To quickly develop your confidence with the COLOR phase, Artistry® color recommends mastering these basic application techniques.
The secret to your perfect blush shade is in the palm of your hand. To choose your shade of Artistry Signature Color® Blush:
• Close your hand and make a tight fist.
• Open your hand, and hold it next to a selection of blush shades.
• Select the shade of Artistry Signature Color® Blush that most closely resembles the skin tone at your just-pressed fingertips and palm. This is your best natural shade.
Place and sweep; let your face guide the blush brush.
• Sweep blush brush over desired shade.
• Line up brush with middle of ear, then sweep and blend toward tip of nose.
• The brush will lift off the skin where necessary because of your individual bone structure.
• To create a subtle/natural contour, sweep brush toward corner of mouth.
To create definition on your cheeks, use two colors of Artistry Signature Color® Blush: one in your brighter blush color, the other in a contrasting shade.
• Apply the more contrasting blush shade with a blush brush.
• Begin by placing brush on the face at the middle of your ear. Sweep this shade toward the tip of your nose; allow the brush to lift off your skin as you sweep forward.
• Apply the brighter shade by tapping it onto “apple” of your cheek and sweeping back toward hairline.
Looking for a more youthful flush—or to give your look a midday pick-me-up?
• Apply Artistry Signature Color® Blush to the “apple” of your cheeks only.
• Avoid overapplying for this technique by using brush to “tap” color onto skin versus sweeping.
Blend powder and blush for a soft enhancement.
• Sweep a blush brush into a small amount of Artistry Exact Fit® Perfecting Loose Powder, working powder into brush.
• Then sweep same blush brush over Artistry Signature Color® Blush, and tap off any excess color. Sweep brush across the forehead, down the side of the face and across the cheekbone, then along the jawline.
• Repeat on opposite side of face.
How to have a steady hand and apply in the right direction.
• Position the Artistry® Automatic LipLiner Pencil: Rest the knuckle of your little finger on your chin for stability.
• Draw upper lip line: Line from outer corner inward, moving up toward bow. Repeat on the other side of upper lip.
• Complete with bottom lip: Keep your knuckle anchored; draw a horizontal line in the center of your lower lip first, then draw liner outward to each corner, following your natural lip shape.
Line and layer color for longest wear.
• To extend the wear of your lipstick, and create more drama, line your lips with desired Artistry® Automatic LipLiner Pencil. Fill in lips with the same shade.
• Apply Artistry Signature Color® Lipstick or Sheer Lipstick to lips directly from the tube.
Application trick to make any lipstick look more sheer.
• For the look of a natural lip stain, apply your Artistry Signature Color® Lipstick or Sheer Lipstick to your lips with a fingertip.
• Tap color onto lips; this technique gives added versatility to any shade.
Helpful application tips to build confidence and share.
• When applying lipstick directly from the tube, never press too hard. Open mouth slightly for easier application.
• When using a lip brush, do not use too much lip product at a time. It is better to reapply a few times.
• Apply gloss and lipstick to lips using your ring finger; it can make application easier and help color stay inside the lip line. Using your ring finger can help you achieve a light stain on lips. A bare finger can be used to soften the edges of lip liner, too.
• Blot lips together lightly for a perfect blend.
Artistry® color offers reds in three lip formulas. Here is how to chose one based on how much drama you want or your formula preference.
• For full-on drama, try Artistry Signature Color® Lipstick in Daring Red.
• For a more subtle red lip, try Artistry Signature Color® Sheer Lipstick in Red Kiss.
• And a more shiny red, try Artistry® Lip Gloss in Ruby Red.
What to avoid when wearing red lipstick:
• Avoid wearing other bright shades on your face. Let your lips be the focal point.
• Choose a softly defined eye makeup and a “barely there” cheek blush.
Red Lipstick vs. Lip Gloss?
• A red lip gloss is best during the day for a more subtle statement.
• For nighttime, go with red lipstick for just the right touch of drama and sensuality.