Do you ever wish you could pick a beauty expert's brain? I had the chance to sit down with the official makeup artist of L'Oréal Paris Canada, Eddie Malter, and ask him some of my burning beauty questions. As the Artistic Director for L'Oréal FashionWeek and a beauty expert on Project Runway Canada, he is definitely the man with all the answers.
Eddie and I talking beauty.
1. Dark lips were spotted all over the Autumn/Winter 2012 runway. What's your advice on how to wear deep burgundy or aubergine lipstick without looking like you're dressing up for Halloween?
Eddie admits that a dark lip isn't easy to pull off, and may not be for everyone. If you want to try this look, he suggests starting with clean skin and a very light base (try a bit of powder, subtle bronzer, or some BB Cream to create a natural look). Use a lengthening mascara to enhance your eyes, and apply a subtle amount of a natural looking blush. As a general rule, keep your makeup to a minimum, and let your bold lips speak for themselves.
2. BB Cream is the latest craze, but what exactly is BB Cream (also known as Beauty Balm or Blemish Balm) and what is the proper way to use it?
Although many people think Beauty Balm is a recent innovation, it was actually developed in the 1960s by an aesthetic surgeon. Originally developed to protect, moisturize, and soothe skin, it's a gentle product that can be used on most skin types.
Each product differs in the benefits and the ingredients, but the overall idea is the same: a gentle moisturizer that evens skin tone and illuminates the face. Depending on your skin type and preferences, BB Cream can be used instead of moisturizer and/or foundation.
3. What's the best way to apply BB Cream?
Eddie suggests applying it with your fingers: start at the centre of your face, and work your way out. Dab and blend the product, as you focus on evening out your t-zone and covering any visibly discoloured spots. In addition to using BB Cream all over the face, it can also be used as a highlighter on the apples of the cheeks, around the eyes, and under the eyebrows.
4. Winter is just around the corner, and that means cold temperatures, dry air, and harsh wind. What's the best way to avoid dry skin as the temperatures drop?
Eddie suggests exfoliating once a week. It's a good habit to get into, and especially important during winter. Exfoliating will help remove dead skin, and allow your moisturizer to absorb evenly and thoroughly. He also suggests incorporating moisturizing (morning and night) into your daily beauty regime to prevent your skin from drying out.
5. What's a beauty routine that you regularly enforce and believe in?
Eddie didn't have to think about this one: sunscreen. The best way to prevent sun damage and aging is to protect your skin, and sunscreen is critical. Even when the weather is cloudy or you're not going to be spending time in direct sun, Eddie suggests applying sunscreen everyday.
Eyebrows form a frame for your face, which is why it’s so important to keep them well-groomed. Start creating the perfect brow by aligning the start of the brow with the inner corner of the eye. The arch should be three-quarters of the way across the brow from there. See more.
Applying lip color can change your look instantly. The right shade of lip color will work with your skin tone and complement the natural color of your lips. When applying, begin at one corner of the mouth and apply an even layer of color over the whole lip area. Use a brush to accurately line your lips. Learn more.
Eye makeup is the best way to make your eyes stand out. To create the perfect look, you’ll need to start with three shades of eye shadow: light, medium and dark. Begin by applying the lightest color, which should work as a base for your skin tone. The medium color should be applied from the lash line up to the crease. For additional depth, add a medium-dark shadow in the crease. Watch more here.
A touch of color can make you look instantly fresh and pretty. If you’re pressed for time, sweep a healthy flush of color to your cheeks and dab lips with a pinky-brown lipstick. See more quick tips here.
Everyone looks better with a little flush of color, and since tanning is so unhealthy, bronzer is the perfect solution! Bronzer tints the skin and corrects any color issues you may have. If your skin is yellow-toned, you’ll want to choose a brighter bronzer. Those with pale skin should use bronzer in a shade that matches the color they naturally tan. Watch more here.
Power brows are a must for a strong office look. Use eyeshadow to fill in and enhance brows rather than a pencil for more natural definition. A pop of well-placed color can also convey confidence. Purple is a universally-flattering color that will draw attention to the eyes. Learn more.
The right shade of brush will warm your entire complexion and give you a flush of natural-looking color. To apply powder blush, smile and apply to the apple of the cheeks. Blend toward the hairline, and then down to soften the edges. Blend thoroughly, while making sure most of the blush stays on the highest part of the cheekbones. Get more tips here.
Beat the winter blues by adding some color to your makeup routine. Wear bright bursts of color while still keeping your look sophisticated by going with a neutral face and adding a pretty pop of color on the lips. For a lighter look, blot the lipstick on a tissue and apply a coat of sheer lip gloss. For “notice-me-now” eyes, keep your other makeup subtle. Apply a nude lip and line eyes with black eyeliner. Finish by applying a bright-colored eyeshadow across the entire lid. Learn more here.
When it comes to foundation, choosing the right color is essential. It’s really important to find a foundation that blends into the side of your face. When testing foundations, swipe the color on your cheek and look at yourself in natural light. You will know you’ve found the right foundation when it looks like your own skin, but better. See more.
There are four steps to create a well-rested look with makeup: prep, correct, conceal and set. Prep with hydrating eye crème, and then apply corrector starting at the inner eye. Apply concealer generously under the eyes to lighten. Then set the concealer in place with a sheer loose powder. Watch more here.
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