Tips and tricks to keep make-up in place all day
Makeup is such a powerful tool to transform ourselves daily. We use makeup to be bold, whimsical, expressive, and powerful. Yet, there are some tips and tricks from the pro’s that we can learn to take our makeup game to another level.
LUXYMOM® reached out to a graduate of the Makeup Forever Academy, Montana Tantum – a rising star in Manhattan who works on movie sets, runways, and for the glitterati – to give our LUXYMOMs® a little insider info on how to keep a flawless finish throughout the day. Let’s get GLAM!
Tip One – Know Your Skin Type
“The most important element is to know your skin type before applying makeup. Are you oily, dry, or combination skin? Knowing you skin type will allow you to choose the correct makeup,“ says Tantum.
“Women with mature skin or textured skin should not apply or wear the same kind of makeup as women with normal skin or even oily skin. There are big differences and they all count to achieving a flawless finish. Go to your local Ulta, Sephora, Macy’s, or Nordstrom and have a makeup consultant discuss with you what type of skin you have. This is the first step in really understanding how to apply makeup correctly,” she adds.
Tip Two – Application
Now that we have identified the very first step, we move into application. Oh, my goodness…I have been doing it WRONG!
“Skin care and makeup work hand in hand,” says Tantum. “Start with a clean face. I like Bioderm Sensibio H2O Micellar Water – which is great for sensitive skin.
Then apply an under-eye cream that suits your skin type best. This is an essential step to achieve a creaseless finish. It is important to nourish this area because it is the thinnest layer of skin on your face and needs to stay hydrated. My favorite is Tatcha The Silk Peony.
“Everyone is different with their makeup regimen, and some apply concealer before foundation and some after. But, if there is one product that is essential to every makeup look, it would be concealer,” she says. “Apply the concealer with your finger. This helps warm the product, making the application smooth and easy. Once the product is down, I like to blend my concealer with a beauty blender, lightly buffing it into the skin. Remember to make sure the makeup products and skin care products you use compliment your skin type, based off the texture and maturity of your skin. My go to concealer is It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer and I have used this on all skin types and age groups – and it has never let me down.”
“For foundation, stay away double coverage heavy foundations that are 24-hour wear – it is not necessary. You want a buildable foundation so you can control what is on your face. I prefer using a synthetic brush because I have more control over the application, but you can use a beauty blender. Make sure you clean your brushes and sponges after two uses because this reduces bacteria growth,” Tantum warns. “ I personally use and use on my client It Cosmetics Cc Cream Foundation which has SPF 50+. I love this brand and it is really underrated,” says Tantum.
“The final – and most overlooked step – is to set your concealer and foundation with a loose translucent setting powder. All the steps taken thus far will help ensure your makeup is laid down correctly so you can keep it from cracking or creasing.
Apply powder using a technique called baking. Using a beauty blender, apply a layer of setting power under the eye by pressing it gently into the skin and allow the setting powder to sit under your eye for a few minutes, then dust any excess off with a brush. I recommend Laura Mercier or Hourglass setting powders. If you have textured skin, I do not recommend applying powder all over the face as a finisher, and instead, apply under the eyes as detailed and then in the laugh lines. You can then set your makeup with Urban Decay’s All Nighter setting spray. Voila!”
I must tell you, while I was interviewing and putting this article together, I was Googling and ordering almost every product Tantum recommended, because I had the heavy foundation and concealers. I have Melasma and textured skin and thought I needed the heavy armor to cover my little irritations. I cannot WAIT to try these new products and give these new techniques a whirl. I hope you found some of these tips as informative as I did! Now to hide the invoice from my husband…. happy glamming LUXYMOMs®!