As part of our prep for my paper executive look, we underwent a basic skincare/makeup class held by Shiseido. It was my very first formal makeup class. Surprised? So far, I only picked up my skills from friends, makeup artists I met, Tyra Banks’ show, the Internet and by trial and error… very much D.I.Y. 🙂
And that made the class even more interesting and insightful! It helped reinforce the things I know and correct certain less-than-perfect skills. I guess knowing the basics makes one able to comprehend better than nought.
For example, they taught a skincare regime that differed from the traditional European method, which was typically cleanse-tone-moisturise. What they recommended was:
It is true that toning is not suitable for all skin types and one has to be careful what toner one chooses to use. Alcohol-based ones tend to dehydrate over time and isn’t advisable for non-oily skin types. Softening prior to skincare products prepares the skin to absorb whatever goodies those products have.
It’s also important to differentiate between a day cream and a night cream, as each is formulated differently for the skin’s needs throughout the day. Day creams tend to have SPF protection worked into them, as we tend to be more exposed to UV rays in the day; night creams contain ingredients that help improve skin repair while we rest.
Essential makeup to look clean and sharp in under 15 minutes is as follows:
- After cleansing your face in the morning and before applying your makeup, slap on your skincare product– it’s important to nourish your skin underneath all those cosmetics.
- A good base makeup helps your makeup last longer throughout the day. Shiseido carries 3 colours of makeup bases according to your needs– green to hide redness of sensitive skin, pink for dull complexions and ivory for pigmented skin.
- Conceal your blemishes… dab, dab, dab.
- Quick 2-way cake foundation… slide on your second skin.
- Always do and draw your eyebrows. It frames your face and creates your look. This is a must!!
- Mascara + eyelash curler takes precedence over eyeliner– long and curly lashes open up your eyes more than oodles of eyeliner.
- One simple eyeshadow colour, well-blended, is sufficient for a clean and professional look. There is no need for multicolours. If you’re going for a natural look, I suppose it can be optional too.
- Finish off with a blush powder and a lip colour & liner of your choice!
- In all these, note that in general, angularity makes one look more professional than roundedness.
Love these simple quick steps that will help me achieve my desired work image on rush hour mornings.
Overall, I thought Shiseido was very professional and knowledgeable. I’m impressed with the quality of the brand’s products too- have tried some of it on my own before and am planning on grabbing some moreour photoshoots. Hee…) My current wanna-haves are: their new Brightening Spot Control base and foundation and their all new White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum. In fact, all their products look ever so enticing… ><