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#BEST COVERAGE – FOUNDATION

Let me tell you about a foundation I’ve recently fallen in love with…

I have used all sorts of foundations. My favorites are MAKEUP FOREVER, MAC, BB CREAMS and of course INGLOT. My sister recently showed me the KRYOLAN foundation. And all I can say is WOW. The coverage is super amazing and you don’t need a lot of it at all!

I think the best part of it is that it lasts forever. By that I mean the amount you get and how much you will actually use. It’s brilliant.

Here are pictures of my face. Half without any foundation and the other just covered with the foundation. No concealer was used.

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After I finished applying the foundation, I then did my contouring and finished off with powder, after which I proceeded with my “face painting”.

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I think the coverage is amazing. New favorite for sure.

💁💄🌸
MuchLuv, BeBlessed
Sandylash

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Let’s Talk About Kontouring…

Hiya Poutlings

I am pretty sure the title of my heading has most of you NOT reading this post, but those of you that are brave enough to face what I have to say, well, I salute you, in the nude 😀

Kim Krapdashian has for some reason taken to Twitter to show her followers just how she pretends to be someone from the cast of the Lion King draws a facelift on under makeup before an apparent photo shoot…

Fascinating, isn’t it?

If it were anyone else I would be seriously congratulating their time and effort they have put into creating such a wonderful masterpiece. Contouring is not necessarily hard, it takes lots of patience and blending the shit outta your brushes, it takes someone who has patience to be able to put this facade everyday… someone like Kim.

Does the sight of the Krapdashian tongue and the thought of where it’s been make anyone else want to be boarded up in a nunnery for the rest of your life?

*shudders*

The end result is the caked face we’ve come to know and love or hate, depending on who you are….

**missfitzz

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REQUEST – CONTOURING THE FACE

Happy Friday Amigo’s and Amiga’s

So today I had a request to help a dear friend with contouring.

So I thought, why just not make one whole post on it?

Makeup school taught us that the best face shape is the OVAL shape.  It’s the ALMOND eyes (perfect eye shape) of the facial shapes.  But not all of us have oval faces now do we?

Look, I see it like this.  Everybody is perfect.  I don’t actually like thinking   “Oh this face needs some fixing, that ones’ jaw is too long”.  We shouldn’t be complaining about our healthy bodies and faces.  But, at the end of the day, it’s what we do.  We judge and try to fix what ain’t broke.   It’s human nature.  I do however believe in enhancing features!

So anyway, let me get back to the whole  CONTURING of the FACE SHAPES.

Makeup artists (MUA) know all about this ‘procedure‘.  It’s pretty easy once you know what to do.  The difference comes in with the techniques.  Every makeup artist uses different methods to ultimately pull off the same effect.  

Let’s look at some of the shapes and corrective techniques.

This is the OVAL face.

All you have to do it add a little highlighter over the forehead, chin and under the eyes. 

But which products to use and how?

  • You can add a highlighting cream before your foundation.
  • Highlight  after the foundation application with powder.
  • Using a shimmer like powder on the areas shown above.
  • Blending out foundation +-2 shades lighter than that of your skin tone.

There are SO many ways to highlight and contour your face.  The trick is to find what suits YOU.  Which method you prefer as a MUA.  There aren’t really rules set in stone.  The only way to find out whether your method worked or not is to do it, take a photo.  With photos you’ll pick up on all the mistakes

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Which products do I use and how?

  • Add a darker shade of foundation on all the ‘corners‘ of the face.  Blend it damn it! Blend, blend and blend! 
  • Highlight the chin and forehead.  This brings the area forward.
  • Basically you want to make the illusion of an oval shape.
  • You can use darker foundation to achieve this look, or you can use bronzing/contouring powder after your foundation application.

DIAMOND

Usually with diamond faces, the cheek bones are the broadest part of the face.  The chin sharply comes in towards the centre.  Diamond faces also have a v-like hair-line by their foreheads.

  • You want to “hide” your cheeks.  As you can see in this picture.  Basically you going to shape your face the “opposite
  • The chin and forehead are the smallest parts on the diamond face.  So you want to highlight that to bring it forward.
  • Hide all the prominent areas.  In this instance, the cheek bones.  Add a darker foundation and blend.
  • Use a bronzer (matte) for a quick fix.

If you’re not a MUA, I’d suggest you apply foundation as per usual.  Then contour your face using a darker powder.   You do get special contouring products including brushes.   Get a powder if you’re not used to all this calculating, or simply if you don’t have all the time in the world.  For the highlighting part of it all, apply a quick dash of a shimmery powder (+-2 shades lighter) than that of your skin tone.

ROUND FACE

Ok, so you have a round face.  This one usually needs a little more attention than the other face shapes.  You basically have to see it as “putty” and you have to “sculpt” a shape to it.  This isn’t a bad thing at all.  Round faces usually end up looking really stunning!

  • Shade down towards the sides of your face.  This narrows your face.  From the forehead down to the temples, and over the cheeks.  I like to end it off going down the sides of the neck too.
  • Highlight the centre of the face.
  • BLEND BABY!  You do not want to have visible demarcation lines!

Remember to not stop at the face!  Carry on down the neck, even the neck area if need be!  But never stop at the face.  Even go over your ear lobes with the foundation and/or powder.

OBLONG/RECTANGULAR

This here is MY face.  This looooong giraffe like face!  But hey, I’m cool with it.  God made giraffes too!

  • Apply the darker shade of foundation or powder over the chin.
  • Apply blush.
  • Usually you don’t need to “make cheekbones” with this facial shape as one may end up looking like a drag queen if you over do it!  But luckily for me, I think drag queens are hot!  I do give myself cheekbones at times. hehe
  • Blush is so important for us long face gals.  Gives the illusion that the face has dimension.  That it’s not just one long thing staring at ya!  It somewhat divides the face.
  • Another thing I do with my face is adding darker foundation and/or powder over my forehead.  I have a big forehead.  So I like to shade my forehead and chin.
  • Also, lengthening your brows out helps with oblong faces.

(Why the long face? hehe)

You also get the PEAR shape face.  The pear face can either have the heavier part on top or at the bottom.  Think of a normal pear and one upside down.  Get it?  Well, it’s easy to contour the pear face.  You highlight the small areas and contour the wide areas.  It applies for all the face shapes actually.  You basically do the opposite of what your shape looks like.  Easy peasy once you get the hang of it.

I personally use all the methods on highlighting and contouring.  Applying the products before the foundation.  After.  Or just using powders to achieve the look.  It all depends on my mood.  They all work. 

Go to your nearest M.A.C, INGLOT, BOBBI BROWN or any other professional makeup outlet which has a MUA on standby who can give you advice on which contouring products to buy.  Explain how much time you spend on prepping your face.  Don’t be shy! 

Hope this helped..   Have questions?  Email me or Fi on poutperfection@gmail.com

(Fi has done a post on facial contouring!!!  Have a look and she what she says!)

We here to help… and learn.

ps:  Go onto YouTube, type in "Contour face" or "Makeup Contouring" and voila!  done deal!

MuchLuv♥

Sandylashxx

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How to: Makeup Highlighting….

So, Poutlings have you discovered the one and only wonder that is highlighting your face with a dash of makeup here, a touch there to completely transform your look in just a couple of strokes by accentuating cheek bones and making your nose look smaller? If you haven’t I suggest you get your notepads out and start paying attention immediately!

Start by applying your foundation first after cleansing and moisturising your skin. This will help your skin have the smooth, translucent surface to apply your highligher.

If you look at the picture I added above, if you blur your eyes while looking at it, you will get the idea of what the finished product will look like, with highlighting and contouring. (This is highlighting/contouring with foundation, not powder like mentioned in my blog post below).

  • Using your powder brush, lightly apply highlighter to the area just above your cheekbones to enhance them and make them appear more prominent. The key is to apply highlighter with a light touch so that it doesn’t look harsh or obvious. Too much highlighter can make you look like a clown. Practice until you can apply it without leaving a border the size of the Zimbabwe one. Do you have a wide nose? Apply highlighter down the center of your nose and a darker shade of makeup subtly along the edges. If you have a weak chin, apply highlighter lightly to the tip of your chin to visually bring it forward, causing it to appear more prominent.
  • Highlighters comes in a variety of forms but for the highlighting beginner, I would suggest to use a powder form. It also tends to give the most natural look. To apply the the highligher to your face, I suggest using a large powder/ kabuki / blush brush.
  • Once you’ve applied highlighter above your cheekbones, apply a light application of blush directly to your cheekbones. Your cheekbones should appear more pronounced from the contrast of the colored blush next to the highlighter.
  • Now that you’ve contoured your face with highlighter and applied blush, lightly apply a layer of translucent loose powder over the entire surface of your face. This will reduce shine and help to set your facial contouring.

    You’re now ready to face the world with your freshly highlighted and contoured face.

*missfitzz

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A LEGEND KEVYN AUCOIN

Hello Pouters!

Before I start with my personal makeup how to’s.  I’d just like to start off first with a little bit of info on how I came to loving makeup so much.

It all started with a makeup legend! Mr. Kevyn Aucoin! Unfortunately for the fashion, beauty and makeup industry he passed away. But he was definitely the person that made makeup what it is today. He transformed faces like you wont believe.  He was the god-father of makeup!

When I saw his work on one of his books Making Faces I was absolutely blown away! I immediately wanted to just dip my whole face in makeup!!! His work became an obsession. I only dream to have a quarter of his talent!

That was the day I realized what a wonderful thing makeup was! Without the use of cosmetic surgery, one could transform a face from drab and naked to fabulous and painted, thanks to Kevyn.

Kevyn Aucoin, you are my makeup hero!

Kevyn was known for being the contour master. He transformed celebrities and ordinary people into works of art!

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Calista Flockhart and Gweneth Paltrow

Demi Moore

Can you believe that this is Courtney Love?

Drew Barrymore

Isabella Rossellini to look like Barbra Streisand.

Hilary Swank as Raquel Welch

Janet Jackson

Christy Turlington

Lisa-Marie Presely made to look like none other, Marilyn Monroe.

Winona Ryder

Martha Stewart

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Kevyn Aucoin 1962-2002

His books that made me fall in love with the art of makeup. If you have a passion for makeup, try to get these books. You can order them at Exclusive Books, but they will be expensive. It’s definitely worth it though!

Kevyn facts:

  • He was self-taught!
  • Went to New-York and would makeup models for free just to build a portfolio
  • Was discovered by VOGUE‘s photographer Steven Meisel
  • His career took off with a makeup shoot he did with Cindy Crawford which led him to do 9 VOGUE covers in a row
  • He also did 7 COSMOPOLITAN covers in a row
  • At the height of his career, he charged about $6000.00 per makeup session
  • Died from a pituitary tumor and suffered from acromegaly.

There is soooooooo much more he did regarding his career. This list would carry on forever, but I will let the pictures do the talking.

For your information, this is a guy!

This is how he would contour. It’s all about contouring! Just remember to blend very well! It’s the secret! You should have seen her after! Wow! I didn’t post a picture, because I think you should get the book and see the after. 🙂

Therefore I say LESS IS NOT MORE! Look at what more can do!

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MuchLuv ♥

Sandylash xx

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