It’s Day 3 at makeup school and there’s a color wheel on the whiteboard. “The key to being a successful makeup artist is being able to identify someone’s undertones and know how to manipulate the color wheel to get rid of unwanted color,” says instructor Gina Sandler.
And when Sandler says “unwanted color,” I immediately tune in because I want to learn how to cover up my zits, the stubborn redness around my nose, and the bluish hues under my eyes. She says opposite colors cancel each other out, so green-pigmented concealer covers redness, and orangey concealer removes blue. “If you use your beige concealer, it’ll only make those areas look muddy,” says Prior.
Once Sandler shows us how she gets rid of zits, redness around the nose, and under-eye bags on one of the students, she then pairs us off and has us practice on each other’s makeup-free faces. Immediately, all of my insecurities start bubbling up. My bags, my zits, my dark spots … is someone seriously going to be inches away from them? Then one of the students says, “Ugh, I’m so ugly.” Sandler responds, “No, you’re so cute! You all are!” It’s makeup school, but it starts to feel more like we’re in a group therapy session. Sandler says practicing on each other is key because you quickly learn how to deal with all types of skin tones and facial features, which you will have to become comfortable with if you want to be a professional.
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