A Day with the Makeup Nista

Last Thursday started out like any other day: I woke up, I ate breakfast, I brushed my teeth, I blogged a little and then I went to Jackie’s, aka the Makeup Nista’s, house and learned how to take my face from this… to this!


Before we started our makeup application lesson (with my new Sigma Beauty brushes) we went over the order in which to apply makeup:
(this is simply by preference, you can go in whatever order works best for you)

1. Eyebrows
2. Eyes
(you’ll need a dark, medium and light/highlighting
eye shadow for this look)
3. Face
(You’ll need 2 foundations, one light and one dark.
A setting powder, bronzer and blush for this look)
4. Concealer
5. Lips
6. Setting spray
(I’ll compile a list of the products I used at the end of this post)

Once that was out of the way the real fun began! Since I’m a visual learner I decided to add step-by-step pictures along with descriptions of the tips and tricks I learned. However, they’re taken with my iPhone so they’re not the best quality.

Here we go…

Step 1

It’s best to start with a clean slate so you’ll want to wash your face before you start.

Step 2

Start off applying eye shadow primer to entire lid and a very tiny bit above your eyebrow. Next, fill in your eyebrows using brow filler and a Sigma E65 small angle brush.

Step 3

Start on your eyes by applying the darkest shadow to outer corner of your eye using a Sigma E25 blending brush.

Step 4

Next, apply the medium colored shadow all over lid using a Sigma E60 large shader brush.

Step 5

Apply the light/highlighting shadow to just under your eyebrow and the very corner of your eye (near your tear duct). I used a Sigma E55 eye shading brush to apply my highlight shadow. Lastly, blend and then blend and then blend some more using either a Sigma E25 blending or a Sigma E40 tapered blending brush.

Step 6

Once you’re happy with the way your eyes look the next step is to do some clean up. Take a baby wipe, makeup remover wipe or a wet paper towel and sweep from under your eye straight up towards your hairline. Don’t go too high (like I accidently did but don’t worry, I’ll fix it later by blending it out… I’m still new at this…) with the sweep or it’ll look unnatural.

Step 7

Now comes time for my favorite part, foundation! Before I met with Jackie I was never a fan of foundation. I had been using Bare Minerals for 7 years and felt like foundation always looked fake and plasticy but NOT ANYMORE! Jackie taught me that with proper application foundation can be your best friend. Using a Sigma F60 foundation brush I took my darker foundation and basically traced/outlined my face. I took the dark color all along my hairline, as well as, my chin. (When applying foundation it’s important to remember pour the foundation onto your hand and take what you need from there. That way you don’t take more than you need)

(You can use a face primer before applying foundation but I didn’t for this tutorial because I was going to take my makeup off right after anyway)

Step 8

After applying the darker foundation I filled in the rest of my face using the light foundation with a Sigma F80 flat kabuki brush. Using my F80 brush I stippled the light foundation onto my whole face and then buffed it into the skin. Be sure to buff where the lighter foundation meets the dark to avoid harsh lines and create a natural “JLO” type glow.

Step 9

At this point you would press a finishing powder into the skin with a Sigma F30 large powder brush. However, I haven’t gotten a chance to pick up any powder yet so I wasn’t able to do this step.

Step 10

After pressing the finishing powder into your skin you may want to add a bit of color and contouring to your face. Make a fish face (and I know… that you know… what I mean!) then using a Sigma F40 large angled contour brush apply the bronzer directly under your check bone until you see some definition appear.

Step 11

Make the fish face again (such technical descriptions you’re getting today…) and using a Sigma F50 duo fiber brush apply blush to your cheekbone and blend.

Step 12

Time for concealer… Using either your finger (which is what I do) or a Sigma E40 tapered blending brush apply concealer to your under eye area to brighten and eliminate any bags.

Step 13

We’re back to eyes for the next two steps. Apply eyeliner to your top lash line (if you want to, I didn’t for this look), tight line and water line. If you want to make your eyes appear larger you can use white eyeliner on the water line or skip it all together.

(don’t judge my eyebrows,  I hate them but they DO NOT grow so I can’t get them reshaped… I’m trying though)

Step 14

Apply mascara and/or add fake lashes (I didn’t use false lashes because I’m not brave enough to try them on my own yet).

Step 15

LIPS TIME! This is a very important step as it can change your entire look. If you’re doing a bold eye stick to a natural lip but if you’re doing a more muted eye you can experiment a bit more with color on your lips. For this look I tested out two different lipsticks (colors are listed below the picture). I like a more natural look so I went with the color on the right.

Left side is Revlon ColorBurst LipButter in Berry Smoothie with a clear lip gloss on top. Right side is Revlon ColorBurst LipButter in Creamsicle with CoverGirl WetSlicks Amazemint in Pink Positive lip gloss on top.

Step 16

Once you’re happy with the way your makeup looks, you can use a mist to set your face. This will help lengthen the makeup’s staying power.

Here’s my finished product…

I’d like to thank Jackie for helping me learn some makeup tricks. I definitely feel more confident in applying my makeup and I hope you have learned a few tips and tricks as well from reading this post. If you have any questions leave a comment below and I’ll try my best to answer!

– Katie

Products used:

Eye primer: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original (it’s the purple one)
Eyebrow filler: Urban Decay Brow Box in Honey Pot
Eye shadows: From the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette:
Dark – Busted
Medium – Pistol and Suspect
Light/Highlight – Verve
Foundation: Revlon ColorStay
Dark – True Beige
Light –  Sand Beige
Bronzer: Bare Minerals Warmth
Blush: NYC Color Wheel (Mosaic face powder) in Pink Cheek Glow 723A
Concealer: Benefit Boi~ing in 01 Light
Eyeliner: Revlon ColorStay in Black
Mascara: LashBlast Fusion in Very Black
Lips: Revlon ColorBurst LipButter and CoverGirl WetSlicks lipgloss
(colors listed above)



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4 responses to “A Day with the Makeup Nista

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  4. Ashley Szymanski

    This deff made me want to go and buy all new make up and brushes! lol You are soo pretty! Love this blog!

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