Sunday, June 20, 2010

How To: Achieve Flawless Looking Skin in minutes

Hi all!

For the past few days, i've been thinking of doing this tutorial, but i've never gotten around to doing it, because i don't have the time. Whenever i get around to doing my makeup, it's already late evening, so i don't bother taking pictures because the lighting would just be terrible.

Today, while catching up with all my house chorse and what not, i decided to do this tutorial on how i try to achieve that flawless look. I know it's even more important especially in the summer!

Anywas, this tutorial is best suitable for:

-normal to combination skintype
-those with minor skin problem
-the summer season
-meant to be quick, simple, using minimal amount of products

First off, these are the face products i've used
-Laneige Balancing Emsulsion 2_EX moisuturizer (light lotion texture)
-Elizabeth Arden Intervene SPF15 Foundation in Soft Cameo
-MakeupForever HD Primer
-A double sided foundation/concealer brush i got from Winners
-Tarte Bare Concealer in 04

Step 1

: You want to moisturize (after cleansing). Wait until the skin is completely dry. I suggest using a light lotion or a moisturizer that won't make your skin shine in the summer/hot season.

Step 2

: Mix Foundation + Primer

This is what i often do. You can chose to do it in two different step, but i love combining primer and foundation. It's great if you find your foundation to be a tad heavy/thick/drying, because a primer will thin out the consistency, giving you a more sheer application. Its great if you don't need a lot of coverage & it saves time. I like to mix half the amount of foundation for primer. You can figure out how much primer you'd like to mix in, just remember, the more you add, the more sheer your foundation will turn out.

You can mix it with your foundation brush directly on your hand like such:

Step 3

: Apply the foundation onto your face

in the photo i've already done the step, & forgot to take a picture of it
Profile I like to stroke the foundation in the directions specified on the left (using the bigger brush side) The strokes in pink are the commonly missed areas. It's also areas that are slightly discoloured. If you have dark eye circles, you want to make sure to get into that corner, as that is where shadow is often casted. I like to go lightly around the eye area as well, because my skin is slightly lighter there, and you can sometimes see my vains for some reason. Also the area where i pluck my eyebrows are also much lighter then my face. You just want to even out your skin tone.

Note You can always use the Stipping brush (Mac 189) for a flawless application & skip step #5, however i find the stipping brush time consuming to wash all the time, so i don't use it as often. Either way, the application looks great both way. I like to use this brush, because it's fast.

Step 4

Concealing Imperfection

Profile Next, i like to conceal any imperfection that the foundation could not completely cover with the other side of the foundation brush(small brush side). If your foundation gives you the coverage you desire then you can skip this step. For me, i like to conceal my under eye circles, areas where my skin is slightly more red/darker & any blemishes that are still visible

The lines in pink are where i stroke my foundation and the strokes in yellow is the direction i blend in. I like to blend it in a LIGHT stroking motion and then patt it down.

Optional If your concealer is too light or too dark compared to your foundation, you can chose to PAT on a bit more foundation on those areas, to even out your skin tone.

Step 5

Pat the Foundation down

Profile You may already be aware of this, but when you use this foundation brush to blend out the foundation, you may see some stroke lines. However, because i mixed primer with foundation earlier, my coverage is pretty sheer, so i don't see any streaks, but for people who do - What i like to do is using that same foundation brush ( the big side) and just pat it down. However this is my lazy way out. You are more then welcome to use a powder puff or one of these things. I have no clue what they are called.

If you have oily skin, then you can also set the foundation with powder. Personally, i don't like powders as it tends to make my face look cakey and overdone. I like the dewy finish that liquid foundation leaves so i tend to stop at this point.


this is a photo after i fill in my brows

Now you can finish off with your regular makeup routine. If you are going to put on eyeshadow, i suggest doing that first, then going through with foundation, because the fallout will just smudge your flawless canvas. However, for the summer, i like to keep it simple.

Here are the makeup products i've used. This is a great everyday look.

Mac 109 brush
Mac Petticoat Mineralize skinfinish
Quo Angled Brush (to smudge out eyeliner)
Maybelline Unstoppable Liner
Gosh Eyeshadow - Love that Beige
Mac Brow Pencil in Taupe
NYX Roundlipstick in Tea Rose

Note Not pictured - Maybelline Define a Lash, & Drugstore eyelash curler

& this is the finish Look

Usually, i use a blush, but i recently purchased the Petticoat Mineralizer, so i used it in this tutorial. It will be repromoted in the next Mac collection - & i really recommend it. Swatches for it will follow another time ;)

Anywas, this is the way i often do my make up, & this is what works for me at the moment. There are tons of ways you can go about doing it, so alternate what works best for your skin. I hope my first tutorial was of some help. If you guys have any advice or suggestions, feel free to leave me a comment, i'd love to hear from ya'll. Take care & thanks for reading



Susie said...

I think the brand is Darkness? Not sure I accidentally took threw away the name of it :( The box is pink though, aha.

xbbkay said...

@ Susie - Thanks! but i really don't have amazing skin. I'm just using an amazing cleanser. It's been making my face glowly and crazy nice. I can't rave enough about it.

Dana Yoshimizu said...

I was thinking the exact same thing as Susie! lol But you said that it's your clenser, so I've gotta ask, what cleanser are you using?

e.motion in motion said...

Gorgeous! YOu have the greatest skin :D Thanks for this tutorial, very helpful. And like Dana, what cleanser are you using?!?!?! I must know! :D

Cydia said...

You look have amazing flawness beautiful skin im jealous you don't even have dark circle too

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Rainy Days and Lattes said...

Mixing the primer & foundation is a good suggestion :D I don't know why I've never done it before. I will try it tomorrow before I head out to work :)

You have FLAWLESS skin, btw :) You definitely did something right :D

xbbkay said...

@e.motion in motion - i'm using the Laneige Professional Makeup Remover Multi Cleanser

@ Cydia - LOL, i do have dark circles. Its pretty bad. I think there was just a lot of lighting in my room that day because it was really sunny outside, so you don't really notice it

@ Rainy Days & Lattes - i hope the primer+foundation works out for u!

Rachel said...

Great tutorial! You always have flawless skin! I'm super jealous! =P

I sometimes mix my foundation with moisturiser to thin it out because it's a lil too dark for my skin (I'm very pale, it's impossible to find a foundation to match my skin tone =S ).

Also I replied to your comment over on my blog! Just thought I'd let you know as I was here ^.^

Makeup Morsels said...

nice post! I only wear foundation on special occasions, but when I do I don't want it to be too heavy. I usually just go for the sheer ones, but thanks for the tip on mixing it with something else to thin it out. btw love your lip color in the final look!

Jenny said...

i love the finished look!! your skin before makeup is already flawless ;) lucky girl :)

Anonymous said...

I've got to look at this cleanser you're using!! haha great tutorial though :) I'm usually too lazy to do face makeup, and my trouble area is hidden by my bangs, luckily. It's also caused by my bangs but I mean its a trade off. haha

xbbkay said...

@ Rachel - that is a great idea. i never thought of mixing it with moisturizer. thanks for the tip. i really need to try that,because i'm starting to drain my primer. hehe

@MakeupMorsel - i'm glad i helped someone. I hope you like the results after mixing them!

@Mytigerlily - my forehead use to be terribleeeeeeeeeeeee when i first had acne in my teen years. OMG..the misery i still remmember. and i didn't even have bangs to cover it up. i guess the tradeoff is pretty good on your part. hehe. maybe you can clip it back when ur a home or sleep. i do that all the time.

angelamhiere said...

awww... so pretty... i envy you!!! i wish to have the same skin condition on my wedding... =D

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Rei T said...

It looks really great! You're lucky you have such a nice skin!

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