[Featured above: Caroline Hernandez with part-time M∙A∙C Cosmetics makeup artist, Brenda.]
Normally M∙A∙C Cosmetics’ Pro Master Classes are for makeup artists (MUA) only, but the brand graciously extended a complimentary invitation to me to attend their Instagram Glam class. Considering the subject matter and how often I use Instagram, I gratefully accepted. I’m so glad I did.
Taught by Caroline Hernandez (with assistance from full-time M∙A∙C MUA, Samantha, and modeled by part-time M∙A∙C MUA, Brenda), the Instagram Glam Pro Master Class was chock-full of helpful tips and recommendations for putting together a look to help you keep up with the hottest Instagram beauty gurus.
“For the cosmetics industry, Instagram has been fantastic,” gushes Hernandez. She states that she was never a fan of the over-contoured face, a makeup look that can completely change your natural features. “The current trend is to enhance who you are not change it,” she says.
Now, honestly, I’m not looking for Instafame, but I sure enjoy looking pretty in my photos! And if I can achieve that with the right makeup application and not have to rely on using a filter or spending minutes and minutes on photo editing, then not only do I feel attractive, but I feel accomplished, too.
Here are the product recommendations and tips I learned in class:
- Strobe Cream is a great place to begin and prep the skin before applying makeup. There are multiple colors to select from, so be sure you choose the right tone for you.
- Forget the blur filter! With the Mineralize Timecheck Lotion, you can win the battle against aging and blur those wrinkles and fine lines.
- You should be mixing foundations to create the right hue for you. Hernandez is a big admirer of Pro Longwear Foundation. She’s used it on photo shoots and says it will even survive a dip in the pool. She also prefers to use a flat top brush for application. She calls it the “bossy brush” because of its impressive ability to control the makeup.
- The Studio Fix Perfecting Stick does double duty as a concealer and foundation. Hernandez suggests you buy two: one as a highlighter and one as a contour. Purchase the highlighter in two to three shades lighter than your actual skin tone and the contour two to three shades darker.
- To line the eyes, Hernandez recommends two products: Pro Longwear Fluidline and Brushstroke Liner. For the most part, she relied on Fluidline to create the winged liner look (using a 210 Precise Eye Liner Brush for application), but for any area that she needed to fill in or required greater precision, Hernandez used the Brushstroke Liner.
- Hernandez emphasized the Semi-Sweet Times 9 palette, saying that the smokey brown hues look great on all skin colors and all ages. She could have ended the shadowing there, but since we were talking glam, after all, Hernandez added purple hues from the Red Hot Times 9 palette. It complemented the ombré lip she later created.
- For 3D volume on the eyelashes, Hernandez used In Extreme Dimension Lash. But she also used Extended Play Lash on the bottom lashes.
- Using the 266 Small Angle Brush, Hernandez applied powders from the Great Brows palette to the eyebrows, but she also drew in texture with the Eye Brows mechanical pencil.
- To make things super interesting, the makeup artist used Fluidline Eye Pencil to color in the inside of the eye (she also said it’s good for smudging). But even more surprising, she also used, of all things, Pearly One lipstick on the inner eye to create a highlight.
- Powder Blush in Melba added a pretty color to the cheeks, while Next to Nothing was used to finish off the face. The makeup artists described the finishing powder as a filter for the face. To create a strobe effect, Hernandez applied Extra Dimension Skin Finish.
- Hernandez applied lashes to both the top and bottom lashes, using clusters on the bottom.
- For the ombré lip, two products and colors were used: Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor, which I blogged about previously, in Recollection and Lavender Jade lipstick. Recollections was used on the outside of the lips, while Lavender Jade was used on the inside of the pout. Hernandez used a 318 Retractable Lip Brush for application. She recommends the brush for anyone on-the-go, because it can be conveniently carried in your bag.
And below is the final look. What do you think? Is it Instagram-worthy?
- Wipe your makeup brush on a tissue in between application and blending. I noticed Hernandez continually did that.
- The makeup pro herself offered this amazing idea: when your eyeliner brush starts to fan out and is no longer precise for application, do not throw it away. Instead, use it to apply pinpoint concealer when you notice you missed a spot or two before you take your pic.
- To create a microblading brow effect, use Brushstroke Liner.
- Use False Lashes Maximizer before you apply mascara for extra oomph. In fact, the panthenol in the formulation is so nourishing, you may witness lash growth after continual use. Use it on your brows, too!
- Hernandez’s must-do winged eyeliner tip (which you can use for creating a cateye, too!): “Just get the black on and correct the shape afterward by cleaning it up, instead of trying to get it right the first time.” In fact, she swears by the thin cotton swaps at Muji for precise cleanup and correction.
- When working on your brows, start with the slightly lower brow, because you can always bring it up, but you can’t lower the higher one.
- For flawless selfie lighting, try the Go Diva Selfie Ring Light.
- Hernandez’s favorite photo apps: PhotoWonder, FaceTune, Perfect365, BeautyCam, and BeautyPlus
- Hernandez’s favorite video apps: BeautyCam, Crop Video Square, iMovie, Splice, GifBoom, and Boomerang
Aren’t these recommendations and tips simply amazing? In no time, you will be insta-ready for your Instagram pic! To find a M∙A∙C Cosmetics store near you, use the brand’s store locator. Follow M∙A∙C MUA Caroline Hernandez on Instagram and Twitter.