Foundation Mistakes to AVOID!

Hello Lovelies,

So don’t deny it’s happened to the best of us where we do a quick rush job on the face and we are gone like a bat out of hell, huffing and puffing, when your 8 year old turns and asks “whats wrong with your face”?!! Eh ‘nothing’ is the response until you look in the mirror and frighten the bejeesus out of yourself!  Yep we have done it and not ashamed to say it, but I bet you learned something from it, am I right? foundation should match your skin not someone else’s!

Today’s post is a quick guide on what mistakes to avoid when applying foundation. So grab a cuppa and take note!

Picking Your Foundation Shade:

This can be the most frustrating part of makeup.  Countless shades to choose from yellow, pink, olive tones, sheer to medium, full coverage, it can be so complicated to pick the perfect one to suit you.  So my advise would be to always ask for a tester first, makeup counters such as Mac, Estee Lauder, etc… always have them so take advantage of this.  Ask for a light, medium and dark shade to be sure you have selected one that will match you.

Never test their and then because I can guarantee by the time you get home it will look completely different.  The lighting in these stores are completely different to the natural everyday light, this is when and where you should be testing your foundation.  I know a lot of the drugstores/pharmacies don’t offer samples but they have testers, try them on, bring a little compact mirror, go outside and see if it blends into the neck.  This is the only way you are going to get a perfect shade match.

We don’t want to end up like this ..

To test you simply apply three strokes of the different shade samples and place from the jawline to the neck, the one that blends into the neck, is the one you should be purchasing. Obviously if you are going to be purchasing a shade for nighttime wear take into consideration that you will be possibly wearing tan.

Foundation Type:

So we have our shade, but does it suit our skin type.  Just because we like the sound of a dewy finish to a foundation doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to suit your skin type.  If you have oily skin you should be avoiding foundations with illuminating ingredients in them, as these will only have you looking like a shiny hot sweaty mess!


Look for oil free or Matte foundations that are suitable for oily/combination skin type.

The Same applies to dry skin, don’t choose matte shades or powder foundations, as these will only make your skin look dull and cakey.


You need the dewy/illuminating or hydrating ingredients in foundation formulas to give you that natural glow and dewiness to the skin.

Foundation Flashback

Have you ever wondered why your face shows up white even though it looks perfect in person? Or better yet when when ur sitting with your pals on a night out and there is a fab group photo and in the back ground is this white pasty face, well my friend this is down to the SPF in your foundation or moisturiser plus the flash on the camera!  Yes SPF is important in both products, but I would recommend only for day time wear and change it up for nights out, the sun isn’t going to harm us in a dark club but a fricken flash from a camera can!! Yikes!!! Personally I find anything above SPF 15 will tend to flashback so I would refrain from using anything higher then this at an event where you know there will be flash photography

Another common error is the white powder flashback ooh good lord many celebrities have been caught with this major boo boo on the red carpet!  This is due to, again the flash from a camera picking up the light-reflecting particles in your makeup and giving your skin this white chalky appearance.

So how do we prevent this?  So besides sorting out the SPF issue, I am always aware of using to much illuminating products such as concealers, highlighters or HD powder as the light-reflection particles in these products can cause the (above pic) dreaded reaction from a flash, so I like to use them in moderation.  Only highlighting with either or, such as, if i’m using a concealer to highlight, I won’t set it with a lighter powder i’ll opt for a more translucent shade, and only focus my highlighting on the cheekbones, bridge of nose etc… less is always more.

If you are still in doubt take a sly selfie with a flash to check before you leave the house that everything is perfect. #shamelessselfie has it’s importance!!

Not using primer underneath your foundation

I get asked so many times about “why isn’t my foundation staying put” or “my foundation gets patchy”  and the question I always ask “do you wear a primer”?  Primers can make your skin look 100 times better then without.  It helps to smooth and even skin tone while also giving you a longer lasting effect on your foundation!

Like foundation choose one to suit your skin type e.g matifying primers for oliy skin, illuminating primers for dry skin.  All these essential products will make a perfect canvas for foundation application. 

Put the Hands Down Ladies!

We have all done this, applying the foundation with our hands and slapping it all over the mush, but ladies let me tell you this, for a flawless finish you need to invest in some foundation tools, they don’t have to be expensive, just practical!  

Applying your foundation with your hands can leave streaks and patchiness on the skin, nevermind the amount of product that is wasted!  Go get some brushes, work the foundation in using buffing, circular motions and you can thank me later for the results!  

These are the foundation brushes that I tend to use to achieve a perfect flawless foundation!   

  

Once I apply with my brush I go over with my damp beauty blender to pick up any excess foundation that sits in the fine lines!  This will help achieve a more smooth flawless appearance!  

So that’s it ladies, my take on how to avoid some major foundation disasters!  Hope it helps and don’t for forget we are always on hand to answer any makeup related questions you can catch us on our Facebook page Lisas’Livin’Pretty or our snap chat makeupbylisa or lisabeth-86.

Thanks for reading this far and hope you all have a fab weekend!  We are heading to one of our besties hen this weekend the excitement!! Enjoy ladies xx

Lisa D xx
 

 

 

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Makeup & Hair Bridal Master Class with Amber Dean & Katrina Kelly from K2hair

Good Morning Ladies!

Happy Monday to you all! So yesterday myself and Lisa Moore took to the road and had a well deserved girls day out!  We both attended the fab Bridal Makeup & Hair master class hosted by Katrina Kelly for K2Har / Push Makeup and Amber Dean from facesbyamberdean.  Both of these ladies are among some of our favourite talented ladies that we both follow so when this masterclass was announced we were all over it!

As makeup artists already its great to always keep up-to-date with trends, this is why we love to attend such classes like these.  Even though we know an extreme amount about makeup etc… there is always something that you might pick up on whether it be a new technique or a new product.  No matter what you do or know there is always something else for you to learn.

Amber Dean is one of the best makeup artists out there and for me she has such a distinctive look to her makeup, I suppose its like a trade mark, you know when someone has been ‘Amberfied’!!  She is such a sweet lady and I was really inspired by her and motivated to really bring out my creative side.  What I like most about Amber is how down to earth she was and so approachable.  This class would be especially perfect for someone starting out in the makeup field as she runs through all her products, kit essentials and must-haves definitely keep any eye out for further classes as this is one not to be missed. Amber is also on snapchat @itsambermdean for those that want to see what she gets up to (bascically stalk)!!

When we entered K2Hair we were greeted by the gorgeous Katrina and Amber who both looked amazing might I add.  We have been following Katrina and Amber on snapchat forever @katrinaK2hair so to meet her in person was great as we felt like we have known her for so long through her tell all snaps which are lol!  She is a wonderful character to be around, very talented and extremely knowledgeable in her field.

Katrina is the owner of K2hair which is based in Cabra and Glasnavin she is also the creator of Push-Makeup which I have been adding to my makeup kit collection as some of you may have seen on my snap chat recently.  And I can honestly say that I am mad about, but anyway that’s another post.

We had a fab goody bag or OSCAR bag as Katrina calls them and my were we spoilt with some fab products inside!

  
The first of five demos to take place started with Katrina who showed us the very popular and most requested hair do ‘Vintage Waves’.  Katrina used Amber as her model and showed us step by step how to create this look using the Tondeo Cerion Curve to perfect the vintage waves.  This can be purchased for €120 and can be ordered by contacting K2hair directly!  Katrina swears by this hair tool for smooth curls without that dreaded pulling on the head when been used!  


We then moved onto Amber Deans first bridal demo. The look Amber wanted was a bronzed beachy bridal look and that she did!  The look was flawless due to the great skin prep that I always harp on about.  Skin prep is so important to a flawless makeup application and Amber really spoke so well about this and key products on how to perfect the skin.



I loved this look it was so simple but yet captured the exact bridal look that Amber wanted to achieve.  With Katrina adding her beachy wave hair style to complete the look!  To create this type of beachy wave you simply curl in different directions this way the curls will not marry into each other to form one big curl!  Using the Joico Hair Shake to give a little texture to the look .  I have this product and adore it, its exactly as Katrina said, “its kinda in between a styling product and a dry shampoo but not as white as a dry shampoo, it will expand the hair” which basically gives texture to the hair.

The next look came from Amber which was another bridal look with a bit more of a dramatic twist.  This look would be for more the funky bride that wants something a little edgier for her big day.  The dark smokey eye with the inner v liner and flick topped with a beautiful pigment from Inglot, this look was amazing and really pulled out Amber’s makeup artists talent.  The technique Amber uses in her makeup is definitely something that I will learn from and hope to practice with my own clients.  Like I said at the beginning you can always keep learning!

 

The fifth and final demo of the night was by Katrina who created this badass hair updo using padding to create this funky bun style with a twist.  At first we were like what the hell is going on but again Katrina pulled off a beautiful creative style in probably 5 minutes!

So that’s what we got up to yesterday.  It’s so nice to attend classes like these, you get to meet new people and discuss topics such as makeup, hair and more with girls that have the same passion as you.

I would highly recommend any future classes that these duo hold.  A very down to earth chilled out evening with Katrina Kelly and Amber Dean is a must for all you hair and makeup enthusiasts out there.

  
This will more then likely not be the last that we will be seen these two ladies!

Thanks for reading and hope you felt like you were part of this class to!

Until next time xx

Live pretty

 

Lisa D xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All About That Base – Part 1

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Hi lovelies 🙂

Can anyone remember what we did before primer? These days it’s definitely a must-have product in every girls makeup bag! Primers generally have two main functions- to smooth the skins texture before foundation and to make the foundation last longer. As well as this though there are lots of primers on the market for colour correction, hydration and even illuminating the skin. Today though we are going to give you our top picks of primers suitable for us girls with oily skin.

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Oily skin can be tricky when it comes to makeup. We want to mattify the skin without making it look dull and we want a healthy glow but not a shine. Finding that balance is hard. We have tried and tested 4 different primers specifically formulated for oily skins and here’s how we got on……

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First up..NO.7 Beautifully Matte Makeup Base

This has a strange texture almost like toothpaste. It’s thick and can be hard to spread across the skin, but once it’s on it’s not going anywhere!! You have to work quick though and get your foundation on before the primer starts to “set” underneath. I found this one to work well , my foundation lasted really well with very little shine.

€14.50 Boots Nationwide

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Next we tried NYX Shine Killer

We had high hopes for this one as we have have been really impressed with everything else we have tried from NYX recently. This has a clear gel-like consistency and it’s easy and quick to apply…but it didn’t really feel like it soaked in to the skin. Foundation was easy to apply on top but I’m afraid I didn’t notice any difference in shine or longevity using this one.

€15.50 Selected Pharmacies Nationwide or Boots.com

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Next up Inglot Mattifying Under Makeup Base

After using Inglots original Under Makeup Base and not getting on too well with it, I wasn’t sure how this one was going to work out. But being the devoted makeup obsessive I am, of course I was gonna have to buy it and see. This formula of this one is like a mix of the No7 and the NYX. It’s like a gel but when you apply it to the face you can feel it mattifying the skin straight away like a paste. It also seemed to blur out some imperfections and large pores…bonus!! My foundation lasted all day with this one with only minor touch ups on the cheeks, instead of my usual blotting sheets and powder every couple of hours. I was really impressed with this and it’s now my go-to everyday primer.

€22 Inglot Stores Nationwide

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Last up Catrice Pore Refining Anti-Shine Base

This primer is a total bargain at only €5.49 and Catrice always deliver when it comes to quality at an affordable price. This one is creamier than the others and felt like a moisturiser when applied. It settled in to the skin nicely and my foundation sat well on top. I did notice an improvement in the shine with this one but not as much as the Inglot or No7 ones. But for €5.49 it’s definitely worth having in my kit.

€5.49 Selected Pharmacies and Penneys Nationwide

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So after a few weeks of trying these the Inglot Mattifying Under Makeup Base has been my favourite,. Although it is more expensive, it’s worth it to get the base right. I loved No7 Beautiully Matte too but I will probably only wear this occasionally as it did feel quite thick and dry on the skin. The Catrice Pore Refining Anti-Shine Base comes in in 3rd place while the NYX Shine Killer is getting relegated to the “stuff I never use” drawer!! Sorry NYX we do love you but this just didn’t work out 😦

We will have our next installment of our All About That Base series coming soon, looking at the best primers for dry skin. In the meantime let us know any favourites you have that we might have missed….

Until next time,

Live Pretty,

Lisa M xx