“Beauty head shot of yourself showing you how makeup can help make you look years younger.” That was the sentence in the Saratoga Springs continuing education brochure that caught my eye.
The one-night class was about makeup techniques. Taught by a former stylist for models and magazine editors in New York City, I figured, “What do I have to lose?”
During the three-hour class, makeup stylist Lillie Bruce shared her knowledge for looking great with the handful of women attending her class.
Bruce used mineral makeup, which are products made of all-natural, finely-ground minerals. “They are very light. They’re made with ingredients from the earth,” she said. Mica, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide were a few of the ingredients listed on the label.
After a before photo was taken, Bruce took each of us one by one, sat us on a stool and went to work sharing tips, which follow:
“Eyebrows frame the face,” she said. To create an arch, remove hairs from under the brow to form a point between the eyes, starting directly above the inside corner of the eye. At the end of the brow, remove hairs at an angle from the outside corner of the eye.
Mineral powder foundation
“Foundation protects the skin and evens out the skin tones,” she said.
The trick to finding the correct foundation for your skin tone is to apply the foundation on your jawbone. Then you can compare how it looks with your facial tones and your neck tones, which don’t necessarily match. If they don’t match, Bruce recommended blending two foundations.
After she applied the foundation to my face, my classmates said it made a huge difference. “You really do see the difference. You look younger already,” one classmate said.
Older women should avoid pearlized color, Bruce warned. “Go with matte colors and use the lightest shade all over the eyelids,” she added. Accentuate the eye with a second, darker color.
Liner was next, applied at the outside corners about one-third of the way over the top lid, and also on the lower lid. The line was softened with an angled brush.
“Liner gives you a youthful look,” she said. But you can overdo it. Too much liner — from corner to corner — is not advised for older eyes. “It makes you look sleepy,” she said.
“Use black,” she said. The exception was for very fair women. They should use a dark brown.
“A dust of color” is used instead of blush on the cheekbones.
“Go at an angle from the outside, down the cheekbones,” she said.
Use a lip liner to give shape. “It helps the lipstick stay on longer and defines the lips,” Bruce said, adding that neutral colors usually look best.
Then I was done and handed a mirror.I’m not accustomed to wearing makeup and wasn’t sure at first if I looked better or not. The makeup to me was dramatic. Bruce advised newbies like me to start with the essentials — foundation, eyeliner, bronzer and lipstick.
One by one, everyone in the class had their makeup done and an after photo taken.
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