How To Highlight Your Face

Highlighting–¬†The main purpose is to give you glowing magazine like skin and to bring out specific features of your face. It’s that extra step in applying makeup that helps tie everything together.

Highlighting is the opposite of contouring however it works together to achieve the same goal.

-To slenderize your nose and to make it look straight

-To bring out your cheekbones

-To make your lips look bigger

-To bring balance and dimension to your face

-And also to bring a healthy glow to your face

Where do I Highlight?

-Top of the Nose

-Center of the Forehead

-On the Brow Bone

-Top of the Cheekbones 

-On the Chin

-And the top on the Lip or Cupids Bow

(See Picture Below)

What color highlighter do I use?

Use a color that is either the same color as your face or lighter, NEVER darker. It should have a slight sheen or shimmer in it to bring that beautiful glow. There are many makeup brands that make powder or cream products just for highlighting however an eyeshadow works just as fine.

Be sure to apply the highlighter in the right areas, if not, your face could look a bit greasy.

Lets go back to the pictures that I posted of Kim Kardashian (in my “How To Contour Blog”). Her face is not just Contoured in the right areas but it’s Highlighted as well to give her that perfect and glowing finish.

Hopes this helps!

Have a Blessed Day!

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How To Contour Your Face

What is contouring?

Darkening certain areas of your face to define, shape, or to make something appear smaller or thinner.

Why contour?
– To make your face appear thinner
– To make your forehead look smaller
– To slenderize your nose or to make it look straight
– To bring balance and dimension to your face
– To make your lips look bigger
– To define your cheekbones and chin

There are many reasons to contour the face. Contouring has been used in the makeup industry for years but it’s the most frequent step in applying makeup that gets left out.

What color do I contour with?
You should always contour with a brown color that is 2 to 3 shades darker then your skin color. It is up to you if you want to use a cream, powder, or both cream then a powder on top.

Which parts of my face should I contour?
Simple way to explain- If a light is hitting your face and the light highlighted some areas of your face while making shadows in other areas. It does this because your face has natural curves and dimension. So any area that has a shadow you would contour that area.

Everybody’s face is different. You might not need to contour every part of your face that is shown in the picture below. Practice, find out what looks good with your face shape and what your specific needs are. Image

Example of a Celebrity Before and After Contouring

Kim’s nose and face look thinner, her cheekbones are defined and her face has more dimension. This is all because of Contouring and Highlighting but I will talk about highlighting in my next blog. ūüôā

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Hope this helps

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How To Find The Right Foundation Pt. 3 “Foundation Coverage”

What are the different coverages in foundation?
-Heavy/Full
-Medium
-Light/Sheer
-Tinted Moisturizer

Why choose a Heavy/Full Coverage Foundation?
If you have acne, scaring, or noticeable blemishes that you would like covered.

Some examples of Heavy/Full Coverage Foundations
1) Mac Studio Tech

2) Makeup Forever HD

3) Estee Lauder  Double Wear 

 

Why choose a Medium Coverage Foundation?
If you have blemishes, light acne, or slight skin discoloration. 

Some examples of Medium Coverage Foundations

1) Revlon Colorstay

2) Maybelline Super Stay Makeup 

3) Mary Kay Medium Coverage 

 

Why choose a Light/Sheer Coverage Foundation?
To even out your skin tone and to set a base for your makeup (blush, eyeshadow, etc) to last longer.  

Some examples of Light/Sheer Coverage Foundations
1) Nars Sheer Coverage

2) Mac Face and Body

3) Clinique Super Balanced Makeup 

Why choose a tinted moisturizer?
If you don’t like the feel of foundation or don’t need coverage. A tinted moisturizer has a lighter feel then a foundation and looks great in summer (but get one with SPF).¬†This is best if you have dry skin.

Some examples of  Tinted Moisturizers
1) Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

2) Aveeno Positive Radiant 

3) Neutrogena  Healthy Skin Enhancer 

Also how you apply your foundation plays a big part in the coverage. 

Fingers Fuller coverage 

BrushesSheer coverage but build-able to get a Fuller coverage. 

SpongesSheer Coverage

 

Hope this helped! 

Have a blessed day!!

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How To Find The Right Foundation? Pt. 2 “Figure out your skin undertone”

Do you have a Cool or Warm undertone?
If you don’t know what that means, let me explain.
                                           
-I’m going to start off by saying that this is not the only way people see undertones. People see color in different ways. For example MAC cosmetics will describe undertones in a different way, almost backwards from everyone else. I have no idea why but everyones different. ¬†
                                           
-Trying to understand undertones can tend to be a bit confusing so I will try my best to make it as simple as possible.
                                           
-Knowing your undertone plays a big part in makeup. It will make it easier to find foundation, eyeshadow, blush, and lipstick colors that will look best on you.  
                                       
-Just like a color wheel if you have a Cool undertone you have a pink, or rosy color in your skin.
If you have a Warm undertone then you have more yellow, or golden colors in your skin.
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For those of you that have a cool undertone…
-Usually blue, pink, plum, magenta, turquoise, certain greens, and silver will look best with your skin.
For those of you that have a warm¬†undertone…
-Usually gold, copper, orange, orangey-red, brown, tan, and off white will look best on your skin.
                                                
The steps to figuring out your undertone…
                                   
1.) What is the natural color of your hair and eyes? If you have blue, green, or grey eyes and have either black, blonde, or brown hair then you may have a cool undertone. If you have brown, hazel, or even black eyes with black, brown, blonde, or red hair then you may have a warm undertone.
           
2.) Look at the veins in your arms. If you notice that you have green veins then you have a yellow tone in your skin making your blue veins look green, so you have a warm undertone. If you have blue veins then you a pink undertone in your skin, meaning you have a cool undertone.
             
3.) What jewelry do you feel looks best on your skin? Gold or silver? If silver looks best with your skin then you have a cool undertone. If gold looks best then you have a warm undertone.
             
4.) Do you burn easily in the sun? If so you may have a cool undertone. Do you tan easily in the sun? If so then you may have a warm undertone. 
                   
                                   
However if ¬†you feel that everything looks great with your skin and feel you could go either way (cool or warm) then you may be lucky and have a¬†Neutral undertone. Which isn’t as likely as having a cool or warm undertone but it can happen. You can be right in the middle.
                                                
Now which foundation should I buy?
If you’ve figured out you have a warm undertone then find a foundation that has a yellow base.¬†
If you’ve figured out you have a cool undertone then find a foundation that has a pinker base but try not to get a foundation that has an extreme pink base because that never looks good on anyone.
                                        
Example of the same shades of foundation but in a different undertone.
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-See how each foundations on the top row are the same shade of color as the bottom row however the top row has a yellow undertone and the bottom has a pink undertone.
Warm 4/Cool 4, Warm 6/Cool 6, Warm 8/Cool 8
                                       
Example of Celebrities With a Cool Undertone
   
Examples of Celebrities With a Warm Undertone 
    
Now you know you skin undertone!! Stay tuned for the Final Part of “How to find the right foundation?”
Thank you!
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How To Find The Right Foundation? Pt. 1 “Figure out your skin type”

-Understand Your Skin
Knowing your skin type will help you figure out what foundation formula will give you the best results.  
Do you have Normal, Dry, Oily, Combination, or Sensitive skin?
 
What is Normal Skin?
Skin is smooth and feels good all the time. You may be a bit dry on the cheek area but not that excessive. The forehead may have a light shine. The oil and water content in the skin is well balanced. 
What is Dry Skin?
Dry skin often feels tight, especially after cleansing your face. You might have redness on parts of your face. You may have dry or flaky areas, and also experience fine wrinkles. Colored women may get ashiness or dullness on the face from dead skin buildup.
What is Oily Skin?
Oily skin may experience some tightness as well but tends to be shiny with enlarged pores and is usually prone to blackheads and other blemishes.
What is Combination Skin?
Usually when you have combination skin some parts of your face are dry or even flaky while the center part of your face,the T-Zone, nose, chin, and forehead area are oily. (See below for picture of T-Zone) Combination skin may have wrinkles and breakouts or rosacea (redness) and dry skin at the same time.
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-Foundations for each skin type
 
Normal Skin- Any foundation
You’ll have foundations you prefer more however pretty much any foundation will work for you.¬†
Dry Skin- Liquid, Foundation Stick, or Hydrating powder foundation.
Liquid and Foundation Sticks have a moisturizing cream like consistency. If you like Powders then make sure you get a hydrating (compact) powder and make sure it says “foundation”.
Oily Skin- Oil-Free Liquid Foundation,  Powder Foundation or Mineral Makeup
Using oil-free foundation will absorb the oil in your skin while giving you a matte and smooth finish. Powder or Mineral makeup will absorb the moisture in the skin because of its dry particles.
Combination Skin-Liquid Foundation & Powder On T-Zone
Apply Liquid Foundation on your face while applying less on the center area (T-Zone). Press a Powder with a powder puff onto the forehead, nose, and chin area to reduce the oiliness and shine.

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Liquid Foundation        Stick Foundation         Hydrating Powder        Mineral Foundation
Tip-
How to avoid breakouts from foundation?
If you are prone to breakouts then use a foundation with Salicylic Acid. Salicylic Acid will make the oil producing glands (which produces pimples) dry up and stop the breakouts from occurring. Avoid foundations with Mineral Oils, Alcohols, Chemical Dyes, and Fragrances. The healthier the product the less sensitive your skin will be.  -Also, Clean your foundation brushes or sponges as often as possible! If you use your fingers, make sure to wash your hands prior to applying foundation.
 
Now you are one step closer to finding that perfect foundation for you!
Stay tuned for Part 2
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Welcome to my Makeup Blog

Hey everyone,                                                                                                                              Welcome to my Makeup Blog.

My name is Lana Elguera and I’m a Professional Makeup Artist. I’ve loved makeup since I was a little girl. I have always been fascinated with makeup and the endless amount of possibilities you can do with it. I did my first Wedding when I was 16 years old and I haven’t stopped since. I love making people look and feel great with the magic of makeup. I have a deep passion for what I do.

In my blog I will give you the How To’s of makeup. I know everyone applies makeup differently. I just want to give you the basics of makeup application so you can tweak it and build your own techniques depending on what works for you. My blog posts will be short and to the point but still instructing you so everyone will leave learning something. So please ask questions you would like answered on future posts and give me your input on what you would like to read. Thanks everyone for stopping by!

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