Covering The Beard

by Paula Jackson of Esthétique Salon

With First Event right around the corner, I thought an article on Beard Cover may be helpful for those venturing out for the very first time.

Covering the beard may be the most difficult part of a transformation makeover. However, it can be done! I recommend following the steps beginning with prepping of the skin. Every little bit helps in achieving the perfect canvass for stellar makeup application.

1. Use a facial brush with a cleanser designed for your specific skin type. Gently go in a circular motion all over. The brush will lift the hairs, provide circulation, and exfoliate for a much better result when shaving.

2. Shave preferably using a razor for the closest shave possible. Gently pat dry.

3. Apply talc and shave gently picking up any stray hairs that you may have missed prior.

4. Apply a moisturizer for your specific skin type.

3. Use a coral shade of stick or lipstick to the beard area. Apply this with a sponge…press and drag for best coverage.

4. Apply a medium or heavy foundation that has some oil to it…not matte as this tends to look dry and will show all imperfections. I highly recommend Linda Seidel which may be purchased online at www.lindaseidel.com or through me directly. Again, use a sponge with the press and drag application. Make sure to take the foundation beyond the jaw line to avoid lines of demarcation. Remember to blend, blend, blend and feather the edges. Lightly powder.

5. Should the application appear mask-like, use a bronzer/tanner all over. This warms the face providing a healthy, sun kissed glow. Don’t forget to contour and apply blush.

Using MAC products:

To neutralize beard shadow, I have found that because the beard line usually casts a somewhat bluish hue, peach or orange shades of foundation tend to cancel it out well. I recommend trying the NW shades of the MAC FULL COVERAGE foundation. Go one shade lighter than the skin tone to neutralize the depth of the five o’clock shadow. Top it with MAC STUDIO FIX POWDER PLUS FOUNDATION (a powder and foundation in one) in a shade that is one shade deeper than your skin tone (I love to use the #182 BUFFER BRUSH to apply Studio Fix for a flawless finish). Be sure to blend the Studio Fix down the neck past the collar for an even tone.

Please don’t be discouraged if you don’t succeed at your first try. Practice will make perfect. Good Luck!

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