It’s a busy world we live in. We are overloaded and engrossed with each passing moment, and as a mom with a full-time career, I often neglect taking care of ME. I find myself omitting necessary habits such as: showering and exercise, shaving and deodorant. It happens. And let’s be honest…there are days I’m lucky just to make it out the house with my clothes facing the right direction!
When it comes to makeup, I have very little time to entertain it, and even beyond that…NO CLUE. So I asked my sweet friend, and Professional Makeup Artist Lauryl Andrae, if she would share with us some of her helpful and easy beauty techniques. For those of you like me, with a desire to look and feel your best quickly and simply, then you have stopped at the right place.
Lauryl is passionate about makeup, working for local photographers, salons and as an independent beauty consultant. The heart of her passion comes by, “watching her work transform women from the inside out—to see them take note of how beautiful they really are.” I learned so much from this ambitious, inspiring and beautiful woman. Who knows, I may even let her give me a makeover!
Makeup we used:
Mirabella liquid foundation
Naked basic eye palette by Urban Decay
Mirabella Glowing blush duo
Lorelle Voluminous mascara
Pixie extra eye bright liner
Nude lip liner, Mirabella shy luster liner
Lipstick and gloss
“Let’s talk brushes”
It is important to have great brushes. Brushes are your investment piece. If you spend the money on a great set of brushes and take really good care of them, they will last a lifetime.
Face blender brush: this large circular brush provides lightweight application of product. This brush works well for applying both liquid, cream and powder foundations, blush and bronzer. The end result of using this tool is an airbrush quality, high definition, and flawless appearance.
Eye blender brush: This brush is created to help apply color to the eyelid with ease and the tapered head allows for easy blending.
When selecting the perfect foundation, it is important to go get matched at a spa or salon (Check out pHyxx Salon in Columbus, GA). Lighting is terrible in the mall, so if you are getting matched at your favorite makeup counter, leave the store to check out your makeup color outside in natural lighting. You can always return and purchase your makeup later. Mirabella online also has a perfect match test… check it out!
Lauryl recommends a liquid foundation. Especially for us busy women who often look tired and haggard, liquid foundation covers well! Use one pump of foundation on your face blender brush and dab your face in 5 spots; middle of your forehead, nose, chin and both cheeks.
Blend the foundation in a circular motion to cover your entire face and carry out under your chin. As a concealer, dap a little extra foundation under your eye for dark circles or to a zit…
Lauryl’s brush secret…
Keep a towel next to your workstation. Spray the towel with rubbing alcohol and use this to clean off your brushes throughout your makeup routine, this will help extend the life of your brush. Allow the brush to dry completely after use.
Brows and cheeks
Next, brows and cheeks because they frame your face. Use a matte brown shadow and an angle brush to work the color into your brow. Fill in the brow just the way they naturally are, following the basic shape of your eyebrow. When applying blush, don’t smile. Instead, put your head down, so you can see your cheek bones and apply powder. Feel free to smile and apply what is left on your brush to finish coloring in your pretty little cheeks.
Hint: your brow shadow should be about 2 shades lighter than your hair color.
Use your ring finger to tap out any creases made on your eyelid while applying your foundation.
Apply a light matte color to your entire eyelid. This will act as a setting powder to keep your eye makeup from creasing, helps to eliminate any red or blue tints of color on your lid and “wakes up” your tired eyes.
Next, for a fancier look add a highlight, a little shimmer under the brow bone and inner corner of your eye.
And if you have a few extra minutes, use a mid tone color in the crease of your eye, using a windshield wiper motion to apply.
Hint: messy is ok! Use a makeup brush to blend together your messy application of eye shadows.
When it comes to eyeliner, a coal pencil is great because it is really forgivable. Along the lash line, make small little dashes to make your eyelashes look fuller and gives your eye more definition. Again, don’t worry about your liner being perfectly applied, blend, working the liner into your lashes with your fingertip or a Qtip.
Underneath the eye, line along your lash line from the outer corner of your eye up to the widest part of your eye, the middle of your pupil.
Always, always curl your eyelashes and use mascara for an instant wake up!
Apply your favorite mascara. Don’t you just love Lauryl’s “mascara face!”I learned that using a water proof mascara daily can cause you to have brittle, dry lashes.
Use an “eye bright liner” to line the inner rim of your eye.
Using a nude liner, fill in your entire lip. For us busy women, this helps your lipstick to stay put throughout the day. Apply your lipstick and a pop of gloss to the middle of your lip for that pouty effect.
One lucky winner will receive 2 Mirabella brushes; a face blender brush ($42 value) and an eye blender brush ($27 value).
To enter: Follow Flying Paper Airplanes on Instagram and Facebook. Next, Follow Lauryl’s adventures on Instagram @Lauryl_makeupartist and like her at facebook.com/laurylestelle. Finally, post and tag a photo of your best “mascara face” to Instagram using hashtag #FPAmascaraface. Winner will be announced Wednesday, May 28!!!
A special thanks to Melodi Pike for the beautiful photography. Check her out on facebook!
And the winner is @photosvialt!!!