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Makeover self-conscious buster! No.5

Makeover self-conscious buster!

From NY Japion Volume 633

Makeover self-conscious buster! No.5

Model Before: Misako Sasa 41 years old
Self-conscious about applying foundation unevenly, and it wearing off
Image desired to have: natural make up for age 40’s

Today’s point
To make the eyes pop by applying 3D eye shadow

Left to Right

  • Smashbox (Photo Finish Color Correcting Blend)
  • MAC Lipstick (Lustre Lipstick/Hug Me)

Today’s model Misako is frustrated with not being able to apply foundation evenly. She wants to know how to set base make up better.

Hair and Make up artist Ai Sakai starts by patting Misako’s face with a square flat cotton containing moisturizing toner. Then after moisturizing toner, massage face with moisturizing cream.
The reason for doing this is to help eliminate dark under eye circles, and to help brighten the skin tone by stimulating circulation. This process puts the skin in a better condition for applying even foundation.

Next Ai applies Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting/Adjust to reddish sections of Misako’s face.
Ai recommends this primer which helps to smooth out the skin and camouflage wrinkles, spots, and redness.

How to apply foundation

For Misako, Ai used cream type foundation.
First apply foundation on the largest areas of the face, which are the cheeks and the forehead by using a foundation brush to help apply evenly. Careful when using a sponge, because a mark can easily be left on the face.

Next, apply a lesser amount of foundation through the center area of the face. Lastly, apply foundation to the eye area. The skin around the eyes is very delicate, so it is better to use your fingertips when applying foundation.

Once the foundation is applied, take a wet sponge that has been strongly squeezed well and gently pat all over the face to help unify the foundation with the skin, and avoid cakiness.
After applying the foundation, use concealer on necessary sections of the face to create an even skin tone.

An important rule to remember when concealing sections is choosing the right color to blend with basic concealer.
Yellow concealer covers brownish sections, orange concealer covers blue sections, and green concealer covers red sections.


Natural make up for mid age

This column talks about natural make up for women in their 40’s.
Ai’s advice is to pick the right color.

For example, when a woman in her 20’s uses metallic or flashy glittery eye make up or lipstick, it makes her look lively, but for a woman in her 40’s, it will make her look tasteless. It is better to choose products that contain subtle glitter, and soft pearl to help brighten up the face for woman in their 40’s.

To highlight the center of Misako’s eye lids, Ai used elegant pearl off white eye shadow.
Then Ai used matte chocolate brown eye shadow on the inner, outer, and lower parts of the eyelids to appear darkest, leaving the center part lighter.

To make the face look 3D, use a matte eye shadow that’s darker than your skin tone on the sides of the bridge of the nose.

For Misako, Ai chose light beige pink lipstick to complete her makeover.
Misako was so happy with her look that she said, “I don’t want to wash off my make up tonight.”


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