Today I'm very honoured to feature a guest post from Andii James, a very talented Makeup Artist, who also writes his own blog, Andii James Makeup Blog, so be sure to go follow him if you're not already!
Andii shares his expertise for your reading pleasure on how to do a natural, no-makeup look, as he guides us through the steps he follows when making up male models for photoshoots and the rather delightful boy band, Rewind.
Hey, I'm Andii James from Andii James Makeup Blog. When I'm not blogging, I am out doing makeup, yeah you guessed it, I'm a makeup artist! I'm here today on Pampered Prince to talk about Male Makeup!
When I usually do makeup on male models or on bands, I try to use as little as possible to make it look like they're not wearing anything.
You want that groomed look but you don't want to look made up, because that's not the look you are going for. I will list a few steps I take when doing makeup for males.
- Skincare is really important for males, as we tend to dismiss it, but these days more and more people are becoming more aware to skincare. Use a moisturiser that is suited to your skin type. I carry a bunch of difference moisturisers because of the different people I work on.
- I also use a primer when working with men just because men's skin tends to be a bit more uneven that females. I often use primers that smooth out the skin and shrink pores or mattify the skin.
- I don't use foundation on males unless its needed, so for everyday you wont need to use foundation unless you want to. I usually use concealer, correctors and eye brighteners as I find guys can often have a lot of darkness around the eyes. I really like using the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage for blemishes and Touché Éclat for brightening the under eyes or MAC Select Cover Up. Sometimes I will mix the Touché Éclat and Secret Camouflage so I can use it under the eyes.
- Once you have corrected and concealed you'll want to use a powder to set it all in place. I usually just powder all over on males as they don't really like being 'glowy', instead preferring matte skin. I prefer to use coloured powders on males because it evens things out a little more, without looking too made up, but when doing photographic makeup I tend to use HD powders.
- For the average guy the finishing step would be to fill in or just add a bit of colour to your brows, as brows frame the face and are really important. I use the Bobbi Brown Natural Brow Shaper for this as it adds colour, gives shape and sets the brows.
- One extra step you could do is to take a contour shade and use it to define your face contouring. On men it's completely different than doing it on a woman, because on a man your trying to angle the face and make it strong and more defined. I also take it around the edge of the face to just give colour and more shape. For this I use MAC Harmony (the colour circled below).
Personally I think that doing male makeup is so much more fun that doing makeup on woman, yes it's great to do all the dramatic looks but on males it helps me to refine my skills as I want them to look good but not made up and I think it really helps your technique if you can do makeup , without it looking like makeup.
|This is the band (Rewind) I usually work with doing their makeup, check them out on facebook!|
Thanks for reading my ramblings.
If you want to read more from me you can check out my blog at: www.andiijamesmakeup.com just click the blog tab to read!
A BIG thank you to Andii for such a fantastic post and taking the time to share some of his expert tips. It's great to get industry insider knowledge! I for one have been taking notes and will be putting his advice to good practise!