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PreparationHaving a professional make-up will enhance your natural features whilst the subtle technique of shading and contouring can minimize any areas you'd rather not draw attention to.
Working in natural light is always preferable for good results so invest in a daylight bulb to use in a lamp where make-up is to be applied.
Starting with a clean base is imperative but the use of soap or detergent is not recommended as an over zealous cleansing routine can have a negative effect on the delicate facial skin as most soaps contain caustic soda which whilst totally degreasing the skin's surface in an effort to remove bacteria and dirt also weakens the skin's natural protective powers.
This breaking down of the skin's 'acid mantle' can leave skin feeling dry, blotchy and inflamed. Make-up would then look blotchy and uneven whilst having little lasting ability.
A cooling, gentle cleanser containing natural ingredients is therefore always used prior to make-up followed by a light gel moisturiser.
Primer is a valuable multi-tasking product which fills in fine wrinkles, smooths skin tone, helps any make-up base/foundation used to glide on flawlessly and most importantly helps your make-up to stay put in any heat and humidity. Give this a try if your make-up seems to wear off too quickly.
For a make-up base that covers your imperfections but gives the look of beautiful healthy skin use a powder made of only pure minerals, no chemical additives or fillers. These innovative dry foundations are applied with a soft bristled brush to provide a silky smooth, even coverage with a soft luminosity. They contain no preservatives oil or fragrance and are recommended by doctors and dermatologists.
Bare mineral make-up provides natural sun protection factor 15 broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection.
Once the foundation has been applied, skin appears even and smooth textured. A perfect canvas to apply the rest of your make-up to.
There are two groups of concealers for different jobs. The first is the more pigmented one usually in a stick form. This conceals age spots, and pimples very effectively, it is applied using a small brush, which must be washed regularly. The second type is usually a thinner cream or liquid which contains light reflective pigments and is very good at concealing dark, shadowy areas around the eye area.
Shading / Sculpting
The next step is to subtly correct any irregularities by the clever use of delicate shading and highlighting, using a mineral powder make up. A shade is used just slightly darker than your foundation to gradually build up a shadow effect which appears to slim down a wide nose or create a more angular look on a rounded jawline. It's amazing how a facial shape can appear to change using this technique.
A little blush is now applied to the apple of the cheekbone, gently building colour, if powder is used final brushstrokes should be in a downward direction to avoid making the tiny vellus hairs of the cheek show.