When I first watched the movie “Memoirs of a Geisha”, I loved it. I’m not sure if it was because of the beautiful love story, or because of the elegance of the make up and colorful kimono designs. A Geisha is very recognizable by their face snow white, eyes and eyebrows lined in crimson and black, with bee stung lips. The origins of this kind of make up is uncertain, some people think that it comes from the middles ages when a Japanese traveler returned from Europe telling stories about “pale faced” beauties. Some other people think that this kind of make up originated from China and was adopted by the ladies of the Japanese Court. This last theory seems to be the most accurate one.The products and procedures to apply the geisha style make up was quite unique. They used either a rice-flour powder or a lead-based powder mixed with water into a thin paste and applied to their faces as a foundation. They would leave a line of bare skin around their hairline to give an illusion of wearing a mask. On the nape of the neck they used to leave two”V” shape lines unpainted and for special occasions they would leave three lines unpainted.While this make up style seemed to be very attractive at the time, public interest started once again into its origin spurred by the book and movie of the same name “Memoirs of a Geisha”, I wouldn’t advise it as a daily make up routine, especially since it contains lead.Impressions are all that matters for some people, I don’t completely agree with this statement but I certainly think that first impressions are very important, and our personal appearance often leaves a deep impression on people around us. So I’d like to think that a clean, natural look is always important.Since everything in life has a base or foundation, make up also has its own foundation, and to properly apply it is an art. I just recently sampled a brand new product from makeup primer from my favorite company. Being pretty skeptical I figured I would try it out. I could not believe that it actually would make my skin look even toned and smoother, but to my surprise it did just that. The product is creamy but has a silky feel when applying it to your face. After applying this primer, I proceeded to use my foundation. It went on very smoothly and my sometimes dry/oily skin was smoother and my makeup was even! In this very small tutorial I’m going to introduce you to the art of properly applying foundation in 8 very simple steps.
STEP 1: You should choose the kind of foundation you’d like to apply. Powder foundation (wet or dry) it’s better for light, fast coverage. Liquid foundation it’s better used for medium coverage while cream base foundation it’s great for full coverage.
STEP 2: Select the right shade of make up foundation that matches your skin tone. Avoid choosing too dark of too golden shade tones. This is probably the most important step of the whole process, because choosing the wrong shade might lead to a caked-on or clown-like appearance.
STEP 3: Prepare your skin for applying the foundation, use the right moisturizer according to your skin type.
STEP 4: At this point your are almost ready to start applying your foundation, but it’s also very important to choose the right method to apply it. You can use either your finger tips, a make up sponge or a foundation brush according to the kind of foundation you choose to apply.For a liquid foundation it’s better to use the tips of your fingers to apply a little at a time until your face is completely covered. Applying foundation with fingers yields maximum coverage.For a cream foundation you should use a make up sponge, make sure it’s very clean before you use it (you should always wash your make up sponge after using it, to avoid germs and bacterias). You should apply it in downward strokes to blend it completely.For a powder foundation it’s better to use a foundation brush. Tap the excess powder off the brush or sponge before applying the makeup.
STEP 5: Now it’s time to apply your foundation. Apply dime-sized bit of make up foundations to the center of your forehead, on each cheek and on your chin. Work in small areas and make sure you blend properly the foundation in each area before it dries. Use small dots of make up foundation under your eyes to conceal dark circles.
STEP 6: Make sure to apply make up foundation to other areas than your face as well, to avoid the two colored or mask like appearance. Apply it on your neck, ears, eyelids and around the hairline.
STEP 7: Once your foundation it’s evenly applied, you can proceed to apply the rest of your make up. And last but no less important is the next step of this tutorial.
STEP 8: Always remove all your make up before going to bed. This is very important to let your skin breath free from any kind of products and chemicals, and for a fresher look in the next morning.Many experts advice to use all your make up from the same line of products or brand, because colors match better and are formulated in the same way. For a natural beauty look it’s important to choose pure, safe, beneficial products. You should carefully read every product’s labels to know exactly what products and procedures they use.I hope this tutorial was helpful on your search for a beauty, sophisticated yet natural look and we can all benefit if you tell give us your impressions on how to properly apply the make up foundation…