Lisa Eldridge, makeup artist extraordinaire, has worked with every A-list celebrity under the sun, and makes the most useful and beautiful makeup up tutorials. As of recently she is also the creative director of Lancôme make-up. I really don’t know how she does it all, but lucky for us she continues to create YouTube videos for us common folk and I want to mention a few of the things I’ve learned from my makeup idol.
Ps. She has the most amazing style when it comes to her wardrobe and home. If you start googling her, you won’t be able to stop. I warned you. You’ll be on a steep Pinterest worthy spiral – guaranteed!
- Wash your brushes with conditioner
When it comes to tools, treating your brushes properly will make a huge difference. You want to make sure you keep your brushes clean to prevent the spreading of bacteria. This doesn’t mean spending tons of money on fancy cleaners. If the world’s leading makeup artist says it’s ok to use conditioner – I’m game! In fact she said cheap conditioner is totally fine. Once you’re done washing your brushes, simply leave them over an edge to dry.
- It’s ok to use your hands to apply makeup
Sure, make sure your hands are clean, but you don’t always need a brush, a sponge, or a fancy shmancy “Beauty Blender”. Your fingers will work just fine! Since you already know how to use those you’ll be a pro at foundation application pronto.
- You don’t need to apply foundation all over your face
Once you find the perfect shade of foundation, which will blend seamlessly into your face, you don’t have to use it everywhere. You can apply foundation just in the middle of your face if that’s all you need. Keep in mind that you will need different foundations depending on the season – darker in the summer, lighter in the winter.
- Use concealer around your mouth/ laugh lines
This is a great tip! I used to think that concealer is only for your under-eyes but it ain’t so! apply concealer anywhere where you have a bit of redness to achieve a truly flawless complexion.
- Use a clean Kabuki brush to remove the top layer of your makeup
Keep this tip in mind if you plan on being in close proximity with another human, aka dinner date! Use a clean kabuki brush to blend and remove the very top layer of your foundation for a more natural, less made-up look.
- applying foundation in daylight will yield the best results
Not always an option, but if you can stand closer to your window in the morning and take advantage of natural light you’ll get the best results. If it’s winter and it’s still dark when you’re doing your makeup…I’m sorry. I hear ya, and I feel your pain.
- Bleach unwanted eyebrow hairs
Rather than over-plucking, you can bleach unwanted eyebrow hairs. This is mostly applicable for the strays on top on your brows. If it’s your first time, make sure you’re not allergic first. Don’t do this right before a big event. Just in case.
- Smokey eyes first, face later
When creating a smokey eye, apply eye makeup first and face makeup second. This will give you a chance to pick up any eye shadow droppings and make sure the canvas is clean before you go ahead with foundation.
- look down when applying eyeliner
When applying eyeliner, look down into a mirror to make getting close to your lashes easier.
- Don’t rub!
To remove eye make up, first place half a cotton pad under each eye, then put makeup remover on 2 cotton pads and just hold over your eyes gently pressing in. This way you’re not rubbing and irritating your eyes. The makeup will slowly detach, making it easier to wash off.
- Stain, blot, blend, lipstick.
for long lasting lip colour, stain your lips first with your lipstick, really pressing the colours into your lip. You don’t want excess at this point. Blend with a lip brush, blot your lips, outline, and then proceed with the second layer of your lipstick.
- smiling makes outlining your lips easier
I always lose my natural lip line so I think this is good to know. Also keep in mind that you don’t need a lip pencil to outline your lips, a lip brush is perfect. If you are using a lip pencil make sure it’s the same colours or lighter than your lip colour. No one wants harsh 80’s lines.
By watching her videos I get the feeling that Lisa knows absolutely everything about makeup, which is probably not far from the truth. The amazing thing about Lisa Eldridge thought, is that she is relatable, and a great teacher. The end results are always achievable even if, at first, enviable. I love that she teaches you to forget about rules, and that no colour is off limits!
Enjoy, experiment, and keep looking fabulous!