Laura Mercier x Byrdie Collaboration

As a Makeup Artist, you are always the one doing the makeup but rarely do you ever get your own makeup done by someone else.  I was recently given the most amazing opportunity to collaborate with Laura Mercier and Byrdie to show you how to create an “Effortless Daytime Red Lip Look” however, this time around I was the one in the makeup chair!  I had the pleasure of getting my makeup done by the incredibly talented Makeup Artist, Jenn Streicher, who is known for her editorial features and red carpet looks.  There’s nothing more that I love than getting to see another artist work their magic but when they are working their magic on me, the experience is far more surreal and educational at the same time.  I was amazed as to how quickly Jenn was able to create a red lip look.  Overall it must have taken her no more than ten to fifteen minutes, which is the amount of time it takes me to just to do the red lip, ha!  I remember her stating “as long as you have a good lip brush, a red lip should be easy” as she applied the Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour in the shade Foreplay, a stunning shade of vibrant red.  Enjoy the full video down below and be on the look out for future collaborations this year with Laura Mercier and Byrdie.





THE DIFFERENCE: Foundation powders are meant to be worn ALONE and not over a liquid foundation that you may already have on your skin.  Layering a foundation powder over a foundation can feel heavy, cakey and dry. Setting powders are meant to be layered over foundations and concealers in order to SET and prolong the wear of the makeup.  They also serve many others purposes such as mattifying the skin and blending.

IN MY PROFESSIONAL KIT: My favorite setting powders to use and carry with me in my professional makeup kit are the Ben Nye Luxury Powders in Cameo and Banana.  Cameo works on all medium/light to light skin tones (including myself) while Banana works on all medium/dark to dark skin tones.  These two powders really reduce the amount of product I have to carry around in my kit.

MINERAL FOUNDATION POWDERS: If you love the simplicity of foundation powders but have a dryer skin type, consider using a mineral foundation powder.  These tend to be more on the hydrating side (yes, there is such thing as a hydrating powder) and have a much more natural finish.  The Laura Mercier Foundation powder was my GO TO foundation powder for years!  Bare Minerals is also great for mineral powder foundations.

MAC MINERLIZE SKIN FINISH:  This powder is my HOLY GRAIL of powders!  To me, it is the perfect setting powder – natural, not heavy, hydrating and blends seamlessly.  Also, most setting powders tend to come in shades like translucent, light medium or dark and this guy comes in 15 SHADES!  MAC’s website describes it as a powder that can be used to set foundation and touch up’s through out the day and leaves a natural-satin finish on the skin.  Long story short, I simply love it.

HOW DO YOU KNOW ITS A FOUNDATION OR SETTING POWDER?:  Knowing whether you are picking up a foundation powder or setting powder can be confusing for most. The main thing to keep in mind when shopping for these two different powders is this… Foundation powders will normally come in a wide arrange of colors that usually coordinate with the liquid foundations the line carries.  A perfect example for this is NARS – Sheer Glow foundation comes in shades Punjab, Sante Fe, Stromboli etc. and their foundation powders also come in Punjab, Sante Fe, Stromboli etc.  Like mentioned before, setting powders will normally just come in translucent, lights, medium, dark and so on.  If this still confuses you, I say when in doubt, check the product description online – it will normally state if it is a foundation powder or setting powder.

and that, is powder in a nutshell!