now that you've prepped your skin, you can finally start on the makeup. Corrective concealer, which does away with the dark circles under the eye, comes first. “The corrector takes away the darkness, and the concealer is gonna help brighten you up.”
“They come in peach colors, which help to neutralize greens and browns, and also come in mist tones which help to neutralize blue and purple,” explained Felix. Since you already put on eye cream first, the corrector can easily be blended into the skin with a brush, and dabbed on afterwards with a finger.
Felix said to note that while there will be a big difference, the color of the corrector should also look like skin.
To brighten up the eye area, follow up the corrector with concealer, applied close to the lash line. Use fingers to blend out the edges – it should still look like skin.
Felix’s tip: Once in a while, step back and take a look in the mirror. The colors must be balanced as early as now, or it’ll be too late to fix everything if the makeup turns out to be off-key.
After concealer, it's time for foundation.
To check if your foundation color matches your skin tone, dab a swatch on the side of your cheek. It's the right match if the foundation color blends right in with your skin tone.
Felix also said that foundation should be applied only to areas that need it. Felix, who was using a foundation stick at the time, said that for a sheer look, just dab a brush onto the stick and apply to selected areas on the face.
If you want more coverage though, dab the stick directly onto the face and blend out the makeup using a brush.
Follow it up with a skin tone-colored powder applied only to the T-zone area (your forehead, down your nose, and your chin), in order to have a natural glow along your cheekbones. Not only does it look more fresh and natural, but it also creates a subtle illusion of higher cheekbones.
You can then put on bronzer, starting with the neck, then moving all the way up to the face, so that the color on your face matches your body.
“Work it up [from the neck] to the face, following where your bone structure is – neck, jawline, cheekbone, temple, and then hairline.” said Felix, who said that following that order would brighten up the features of the face.
Add some color to your face with blush and lipstick. Felix used Bobbi Brown's Pot Rouge, but any cream blush will do. Cream blush is useful because it can be applied to both cheeks and lips to get that natural flush. Dab a little of the cream blush on the lips, the same way you'd put on lip gloss, then move on to the cheeks. Smile to find the apples of your cheeks, slowly dab some product on, then blend it in.
Finish up the look with some eye makeup. Felux used an eyeshadow stick for a quick and easy application. Put on a lighter color first, all the way up to the brow bone then use fingers to dab and blend. Next, apply a darker color to the lash line.
Finish up the eyes with some mascara. Start at base of the lashes, then wiggle the wand as you comb through. “Try to separate the clumps, so the lashes look nice and defined,” said Felix.
He ended the makeup session with a suggestion on how to take this look from day to night. “To achieve that nighttime look, grab some sparkle eyeshadow. You can put just a little bit to look glam, but you can also put a lot to achieve that smoky look.”
Start this look with the skin already prepped. For this look, Felix showed the audience how to work on already flawless skin. “Don’t feel like you have to use a lot of foundation to cover up anything, if your skin already looks great.”
Apply foundation first. As mentioned earlier, apply it only to selected areas.
The blush comes next. A neutral colored blush is also good for the office, but Felix also suggested brighter colors for a great summer-inspired look.
If you think your skin is looking a bit dull or flat, don't be afraid to add a pop color.
Use some eyeshadow next. Felix suggested a light matte eyeshadow to even out the color on the skin. Apply this first to the brow bone, then use another color on the lash line.
Line your eyes with some eyeshadow by using a damp brush to apply the dark color close to the lash line. The water and eyeshadow should mix into a paste for a more intense color – voila! Eyeliner.
Finish up the eyes with mascara.
What are your favorite tried and tested looks? Sound off in the comments section below. – Rappler.com
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