An Overview

I’ve decided to start off the basics with a basic “guide” on a few things I will be discussing in this blog. This will give you a both a basic overview on makeup possibilities as well as an overview on the “order of events” I will be discussing.

As I touched on very briefly in my last post, just because I’ll be discussing a bunch of topics, doesn’t mean you have to do everything I tell you about. Your face is you canvas, and you’re free to do what you’d like with it. However, I do hope this gives you some ideas on things you may want to try or add for the future.

Now, let’s begin with the everyday face. And when I say ‘“face”, I mean complexion. Not eyes, not lips, but complexion. What could it consist of?

The “basic” face could consist of the following:

Primer
Base
Concealer
Powder

Now, this may all seem like a lot but REMEMBER, you can pick and choose what you’d like to do (if anything in this section). I’ll discuss them briefly here, and in depth in later posts.

So, primer. What is primer, and why should you care?

When you paint a wall, what is recommended before actually beginning the process? Primer. What does it do in the painting scenario? It preps the wall for what you’re about to put on it. Likewise for foundation, it preps your face foundation. There’s seriously TONS of primers that do all sorts things, like color correct, smooth out, hydrate, mattify. We’ll get more in depth with all of those later.

Base is what is more commonly known as “foundation”, although it isn’t just limited to foundation. Now there’s tinted moisturizer, BB cream, CC cream, cushion foundation, stick foundation, pigment drops. There’s also powder foundation, which can be used alone or to set, but we’ll get to that in a minute. They all have different coverage and finishes that determine the overall look your base will have.

So, whats the difference between base and concealer? They both cover, don’t they? The difference is the amount of coverage and the formula they bring. Concealer usually has more coverage, and since some concealer is targeted for specifically for under the eyes, it’s typically more lightweight than a foundation, to not physically weigh down your under eye over time. Under-eye concealer will also typically be more hydrating, versus a spot concealer, would be more dry so it doesn’t slide all over your face. Concealers also color correct, depending on the tone.

Powder really splits into two categories: powders with coverage (pigment) and translucent powders Powders with coverage can be foundations, but the distinct difference is they have pigment to cover when applied alone or over a liquid base. Translucent powders are typically whit or off white, and do not actually add coverage or color…they’re “clear” or “invisible”. Both can be used to set your foundation (seal and make it stay in place).

After these steps, you would move on with adding blush, bronzer, highlight, contour and everything else that goes into complexion. But we’ll get there after the basic of complexion!
Can’t wait to begin!

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