A few weeks ago, my lovely cousin-in-law, Ria, volunteered to be my “victim” for a few hours, to let me do some makeup looks on her. The session was partly teaching her about skincare, and trying to teach her a few looks such as an easy neutral day look, taking that to night, a sultry smokey eye, and a dramatic green eye.
A beautiful 3/4 Asian/Polynesian/Caucasian mix, Ria has a very interesting complexion, large, doll-like eyes, and surprisingly, monolids (the hooded, thin, almost non-existent lid most East Asians like Koreans, Japanese, Chinese, or Taiwanese have). So creating looks for her and teaching her to do these looks was both daunting and interesting.
Before you can go for any kind of look, you have to have a good base. Not only are you concealing any major or minor flaws you may have, you’re evening out your complexion, which brightens the entire face, and instantly makes you look put-together, professional and mature. Most importantly, it gives you the appearance of being fully present: awake, alert and ready. Having a good base is like having a properly primed/gessoed canvas. You can’t just slap paint on a bare canvas and expect the paint to stick properly. The same principal applies to makeup. The different layers of a base not only serve to conceal and perfect your skin, but creates a proper surface to which the pigments in your eye, cheek and lip makeup will adhere.
A well-applied base will also help that makeup last longer throughout the day. Superficially speaking, there is nothing worse than makeup migrating in clumps, weird stains or drip trails down your face several hours into your day. It’s not only mortifying for you, it’s horrific for others to look at. And it’s just plain sloppy. Don’t be a slob.
This video is for those who are averse to liquid foundation and need an easy way to apply the base. Enter: Your secret weapon – tinted moisturizer.
Watch for how to!
Products used – click links for where to buy:
Primer – Laura Mercier Foundation Primer (Also available via Macys.com, Nordstrom.com, and Sephora.com)
Tinted Moisturizer – Stila Tinted Moisturizer (also available via Ulta.com, Sephora.com, Drugstore.com)
Concealer – Revlon Age Defying Moisturizing Concealer SPF25
Setting Powder – Revlon ColorStay pressed powder
Brushes – Sigma Beauty Brushes
The next step is a neutral day look that can be easily transformed into a night look. This will be the next video in the Rialeilani series. Stay tuned! I hope to have it up next week some time! Also in the works, we talk skincare.
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FTC: All products used in this tutorial were purchased for the purpose of this video or already owned by both Rialeilani and myself. This post and video are not sponsored by any of the products or manufacturers mentioned in this video. (Though I wish it was.)
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