Last month at Bloomingdales in SF, I had a special event with my favorite makeup artist in the world, Estée Lauder's Alan Pan. I usually get to see Alan around once a year whenever he makes it to the Bay Area. The tips he's taught me over the last few years has helped my skin immensely. (I wish I met him 20 years ago!) We had a special private room at Bloomies where Estee Lauder invited me and a eight of my girlfriends for a fun night of skin care and makeup tips.
Alan started by telling us about Mrs Lauder and her beauty regimen which he outlined throughout the night as we each learned various skin care and makeup tips. These are little gold nuggets I tell you. I tried to take as many notes as I could that night to share with all of you lovelies too!
Skin Care Tips
Alcohol in perfume can cause hyper pigmentation in your skin when you are in the sun a lot so beware!
The new Bronze Goddess ($60) scent has no alcohol and is a perfect beachy fragrance.
Imagine the way you want your lover to touch your face. The harder you rub, the more you are wearing down your skin.
When Using Cleanser and Toner:
Go down in the direction with your pores, not against them. Rubbing will create more impurities in your skin since you are rubbing the dirt into your pores.
Scoop a very small amount of eye cream. Use your fourth fingers to warm up cream. Tap on bottom eye bone gently. Tap like piano lightly with all fingers to circulate your lymphatic gland. This prevents puffiness. Do not put eye cream directly under your eyes as the skin is very delicate. Having cream there will age your eye area faster. The cream will naturally absorb up when you apply to your eye bone (by your cheeks).
Advanced Night Repair:
Use 5 drops from the dropper into palm and warm up in your hands.
Press on face and don't forget lip area. Advanced Night Repair protects you both day and night so use it twice a day as it will protect your skin in the day from daily pollutions.
Advanced Night Repair ($62 for 1 oz)
Use a pea sized amount of skin cream (See picture below.)
Using too much can age you and will allow pollution to adhere more to your skin.
Using a brush or a sponge, start from the center of your face to achieve a natural blended look.
Start with the nose area going from top to down.
Then blend into your cheek area.
Brush in a downward motion to chin area.
Then go in up motion to lips.
The last area to apply foundation is on your forehead.
Estee Lauder Double Wear in medium is good for majority of skin tones.
Mix concealer with Advanced Night Repair for great coverage.
Rotate your brush on powder.
Gently touch brush on face pressing brush flat to your skin, instead of brushing all around.
Then turn brush to other side to press more on your face.
This ensures you don't over powder your face where other's can see the residue.
Don't pick up too much bronzer with your brush.
Must use powder before bronzer.
Press brush in bronzer palette three times.
Brush number "3" on each side of your face by going from forehead to cheekbone to jaw bone.
Just touch brush in blusher three times for a natural look.
Glide brush from ear to cheek in downward motion.
Then circle brush on cheeks.
Do a small "C" above blush for a nice highlight.
When mixing colors mix bright colors with brown for a subtle look.
Pat eyeshadow brush onto eye.
Add color level by patting up higher the eyelid to achieve the look you want.
Blend after with a brush to refine the look.
All nine of us used the same eyeshadow palette above and it was amazing to see how we all looked different!
I now understand how to blend colors better.
Tip for Lips:
Use a concealer brush to apply lipstick for natural lip look.
We tried a lot of the Mad Men Collection that night. I loved the blush and the perfectly pink lipstick.
Thanks to Estée Lauder for the great time! Here's some fun snaps of the night: