Are you in need of that
smeary-eyed post-apocalyptic raccoon look that every finely penned anime character wants? Are you a Bucky Barnes or Furiosa cosplayer? Well, here’s the key to achieving eyeliner/shadow perfection: don’t take your makeup off before you stumble drunkenly to bed! When you wake up in the morning, you’ll have the look every brainwashed super-assassin dreams of.
Okay, so as we all know, MUFE decided to shatter the game and create an even better foundation for the new technology in HD cameras. This foundation works in 4K ultra HD and what that means is basically, I can zoom in 4x into your skin and you will still look bare faced and flawless AF.
However, I ran into a few problems when I first started using the product and really didn’t like it when I first applied it. I was lucky enough to get some insider tips and tricks on the best ways to apply the foundation and why it works best in that particular way. This is right from the mouth of the pro-artists (at least in the NY region!) at Makeup Forever:
1) If you’re using a Skin Equalizer as your primer, specifically for color correction, apply with a flat foundation brush to make sure the color correcting primer is even throughout the skin and is completely dry before you apply the foundation. Then apply your primer or equalizer for texture. Let them both (or whatever primer you used) to sit for a minute to really set into the skin to reduce redness, sallowness, discoloration, or/and texture.
2) Less is more, I believe it’s one pump or two pumps is good for the whole face. Start with one and go from there.
3) THE MOST IMPORTANT HACK/TIP: Use the ‘tap and stretch’ technique. We were trained on this when the foundation launched. This foundation applies best with a flat foundation brush BECAUSE the pigments in the foundation are encapsulated in spheres. The best way to describe it is like, the spheres are like the little eggs you see on top of sushi, if you apply too much pressure, they pop. You don’t want these spheres to pop or you get a less even and airbrush looking coverage. You do not want to use a beauty blender or a buffing motion or else the spheres will burst and the foundation will not lay as evenly on your skin or evenly over texture. SO, subsection of three is as follows:
- Take some product onto your your flat foundation brush and tap it where you need the most coverage, this normally the center of the face or where you carry the most ‘hot spots’.
- When you’re satisfied with the coverage, take your flat foundation brush and pull from where you just placed the product and stretch the foundation to where you need less coverage. Sort of like pulling from the center of a flower to the petals, the perimeter of your face being the petals.
- If there are parts of your face the need extra coverage, do not be afraid to tap more where you need it, but stretch the edges out to bled. If applied right, it should all look even.
4) Give the product a few minutes to melt if you have dry or textured skin. This foundation does the opposite of ‘baking’. The way it’s made allows it to melt itself to the skins temperature and even itself out over time. So if you have dry or textured skin, give it a couple minutes to smooth over the texture and you will see it have a different effect than before. This was my biggest issue with the product! I hated the finish! But I didn’t apply it right, nor did I wait to set it.
5) You don’t need hella powder, just roll the powder on with either a soft kabuki brush or a big powder brush. But remember, I said roll. You wanna be super gentle when setting so it doesn’t get gross. Like I said before, wait a little bit to set so you can really let it meld to your skins temperature and type. Let them become friends. Be one with the Ultra HD, BE THE ULTRA HD.
So yeah, this is your friend Stef telling you how to live your cosmetic life and be the HD glamour god(dess) you always knew ya could be.
18 August 2015 - Model, Victoria’s Secret Angel, and Max Factor ambassador Candice Swanepoel answers our 10 burning beauty questions.
1. What products do you use on your skin?
Because I wear a lot of make-up for work it’s really important to keep my skin clean after work so I use a great natural face wash, Tea Tree Oil and Green Tea. I use organic coconut oil to take my make-up off, I also add it to my smoothies to keep my skin glowing. It’s a great all round natural beauty product. The main thing my mum taught me was that you can never be too young to start taking care of your skin. No matter how tired I am, I will never sleep in my make-up.
2. What lessons have you learned from make-up artists backstage at the shows and on shoots?
Pat McGrath taught me all about contouring, which is really big right now. It’s also really important to find the right colours and shades for you. What may suit one person may not suit you, so find what works for your face shape and tones.
3. What are your summer make-up essentials?
Max Factor’s Miracle Match foundation - It gives skin good coverage, but with a really light, nourished finish. Also I love a red lipstick - I’m currently using the new Max Factor Lipfinity Lipstick. It’s really soft in texture, the colour is really bright and it stays put. Mascara is always in my handbag - I’m using Max Factor Velvet Volume Mascara right now. I recently shot the campaign with Pat and I love the soft, velvet feel it gives to my lashes.
4. How do you create perfect beach hair?
When it’s wet, tie it in a twisted bun and then undo to reveal wavy hair. Bio Oil is my favourite product from back home in South Africa and I love using it on my hair and body.
5. For your latest Max Factor campaign you were transformed into Marilyn Monroe - who’s your personal beauty icon?
Being transformed into Marilyn was so much fun. It was quite a process and to see the final look when I saw my reflection was amazing. Marilyn Monroe is such a big icon for so many women so it was really fun. It was a full transformation - hair, make-up and styling. It took about one and a half hours and I loved the final look. I take a lot of inspiration from the supermodels of the 90s - Linda Evangelista, Bo Derek, and Stephanie Seymour. They were unapologetic, strong women who were sexy and powerful.
6. What’s the best thing about being a model?
Definitely being able to travel to amazing places, working in an extremely creative environment. I feel very lucky to be able to work with people from all over the world, everyone has their story and their journey and we’re all there to have fun and create art in our own way.
7. What are your tips for perfectly toned abs?
Boxing, laughing a lot, pilates, yoga - everything that involves core exercises.
8. What is your favourite way to keep fit?
I have a trainer in New York who has been working with me for about eight years now. Over the years my workouts have changed, I do a lot of yoga, boxing when I have energy, pilates on the reformer and lots of resistance training. I love yoga for the spiritual and physical sides. It’s hard to meditate in New York City, which is why I like to travel to remote places where I am surrounded by nature. I meditate through yoga.
9. What’s your biggest beauty indulgence?
A great moisture mask or face massage. I have a facial once a month but I have to keep where I go a secret!
10. What beauty advice would you give your 16-year-old self?
Don’t pluck your eyebrows, don’t dye your hair and lay off on the smoky eye.
If you have oily skin and you’re looking for a good foundation that isn’t too cakey, pls try Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Foundation or Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Foundation. I have both and they’re amazing. It’s pricey but so worth it.
If you’re looking for something cheaper, buy Revlon’s Colorstay foundation for oily skin or Loreal’s True Match foundation. :) x
Also if you don’t know your color in a different brand but you have a foundation color you use in another brand, go to findation.com and insert the color and product you use and it will find matches to your skin in a variety of foundation brands. I use it all the time when I wanna try something new :)
Do you have any tips/product recommendations for applying mascara to your lower lashes? Mine always end up looking messy and uneven whenever I apply mascara.
Lower lashes can sometimes appear invisible to the naked eye so you wouldn’t be the first person to want to accentuate them with a little mascara, however a quick hint of definition can quickly turn into a spidery, thick, clumpy mess…
I haven’t worn eyeliner on my bottom lids since grade 9 when I didn’t know how to do my makeup. I’m not wearing any of my usual face makeup I just decided to test out the liner but I can’t decide if I like it or if it looks too goth. Thoughts? redheadsmyonlyweakness