What do makeup and pre-teens have in common? Everything!
Clean, natural makeup never looked so good as when I did a makeup lesson for Kiera's birthday for her and her friends Dylan and Ashleigh. This age is the best time to play and experiment with makeup. We covered everything from skincare to eye shadow, eyeliner and of course highlighter for the glow! Their favorite part was learning about eyeliner as this is the one technique that takes more practice to master. Giving makeup lessons is one of my favorite things about being a makeup artist and these gals lived super close in Bothell, WA so we had plenty of time to explore and play.
The best thing about 12-13 year olds and makeup? That skin. It's an artist's dream to work with flawless skin.
Ok, let's get into what all is included in a makeup lesson.
First, a makeup lesson is a great idea for a birthday party because it is all done in the comfort of your home and you have a professional artist working one-on-one with you to answer all your questions and show you how to hold a brush and which colors work best on your complexion. Second, this is where being a consultant is key because I choose products that are affordable and easy to use at this age. You can buy quality brushes and makeup that don't break the bank so I always make smart recommendations.
Kiera, Dylan and Ashleigh had plenty of great questions about skincare and makeup. They are doing a great job with the 2 most important steps: wash your face every night and use a sunscreen daily. So we covered proper skincare and jumped right into makeup. I used the NYX BB cream in Natural on each of them as it is sheer and lightweight and imparts a soft glow to the skin. They are 12 years old with great skin, so no need for concealer or foundation yet.
After the skin is prepped then it's all about color. I showed them an eye chart and asked them to tell me which eye shape they had and then I showed them how to apply eye shadow and liner based on their eye shape. I would apply the makeup on one side of the face and have them watch and then try it on the other side.
It was really fun to see their faces light up after seeing the difference eye shadow makes. Typically we choose two colors: a lid and crease color for soft contour. Understanding the best colors to make your eyes pop is key. I choose a blush for each of them and finished off with the NYX liquid highlighter for a pretty glow on the cheeks and face. This was their favorite part since they got to apply the shimmer themselves and everyone loves a glow! We finished up with lips and mascara and voila- they were finished.
The finishing touch is creating a personalized face chart for each girl so she knows which products I used and placement of color that she can keep. As I told them be sure to practice the steps so they become familiar and don't worry about trying to look like people on Instagram. This is makeup that is age appropriate and it should be fun not extra work to get ready.
If you're thinking about hiring a makeup artist for a lesson then I hope you found this helpful. Cheers!
I admit I'm late to the game with using a primer and so I decided to test several to find out what I thought. As a makeup artist I use primer on clients but don't use one regularly myself because my skin is sensitive and I didn't love the feel of a primer on my skin. Well, that has changed.
There are so many options with primers for lips, eyelids, lashes and the formulations have improved greatly from the silicone-heavy primers of the early 2000s. Primers are a category all on their own and several of them include treatments and ingredients to hydrate and protect the skin. Smooth makeup plus better skin? Yes, please.
These are my favorite primers that I've tried recently.
GlamGlow Volcasmic Matte Glow Moisturizer -Primer plus moisturizer. This is a must-have if you want a smooth makeup application and I couldn't believe the difference it made under my liquid foundation. It hydrates the skin with ingredients that absorb excess oil and gives a flawless finish using even less foundation. Definitely a favorite for when I want a photo-finish- usually for a night out or when I know I'll be photographed. Added bonus: it includes a TEAOXI®’s Complex (Cherry Tomato Leaf, Prickly Pear, and Vitamin B5) which moisturizes and fortifies skin’s barrier and helps skin feel calm and replenished.
NARS Radiance Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Sunscreen-I love this primer because it includes a protective SPF 35 and is lightweight enough for everyday use. It has a texture similar to a light serum. I usually layer this on top of my moisturizer and it imparts a subtle glow as it is tinted pink. This is my favorite for everyday wear and as a bonus it brightens my skin in the morning. It is easy to wear and feels great on my skin. Another favorite from NARS.
Bare Minerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow Broad Spectrum SPF 15-I'm pretty much obsessed with this cream eye shadow from Bare Minerals. I've tried the Urban Decay Primers, MAC and others. I was looking for an eye shadow primer that absolutely preps the lids for eye shadow and provides long wear. Thanks to Pro Artist Wayne Goss, I discovered this 5 in 1 base on his YouTube channel.
This one is my favorite because it goes on easily with an applicator, dries down quickly and doesn't budge. It comes in a variety of shades and you can wear it alone or layer it under your eye shadow. I wear eye shadow almost every day and they blend beautifully over this as a base and last all day even through a good workout at the gym. I also love how this covers discoloration on my eyelids and brightens the eye area. I definitely carry this in my makeup kit for clients.