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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Confused about words used in Makeup Artistry?

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Have you ever found yourself sitting in a makeup chair, getting you makeup done and thinking "What the hell is she talking about?" or at a cosmetic counter and looking lost as if there is a different language been spoken?

If you answered yes!   Your not alone. 

Today I'm going to walk you through this strange language and help you get a better understanding of some of the words used.

Apples of your cheeks are the full, round, fleshy area of each cheek that becomes more prominent when you smile.

Ashy is a dull chalk like appearance to the shin.

Blotchy refers to an unevenness to skin tone and overall appearance of the face.

Blot is to remove moisture or oils from your face with an adsorbent tissue.

Blush is for adding a warm glow or a hit of colour to the face.

Brighten means to make or become bright, lighten or perk up.

Brow bone is the area of the eyelid, right below the arch of the brow.

Build-to-colour is layering of one or more colours to create more intensity and depth.

Capillaries are tiny blood vessels, that if damaged/broken show as thin red lines around the nose and cheeks.

Cakey is when a product appears thick, dry, flaky or crusty after application.

Concealer is a miracle product to have, it hides everything your foundation wont from undereye dark circles to spots and skin discoloration.

Contour the opposite to highlight, is usually a darker shade to your foundation, it adds depth and definition to facial features making them less visible.

Coverage is how the amount of opacity a product gives to the skin.

Crepe-like appearance is when a area of the skin appears to have lots of line lines and looks saggy.

Cupid's bow is the rounded, curved area center on the top lip, forming almost like a M shape.

Dehydrated is lack or loss of moisture.

Depth level is how light or how dark your skin and foundation appear to the naked eye.

Dewy refers to foundation, blush or lip colour that has a finish that creates a fresh, glowing look with a slight sheen and luminosity.

Discoloration is when a area of the skin changes to a darker or lighter colour of your natural skin colour, like age spots.

Dual-finish refers to a product that can offer multiple finishes when applied, depending on how and the tools used for application.

Elasticity describes the skin's suppleness and its ability to remain firm, tight and young.

Emollient is an ingredient used in products to help smooth and soften the skin.

Exfoliation is the process of using products and actions to remove the top layer of dead skin from the face.

Eyeliner is a product used to defy and bring out the eyes.

Eyeshadow is a colour/colours applied to the eye to enhance and add shape creating soft gentle or dramatic looks.

Facial masking is the visible unevenness to the colour of the skin, where the skin appears lighter in the centre and darker around the outer edges of the face,

Finish is the appearance given by a product once applied. Eyeshadows have a matte, shimmer, satin or frosted finish, while lipsticks can have matte, creme, shimmer and frosted finish.

Foundation helps to even out the complexion and cover skin imperfections.

Frost is maximum sparkle and super shine. It also refers to the finished look of a eyessadow, lipstick.

Gloss is a super high shine lip colour with little staying power.

Glow means radiant and youthful, a radiance that seems to come from within.

Gradation is the gradual changing of a shade from dark to light or light to dark.

Highlight is the opposite to contour, highlighting brings forward specific features drawing more attention to that area. Highlighting shades a usually a lighter shade then your foundation.

Hyperpigmentation is a common harmless condition where patches of skin become darker in colour compared to the normal surrounding skin.

Hypopigmentation is the loss of skin colour.

Intensity is a term used to describe vividness of a product, how strong a shade or colour appears.

Layering means applying multiple layers of product/products, creating a greater depth in colour or a full complete coverage of a foundation.

Light-reflecting particles are small, finely ground particles/ingredients in a product designed to reflect light, disguising flaws and creating the illusion of flawless skin.

Lip colour applied to the lips is the quickest way to set the mood for a look, from applying a clear gloss or balm for a natural look to defining the lips with a bold colour.

Luminescence describes a foundation with light-reflecting qualities that creates a glowing, refined look.

Mascara a product designed to coat the eyelashes with colour to give a full, long, thick dark lash. Mascara can make your eyes stand out and look younger.

Matte is used to describe lipsticks, eyeshadows, foundations, powders and blushes that have no shine and appear flat.

Matallic describes lipsticks, eyeshadows and eye pencils that have a very shiny, reflective metal finish.

Melasma know as chloasma or pregnancy mask is brown patches that appear on the skin from excessive sun exposure, oral contraceptive and can appear in the second or third trimester of pregnancy.

Mica is a small particles used in cosmetics to produce shine and shimmer, it can colourless or a variety of shades. Used mainly in eyeshadows, blushes and lipsticks.

Midtone is a neutral, natural eye colour that you sweep across the eyelids to help define and shape the eyes. It should be a shade that is natural to your complexion, it should be darker then your highligher shade but lighter then your contour eyeshadow shade.

Mousse is a texture like a fluffy whipped cream, commonly used in foundations and blushers. Its offers a lightweight  sheer coverage that blends into the skin effortlessly.

Mute or muting is to make a colour appear less intense.

Oil absorbers are ingredients added to a formula that helps absorb natural oils from the skin.

Oil-free means a product has no added oils in its formula, but this does not mean the products may not contain moisturizers,

Opaque is a finish that provides absolute coverage, allowing very little skin to show through.

Polymer is a small ingredient or particle when added to a product clings to whatever it's applied to and adds bulk, volume and length, most commonly used in mascaras.

Porosity is the skin's ability to absorb and hold moisture.

Powder is a term used to refer to the talc-like form of products like eyeshadows, blush and powder.

Primer is a product used underneath other products to create a better finish, they create a barrier between the skin and products applied to prevent products seeping into line lines and wrinkles, they also help keep makeup in place much longer.

Rosacea is a skin disorder leading to redness and pimples on the nose, forehead, cheekbones and chin.  It can look a lot like acne, but there are no blackheads.

Satin refers to a finish that is neither flat as matte or shiny as shimmer, used to describe foundations and liquid cosmetics that give a smooth finish to the skin.

Sculpting is a term used to describe the process of reshaping something.

Sheer is a thinner and more transparent finish that gives the skin a glow, silicone is usually used in products allowing them to glide on to the skin, clings less and covers more smoothly helping the skin appear brighter and fresher.

Silicone is a number of polymers containing alternate silicon and oxygen atoms that act like adhesive and lubricants helping cosmetics adhere to the skin, it also helps a product water-repellent.

Skin tone is a human skin colour and can range from very dark brown to nearly colourless. Skin tone is determined by the amount of depth and type of pigment melanin in the skin.

Stippling is a blending technique used for concealers and foundations, by using gentle patting motion with your finger or sponge you effective blend out the edges without erasing the product applied.

Strip test is a technique used to find your true foundation colour match, by applying one or more colours of foundations down from your jawline to your neck.

T-zone is basically the center of your face, including the centre of your forehead, nose and chin.

Temples are the outer edges of your forehead above the eyes extending to the hairline.

Tinted is used to describe a product that will give the skin the slightest hint of colour and the sheerest of coverage possible.

Texture is the consistency of a product, the feel or weight of a product on your skin.

Undertone is the underlying tone of a colour, it's the base that a colour is formed from.

Vitiligo is when patches of skin lose their pigmentation, it is also know as vitiligo vulgaris or hypopigmentation.

Water-based describes the formulation of a product that can be used to remove or dissoluble in water, generally they are less irritating to the skin.

Waterproof describes a product that is totally resistant to water.

Water-resistant describes a product that will resist water but is not totally resistant.

If I have missed any, please let me know and I will add to the list.


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