Ask A Detroit Stylist: Putting Together Your Best Fall Look

November 5, 2013 3:32 PM

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Makeup artist Jon Jordan’s philosophy is a simple one: your makeup should enhance your look, not be the first thing people notice. “If people are noticing your makeup before they notice you, the purpose of wearing it has been defeated.”

Jon is a respected professional that has worked in the field of cosmetics dealing with some of the biggest names in media. Jon has hosted his own segment on CBS called “Eye On Style” where he provided tips on makeup and the entire fashion scene. His ability to find that perfect combination of makeup application and colors has earned him the respect of professionals nationwide. With his knowledge, you will always look good, even when those random photos are taken at holiday gatherings.

Jon Jordan
330 Hamilton Row
Birmingham, MI 48009
(248) 723-8181

Caring For You Face

When you apply makeup, Jon says your goal is to enhance your natural beauty, not cover up all that nature has given you. Naturally healthy skin is the basis for all makeup that will do the job and give you that special look.

With this in mind, first and foremost you need to take care of your skin. If you don’t, it will make the job of applying makeup properly and tastefully much more difficult. Jon’s advice is to choose moisturizing products that contain “active ingredients” that will assist in repairing damaged skin, not just cover it up with oils.

For an even look, Jon says that when applying a foundation makeup, always use a brush. Many people will apply it in other ways, but the entire reason to apply a base is to give you a smooth look and you will get this by using a brush. Not only will this be the first step in getting your makeup to look flawless, but it will also make applying other products much easier.

If you have a shiny complexion and use a facial powder to reduce the shine, do not overdo it. Jon’s advice is to use just enough to reduce any shine but not so much that it becomes obvious and could interfere with applying other makeup.

When applying bases and makeup, always make sure to keep any off your eyebrows and watch for any obvious “lines” where the base ends. Either of these mistakes can be very noticeable and could spoil the look.

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Your Eyes

Your eyes are considered the windows of your soul and can truly make or break the look you are trying to achieve. You want to draw attention to your eyes, but not in a way that will be overdoing it.

Jon’s says that the goal should be to make eyes appear bigger and more expressive and that colors should be “subdued” and used sparingly. Again, this will allow the beauty of your eyes to shine through.

When it comes to eye shadow, he suggests using a #9 brush which will help to soften and “smudge” the eyeliner, again for a softer look. Or for another look, skip the eyeliner and “line” by just using eye shadow.

If you are going to be in a situation this fall where you know your photo will be taken, it is best to stay with a neutral matte and not a frosted eye shadow. This will emphasize your eyes in photos but not make them stand out in an unnatural way.

You don’t want to look like a rock star, so go easy on eye liner under the eyes. Use a small brush when applying it and try to get a medium to deep shadowing effect, not a heavy-handed dark zone.

Mobile Makeup

With the harsh weather of fall always literally in our faces, it is best to keep a small makeup kit ready for those last-minute touch-ups.

Put together you own custom kit with the shades and colors you love. Not only will they be easy to carry with you, but this is the perfect way to have a travel makeup kit ready to go.

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