When I decided to launch this blog and realized my 40-year-old face would be in front of a camera more than I am comfortable with, I knew it was time to step up the beauty routine beyond swiping mascara on at a stop sign.
Here is the 411:
1. Primer - Primer helps to fill in fine lines and gives the products to follow a smooth base to stick to. It really adds longevity to makeup.
2. Tinted Moisturizer with a Beauty Blender - The Beauty Blender is my new obsession! This teardrop shaped makeup sponge is amazing for applying a liquid or cream anything: concealer, contour, BB creams, or foundation. When makeup is applied with this damped sponge it pushes the product into the skin and gives it an amazing diffused look - as if you have nothing on your skin. It's dewy perfection!
3. Liquid Foundation - Also applied with the Beauty Blender, to give the skin full coverage - without making it appear as if you are wearing a ton of makeup.
4. Eye Shadow Base - A light wash of a bone-colored shadow to prep the lids for color.
5. Highlighter Under Brow Bone - MeiLi used a highly pigmented powder to "pop" the brow bone.
6. Eye Shadow - Applied in a neutral brown in the crease, then more highlighter in the inner eye and a bronze shade on the lid.
7. Lash Liner - This is the coolest trick to avoid adding heaviness on the lid while maintaining the look of eyeliner. Meili applied a black liner to the underside of my lashes instead of applying it on the top. It feels a little crazy having it done but I now use this trick every day!
8. Eyeliner - After the lash liner, Meili applied a soft wing gel liner right on top of the lash line.
9. Under Eye Concealer - I have always applied my concealer first thing, but MeiLi explained it is better to apply if after all eye makeup is complete. This way, you catch any eye shadow flakes or correct a wayward liner.
10. Contouring - I have been really interested in contouring but a bit intimidated by the process - especially after watching many Youtube videos of women completely changing the look of their face using this technique. I wanted to accentuate my cheek bones, shorten my long face and shrink my nose. To achieve this, MeiLi applied the dark contour shade directly under my cheekbones from the hair line to the outer corner of my eye, on my forehead at the hair line and on either side of my nose bridge, bringing it under the nose tip to help give that turned up appearance, then blended all. To break up a long nose she swiped a fine line of contour across the middle bridge of my nose. I have started putting this into my daily routine via the Beauty Blender (natch), and it works fantastically.
11. Bronzer - A light wash of powdered bronzer went on the cheeks, forehead, and chin.
12. Blush - Applied in a teardrop shape from cheek bone to apples, wisp out in a circle with a very fluffy brush. More highlighter on top of cheek bones, over the bridge of my nose and a light dab at the tip.
13. Mascara - I curled my own lashes before we started with a technique I like to use starting from the base and lightly curling upward in sections to ward the tips, this gives the lashes a nice curve and really helps open the eyes. A few coats of mascara, some lip gloss and done!
Stay tuned for future blogs featuring; Naomi Newirth of Acacia Swimwear, Kaili Lickle of Olympia Activewear, Distance Between Dreams star Ian Walsh, big wave charger Paige Alms, local designer Hayley Kaysing of Hayhay Couture, Ryan Burden of Coconut Information, Meghan Gould of Seeds and Stone ceramics, Sarah Howard of Maui Hiking Tour, Kipa Beach, Paia Bowls, Amanda Robson of Feast Hawaii, Anna Kim Photography, Vintage Kantha, Sara Smith of Wrappily, Jasmine Honey, Bullet Proof Aura and many many more!!!