Makeup 101: Tips For A Flawless Look

January 9, 2017

For gals new to makeup, DMV based makeup artist Teashya Tucker gave us a few pointers on how top things you need to know for a photo ready face, take a look!

How To Create A Smooth Look:

Before applying foundation or concealer, seal your face with a primer to assure a smooth look. Teashya says primer varies based on your skin type. If you have oily skin, then use matte primer to close of your pores and limit excess oil. For dry skin, use a hydrating primer for a smooth look. “In addition to primers you should always moisturize your skin and take care of it and have a skin care routine,” she says.


What comes on first, foundation or concealer?

“If you’re somebody with a lot of hyperpigmentation or acne scarring and you have a lot of dark spots, I would go ahead and conceal first, just to get the hyperpigmentation out the way,” says Teashya. Yet if you have fewer blemish scars, put on your foundation on first. Concealer tends to glide around your eye area, so putting it on after foundation helps it stick.


What Products To Use To Combat Serious Dark Circles?

Teashya uses a peachy/orange corrector to cancel out any darkness, then puts on concealer. “Sometimes if you have really bad dark circles and you just put a concealer on, the darkness can still show through and then it’s kind of pointless,” she says.

Some popular correctors are “Peach” from Becca Cosmestics (popular for deeper skin tones), MAC makeup corrector and concealer pallete (they offer several shades) and Makeup Forever that also offers a pallete. If you have fairer skin, she recommends Bobbi Brown.


Can Concealer Be Used As A Highlighter?

Yes, it can. She recommends La Girl and NARS.

However, with concealer, less is more. “You don’t want to put so much makeup on your skin that it looks cakey and your skin can’t breathe,” says the MUA. “Because it doesn’t look good and then it’s hard to blend.”

“That’s a rule in makeup. The more product you add onto your face, the harder it is to blend and make it smooth. It’s easier to go in with a little bit at a time than to throw everything on your face at once and try to blend it.”


Beauty Blender Vs. Brush

Beauty blenders can be used wet or dry. You can use it dry for powder, and wet it to blend out liquids or creams. Brush use varies based on your skin type and makeup texture.

Stippling brushes: Good for textured skin: i.e.  acne or scarring. “Stipple brush bristles are flexible and allow better blending in the areas it has to reach further.”

Kabuki Brush: “That’s a good brush for if you just have a liquid or cream foundation and have one or two pimples. F80 is a popular brush for liquid or cream foundation.

Natural Bristle Brush: These are good for powder makeup, because it picks it up well.

Overall, “Synthetic bristles are good for liquids and creams and natural bristles are good for powder. Beauty blender is good to perfect and blend (after),” she says. The blender assures a smooth, well-blended finish.


How Often Should You Clean Your Brushes?

She cleans her beauty blender daily, and brushes weekly. Brushes can be cleaned with brush cleaner and water.

For eye shadow or cleaning a brush quickly for quick use, she recommends and instant brush cleaner spray from Sephora.

“Your brush can really determine what your makeup looks like.”

*Makeup brushes to look out for: F80 for synthetic brushes, Sigma Brushes (sells some in nordstrom), Morphe Brushes (good for buying in bulk and online).


Dryed Out Matte Lips:

A trick she learned is to put a small dan of lip balm or Vaseline, followed by lip balm and hydrater to make it less flaky.

She also recommends lip primers. “Urban decay has a really popular one called Ozone. It makes lipstick application a little easier, and it kind of created a barrier between your lips and the lipstick so that it doesn’t dry your lips out and they’re still moisturized between the barrier.”


Lip Liners:

There’s no way you’re going to buy a lip liner with each lipstick, which is why Teashya recommends neautral lip liner colors like browns and purples that can go with several colors. Yet if you ar someone who want to invest in lip liners, a cost-efficient way to purchase them is through Color Pop Cosmetics.

I just ordered a lip liner called bff3, and its similar to chestnut but its softer, it has more of a nudie type feel, but it’s perfect for someone with deeper skin.” Color Pop also offers lighter shades to this nude in bff1 and bff2.

MAC Cork and Chestnut are popular brown lip liners that can go with almost anything.

For purples, pinks and reds, she recommends night moth from MAC, and Vino for pinks and magenta colors.


The Key To A Perfected Winged Eye:

“Do your normal eyeliner first, and then extend outward just a little bit- flick it- don’t drag it, so that it’s soft. You want a soft sharp end,” says Teashya. “When you drag it out, you want to go from the outside tip and bring it back in and connect it to your eye. So it should create a triangle, and there should be empty (uncolored) skin between the triangle. You should then go back in and fill it in. When you want to perfect it and make it really sharp, get concealer an angled brush, and put it directly underneath the wing, so that it creates a sharp line.”


 Blushes You Should Know:

“My very first blush was Raven from MAC. It’s nice because it has an earthy browny red, so it just gives you a healthy glow. It goes with most things.” This is a matte blush.

A shimmery brush she recommends is format by MAC.

“Orgasm by NARS is extremely popular. But the darker your skin is, it fades out doesn’t look the same as it does on olive people. From NARS I’d go to Dolce Vita. It’s still that pinky color and has shimmer, but it doesn’t wash out as Orgasm would on darker skin.”


To see more of Teashya’s makeup looks, visit her instagram @cocotea.mua

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