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Makeup Application Techniques For Foundation, Powder, Blush and Bronzer

Jan 29, 2008
They always say that makeup is an art. Rather than getting discouraged, there is something comforting in that. This means that with the proper instruction anybody can turn a drab look into something fantastic. All it takes is someone to show you what to do.

When you are planning for a big night out, it can be fun to try a new look. However, if you do not know what you are doing, the consequences can seem terrifying. We have all tried it, and later wished we did not. But, if you could have someone show you makeup application tips, would you be more interested in trying something new?

Learn how to use foundation, powder, blush and bronzer for a smooth makeup look. So, next time that you think of trying a new look, you will have the knowledge and confidence to apply a beautiful makeup application!

You want to make sure to select a foundation that perfectly matches the color of your skin tone such as a custom blended foundation. There are many other foundations that you can use, but you want to make sure and select one that is the same color as your skin tone. If you want a little more color, you can add bronzer at the end of the makeover. Make sure to select a foundation that is exactly matched to the color of your skin whether it is a stick, powder or liquid so that it does not show a line.

Apply the foundation evenly all over the skin. The best way to apply foundation is with a good foundation brush. It will help you to apply the foundation evenly all over the skin. Hold the brush like you are holding a paint brush. Putting on foundation is just like painting a beautiful picture but using your face as the canvas. The foundation brush will make the foundation go on very evenly so apply your foundation a small amount at a time. Your foundation will last a lot longer because you use very little on your brush each time unlike a sponge. If you use your finger tips, you can introduce oil and bacteria into the foundation and onto your face. Using your finger tips can also affect the color of the foundation.

Apply the foundation starting at the forehead and working down. Just like painting a picture. Close your eyes and go very lightly across your eyelids. This will help your eyeshadow to stay on longer and will help to even out any discolorations that you might have on your eyelids. You may have darker areas across your eyelids and you want the eyeshadow to look even and smooth.

Then, go down to the cheek. Keep brushing downward and even out the color that you have put on. Next, apply foundation to the other side of your face. Start at the forehead working your way down. You will notice with the foundation brush, you will not have to have very much on your brush. It really goes a long way. Therefore, it will save on the amount of foundation that you use and will make your foundation last much longer. You want to make sure that you get everything covered really well. Make sure that you do not have any uneven places.

Face Powder
Next, you are going to set your foundation with powder. If you are using a mineral powder, use a mineral powder brush. Use a brush that has a flat head on it. Place the flat head of the brush into the mineral powder and then tap the end of the handle to make the powder go down into the bristles. It does not take a lot of the powder and you want it to come out a small amount at a time.

Start at the forehead. You want to lightly stipple this onto your skin, then begin brushing at the forehead and work your way down to make sure that the powder is evenly spread over the foundation. This will help to set the foundation so that the color will last and be true all day long. This gives a very even look to the foundation.

There are several different ways to apply blush depending on the shape of their face.
For a very round face, apply the blush in a C-shape.
For a very long face, apply the blush horizontally.
If you apply the blush in a long straight downwards stroke, then it will make the face appear longer.
To shorten the face, apply the blush in a horizontal shape.
First, apply blush to the apples of the cheeks. Use a highlighting shade for the top of the cheek and then use a darker shade of blush just underneath in the hollow of the cheekbone. This will make your cheeks look like they are contoured.
Make sure that you are using a good cheek blush brush with a rounded head.
Tapping the powder down into the bristles of the brush will allow a small amount of blush to be applied at a time. This will eliminate the possibility of applying too much blush at one time.
To give an appearance of high cheekbones, use a lighter shade of blush on the upper cheek and a darker contour shade under the apples of the cheeks.
The last step in your makeup application is to apply bronzer to give you that sun kissed look.

You always want your foundation to exactly match the color of your skin. If you want more color, then apply bronzer.

The way to apply the bronzer is to image that the sun is shining down on your face.

Lightly apply the bronzer to the top of your forehead, the top of your cheeks, on the end of your nose, on your chin and across the top of your shoulders. This will give you the beautiful sun kissed look that you desire.

Bronzer is best applied with a bronzer or kabuki brush. Lightly press the brush into the bronzer and then tap end of the handle so that the bronzer goes down into the bristles. Apply the bronzer by lightly brushing across the top of your forehead, a little on top of your cheeks, on the end of your nose, on your chin and then go lightly across the top of your shoulders.

Now you have completed your makeup application and have the look that everyone wants.
About the Author
Anthony Edwards is co-owner of Makeup By Kathy with his wife Kathy Edwards who has been a makeup artist since March of 2000. Author: Anthony Edwards Makeup By Kathy Get 30-Days of Free Makeup & Skincare Training at:
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