Makeup 101

Always struggle to find the right makeup? Or just generally struggle to get equal eyeliner? Well I have got in touch with the amazing makeup artist Julia Townend to get the best tips and tricks for you!

Julia  has been working for 22 years as a makeup artist and she also has taught makeup to a BA Honours level for 14 years.
She trained in hairdressing when she  left school, then Beauty Therapy and finally makeup at the London College of Fashion  

1) How do you test for the right colour foundation?
 I always test the foundation just under the jawline to ensure the neck and the face appear the same colour tone

2) Does it matter what kind of foundation we use (liquid, powder etc) for our skin types?
It depends on the skin type, if you have a problem or dry skin I would suggest using a cream based product such as skin base by Illamasqua as this will give good coverage and even out the skin tones. For an oily or normal skin I would suggest lightweight fluid base such as Face and Body by MAC. Alternatively tinted Moisturisers are great also on most skin types

3)How do you apply blusher correctly?
 two choices you can use a cream blusher and apply with an angled brush or your fingers starting in the centre of the cheekbone and blending upwards. Cream blushes give a soft dewy appearance. Secondly you can use a powder and apply with a blusher brush. Always start in line with the pupil in the eye as a starting point and blend upwards along the cheek bone.

4) What's the best way to create a natural look for school?
If possible use a tinted moisturiser. The one by Laura Mercier gives a lovely glow. Or a lightweight foundation & powder. 
Gently colour in the brows using a brown shadow, this appears more natural. 
Soft beiges on the eyes
brown/black mascara
Cream blusher
Nude lipstick.

5) Should we sleep with makeup on? What happens if we do?
 I always advise to remove all traces of makeup with a good cleanse, tone and moisturise routine. The skin needs looking after and preparing the skin for night time is essential. Don't rely on face wipes, they can be drying on the skin and also don't remove everything.
If you develop a pattern of not removing makeup before sleep this will clog up your pores. Eventually you will build up spots and irritations so it is best to clean your skin thoroughly at night and it only takes 3-5 minutes.

6) Does all makeup clog pores?
 if you prepare makeup correctly prior to makeup it shouldn't clog up your skin. There are many formulations on the markets to minimise pores etc. Mineral makeup is very lightweight on the skin. Using a good moisturiser or primer really helps.

7) Do we need to use makeup brushes?
for your own application it is fine to use fingers but sometimes using a brush will give a softer and more blended finish. Applying lipstick with a brush gives a great definition and stays on longer too.

8) What's the quickest way to do liquid eyeliner without messing it up?
Practice makes perfect and a great brush, I personally like to use an angled brush
I would suggest gently stretching the eyelid so it is easier to apply a straight line and work quickly. Alternatively apply a row of dots along the eyelid and then join them up.

9) How do you cover up blackheads and spots easily?
To cover up blackheads use a creamy fluid base. For spots use a mint green corrector on the spot, if there is redness and then use a good corrective cream in a matching foundation colour. Try to use a brush to apply this.

10) Are there any makeup brands that you would suggest for teens?
Makeup (by Tesco)
Body Shop
MUA - Super Drug
Urban Decay
Bobbi Brown
Barry M
 For brushes I would suggest the Real Techniques range as they are long lasting, synthetic and good.

11) how can we avoid the cakey look?
To avoid the cakey look use lightweight foundations and cream blushers and use minimal powder.

Want more tips? Follow Julia on Twitter Here.
This is not medical advice, it is designed to be information, that will hopefully be very helpful.


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