The Importance of Skincare and Makeup

All new models joining our agency have to go through a series of training. It ranges from catwalk, fitness, and beauty. Knowing how to take care of your skin and putting on makeup is one of them. When it comes to modelling, your face is one of your greatest assets.

Your face is the first thing the client notices about you. A model with good complexion will stand a much higher chance of getting the job.

If the client selects a model with bad complexion, the flaw has to be covered with makeup and post production magic. All these cost time and money. It would be easier for the client to choose a model with good complexion from the beginning.

What’s Your Daily Skincare Routine?

Many people use only a cleanser in their daily skincare routine. Let me tell you why that’s not good enough. It might be causing your skin more harm than good.

“Beautiful makeup, starts with beautiful skin.” – Shu Uemura

1. Cleanser

  • It washes off oil and dirt on the surface of your face.
  • To get a deeper clean, consider washing with a face brush.
  • However, skin is now more alkaline than natural due to the cleanser.

2. Toner

  • Remove traces of oil, makeup, and dirt your cleanser failed to remove.
  • Shrinks your pores.
  • Brings your skin back to its natural pH level (around pH 5.5).

3. Sheet Mask

  • Hydrating essence that nourishes your skin.
  • Do not leave mask on longer than instructed. Doing so may cause skin irritation.
  • Pat excess essence into your face after removing mask.
  • Do not wash your face after removing mask. Use a moisturiser to seal in all the goodness.

4. Moisturiser

  • Adds moisture back to your skin to prevent it from drying out.
  • Dry and cracked skin will allow bacteria to enter beneath it causing skin problems.

5. Scrub (Once a Week)

  • Exfoliates and removes dead skin.
  • Skin looks more polished and healthy.
  • Skin will absorbed facial products easier.

6. Facial (Once a Month)

  • Facial massage increases blood circulation. Allowing the skin’s optimal health to renew skin cells.
  • Reduce waste buildup in the lymph nodes. Excess waste can cause puffiness, ruddiness, and fluid accumulation.
  • Aids skin detoxification.
  • Smooths fine lines and promote collagen production. Collagen is the building block of the skin. It prevents the skin from premature aging, wrinkles, and sagging.
  • Deeper cleanse and exfoliation than home methods.

Why Do Models Need to Learn How to Put on Makeup?

Knowing how to put on makeup is part of a model’s essential skills. As a model, a vital member of the fashion/beauty industry, you should know how to use the products you promote. This is why all models new to our agency will have to go through makeup training.

Most jobs will have a makeup artist on set. Don’t worry about having to do beauty campaign level of makeup yourself. That won’t happen. But there are times the model has to come in full makeup. So it is better if you know how.

Knowing how to put on makeup also means you have more experience with your face. You will learn about your own features and understand its strengths and weaknesses. This will help when you need to pose with your best angle.

Most importantly, makeup is fun. With makeup, you have the ability to create different looks. You can even change the shape of your face through contouring.

Makeup brushes and lipstick

Putting on Makeup Correctly

Learning about makeup can be daunting. There are thousands of products out there. Learning what each one does seem like an impossible task. Do you know that there is a correct order in putting on makeup?

After cleansing and toning your face, it is time to put on makeup! Here’s why you should be putting makeup in this order.

1. Serum

You should always start with the lightest product. Serum is water based. Applying it first will ensure the highest absorption rate.

2. Eye cream

Much like serums, these lotions are thin and need to be clear of barriers.

3. Moisturiser

Now you can put on the thicker stuff.

4. Oil

If you paid attention in science class, you’ll remember that oil floats on top of water. This is why you have to apply the lighter, water-based products first.

5. SPF

Applying SPF straight after cleansing will render the rest of your products useless. It will form a protective layer that prevents your products from reaching your skin. Putting on your sunscreen here is perfect. Sunscreen is important, always put on sunscreen to protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun.

6. Primer

Primer is what you should apply before your makeup. It allows makeup to go on smoother and last longer.

7. Foundation / Concealer

Many people are confused on whether you should apply foundation or concealer first. It is generally correct to apply foundation first with one exception. If you are using a powder foundation and a liquid concealer, it is better to apply the concealer first. Wait for the liquid concealer to dry and you can apply the powder foundation on perfectly. If you apply the liquid concealer after the powder foundation, it will cause the foundation to cake up.

Here’s a table to better explain the concept.

Foundation Concealer Order
Liquid Liquid Foundation, then Concealer
Powder Powder Foundation, then Concealer
Liquid Powder Foundation, then Concealer
Powder Liquid Concealer, then Foundation

8. Powder

Face powder is designed to soak up excess oil. Sweep over your t-zones, chin and under-eyes to set concealer.

The order here isn’t that important as most people will have their own preferred way.

10. Bronzer then blusher

11. Eyeshadow and eyeliner, then mascara

12. Brows

13. Lips

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