A make-up class not only offers tips but also how to get skin looking its best, writes Bibi Nurshuhada Ramli
I HAVE sensitive skin, so going to make-up classes is vital for me as I get important input on skin health.
Personally, I love wearing make-up, since it conceals blemishes and creates the illusion that I have good skin.
However, not all make-up products go with my skin, and there are some essential points that I may have missed.
A masterclass organised by Bobbi Brown recently that I attended was a great help. It was hosted by its Asia Pacific director of artistry, Kai Vinson, who has worked with Brown.
He not only taught students how to apply make-up correctly, but also provided tips on what make-up was suitable for their skin.
“You don’t want people to tell you that you are wearing good make-up. You want them to say that you have good skin,” he explained.
One of the topics covered was the importance of eye cream, apparently one product that most women tend to ignore. The area around the eyes shows signs of ageing faster than anywhere else, so starting early with eye cream is essential. It also helps your concealer look perfect, without which the latter looks dry.
Here are some other things I learned:
1. Use your pinky when applying eye make-up
Not only can you use the little finger as a palette applicator but a support for your hand when applying eye make-up. By resting your pinky on your cheekbone, you will have a steadier hand as it hovers over your eye area.
2. Use a brush to apply foundation
To put on foundation, most women use their fingers. While that works for most skin, using a brush will help cover up visible pores. The brush offers a smoother finish on the skin and blends better too.
3. Pat with fingertips to blend the make-up
After putting on foundation, there should not be visible lines on your skin. Smoothing the make-up with your fingertips (by patting) will give better results, especially around the eye area. The warmth from your fingers will also help the make-up blend easily.
4. The right colour
The perfect foundation is one that looks like it’s part of your skin. Some of the most common parts of the body where women colour-match are the neck, jaw-line, or the back of the hand. Preferably, you need to find a colour that matches every part of your skin, so refer to your forehead as it tends to match better than your cheeks.
5. Apply blusher correctly
Blusher helps give colour to your face and is an essential product. The colour must match the colour of your lips. To apply, first smile and then brush from the apple of your cheeks to your hairline. If you have applied too much, blend evenly with your foundation brush to make it look more natural.
6. Water-based products for oily-skin
If your skin is oily, the last thing you need is more oil on your face. Avoid oil-based products. Stick to water-based ones as the former will clog your pores and make your skin look and feel greasier.
7. Conceal, conceal, conceal
Concealer is the one product that most women forget to use or choose to ignore, but it makes the biggest difference. If you get rid of the dark circles under the eyes, you look more refreshed and younger.
The masterclass themed From Coffee To Cocktail, was held to mark the launch of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics’ Long-Wear collection.
The products included are Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation SPF15 PA+, Intensifying Long-Wear Mascara In Black, Long-Wear Eye Pencil and Long-Wear Cream Shadow.