Art v. Makeup

Fortunately, I was invited to attend a two-hour workshop taught by the national makeup artist of Chanel.

The makeup artist was just that, a degreed artist. After the workshop, I had a different view on applying makeup and skin care. I will paraphrase the main points that I picked up that had never occurred to me. I now look at makeup application through the eyes of an artist using canvases and color mediums, and not as a quick application of product.

Your face is a canvas. Since your face is three-dimensional and not flat, your makeup should be applied to a three-dimensional canvas, allowing for shadowing and contouring in creating your beautiful masterpiece. For example, blush is considered part of the foundation of creating your face. It is not an afterthought. Products are used in creative ways to create the perfect canvas. It does not require more products, just a different application of the correct products.

Makeup is your medium. It should be applied to your canvas as paint is applied to a canvas by an artist. Look at your features. Study your face and neck. Once you know the contours and details of your canvas, your application of the medium will be easier as it has a specific purpose and not just a quick, three-step approach called makeup application.

Once the medium is applied, pull out your hand mirror and inspect your work. Look at all sides of your canvas to determine if the medium is uniformly applied to create your envisioned masterpiece. Look at the finished product as an artist views theirs.

 Skin care is applied the same way. Determine the areas of the canvas that need treatment and treat only those areas. A minor blemish on a canvas does not require the entire canvas to be treated, just the blemish. And different treatments may be required on different areas of the canvas. Remember this is art, not just a smacking on of product onto a flat face.

Treat your face as the masterpiece it is, and you will enjoy the rewards of your beauty.

Stay Real,



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