Paula was wearing a strapless Monique Lhuillier gown, a beautiful sunny yellow. We wanted to keep the look light and pretty, focusing on lashes and cheeks, playing up the happy element of the color.
After prepping the skin, I used a flat synthetic foundation brush to swipe on the foundation, applying it to the bridge of the nose, the cheeks, the forehand and the chin. Then I used the brush to blend the color out towards the jaw and hairline, going over the base with a criss cross motion to ensure that it's well blended and there are no lines. I used a little concealer to cover any darkness under the eye or redness along the side of the nose, feathering it out so it blends perfectly with the foundation. Before I powdered, I use a dual fiber brush to apply a bit of cream blush onto the apples of the cheeks and then after I powdered I used a touch of powder blush to brighten the face a bit more. I like to combine cream and powder blush, just make sure you apply "like to like" so use the cream blush before you powder, and the powder blush after the makeup is set. Next I focused on the brows. I gave them a nice full look by adding a little to the shape with pencil. The key to making it not look too heavy is to run a clean spooly through the brows after you fill in with pencil. This softens the lines and blends the color in, making it undetectable. Set the brows with a clear gel, brushing the hairs into the desired shape.
For the eyes I started by sweeping bronzer that was close to her skin tone over the lid, giving the eye a wash of warmth and a little depth, while still looking like skin. Then I took a black liner and drew a black line all along the upper lash line, pushing it into the lashes. Taking a small synthetic brush, I smudged the line, softening the edge, making it less severe. I used a little black liner on the bottom as well, pushing it deep into the lashes so that when mascara is on, the illusion is thicker, darker lashes.
The eyes--soft liner and strong lashes--were the focus of the look, so the lips and cheeks were just meant to compliment them. A soft pale, peachy lip made her look radiant without distracting too much from the eyes, and the wash of warm pink on the cheeks gave her a fresh, healthy flush.
I gave Paula her lipgloss, a few cotton buds, and some blotting papers for her to take with her on the red carpet. I wish I could be there to touch up my clients when they get there, but alas, once I leave them they are on their own. The challenge is fitting all of those touch up supplies in those teeny tiny clutches!
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