I used to never wear make up. I didn’t have the time. I thought I was ok the way I was. Anyway I was touching my face all the time so it was not gonna stay in place. All the reason were good to justify my laziness. Then years went by, and I started to want to mask the disastrous results a night out started to have to give myself a more finished, more fresh look.
That’s when I started piling it up. Always looking for it to be easy, I was going crazy with compact foundation, not choosing the right color for me, I would pile on the concealer, convinced that I was hiding my flaws. I had no idea how to make up my eyes, with their weird shape, and I would put on a ton of blush just because I adore blush. Oh, and of course, I was doing all that in my poorly lit bathroom.
That’s how one day I met Tatyana on a shoot and, after telling each other our lives, she said : your make up… It’s not right. You have a beautiful skin, you shouldn’t hide it! I can show you if you want!
1/ I was a little hurt in my ego. I love and always look for people who tell me the truth but it doesn’t make it easy to swallow.
2/ A beautiful skin ? Me ? But what about my pores ? And it shines like crazy ! And look at all my imperfections Tatyana, here, LOOK!!!
3/ Me? Me who’s been talking about fashion and beauty for years? I didn’t know how to do my make up? Phhhhh…
So, her honesty and her talent made me love her immediately, and she became my make up buddy. Each time I have a shoot, I call her.
And through the years, slowly, by looking at what she does and listening to her, I learned. She’s very minimalistic, all about the texture. That’s what I love. It’s sensual, and the idea is to find a woman’s beauty. Depending on the shoots and the inspiration, we try different looks (friday on a shooting we tried a strong brow, it was amazing but we didn’t have time to shoot it for this post, so I’ll show you soon) and each time, she shows me how much make up can be fun, easy, and really, really make a woman more beautiful.
I started really believing in the power of it, and to get addicted. I now do my make up every day, I love it. I even set up a special place in my apartment, where the light is perfect and natural. So today, I wanted to share with you a few things Tatyana Makarova taught me…
Makeup Look 1: Natural Daytime
“To get the natural look, mix a small amount of moisturizer and foundation together and apply with the hands or a brush. If you have big spots or redness, you can use concealer for the imperfections, dark circles etc. Try to use as few products as possible to get a healthy glow, a look of radiant skin. It doesn’t give you the heavy look, which is my point. I like to see the skin through the foundation, so I don’t want to cover everything.
Once you have a good base, decide what features to highlight. It’s about using your strengths. If you have gorgeous eyes, just try to find the way to push them, give them life. I usually pick only one or two things – cheeks, lip, skin or eyes. For Garance, I prefer working on the eyes and the glow of the skin. If the skin is too matte, it gives you kind of a dead look, so I prefer to highlight. I love a little bit of blush, but really, really natural. To make things even subtler, try matching the cheeks and the lips.
For the eyebrow, I kept it simple because I focused on Garance’s eyes—they’re so expressive! I did not use strong colors, but I did use mascara a little bit, just to open the eyes even more. But, of course, it depends on the person. My point is I don’t apply makeup as a way to change the way the face looks – but to bring out the best features. I try to use the product to bring the best to the face. That’s truly natural—the pushing forward, the beauty, the person’s beauty. I don’t change it.
Everybody eye shape is different, but the general direction for applying eye shadow is darker in the outside corners. For the brow, I did a bit of shading, very natural with the Anastasia Brow Palette. I find the high point of the brow and visually try to make the face lifted from there. Try to match as closely as possible to your natural brow color specifically for this look – you can also look for a color that is somewhere between your natural hair color and your brows.”
Makeup Look 2: Understated Evening
“For this nighttime look, I kept the same foundation as the first look, but contoured a bit more using a highlighter and blush. I used a highlighting cream on Garance, you use it to bring out the high points of the face, like the cheekbones and eyes to add shine. Add color using a soft blush.
To give the eyes special definition for the evening, I used a MAC Eye Pencil in Teddy and smudged it around the eye and lash line in a light half-moon shape. You can even use your fingers to make it blend. Afterwards, I applied a dark black shadow with a hint of sparkle to set the liner and three coats of mascara for drama. Next, move to the lip. I used Mac Lip Pencil all over, Makeup Forever Lip Pencil all over , then a lip balm so you have a kind of sheer transparent color. I kept the brow the same using a palette by Anastasia – filling them in a bit stronger with the same color, to make the brow more present.”
Products used: MAC Matchmaster Shade Intelligence Compact, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer, L’Oreal Luminous Mascara, MAC Sculpt and Shape Powder, MAC Eye Kohl Pencil, Anastasia Brow Pro Palette, MAC Lip Pencil.
Makeup Look 3: Sun-Kissed
“The third technique is all about the bronze look—really sunny, glowing skin. It’s really simple; you just need to find a foundation and blush that are slightly darker, but still suit your specific skin tone. For example, I could not do this look because of my extremely fair skin. But someone with tanner skin works beautifully. It’s best to choose products that are all cream-based. I do not use dry textures because the matte finish doesn’t catch the sun. Once you have the color, focus on highlighting. Use your bronzing foundation, apply all over the face, including the eyes. Then apply the cream based blush with a light shimmer on the cheek bones, forehead and then all over the nose so it gives you a bit of a sun-kissed look.
For the eyes and lips, I applied the same bronzing blush cream with a finger, as well as a lip balm on top of the lids to create a nice dewy, wet eye. To finish the eye, all you need are two coats of mascara to keeps things light. To extend the bronzed look to the body, mix your bronzing foundation with a moisturizer to give the product shine and silkiness and apply to your arms, chest and neck. The best part about this makeup is the healthy look, so it’s best to keep it simple.”