Photographed by: Union Photographers
I’m thrilled to introduce you to a new blog series call “Makeup TruTorialTM” (…Yes, I know, I have a thing with play-on words; I can’t help it!) I titled this series “TruTorialTM” because, A) the translation for Makeup in Italian is “Trucco” and seeing as this is a “trucco” tutorial I thought that this title was fitting! B) “TRU” also stems from the word “true” meaning, “in accordance to fact or reality”. The reality is that most of us women with busy schedules do not have the time to perfectly contour ourselves, nor are we always going to find time to wear false lashes on a daily basis. I want women to look and feel like the best versions of themselves when they are wearing makeup in their daily life and not make it complicated. C) Being a natural teacher , (and having been the founder and curriculum developer of the Make Up Artist Certificate Program at Vancouver Community College), I wanted to create simple and easy-to-follow steps, with photos, that will teach and encourage every women to wear makeup and not feel intimidated by it.
I conceived this idea several years ago (almost 10 years ago), and finally I decided to get it going. I called on the expert help of my dear friends Holly and Roger, of Union Photographers, to photograph this project and here we are in full fruition! It’s a simple concept; create step-by-step pictorials that features makeup looks for everyday women, who want to look like the best versions of themselves and stay true to their personal style and lifestyle. As a makeup artist, I like makeup that enhances a woman’s natural beauty without altering them to the point of being unrecognizable. Although I think it looks incredible on some women, it’s not always realistic to create for everyday. There is definitely a time and a place for that style of makeup, but a busy schedule does not usually allow for it on a daily basis. In my opinion it’s all about looking great in your day-to-day life, so keep it simple and don’t over complicate things.
In these by-weekly TruTorialTM posts, you will learn both subtle and classic looks, as well as dramatic and colorful looks; inspired by our favorite celebrities. One of my favorite looks is the classic Cat-Eye and bold red lip combination. This is my go-to makeup for every day and it works for any occasion. I encourage you to follow along with this week’s “Classic Cat-Eye” lesson and hope you enjoy my series! To make this a little more fun, feel free to post a photo of yourself on Instagram, complete with this makeup look, and tag me in it for feedback ( nadiaalbanostyleinc ). Be sure to include #NadittudeTM and #TruTorialTM.
Step 1: Moisturizer, Primer and Foundation
On a clean and bare face, start by lightly applying moisturizer to hydrate the skin. Prior to foundation, you’ll want to apply a primer, which prepares the skin and provides for a longer lasting foundation. The primer I am using today is Make Up For Ever Step 1 Equalizer Hydrating Primer and I gently massaged it on with my fingers all over my face. To even out my complexion, I applied Make Up For Ever HD Foundation #118, using a foundation brush. For best results, you want to start from the center of the face and work your way out to the the exterior of the face. Be sure to lightly brush the foundation over the mouth and eyelids to eliminate any redness or blotchiness. Lightly contour the face with Bronzing Powder (NARS “Laguna” ) and this will provide a healthy warm glow to the complexion.
* Do not over apply moisturizer and primer as your foundation will slide off through the course of the day
* For oily skin types, use a translucent powder to set your makeup, primarily in the T-Zone. If you have normal-to-dry skin, you can skip this step as powder may enhance fine lines and make the skin appear dryer.
Step 2: Eye Shadow Base
Lightly powdered the eyelids with translucent powder to absorb any moisture and to set the foundation. Using your finger or a small synthetic concealer brush, blend on a long wear cream based shadow on the entire eyelid, up to the brow bone. In this photo, I selected Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream Shadow #4. This product is waterproof and provides all-day, smudge-proof and crease-proof wear.
Step 3: Wash
Starting from the inner corner of the eyelid, apply a light wash of satin-finish eye shadow in a creamy white tone, overtop of the cream shadow (up to the brow bone). This will set the cream shadow and brighten the eye. In this photo I am using MAC “Mylar”
Step 4: Contour
Using tapered crease brush, contour the outer corner of the eyelids using a medium taupe brown eye shadow to create depth and dimension. Be sure to only apply this shade 3/4 of the way into the crease. I’m using MAC “Don’t Tell” from the Amber Times Nine Palette
Step 5: Eye Liner
The easiest way to apply eye liner is in two steps. Step 1: Hold the outer part of the eye taut then begin drawing on the line, using short strokes and starting from the middle of the eye lid. Be sure to get as close to the lash line as possible and work your way toward the outer corner of the eyes. Apply the liner slightly beyond the outer corner of the eye lid in an upward possession. For this look, use a black eye pencil like MAC PowerPoint Pencil in “Engraved”
Step 2: Draw a line, starting from the inner corner of the eye, to connect to the liner to the middle of the eye. You want to ensure that the line in the inner corner of the eye is thinner than the line at the outer corner of the eye, as it creates a almond shape.
* Ensure that the eye pencil is sharp as it creates a tighter and more precise line.
* You may use a liquid liner, cake liner or an eyeliner pen to achieve this result.
Step 6: Extend the Eyeliner
To create a soft and extended Cat-Eye, use a firm angled liner brush (I’m using Mint Brush #26) and lightly feather-out and extend the line at the outer corner of the eye.
Step 7: Curl the lashes and apply mascara
One of the best eyelash curlers on the market is by Shu Umemura. It is extremely comfortable to use and provides a great curl. I use many different mascaras and currently I’m really enjoying the Marcelle Xtension Plus Mascara.
Step 8: Tight line the upper eye lid
To define the eye, apply black waterproof eyeliner to the inner rim of the eye lid, along the inner lash line, also known as the “waterline”. This creates the illusion of a seamless, fuller and thicker lash line.
Step 9: Fill in the eye brows
Filling in the eyebrows frames the face and eyes. Start by brushing the eyebrows downward, to clearly see their natural arch. Lightly feather on the brow pencil to the upper part of the brow, to trace and define the shape and uplift the brow. Next, lightly fill in the sparse area of the brow. Brush the eyebrows back up and set the with brow gel. In this photo I am using Revlon “Brown Fantasy” in Dark Brown.
* Match the brow pencil to your natural brow color or one shade, or a half of a shade, lighter.
*For women who have minimal eyebrows, I suggest drawing on the brows with a cream or shadow-based product for a softer look. Pencil can look severe if used incorrectly
Step 10: Apply Concealer
To brighten under the eyes, apply concealer to the inner corner of the eyes and lightly dab and blend it out toward the outer corner of the eye, using your ring finger or a brush. If there is any redness or blotchiness around the outer corner of the you, dab a bit of concealer to that area as well. I’m using the MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter Pen
* Apply concealer after completing your eye makeup not before. Sometimes eyeshadow may fall below your eyes during application, creating dark circles. Simply wipe or dust away the “fall out” then apply concealer.
* Use concealer on a daily basis, even when you’re not wearing a full face of makeup, as it brightens and refresh your overall look. For light coverage, I suggest Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Concealer Pen or Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer. If you’re looking for full coverage with long lasting wear, I suggest Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer.
Step 11: Highlight the brow
To brighten and highlight the eyes, dust on shimmery eyeshadow onto the brow bone (below the eyebrow) and to the inner corner of the eye. I’m using MAC “Ricepaper” from the Amber Times Nine Palette
Step 12: Completed Look
To complete the look, apply a bold red lip color of your choice onto the mouth. I chose MAC “Ruby Woo” which is an ultra matte formula. I then used the matching lip pencil to define the shape of my lips. After you apply your lipstick, select a blush color to compliment it. For a subtle hit of color, I suggest something in a peachy-coral tone like NARS “Orgasm” Blush. To create a more fevered look, I recommend selecting a blush with similar undertones in the lipstick (cool or warm). In this case, my lip color has a cooler undertone to it so I suggest a light dusting of NARS “Exibit A” Blush (Don’t be intimidated by this color and use sparingly!)
Remember, add a little #NadittudeTM to your life; You’re gonna love it! Enjoy!
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