Any time someone asks if they can do my makeup, I jump at the chance. Makeup Artists are wizards and can make us look our absolute best, highlighting our favourite features, and making our least favourites better.
Kathryn McCaffery is a junior Hair and Makeup Artist with a well-known and reputable company called Blushed Beaute. Kathryn has been practicing makeup artistry for close to a decade, and has been working as a professional makeup artist for just over two. Kathryn’s love for makeup started at a very early age, so she came to Blushed Beaute as a self-taught artist. In 2016, she finished Blushed Beaute’s 25 Hour Business of Makeup course, which has given her the professional development to take on a higher volume of clients.
Though her main focus is makeup and hairstyling for weddings, she has also partaken in several fashion and editorial events such as the Ribbon Rouge fashion show, and Fashion with Compassion.
Kathryn’s 5 key makeup tips:
1.) Take care of your canvas! Any time you cover your skin with makeup, you’re essentially sealing off the pores and keeping any of the dirt and/or bacteria trapped underneath! If I’m at home and putting on my own makeup, before I even touch a makeup brush, I like to give my face a good, thorough wash and a moisturize. If I feel like my skin feels a bit bumpy, I will use my clairsonic or a good exfoliating scrub. I try not to exfoliate more than once or twice a week because that too can be hard on your skin.
The very first step I take as a makeup artist is to cleanse the client’s skins, followed by a good moisturizer. The cleanser the entire blushed beaute team uses it by Bioderma. It is a non-rinse cleansing solution that is paraben free and hypoallergenic. It leaves the skin feeling clean but not dried out, and can be used as a makeup remover as well. The moisturizer I use is also from Bioderma: it is also paraben free and hypoallergenic, and it leaves the skin with a really nice “slick” feeling so your makeup application will be a breeze.
2.) Match your foundation to your neck/upper chest. We’ve all fallen for the trick where we buy a foundation because it “looks like it should match [your] face”, and then you get home, you either look like a ghost, or you just look orange. Here’s a piece of news that, surprisingly, I found out not that long ago: most people’s faces are a different skin tone than the rest of their body. Personally, I like to go overboard on my skin care; I wash every day and have a regimented skin care routine. As a result of the constant washing and scrubbing, the skin on my face is a different colour. Matching the skin on your upper-chest and neck is usually a happy medium for your foundation colour but it’s not always 100%! Most makeup stores (Sephora, MAC, Holt Renfrew, etc.) will let you actually test it out. Moreover, they will give you a take home sample so you aren’t stuck with a full bottle. Because of this, I’ve been able to find a foundation that I love and I don’t have to check my face in 10 different kinds of lighting to make sure I’m wearing the foundation I should be!
3.) Practice your makeup BEFORE you do it for a big event or night out. As much as I’d like to tell all the women out there to “HIRE ME TO DO YOUR MAKEUP!” for your special event, I know that it’s just not going to happen all the time. It has definitely happened to me where I’ve bought a new dress and finished my hair and then thought what am I going to do for makeup? I usually try to have my whole outfit put together and then I go on instagram or pintrest (or wherever) and I find a makeup look that I like. NOT EVERY LOOK WORKS FOR EVERY FACE. It’s a hard lesson I have learned and had to make adjustments for…but it’s better you learn this before you go to your event and end up with pictures that you look back on and think I wish I had done my makeup differently. Youtube, Instagram, and Pintrest and GREAT and VALUABLE assests! Use them!! I learned how to contour by watching a YouTube tutorial. No, it did not go well the first time but I practiced and now I know how.
4.) I’d like to say that 95% of the time I hear people tell me that they don’t know how to put on fake eyelashes, they don’t know that they (almost always) have to trim the lash before applying it. Before you apply the glue, take out the lash and line up the inner lash on the strip lash with your own inner lash. Usually there will be excess lash that extends past your eyelid/outer lashes. You need to trim this off or your lashes will be peeling off your eye before the end of the night. Trust me. After you’ve measured twice and cut once, apply the glue directly to the eyelash strip and WAIT. I like to wait between 30-45 seconds before applying the strip to your lid. (By waiting, you allow the glue to get tacky, and it will actually stay on your lash line rather than lifting up right away). After you’ve waited, apply the lash to your own lash line. Again, I like to go from the inner corner, to the outer corner. Try not to close your eye entirely as you may glue your top lashes to your bottom lashes. If this does happen, I like to use a bobby pin (CAREFULLY) to pull them apart. If you’ve used white eyelash glue, it does take a little while for it to disappear, but it will eventually dry clear. I like to let them set for at leave 5 minutes before I do anything else to my eyes like adding mascara (which you don’t necessarily need to do). I also usually like to give my lashes a really gentle squeeze with an eyelash curler but, if you do this, it’s very important to wait the full 5 minutes because you may get your lashes stuck to the curler and you run the risk of having to apply them again.
5.) My final tip is really just to tell all the makeup lovers out there to take a good look at your eyebrows. Eyebrows have gotten a lot of attention lately and I’m really happy about that. I like a good, full brow, but it’s really important that they don’t look cartoon-ish. I understand that not everyone has naturally good brows…actually, I know that not everyone has eyebrows… but if you have sandy blonde hair, you should NOT be using a dark brown pencil or powder. I like to find the darkest colour in my hair and use that as a basis for my eyebrow colour. If you feel like you can’t decide for sure, I would highly recommend going to a specialized makeup store and asking for their opinion.
I like to start at the tails of my brows and work in. Your brow hair grows in different directions, either upwards or sideways: make sure you’re following the direction of your own eyebrow hair instead of blocking them in. Following your own hair will make it look much more natural. Then, find yourself an eyebrow brush (looks like a mascara wand) and make sure you brush out your brows after you’ve filled them in. Most people don’t need as much filling in on the inner part of the brow…”less is more” when it comes to the inner brow.