Foundation Brushes

When you are looking for the best of the best it takes time and money to find the perfect brush just for you. This post is a roundup of what I consider to be the best or most interesting foundation brushes available to us, I will show you a few pictures, share my own experience with them and also some guidelines in order to help you find the perfect foundation brush just for you.

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Foundation application is probably the most complex step of a makeup application, probably the most feared too ! If we go for it, better get it right, we cannot just simply copy someone else’s make up routine, we have to find our very own and as we go along feel what’s right or wrong and fine tune the process. You won’t necessarily need brushes for that, not all the foundations are meant to be applied with them like the Armani Fusion for example. But that’s another story. Don’t please don’t do this at home, you don’t need a hundred brushes to do your foundation, it is just a passion of mine to collect beautiful makeup brushes.

Some foundation brushes are more efficient than others but at the end it will be a matter of following your own preferences and taste. I will show you some of mine which include :

  • Stippling brushes
  • Mineral foundation brushes
  • Flat, semi-flat, round brushes

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My life does not depend on foundation application but I do love it, I think there is an intriguing and experimental process behind achieving a great application of foundation, it can be fun and it can sometimes be depressing ! My curiosity and my delicate dry skin motivated me to research for the best foundation brushes and the best way to apply it. You’ll see that it got a bit out of control (again), but I hope that at least my lack of control will benefit you, help you compare the options and guide you in your own research.

There aren’t that many foundation lovers around me, when I ask them why they hate foundation they say: “I don’t want to feel it” or “I don’t want to see it” or “foundation brushes are too rough”.

I am not saying that it’s necessary to go through this step, absolutely not, but if the reason why you don’t apply it is just because of those reasons be aware that today you can apply foundation and still look natural and fresh and for the tools, don’t worry, there is probably the right one just for you.

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I don’t often use mineral foundation and I don’t often go for more than medium coverage. My needs are those of a woman in her 40′s with extreme dry and sensitive skin who aims for a fresh glowy complexion. Depending on the days I can barely stand to apply make up at all so I need the most efficient tools : the best results possible, in the fewer strokes !

I have tried to pick different types of foundation brushes to guide you in your selection, each one with its own qualities and characteristics, they can really differ in shape, material and it will be up to you to find the one that fits your personal requirements. I don’t have an answer for every situation, if I did, I would not be working in IT !!! Believe me, I wouldn’t.

They can be made of natural bristles, a mix of synthetic and natural hair or only synthetic bristles, so many options are available today and many of them are very good. Do not consider my opinions as expert advice, I will simply share what I think about them and why I love them… or not.

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If You Are Starting

First you want to identify what your profile is (oily, dry, sensitive skin), then what coverage and finish you desire. If you already found a foundation product that is matching what your skin needs, now you can start looking for the right tools. You may think that brushes are very expensive and that the investment may not be worth it, I don’t know about you but I wasted a lot of money on foundation products that didn’t work for me just because I didn’t have the appropriate tools to apply them. I am not saying that brushes will solve all your problems but they definitely will make your life easier, the application more pleasant and they may even save you money in the end.

Targeting A Brush Adapted To Your Profile

Many brush companies will not recommend you goat brushes if your skin is dry and sensitive, they will direct you towards synthetic or stippling brushes. They are right but I still found many full goat brushes that are soft enough for me to use on my very dry skin and I have absolute no problem at all. Basically if your skin is sensitive, it shouldn’t be moving around when applying foundation with your brush, it should not feel “molested”, on the other hand using a too soft brush will require many more strokes to blend and you may want to avoid that too since it may also irritate your skin at the end. The right balance would be a brush that is soft enough but still has efficient blending power. I have got some here.

Below, a synthetic brush vs a goat brush, if you want my honest opinion, this synthetic fun brush looks great and has thickness to it, which should be a good thing. It’s not a terrible brush but these two are a world apart.

  • This synthetic brush MUFE 108 has interesting fibers, at first they look nice, feel nice, but after you used it once, you don’t want to use it again without washing it before. Reminds me of a dirty kitchen cloth (sorry), absorbing quite a lot of product and getting some sorf of film around the bristles that you don’t necessarily like against your skin. I also find it does move my skin around too much (the bristles have a grip), in normal conditions it’s acceptable but I am prone to migranes and even if I don’t put too much pressure on it, despite the fact the bristles are very soft and don’t poke it still is unpleasant on my sensitive skin.
  • The goat brush here is the new Chikuhodo GSN-05, at first it does not look attractive, it’s not white hair, looks a bit yellow-coppery, not the most attractive aspect for some but don’t be afraid of that, this brush is amazing in all aspects, what I want to point out is that this goat brush despite it has darker goat hair, it’is much more pleasant to use than the synthetic for me, more efficient, does not suck product in the bristles and does not feel like a dirty cloth on my face at all, even if I don’t wash it every day, still the same blending power. It does not molest my skin, I don’t need to put a lot of pressure to blend and it doesn’t poke.
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  • Bottom line : Natural or synthetic it will depend on the brush, again it’s a matter of preference and also skin tolerance, some cannot use natural hair at all and some cannot use synthetic.

    Targeting Liquid Or Powder Foundation

    If you have very dry skin you are less likely to use powder foundation and less likely to go for heavy coverage, in most situtations it will end patchy and not comfortable. Even with the right tools it’s difficult to go against these laws. When I apply a heavy coat of mineral powder foundation on my very dry skin, despite the quality of the powder foundation and the perfect brush, after just a little time my skin starts to beg for help, my wrinkles are maximized and dry patches appear all over, it ages me dramatically. Nice brushes will help but just to a certain point.  Choosing the right skincare and foundation product for your skin profile is even more important, then you can try some foundations at the counters see how they evolve on your skin throughout the day until you find the perfect one for you.

    Targeting The Coverage You Desire

    The foundation product you’ll use will really help deliver the coverage and finish you are looking for. In terms of brushes, the denser and flatter the brush, the more coverage it delivers. The fluffier and rounder the brush, the more flexibility you’ll get allowing you to start from sheer and to build up to medium.

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Using The Right Makeup Brushes

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Makeup brushes are one of the most highly prized possessions of professional makeup artists.  Using the right brush can allow you to place the color on correctly in just seconds. It picks up the color, holds it and then deposits just the right amount to the face area you’re working on.  When you find the right one you’ll see what a difference precision application makes.  Use these makeup tips to find your favorites.

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Professional Makeup Brushes

makeup brushesThe difference between an everyday makeup look and one that captures the attention is often just a matter of using the right makeup brush.

Professional makeup brushes are different than those you might find at the drugstore, although there are cheap makeup brushes that work.  Professional tools are shaped correctly for easy cosmetic application to the face or body.

Each tool is designed specifically for one main area of the face. Knowing which one to choose will allow you to create maximum impact with a minimum of work.

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“Pro makeup brushes give amazing results.”

Best Makeup Brushes To Start With

Foundation Brushes

    • – You can use these with all types of makeup foundation bases, from creme to liquid.

Kabuki Brush – Short and round. A favorite for applying mineral makeup with.  It can also be used with regular powder cosmetics.

Concealer Brush – It gets in those hard to reach areas like the eyelids.  You can also use it to cover dark circles and spots with.

Contouring Brush – It’s fluffy with a slanted angle to the bristles.  That makes it perfect for the cheek area, but you can also use it under your chin or anywhere you want to apply powder.

Blush Brush – Hitting the apples of your cheeks and appearing like you have a flush of color is easy by using this. It should only take one swipe.

Bronzer Brush – Flatter, wider and fluffier than a blush brush.  Whisk on the look of a healthy tan in just seconds.

Powder Brush – Usually the largest one of your collection.  It’s used for applying translucent powder to set your makeup with.

Eyeshadow Brush – Everyone needs one that’s a standard size and flat.  It can do everything from applying eyeshadow all the way up the eye, highlighting and even work in the crease.

Slanted Eyeshadow Brush – The angle makes it perfect for getting in that crease area, but it can be used for one color eyeshadow application, too.

Crease Brush – A terrific solution for keeping the eyeshadow colors concentrated in the crease area.

Liner Brush – Either a pointed tip or flat slant works.  You might find the flat slant is easier to “walk” your eyeliner across.  This versatile instrument can also be used apply eyeshadow under the eyes with.

Smudge Brush – Going for smokey eye makeup looks?  It’s perfect for smudging everything from pencil eyeliner to eyeshadow. Look for a tiny tip.

Spoolie – This is a like a large clean mascara brush.  It’s sometimes referred to as a brow groomer. You can use it on your eyebrows or eyelashes.  Works wonders.

Lip Brush – You’ll be surprised at what a difference precision application can make on your total lip makeup look.

Those are the basic brushes, and then every makeup artist has their own special ones.  Often they trim old ones to make a specific shape for something they want to try.  You can do that yourself – It’s fun!

4 Important Makeup Tips

1.Start your collection by buying a slanted eyeshadow brush and see what a difference it makes in your look.

2. Keep your brushes separate from your cosmetics.  Use a brush holder or a makeup bag, or brush roll designed specifically for your brushes.

3. Cleaning makeup brushes should be done on a regular basis. Make sure to condition them afterward.

4. Toss out the brush if you find the bristles are coming loose because it can ruin the application.

Amazing makeovers are a combination of professional makeup methods, beautiful cosmetics colors and using the right makeup brushes for placement.

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Masquerade & Zulu Palette By Juvia’s

Such beautiful and bold eye color palette made to be creative on the eye area for any event. The packaging is just too cute with an African Queen on the cover, not to mention most of the products are vegan. I purchased ( ZULU & MASQUERADE) Monday, and it arrived Thursday. This eyeshadow have occurred with amazing reviews and YouTube tutorials on how well this eye pigment works.

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Juvia’s Place took the beauty world by storm, swatched by every big YouTuber and used in dozens of vibrant, colorful tutorials. It sold out quickly, as fans went crazy for the highly pigmented, 9-shade palette. Now, the brand surprised us all by launching two new eye-shadow palettes that look just as amazing as the Zulu.

The palettes just showed up online. The Zulu Eye Shadow Palette (above, left) has nine bold shades, including a burnt orange, navy blue, yellow, and wine hue. There are six matte shades and three metallic shimmers.  There are both warm and cool tones to play around with. I honestly can’t get over how pretty these are. There are an infinite number of epic looks you can create with these colors, especially when you know how pigmented these shadows really are. Plus, the packaging is as beautiful as always.

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A 16-colour eyeshadow palette.

With a selection of cool and warm toned shades, The Masquerade Palette is inspired by festivities usually filled with beautiful and striking color. 16 richly pigmented colors, created and formulated to beautifully elevate your gorgeous qualities.  The highly-pigmented shades can be applied wet or dry and worn throughout day and night to create beautifully intense looks.

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Kat Von D Foundation

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A high-pigment, full-coverage foundation with a matte finish and 24-hour wear—now with a new look in a total of 30 shades. Featuring 30 full-coverage, matte shades—renamed to include undertones for easier shade selection—Kat Von D’s bestselling foundation collection

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What it is:
A high-pigment, full-coverage foundation with a matte finish and 24-hour wear—now with a new look in a total of 30 shades.

What it does:
Featuring 30 full-coverage, matte shades—renamed to include undertones for easier shade selection—Kat Von D’s bestselling foundation collection has a shade to cover virtually all skin tones. From the fairest of the fair to deep, rich tones, this shade range has you covered with the same, 24-hour wear and high-pigment formula, beautifully packaged in a sleek new design.

With just one light layer, the creamy formula corrects discoloration, stops shine, and hides blemishes. Formulated with 21 percent pigment, this powerful foundation is loaded with proprietary pigments, and an exclusive high-tech blend of silicone elastomers and silicone esters to bind the formula so you get total matte coverage that stays waterproof, fade-proof, and transfer-resistant all day long.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

What else you need to know:
Lock-It Foundation’s innovative airless chamber prevents contamination to protect and maintain the creamy consistency so that every pump delivers a precisely measured, fresh dose to flawlessly cover your entire face.

Prep skin with Lock-It Hydrating Primer for more comfortable wear and better application of Lock-It Foundation.

Kat Von D used an antique wax seal as the inspiration for the new Lock-It Collection design.

#VeganAlert! Lock-It Foundation is completely free of animal-derived ingredients.

“I am proud to say that Kat Von D Beauty products are never tested on animals—and never will be.”—Kat Von D

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Steps To Applying Flawless Foundation

Creating a flawless foundation may appear difficult especially after several attempts that will end up with blotches, patches and caking. When you look at magazines, you will see cover girls with full coverage and flawless foundation—no no caking, streaks, or patches. The truth is, there are tips that you can follow to achieve a flawless foundation application:

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•Wash your face.
It is always important to have a clean face before applying foundation. Using a good facial cleanser, gently cleanse your face. Continue to work on a lather. Remember to wash and not rub. Rinse your face thoroughly with lukewarm water.

•Apply a toner.
Apply a facial toner after washing your face. It removes the excess dirt from your skin. It also removes the residues from your facial cleanser. It not only freshens up your skin but also balances you skin pH after washing. It is best to chill the toner before use to help close your pores.

•Apply moisturizer.
Facial moisturizers help solve issues such as drying, oiliness, and aging of the skin. Most of the moisturizers out in the market contain organic ingredients that help keep the skin healthy-looking. If you have sensitive skin, it is best to choose a moisturizer that has a label saying “non-comedogenic” and “fragrance-free”. For the blemish-prone skin, experts recommend the use of tinted moisturizer. This type helps even out the skin tone and discretely covers the blemishes of the skin. Apply a hefty amount of moisturizer. This is good for the skin since it re-hydrates the face and brings back the lost moisture due to facial cleansing and chemical exposure. Be sure to apply the moisturizer all over the face and the neck. Let it stand for about ten minutes before proceeding to the next step.

•Apply primer.
Apply a primer over your face. This serves as a makeup base for smoother application of make up. Primer can help prolong your makeup application. The advanced formulation of makeup primers helps treat, protect and smooth the skin. It also helps in fighting off the appearance of wrinkles caused by sun exposure and aging. Best buys are those that contain botanical extracts that help diminish redness and blemishes. Some primers also contain sunscreen protection to protect the skin from the harmful UV rays emitted by the sun.

•Choose a foundation.
Select a foundation that is suited to your skin tone. Try on at least three different tones on the back of your hand to determine the best foundation that suits your skin. Apply a small streak from the lower cheek to the upper cheek evenly using a dabbing motion.

•Foundation application.
After choosing the best foundation tone, you can now proceed to coverage. Apply a quarter cent-amount of foundation at the back of your hand. Dip a damp makeup sponge or foundation brush into the foundation. Make sure to keep both sides coated. Apply the makeup in dots over your forehead, cheeks, chin and neck. Blend in an outward motion working toward the hairline and jaw line. Use gentle outward strokes. Finish off by brushing some loose powder over the face and neck.

For a slightly sun-kissed look, apply a hint of bronzer over the cheeks, chin and forehead. Applying your makeup foundation using these methods could help you achieve a flawless look.

Permanent Makeup Procedures

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Permanent cosmetic makeup procedures, also referred to as cosmetic tattooing or medical tattooing, can make a whale of a difference to the way recovered cancer patients feel about themselves. Coronation Street actress Sally Whitaker recently disclosed to Hello! Magazine how shocked she was at the way chemotherapy changed her looks. She said: “It really undermined my self-confidence. So having the eyebrow procedure really made a big difference to how I was feeling – it gave my psychological well being a real boost.” Sally approached Karen Bett, a medical tattooing expert, to get her eyebrows permanently done. She admits that she is now “addicted” to cosmetic makeup procedures and wants to have permanent eyeliner too.

However, not all women seeking cosmetic tattooing are recovering cancer patients; their goals vary from getting fuller lips to wanting to get rid of unsightly scars. Springfield-based Kim Housley, proprietor of ColorDerm cosmetic clinic, says that permanent cosmetic makeup can be as dramatic or soft as temporary makeup. Housley, who possesses an Illinois Department of Public Health license and a Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professional certificate, says that each cosmetic makeup procedure is preceded by a consultation, during which the cosmetic surgeon tries to pinpoint the client’s goals. She says that this is essential not only to help the client achieve her goals, but also because permanent cosmetic makeup should look good on its own, without requiring the assistance of temporary makeup. For instance, if the temporary makeup comes off for some reasons, the permanent makeup should continue to look great.

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Cosmetic makeup procedures are immensely popular among women of all age groupsa€”from 20 to 85. According to Housely, 60 percent of her clients want eyebrow procedures. The others want to correct or hide flaws, get a feature they do not have, or want to remove scars.

According to Housely, 60 percent of her clients want eyebrow procedures. The others want to correct or hide flaws, get a feature they do not have, or want to remove scars.

One of Houseley’s clients Kolleen Mendenhall says that she was never satisfied with her light eyebrows, which became lighter and lighter as she aged. She decided to try permanent cosmetic makeup and was amazed with the results. Mendenhall, who has renewed the treatment twice, says: “It didn’t hurt or I wouldn’t go back no matter how good it looked. It’s just made such a difference in the way I look and fee.”

Clients also turn to permanent cosmetic makeup to hide their scars with natural skin colours. Cancer-recovered patients also seek cosmetic tattooing to recreate lost nipples or get permanent eyeliners to make up for lost eyelashes. Cosmetic tattooing transforms women in a big way.

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Cosmetic makeup procedures are painless and do not take long. For instance, medical tattooing experts can do lower-lid eyeliner in 45 minutes and full face makeup procedures, which include lip colour, lip liner, eyeliner and eyebrows, in two hours. The prices depend on what the patient wants and can be anywhere between 0 and 0. The longevity of the treatment depends on a wide range of factors and many clients will have to return to get their cosmetic makeup procedure renewed.

QUESTION: fuller lips naturally- what to do or wear? So I have slightly full lips but I want them a bit bigger…  How can I do that WITHOUT surgery?  Any really good lip glosses out there that are at least semi-permanent?  I don’t want to be wearing gobs of gloss all the time as that just isn’t my style, haha.

ANSWER:Make Your Lips Look Bigger You can have the full, kissable lips you’ve always wanted. It’s as easy as putting on your makeup. In fact it’s all about makeup. A few tricks of gloss and pencil, and walla !!! that plump, pouty look is all yours.

Gather together some light reflecting concealer, a lip pencil, clear lip gloss and sparkle lip gloss.

Begin by applying the light reflecting concealor around the outside of your lip line. Blend it in with your finger. Reflecting the light will create shading, making your lips look bigger.

Next use your lip pencil to line your lips. Since you have already applied the concealer you can go just outside your lip line with the pencil. Use the pencil to fill in your lips, creating a solid base.

Use a lip brush to apply clear lip gloss. If you prefer colored gloss or even lipstick that’s fine too.

Finally dab some of the sparkle gloss on the center of your bottom lip. This focuses the light giving the appearance of fullness. You can dab a bit of the sparkle just above the center of your top lip in the “cupids bow” too.

TIP – Plump your lips naturally with cinnamon leaf oil. Commercial plumpers are expensive and unnecessary. Most topical plumpers are mild irritants that work by causing the lips to swell slightly. You can get the same effect from cinnamon leaf oil. Apply a small amount to the corner of your lip first as it may sting. Once you’re sure the sting isn’t too much for you go ahead and apply the oil lightly to both lips.

Foundation Tricks Makeup Artists Use to Make Pores Look Smaller

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Large pores are such a bummer. Since pore size is mainly controlled by things like genetics and age, the bad news is that if yours are not so petite, you’ll have to live with it. The good news is that there are lots of skin care products you can use to help minimize the appearance of them. As for makeup, with the right products and a little professional-makeup-artist know-how, you can make your pores look pretty much nonexistent.

Get primed. “To conceal larger pores, it’s important to start with a good primer; that way the makeup won’t accentuate pores. I love Neutrogena Shine Control Primer. It’s weightless and doesn’t feel greasy.” —Daniel Chinchilla, who works with Ariana Grande and Keke Palmer

Even out your skin tone. “Foundation normally exaggerates pores. The best thing to do is even out the skin tone with M.A.C. Studio Face and Body Foundation. If skin is evened out, the pores will blend in better.” —Niki M’nray, who works with Rihanna and Gigi Hadid

Try the Surratt Beauty Surreal Real Skin Foundation Wand. “I have large pores, and I’ve been using this on myself. The finish is gently matte, almost ‘mattine,’ and it really diminishes the look of my pores. Without looking heavy, it evens out the skin, and the wand brush beautifully buffs the product out to near invisibility.” —Fiona Stiles, who works with Gabrielle Union and Chrissy Teigen

Opt for a compact foundation, like Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Fresh and Hydrating Cream Compact. “Using a compact allows for pinpoint coverage in areas where pores are larger. This foundation is light and filled with moisture, making your skin look fresh and your pores lightly concealed, avoiding any clumping of product.” —Robert Greene, who works with Tinashe and Samira Wiley

Or Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation. “It delivers sheer to medium dewy coverage that looks like your skin. Minerals are cut in supersmall particles to reflect light off of the pores.” —Azra Red, who works with Zola Jesus and Sita Abellan

Apply your foundation the right way. “To fill in the pores and blend them, apply the foundation using a synthetic brush in a crosshatching motion. Finish with a soft-focus powder, like the Koh Gen Doh Maifanshi Face Powder to set and bounce the light in the most believable and flattering way.” —Suzy Gerstein, who works with Camilla Belle and Christy Turlington Burns

Try Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup. “This foundation has incredible coverage. It’s a bit heavy, so if you want more sheer coverage, it’s fine to sheer it out with your favorite moisturizer.” —Sarah Tanno, who works with Lady Gaga and Suki Waterhouse

Make sure you have the right tools. “For larger pores, it’s more about the tools than the product. I say Beautyblender all the way. Also, using a stippling brush with your foundation will soften and conceal large pores.” —Edward Cruz, who works with Priyanka Chopra and Kat Graham

Lashundra Cosmetics – Lip Paint

Lashundra Cosmetics helps you look radiant while helping protect your skin from the signs of aging. With a diverse selection of products and shade availability, its a fun, pretty, exciting brand and users are loyal and happy to use our product!

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SWEET PEA

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Lip Paint

How To Use

– Apply the lip brush to the center of your lips and work your way out.

– Mix any colors you like to create your own shade.

Lip Stacks

What is a Lip Paint?

It’s  lipstick.

It’s Lip Gloss.

Its’s Lip Stain all Mixed up in a 5g Pot of Beautiful Color!

That is what a Lip Paint is!

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MUFE PRO FINISH MULTI USE POWDER FOUNDATION REVIEW

I can’t recall the last time I used a powder foundation, when I first started to get acne I wanted a fuller coverage and it’s only recently now I am left with just a few scars I have been reaching for some lighter bases and so when I was given the chance to test out the Makeup Forever Pro Finish Multi Use Powder Foundation* I was excited to say the least but what you are probably wondering is, is it any good?
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My Thoughts On MUFE PRO FINISH Multi Use Powder Foundation:

Now this powder is marketed as a product that you as the user can control the amount of coverage you want, as this foundation powder can be used either wet or dry the finish and coverage is different on both. The wet version gives you a more sheer coverage with a lovely dewy finish and the dry version gives you a fuller coverage with a matte finish. However in terms of coverage this powder is on the light side,  it covers what it needs to and that’s that. If you are one who likes to cover all blemishes etc this isn’t for you and for someone like me it won’t cover your acne scaring that well but that being said I love this powder.

The first reason I really like this product is the texture. This powder has an almost creamy like texture and when it goes on the skin it just leaves it silky smooth. I have uneven skin tone and this powder seems to just smooth all that out effortlessly. Another reason is the ease of use, like I mentioned I haven’t used a powder foundation in a long time and just being able to sweep this over the skin and getting it to cover the bare minimal and making my face acceptable to face the public is so impressive.

Pros & Cons of Being a Makeup Artist

I am always receiving emails from aspiring make-up artists and even professional make-up artists on how they can get into this industry – On my tips and more! It’s very hard to get back to everyone and explain about this industry and what direction they can go into. So it got me thinking to do a blog post on some of my tips and pros and cons of being a make-up artist which I hope it can help many of you!

New student makeup artist dream! Is it successful social and professional life? If it is so, then what a makeup artist should do to achieve professional success? The answer is easy: to choose a profession that you are interested in and have a massive passion for. However, among this profession it can be tough and require a lot of efforts. Here are some of my pros and cons of becoming a professional makeup artist from my experience.

A professional makeup artist is highly demanded and is becoming more and more popular career choice, I do think a lot of this is due to how easy the job can look! Well don’t be fooled by this. Makeup artists may work for some organization such as myself for Make-up Academy or take on freelance work. It’s very similar to profession of an artist as it is very creative and interesting and something different and new every day. However, there are a lot of cons and pros that new make-up artists don’t realize until they try to pursue the career.

Advantages

  • It is very easy to take on this career.  It only takes one to two years to study to be able to work or even take short courses; Of course, my top tip is you should never stop learning!! As you need to keep your make-up trends fresh and there are always new skills and techniques to learn
  • You have the most exciting thing as a make-up artist which allows you to express your creativity and to put any crazy idea into practice which I love doing the most!
  • You get to meet new people, visiting new places and what is more exciting, working with celebrities and travelling abroad. I would of never said I would be travelling with my career and the last year I have visited some amazing places whilst doing what I love
  • We get to see the results of our work immediately which in my eyes brings a satisfaction to see happy clients face and the best part from a photo shoot/music video is when you get the makeup images in your email box this is then a chance to show of your skills to the world(which is a real important thing as a makeup artist)

Disadvantages:

  • The competition between makeup artists is so high at the moment, so my tip is to be really assertive and creative and get yourself noticed and be on top of these two areas
  • There is no working schedule, so a makeup artist may be asked to work even at night and very long hours and if you start to moan to clients about this, you maybe not been seen as professional and in some cases never be hired again.
  • There may be problems with regular work so keep on the go and always network. Never have a day of doing nothing! I have nothing going on I will either be blogging, emailing and even playing with new make-up techniques on myself. I have been seen to show this a lot to my followers and I ensure you it pays off.

My final thoughts and tips on how to become a successful makeup artist:

I always tell other aspiring make-up artists to assist local makeup artists & get as much work experience as you can! You see the good, bad and everything that way then.

The beauty of working with Make-up is, it’s constantly changing with trends, products, seasons and having skills like myself within teaching, fashion, photography, media & theater you can choose any career path at any time which will keep your skills and techniques fresh with the on-going changes of makeup. Keep your options open and learn everything aspect of make-up you can. I would say the best advice for you now is working for free, which has given me experience working as a freelance make-up artist.

Meeting some amazing creative people and finally to build a portfolio which I am now happy to show clients. I ensure you this has open up a lot of doors to my makeup world and I have learned so much… your contacts grow and grow. I choose to work for free to build my experience within the make-up industry and to gain a strong portfolio. I do believe that all trainee makeup artists should only work for free if it benefits their portfolio/experiences and they gain something out of it. Unpaid work comes from particular photographers that I feel their work is outstanding and knowing with my skills we could produce some strong images for both our portfolios. So therefore we are returning favors in both parts. So I have now had a handful of collaborations with different photographers, and my work really has grown as a result. I was able to be comfortable with them and try new things, and saw results. Each photographer I worked with on tests moved my work in a different direction and I am grateful to all of them. I would say my confidence, skills and knowledge within this industry is at a very high level now and I would say that is all thanks to working UN paid and meeting some amazing inspirational people along the way who believed in my abilities. After all if I didn’t do this I wouldn’t be where I am today, getting paid jobs.

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