Bonjour Mes Amis,
I hope you’ve all had a lovely start to your week so far; I know my Monday was definitely more lively than usual! I was here at A French Touch enjoying the company of a few of you lovely ladies, Patricia, and Hollywood’s own Emily Katz (along with her ADORABLE shoes)!
During her two presentations yesterday, Emily shared her make-up tips, tricks, secrets, and stories from over 20 years of hard work and experience
while demonstrating proper make-up application and technique on our two lovely models.
So, in case you weren’t lucky enough to join us yesterday, I took all sorts of notes and pictures, and am here to share it all with you!
- “Get peels, and use sun screen.” Seriously ladies, not only does it take that dull, aged look off your face, but a peel series can help your other skin care products penetrate more deeply to get better results. Sun damage causes somewhere around 90% of visible aging, so sun protection will also prevent the addition of years of visible aging on your face, neck and decollete.
- “You need a good Brush Kit.” Brushes make the application of make-up and even skin care products easy; they allow for a more even application of product, keep it from getting stuck in your pores, and allow for more specific (and sanitary!) product placement than fingers.
- “A good sponge is like an eraser, it should be your new best friend.” This also helps with the even application of product, blending, and smoothing for a perfect finish to your look.
- “You need a good concealer.” Concealer proved to be quite the star of the show yesterday, by covering and blending everything from wrinkles to dark/red spots to blemishes, and even reducing the appearance of puffy skin. “Use it correctively over red patches or dark spots, and you’ll melt the years off.” A fun tip; yellow-based concealers will cover red patches better, while peach/pink-based concealers will cover blue dark spots (like dark under-eye circles) better.
- Every concealer, foundation, BB cream, etc. will look different on you, both compared to the original color, and also to how it might look on others, because our skin has a unique pH that can alter the hue of our make-up. If you’re lucky or choose from a high quality brand, it shouldn’t change drastically. Emily joked that this is how a lot of her make-up ends up in the “guilt drawer”; we all have one, full of make-up that we bought, tried, and didn’t like as much as we thought we would!
- “Change your mascara every 3 months.” When it starts getting clumpy, flakey, or smelly, it’s time to go! Also, don’t pump your mascara to get more out; it encourages bacteria growth and actually forces product away from the brush. Instead, hold it upside down and roll it between your hands so the warmth will melt in onto the brush.
- “Less is more. I’m a real minimalist when it comes to make-up. The older we get, the less make-up we should use, because too much looks like a cakey mask, not attractive!”
- “Stand in your beauty. Reflect who you are, and learn to be sheer with yourself; you should love your features and learn to enhance them, not hide them.”
We had a lovely time yesterday, and I hope you all can attend next time; make-up tips, cute shoes, french hors d’oeuvres, champagne, a gift certificate towards a facial, and a good time are certainly my favorite way to brighten up a Monday! Don’t worry though, I’ll be sure to tell you when Emily’s coming back!