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Monday, November 28, 2011

Makeup Tools and Tips for Applying Foundation (For Combination Skin Types)

This post is for both freelance and agency represented models. Whether you're attending a go-see, shoot or fashion show, there may be instances where a professional MUA (that's industry shorthand for "makeup artist") won't be available. I highly recommend that ALL models learn how to do their own makeup--it will come in handy and save you a lot of hassle!

When it comes to beauty and makeup tips, I always stress that the information shared--either on this blog or elsewhere--is designated for certain skin types. No two people have exactly the same skin so always use caution when trying new products or beauty regimens/suggestions.

For those of you that don't already know, my skin type is combination (dry cheeks and oily T-zone, which describes the forehead, nose and chin area) with ezcema and slight discoloration/hyperpigmentation on my upper lip. Yeah, I've got a lot going on with my complexion lol.

In my time modeling, I've definitely had to learn how to be a makeup whiz on my own. What I've noticed--and I'm sure many of you have as well--is that my complexion changes throughout the year. Not only has this led me to switch up my products and/or skin care regimen as needed, I've also had to do the same with the way I apply my makeup, namely my foundation and concealer. I currently use liquid formulas for both and have had no problems. However, I've realized that the tool I use to apply the foundation and concealer with often makes a huge difference in how my overall complexion looks.

Below are my personal experiences with using certain tools to apply foundation and/or concealer with. Unfortunately, I can only speak about my skin type and using liquid foundation since I don't use any other kind of formula so I apologize in advance to those of you who won't find this information relevant to your situation):

The Tool: Rounded Foundation Brush - This is the tool that looks like a paintbrush and comes in different sizes/bristle widths. It's great for applying liquid foundation in a way that's easy, even for newbies. Using a rounded foundation brush is just like painting on a canvas, except the canvas is your face. :-)

My Results: I really like my rounded foundation brush but I've realized the brush isn't very good for putting my concealer on, especially in the area under my eyes and on problem pimples. It looked like the fine lines were enhanced and the areas where my breakouts were didn't seem to have the coverage I wanted.

The Tool: Sponge - The ones with corners/edges, which are known as "wedges," are ideal for getting foundation color into the nooks and crannies of the face like the sides of the nose and the upper lip. Plus, they're good at absorbing excess color in case you're a bit heavy handed with the amount of liquid foundation or concealer you've applied. I highly recommend buying reusable sponges, which can be washed and used more than once.

My Results: My makeup sponge has been the answer to my problem with applying concealer to my under eye area and small breakouts. The color appeared smoother and easier to blend.

The Tool: Your Fingertips - I personally don't like using my fingertips for applying foundation or concealer. The only times I've resorted to this was when I didn't have any other tools around. Although using your fingertips comes in handy when applying color to small areas on the face, I can't help but be concerned about the oils from my fingers coming into contact with my complexion. This can trigger a breakout, depending on how my skin is behaving that day.

My Results: I've never had bad results when using my fingertips to apply foundation or concealer in terms of how it appears--aside from completely having to wash my hands afterwards but like I said above, I know my skin and I'd rather not use my fingertips unless I have to.

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