Wednesday, November 4, 2009

TUTORIAL: How I Apply Foundation

Hey guys!
Let me first start out by saying that this didn't go the way I wanted it to. I was planning on showing a few more steps, but I gave up because I was playing with my puppy and she scratched my face (almost my eye) and left a big red mark. She also caught my lip in the process (don't know how) so my skin got really irritated.

How I do my skin is REALLY simple so I should be able to explain how I do it with just a few pictures. I hope this is helpful! I also have a few tips and tricks to share so make sure you read my step-by-step instructions below! ENJOY!

Step 1: I always start with a clean moisturized face. Today I applied some St. Moriz self-tanner prior to my foundation because I haven't in a while. I find self-tanner really helps even out the skin and cover imperfections prior to the foundation process! It's one of my tricks I use if I want a more polished look.

Step 2: I take a tiny bit of Revlon Colour Stay Foundation in Medium Beige and a drop of MAC Face and Body in N5 and lightly dot my QUO Duo Fibre brush into the mixture. I only use my Face and Body when I'm tanned because I bought it in the summer when I was super tanned.



Step 3: I stipple the product that's on my brush to my face, usually working on one area at a time because the Revlon foundation dries REALLY fast. For the purpose of this tutorial, I showed how it looks stippled all over my face.


Step 4: I then swirl my brush to blend everything in. Normally I don't have my eye makeup done prior to my foundation. I always lightly go over my eye sockets to make everything even and cover up any veining.


Step 5: Apply three dots of concealer under the eye (and anywhere else you need to conceal). I usually just conceal under my eyes and around my nostrils. I have a concealer brush, but normally I just use my ring finger. I find my finger does an even better job. I use MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW25



Step 6: Apply setting powder under your eye to prevent concealer from creasing. I like using Ben Nye Neutral Set Translucent Powder with a MAC 224 brush.




Step 7: Next I apply MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Medium-Dark. I buff this in with my MAC 182 Kabuki brush to make my skin have a flawless finish and to rid myself of any unwanted shine. A lot of time I just leave my cheeks un-powdered and just powder my t-zone for a more dewy look, but today I buffed my entire face lightly.



And that's it! This should be the perfect canvas to apply whatever blush, bronzer, contour or highlighter you need. If you would like a bronzing/blush/highlight/ contour tutorial just ask. Today I just added a bit of harmony blush in the hallows of my cheeks, MAC So Ceylon MSF on the apples of my cheeks and MAC Strobe liquid on my cheek bones.


I also really liked Kristin Cavallari's makeup from The Hills last night. Here is a still from the show. I tried doing it today but failed miserably. I definitely need some more practice at "cutting the crease".

24 comments:

  1. omg i watched the hills yesteray too! & i wanted to do her look that she wore to the party thing! she`s such a bitch, I LOVE HER!! haha

    you have the QUO duo fibre? do you live in canada??? i have the quo duo fibre brush too but mine looks a lot bigger than yours in the pic, and i F&%?ING HATE MINE! but maybe we don`t have the same one? anyways!! xoxo + i looove ur eyes lol

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  2. I really enjoy your blog!

    I, too, have the St. Moriz tanner---but I am afraid to use it! Please tell us your technique to avoid streaking. And does it stain your hands?

    Thanks!!! :)

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  3. Great tutorial!! I really need to start using a powder under my eyes to prevent concealer from creasing. Great tip!

    I also agree with self tanning to even out the skin. It helps me a lot!

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  4. Thanks for sharing, this is what I started doing lately and setting your concealer works terrific. It definitely helped me in a whole new terrific way.

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  5. I actually really like your eye makeup in these photos :)
    Where did you get your Ben Nye translucent powder?
    Thx!

    Monica

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  7. Thanks everyone for the comments!!! :D

    I just noticed my face looks so messed up in Step 3 with all the stippled foundation everywhere... haha

    @Crystal - I loved her party makeup too! I really like how thick and dramatic her eyeliner was. She's my favourite :) And yes I live in Canada. I just moved to the Woodstock/London area (I use to live in Waterloo). I'm using my QUO duo fibre temporarily until I get the MAC 187 for Christmas :) It does the job for now but has been shedding like mad. Ugg.

    @Scarlett - I'm glad you enjoy my blog! :D Prior to self-tanner I exfoliate my entire body with exfoliating gloves in the shower and then I moisturize my elbows, knees, and face (and any other dry area) once I'm out of the shower. Then I apply St. Moriz with latex gloves (I really need a tanning mitt) and they work alright (I wouldn't recommend them). I haven't had any problems with streaking. I also use my bare hands on my face just because I like to feel where I'm working in the product. It will stain your hands if you don't wash them REALLY quick. I wash them as soon as I finish rubbing in the self-tanner and they don't stain.

    @Glamour Diaries - I buy Ben Nye off ebay. The seller I went to last time was "funhousetheatrical" or something to that effect. I had really good service with them and will be buying from them again when I purchase more Ben Nye!

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  8. Your skin looks flawless!
    I was going to comment on the look, I think you recreated it beautifully!

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  9. I need me some MSF... your face does look flawless after you apply it! I've heard great things about it as well!

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  10. u did great job imitating that makeup hun !btw when u already know how to cut crease,please post a tutorial.hahahha

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  11. Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing. I really suck at concealing my undereyes though..

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  12. Hey hun ive nominated you for Kreative Blogger award
    http://notallthatsparkles.blogspot.com/2009/11/more-blog-awards-d.html

    Love your blog
    xx

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  13. Hey hun ive nominated you for Kreative Blogger award
    http://notallthatsparkles.blogspot.com/2009/11/more-blog-awards-d.html

    Love your blog
    xx

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  14. i really enjoyed that episode too...she did look hot but your hotter!

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  15. great post, i sometimes apply tanner prior foundation application too, u look gorgeous and ur eyes r stunning! x

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  16. @Clarissa - I love you... lol

    @Bubblegarm - thank you so much! I think your so gorgeous and talented that means a lot coming from you :D

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  17. hmm,i need to to get those self-tanner myself..looking at the results, it is a must-get item!lol

    hun, u hv a stunning eyes!loving the lashes.

    p/s: following u.:)

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  18. Your makeup is flawless here, so pretty! I can't wait to get my hands on a 187, since my Quo duo fiber likes to shed all over my face. . not a nice look. lol.
    Great blog btw, I loving finding other Canadians! xo em

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  19. great tutorial. you are so gorgeous!!

    i love Kristin's look - it looks effortless!

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  20. Flawless! I really love your foundation! I always end up combining products as well! Thanks for the tutorial..

    http://juliekristin.blogspot.com/

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  21. I always wonder about MAC Mineralize Skin Finish. I feel like it will make my skin look muddy or cake my foundation? Is it a setting powder?? I wanna try it :)

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  22. @NattynGeorge - You should try it! For me, it's one of those products I will never be without. I use it every single day. It sets your foundation and provides a matte look without looking cakey and being "natural" as the product says. I absolutely love it. I put this one in the morning and bring my blot powder with me for touch ups :)

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  23. Great post! I've been wanting to buy MAC mineralize skin finish & now you've confirmed I have to buy it:)

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  24. ty! I'm most definately going to buy it :D

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