|My Clarins makeup brush.|
Most of us, and I’ve done my research on the subject (please correct me if you disagree), apply our makeup base with our fingers.
Whether we go heavy or light on the foundation, few women use a brush to apply their products with the exception of: blush, powder, powdered bronzer, mascara (obviously), and that’s about it. Makeup artists, at least the ones I interviewed, all use brushes.
The ones I spent time with for the book and on photo shoots seemed to prefer brushes over the purpose-made sponges, although on the shoots some “touched-up” the models with the sponges.
I asked at least a dozen women, all French, how they applied their foundation, every one said “with my finger,” or “fingers” in some cases. That’s the way I’ve always done it.
But, when one sees the pure, flawless, absolutely natural effect of brush application it’s difficult not to become a convert. Originally I thought it would take more time — OK, it takes slightly more — and that I wouldn’t be deft with the brush. It took two days to catch-on, and now I’m a complete addict.
I use liquid foundation or BB or CC cream (I’m experimenting). The good news is that you need very little product and where more coverage is desired, you simply re-pass with another feathery layer.
In a couple of weeks, I have, specifically for us, asked for a professional appointment to learn more about the beauty aspects of BB and CC creams. Deb Chase masterfully handled all the details for us last week in this space, now I want a hands-on lesson to learn how to best use the products.
Off to Paris to buy fabric for a sweet little dressing table poof I found at a country brocante.
A demain. . .