In honor of all the kids going back to school this month, I thought I would do a back to basics 101 blog about makeup. Many of you tell me, “Erin, I just want to look natural. I don’t want to look like I am wearing a lot of makeup”. I get it, completely. My goal as an artist is to bring out your best features. For example, if someone has beautiful, clear skin, you don’t need to slab on the foundation. Rather, look at the skin and see if there is any redness or small blemishes and just use foundation or concealer in those areas, leaving the rest of the skin clean. Now, I am going to cover the basics for creating a natural look.
Foundation: If you are going to splurge on one makeup product, I recommend that you treat yourself and buy a good foundation. Higher quality foundations usually contain a higher quality of pigments, which last longer on your skin and appear more complimentary. The overall goal of wearing foundation is to look as if your not wearing at all.
**Foundations I recommend***
How do pick the right color of foundation:
The best way to choose a foundation color is to pick three different shades. Take a Q-Tip and swipe the different colors along your jawline. Of the three foundations, you will want to choose the shade that disappears into the skin, matching your neck color. To get a flawless, smooth look, I recommend using a brush to apply your foundation.
When choosing an eye shadow you want to make sure you choose shades that contrast with your normal eye color. The goal is to make your eyes stand out. Listed below are shades of eyes shadows that you should pick according to your eye color.
To really choose the right color of blush for you, look at yourself when you actually “blush”. You know, when you get embarrassed or red in the face from being outside. If you tend to be naturally cool and have a rosy undertone, I would recommend a blush shade in rose or pink. If you have warmer undertones, then I would choose a melon or peach color.
The best way to choose your lipstick shade is based on your undertone. Most lipsticks will have a warm or cool undertone, so pick a shade that matches close to yours. I’ve included some color ideas based on your skin tone:
Of course, finish your look off with some mascara and you're good to go!