Top Belfast make-up artist, Rebecca Bryson, shows us her tips at Hobbywhores #1!
When we started asking people what they wanted to learn about at Hobbywhores, it quickly became apparent that very few of us had a clue what we were doing when it came to make-up. And so we sought out a woman who knew her way around an eyeshadow palette and could wave a mascara wand to transform us into total rides. Here is some of the advice Rebecca, our first ever speaker at Hobbywhores #1, shared with us.
Rebecca, what the fuck is contouring?
It's using light and dark to create shadows and highlights to shape the face to the “ideal” oval shape. Contouring is different for every face shape.
Use a colour 1-2 shades darker than your skin tone for your contour shade. Use a colour 1 shade lighter than your skin tone for highlighting. A shimmery shade can also be used, but not under the eyes or over fine lines or large pores.
BLEND, BLEND, BLEND! IT SHOULD BE SUBTLE!
What should I have in my basic kit?
Light to medium weight foundation
Highlighter (or shimmery eyeshadow)
Couple of lip colours
Neutral eye shadows
Optional: Contouring kit
What should I save/splurge on?
It’s really important to buy a good foundation but you can save on your concealer and powder. My favourites are Rimmel Stay Matte powder and Collection’s Lasting Perfection concealer. One of my favourite cleansers is Garnier Micellar Water which lasts forever and is very affordable.
What brushes do I need?
Don’t be afraid to use your hands! Clean fingers can be the perfect tool for applying and blending your base. Invest in an eye-blending brush, a shader brush and a couple of powder brushes, then keep them really, really clean! Zoeva do great affordable brushes. A Beauty Blender is also a useful tool.
What foundation brands are good for very pale skin?
Try Illamasqua, Estee Lauder, Bourjois or Nars for great shades to suit paler skin.
Thanks to Rebecca for her great advice and also for the lovely makeover she did on Michelle, our competition winner!
If you’d like Rebecca to do your make-up or to train you up to do a good job yourself, you can get in touch with her here!