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Makeup artist school is the best place to learn the tricks of the trade. Many of the teachers have worked with celebrities, and their hints and tips are invaluable to those who want to go on and make up the stars of the future. Here are 8 of the best secrets I learned at makeup artist school.
Before you even reach for the makeup, you need to take care of your skin health. Your skin is like the blank canvas that all the makeup is going to be applied to, so it needs to look good to give you the best results.
Make sure you cleanse, tone, and moisturize daily using products that are most suitable for your skin type. Exfoliate regularly to get rid of any dead skin cells, and drink plenty of water to flush any impurities out of your body.
Investing some money in the tools of your trade means that they will last you for a long time and help you to do your job. Just like a plumber couldn’t work with a broken wrench, a makeup artist can’t work with a cheap brush that sheds bristles all over their client.
You might think it is cheaper to buy less expensive equipment, especially if you are just starting out. However, you will need to replace your tools more frequently if you buy them cheaply, so it will end up costing you more money. You don’t necessarily have to buy designer, but do buy good-quality products, such as these Curved Isolating Tweezers.
Look after your equipment and clean it properly between each use if you want it to last for a long time. Fishing tackle boxes make great makeup containers because there are lots of different compartments for all your makeup and they are easy to wheel around.
It is amazing how many people do this incorrectly by starting at one end of the eye and working toward the other. To get a straighter, more natural effect, start at the inner edge and work toward the middle. Then start from the outer edge and work toward the middle so that the line meets in the center. Make sure to invest in a good quality liner, such as this Liquid Designer Eyeliner.
For winged tips, always start on your lower lash line because this will go up at the outer corner naturally and will give you a line to follow to get your top lash line right. If you do the top first, you have nothing to follow to get the bottom right, and this can make it a lot harder to get the symmetry right.
Lips look their best when the upper and lower lips are symmetrical. You can create this using contouring if you do not have this look naturally.
Start by applying a layer of foundation to your lips to even out their skin tone. Then, use a white pencil to draw your lip line. Draw slightly outside or inside your lip line if you want to change the shape or size of your lip. Once you have this in place, you can draw in your colored lip liner.
Lipstick should be applied in downward strokes. On your top lip, start at the cupid’s bow. Lipstick on your bottom lip should be applied from the outside in to ensure an even color.
Apply a light shade of foundation to keep the lipstick in place. To get the perfect pout, apply a touch of lip gloss to the top of your cupid’s bow and the center of your bottom lip.
To make your eyes pop, you should use opposite colors to enhance them. For blue eyes, shades with undertones of orange or peach will make your eyes look bigger. If you have green eyes, use a shade with undertones of red or burgundy to create the same effect. Brown eyes are neutral, so any color is going to look good, but for that extra touch, opt for shades of blue or purple.
Everyone gets dark circles under their eyes from time to time. Customize a concealer that matches your own skin tone, and this will help to eliminate them. Apply this in a V shape beneath the eye, feathering out at the edges to blend in with your face makeup. This may sound like a lot of work, but it is worth it for the results you will see.
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