The Model In You
Step by step make-up instructions on how to achieve the "model" look
I have always been interested in make-up and I always considered myself to be reasonably good at it, but when I started modeling, I realized I actually knew nothing. Watching the make-up artists became my hobby, and I used to drive them mad with questions as I wanted to learn as much as possible. I found out that half the products I used were rubbish, and ended up throwing out half of my make-up bag.
Women do not actually realize how much of a difference it makes to be able to correctly do your own make-up. I highly recommend booking a few lessons with a make-up artist (not the girls at the department stores unless they have been professionally trained). It turned out to be very useful to me as on quite a few shoots the models had to do their own make-up. I usually came out looking the best, not because I was the most beautiful, but because I knew how to apply my make-up to make the most of my looks. So, I am going to share my wisdom with you!
Model Makeup Tip #1: Prepping Your Skin
Model Makeup Tip #2: Quality Make-Up Tools
Now before we start the make up, please make sure you have good quality make-up brushes. There is no point in me carrying on if you do not, as they hold the key to perfect make- up. I have the Screen Face range which is used mainly by the fashion industry, but Bobbi Brown’s are also good quality. This is something you should invest money in as they last a lifetime and are so important in achieving the final look.
Model Makeup Tip #3: The Right Foundation
Model Makeup Tip #4: Concealer
Now that you have your base, go back to the mirror and see the areas that need a bit more work. This will usually be under the eyes, around the nose and any spots or pigmentation. Use your concealer brush and apply either Prescriptives Camouflage Cream or Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer to these areas. Blend gently, and pat with fingers. I suffer from very dark shadows under my eyes, so I also use the one and only Touche Eclat from Yves Saint Laurent which still reigns supreme when it comes to disguising shadows. This light-reflecting concealer comes in a handy pen and can be used to refresh, highlight and brighten whenever you need a little extra help. I don’t like setting my face with powder, as it highlights the lines around my eyes, so I leave out this step.
Model Makeup Tip #5: Shapely Brows
Eyebrows, if shaped correctly, can knock ten years off you, so get them professionally done. Spray a little hairspray onto an eyebrow comb, and brush the eyebrows into an arch. This will create and set a better shape. Use the Benefit brow kit to fill in any gaps.
Model Makeup Tip #6: Long, Luscious Lashes
Model Makeup Tip #7: Applying Bronzer
Using bronzer can be tricky and may leave you looking dirty if you use the wrong product. Take your blush brush and sweep Mac's Bronzing Powder onto the apples of your cheeks and anywhere else where the sun would naturally hit.
Model Makeup Tip #8: Plumped Up Lips
Well that’s it. An easy step by step process to achieve the same make-up look as the models on the runway. Follow all of my above advice and you’ll bring out the inner model in you!
Article Written By: Nicola McGeorge; Nicola was born in London, England and is a freelance writer and model. She covers a wide range of topics, and has been published worldwide.