SPECIAL EVENTS SERIES II: HOW TO DO YOUR MAKEUP TO LOOK GREAT IN PHOTOS. BASIC PHOTOGENIC LOOK.

Hi there!!

It´s been a looong time since my last upload, but here I bring you a new tutorial!!!

This time I want to show some of my tips and tricks for a photogenic makeup look.

Nothing over the top, but an allrounder in which you can rely on any occasion, day or evening, especially if you know that you are going to be photographed.

It´s suitable for brides, bride mates, and for any party, you may have coming soon!!!

I hope you like it!!!!

List of products used:

FACE
It Cosmetics: Bye Bye Redness
Bourjois: Healthy Mix Foundation in 52
The Body Shop: Sun Drops
Kiko: Highlighter Drops in Summer 002
Maybelline: Age Rewind Concealer in Light
Maybelline: Fit me Concealer in 20
Guerlain: Terracotta 4 Season in 05
Wet n Wild: Coloricon in 325B
Coty: Airspun Translucent Powder
Maybelline: Super stay 24 setting spray

EYES (min 4:05)

Tony Moly: Easy Touch Cake Eyebrow
Dior: 5 Couleurs in 30
Maybelline: Great Lash in Waterproof

LIPS (min 12:10)

Wet n Wild: Liquid Catsuit in 921B
Armani Rouge d’Armani in 401

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Have fun!!!

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SPECIAL EVENTS SERIES: LIGHTING THEORY

Now that event season is here, I thought it would be nice to do a series all about special events makeup. I want to feature examples and ideas to make your style choices easier for you.

Today, I´d like to talk about the “theory” behind this more special makeup we are “SUPPOSED” to wear on such occasions.

Let me explain: as we were discussing on my last post, makeup should be fun and beautifying. It should make you feel better and more confident, no matter your personal aesthetic preference. It´s not about right or wrong, it is about accentuating your best features. It is about making YOU look and feel great.

In stage makeup, actors and dancers use a whole lot of makeup to make their features visible from the stage, to make their facial expressions plenty to see. Eye makeup and contouring are a must. That means that lighting matters. A lot. We´ll get there in a minute.

Now, into special events makeup: we should take into consideration several factors, such as the kind of event we´re attending (is it a ceremony? Is it religious? Am I the main protagonist? How many guests are attending the event? Am I supposed to be sitting around a table?), if it is a day or and evening thing, if the setting is conservative or not…

I know, that´s a lot to think about, but, at the end of the day, being elegant is about knowing where you are and act accordingly.

 

As for day or evening makeup… it´s about lightning. I cannot stress too much the importance of light.

Natural daylight tends to be the less…unforgiving of them all. All your blending issues will show, and the tones you use will show “undiffused”, raw, just as they are.

Direct sunlight creates less shadow than artificial light does (because it doesn´t come from a specific point), so bare that in mind if you are a contour person: your contour will show, and look like an odd stripe of dark blusher or something unless you use it quite sparingly.

That´s why we play up the intensity of makeup in the evening, and we can get away with using more of everything: more foundation, more concealer, more contour, more blusher, more eyeshadow…

Nonetheless, evening makeup can be tricky too. Even though most places use warm lighting (with a yellowy-reddish undertone, like candlelight, which is the most beautifying and kind with color and blending issues), most likely than not, you are going to be photographed. That introduces a strong cool light that could pick on your light-reflective products (such as concealers, or any product containing SPF or silica…) producing “flashback” (therefore making the product look almost white) and that will wash out the color on your face (AKA bronzer or blusher).

I want to end up this post showing you the same makeup under different lighting. Bear in mind that I used the same camera and that I didn´t change the pics at all, for the sake of showing you the “real” effect.

I hope you liked it, and hopefully learned something new!!!

See you in the next post, I´ll be uploading a series of tutorials soon!!

Have fun!!!!!

 

 

 

MAKEUP MASTERS: KEVYN AUCOIN (1962-2002)

Hi there!!

Today I want to talk about 90’s beauty, and THE makeup master of the time (and a personal favorite and inspiration): Kevyn Aucoin, who sadly left us 15 years ago, on May 7, 2002.

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Born in Louisianna, Kevyn Aucoin was a self-taught makeup artist. He started making faces at a very young age, working on his mother and his sister, Carla.

Inspired by fashion magazines (mostly by Vogue), he experimented with transformative makeup. He had a couple of ideas about makeup: that makeup should rather enhance beauty than cover flaws, and that makeup had the ability to transform and treat people, revealing the real person underneath it.

He thought about himself like a cross between a painter and a therapist: his aim was to undercover his clients true self through his art. He wanted to show his clients’ beautiful souls, to themselves, and to the whole world.

Kevyn did not see makeup transformations as a mask but as a way of express one inner complex identity. We can’t be labeled with just a trace of our personality: we all have several people within us. That’s what Kevyn believed makeup was for, and his goal as an artist.

A visionary and innovative person, Kevyn changed the makeup trend of his time, and forever on. He allegedly said that “trends are just a way to sell cosmetics, but beauty lasts forever”. He then created the first version of the nude/natural look. Nowadays considered a timeless classic.

A rule breaker for the whole of his rather short life, he liked his makeup to look as natural as possible. Neutral and brick colors were his favorite palette, and lined lips and contoured, but somehow still natural faces his signature look.

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Definitely took the makeup artistry to the next level, making the makeup artist a celeb himself. However, he still did make up for ordinary people as you can see on his books (The art of makeup, Making faces, and Face Forward).

He strongly fought to include more diversity in the fashion industry. He loved his country, the US because he considered it to be the most diverse of the World: different beauties, races, sizes… He always encouraged self-respect and love, and he considered that differences had to be accepted in order to improve society and communities.

In an interview, chatting about his struggles as a gay teen in Lafayette, he said that “one has to love himself more than anybody else does. If you decide to wait until other people loves you in order to accept yourself…well…then you may wait forever…”

Sometimes I wonder how makeup industry would look like today if he still working… Nonetheless, we can still see his work picking through a lot of editorials. The strong influence he left behind, changed, for once and forever, the fashion industry and the way we understand beauty.

Here I leave you a couple of looks inspired by Kevyn’s philosophy: my take on his work. Hope you like them, and see you soon!!

 

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COLOR, TEXTURE AND SHAPE: TREND INFLUENCES

Now that we know how to get our skin to look its best (learn here), it’s time to chat about color, shape, and textures.

Beauty standards are never static. Until Gaule (nowadays France) was conquered by Julius Caesar, Rome had a mainly greek approach to beauty. Then, roman ladies were completely mesmerized by the new Gauloises slaves’ looks: Blond or red, long hair, pale skin, and blue or green eyes were objects of desire.

Consequently, makeup, cosmetics and beauty regimes changed considerably.

Right now, beauty influences come, virtually, from ANYWHERE. I’d like to stop and look East… The Far East.

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Back in the 70’s, glam rock had a LOT of influence from Japanese Kabuki theater and geishas, which actually still a thing right now, mostly in stage, artistic and editorial makeup.

Just think about red eyeshadow and blush placement…

Nonetheless, the apple of the eyes of cosmetic industry is nowadays South Korea. High fashion is mad about “guang” (dewy, almost wet-looking skin).

Again, makeup, cosmetics and beauty regimes are changing dramatically. Cosmetic’s first movers are developing products to get hyper-moisturized, juicy skin: serums, mists, moisturizers and masks to feed customer’s skin with vitamin C, collagen, and hyaluronic acid.

Take a look at these Asian-inspired sheet masks by Germaine de Capuccini (Hi-tech Spanish brand)!!

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If you are into makeup, you’ll probably be thinking “well, but that’s not new at all”. There is a long way from catwalk to sidewalk, though. Years of marketing work, I should say.

While some of us have been playing with “The Far East” cosmetics and makeup for quite a long time, mainstream cosmetic industry (AKA drugstore) has just released a bunch of “get the Kim Kardashian look” kind of products. Launched to get sharp features: a trend, almost ten years away for us, when fashion (think about Tom Ford!) was all about the androgyne/masculine look.

Now, the girly, more natural and organic style, inspired by eastern beauties, has taken over the fashion industry.

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Easier and minimalistic makeup, with more light than ever before, will take over the counter. It’s just a matter of time!!

Over the years, West has completely embrace Eastern beauty standards, and we’ve embraced so vigorously that most people don’t recognize the “foreign” influence anymore.

That’s the beauty of fashion. The whole World at your fingertips.

See you in the next post!!!

THE “NO MAKEUP” MAKEUP LOOK: INVISIBLE BASIC BASE

Hi there!!

As promised, here you have my “No Makeup” Makeup Look tutorial!! I hope you like it!!

Today, I’ll be showing you how to create an all-rounder invisible base.
My main tip here is that technique is as important as the products you choose to use, so remember: practice makes perfect!!

Products:

It Cosmetics: Bye, Bye Redness
Becca: Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl
Bourjois: Healthy Mix Foundation in 52
Revlon: Photoready Cream Blusher in Coral Reef
Maybelline: Age Rewind Concealer in Light
Clinique: Blended Powder in Invisible Blend
Hourglass: Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light
Toner for dry skin (alcohol-free)

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I’ll see you in my next post!

FLAWLESS SKIN: NOW AND THEN

In the last post, we got a sneak peek at the medieval beauty standards. Flawless immaculate (and super pale) skin was a must.

Clear, clean skin was considered a sign of a pure soul. It was a sign of youth, as well: the older the soul, the more corrupted, supposedly. In addition, using makeup to mask the flaws was said to be almost worst that the flaw itself, showing your impurity and sin soul…

What was left to do if you, being naturally tan or dry-skinned or acne-sufferer or having large pores (AKA human), still wanted to be “desirable”? The answer is easy: Skincare!!

Back then, women would make their own DIY concoctions at home, or, if they were wealthy enough, they would buy them in the market or at the convenience of their own castles, from the “Avon” or “Mary Kay” of the time.

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On the one hand, oils (big Muslim trend), bleaching agents, kitchen supplies, and poisoning substances such as mercury and lead were usual ingredients of such a skincare.

Staying indoors, avoiding the harmful effects of the sun on the skin, and drawing blood from time to time were also popular to get that “ethereal” look.

On the other hand, poor hygiene and epidemics were usual at the time, as well. Good looking skin was pretty rare, as you may imagine.

Now, back to the future!

Sunkissed skin still is quite popular in western countries, not that much in the far east. But what we all want to achieve is that glowing flawless skin look. Even Japan, as I´ve heard Lisa Eldridge explaining (we looove Lisa!), has embraced a more satin-to-glowing effect, as supposed to the traditional matte look Japanese used to love.

When dealing with cosmetics and looks… I’d rather invest 10 minutes in clever skincare routine every day than spending half an hour piling on makeup every morning. The main reason being is that NO makeup item is going to look good if the complexion is not at its best. No matter how much you spend on it, no matter how luxurious it is. Raw truth.

If your skin looks great, you’ll look great, that’s my motto!!

So! Let’s get down to business. Just three words: cleanse, protect and moisturize.

In upcoming posts, we’ll chat about skincare, prior to starting playing with different makeup techniques to enhance our hard work.

Till then…Take care!!! And remember: cleanse, protect and moisturize your skin, you only have one!!!

CROSS BORDER BEAUTY: SPANISH MEDIEVAL LOOK

I’m sure you’ve noticed: we live crazy makeup times. It’s difficult to tell what’s hot right now. Everything’s on trend.

Unlike the past centuries, where it was quite simple to state the beauty standard of the time, the XXI century seems to have taken all: nude and bold, matte and dewy, fresh and natural or completely over the top makeup …or, as Lisa Eldridge mentioned one time, no makeup at all. But we’re not the only ones who’re difficult to tag… Let me show you!

During the Middle Ages, in Europe, Teocentrism dictated the aesthetic taste. In fact, it dictated every single aspect of  life.

The ideal medieval woman, as described by the chronicles of the time, had to be pale, with small lips and nose, thin eyebrows and ears and big eyes and forehead. And I mean huuuge (shaved or plugged) forehead. On top of that, she should be natural. Beauty was a God´s gift, so altering your appearance was kind of sin-ish (except if you were sick, in which case, you were allowed to wear makeup to avoid another sin: your husband cheating on you….).

Spain was quite different to the rest of Europe, though. Part Christian, part Islamic and with a strong Jewish presence since the VIII century till the XV: it was the perfect place for a unique look. They lived crazy makeup and fashion times, as well.

Even though the are physical evidence of women using bleaching agents for both hair and skin following the European/Christian trend, this “ethereal” or “angelic” look mixed with the Muslim and Jewish aesthetic taste.

The philosopher Maimonides wrote about the use of henna and we know that kohl around the eyes was considered the epitome of sexy and sultry.

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In fact, during the XV century “morisco style” was real flirty and high fashion. Even Enrique IV, King of Castile and half-brother to Isabel the Catholic, rocked it, regardless religious or political implications.

Back then, just like nowadays, the mix between different beauty approaches happened purely because of the consideration of the “foreign” style as pretty, luxurious and innovative.