Good day readers! I trust you are well and that the holidays have offered some rest and enjoyment.

Should you have read the last article, the basic implements were suggested for the fledgling beautician. Hopefully, you are now keen to commence by offering a facial make-up, the procedure should occur in the front or side of the client.

Initially, your  “beauty room” should be clean and as quiet as possible and your tray has all the basics needed.

Your client should be comfortable in the chair with a professional bib over the chest area.

Suggesting that your client arrives without make-up is a good start and conversation is minimal for relaxation.

Soft, soothing music in the background is beneficial and the procedure can commence step by step.

Methods vary, but working from the forehead down to the neck makes good sense!

  1. Gently wipe the facial and neck area with a moistened pad and pat dry.

If a creamy foundation is used, place “dots” on the forehead, nose, both cheeks, chin, and neck, and then gently smooth over all the areas and contours of the face right up to the hairline.  The use of a facial sponge ensures less finger work on the face.

  1. In order to “set” the foundation,  face powder can be pressed over the areas.
  2. Study the eyebrows and if shaping is not required pencil over the area, the depth of colour might be the client’s choice.
  3. You are now ready to commence with eyeshadow varying with eyelid shape. A pale beige is acceptable below the brows or just ignored. Darker shades are suitable for bulging lids, others can be chosen by your client adding a slightly darker tinge on the outer lids.
  4. With your client looking ahead, apply mascara to the upper eyelashes but omit the lower lashes to avoid a “dolly” look! Take care not to allow the wand to touch the eyeball! Do not encourage the client to ask for a mirror as this interrupts your work.
  5. Application of rouge/ blusher can now be applied. As this varies, your best guide is on or just below the cheekbone not extending beyond the outer corner of the eye.
  6. We are almost there as lipstick is the final application. Colour will vary according to current fashion and the shape and thickness of the lips.

The old rule applies, too small lips – use medium tones, too generous lips – use deeper tones. As lips tend to be wobbly, ask the model to give a wide closed mouth “grin” for stability. One can then outline with a lip pencil and then brush on the colour from the tube or a bottle. Do not outline lips with a brown pencil, this being a most outdated 1970s fashion!

In conclusion, and if you wish to work on this model in the future, allow for her comments. In doing this, you can secure her faith in you.

Make-up is one of the pleasing aspects of beauty as you have immediate visible results – the best of luck for future success.