Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Ask PPF: My Makeup ~ Part 1


I have been getting alot of comments and questions about how I do my makeup.  And although I have discussed it some in previous posts (here and here), I thought it would be helpful to go into more detail about the actual application.  Because there is so much to cover, I will be breaking this into 2 posts - this first one will be focusing on the face and the next will be about the eyes.

PREP:
Before I get into the breakdown of my steps, I have to say it is incredibly important to treat your skin right from the inside out.  We all know we need to drink lots of water and eat healthy...but I also noticed a marked improvement in my skin when I began regularly taking Triple Omega 3-6-9 (which is also good for your heart).  Secondly, moisturizing is SO critical...especially this time of year when the air is a bit drier & cooler.  I swear by CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion - it was recommended to me by my dermatologist and it is wonderful for keeping your skin hydrated throughout the day.

BASE:
After washing & moisturizing my face, I apply a pea-sized amount of primer.  I let that set for about a minute and then apply my foundation.  I personally like using this sponge for application because it blends better and I seem to use less than with a brush.

CONCEAL & SET:
After my foundation is on, I apply my under-eye cream & concealer to cover any dark spots or reddened skin.  Again, blending is KEY!  Next, I set with translucent powder - instead of brushing it across my face in strokes, I like to dab or pat the powder brush directly on my skin (it sets the makeup better & doesn't smear your concealer).  Then I apply blush to the apples of my cheeks & sweeping upwards on the cheekbones. 

HIGHLIGHT:
The last step is arguably the most important for getting that "lit from within" look and I never skip it.  I put a small dab of highlighter on my finger and apply it in a C shape from the apples of my cheeks, across my cheekbones & up to my temples + a few other strategic places (further instructions outlined here).

I hope this was helpful & answers some of your questions - please let me know if you're interested in a makeup video tutorial and what you'd like to see!

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21 comments :

BmoreLoveLeigh said...

I always love when bloggers share their makeup tips! Yours definitely always looks impeccable.

The best kept secret I have found for taking care of your skin is from the Beauty Editor Canada blog - cod liver oil. If you google it her blog post will come up. Single best beauty product for your skin is not in fact a beauty product. I swear by it now :)

Danie at Pasadya said...

This is helpful! I stopped wearing concealer a few years ago because it would make me break out. :( Now I just use blush, mascara, and chapstick for the most part. I'm finally branching out into the really fun shades of lipstick!

I'd love a makeup tutorial! Maybe you could show a peachy theme (like with the orange Revlon lipstick)? Beautiful photo by the way. Thanks for sharing! :)

Ronni said...

thanks for sharing your makeup tips! Just started using the same highlighter, but I mosetly have used it for date nights out on the town.

Ronni

jenn~the stylish housewife said...

ok....i just clicked on every link. time to make a trip to ulta! =) i better look like you when i'm done...lol! =) gorgeous as always.

p.s. SOOOO bummed we missed you on skype last night! =(

xoxo, jenn
the stylish housewife

Jerrica said...

cool how too! Your make up really does look great.

De

Fashion Nostalgia

Julie Khuu said...

Such a glamorous old Hollywood look! From the ringlets to the crimson lips...fabulous for a night out on the town!

xo-Julie
Peace. Love. LOL!

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Megan, The Frugalista Diaries said...

gorgeous, i agree with Julie, very old hollywood glamour.

ps. missed you last night ;D

yiqin; said...

you look great 3

Lyosha said...

very useful! thanks!

Lyosha
Inside and Outside Blog

jennifer {fabfatale.com} said...

i just picked up the benefit highlighter at Birchbox using my Birchbox bucks. thanks so much for the suggestion!

Anonymous said...

What kind of change did you see to your skin from taking those vitamins?

Fashion By Alicia said...

Great tips! I definitely need to look into some of your products because your skin always looks AMAZING!

Kimberly said...

To answer your question, after taking the Omega 3-6-9 oil capsules for 3 months, I noticed my skin was clearer & more evenly toned (less redness/splotchiness).

Laura said...

Thanks for sharing your tips! I love makeup too and am a huge believer in skincare first. One question for you - how do you apply your highlighter after your setting powder? I've tried that and find that it's hard to blend after if you use a liquid highlighter (like Benefit High Beam, etc.) because it tends to get dry and weirdly sticky with the powder. Do you use a cream highlighter or have a certain blending technique to avoid that? It makes sense to put highlighter on last, but I can't seem to figure out the best way to do it. Thanks in advance (and love your blog)! :)

Kimberly said...

Hi Laura - thanks for your question! I'm not sure why, but I've never had this problem with using the liquid highlighter after my translucent powder. I will say that I don't do the highlighter immediately after my powder. I usually will move on & do my eye makeup and then as a last step, I add the highlighter. Other than that, it could have something to do with the particular powder you're using? If you switch & still have problems, you can always try a powder highlighter instead to avoid this problem. Hope that helps! :)

My Dressy Ways said...

Great tips! That benefit highlighter is on my list of things to buy because of you! I need to get some MORE supplements. Lol. I'm already on a multi, fish oil and biotin. One more won't hurt, right? :)

Grace - Stripes and Sequins said...

I always love hearing other bloggers beauty routines! So intrigued by the 3-6-9 supplements!

Little Tree Vintage said...

you look flawless!

Teresa Parson said...

You always have the best makeup! This post is going in the archives :)

xo Teresa
www.delightfullydarling.com

Laura said...

Thanks for your response about the highlighter/powder issue Kimberly! I think I usually do apply highlighter right after powder, so that could be an issue. I've also been using a heavier powder that I don't really love (pressed rather than loose), so you're probably right that the type of powder is causing the problem too. Thanks for the tip! :)

styleonthecouch.com said...

I'd love a video tutorial! I wanted to ask if you've ever applied concealer before foundation? I've talked to a few people who do this but I've always, like you, done it the other way around....?

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