This is something I get asked almost all the time! What is the most appropriate makeup look for work versus the weekend and how to achieve it? Well, there are many factors that affect this answer. But first, who am I?
Well hello there, my name is Jordan Norberto and I am a licensed cosmetologist and certified makeup artist. I have been in the industry for about 4 years now. I attended Metro Beauty Academy for my cosmetology and makeup education. After receiving both my license and certification I went on to become a certified instructor for M.U.D (Makeup Designory in NYC) and instructor for Image international Modeling agency. I guess you can say that everything “beauty” is my thing. There is no better feeling than making someone feel and look beautiful and more confident.
Ok enough about me, more about YOU, the working women. Hats off to you for not only caring about your work but also caring about your beauty! These two factors make you an amazing catch! Haha. So jumping right in..
Ask yourself the following question: Do I have the time for this?
Now depending on what you do for a living this will vary. Ask yourself if you have time to do your makeup before work. If you answered yes, now figure how much time you have. For the working women I wouldn’t say you need a lot of makeup. You want to look put together but not over done. These are the essentials to a quick polished look:
- Concealer: *if needed* find a concealer that has a natural color and corrects your problem areas. Redness requires a greenish hue concealer; Undereyes (blueish) require a orange-y toned concealer.
- Foundation (for your skin type): Powder, liquid, cream or something lighter like a BB cream or tinted moisturizer
- Blush- something that matches your skin tone but is also natural. Light pinks or soft colors.
- Mascara- Curl those lashes first, then apply a coat of your favorite black mascara. Make sure to coat the top and bottom lashes.I highly recommend MUD’s cream or volumizing mascara (www.mudshop.com). This will make the eyes look more awake and lifted.
- Eyes- Keep it subtle, but fun. Apply a light shade on the lid and a shade darker for the crease. Add a nice highlight shade under the brows. Keep in mind to find a shade that compliments your eye color. Also apply a thin line of eyeliner to accentuate the eye.
- Lips: Go softer, more muted. Just make sure to line your lips first with a lip pencil in the same color as your lipstick for a longer wear. This also adds some dimension to the lip.
These steps look like a lot more work then they really are. This can easily be done in minutes, if you have the right products and the right application. Practice makes perfect or, you can schedule a class with me to learn the best techniques and application. One thing I definitely recommend is having good quality products to ensure a flawless, clean, and long lasting application.
Now that you have mastered the art of “work” makeup, let’s tackle weekend or evening makeup. There is a slight variation in difference from one to the other, and that is just go darker and go bolder! Ask yourself this question: Where am I going?
Are you going to a dinner event or a summer picnic? Regardless of where you are going you want to follow the same steps as above however you want to add more color.
- Concealer: Conceal any imperfections
- Foundation (for your skin type)
- Blush- Choose a darker color than what you may have worn for work.
- Mascara- see above.
- Eyes- Step it up! Following the same tips as above however with more color. Add a nice highlight shade under the brows. Keep in mind to find a shade that compliments your eye color. Also use your crease color under the eye for a nice drop shadow affect. Makes your lashes look full.
- Lips: Go bold-er! Try a red or or deeper pink. But also don’t get carried away and throw on blue lipstick (its a lot harder to pull off than you think) Just make sure to line your lips first with a lip pencil in the same color as your lipstick for a longer wear.
These steps are a basic how-to. I could go really in depth but then this article would become a long book. This work to weekend look is very easy. It just takes a lot of practice and good products to achieve a look that’s suitable for any occasion. The major difference between both looks is color. You want to be fresh and gorgeous for work and bold and beautiful for the night escapades. I hope that this helps make your application and search a little easier. You can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out my facebook www.Facebook.com/madebyjordan to see some of my work or inquire about bookings or classes.
I would also like to take a moment to say thank you sooooo much for this opportunity to write an article for you and www.lehighvalleywomensjournal.com. It has been a pleasure to give some of my knowledge and advice to you. Lord knows I can use the space in my head haha. I hope you have an amazing weekend, and try to take on some of this information!
Stay beautiful, happy and positive!
Sincerely,Jordan Norberto Professional Makeup Artist J_p_norberto@yahoo.com www.facebook.com/madebyjordan