I know, I know.. WHY IS SHE SO GORGEOUS?!? Believe me when I say this, she is as SWEET as she is STUNNING (not fair, right?) Last Friday my sister and I had the opportunity to attend a makeup class in Charlotte, NC given by the phenomenally talented Brittany Kerr (Aldean). If you know Jason’s music it’s where I got the inspiration for my blog post title 😉 Can I just say this amazing woman knows her makeup! The class was so much fun and Brittany went through her favorite products on two very lucky models! I decided it wasn’t fair for me to keep all these amazing secrets to myself, so my next two blog posts will be dedicated to sharing her tips/tricks/favorite products. So instead of wasting any more of your time, lets “Take A Little Ride” (too much?!?! hahah) Part I, Foundation & Contouring (two of my favorites!)
Step 1: Prep Your Skin!
MAC Prep & Prime Fix Plus : Your foundation needs something to stick to and primer makes sure that your foundation doesn’t run and “stays put” all day. Apply primer directly to face or to hands and make sure to cover your entire face.
Step 2: Foundation
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation and Brittany applies this using her Beauty Blender. If you don’t know what a Beauty Blender is, it is an egg-like shaped sponge you can buy on Amazon or Sephora. I have had one and LOVE it, however there is a tip to using it… When you get your blender it will be tiny and small. You are to unpack it, completely wet it and the water will cause it to expand. Then after it expands and is still full of water you will want to ring it out and then take your dry towel or bath cloth and squeeze it getting all the excess water out so that the sponge is just damp. Then, put some of your foundation on the back of your hand and take the large part of the “egg” and dab it into the foundation and then apply to face by dabbing all over the face. Next, take the Beauty Blender and blend foundation into face in CIRCULAR motions (almost massaging it into the skin). Always add more foundation if you need more coverage.
Step 3: Contour
Am I the only girl who thinks celebrities like The Kardashians are the only ones who can have perfectly sculpted cheek bones?!?! I have tried endless products and steps to contour, but Brittany really helped simplify this process, so here it goes… Contouring is ALL ABOUT SHADING and ILLUSION.
Step One in Contouring: Your Highlight color… Brittany’s favorite is L.A. Girl Pro Conceal in Color Creamy Beige. With your highlight think of making a triangle underneath your eye. Take your same Beauty Blender you used to apply your foundation flip it over to the small pointed edge and this is what you will apply your highlight with. Take the tip of the beauty blender (dab some of the concealer on it) and draw a line from the inner corner of your eye down the side of your nose to the tip of your nose. Then draw a diagonal line from the tip of your nose to the outside corner or your eye. At this point you should have a triangle; now fill in the triangle with the rest of your product all the way up underneath the eye. Blend it out well and as we all learned in math class, “what you do to one side of the equation do to the other” and repeat under your other eye. After you have finished with the concealer take a translucent powder such as the Makeup Forever HD Translucent Powder or any that you have and apply on top of the concealer to “set” it.
Step Two in Contouring: Shading
Brittany uses the TOO FACED Sunny Bunny bronzer and applies it with the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush . The Too Faced Bronzer has two shades a lighter one and darker one; pick up the darker shade on the brush and sweep in a line on your cheek from the top of your ear to almost the corner of your mouth. Do this a few times for shading if you want. This darker bronzer is what gives your face the appearance of a “chiseled” cheekbone. I have a terribly small round face and this one tip MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE. The picture below is a wonderful example of this!
Step 4: Powder
After all the contouring is complete you can set your forehead and chin area with MAC Studio Fix Powder (my favorite full coverage powder!) Brittany and I both use color C4.
Step 5: Blush
Brittany used the Blushed Blush Palette by Morphe Cosmetics and chose a blush color to highlight the eyeshadow she had chosen. This blush palette is amazing and so affordable for 9 different colors!
Step 6: Highlight
Brittany partnered with Artist Couture for this class and she used their amazing Highlight called “Gold Digger!”
Photos: Eben Patten Photography
P.S. You’re welcome!! 😉