March 15, 2009

Some of my secrets for looking beautiful

I have noticed over the years that many women have difficulty applying a makeup foundation smoothly and evenly.  Of course, choosing the right foundation for your skin type is key, however, there are steps, which should be taken to prepare your skin first, to help achieve that sheer and flawless look.  I always start with a good cleansing and I really love Yonka Crème Nettoyant.  I follow with Yonka toner lotion and then moisturize with Yonka Pample Mousse.  My facial ‘canvas’ is now ready.

MaryCurran, my hair and makeup expert, and I both agree that it is critical to begin any makeup coverage with a good primer, and on me, Mary likes to use Lorac Aqua Prime oil-free primer.  Apply it evenly to the face and neck using a sponge, foundation brush, or your finger-tips.  Then, comes the foundation and lately, we’ve been using Chanel Mat Lumiere long lasting soft-matte – SPF 15.  Use the same technique of blending evenly with a sponge or foundation brush, applying the foundation lightly over the jaw line.  The old rule that less is more is also true here – you only need enough to lightly cover the face, and by using products that contain SPF, you will help protect and preserve your skin from sun damage.

After the foundation comes the concealer and we love Yves Saint Laurant Touche Edat Radiant Touch.  This light, highlighting concealer is applied under the eyes, blending outward using a brush or fingertips.  And here’s a good tip from Mary – If the concealer you already have doesn’t go on smoothly enough, try mixing it with a touch of your foundation to change its consistency – it works like a charm!  Mary says that by following these basic steps, you should easily obtain the flawless and youthful skin that we all desire.  Here are some of Mary’s secrets for applying gorgeous makeup.

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A lovely portrait of Mary Curran – Born and raised in San Diego, California, Mary grew up playing hairstylist to her six older, and trusting siblings. Proving to be a natural, Mary went on to study the art of hair and makeup design and began her career in that field. After starting out working in a salon, she branched out styling for print and television shoots, ultimately leading to advertorial and editorial work nationwide. Mary began teaching her trade at hair shows, finding her way to New York City, and ultimately, working as my hair and makeup specialist.