We don’t know about you. But we have a morning routine – a pattern that makes functioning in the early hours easier. Lecina, for example, wakes up to Elastic Heart by Sia (Libertee is more of a Bed of Roses kind of girl, surprise, surprise), looks for her dog Rex in the duvet cloud, kisses him on the belly and then begrudgingly makes her way down the stairs to boil water, grind coffee, and put the necessary ingredients designed to get her to lunch without feeling compelled to injure someone in a magic bullet cup; shortly after that task has been accomplished, Lecina gets her pressed coffee setting, hops in the shower, and reminders herself that after she shampoos, conditions, body washes, face washes, rinses conditioner (always and forever in that order) she’ll have coffee to which she will add fat (read 35 percent whipping cream) and she will feel happy.
So. This is the way Lecina gets ready – and although she would encourage you to at least try this order of appearance (it’s so efficient!) she would never suggest it was the only way to get ready in the morning. We do however, wish to set the record straight when it comes to the basics of make-up application. As a make-up artist, Libertee is the master of this task – as the majority of us are merely laypeople, we acknowledge that there might be some room for improvement.
We’re not here to tell you what to use (that’s a different post) we are here to tell you how to apply your make up in a way that will give you an all-day lasting, flawless look. The steps included in today’s post should be considered the foundation on which you can build a wide variety of looks; concurrently, like any good foundation – this look can stand all on its own.
This is our friend, Chantelle.
Chantelle is a stylist a M Salon that has recently been promoted to the floor (read: she’s taken all of her training and is now trusted with scissors. Yay, Chantelle!). The recent promotion has her working long days as she tries to build her clientele. Chantelle, like the majority of us, sleeps until the end of the SIA song. . . the fifth time through and leaves herself with only a very small window to venture from sonic-the-hedgehog pillow face, to pretty and ready to face the world.
We sat down with Chantelle to walk through Libertee’s trusted – ready to face the world in five minutes – cosmetic ritual.
Role the credits!
1. Ready. Set. Go!
Before we actually touch the make-up, we just want to check that you have both washed and moisturized your face. Seriously, don’t be gross. Be sure to kill some time after you’ve put your moisturizer on as you want to give it about two minutes to set in – Lecina recommends going to get a cup of freshly pressed coffee, Libertee recommends putting on your panties. Once your lotion has set, place dots of either BB Cream of moisture plus tint (something that no questions asked has an SPF,) strategically on your face. Three across your forehead, three following the cheekbones on each side of your face, two down the nose and two across the chin. Although there are various tools out there designed to blend your foundation, we like using the old fashioned method and use our fingers in a circular motion to blend the product; the heat from your finger tips and the heat of your face blend the product effectively onto your face. DON’T FORGET TO BLEND PAST YOUR CHINLINE! The goal is to ensure that there is no obvious start or stop line. No one wants to look like a chainsaw wielding serial killer.
2. Because John is a Jerk
Some days, pressing snooze a million times won’t make you look any more rested – herein lies the importance of step two. An effective, illuminating undereye concealer can take you from hearing “you look tired” from your concerned, albeit no less of a jerk co-worker “dammit, John!”– to: you look pretty! Using your ring finger, lightly tap a concealer (lightly!) from the inner corner of your eye to its outer edge, filling just past the eye socket bone – you want to ensure that you fill past what we lovingly refer to as “the bags” to ensure a blended look.
3. EYEBROWS! EYEBROWS! EYEBROWS!
If you haven’t read our eyebrow post yet, A) you cut us, you cut us real deep B) read it, please. To give you a Coles Notes version, before you scroll down to April 28 and learn everything there is to know about eyebrows, trust that everyone, yes, EVERYONE should be filling their eyebrows. Like we said, find a shade that matches the colour of the roots of your hair, grab an angle brush and go to town accentuating the beginning and arches of your eyebrows. . .don’t forget the tail.
4. Old hat.
Like we said two weeks ago, we love High Beam by Benefit as a highlighter, but you knew that, right? Using your pointer finger (the long one, at the front) dab highlighter from the arch of your eyebrow to its tail and blend well. Also, be sure to put a dab in the inner corner of your eye . . . like we said two weeks ago. . .but you knew that, right? Guys…
5. If he won’t do it. . .
The history of blush has to do with replicating the appearance of a woman that has become flushed as a result of the wiles of a man. Well. It’s the 21st century and if we relied on dudes to make us blush, we’d all look like effing Casper. So, once again, let’s take matters into our own hands. For the summer months, we enjoy using Benetint because it’s light and long lasting. Place 3 dots of Benetint following the line of your cheekbone extending to the apple of your cheek. Blend with ring finger. But you knew that already, right!?
6. Take that, JOHN!
We’re giving you an insider’s tip – but we’re going to need you to promise that you follow our instructions precisely. To achieve an all-day lasting eyelash curl, opening up your eye, further accentuating that “awake” look the concealer started, we like to heat up our metal eyelash curler under our hair-blow-dryer (yes, you read that right, hair-blow-dryer). On a low setting, hold your curler under the heat for 7-10 seconds. Before placing the glowing piece of metal against your eye, we recommend testing the temperature on your wrist – if you can handle it there, you can handle it on your eye. Be sure to press the lashes within the clamp, “pumping” at least 5 times. BAMN!
7. Make like Jason Derulo Featuring Snoop Dog
WIGGLE WIGGLE WIGGLE WIGGLE. The key to mascara application is to make sure you WIGGLE the brush as close to the root of your eyelashes as possible. When you’ve reached as close to the base as possible, roll the brush out and around, extending to the length of your eyelashes. Repeat this process twice on each eye, rotating from one eye to the other between coats. Three things: One: when you get a new tube of mascara we highly recommend taking out the wand and “cleaning off the brush” with some Kleenex – there is always an excess of product on the wand and this will only lead to bad things on your face. Two: if you get mascara on anything but your eyelashes, leave it alone for about two minutes. Once this time has passed, simply swipe it off with a Q-Tip. Three – if you are using a metal eyelash curler, by god, make sure the rubber on the clamp isn’t old - this will ensure the tool curls, not cuts. You’re welcome.
8. Seal it with a Kiss
To finish a look, we recommend touching your lips with a bit of gloss. Of course, we love our lipstick, but for a light, summery look, a kissable gloss will do. Because if he can’t make you blush he sure as hell better be a good kisser.
The Oscar goes to...( eat it John)!