PART 1: MAJOR MAKE UP QUESTIONS ANSWERED BY ISLAMIYYAH!
How do you prep the skin before makeup?
Islamiyyah: I like to start with a fixing spray. A few spritzes will help makeup last longer and "hold" onto the skin better. Next, it’s really important to feed the skin with moisture. A really hydrating moisturizer will give you a nice surface to work with. I love Embryolisse cream. It’s French, but you can buy it online in the United States and it’s really affordable for those outside Nigeria. You can use it as a moisturizer and a makeup remover and it can also work as a primer. But for people in Nigeria I love Clinique and Neutrogena moisturizers too, you can get in cosmetics stores around it is very nice.
What is the purpose of primer and do you use one?
Islamiyyah: I do love to use a primer after the moisturizer. I like to use brushes to apply everything, but using your fingers to apply and blend is fine too. Primers just really make your pores disappear and the makeup goes on really smooth after. I like Mary kay prim. I also use some color corrective primers sometimes. If you have some redness, you can use a little green-tinted primer, or yellow-tinted primer to counteract shadows and dark circles.
How is concealer applied, and are several types necessary?
Islamiyyah: After priming, you can use your fingers to blend a yellow-toned concealer under the eyes to lighten and brighten shadows and any redness. You can also brighten under-eye circles with an illuminating concealer like Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Eclat, or plenty of drugstore brands make good ones. I dab that under the eyes and blend, then I cover that with a layer of creamy concealer that matches the skin tone perfectly. Make sure you blend really well with a brush or fingers. I also like to put concealer around the nose to cover any redness or discoloration. A little extra brightness there works to "lift" the face, and be sure to blend in an upward motion. To get the right color, you want to make sure it matches the skin on your neck and jawline when you look at it in daylight.
It’s better to go with the shade that’s a little too light for you rather than the one that’s too dark, because you can add color with blush and bronzer later. The same rule goes for foundation color.
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