The Makeup Chair is a monthly column by Jillian Wilkey, a professional makeup artist in the Bay Area.
What’s messing up your makeup?
There are no rules in makeup. Whether you desire an ultra-glam full face or something more low-key, makeup is an art and should make you feel good. However, there are a few basic concepts that will help you achieve any flawless finish.
1. Proper skincare is the key to beautiful makeup. This routine may vary depending on skin type, but be sure to always cleanse and moisturize before applying your makeup. To ensure the best results, allow your skin to soak up the moisture first before applying foundation. Other skin care helpers would be to exfoliate, and use serums, toners, masks, and primers. I suggest the Eminence Bright Skin Starter Kit.
2. Clean brushes. It’s the least favorite part of my job, but the most necessary one. Brushes that are left unclean can cause breakouts and affect the perfection of your makeup application with bristles congested in pigment. Wash your brushes regularly with either a gentle soap or brush cleanser like the Jane Iredale Botanical Brush Cleanser & Brush Shampoo found online or at Salon on the Square.
3. Using an expiration date. Makeup expires. Old makeup can create a less than flawless face, but more seriously it can cause infection. As a general rule of thumb,
· Powders (blush, shadows) = 1-2 years
· Foundation = 6 months to 1 year
· Concealer = 6 months
· Lipstick, lip liner, lip gloss = 1 year
· Mascara = 3 months
· Liquid & gel liner = 3-6 months