How to achieve flawless makeup

The makeup artist reveals her secrets to flawless makeup



Famous for the signature clean, dewy, and never-overdone looks she creates, 
Gucci Westman is a rare breed of makeup artist equally beloved
 in the inner circles of fashion and in Hollywood


What is the secret to creating an impeccable complexion?

If you really want to see a difference, prepping before makeup is key. 
When I have time with a client, I usually use a light scrub,
 followed by a moisturizer, and then a brightening cloth mask
 on top for a few minutes. Once I remove the mask, I massage 
any remaining product into the skin. It makes a great base
 and helps the makeup settle in to look more natural.


Any tips to avoid caked-on coverage? 

Don’t use foundation all over. Dab a yellow-based color-corrector
 cream on areas with redness, or a rosier shade to brighten, 
and then apply foundation where it’s needed, mostly to even out
 tone under the eyes and the chin. I like to use my fingers
 first to warm the makeup so it easily absorbs into the skin.
 Feather it with a dry foundation brush, sweeping down and out
 to blend it into the jawline. Most people’s complexions aren’t just one color 
you may want to invest in a few different shades of 
concealer and foundation.


What’s the best lip to pair with a nearly naked face? 

Nothing beats a classic matte mouth it lasts for hours. 
If it’s a browner color, I’ll dab the lipstick onto lids
 with my finger. If it’s a pinkier hue, I’ll try it on the cheeks.
 Sometimes it’s nice to keep things monochromatic.


How do you make features pop?

Contouring is a great way to bring out your bone structure.
 Add a very thin line of cream-based luminizer 
down the bridge of the nose, along the cheekbones, 
in the tear ducts, and in the Cupid’s bow to make them stand out.
 Then use an angled brush to apply a darker powder below
 the cheekbone, blending with a foundation
 brush to make it look seamless.


What else do you like to sculpt? 

To create dimension in the eye, vary the shades
 of shadow on the lid. Make an ivory line close to the lashes, 
then use a taupe in the socket. It’s an old drag queen trick!


Can you do that with brighter colors?

Absolutely. I recently did the same thing on a shoot with
 the new Revlon eye-shadow quad in my collection,
 using the brown tone close to the lashes,
 coral in the middle, and blue closer to the brow. 
It’s the gradation of color from light to dark 
that opens up the eyes.


So what shade are you feeling for spring? 

Coral is the color right now. I’m obsessed with the version 
in my quad and have been applying the powder to cheeks,
 lids, and moisturized lips. It’s so bright

Remember ladies as what Calvin Klein said
Be careful in applying makeup because sometimes
when we like it to much the more we pack on
to make it obvious, just stick to the
rule a little bit goes a long way.

an article by ELLE.COM
xoxo miki ♥


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How to achieve flawless makeup

The makeup artist reveals her secrets to flawless makeup



Famous for the signature clean, dewy, and never-overdone looks she creates, 
Gucci Westman is a rare breed of makeup artist equally beloved
 in the inner circles of fashion and in Hollywood


What is the secret to creating an impeccable complexion?

If you really want to see a difference, prepping before makeup is key. 
When I have time with a client, I usually use a light scrub,
 followed by a moisturizer, and then a brightening cloth mask
 on top for a few minutes. Once I remove the mask, I massage 
any remaining product into the skin. It makes a great base
 and helps the makeup settle in to look more natural.


Any tips to avoid caked-on coverage? 

Don’t use foundation all over. Dab a yellow-based color-corrector
 cream on areas with redness, or a rosier shade to brighten, 
and then apply foundation where it’s needed, mostly to even out
 tone under the eyes and the chin. I like to use my fingers
 first to warm the makeup so it easily absorbs into the skin.
 Feather it with a dry foundation brush, sweeping down and out
 to blend it into the jawline. Most people’s complexions aren’t just one color 
you may want to invest in a few different shades of 
concealer and foundation.


What’s the best lip to pair with a nearly naked face? 

Nothing beats a classic matte mouth it lasts for hours. 
If it’s a browner color, I’ll dab the lipstick onto lids
 with my finger. If it’s a pinkier hue, I’ll try it on the cheeks.
 Sometimes it’s nice to keep things monochromatic.


How do you make features pop?

Contouring is a great way to bring out your bone structure.
 Add a very thin line of cream-based luminizer 
down the bridge of the nose, along the cheekbones, 
in the tear ducts, and in the Cupid’s bow to make them stand out.
 Then use an angled brush to apply a darker powder below
 the cheekbone, blending with a foundation
 brush to make it look seamless.


What else do you like to sculpt? 

To create dimension in the eye, vary the shades
 of shadow on the lid. Make an ivory line close to the lashes, 
then use a taupe in the socket. It’s an old drag queen trick!


Can you do that with brighter colors?

Absolutely. I recently did the same thing on a shoot with
 the new Revlon eye-shadow quad in my collection,
 using the brown tone close to the lashes,
 coral in the middle, and blue closer to the brow. 
It’s the gradation of color from light to dark 
that opens up the eyes.


So what shade are you feeling for spring? 

Coral is the color right now. I’m obsessed with the version 
in my quad and have been applying the powder to cheeks,
 lids, and moisturized lips. It’s so bright

Remember ladies as what Calvin Klein said
Be careful in applying makeup because sometimes
when we like it to much the more we pack on
to make it obvious, just stick to the
rule a little bit goes a long way.

an article by ELLE.COM
xoxo miki ♥


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