Makeup Lessons - Concealing Undereye Circles & Bronzey Smokey Look

Hi Bellas!

Update on MAC DSquared Collection:
FYI, yesterday I went to MAC and was able to pick up a few items from the DSquared Collection. I picked up the blue and violet greasepaint sticks as well as two of the Feline Kohl Pencils (I love these limited edition pencils!). I also went back and picked up Blue Flame Mineralized Eyeshadow and Baby Goth Girl Nailpolish from the Style Black collection...luckily I was able to snatch the second to last ones! I wore the Dsquared blue greasepaint stick as a look last night on top of my Steelo Base and it didn't smudge at all. I'll post pics soon!

Makeup Lessons
Meanwhile, the other week I had a chance to have makeup lessons with one of my YouTube viewers. I offer this service to others so that they can utilize the items in their own makeup bag and learn the basic steps of makeup. That way, they can go home and practice and master makeup on their own. I also offer this service to aspiring makeup artists who are trying to learn the ins and outs of the business.

My client today was absolutely gorgeous. She didn't need a lot of makeup but she did want help concealing her undereye circles. She actually had some good products in her kit...MAC orange corrector and Amazing Cosmetics concealer. I asked her to apply the product and then I showed her my method. If you really want to cover those undereye circles, it's important to follow these simple steps.

Steps to Concealing Dark Circles
1) Moisturize with eye cream to prep the skin (night and day)
2) Pat on orange/peach based corrector using a sythentic concealer brush. Use only a little product, but make sure to really tap on top of the darkest area, being careful not to lift up any product.
3) Pat a concealer a bit lighter than your own skin tone on top of the corrector. Use the same patting motion. If you need to, you can use your fingers to help blend...the heat from your fingers will warm up the product and help it sink into the skin. However, be careful not to remove any of the product. If you want, you can mix a bit of luminzer with the concealer like MAC's strobe cream to give the area a light reflecting look.
4) Set the undereye area with a light powder to make sure it stays all day.

We used my client's exact same products and were able to work wonders. Sometimes it's all about technique.

In terms of the rest of the makeup, my client actually mainly stuck to concealing undereye circles and maybe a little bit of mascara. Eyeshadow was new to her and she wanted to stick to a neutral look that she could still wear for the evening.

I showed her how to create a basic bronze smokey eye. Here are the steps:
1) Apply eye base to the entire lid, from lashline to browbone.
2) Apply your color of choice to the inner half of the lid, staying under the crease.
3) Apply a darker color to the outer half of the lid, staying under the crease. Make sure to keep the outer V shape.
4) Take a lighter color and place it on the brow bone to highlight the eye.
5) Apply black liner to top and bottom, and smudge it with a pencil brush that has a bit of black shadow on it to create a smokey effect. By smoking out the line, you don't have to worry about having a perfectly straight liner application.
6) Apply mascara and that's it!

She looks gorgeous! I applied makeup to one side of her face and she did the other...she did a great job.

Till next time, Ciao Bellas!

Atlanta Makeup Artist