Who has done some DIY or painting at home? Pretty much most of us have tried. You’ll be surprised to learn that painting walls teaches you a lot when it comes to painting the face! Here’s why…
The cracks – When cracks appear on the wall not the kind in the plaster, the kind where walls have been painted repeatedly so the paint appears cracked, we just ‘paint over it’. The problem with this is that the cracks will just resurface again later down the line. These cracks mainly appear in kitchens or bathrooms because of a build-up of grease and dirt on the walls, this then breaks down the paints’ formula. The same happens when grease and dirt are left on the skin. The grease breaks down the makeup products formula and allows the finish to ‘break up’ or look ‘patchy’.
The Cure – Cleanse, cleanse and triple cleanse until skin is completely dirt and grease free before applying anything!
The uneven surface – Some surfaces and walls just appear uneven especially if wallpaper has been removed, or there is cracks or holes from fixtures and fittings. In these instances, we don’t just paint over these and hope for the best! We fill and sand them so that the overall area appears smooth! Therefore, the finished job will look smooth. The exact same applies to uneven skin and if we apply makeup on top of uneven skin its just going to appear uneven after.
The Cure – Moisturise skin so that the dry areas or lines are hydrated and appear smoother. If skin is quite uneven use a primer to smooth the surface of the skin too, to ensure the finished look appears its smoothest.
The Painting – When painting a wall, a coarse haired brush will mean bigger brush strokes and an unclean roller a speckled finish. When we are painting, we tend to choose a brush for the edges (‘cutting in’) and a larger tool like a paint pad or roller for the walls. We start at one end and work our way over to the other side layer by layer. The exact same applies to skin when applying foundation, the more hap hazard the placement of the product and the thickness of the bristles the less even the finish will appear.
The Cure – Use a flat top stipple brush in layers down the face starting at the nose (where you need most of the product) and layer to the outer edges. This will allow a perfect transfer of products unlike a sponge which will soak up your foundation and leave sparser areas of coverage, or a domed foundation brush (that looks like a blusher brush) as the circular motions used to buff product in, will overlap, therefor the finish will be uneven. If you think of the principle with the paint pad the transfer will work similarly giving you an even coverage and finish.