(Closed) The *trials* of makeup: How to avoid the ashy look?

posted 8 years ago in African-American
Post # 4
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Newbee

I think your ashy look is down to using the wrong shade of foundation. You want a shade that has ‘warm’ undertones. MAC Mineralize gives good coverage as well as a nice health glow. I use it with a matt powder. For your wedding look, I’m guessing you want the natural wedding glow look?

Looking at your pictures, we’re probably almost the same shade (I’m NW45/NW50 in summer) and YSL Touche Eclat has never been suitable for me. Unless they make a darker shade in the states, I don’t think it’s dark enough for a concealer, without making you look like you have white circles under your eyes.

What sort of powder did they use on top?

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I am going to say that it may be your application technique? I am no makeup artist (I discovered Sephora via the bees) but I have noticed the difference in the same makeup when applied by brush versus sponge. I was told to always apply makeup with the brush then touch up hard to reach spots (along the nose, etc) with a sponge. Also, blush is a must b/c you will look washed out/ashy unless you bring that “warmness” to your cheeks that blush provides. I wasn’t a blush person mainly b/c I always think of the black people that I have seen wear blush…the impossibly rosy cheeks =)

You may have seen this already but here is a “do it yourself” picture I took at Thanksgiving. I used Sephora foundation, blush, and the translucent powder to “set” it. The eyshadow and lipgloss is Mary Kay.

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Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Mitla…I can’t wear Mary Kay foundation either…my skin just gets too oily and it slides right off. LOVE the lipgloss and eyeshadow though!!

Hmmm…I will say that I didn’t have any concealer at all on b/c the consultant said that it will show up white b/c of the camera flash. Did you use concealer underneath your makeup to cover blemishes??

My suggestion would be to try to apply it without concealer (if you have it on), only use the primer if you have oily areas on your face. Take a few more pics to see if that changes anything.

…I am sure you will find the right combination…and what may look like too much foundation in person will photograph really well. I am going to check back in to see how it turned out…good luck!!

Post # 10
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420 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

i was told by mac one time that when its time for bridal portraits do NOT ask for studio fix, as the spf/ingredients in it rebounds off the flash leaving a washed out look. 

this was a while back, but i think it still stands true?

 

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

okay, is there anyway you can get your makeup airbrushed? i have a few friendors that are makeup artist and if you notice, it’s not just darker skin tones that look completely different. I think it has something to do with the pigmentation and the flash or something like that because to the eye it seems perfectly beautiful… do you know any makeup artists? i know one that now lives in dallas i believe, pm me if you want her info and let her know i sent you..

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

@Mitla: sigh… makeup shouldn’t be so difficult… do you have any MUA in the area that blog? perhaps you can ask them directly or call the MUA that you are using for your wedding? 

 

Have you tried Mac’s tinted moisturizer or bobby brown’s?  I have a darker skin tone and both work really well for me.  I use a concealer by mac to cover up my blemishes. I was also quite surprised the last time I went to mac because they used a tinted moisturizer that was darker than my skin tone… it looked really strange and took away the yellow undertones so I also think it depends on where you go.  if all else fails, i know a makeup artist who custom blends her foundations to match skin types and perhaps you need to buy two foundations to blend to make your perfect one..

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

What about something like an “illuminating foundation”? Obviously on a low intensity scale…I know if they are applied too heavily it can look weird with flash, but particuarly in the winter when my skin goes very matte and dry, it gives it a healthy glow that sings of summertime.Then again, I have white skin, so this may not be applicable to you….but maybe something with some “glow” would help avoid the ashy look?

But yes, ANYTHING with sunscreen is a no-no.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Have you tried using BareMinerals?

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