Prepping The Perfect Canvas

A Guest Post By Jena Huynh, Professional Makeup Artist

Painting a house might sound like a lot of work, but when you break it into steps it’s a lot easier to comprehend. You want your walls to look flawless, so you do everything you can to make them look their best! The end results are worth the work! It might sound far-fetched but let’s think like the face is the canvas!

Step 1: prime it.

It’s exactly what it sounds like, building a foundation from the ground up!  That means a primer is your first step. Starting with a perfect base is key to making everything on top look and feel the best. You want to pick a primer that is beneficial to your skin type, for drier skin you want a moisturizing/hydrating primer. For oily skin types a matte primer will help makeup stay and absorb unwanted oils throughout the day. Below are a couple of my favorite primers!

First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Primer                             

First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Primer                             

Becca Cosmetics Ever-Matte Primer

Becca Cosmetics Ever-Matte Primer

step 2: conceal it.

After primer we move onto concealing. We all have our self conscious areas that we want to cover! Weather it be under eye circles, acne scars, pigmentation spots etc., concealer is your best friend! Think of a concealer as a more concentrated form of foundation. It’s that extra boost of coverage. There are so many concealers on the market now it can be a little intimidating for one just starting out. Depending on the amount of coverage you need, there are light-weight, medium, to full coverage concealers, as well as hydrating or matte. When applying concealers the tool you are using can also apply less or more coverage. I personally like a fuller coverage concealer, therefore I apply with a beauty sponge or a dense brush. For more light-weight/natural coverage, I recommend using a wet sponge, fingers, or traditional concealer brush.

Full to Medium Coverage: Tarte Shape Tape

Full to Medium Coverage: Tarte Shape Tape

Light-Weight Hydrating Concealer : Becca Aqua Luminous

Light-Weight Hydrating Concealer : Becca Aqua Luminous

step 3: lay the foundation.

Now to the best part! Foundation! Like picking out paint, there are a lot of factors that go into picking the perfect one. Texture, color, coverage, etc. Foundations are so personal, even I have trouble picking the best ones for my skin. After a lot of trial & error, I can say that it is key to find one that balances the skins pH. If you are normally dry, a matte foundation might not be the best pick for you. If your oily, I wouldn’t recommend reaching for a luminous one. For combo skin (dry and oily), the best would be a satin finish.

Here are my favorite tools to apply foundations:

for sheer to medium coverage

Sephora PRO Stippling Brush

Sephora PRO Stippling Brush

MAC 190 Foundation Brush

MAC 190 Foundation Brush

for medium to full coverage

Beauty Blender Pro

Beauty Blender Pro

IT Cosmetics 101 Airbrush Foundation Brush

IT Cosmetics 101 Airbrush Foundation Brush

enjoy your cocktail!

Though this all sounds so easy and simple, this doesn’t go for everyone! Which is why I recommend creating a makeup ‘cocktail’, which is a full skin-to-makeup regimen that is personal to you. For example, if you have combination skin, following your regular skincare routine, prime your face with a hydrating primer, then finish with a matte foundation.

There are no rules when it comes to makeup! My best advice is to try different formulas and routines...there are endless possibilities.


JenaHuynh

Starting out as a skin care specialist, it took Jena about a year to know where her true passion was. She has now been in the makeup industry nearly 5 years and has traveled all over the tri-state area glamming all races, sexes, and ages!

"Everyday is a learning experience and I truly believes that when you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life!" -Jena

You can view Jena's work at www.smokebombbeauty.com