The fishtail brushstroke delivers a more skin thin finish with even the heaviest of cream/slip makeup products. Slip products are products that are even remotely wet/or creamy in texture. Even products that start off as a cream and dry down to a powder are considered a slip product.
For the Face with a Heart technique of makeup application, the fishtail brush stroke occurs almost exclusively with eyeshadow base, corrector, and concealer. Although many foundations are also a slip product, we do not use the fishtail brush stroke to apply the foundation.
The most natural feeling way to apply slip products with a brush is to brush the product in one direction. For instance with concealer we start under the inner corner of our eye and brush the concealer downward and outward always brushing in the same direction.
This seems to make good sense however the product is not being delivered in an even way. It is being layered on top of itself unevenly rather than becoming part of the skin.
The fishtail brushstroke at first feels unnatural. Rather than brushing the product in one direction, the brush slips back and forth like a fishtail to blend the product into the skin rather than across the skin. For this to physically work the brush must be held close to the hair end of the brush to create the flip flop simulation of a fishtail.
The eyelid and under eye area is the most vulnerable for showing any dehydration and fine lines. It is exactly in these areas where we apply key makeup products to either conceal or enhance our eyes. This is why learning to apply these slip products in this very thin skin area is paramount to your makeup looking like you and not like makeup.
Upcoming in this post series is a focus on new techniques to apply skin thin makeup and be seen more clearly.
Part Two – Hold The Brush Like A Microphone (or a wine glass, whichever visual works for you).
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CHRIS SCOTT, M.A. is the creator of San Francisco-based Makeup Gourmet®. Over his 30-year career, in addition to doing makeup for top models from every corner of the planet, he also had the honor of working for legends like Paul McCartney, US Vice President Al Gore, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Shirley Temple Black, Maya Angelou and Olympic Gold medalists Oksana Baiul and Kristi Yamaguchi. He was the creator and host of the TV show ‘Makeup Gourmet’ from 2008 – 2010. He was a leading Chanel Beauté national artist for over two decades. He designed the course and taught Fashion Makeup at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He created his unique Makeup Gourmet line to ensure everyone has access to high-quality, ethically produced, ‘green’ makeup and skincare made in the USA. Chris is the author of the International #1 Amazon Bestseller FACE WITH A HEART: MASTERING AUTHENTIC BEAUTY MAKEUP (2014), the COSMETIC COUNTER SURVIVAL GUIDE: HOW TO BUY THE RIGHT SKINCARE AND MAKEUP (2003) and released February 2019, HOW A MAKEUP ARTIST BECOMES A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS.
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