2 hours ago about some of the challenges that costumers have expressed to me during my MAC cosmetics days. How clients struggle with highlighting and contouring. Many wanted to purchase highlighting pen (Prep & Prime Hightlighter) as well as Bronzer but were discouraged because they doubted their ability to achieve professional results. It was tough, but now, I want to help! So, Lets go through this quickly and effectively. :-)
1. Do not attempt the makeup artist technique. I can tell you this, ALL makeup artitsts have different methods of which they achieve a desired look.
2. Be patient. It takes time, but you will do it.
3. Your Bronzer shouldn't be as dark as the pretty lady on the left. See her face as a chart and direction. The amount of makeup that you apply will be completely up to you, and how you like to look. Not everyone want to look like Kim Kardashian (She is pretty, admittedly)
NOW, the Tips.
Go to a makeup counter and ask the Artist for highlighter that will boost your complexion and make your face stand out. Remember, baby steps. You do not want a Nicole Kidman Highlighter if you have an Oprah skin tone. Bronzer: The same commandment applies. You do not want Oprah's Contour (Bronzer) shade if you have Nicole Kidman skin tone. Close your eyes, and imagine the image. Sigh... Not good! Trust me, contouring and highlighting is like getting a tattoo... Your desire for more will increse but you have to start small.
- Pay attention to the brush. I suggest you ask the makeup artist to use a Recommended brush because makeup artists tend to use (Own favourites), and that makes things complicated for the client that is not a makeup professional. Then, thank the artist and walk around for a few minutes before you buy. DO NOT BE PRESSURED INTO INSTANT PURCHASE. Leave that to me... I am still paying the price. LOL! If you like what you see (even ask a makeup artist at a counter of similar or higher quality for their opinion. IF YOU LIKE), we makeup artists are usually blunt and egotistical... You can use that to your advantage :-), then get it... Go home, before going out... Practice. Even makeup artists "Practice and Wash" at home. Use the image above as "Placement guide".
Now its time for Blending...
I suggest you use the MAC cosmetics #130 Duo Fiber Brush (It's my favourite) The makeup artist that attends to you might suggest otherwise. GO FROM LIGHT TO DARK. "Coffee will stain your white dress.". Lastly, make sure you are comfortable with the brush. The confidence you have in your brush will help you immensely.
MY Favs for Highlighting:
MAC Prep & Prime Highlighting Pen in Light Boost (Works for Medium light to Light skin tone)
MAC cosmetics Mineralised Skin Finish Natural in Give me Sun or Dark.
For Brown Skin
MAC Prep & Prime Highlighting Pen in Peach Lustre
MAC cosmetics Mineralised Skin Finish Natural in Sun Power - or Matchmaster (8.5), This is
according your skin stone.
I hope that this helps. Give it a try. and May the Odds forever be in your favour. :-)
Are you a makeup artist? Be a dear, and share you tips and or other products that you have tried and worked well for ya. ;-)