Hey! We’re back again with another ‘Sunday Chats With Liv’ and if you didn’t see my previous one then you can check it out here. So a while ago I was scrolling through pinterest, as you do and came across these images of makeup designs/ideas that were drawn out on paper and remember thinking that they looked really cool, so naturally I searched up images of them. They are called face charts and after looking at a few I became instantly obsessed with them and went straight to google to print out a template. I’m still not incredible at them as of now as I’m still trying to experiment to try to get them to look as good as others, but this is how it’s going currently and continue to read on if you’d like to find out a bit more!
So the best way that I could describe a face chart if basically a way of drafting a makeup look on paper before bringing it to life on someones face. It’s like a way of trialing and creating different makeup looks or experimenting to see what will work best. They can be used in numerous ways be it for your typical type of makeup or for more gory / SFX style makeup but at the moment I’m trying to perfect the natural / glam makeup looks.
Above is what the face chart templates that I used looked like. Due to the fact that I didn’t know necessarily how to do the makeup on the face charts, I didn’t know about the techniques that were the most effective, I searched up on YouTube tutorials on how to complete a face chart and quickly learnt how to do them.
It’s pretty much like how you would normally do your own makeup, you need makeup brushes and the your chosen eye, lip and face makeup. I wouldn’t say that there is a specific order in which you have to apply the makeup, the same way with how there is not a fixed order when applying your own makeup. Sometimes I choose to start with the skin, whereas other times I choose to start with the eyes, it all just depends for me really. So I’m going to take you through the steps of how I’ve been doing the face charts at the moment and show a few little examples of each step; but still baring in mind that order in which I apply the makeup does vary a lot.
Before I apply any of the makeup to the chart, I like to take a pencil and lightly sketch in the eye brow shape, the crease of the eye and the lines around the nostrils so that I have a basic guide one it comes to extenuating those features.
The next thing that I like to do is to bring some colour into the skin, this step you could say is equivalent to doing your foundation and concealer. I like to use a small fluffy brush and press down the powdered product down in circular motions to work the colour into the paper. I just bring this all around the perimeter of the the face, cheeks and along the nose but making sure to leave white space in the areas where the natural highlights of the face would be.
Taking a slightly warmer and darker shade than the previous one, I used a smaller more tapered brush to bronze and warm up the complexion. Around the temples, on the cheeks and jawline and a little bit around the nose area to begin sculpting the shape out. Then taking a powder darker than the bronzer, I began to contour under the cheekbones, temples, jawline, nose and to carve out the cupids bow and use the same coloured powder to add some dimension to the crease of the eye.
I’ll then take a warm or cool toned brown shade to be the base colour for the brows and just lightly fill them in with that colour, following the previous pencil guide that I sketched earlier. Next I scrape out a little bit of the same coloured powder that I used to fill the brows in onto a dish and mix it with the tiniest drop of water to create a liquid-y paste. Taking a thin brush, I dip it into the paste and create a mixture of long and short strokes to imitate hairs throughout the whole brow.
For the eyes, I normally just experiment but I do always buff a few matte colours into the crease to act as transition colours and along the bottom lash line too. Then I just add and build up the lid colours. In the picture above, I was in the process to a creating a cut crease.
The eye liner is pretty straight forward, I just map out the wing with a pencil and then fill it in with a nice dark black liner, normally about 2 layers gets it to its most opaque format. Eye lashes I find quite difficult, I either use an eye liner, a black pencil or a thin marker.
Last but definitely not least is the blush, highlight and lips. For blush I normally just mix a bunch of eyeshadows until I get a colour that corresponds or pairs well with the eye shadow look. For the highlight I will either use a rubber to get a sorta matte highlight or go in with one of my shimmer highlighters to make the cheekbones really pop. Then I just top it off with a little bit of lippy and there we have it!
And that my friends is my newest obsession! I have about 15 more templates that I’ve printed out so I’m well equipped for the upcoming weeks. So do you like face charts too? Do let me know if you have tried making your own face charts before or if it is something you would now like to try out, but that’s all I have left for ya today. I will speak to you again soon!
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