It’s not a secret that Tarah and I are both makeup artists. Its basically why we created this blog, to share makeup artist tricks, products, preferences, reviews, etc. Our hope is to provide honest opinions about what works for us and also how we use certain products in our daily lives and on our jobs. Makeup artist tricks of the trade are some of the best kept secrets around.
With so many makeup enthusiasts all over social media, getting the low down on how to use certain products properly is considered gold. We’ve come across many videos of enthusiasts who share what they like and how it works for them but as makeup artists, we’re able share help you with some tricks that maybe you wouldn’t have considered before.
I’m a makeup instructor at Blanche Macdonald. I spend most of my days teaching students the how-to’s of makeup, covering everything from a simple makeup style all the way to runway fashion and couture. The biggest takeaways they get are the little tricks I help them with. A different way of using a brush, how to layer certain textures, the simplicity of what makeup should be and how to execute it. But most importantly, I’m teaching them how to do makeup on others. That, in and of itself is a very, very different ball game.
Most of us can make ourselves look quite nice, but working on someone else, there are a lot of variables that change. Different face shapes, skin textures, undertones, etc. Being a makeup artist involves so much knowledge, practice, technical skill and years of experience to become successful.
With that said, here are 3 Makeup Artist Tricks You Should Know
1. Skin is Queen
Its the foundation of what we work on and it needs to be a solid foundation for products to go on easily. I subscribe to a minimalist makeup style so the emphasis on skin care and learning how to prep the skin for application has been a goal of mine that I’ve fortunately achieved. After prepping the skin, I start my layering process. Now that might sound like a lot of product but I always use the least amount of product that I can to achieve a flawless finish. Pixi Beauty has really fantastic skin care products I love to use on set, in particular the glow tonic and glow pads. They provide a quick, almost exfoliant type of effect to the skin that helps the prepping process go more efficiently. The combination of everything that I use it what lends itself to the makeup results I’m trying to achieve. My goal is to never have to rely on any photoshopped images so I spend a lot of time prepping the skin, using the right products and the exact amount of product that I need.
2. Experiment with Textures
So many products are expected to be used in a specific way but I always ask why? Why can’t I use a blush as eyeshadow? A lipstick as blush? I love using a balm like this Pixi Beauty one as a little pop of glowing color on the cheek. The shea butter texture gives it a little sheen and a healthy looking flush that I love. Ive often used a cheek stain/gel on the lips as they tend to wear longer sometimes. I also love using highlighter on the eyes. I find the saturation of cheek highlight tends to be stronger than eyeshadow sometimes and like to mix things up. I also do the opposite with eyeshadow. Sometimes I will use a light shadow color as highlight down the bridge of the nose or on the bow of the lip. Experiment with textures on different areas of the skin and see what happens.
3. Balance is Key
Anytime I’m creating a look, whether its bridal, fashion or otherwise, I’m always thinking about how the end result, the overall finished makeup is going to appear. A big part of being a makeup artist is understanding undertones and which colours look best on which undertones (most people are either warm/cool which means they either have yellow/orange or pink/blue tones to their skin. Some people, like me, are a mix of both). If you use the wrong shade for your undertone, the finished makeup likely will not look complete. Something will look a little bit off and it does take a trained eye to figure that out, however, when doing a makeup, whether on someone else or yourself, you always want to think of how everything plays off the other. That’s not to suggest you should do a minimal makeup and not experiment with colours, rather, just think about the tones you’re working with and how to bring about a complete look that photographs well. The majority of makeup that is done, is done so with the intention of being photographed and thats where being a makeup artist is always handy. We understand light, colours and textures and how to work it all together so everything looks pleasing to the eye. Whether you decide to do a monochromatic look or a modern 1980’s vibe, balance is always key.
Being a makeup artist is one of the most fun aspects of my life. I get to work with different clients, talents, for different magazines, photographers, be inspired by everything and everyone but most of all I get to have fun doing what I do. That’s ultimately what I teach and preach: makeup should be fun!