TOP 5 TIPS FROM A PRO
By: Zander Jaymz
First, I'll introduce myself as most of you probably won't recognize my name. I'm Zander, or better known as Zander Jaymz on Instagram and other social media platforms. Makeup artistry is my passion, and it's what I've spent years working on. At the age of 22, I've done TV, fashions shows, photo shoots, and countless other makeup related jobs. With the experiences I've had, along with that comes constant questions. "How did you do that?" "I wish I could do that, but I have no idea how!" Now, I know all makeup artists have their own techniques and their own way of doing things, but these are 5 tips that I've found make life so much easier for me, and for my clients as well!
1. Beautiful makeup starts with beautiful skin. You can't expect to get Kim K makeup without taking care of your skin first. Cleansing, moisturizing, treating any specific issues you have with your skin. Letting your skin breathe by not wearing makeup everyday, and always making sure to wash and moisturize your face before bed.
2. Priming is key. Foundation primer, eye primer, lip primer, lash primer... There are so many types of primers that sometimes it's hard to understand which ones are actually important and which ones work for you and your lifestyle! In my opinion, foundation primer and eye primer are the two most important. Melted foundation and creased eyeshadow are two big mistakes, and easily avoided!
3. Color matching is crucial if you are going to be wearing makeup. Not only making sure the shade is correct, but the tone. If you have a beautiful, golden undertone to your skin, you shouldn't be wearing a porcelain shade of foundation with a strong pink undertone. I always recommend visiting your local MAC, Sephora or department store counter to get matched by a professional to ensure you will look your best.
4. Blend, blend, blend! Whether it's foundation, bronzer, eyeshadow, or eyebrows, the key to beautiful makeup is blending.
When applying foundation, making sure to buff out the edges around your hairline, jawline, and around the nose and eyes.
Bronzer and blush should be applied in short strokes or circular motions, not long stripes. Stripes of brown and pink on the cheek is not what we're aiming for.
Eyeshadow blending is so important for that flawless, blurred effect you see on Instagram. Using a warm, soft brown shade (preferably matte) in your crease will ensure your makeup is as blended as possible, and looks effortlessly beautiful.
And what I find the most important, eyebrows. Structured brows are one thing, but blocked eyebrows are a whole different scenario. Using a clean mascara wand (or spoolie) to comb over your brows as you're filling them in will keep the excess product from clumping up, maintaining a smooth look to your eyebrows.
5. Balance is key. If you're doing a smokey eye for night time, instead of pulling out your trusty Ruby Woo lipstick, maybe pull out a softer, more neutral color. Choosing one area of the face to focus on, and making the rest of the face balance out the look you've chosen.
Thank you for reading! For more tips and tricks, check out my Instagram @zanderjaymz / #ZJMUA. And stay tuned for more collaborations with me and Amanda Margot!