Wednesday, November 23, 2011

What's that saying, "Practice makes perfect..."

Well, I don't know about perfection, but practice will make you damn good!!!  When I am not recording myself, I take pictures of my looks to keep a record of my progress.  Like many skills and talents, trial and error is the best teacher.  But you have to be purposeful when doing so.  Either mental notes or actually documenting what techniques or products you've tried and the result.  Keeping a record tracks progress and you discover what works and what doesn't.  DON'T WORRY ABOUT TIMELINES, unless you have a deadline!!!  Skill sets that are damn near "perfect" have been developed over prolonged periods of time.  So you have to be realistic about your progress.  Here are a few tips on how to monitor progress and implement changes when needed.

1.  Track one thing at a time. If you are learning how to apply liquid liner (as an example), make notes on the product, tools and application.  Use the same product with different tools and application techniques before you change a product. 

2.  Document wearability. Good products are just good products, however, good techniques and tricks are even better.  Good techniques and practices should result in long wear of your make up, no matter the product - high end or drug store.  By the end of the day, if your make up is not as fresh, fading or smudging (even with touch ups) then you might want to reevaluate the product and or the technique

3. Invest in good tools. Make up tools really do make a difference in how your make up appears on the skin.  Brushes, as opposed to sponge tip applicators, hold more color.  Play with inexpensive brands first and learn techniques, i.e. patting, sweeping, how much product to put on the brush, tapping off excess, brush size for desired look, product placement, what tool is best for eyes, face and lips, etc... No matter the brand of makeup - a good eyeshadow primer and brushes will always be your best tools!!!


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