The Joy of Painting II

In the first part about my “What I learned from the stylist”-story, I told you that it is all about the brushes. So now let’s get into what you actually do with these brushes. First things first, we’ll start with the foundation.

For applying foundation we’ll use – surprise, surprise – the foundation brush. Until two weeks ago I did not even own such a brush, as the last time I spoke to a make-up person using your fingers for applying foundation was “in-style”, which at that time had just replaced using a sponge. Ok, so nowaddays it’s the brush. First, here are some nuggets of wisdom I took with me:

1.) Never put foundation directly on your face. Put a small amount of make-up (size of a pea) on the back of your left  hand (or on your right if you’re a lefty ;-)) – this will prevent you from slathering too much foundation on your face in the beginning.

2.) Start from the middle of your face working towards the outside, as you’ll need to apply more make-up to your T-zone than to your cheeks, since it will rub off a lot faster from there.

3.) For a natural look it is not about using as little as possible, but about working it into your skin as good as possible (how you do that I’ll explain later in this post).

The right color of foundation should be a half tone darker than your actual skin tone, which I find very hard to distinguish. So I always ask a shop assistant (or my Mom) help me pick the right color. As you do not put foundation on your neck (no NEVER!), the area around your jawbones on your lower cheeks are the best spot to test the color. If you buy your foundation in a drug store, where you can’t always try the color on your face, use the inner side of your wrists. The skin color there matches your skin tone in the face the best.


As mentioned above start applying small amounts of make-up around your nostrils and on your nose. For that take up a little foundation from the back of your hand with the brush and distribute it evenly on your skin with short streaks. Once the color on the brush is gone use your fingers to lightly pad(!) the foundation into your skin. Do not wipe – it will remove whatever you have applied, just pad! Move up to your forehead, your chin, and out to your cheeks and do not forget to pad the make-up into your skin in between. The further out you move, the less make-up should be on your brush, so when you come to your ears and hairline you only use the remains of foundation that are left in the brush. Otherwise you’ll end up with a brown line along you hairline. But: you actually go into the hairline and over your ears with the brush – to avoid said lines – but not below the jawbone. Blend the color into your neck by padding with your fingers.


The next step is concealer. The difference between concealer and foundation is that concealer is used for red spots and blemishes only, but never for the complete face – unless you want to look like one of Madame Tussaud’s latest creations. It should have a heavier, more paste-like consistency than the foundation. Chose a color a half tone lighter than your make-up with some yellow pigments – they will make the redness disappear. Use the same brush for applying concealer and also pad it into the skin with your fingers. Always apply it around your nostrils down to the corners of your mouth and in the crease of your chin. If you need to cover up redness on your cheeks or blemishes make sure to not cover them spot-wise. Always cover the complete area around and blend it in with the foundation using your fingers. Once again: no wiping, just padding!


Do not use concealer for dark circles under your eyes. As the skin around your eyes is very thin and tender, the heavy consistency of the concealer will make it look cakey or even dry it out. Use a special eye base for under your eyes, which you apply the same way as foundation and concealer and blend it well towards your temples. You can also use it on your eyelids as a base for the eyeshadow.


That’s it – now you’re ready for the big guns – a.k.a. the colored stuffs (up next)!


P.S.: M. said I need to mention that I spend at least the same amount of time cleaning my foundation brush as actually using it for putting make-up on. And let me tell ya: cleaning this brush is NO fun. Shampoo works best I discovered. So I usually just rinse it under water with some liquid hand soap after every use and clean it thoroughly once a week.


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