When words like primer, contouring or foundation are thrown around – I get a little nervous.
Luckily for me, MUD South Africa treated the Curve Loving team to a make-up workshop. I got to learn first-hand, how these words can help me get the best out of make-up.
What makes the MUD workshop enjoyable is that they take only five people at a time. This means you get an up close and personal tutorial while having fun.
The Foundation Is Foundation
We started off with a primer, ensuring that we had prepared the skin prior to applying the make-up. We went straight into foundation and then I asked about concealer for my blemishes. I learned that it’s instances where the skin has uneven tone as well as blemishes which need to be concealed prior to applying foundation and assured me that once foundation had been applied I’d see why I don’t need concealer.
We had to guess our foundation shade and everyone in the group nailed it. Foundation is best applied by a sponge in a dabbing motion ensuring an even distribution of the product. If you don’t have the budget for cosmetic sponges or don’t have them handy when travelling, you can simply use your fingers to apply the foundation and blend.
What I learned about applying powder is that the shade should not be the same as your foundation as that will make you look darker and you should opt for a lighter shade. The secret to applying powder (and the rest of the make-up) is in shaking the product off your brush before applying to ensure that it’s light and ethereal not heavy.
Next we then ventured into the skill of contouring and highlights which I’ve come to learn is not as complex as it sounds. Both involve creating an illusion by using powders and brush strokes to give the face a definitive shape. According to the ladies at MUD less is always more so keep it as realistic and natural as possible.
Eyebrows On Fleek
I’ve always believed that getting the eyebrows right involves a level of sorcery. I have learned that it’s all about using the right brush and shades of powder. We used a small angled brush which we were told it also perfect for applying lipstick. Although I won’t be making any attempts at this again I’d like to share three key things. Don’t use a black pencil, mix a dark brown and a dark grey powder. Follow your natural brow as a guide. With these three things, you will be fine.
The Secret To Lipstick
I’m not a stranger to lipstick. I had fun mixing MUD’s Burlesque lipstick with a lighter shade to create a bold plum lip. I learned that if there’s a bold lip colour I can’t find, I can mix primer with some eye shadow to create any colour I like.
Make-up can be daunting. Although, with a little help it can be fun creating looks and playing around with textures and colours.