6 Steps to a Fresh Face
Guest Author: Taylor Sharp
I’ve tried many techniques and products to make my makeup look the very best. These 6 steps are tried and true. I use this process every day, and it never fails me! I hope it works wonders for you, too!
1. Start with a smooth, soft, clean face. I cannot stress enough the importance of exfoliating and moisturizing properly! I exfoliate 2 to 3 times a week and moisturize daily. You can find great face scrubs and lotions at any drug store. My scrub of choice is Aveeno Apricot Scrub (drug store $5). I’ve tried numerous scrubs, but I always come back to this one. My moisturizer of choice is Clearasil Dual Action Moisturizer (drug store $4). It keeps my skin soft and clear.
2. Find a foundation perfect for your skin. It isn’t always easy and can be time consuming, but finding the right color is so worth it. I have very pale, sensitive skin, so finding my match was quite difficult. Some would be too dark, some too light, and some would give me a yellow-ish complexion. I’ve found that color matching foundations are best for me. I love Almay Smart Shade (drug store $8). It goes on beautifully, and I never have to worry about my skin not matching my foundation. I use about a quarter size of Smart Shade for my entire face. I use a foundation sponge to lightly apply it to my face and my neck in a dabbing motion.
3. Apply bronzer and blush wisely. Bronzer can add definition and a sun kissed effect, and blush will make you look rosy and healthy when applied correctly. Brush on bronzer slightly under your cheekbones, lightly along your hairline, and just a tad between your eyebrows. While applying, use a light hand. Think dainty. Apply blush on your cheekbones until you acquire your desired color. While applying blush, think dainty, too.
4. However you apply your eye shadow, remember you can always add more! I typically don’t wear very much eye shadow, but when I do, I always make sure I blend my shadow with a clean brush, and add a light color, like white, light gray, light pink, or cream, under my brow line and lightly in the inner corner of my eyes. I highly recommend applying eye shadow before foundation so loose eye shadow doesn’t stick to the foundation creating a less than desirable look.
5. Blend it all! Before I apply my powder and finish my look, I take a clean powder brush and brush over my entire face and neck in circular motions to make sure everything is even and pretty. This is the most important step. You will never regret blending just a little bit more!
6. Apply a loose or compact translucent or foundation powder over your entire face and neck. I always blend just a little more after I apply my powder. Lookout for talc on the ingredient list as this can sometimes cause your makeup to look heavy.