I attended my first ever Master Class, of any kind, this September. It was hosted by Bobbi Brown, and that class single-handedly changed my
life beauty routine!
So you know I’m an absolute novice when it comes to skin care and makeup. I only began to learn when it was time for me to get married, so that’s a whopping 1.5 years of total beauty experience :)
I was really excited for the Master Class, because I sure could use a few tips! And of course, Bobbi Brown has a reputation for creating products that suit the girl next door who likes natural looking makeup. Perfect for the novice in me!
The class was taken by two of Bobbi Brown’s right-hand men - Eliano Bou Assi and Eduardo Ferreira. They made it into a really fun, relaxed afternoon spent learning about beauty & makeup.
And in between all that animated talking & dissing on MAC, I came out feeling rather enlightened about the world of beauty.
Here are the top 7 lessons I learnt at this Master Class -
#1 What’s your skin type?
The right way to ascertain your skin type is to check how it feels at the end of the day. Not right after a shower.
#2 Choosing the Correct Foundation Shade
No, not on the inside of your wrist. And no, not just on your cheek. The fact is, we have different colours all over our face. And to find the right foundation shade for you, apply a streak on your cheek, forehead and chin (this is called the Triple Check). Just dab the streak a few times and if it disappears into the skin, you know you’ve found the perfect shade. I haven’t used too many foundations in my 1.5 years of makeup experience, but of all that I have used, I liked Bobbi Brown’s the most. They have so many shades, and once you’ve found your match, it just looks like your own skin. Personally tried and tested!
#3 Flawless foundation – finally!
There are only 2 rules to achieving the perfect foundation finish
Rule No.1: Hydrate hydrate hydrate
Rule No.2: Use a Bobbi Brown foundation! :p
Honestly though, this one was a life-changer. Once the Master Class was done, they gave us individual makeup artists who would help us in sampling Bobbi Brown products. I told my MUA I don’t use cream-based foundations because they flake on certain areas of my face. He then asked if I moisturized, since foundation goes on a lot smoother on well-hydrated skin. I said I often skip the moisturizer because when I do use it, my skin tends to get really shiny within an hour. This was the biggest mistake I was making. My MUA stressed on the importance of moisturizing, yes, especially oily and combination skin (and on a regular basis, not just before applying foundation). When you provide moisture to your face regularly, it will adjust itself and stop producing that much oil on it’s own. Determined to achieve the perfect foundation finish, I told him I’ll try it out for a month – moisturize my face twice a day, even in the morning. And that’s exactly what I did. I was really disciplined all of October, moisturizing twice a day. Did it make a difference? A MASSIVE difference. My skin has honestly changed. I no longer need a blotting paper within 2 hours of applying foundation, and even without any makeup my skin is no longer the oil-producing factory it once was. Of course, I use a very light moisturizer (Chambor’s for Combination/Oily Skin) – heavier versions such as Kiehl’s Face Cream still tends to make my skin oily in a few hours. But this really works! I continue to moisturize my face twice a day now (it only takes like 20 seconds!) and my skin is a 1000x less oily plus foundation goes on without much flaking (since my skin is always well-hydrated). Foundations that I love and use every time? You guessed right – Bobbi Brown’s Skin Foundation SPF 15 (liquid) and Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Even Finish Compact Foundation (Cream foundation! That I use with ease now!)
#4 Always Layer Your Makeup
Build up your foundation layer by layer. It will help in making it look more natural that way. Always start by picking up a really tiny bit of foundation on the brush or sponge.
#5 Tips on using Bobbi Brown Correctors
If you’re using the Corrector+Concealor from Bobbi Brown, this is what you should know – the corrector neutralizes while the concealor makes it look invisible.
Their correctors have lots of moisture. Best way to use it? Pick it up in generous amounts with brush, then dab. You’re set!
#6 The Right Way to Use a Concealor
You should always use a brush to apply concealor, not your fingertips (which is what we’ve all been taught), because the brush helps to fill in the lines as well.
#7 Mascara Application – Up or Down?
Every MUA applies mascara in their own way – some apply it only from under the eyelashes, while others apply it over the eyelashes from top as well. But the right way to apply it is always from the bottom, and move the brush in an upwards motion because you’re weighing them down otherwise that beats the whole reason of applying mascara – to lift UP your eyelashes!