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Just Bad MakeupTechniques
Do you know the difference between a Profesional Makeup Artist and a Beauty Influencer??
The 2 fields are very different.
Nowadays with social media taking over, there are numerous ways that people can express themselves and make a good living at it too.
The Beauty Industry is a Billionaire dollar industry so it makes sense for people who enjoy makeup to make a career out of that passion.
The problem is that some of the information out there isn’t providing the average makeup user the Right kind of information that they need in order to achieve a beautiful makeup look that they can themselves recreate without feeling or looking ridiculous.
The other problem is that the looks that are being shown dominantly nowadays lack individualism, they are heavy-handed with products, and they all seem to want to erase what actually makes their faces unique and beautiful.
The Art of makeup and the Application of makeup has somehow crossed paths and got all tangled up with filters, lights, and a social media presence.
Why would you want to change your face so much that it changes what you actually look like bare-faced??
Hair and Makeup is a big niche, HUGE and everyone wants to be the expert but there is a big difference between the Pros and the Influencers.
The biggest difference between the Pros and Influencers is 1st, the Pros have a professional license through the state they reside in.
The 2nd biggest difference between the Pros and Influencers is in the application of the makeup.
So, MUA’s (makeup artist) will look to enhance the natural qualities that your face already has, we never want to completely alter or change what you naturally look like.
Whereas MUI’s (makeup influencer) will tend to create looks for themselves based off of new products they either purchased or were gifted, the makeup looks they lean towards are heavier and are dominantly full-faced makeups. Like, full-full faced makeup. (It’s A lot)
Let me be clear, I have great respect for any kind of an artist and I do consider some Beauty Influencers, You Tubers, Instagrammers, etc as Artists but not always professionals.
Sorry, but we have to draw the line somewhere and to me, having a Cosmetology or MUA state license is a distinct difference between a Professional Makeup Artists Vs. a Beauty Influencer.
Also, what sucks for the beauty influencers is that it’s hard to credit your work as all You–with all the photoshop filters and special lighting that anyone can buy now which just deflates the actual art that the artists themselves are creating.
Despite the differences between the 2 crafts, I absolutely do think that there are some very talented beauty influencers out there that are creating some great videos with informative and helpful information.
But I also think that there are a lot of Shit videos out there that are showing and encouraging unrealistic makeup applications, tips, and tricks to the average person.
How do I say this…
When you have a direct influence on impressionable people whether they be young or old, you have a Responsibility to those people.
The bad thing about giving out shady beauty information is that you have no idea as to how extreme a person may take their own rejection when they can’t complete that beauty look they just watched or their final look leaves them looking ridiculous.
Look, we live in a world of Social Media where EVERYTHING is EXPOSED and even though we know that so much shit is FAKE on a ton of social media platforms we still believe that there are Perfect looking people in the world and that there is a level of perfection that others are on but seems to be unattainable to you/me.
Always remember this, Perfection is what you want it to be for yourself and your life at the level that feels right for you and never by anyone else standards or opinions.
Ok, let’s move on and get into my pissy list of Just Bad Makeup Techniques that are Just BAD, Very Bad!
Just BAD Makeup Techniques
* Foundation Overload
* Absurd Contouring—Clown Contouring
* Glitter Overdosing
* Flare highlighting
* Pomade Brow, aka Sharpie Brow
* Baking- Using a Shit ton of powders
* Over puffed and over-lined lips
1. F**cking Foundation Overload:
I’m already exhausted; even thinking of all the reasons it’s so WRONG to put a shit ton of foundation on your face.
It’s gotta feel so gross to wear all of the layers and weight from products on your face and how do you wear collared shirts or make out with anyone??
Seriously, how does wearing an ounce or more of foundation work for you?
How the hell do you afford all the makeup foundation you’re going through?
I’ve got lots of questions here because I don’t get it-Its just bad form man.
All that crap on your face mixed with sweat and (if you’re a girl) tears, dirt, hairspray all Stuck on your face for an extended period of time.
As a professional makeup artist, I know first hand that I absolutely do Not want to cover a client’s entire face up with a heavy liquid.
My main goal is to make you feel confident, comfortable in your skin and makeup, and I want to enhance you for who you are and everything that makes you-YOU.
Your face is your canvas, quit weighing it down and covering it up with an overload of heavy foundations.
Foundation is meant to have coverage, Yes, but you only need a minimal amount in order to get good coverage for your skin. These videos of girls dripping or pouring foundation onto their faces are totally unnecessary and it’s just fu$%ing gross.
Yuck. Stop It!
I’ve Never seen any professional makeup artist dump foundation onto a client’s face, we apply foundation onto the back of our hands or on a palette and distribute it to our clients’ faces where it is needed.
Also, if you are thinking that the more foundation you have on the better the coverage you will have for covering blemishes, discolored skin tones, or whatever but it’s not true.
The more foundation and shit you wear on your face to Cover up and hide, the more those things will stand out on your face.
Another bad thing is that wearing a heavy foundation will clog your pores, you will also be more prone to acne, it makes your skin look cakey and heavy, your expenses for foundations and makeup remover is higher and you will have a higher risk of being exposed to bacteria.
If you are looking for more coverage for uneven skin tones, blemishes, or splotchy patches than I’d suggest you add the necessary color correcting concealers to your skin first to help keep the amount of foundation that you use down.
You can then follow it up with a foundation but use small amounts first in the center of your face or mix your foundation with a primer for an even more sheer look. By doing this you will create a more natural and full coverage look for your final makeup.
All Professional Makeup artists want to enhance you and make you feel good, Not cover you up with face spackle.
Smashbox offers a lot of varieties in the color correcting world, an assortment of primers, mattifiers, oils, and a pore minimizer to name a few.
There are 11 of them:
These palettes are your 1 stop shop for all your color correcting needs. It comes in 5 different skin tones levels to fit everyone’s needs.
Apply your foundation in little dabs around the center part of your face and using a foundation brush or your fingertips and begin to blend the foundation out towards your hairline at a downward angle.
This will create the most natural look while still giving you a good amount of coverage.
You can spray a setting spray on your face to easily move a long-wearing foundation around on your face or to just set your skin.
2. Clown Contouring:
This whole contouring thing is getting out of hand and overwhelming. Can I get an Amen, please!!
Clown contouring is to me by My definition when someone has a mosaic picture of different colored concealers and powders layered on their faces.
Ok, so Contouring has been around for a Very Loooong Time now but lately, it seems to be on crack with all these crazy ways people are showing how to contour your face.
Have you ever noticed how much makeup is being applied to these heavy contoured looks?
It’s a shit ton! When you are up close and personal to their faces you will be able to see how Heavy, Thick, and Loud their overall makeup look really is. It’s uncomfortable to look at because it’s so much makeup.
Why a Poop Emoji on the face??
These designs are creative to look at but they are completely unrealistic to the everyday person that goes to school or work.
There is an art that comes from contouring and highlighting but the only time I ever found myself using it on clients was when they were being exposed to heavy camera lights or hot stage lights.
For me, heavy and face transforming contouring as an everyday thing are too much and it takes a lot of time to get it to look right.
These videos of the heavy contouring, baking, and then adding layers of foundations to one’s face are all around and some women or men can look amazing when the final look is complete.
Have you considered the lighting they are using and also what about beauty filtering apps??
I bet if you were able to see first hand in natural lighting the final makeup for these heavy-handed contour looks, you would see and feel very differently about their final look, I can promise you that.
Lighting is one of the biggest factors when it comes to makeup so remember that before you choose to erase your whole face and load it up with layers.
Professional lightings can make any skin look flawless without any makeup on at all, they make colors pop, and they can smooth out harsh lines. They are Amazing and I love them but you still don’t need to wear a ton of makeup for exceptional beauty shots.
It makes no sense to spend all this time on your makeup only for it to look like shit in the natural lights.
There is nothing wrong with contouring, minimally, in fact, I think that adding light contours to the face can look beautiful and totally acceptable for everyday wear.
To be clear, contouring can absolutely add to one’s makeup as long as it’s done mildly, correctly, with the right products, and for the right events.
Use contouring powder on your cheekbones as part of your blush and bronzer, lightly brush the contouring powder underneath your cheekbones and up towards your temples, and finish off with a blush to pull it all together.
Here are a couple of my Favorite Concealers:
Smashbox Studio Skin Flawless 24 HR Concealer: This is a great concealer that comes in 30 different shades and is long-lasting. It’s easily applied because of the shape of the wand and a little goes a long way so you don’t need a lot.
Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Creme: I’m a big fan of Kat Von D makeup mainly because everything she promises she delivers on. Her concealers are no exception, they are long-lasting and they give a fuller coverage compared to some other concealers. There are 20 different shades to choose from and they are all cruelty-free which is awesome.
3. Glitter Overdosing:
I genuinely feel sorry for most Men with this. lol
I have 3 brothers and a husband who absolutely Hate Glitter so I get to see their reactions when the Glitter gets on them. For me it’s Hilarious but for my brothers, husband and Most Boys-not so much.
Unless it’s New Year’s Eve I don’t know where else you would wear an excessive amount of glitter.
Ok, I can see a Bachelorette party, a festival, and Halloween for the acceptable overload of glitter makeup but that’s about it.
I love Glitter just as much as my 9-year-old daughter does but when you put soooo Much Bling, Shine, and Shimmer on your face it’s hard to see the person underneath all the chaos that Glitter brings.
Glitter is beautiful but thinks of it this way, Glitter has all these little different colors to each tiny piece and when the lights hit each tiny piece they all give off different glimmers and shimmers, which can be chaotic to look at.
Beautiful yes but still chaotic.
If you really want to use glitter in your makeup look then use it sparingly or better yet switch your glitter out to an illuminating product.
You can use products such as sheer serum drops and you use these by either adding a few drops in your foundation and apply a small amount onto your lips or around your hairline to brighten up your face but be mildly handed with it.
There are also shimmer primers that can provide a glow to the skin but they are best used when combined with your foundation or on your skin bare-faced with little to no other makeup applied.
Some of my Favorite Glow Products:
Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops: Love These!! You can add these drops to your foundation or on your bare face for beautiful illumination. They have 7 different colors you can choose from and a little goes a long way with these drops.
Lorac-Light Source 3-in-1 Illuminating Primer: This primer works by adding illumination to your skin and it also helps with keeping your makeup on longer or if you wear it barefaced than it will provide a natural-looking glow.
4. Flare Highlighting/ Excessive Highlighting
Okay, I am a big fan of makeup Highlighting but I’m Not so much a fan of Flare Highlighting or excessive highlighting. Blah! It’s just Not realistic or practical for actual Real life.
Some Beauty Influencers are taking highlights to such an extreme that they are creating the mentality that Glowing and Neon faces look good.
Ummm, NO, it doesn’t!
This is why it’s hard to throw an ‘At a Boy’ to some Influencers because they are showing just bad form in the beauty industry.
It’s a Big No-no to Overload and Overdue highlights on clients and our own faces.
Makeup highlights are kisses from the sun, not deep throat tornado tongue makeout sessions.
I just don’t see any benefit that I would be providing my clients by illuminating their faces partially or entirely.
It’s too much and most people aren’t and don’t want to walk around with a face that glows in the dark, it looks silly.
Don’t get me wrong adding highlights to one’s makeup is perfectly acceptable but what’s not is when you have so many highlights you look like you are the product of a Tin-Man baby. lol
Makeup highlights are meant to create a natural glow not a bright strobe light across one’s face.
Excessive highlights even in the best lighting are too much, too distracting, and it adds nothing to the person’s overall makeup look.
While we are on the subject of highlights another stupid highlight thing (I’m not calling this a technique because it’s Not) is the Rudolph Nose.
In all the years I’ve done makeup professionally it’s always been a golden rule to make the makeup look as flawless as you can, which means you should never see any harsh or distinct lines, such as the highlighted landing strips on clients noses.
It does nothing for you in regard to benefiting your facial features or a finished makeup look. All of these photos and videos you see with Nose tip highlights are all heavily contoured on the nose which just intensifies the highlights even more.
What’s weird to me is why do you want a glowing strip or dots on the tip of your nose??
lol, I don’t get it, genuinely.
If you absolutely need to have shimmer than I’d suggest you opt for a product that offers more luster rather than chrome or a heavy shimmer.
Apply it sparingly first to your neck, collarbones, under your brow line, and around the high points of your cheekbones for special occasions.
For everyday looks, you want to apply highlights very subtle and minimal, you want more of a sheen and smooth finish to your highlights for the most natural look.
Here are some of my Favorite Highlighters:
MAC Mineralized Skinfinish: This powder is easily used by most and it offers more of a velvety finish with a subtle glow of highlights. It comes in 3 shades to compliment all skin tones, a little goes a long way and it reflects just enough light shimmer to add a soft glow to your makeup.
MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish: This powder is the same concept as the MAC mineralized skin finish but it comes in 7 different colors and the finish is more of a creamy or a wet look. This product is actually described by MAC as a liquid-powder so it will be more illuminating because of its wet like texture.
5. Sharpie Brows
So, everyone has their thing about them that they like, love, or enjoy and Mine is my Eyebrows.
I have a real obsession with Eyebrows; their history, their shapes, their colorings, the tools needed to make them beautiful-Everything about Eyebrows, I Love.
I don’t let anyone touch my eyebrows, mainly because I tend to them myself but also because I’m really picky with them and I would genuinely be concerned for someone’s safety if they fucked up my brows.
The eyebrows are for sure a touchy subject and there are a ton of different varieties of eyebrow shapes which is a good thing because it makes it easier for us to create our own Signature brow statements.
That’s exactly what eyebrows can be, Statements of who you are.
Eyebrows are frames to the face and they are one of the first things that people will see on you.
Eyebrows should be shaped, filled appropriately (light to dark), and look as natural as possible on your face.
“Effortless” is a good word to use here.
I can’t handle some of these eyebrows that I see in some of these tutorials and there are so many bad ones that show people how to make their brows look not real, fake, harsh, and weirdly dominant for the face.
These stencil looks that have super hard edges and high ass arches stress me out. lol, I can’t handle it because it does nothing for the person’s face aside from making you stand out but Not in a good way.
Yes, shape your brows but do it so it makes sense for your face and only your face.
Eyebrows should be soft, filled but natural, with clean lines, and use subtle differences in depths for daytime and nighttime looks.
My suggestion for amazing brows is first the right eyebrow brush, then the right brow filler and finally, find your shape that creates an effortless look to compliment your own face.
The best way to find your brow shape is to first find your natural arch and align the start and endpoints of your brows. It sounds more complicated than it actually is or you can also dye your eyebrows so you won’t have to fill in that much, just enough to shape the brow a bit.
If you really want to learn about how to have the best eyebrows for your face, then I advise you to go and speak with a professional. Whether it be a professional makeup artist, esthetician, or your hairdresser. Anyone of them will help you with finding the right look for your eyebrows.
It’s important to remember the more you tweeze, wax, or thread your brows the more you will retard the growth of your brows. Other words don’t go crazy with your brow maintenance, make sure you let your hair grow back in some before you take it off again.
My Favorite Eyebrow Products:
Kat Von D Brow Struck Dimensions Powder: This brow brush has amazing high-quality synthetic bristles that are cut at an angle. This brush has cutouts (a comb-like design) that make it so that the brush deposits product in a realistic stroke for beautifully filled brows but genuinely gives you a natural look. The bristles, how it’s cut and shape is what makes this brow brush so unique and different from any other I’ve ever used.
Kat Von D #75 Powder Brow Brush: All of these powders feature a 2-in-1 Primer and Powder formula to enhance the grip that it has on your brows which extends the wear time. These dimension powders are all meant to be worn for up to 12 hours, to be smudge-resistant and waterproof. There are 7 natural shades to choose from and if you need help then there is a brow finder quiz on her site that can help you with choosing the right color.
Swiss O Par: This is an eyebrow and eyelash dye and is another good alternative to maintaining a more natural-looking brow. This kit is easy to use and stays put for a decent amount of time considering how much we wash our faces.
Oh Baking, Baking, Baking, baking……
What is Baking????
Baking is a way to set your concealer’s and foundation onto your skin (‘set’ meaning ‘to stick’ ) the final look is left with exaggerated highlights to specific areas of your face, that’s it.
How the Baking technique works is first the makeup foundation and concealer are applied to the skin and then heavy amounts of translucent powder under the eyes, chin, nose, and forehead. The loose powder needs to sit on the face for about 10-20 minutes in order for your body heat to set the powder and then the powder is lightly dusted off with a fan brush.
When you Bake your makeup, you are wearing a lot of makeup on your face, I mean a lot of lot.
Baking was prominently used in the drag community and by other performers that would need their makeup to hold up under a lot of lights, body heat, and sweat.
Rightfully so because most performers need makeup that can take all the hot lights and all the extremities of performing on stage.
It’s really the only place that makes sense for this much makeup, and it is a lot of makeup on the face. Also, you won’t be up close to the performer to see all of the makeup that is piled on their faces that is necessary for them to perform.
Honestly, Baking should really Only be used if you are a performer on stage.
This Baking technique makes sense for these performers but every day walking around, NO.
Honestly, this amount of makeup on your face is really just too much and you run the risk for more acne breakouts, clog pores, and dry skin.
So, back in the day, for me, a form of “Baking” was to use a small amount of loose powder on a client’s face to catch any loose eyeshadows or mascara that would fall down during application and when the makeup was complete you brush off the loose powders.
Granted this loose powder was also used for highlighting but it was done a bit different than what is popular now.
What I mean by different is that it was used minimally under the eyes, the bridge of the nose, and a tiny bit under the bottom of the lip. I mean a little bit and it was always applied subtly to enhance our clients’ innate features.
The biggest problem I have with Baking is that there is no reason to use it every day or even to go out with your girlfriends to go Party.
Especially if you’re wanting to hook up that’s a lot of makeup to have to explain the next morning as to why there is an entire face stain on the pillow and why you look completely different. lol
Baking is a HEAVY makeup and is Not meant to be worn every day as your Go-to makeup look.
Baking will create a cakey look every time, and the reason is that Powders are meant to grab onto textures which means it will tend to show fine line, dry patches, and any deep or open pores.
It’s so much makeup that is used and plastered all over the face and I honestly can’t think of anything you can do in place of Baking.
I will say that you should use all of that loose powder as a light setting powder for oily skin, setting lipsticks to last longer, and even adding bulk to your eyelashes.
Anything but Baking.
My Favorite Loose Powders:
MAC Blot Powder: This blotting powder is a must-have for everyone. It gives a smooth finished look too oily skin tones while delivering a sheer overlay to your skin. It’s easy to use and a little goes a long way.
MAC Iridescent Loose Powder: If you’re looking for a light sheer glow to your skin than this powder is the fix that you will need to achieve that look. It comes in 2 colors that are evenly compatible with all skin tones. It glides on smoothly and can be applied to bare skin or onto of foundations.
MAC 135 Large Powder Brush: This brush is easy to handle and is best used for an all-over powder application. It has an ultra-smooth feel to the bristles so it feels soft on your skin.
7. Overlined Lips:
I’m all for a set of juicy and Fat Lips but WTF is with some of these Lip Looks with oldy shaped, over plumped, overlined and obscenely Extra Large lips???
Overlining your lips is a makeup artist trick that is done MINIMALLY to our clients to help puff up our client’s pout but shit now people are walking around with 2 sets of lips on their faces.
I mean I Love fat lips but I don’t condone a double lip.
I even wrote a post on How to Create Stupid Fat Lips.
I don’t get it and I wouldn’t want to make out with a set of ridiculous double lips. I feel like it would be really messy with all the lipstick, gloss, and excessive spit because your lips are dumbly huge. lol
Don’t do this.
Plump your lips and line your lips-YES but do it so your lips still resemble your original shape or at least so they look puffy and not like you just got stung with a shit ton of wasps all over your lips.
If you choose to Plump your lips with an actual Lip Plumper apparatus than be careful and really make sure you follow the instructions of that particular device.
When you want to have a fuller lip and you are planning on overlining than make sure your canvas is smooth and clean for an easier application.
You need to have good, strong, and sharp lip pencils for smooth and sharp lines but mainly if you’re going to overline your lips then do it minimally, stay on the top parts of your natural lip line, and Seriously go easy on the Gloss.
It just looks awful and unnatural!
Lips and brows are the 2 most dominant things on our faces and when you choose to make either your lips or brows stand out, it’s like a virgin in a strip club– it makes it hard to take you Serious.
Some of my Favorite Lip Products:
MAC Lip Pencil: There are 31 different shades that you can choose from with these lip pencils. They go on smooth, minimal skipping, and the colors are rich with pigments.
MAC Liptensity Lip Pencil: This lip pencil has a slanted edge for its application point and it comes in 18 long-lasting colors to choose from. The pencil has a creamy finish which means you may need to apply the pencil 2 times for a strong pigment to show.
MAC Pencil Sharpener: This sharpener has 2 sizes to sharpen pencils with. There are lots of different sharpeners on the market at different prices, I’d suggest finding one that has dual sizes for a universal fit to pencils.
MAC 316 Lip Brush: This is the lip brush that I have and use for both personal and business. It’s a perfect size lip brush, the bristles are firm which makes creating straight and sharp lines super easy.
Here is a Free Download to My Most Favorite Lipsticks EVER, MY Top 10 Lipsticks. Enjoy!
My last and final pet peeve…
It’s the “Extras” that is implemented in so many of today’s makeup looks.
All the Extra layers of bronzers, layers of mascaras, false eyelashes that are Big and Bigger, all the Duck Lips, the eyebrow bling, and loads of eyeshadow colors, any of these are- Extras.
Here’s my problem,
All the “Extra” that is being added to faces, translates to impressionable people that this is what “Pretty” or “Style” is.
And, to be honest, that kinda sucks thinking that you have to have all these “Extras” on your face just to fit into what seems like everyone’s version of what Pretty is now.
You can only change someone’s face so much with makeup, shading, highlighting, contouring, lashes and it is so much makeup to have on the face.
What is bothersome about all of this is how does someone that is so favorable towards Influencers bad makeup ideas, see or understand their own beauty??
It’s hard to find your own pretty when you are following wholeheartedly someone else’s look.
Having so many different beauty influencers pitching and showing what they perceive to be Important and Relevant by heavily focusing on the popularity of the products or techniques that are Current at the moment, tends to send a lot of mixed messages and confusion about what are and are not good makeup techniques.
Bad makeup techniques totally dilute all of the unique qualities that our faces have naturally.
Truth, Most of us want to enhance ourselves in one way or another but where is the divide in looking like someone else’s face and choosing your own face to be on the forefront.
We pride ourselves in being unique and individuals but have you not noticed that the true qualities of who we really are, is lost in the translation of other people’s looks and viewpoints on what beauty is now.
If you want to learn good makeup techniques that are geared towards your skin and facial features than I encourage you to talk with a professional makeup artist to have them educate you on how to wear makeup that is in the best interest for you and your qualities.
How we wear our makeup on our faces can tell a lot about who we really are.
How we keep ourselves is shown in so many ways to others and makeup is no different. Think of who you are and what you want to portray to others around you.
What I’m saying is wearing makeup should fit parts of who you are and if you hide under the many piles or layers of shit on your face and you choose to follow the abnormality of what social media can bring to the table of believers than we will never have a chance to see you.
We are all unique creatures in our own right and we all deserve to have the confidence within ourselves to be able to walk this world with a healthy ego for who we are.
Don’t hide behind a shit ton of makeup.
Enhance yourself, be creative, explore products and techniques but maintain your shape, coloring, and your unique features of your face.
Be Beautiful for you and as you!
Tell yourself you are beautiful every day, Literally! I mean it, take time to look at yourself up close and find all the features that make you unique and beautiful and tell yourself every day, multiple times.
Be your own Cheerleader for yourself because how you feel about your true self on the inside, will radiate out to others the pride and security you have with being you.