Prepping Your Skin for your Make
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Okay so consultation time or general chit chat to you and me, where I find out a little about you. Firstly let me ask you a question…where do you start when you apply your make-up? Is it with a little concealer or a touch of foundation, or maybe even your eyebrows or mascara….?
Well to get the best out of your make-up application your first step is the Prep+ Prime and that is where you should start every make-up application. The late great Japanese make-up maestro Mr Shu Uemura who I had the pleasure of training with in my early years as an Artist used to say always “Beautiful Make-Up starts with Beautiful Skin”…. Prep means your skincare, you prepare your skin by cleansing and moisturising so that your cosmetic products go on more easily and your make up does not end up patchy, flaky or sliding of the face within a couple of hours of applying it. With your skincare you are doing what you can to make your skin whatever your skin type more balanced before you use your make-up products. I won’t go into skincare too in detail as we have Asma our resident Beauty Specialist who will best advise you on key products for your skin and what they can do for your specific skin type. I will just inform you of a few products that as a Make-Up Artist I can’t live without….Yes they are that good!!!! . Next there’s the Prime bit, to prime the skin you use Primers, Pore Correctors and other similar creams or serums that are to be used under your foundation to not only give your make-up longevity but help make your skin look flawless.
These are my go to products in my kit for any client as they work on all skin types and I use on Men and Women on shoots, for my TV work and of course also on my Brides and Makeover Clients. These two products are to be found in the majority of Make-Up Artists kits as they are gentle yet effective so perfect for quick make-up changes such as for fashion shows or bridal parties where there are a few make-ups to do in succession. (I am sharing this precious info with you beauties here on Far From the Wedding Crowd………….but sssssssshhhhhh keep it our secret).
My Bioderma (you see how possessive I am) is the perfect gentle make-up cleanser, it removes everything including eye make-up in a very effective yet gentle manner and my Embryolisse Moisturiser works brilliantly to hydrate the skin without being too heavy so can be mixed with foundation to sheer it out or with a little concealer for under eyes if the skin is dehydrated. In fact such is the cult status of this little gem that Asma’s Lash extension client Rosie Fortescue one of the girlies from Made in Chelsea got her hand on it the very day I informed her of my stockist in Fulham http://www.gurumakeupemporium.com/ she is raving about it too now as had been on the hunt since another Artist had used it on her skin.
Next onto my Primers I have a few of these in my kit for different skin types but the two I use the most are Line and Pore by Becca for an oily skin love that it makes the skin matte but not dull looking and minimises open pores associated with oilier skin types and Shu Uemura’s UV Mousse under base for normal to dry skins.
So how does a primer work and do I really need one? How many times have I heard this…..endless amount of times really!!!! And the honest answer is you don’t need it at all…..that is if you have perfect skin that holds your make-up all Day unfortunately the majority of us do not fall in this category, so every little helps right ladies?….Imagine skin is like the peel of an orange you have open pores and lines, that can, once make up is applied gather into all those areas and make them even more visible. The purpose of the Primer is to create a thin veil over those lines and pores so that the make-up lies smoothly on the skin giving a more flawless complexion so that rather than the orange the skin is left looking smooth like an apple. Primers other function is to create a barrier that doesn’t allow the natural oils in your skin break down your make-up as quickly yet still allow your skincare to work its magic. Even if you do not use a primer every day I would recommend that you use one if you are a Bride to Be on Your Wedding day, for Special occasions or even if you have a night out. You want to be happy with what you see in the mirror in the powder room not that your make-up has melted off after one drink and quick wiggle on the dance floor. So my lovelies I shall leave you until the next time……next topic will be Foundation….oh yes it’s all about the Base.
Anna & Ana , thanks so so so much for this post. I have terrible skin and for this reason I have been really worrying about how I will look on my wedding day. I’m a little ashamed to admit it’s one of the reason I put my wedding off for so long ( seems so self-centred to admit that). My GP has referred me to see a Dermatologist so hopefully they can...