In my previous article, you are given the tools needed to paint your mug along with great websites and store names to get your things. Now it’s time to put those tools and makeup to use. It’s time to Cook Yo Face!
This article will go step by step: from base to lashes. There is a video on the left of this article showing step by step how I usually paint my face. Let’s jump in:
Step 1: Your Base
You now have your base pan-stick so just glide it all over your face: looking like road tracks. Then you blend it in with either your foundation brush or a cosmetic wedge. The base pan-stick I use is Kryolan 7W. It’s a little darker on my face, but I love the end result. This is especially good for me because I look tan year round…or so I’m told.
Step 2: Add Highlight to Base
Place your highlighting Pan-Stick to the specific areas for highlight. It’s easier this way and let’s the facial features pop when using powders. I use Kryolan FS36 and I apply this to my upper cheeks, my eyes, the bridge of my nose, and my brow. Blend using a cosmetic wedge.
Step 3: Base Powder
Grab your base powder and powder your face with a large powder puff. I know these puffs are hard to find in some locations, but the Asian-owned beauty supply stores carry these in abundance.
Step 4: Highlighting Powders
Take your lighter-than-base powder and place some on your apples of your cheeks, sides of forehead, and jawline. Then take your superwhite and place it underneath your eyes, the bridge of your nose, and the middle of your brow. You are going to leave these on your face until you are ready to place lashes or add something else to the bottom eye. I use LA Colors in Medium for the lighter-than-base and Ben Nye Super White for the highlight.
Step 5: Contouring
Want high cheek bones without the surgery? It’s called makeup, folks. LOL! Grab your contouring eyeshadow (I use both Ben Nye Raisin and Cover Girl Raisin) to contour and chisel your cheeks, the sides of your nose, the temples, the forehead, and the full jawline. The sides of the nose are done to slim it down and define it. The forehead and temples are done to blend the hairline when using wigs or lacefronts. The jawline is done to define it and especially useful for those whose jawlines are not pronounced .
Step 6: Eyeshadow for the Eyes
It’s time to paint those windows to the soul we call eyes. You are welcome to choose any color you’d like, but I’m using white because I always use white. I use colors when I want to match a complete outfit. I use Kryolan Matte White.
Step 7: Eyeliner…LOTS and LOTS of Eyeliner
Take your black liquid eyeliner and paint your cat eye. I always over-draw my eyes to make them bigger and more dramatic. We’re drag queens, after all!
Step 8: More Eyeshadow
The your black eyeshadow (I use NYX black because it’s the best black EVER) and create your new crease. This takes lots of practice because most are afraid of coloring outside the lines. Lose that fear and try it out. You just might like it. Once you’ve made your new creases, it’s time to grab your blending brush and blend up and away from the eye.
Step 9: More Eyeliner
Now we take our eyeliner and line the bottom of the eyes. Again..this takes practice and pretty good hand-eye coordination. I always overemphasize my eyes so my method may or may not work for you. Try it out and see if it does. Redefine your upper creases with black eyeshadow.
Step 10: Eyebrows
Not everyone wants a slim eyebrow and not everyone wants a Joan Crawford eyebrow. My eyebrows always change because it’s just plain difficult for me to paint the same brows twice. Grab whatever color eyebrow eyeshadow you want (I use black) and draw your eyebrows using your slant tip brush. There are many methods to doing eyebrows as some use liquid eyeliner to begin the process or end it. Some just use pencil. Use whichever method is right for you.
Step 11: Mascara
I use Great Lash Mascara because it’s fabulous and lasts forever. Do your natural lashes to get rid of the excess powders and they blend better when combined with false eyelashes. There’s no real true method to using Mascara as it should really come naturally. Say it with me, peeps. Brush to hair…comb…repeat.
Step 12: Blend The Powders!
Take your powder brush and, in small sweeping and circular motions, dust the powders and blend it. Take your time with this because you want to make sure you blend it correctly and evenly.
Step 13: Interesting Eyes!
This is an optional step, but I decided to put this step in for those who want more interest in the eye area. In the video, I use white liquid eyeliner to add more depth and interest to the eyes. The sky is the limit with liquid eyeliner. I have my liners in three colors: white, black, and silver glitter. Choose whatever your heart desires. I have even used tiny rhinestones!
Step 14: Lip Liner!
Pretty simple, right? Well I love to over-exaggerate my lips to make them pop. Practice your ideal size, or if you’re comfortable with your current lip size, then leave as is. This is my method of collagen on a budget….a really, really tight budget.
Step 15: Lip Service!
After lining, choose your lip color and color your lips. I use mainly nudes, purples, and really true reds. For nudes, I’ll add a white highlight with Ben Nye Clown White and just dab a little with my finger to add that extra pout. You can use the pout method to any color.
Step 16: Lashes…BIG Lashes!
I will always do my lashes last after I’ve dressed and have my hair on. In my video, it was final step and did not dress at all as it was simply a tutorial. I always use #301 lashes for my tops and KleanKolor #99 lashes for the bottom. My top lashes are stacked with two pairs of lashes and my bottoms are singular. Applying lashes on an angle will work best: the longest side higher and tapers to the lashline at the end. Application of lashes depends on eye shape so practice this.
That’s it! The face is complete, the body is working, the hair is fierce. You’re ready to paint the town red after you’ve painted your mug. With a lot of practice and a free weekend, you can gain the experience to painting a great face in a snap. For those who are interested in other looks, ask me what you would like to know and we’ll keep the makeup how-to articles coming.