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Change Your Look Fast: 5 Quick Makeup Fixes

8 May

 改頭換面:快速改妝的5個彩妝秘訣

PHOTOGRAPHY: MODEL BY DALLAS CUROW; PRODUCT BY CARLO MENDOZA

PHOTOGRAPHY: MODEL BY DALLAS CUROW; PRODUCT BY CARLO MENDOZA

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When life gets busy, it’s easy for a makeup routine to become, well, routine. We fall back on our tried and true methods and take the easy route just make it out the door on time! Luckily, we’re here to help you out of even the deepest beauty rut with a few tiny tweaks that make a big impact.

From brightening up a bold lip to switching up your bronzer application, these quick makeup fixes will breathe some new life into your daily beauty regimen without stealing valuable time.

當生活變得忙碌時,每天的日常彩妝很容易就會變成例行公事,而我們也就習慣性地畫回那一成不變的妝。很幸運地,我們在這裡幫大家整理出來小小調整過的美妝技巧,效果絕對會讓妳的妝容煥然一新。

從如何將高調大膽的唇色提亮增加光采,至古銅色修容彩妝品的使用技巧,妳在日常彩妝上會因為這篇文章教妳的快速改妝秘訣,能有新的驚喜,而且這些技巧在使用上也不會太花時間喔。

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PHOTOGRAPHY AND MAKEUP BY DALLAS CUROW; MODEL MAGGIE/THE ROCK AGENCY

Photo & Makeup by Dallas Curow; Model: Maggie/The Rock Agency

Makeup Quick Fix 1: Brighten Up a Bold Lip

Here’s a simple way to give your bold lip a 3D effect. Start by applying your favorite lipstick as usual, using a lip brush if you want extra precision.

To add fullness and dimension, add a lighter color from the same color family to the center of your lower lip. To intensify the effect, add a little to the center of your upper lip as well. To keep the effect, try to avoid pressing or rubbing your lips together in order to keep the colors from mixing.

快速改妝秘訣1:提亮增加高調大膽唇色的光采

這是一個如何讓妳大膽唇色增加3D立體效果的簡單方法。首先按照妳平常的方法塗上妳最喜愛的口紅,若要將唇妝上得更細致些,一定要搭配唇刷來上唇色。

要增加唇色的豐滿度和立體感,在下唇的中心部位加上另一同色系列較淺的顏色。若要更加強立體的效果,在上唇的中心部位也加上一些淺色。為了保持整體的效果,盡量避免上下雙唇相抿而造成唇色混著。

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PHOTOGRAPHY AND MAKEUP BY DALLAS CUROW; MODEL MAGGIE/THE ROCK AGENCY

Photo & Makeup by Dallas Curow; Model: Maggie/The Rock Agency

Makeup Quick Fix 2: Tightline Your Eyes

Tightlining your eyes is a great way to add subtle, sexy definition in just a few seconds— especially when your regular mascara is just not cutting it. Start by curling your eyelashes to open up your eyes.

Using a waterproof eyeliner, gently apply it to your waterline. Blink and squinch your eyes a few times to soften the look. Apply it all the way around for a more noticeable effect, or just do the upper waterline for a cool, no-makeup effect that magically thickens the look of your lashes.

快速改妝秘訣2:隱形內眼線

若妳平常使用的睫毛膏呈現的效果不佳時,「隱形內眼線」是一個在幾秒鐘能夠讓妳的眼妝增加自然細緻又帶有媚眼神的絕佳技巧。首先先使用睫毛夾將妳的睫毛夾捲翹,這會讓妳眼型放大、更加炯炯有神。

使用防水眼線筆,輕輕將其在妳的下眼瞼畫一條眼線。將眼睛眨幾次,這會讓眼線的線條更加柔和自然。若要有較明顯的深邃眼神效果,在眼睛上下的眼瞼都描繪眼線;或著妳要呈現出無妝容又俐落的效果,就只要在上內眼瞼(睫毛根部與其中間空隙處)補滿眼線,就會製造眼睛與睫毛一體成形的明眸。

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PHOTO & MAKEUP BY DALLAS CUROW; MODEL MAGGIE/THE ROCK AGENCY

Photo & Makeup by Dallas Curow; Model: Maggie/The Rock Agency

Makeup Quick Fix 3: Contour

With a few swipes of a single product, you can instantly define your bone structure. Start by setting your foundation with a translucent powder to create a smooth canvas.

To contour, take a cool brown, matte eyeshadow and buff it under your cheekbones, on your temples and under your jawline using a slanted contouring brush or small blush brush. For a bit more definition, shade lightly along the sides of your nose with a fluffy eyeshadow brush.

快速改妝秘訣3:輪廓修容

只要使用一項彩妝品在臉上揮一揮,妳馬上就會有根據臉骨結構而顯現出的臉部立體修容。首先先將上好底妝的臉,刷上一層薄薄的透明定妝粉使底妝服貼成為一幅平滑乾淨的畫布。

接下來要輪廓修容的部分是使用一個偏冷色系、霧狀的棕色眼影,用斜角輪廓刷( 或小型腮紅刷)以打蠟時所運用的旋轉方式移動刷子,將顏色上在臉部雙頰顴骨的下方、兩側的太陽穴以及下巴顎線部位。若要使輪廓修容效果更凹凸有致,也可以用蓬鬆的眼影刷輕輕沿著鼻子的兩側再打上些立體「 陰影」。

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PHOTO & MAKEUP BY DALLAS CUROW; MODEL MAGGIE/THE ROCK AGENCY

Photo & Makeup by Dallas Curow; Model: Maggie/The Rock Agency

Makeup Quick Fix 4: Change Up Your Bronzer Application

The most common way to apply bronzer is with a big fluffy brush, the conventional wisdom being that a larger brush better diffuses the product. While true, a large brush also means less control. For a more precise application, use a small stippling brush or fluffy eyeshadow brush and apply your bronzer first in specific areas. Draw two inverted triangles on the apples of your cheeks, then apply small streaks across the top of your forehead, along the sides of your nose, and even in the crease of your eyelid.

Then using a medium-sized brush, blend out the product for a natural, sun-kissed look that still has definition. Bonus Tip: use a cream or mousse formula of bronzer for the easiest blending.

快速改妝秘訣4:古銅色修容彩妝品的使用技巧

我們一般使用古銅色修容粉餅就是用一支大蜜粉刷將粉餅刷在臉上,因為傳統理論上來說大支的蜜粉刷比較容易將彩妝品均勻延展開來。話雖如此,大支的蜜粉刷有時也較難操作使用。為了要讓妝上得更細致,首先使用一支小型的鬆粉刷或蓬鬆的眼影刷在以下指定的部位塗上古銅色修容彩妝品:臉部雙頰上畫倒三角形,額頭上方畫一條橫線,沿著鼻子的兩側以及眼窩部位都各畫線條( 如上圖1)。

接著使用一支中型的刷子將畫上古銅修容彩妝的部位均勻推開來,它呈現出來的妝容會像是艷陽曬過的自然仿曬效果。彩妝技巧加強版:使用霜狀或慕絲狀的古銅色修容產品會更加容易均勻推色

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Photo & Makeup by Dallas Curow; Model: Maggie/The Rock Agency

Photo & Makeup by Dallas Curow; Model: Maggie/The Rock Agency

Makeup Quick Fix 5: Eyeshadow Highlight

Here’s a super simple way to brighten up your usual eyeshadow look. Start by applying your base colour across the lid, using a matte product.

Instead of highlighting the inner corner of your eye, apply a light-reflecting shade to the center of your eyelid. As you go about your day, every time you blink, the light will hit the shimmer on your lid, giving your eyes a little extra sparkle.

快速改妝秘訣5:眼影打亮

這是一個超簡單的方式,能迅速提亮妳日常眼部彩妝的光采。 首先使用一支霧狀的眼影塗抹在眼皮上。

與其在眼睛內角部位打亮,在眼皮中間的部位抹上具有光澤效果的淡色眼影,每當妳一眨眼,光與你的打亮眼影即會產生出耀眼星燦之美。

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Makeup Tips: 10 Foundation Rules to Live By

9 Jul

Lay the groundwork for your foundation with these 10 makeup tips from the pros for flawless, even coverage (and radiant skin) every time you apply foundation.

By: Sarah Thompson  |  Photography: Imaxtree.com

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True makeup artists know the importance of building from the ground up. Set the stage for your full-face makeup routine with these 10 makeup tips on how to apply foundation for a blemish-free, youthful complexion. Maxime Poulin, International Makeup Artist for Guerlain, and Leslie Ann Iddison, Regional Trainer for Clarins Canada reveal their 10 most important foundation makeup tips to follow for flawless, radiant skin coverage this summer.

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1. Prim and Prime the Skin
Before you apply foundation, begin with a primer as a base coat to prep your face for dewy, radiant skin. “It smoothes the skin texture, helps your foundation to last longer, the colour to stay true, the application to be more even and makes your skin appear more luminescent,” says Poulin. “It really helps binding the liquid makeup to your skin for a long lasting, flawless finish and it makes you look more natural.”
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2. Foundations with Benefits
There’s no reason why foundation should be just another cosmetic you use without a bonus. “Most of us wear foundation throughout the entire day so this product should offer your skin more than just makeup. Think about using a foundation that boosts hydration or has a built-in SPF,” says Iddison.
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3. Be in Tune with Nature

We’re Canadian girls—meaning we have to adjust our foundation to ready our skin for the rotating seasons. Lighten your foundation during the summer months and add a little more product (plus a moisturizer) for winter. “The skin is exposed to all kinds of weather, and what looks and feels good in -30 will not be appropriate in the midst of summer when it gets hot and sticky,” says Poulin.
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4. Don’t Go to Bed Angry—or with Your Foundation
This may seem like a no brainer, but we all need a little reminder about one of the most important makeup tips—the necessity of removing makeup at night for healthy, radiant skin. “Don’t go to bed with your foundation on, no matter how tired you are,” says Iddison. “Always be sure to use a high quality cleansing product to remove all traces of foundation at the end of the day.”

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5. Be a Foundation Hoarder
Collect different foundations for your makeup arsenal to suit your daily activities and to maintain a natural skin tone. “Foundations aren’t one-size-fits-all. Have different foundations for different purposes, such as a long-wearing product for the work week, a light-weight product for casual days or a full-coverage product for when you want your skin to look completely flawless,” says Iddison.

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6. Go on a Shopping Spree
Purchasing a low-end nail polish or lip colour is one thing, but finding the best foundation for radiant skin is a different story. “The foundation is the one item you should always splurge on. It is the one that covers your entire face so you should always go for the best formula out there for your skin,” says Poulin.
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7. Give It a Test Drive
We all do it—secretly wipe a swatch of the newest foundation on our arm at the drugstore. “Always try to get the best colour match possible. Make sure that you test the colour on your jawline—not your wrist—before you purchase the product,” says Iddison. This will give you an accurate reading of the best shade for your skin type.

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8. It’s All About the Colour
When testing a new foundation, make sure the product is just a bit lighter than your skin tone. “Nothing is more ageing than a foundation which is darker than your complexion. When you choose a dark foundation it removes the glow from your skin and makes you look older, erases the features and makes you look flat,” says Poulin.

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9. A Layer or Two Will Do
To guarantee pretty, matte skin, avoid piling on the layers and making it obvious you’ve applied foundation. “This will make it look like you’re wearing a mask. There are many high quality foundations on the market that are light-weight yet provide great coverage,” says Iddison.

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10. Be Ready for Your Close-up All Day Long
Be sure to bring a compact to reapply foundation when you’re on the go to keep your complexion fresh and polished. “No matter how long lasting, nobody stays fabulous all day long without a minimal oh-so-elegant touch up at lunch time and after work before the happy hour,” says Poulin.

There you have it—10 rules to help you apply foundation better and to set you on your way to immaculate, radiant skin this summer.

Source: ELLE Canada

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Mascara Tips: 8 Rules to Live By

5 Jul

Never deal with a smudge, smear, flake, clump or a bit of goop again when it comes to mascara. Pro makeup artists share their best, never-fail mascara tips for perfectly fluttering lashes.

By: Jennifer Weatherhead Harrington  |  PHOTOGRAPHY: imaxtree.com
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Who hasn’t had a mascara mishap in their day? (If you say “no, never,” we’re going to assume you’re in beauty denial). A smudge here, never ending clumps and the dreaded runny mascara are not quite the beauty look we’re going for, but some how they always manage to sneak up on us during the mascara application process. That’s why, friends, we enlisted the help of some of our most trusted go-to makeup artists (a.k.a a girl’s BFF) for mascara tips that will never flounder, fail or leave us looking anything but wide-eyed and refreshed. Read on for 10 beauty-changing mascara tips.
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1. Curl, then Coat

“Always curl lashes BEFORE applying mascara,” says Grace Lee Maybelline New York Lead Makeup Artist Canada. “Curling after mascara application might lead to ripped, pulled and kinked lashes, plus a very dirty eye lash curler.” And none of us want that.

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2. Switch It Up

Don’t marry yourself to one mascara formula advises Sara Whittaker National Education Director for Clinque. “Build a mascara wardrobe for creating different eye looks depending on your preference. Try a lengthening formula for a flirty eye look, or a thickening formula for a more dramatic effect.”

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3. Pump No More

Mascara application myth: the more mascara the better. Not so. There’s no need to pump the wand in and out of the tube trying to get more product, ladies. “It dries out the product,” explains Lee. “Also, when pulling out the wand, remove excess on the sides to minimize too much product and clumping. Too much product usually leads to clumping!”

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4. Save Your Old Brushes

“Clean and save an old mascara brush as a tool to help comb through lashes before applying mascara, and during application to help shape and separate lashes,” suggests Whittaker.

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5. Start at the Base and Work Your Way to the Lash Tips

“Always start at the base of the lash line and wiggle upwards and outwards,” advises Lee. “Don’t forget the little lashes at the corners of the eyes. Coating these lashes will help open up the eyes and making them look bigger!”

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6. Lengthen It Up

“To create maximum length, place your mirror flat on your vanity and look down to apply your mascara,” advises Whittaker. “This will help ensure that the brush is reaching the very base of your lashes as you comb all the way through to the tips.”
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7. Keep an Eye on that Expiration Date

Tired of flaky mascara always ruining your look by afternoon? Check how old your mascara really is (one of Lee’s top mascara tips). “Replace your mascara within 3-6 months after opening. You will also know when it’s time when it starts to smell funny and it gets drier. A drier formulation leads to flakiness!” she says.

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8. A Little Extra Time Means a Flawless Application

Even if you only have five minutes to get from shower to office-ready, one of the biggest mascara tips is to take your time. “Don’t rush the brush – take the time to apply, and let product dry between coats,” Whittaker says to help achieve that perfect mascara application.

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Source: ELLE Canada
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Makeup 101: Smokey Eyes by M·A·C’s Mickey Contractor’s Team

2 Nov

Bollywood pretty much has the smoky eye down on lock. So of course, when I sat down with one of their biggest makeup artists – Mickey Contractor, Director of M·A·C Cosmetics Makeup Artistry (India). I made sure I’d ask him about how to get the smoky eye look so many of us are still trying to perfect (that includes me). Instead of telling me, he asked one of his assistants, Donnie Hsiao, to show me! Donnie went right to work, telling me exactly what he was using to achieve the look while he worked:

MAC Smokey Eye Shadow Palette

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Products & Tools used
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  • M·A·C Paint Pot in “Bare Study”
  • M·A·C “Smolder” Eye Kohl
  • M·A·C “Carbon” Eyeshadow
  • M·A·C “Folie” Eyeshadow
  • M·A·C “Ricepaper” Eyeshadow
  • M·A·C “Zoom Lash” Mascara
  • M·A·C #219 Pencil Brush
  • M·A·C #217 Blending Brush
  • M·A·C “Lust” Tinted Lipglass
  • M·A·C “Mocha” Powder Blush

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Smokey Eye Step by Step:

1. First, apply the paint pot all over the lid as an eye shadow base. This will ensure that there is not creasing and allows you to start on a neutral base.

Prepping the eyes

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2. Next, apply the Smolder liner to your top lash line with the #219 Pencil Brush. Smudge out.

Apply black liner on the lash line

Smudge the line with #219 Pencil Brush

Extend the smudging around & up to the crease with the #217 Blending Brush

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3. Then apply a little of the “Folie” eye shadow, topping it with “Carbon” on the eye lid and blend with the fluffy #217 Blending Brush.

Apply a dark color eye shadow like Carbon to eye lid

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4. Go back to the #219 Pencil Brush and line the bottom inner lid. Smudge out.

Add black liner to the lower lash line

Blend and smudge the lower liner with #219 Pencil Brush

Smokey eye halfway done!

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5. Using the same #217 Blend Brush, add “Folie” eye shadow to the crease. BLEND.

Add “Folie” to the crease and blend

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6. To finish, add “Ricepaper” eye shadow to highlight the brow bone. Finish it off with lots of “Zoom Lash” Mascara!

Add “Ricepaper” eye shadow to brow bone as highlighter

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7. Clean up the surrounding area in case any shadow pigments fell under your eyes by using a powder foundation like M·A·C Studio Fix Powder. To finish up my look, Donnie also used “Lust” Tinted Lipglass on the lips, and dust “Mocha” Powder Blush on the cheeks.

Finished smokey eye look!

Finished look with Make-up Extraordinaire, Donnie!

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Below is a snippet of Donnie doing my eyes — it’s not quite a tutorial in itself, but I figure it’s easier to see it done if you want to imitate the look yourself!

How to: Smoky Eyes using M·A·C via Mickey Contractor – IIFA Awards 2011

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Smoky Eye Make-up by Tommy . Photo by Flotography

Smoky Eye Make-up 煙燻妝 by Tommy | Photo by Flotography

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M·A·C PRO Master Class: Creating Perfect Skin

20 Oct
A Perfect, Fresh Skin Make-up Look . 完美肌膚/自然裸妝

A Perfect, Fresh Skin Make-up Look . 完美肌膚/自然裸妝

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I had a pleasure to attend a M·A·C PRO Master Class facilitated by M·A·C Senior Artist: Keri Blair (United States) on October 12, 2012. This class was hosted on M·A·C PRO on Robson street in downtown Vancouver, B.C. (Canada). Keri has tremendous experience as a professional make-up artist with 16 years at M·A·C Cosmetics. Not only she has a pleasant personality, great presentation skills, but also highly skilled at what she does in detailed make-up artistry in fashion & beauty. It was a great class with tons of helpful information on getting yourself familiar with some M·A·C skincare, prep & prime, skin make-up products.

I tried my best to take as much notes as I can, offered at this Master Class. Keri’s energy level was awesome, and I really enjoyed her class with bountiful tips that I can share with you using basic M·A·C products, as well as M·A·C PRO products (available online, or in freestanding M·A·C PRO stores). Keri demonstrated two skin beauty looks on two different models with 2 sets of products.

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In this beauty blog, you will find:

  • Artist Bio – Keri Blair
  • Class Description: “Creating Perfect Skin”
  • M·A·C Production Recommendation by Keri Blair
  • Step-by-Step Make-up Application (with M·A·C Product Knowledge Information) 
  • M·A·C Artist Up Close Video: “Full-Time, Overtime Gorgeous – ProLongwear” with Keri Blair
  • Kevyn Aucoin: Making Faces “Shading and Highlighting” reference image
  • M·A·C Artist Up Close Video: “Concealing for Darker Skin” with Vimi Joshi

This is a very informational beauty blog filled with tons of make-up tips & tricks, for those of you who are interested in learning more as a professional make-up… as I have mentioned in my previous blog post before, “creating a beautiful skin is really the key to a great make-up application!” Enjoy!

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M·A·C PRO Senior Artist: Keri Blair (US)

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“Creating perfect skin is all about how lights read on skin, and a lot of it comes from prepping the skin.”   –  Terry Barber, Director of Makeup Artistry for M·A·C Cosmetics

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Keri Blair, M·A·C PRO Senior Artist

Where are you from?
I grew up in rural area Maryland. I currently live in Brooklyn, NY, which makes me very happy because New York is such an interesting melting pot. Even the streets have a story to tell.

What is the first MAC product you fell in love with?
In 1993, I heard these women in a nail salon talk about a new makeup brand where the artists all wore black. The next day I headed over to the mall and bought XTC Lipstick. It was a blend of silver, purple and brown hues…perfection!

What looks are ou seeing on the streets where you live?
Living in New York where public transportation is paramount, I get a front row seat to see how women wear makeup. I see a lot of mascara like Zoom Lash, Technakohl Liner in Graphblack and natural lip shades like Twig. This look takes you from meetings to martinis.

On the Art of Makeup: To me, makeup is the best way to express yourself; It’s a fickle accessory that every woman is drawn to. It’s about not being afraid to take chances or to color outside the lines.

Creative Influence: AMMORE-RI-CA, I love pop culture and tactile references. Music, art, photography and makeup! Life experience can be your greatest inspiration.

Most Important Tool: Eyes, hands and heart. And some great MAC brushes don’t hurt either.

Favorite M·A·C Product (Consumer): Fix+. It’s such a versatile product. Smolder Eye Kohl – no makeup artist can live without it.

Favorite Feature: Eyes, lips, cheeks and skin

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  • Keri started with M·A·C in 1996
  • Twitter: @mac_keri_b
  • Artist Portfolio: http://makeupbykerib.com/
  • Skin as Canvas – most important things that makes makeup looks amazing.
  • It’s to discover the bones of your canvas; you want to touch & evaluate the skin through different lighting situation (medium) from every direction.
  • Runway skin make-up needs to look good. It’s tricky because it needs to look good close-up, as well as from a distance.
  • Open dialogue with the photographer about skin (how it finishes on image).

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CLASS DESCRIPTION

This class takes a detailed look at foundation, skin care and the techniques required for making skin look perfect in photography and personal appearances. M·A·C PRO Senior Artists review the tools and products used for correcting imperfections such as blemishes, discoloration, under-eye darkness and dry skin. This demonstration focuses on perfecting the skin and does not include color application.

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Flexible M·A·C Skin Product Recommendation:

  • Face & Body Foundation can be used with layers on top of layers to create a mannequin-looking skin.
  • Mineralize Concealer is great to use as a foundation
  • Select Cover-up Concealer is great to use as foundation as well; it’s great for HD (high definition), it sets by itself so you don’t really need power on top. Mix Select Cover-up Concealer with Fix+ makes a great foundation!
  • Studio Sculpt Foundation helps to tone the skin quality and it’s lasting.
  • Pro Sculpting Cream: “cream looks like skin, powder looks like make-up”; a cream-to-powder formula for sculpting and shaping key features. Silky-smooth, easy-to-blend and neutrally-shaded. Apply where extra dimension is needed, eyelids included. Provides moist, skin-soothing, natural-looking sheer-to-medium buildable coverage.
  • Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation has tons of Titanium Dioxide in it, so it will not be ideal for flash (strobe) light because it will make your face appear white-ish on images; but great for everyday use.

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Keri Blair + Sam + Daniella (Richard’s Model Agency)

Makeup Application Steps & M·A·C Products Used

· MODEL #1 Fair Skintone (Caucasian)

Mineralize Charged Water Cleanser: dip Q-tip into this to use as a make-up remover eraser.

    • A lightweight cleanser formulated with our ionized Super-Duo Charged Water technology. Removes all makeup (except waterproof and longwearing) with a wipe – no rinse-off required. Leaves skin nourished, soft, absolutely clean.

Fix+: Vitamin mist to hydrate the skin (cucumber + green tea + chamomile + glycerin; scent of Sugi). It’s a drink for skin. It helps to “bring skin back to life” after you use Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation.

Touch & massage the skin with Studio Moisturizer Cream. Buff the skin with moisturizer.

“Use your hand to massage the skin to feel the bone structure on the skin. By doing this, it will help to connect you with the client, to get familiar with the skin texture and to understand his/her skin.”   –  Keri Blair

Lip Conditioner: hydrates the lips, and give it time to absorb over time

Fast Response Eye Cream: silicon-based eye cream (yeast extract + caffeine powder); soft focus optical diffuser to minimize fine lines; the caffeine powder in it helps to reduce puffiness of the eye if it’s not by hereditary.

Prep + Prime Skin Smoother: wax-like texture, rub it onto the skin with your fingers to smooth out the skin texture, and to fill in the lines.

    • A velvety skin perfecting primer that instantly fills in fine lines and wrinkles. Contains powerful anti-oxidants, evens skintone and mattifies – while softening the skin. Convenient compact makes it perfect for on-the-go moments. (Use Visine to take out any redness on the skin).

Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone: mattify the skin, anti-shine, creamy/silicon textures, it’s a treatment for skin compare to Matte Texture, helps to reduce the size of pores.

    • A light, oil-free emulsion that helps cloak visible pores while controlling oil and shine. Applies “wet” for a gentle micro-exfoliation: dries instantly to create an invisible, long-lasting natural matte finish. Ideal for the T-zone.

Face & Body Foundation: test the color on the neck/collar bone area to ensure face & neck color consistency.

    • Rub the foundation in your hands to warm it up until it almost becomes a bit sticky, then apply on the face.
    • Well hydrates the skin with glycerin ingredient.
    • Do another layer after a few minutes for a bit more coverage.

Conceal the skin with Mineralize Concealer and #224 Tapered Blending Brush.

    • Enriched with minerals and nourishing botanicals, this creamy, easy-to-blend Concealer covers and perfects while moisturizing the skin. Comfortable and longwearing. Provides medium coverage with a natural luminous finish.

Softpoint Sponge Applicator (saturated with tons of Fix+) to bounce & blend the side of the nose and under the eyes lightly.

    • Ultra-soft, latex-free sponge gets to the point in a shape inspired by crayons. The short, fat handle allows for an easy grip, while the tapered tip is designed for precise application and blending of creams, liquid foundations and makeup products.

Studio Careblend/Pressed Powder has moisturizing property in it, great to use for acne skin.

    • Formulated to provide a smooth, virtually invisible, fresh-looking finish, this soft, cream-like powder is carefully blended to provide the skin with extra care, nourishment and comfort.

Prep + Prime Highlighter in “Bright Forecast” (mid-tone peachy coral) to blend with #224 Tapered Blending Brush. Do the “V” shape under the eye for a brightening effect. Area for highlight: center of the face, forehead, Cupid’s bow, center of the eyelid, brow bone (great for HDTV), on the chin (to elongate the chin for a more proportional face appearance).

    • A pen-style highlighter that efficiently brings a soft sheer wash of color to the skin. With its precision application, adds radiance just where you want it. Goes on smoothly for cushion-soft wear. Use over makeup for highlights, touch-ups or under makeup to brighten and prime.

Pro Sculpting Cream: mix “Copper Beach” & “Pure Sculpture” together. Use a #184 Duo Fiber Fan Brush, just pick up a bit to contour the cheekbone (from the hairline by the ear angled down to the width of 2 fingers by the side of your nose). Other areas for contouring: jaw line, temples, nose, crease…etc.)

Cream Color Base “Pearl” to highlight the center of the eyelid, inner eye, Cupid’s bow, above the cheeks in the “C” area up to above the brows (by using Softpoint Sponge Applicator to roll it to make  the highlight color looks as if its coming from within the skin.

    • Versatile and multi-purpose, Cream Color Base can be applied directly to bare skin, or layered over foundation, moisturizer, or powder. Apply with a brush, sponge, or fingers. Color effects range from a light veil to highly dramatic, depending on method of application.

Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder/Pressed with #129 Powder/Blush Brush to apply on the “hot spots” (shiny area).

    • A silky, colorless finishing powder suitable for all skin tones. Reduces shine while optically minimizing the look of lines & imperfections. Wear over makeup or on its own. Now in a pressed compact for ease & portability.

Mineralize Skinfinish Natural with #109 Small Contour Brush to set foundation.

    • A luxurious domed face powder with minerals, slowly baked to provide a dimensional yet natural-matte finish. Provides perfect low coverage. Use to set and fix foundation or as a touch-up throughout the day.

Cream Color Base “Rich Coral” as blush with fingertip.

Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash to apply as mascara with #205 mascara brush – it really gets into the lash line.

    • Our two-in-one mascara in an intense carbon black. Creamy, velvety, lightweight formula sweeps up lashes and coats from root-to-tip. The dual-wiper system customizes your lash style: naturally defined or powerfully dramatic.

Crème Liner “Black” mixed with water and #210 Precise Eye Liner Brush to apply a tight, thin liner on the eyes

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M·A·C Artist Up Close: “Full-Time, Overtime Gorgeous – ProLongwear” with Keri Blair

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Makeup Application Steps & M·A·C Products Used

· MODEL #2 Ethnic Skintone (Middle East/East Indian)

  • Mega Mix Powder (makeup tips from Vimi Joshi, M·A·C Senior Artist in Dubai):
    • Mix powder in M·A·C  PRO Set Powder in “Peach” + “Soft Yellow” + “Deep Peach” + Blot Powder  in “Medium Dark” + Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder/Loose
    • This powder mix is great for most ethnic/darker skin tones!

Lightful Softening Lotion (skin brightening toner) on a cotton pad to massage on the face. This helps to tighten the skin a bit, refine the skin texture with its Marine-Bright complex.

Fix+ lots to give water and moisture on the skin!

Prep & Prime Moisture Infusion, gel formula, helps to boost moisture level of the moisturizer (draw, hold, and lock the moisturizer). It reflects light, so it looks more like skin.

    • Keri likes to mix this product with Matchmaster SPF15 Foundation for a more creamy texture and hydrating look on the skin.
    • A lightweight serum that saturates the skin with a concentrated boost of hydration, making it a unique hybrid between skincare and priming. Gently soothes, revives and replenishes the skin while preparing it for foundation.

Studio Moisture Cream to massage onto the skin, it makes the skin feel super comfortable and cushiony!

    • A super-rich creamy moisturizer boosted with skin-nourishing extracts including passion fruit, spinach leaf, green tea, algae, wheat germ and coconut. Moistens, feeds, firms and protects the skin. Promotes a healthy radiance. Diminishes the appearance of fine lines. Good for day and night.

Lip Conditioner to moisturize the lips.

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MAC Full Coverage Foundation

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M·A·C  PRO Full Coverage Foundation (Jojoba oil based make-up) to mix 3 categories of shades onto a metal palette to prepare for: highlight, shading, and natural skin colors on the face.

    • Mix shades of NC35 + NC45 with drops of Care Blends Essential Oil to create this thick/pancake-like makeup into a soufflé for natural skin color.
    • Mix NW50 with drops of Care Blends Essential Oil to contour the skin
    • Mix shades of NW25 + NC20 with drops of Care Blends Essential Oil to highlight the skin
    • Full Coverage Foundation: a smooth-to-apply, easy-to-blend, emollient-based foundation formulated to provide opaque coverage. Full Coverage Foundation was developed for the professional makeup artist who wanted an emollient-based foundation with opaque coverage. Water-resistant and long-wearing, it can cover most scars, blemishes and birthmarks. This easy-to-blend cream cake formulation is available in a wide range of colors. Coverage can range from sheer to opaque. Achieve sheer coverage by applying a small amount of the foundation using a moist sponge. For opaque coverage apply the foundation using a dry sponge and a stippling motion. Compatible with latex and other synthetics used in special effects makeup, it can be used on the face and body. Great for beauty photography.
    • Care Blends Essential Oil (Grapefruit + Chamomile): Naturally derived from essences of grapefruit and chamomile in a base of four richly conditioning botanical oils. Provides the skin with a healing balance of plant-derived elements that purify, regenerate, soothe, and calm. Apply to the skin after cleansing and before your skincare regimen. May also be blended with other M∙A∙C formulas.

Create dots of the mixed shades of Full Coverage Foundation on the face with #252 Large Shader Brush on the designed placement (see below for reference image of make-up artist Kevyn Aucoin’s book Making Faces “Shading and Highlighting” technique).

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Kevyn Aucoin – Shading and Highlighting techniques

  • Highlight: on the forehead, “C” area in the ouuter eyes, centre of the eye lid, brow bone, chin
  • Contour: cheekbone, side of the nose, hairline, inner eye/nose, a bit under the eye for a natural contouring effect
  • Everywhere else with her natural skin color

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“Dark colors shade and make areas recede, for instant the hollows of the cheek, temples, under the chin, sides of the nose. Light colors highlight and make this come forward – the apples of the cheek, under the eye, the browbone and middle of the chin.”   –  Kevyn Aucoin

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Pro Performance Sponge saturated with lots of Fix+ spray to roll and blend the dotted Full Coverage Foundation on the skin. Roll and blend in the bouncing motion to achieve great natural effect!

M·A·C  PRO Studio Finish Skin Corrector to color correct the skin pigmentation area. Keri mixed “Orange” + “Terra Cotta” together, applied it with #252 Large Shader Brush: around the lip area, under the eyes to take out the grayness on the skin.

    • A specially tinted formula offering the traditional full coverage and protection of Studio Finish SPF 35 while providing long-lasting pro-quality concealing and color-adjusting properties. Goes on smoothly, dries to a natural matte. Use alone or blend with other foundations. Highly pigmented and richly emollient: even a dab provides enough coverage to effectively conceal dark circles, blemishes, moles, tattoos and any skin discoloration. Available in eight skin-correcting shades.

Studio Careblend/Pressed Powder with #129 Powder/Blush Brush to set the color correction spots

“Mega Mix” powder to buff into the skin with #109 Small Contour Brush

Extra Dimension Skinfinish “Whisper of Gilt” (limited edition) with #130 Short Duo Fibre Brush to highlight in selected area

M·A·C  PRO Sculpting Powder to intensify the contour by mixing “Warm Light” + “Soft Focus” to buff onto the cheek. Keri used “Infinity” with #224 Tapered Blending Brush to intensify the contoured effect of the bottom eye.

M·A·C  PRO Paintstick “Black” in the crease and bottom of the eye with #266 Small Angled Brush, then blend with #224 Tapered Blending Brush to create that “sepia” color tone for contoured effect. There is also a Cream Color Base in “Mid-tone Sepia” color in the PRO line as well.

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M·A·C Senior Artist: Vimi Joshi (Dubai)

M·A·C Senior Artist: Vimi Joshi (Dubai)

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M·A·C Artist Up Close: Concealing for Darker Skin with Vimi Joshi

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Artist Tips

Blend your favourite M·A·C foundation with the perfect touch. Try M·A·C’s tips to tweak the formulas for a dimensional look that is perfectly you:

  • Matchmaster SPF 15 Foundation / Care Blends Essential Oils 

Master this texture technique: Deposit a dime-sized amount of Matchmaster SPF 15 Foundation and two to three beads of Care Blends Essential Oils onto a palette or the back of your hand. Whip it up with the #130 Short Duo Fibre Brush and stipple onto the tops of cheekbones for a radiant glow.

  • Pro Longwear Foundation / Strobe Liquid 

Pump it up! Dispense three pumps of Pro Longwear Foundation and one of Strobe Liquid to the back of your hand or palette and mix with the #190 Foundation Brush. The soft-focus iridescence of Strobe Liquid adds a glint of glamour to the look of foundation on the skin.

  • Face and Body Foundation / Prep + Prime Fortified Skin Enhancer 

Known for mixing well, Face and Body Foundation is fully customizable. Enhance your complexion with four Prep + Prime tints: Illuminate adds radiance to sallow skin; Neutralize calms redness; Adjust brightens dullness; and Recharge boosts flat colour.

  • Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation / Lustre Drops 

Supermodel shine is just a step away. After applying Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation, bronze your cheekbones and temples with the softly shaded colour of Lustre Drops. The #188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush brings out a perfect highlight.

  • Mineralize Foundation/Loose / Iridescent Powder/Loose

Prefer powdered perfection? Build your base with Mineralize Foundation/Loose and layer a soft veil of Iridescent Powder/Loose with the #129 Powder/Blush Brush. A little goes a long way with this classic kit staple.

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Perfect Skin Make-up Look by Tommy . Photo by Nhi Le

Perfect Skin Make-up Look by Tommy . Photo by Nhi Le

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