Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Ask The Makeup Artist
As a makeup artist, I meet a lot of women that are new to the idea of a Mineral Foundation. They think that since the foundation is a powder, it may dry out their skin, and show more of the lines and wrinkles. But nothing could be further from the truth!
Pauline Youngblood Soli formulated her Natural Mineral Foundation in a medical setting, for clients with skin traumatized by harsh medical procedures. Her goal was not only to formulate a healthy option to cover problem skin, but also look completely natural - not like you're wearing a mask.
The Loose Mineral Foundation is formulated with only four ingredients that work together to make your skin look and feel it's very best. Think about it: no chemicals, no artificial fragrances, no petroleum dyes, and no fillers -nothing to damage or irritate your skin. It's so clean and lightweight; a recent client told us that wearing Youngblood felt better than wearing nothing at all!
Here are a couple of tips to help your skin appear fresh and more youthful. First, stay away from a matte finish foundation formula. Instead, you want a formula that will give your skin a natural radiance (like Youngblood Natural Mineral Foundation), and not make skin look greasy, or glittery like a disco ball.
When choosing the right foundation color for your skin tone, you want the base to match your skin color perfectly. But if there are two colours that you are torn between, my suggestion is to pick the shade that is slightly lighter. If you choose the darker shade it will sometimes make your skin look "muddy." If you like the bronzed look, one suggestion is to still choose the lighter shade, but blend in a bit of loose mineral foundation in Coffee, to add a natural glow to the skin.
The light-reflecting properties of Youngblood Natural Mineral Foundation help your skin to look "lifted." Want proof? Try this: apply Youngblood Natural Mineral Foundation to one half of your face. Step back, and see the clear difference between the two sides of the face. It's like an "Instant Face Lift!"
Another way you can help your skin look more defined is by contouring. You'll need a darker powder to use in contouring, such as "Coffee" Natural Mineral Foundation or "Sunshine" Mineral Radiance. Using the Super Powder Brush, apply the darker shadow (after the base is applied). Lightly apply the darker color underneath the cheek bone, starting from the ear area towards the nose. Make sure you start softly, so the colour softens when you get to the center. Remember, you can always start softly and build up, but if you start too dark, it's harder to soften - but if that happens, you can then apply some of your mineral base on top, then buff out with a Youngblood flocked sponge, or just buff out the darker colour with the flocked sponge.
The next step in contouring is to shade underneath the jawbone and the neck. A trick to make your neck look firmer and thinner would be to shade the outer parts of the neck leaving the center of the neck bare (the illusion will give you a more defined neck). Lastly and this one is optional (depending if you have a normal to longer forehead) you can shade (ever so lightly) the temples of your forehead. I always suggest to clients that it is very important that the client buys two different brushes (one for applying the foundation and one for the contouring). Brushes are key to the finish of the make up application.
With Celebrity Makeup Artist Philip Luque
Makeup artist and licensed cosmetologist
Philip Luque has been making women beautiful
since 1994. His artistry has graced the
faces of Debra Messing, Jenny McCarthy,
Danica Patrick, Amanda Bynes, Paris Hilton,
and has been featured in the pages of W and
Italian Vogue. He has worked on numerous
fashion shows such as Armani, Valentino,
Proenza, Schouler, BeBe, Diesel, Oscar de la
Renta, and many others.
Most trends are going for bare skin, but in reality, we all know that this look might not work for everyone. Luckily, you can get that natural look with Youngblood's Foundations just by using a different brush, and using our new Mineral Primer to make your foundation last. First, use one pump of the Mineral Primer on to the fingertips and emulsify before applying to the skin. Next, a light dusting of Rice Powder to help seal in moisture and prolong the wear even more. Now, try using the Large Kabuki brush with your Loose Mineral Foundation for a nice light coverage, and go back to spot treat with the concealer brush dipped in the left over loose if needed. If you're still suffering from the summer dry skin blues, try using a little Deep-Sea Hydrating Complex with the Foundation brush on those dry areas and using the large Kabuki again, lightly dust the Loose on top. Once the foundation is, try misting one of Youngblood's new Minerals in the Mist to set.
Lip trends go from soft nudes to bright pinks. A lot of women are creatures of habit when it comes to their lipsticks. With the new Pink Lust Lipstick, you can be right on with this trend. Pink Lust is a soft, shimmering shade that looks amazing on anyone and works with any Youngblood lip liner. If you are looking for fuller lips, try this trick I like to do on all my clients. When women draw their lips, they tend to overdraw the whole mouth, which ends up looking clownish. Just over draw the center to make it look more natural. Using your favourite Youngblood liner, line the lips naturally right at the lip line, then just over draw the Cupid 's bow or top part of lip and bring it down to the natural lip line. Next, line the bottom center by dropping it just below the natural line and back up to the natural. Then add a bit of the new Promiscuous lip gloss at the center of the lips to really pop that pout. If you tend to be a little shaky with your liner try using a bit of your Ultimate concealer with your Concealer Brush to clean up that lip line and give you the perfect shape.
For the eyes, the trick is to keep the look clean; the heavier the shadow and liner, the older you will look. As we age our eyes tend to drop a bit, so the trick is to open them up. So remember this tip next time when you do your eyes. A shimmer will make any area you use it on pop more and a matte will make it a bit softer. If you see more brow bone than lid, start by using a soft shimmer on the lid like Prism to bring this area out more and a more matte shadow on the brow bone like Alabaster.
This technique will put more emphasis on the
lid and less on the already predominant brow
bone. If you see more lid than brow bone,
you will do the opposite by using a more
matte shadow like Flush on the lid and a
shimmer like Halo on the brow bone. If
you're using a crease colour be sure to keep
it matte if you are experiencing crepiness
on the lid since this area shows a bit more
when eyes are open. When doing your eyeliner
try using Youngblood's newest pencil -
Passion - really close to the lash line to
define the eyes.
When you say "loose powder" do you mean the Mineral Rice Setting Powder or the Loose Mineral Foundation? If it's the Mineral Rice, I would just use a little bit on your Super Powder Brush, tap off the excess, then continue with a press and roll into the t-zone. If it's the Loose Mineral Foundation, then you need to use the Mineral Rice first. Using the technique just mentioned (press and role), do the entire face instead of just the t-zone to give yourself a nice smooth matte finish on which to apply your foundation.
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