When clients ask me what they should have or buy to prepare for the makeup lessons, here are some basic items that I suggest that they should have… It is best to have tools to learn to use and take home so that you can practice! I can show you proper usage and techniques but without regular practice, all is moot.
So, without ado, here are beauty tools and makeup to help you elevate your skills:
1. Makeup brush set. It doesn’t have to be fancy but it would be great to have a full set. Here are some recommendations if you don’t have a set already. I have both sets and LOVE them both.
Or, if you’re a fan of Target like I am:
Sonia Kashuk brushes are pretty great and at BH Cosmetics, there are bunch of brush sets that you can choose but I particularly like that the above listed comes with the holder/case. :-)
If you think you have enough to do decent applications with, bring what you have!
I will also go over with you on how to maintain makeup brushes and how to keep them clean.
2. Eyeshadow palette… do you have any that you use already? If not, do you have any favorite colors? I highly recommend these palettes.
If you already have palettes, please do bring them. I love drugstore brands and palettes, too. (Such as NYX, ELF and other main stream brands like L’Oreal and Maybelline.) So many to choose from. Let me know if you need more specific recommendations.
3. Eyeliners, liquid preferably. These are tested by me and totally smudgeproof and transfer proof. Best liquid eyeliners ever. No hyperbole. I promise.
My other favorite is:
I use this one myself, every single day!
Love these pencils… They are truly amazing, no joke (worth every penny):
A great drugstore brand is:
4. Primers… Eyeshadow primer especially. Love Potion from Urban Decay or Nars Shadow Primer are my favorites.
5. Ok, and of course, you’d need your own foundatin, mascara, blush, etc. I’m assuming you already have a basic set? If not, let me know!
6. A setting spray is really important (if you want long lasting or if you get extremely oily). I use professional brands for this but you can buy:
Hope this is helpful!!!
SEPHORA COLLECTION COLORFUL 5 EYESHADOW PALETTE IN SWEET TO PASSIONATE PINK
A sexy smoky eye with a touch of modern warmth.
Tools and palettes of my trade… #makeupartist #makeup #yaby #maccosmetics #fmsphotoaday #colorful @fatmumslim
Tools of the trade!
My beautiful bride today at Hotel Shattuck Plaza in Berkeley. Kate wanted a natural and retro look… She loved the final results!! Thank you Audrey Mendoza for your help today!!!
Congrats to Nick and Sara who tied the knot at Hidden Villa today! Here’s Sara after makeup… Makeup and hair by Prettyologie (Julianne Chai & Justina Downs)
From Become Gorgeous:
Have a look at our fun facts about makeup to get an insight into their long history and find out other lesser known aspects about your beauty products.
Fun Facts about Makeup: A Bit of History
Here are some fun facts about cosmetics throughout history:
1. The earliest uses of makeup as we know it (for beauty purposes) goes back to ancient Egypt, where women would paint their eyes using animal fat-based eye shadow and black kohl. Red ochre was used as lipstick. They also used henna to stain their nails, as nail polish hadn’t been invented yet.
2. Speaking of which, the earliest version of nail polish was invented in China, around 3000 B.C., by combining beeswax, gum, colored powder and egg whites.
3. The ancient Inca and Aztecs used cochineal (a red dye made from ground beetles) to paint their lips and nails.
4. The ancient Romans considered wrinkles, freckles and blemishes to be ill omens. They used swan fat or donkey milk to soften wrinkles, while the ashes of snails was deemed a good remedy for freckles.
5. Other fun facts about cosmetics: In ancient Rome, “cosmetae” (the source of the word cosmetologist) were the female servants who assisted wealthy Roman women in their beauty rituals. Legend has it that the cosmetae would dissolve various cosmetic ingredients in their own saliva.
6. In the 1400s, women would use ceruse (a mixture of vinegar and powdered lead) to whiten their faces. Ceruse rapidly ate the skin away, making it necessary to apply more than one layer, and would eventually lead to death.
7. In the Elizabethan era, women used coat tar as eye liner, mascara and eyebrow pencil. While it may have given them a smoldering look, it smelled foul, it was flammable and could cause blindness.
8. In 17th century Italy, women used drops from a plant called Belladonna to dilate their pupils, which was thought to add to their appeal. Long term use damaged the eyes and eventually lead to blindness.
9. Other fun facts about cosmetics throughout history: In the Victorian era, upper class women would never consider wearing makeup, as it was associated with stage actresses, working class women and prostitutes.
10. Coco Chanel is believed to have started the sun tanning trend after she accidentally got sun burned on the French Riviera. Fake tanning is said to have followed soon after.
11. Fun facts about cosmetics you probably didn’t know: the idea that underarm hair was an unfeminine trait was first pushed by the Wilkenson Sword razor company in 1915 after a model was featured on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar magazine without any fuzz.
12. When waterproof mascara was first introduced in 1938, one of its main ingredients was turpentine, often used for thinning paint.
13. Other fun facts about cosmetics: The London Look line – launched in the 1960s by Yardley - was the first line of cosmetics which explicitly targeted the teenage market.
Fun Facts about Cosmetics: Interesting Makeup Facts
Here are some lesser known facts about makeup and makeup products we use on a regular basis:
1. The term “natural ingredients” means they were extracted directly from plants or animal products.
2. “Hypoallergenic” implies that the product is deemed less likely to cause an allergic reaction.
3. “Dermatologist tested” is not synonymous with “dermatologist approved”.
4. You should keep makeup out of sunlight as it can change color, texture and you’ll have to throw it away.
5. As you wash your hands more than your face, you shouldn’t try matching makeup to the skin tone on your hands. This could make you choose a darker or redder tone.
6. Fun facts about makeup: the shimmer in lipstick and eye shadow comes from ground fish scales.
7. A quarter of the world’s largest cosmetic company L’Oreal is owned by Nestle.
8. Be extra-careful when applying mascara. According to statistics, the most common injury inflicted during makeup is scratching the eyeball with a mascara wand.
Venue & Caterer: Auberge du Soleil
Hair: Pins & Curls
Cake: Sweetie Pies
Dress Designer: Anna Campbell
Flowers: Monkey Flower Group
Groom’s Attire: J.Crew
Jewelry: Leigh Jay Nacht Inc.
Shoe Designer: Ivanka Trump
Stationery, Name Tags & Table Numbers: Mizbon
Thumbprint Guest Book: Bleu De Toi
Stamped Pencils: Knot & Bow
Mad Libs: August Press
Jam Wedding Favors: Sweet Lady Cook, the lovely bride Arian!
Congrats to Marie, who wed Dean today at Stanford Memorial Church and Thomas Fogarty Winery! Makeup and hair by Prettyologie (Julianne Chai and Michelle Promyotin)