Small Changes Equal Big Impact
"MAKEOVER COMPLEMENTS NATURAL BEAUTY"
Florencia Taylor is an accomplished makeup artist whose awards include 2017 Canadian Makeup Artist of the Year (Salon Magazine Contessa Award) and 2017 North American Makeup Artist of the Year (Professional Beauty Association’s North American Hairstyling Awards). Taylor feels that people should never feel that they have to follow the latest makeup trends or try to match the way their peers look. She believes every person is unique and always begins her work with a thorough consultation.
Andrea LeClair, modelling for this demonstration, is a teacher in her early 40s, doesn’t usually wear much makeup. Like many women, she feels her age dictates that she needs to update her skin regimen. LeClair wants to maintain a look that is age appropriate and accentuates her natural features.
“Your makeup is only as good as the condition of your skin,” according to Taylor. “Everyone needs a face wash, eye cream, moisturizer and serum.” If you are on a budget, she says to make a quality eye cream your priority.
Taylor recommends a BB or CC cream for LeClair because her skin is in excellent condition. Florencia prefers to use smaller brushes because a denser brush causes you to use more product.
Taylor applies cream blush with a brush or her fingers; she starts at the apples of the cheek and moves up the cheek’s natural line to the temple, creating a bit of contouring. Bronzer can also be used on lips and eyelids.
She uses a brush to apply a brown eyeliner on LeClair, adding that the method of application is up to the individual. According to Taylor, a very dark eyeliner around LeClair’s eyes will make them look smaller.
Taylor says that it is important to curl your lashes before applying mascara. “Grab the lashes, press, and slightly lift up.” Additionally, she recommends that “if your lashes don’t hold curl, you should consider a waterproof mascara.”
Florencia always recommends using a black mascara. She says that the brush (or wand) is the most important element in expert application. If you have smaller lashes, look for a long, thin brush. Always apply mascara more heavily at the root of your lash.
Taylor used a lip pencil first and then a gloss. Throughout the day, LeClair should only have to reapply the gloss.