A lot of information has been thrown at me during my first two makeup artist classes, and I’m doing my best to just take it all in. We’ve discussed colour theory, contouring and natural makeup looks, and have also been introduced to face charts (which will take some serious practice). Throughout all my years of schooling, I’ve found I retain information best when I write it out and discuss it.

Here are a few of the helpful tips and tricks I’ve learned so far:

  • Complementary colours (red/green, blue/orange, yellow/violet) make each other stand out when used together, but they also cancel out when layered, which is super handy for concealing skin imperfections. Mix a bit of green corrector into your concealer to cover up red spots, or mix in orange to reduce the blue tint under your eyes.
  • When contouring, use darker shades to minimize specific areas of your face and lighter shades to highlight and draw attention. For example, highlight your cheek bone with a light shade and place a dark shade just under it to create a more defined cheek. You can also blend darker shades along your hairline to make your forehead appear smaller.
  • The key thing to remember when contouring is to use cool tones, not orange-toned bronzers. Bronzers are designed to add warmth to the face, while a cool tone will create more of a natural contoured shadow.
  • When using a variety of liquid, cream and powder cosmetics, the order of application is crucial to your makeup’s staying power. Be sure to apply all liquid and cream products first, set with finishing powder next, and then apply any powder products last.
  • To create a cohesive makeup look, it’s a good idea to keep your blush and lipstick within the same colour family. If you want a peach lip, use peach on your cheeks as well. Products like Benefit’s lip and cheek stains are perfect for matching your lips and cheeks for a well-balanced makeup look.

For more makeup tips and tricks, keep an eye out for my next beauty school diary. Comment below if you have any tips of your own to share!