This week, Cindy is giving you a demo of exactly how she does her makeup. You’ll see the lighting Cindy uses, the vanity she sits at, and the mirrors she uses to get her makeup just right.
Cindy is also offering some practical tips on how to apply your makeup. She is revealing the specific foundation, mascara, eyeliner, and other cosmetics she uses—and showing you how to apply them with your Boomsticks.
Watch the video for the full makeup demo.
Hi, good morning, or good afternoon. It’s Saturday, and I want to bring you into my bedroom, because I have something to show you. Alright, it’s just you and me. We’re going to have some fun with makeup.
I wanted to show you how I set up my makeup mirror. This vanity is created by a mirror that my mom had on her dresser, and then this old fashion cart. And you see I have it right in front of the window.
So, now I’m going to show you lighting. Do we want to make ourselves up in this light? No, because we can’t see anything. Do we want to make ourselves up in this light? Well, it might be a lot more realistic. When you get close and you see the texture of your skin, if you put on a lot of foundation and stuff, and pounder, then you’ll see what happens. But the best light to really see is beauty lighting. But, as you can tell, if I put a bunch of stuff on my skin, and then I go into this light, hmm… This is the kind of light the world see you in. They also see you in this kind of light. So, you see the difference? Well, what just happened? I just lost about ten years. Well, maybe not everywhere.
So, what I’m going to do is I’m going to set the computer down right where I make myself up, pull up my chair… I just got back into my bedroom. I was living downstairs in the dining room because BOOM! needed every penny we had, so we rented out our five bedrooms in this big old house, and we made our bedroom in the dining room, and had the living room and had our own little suite. And I got my bedroom back, so, the walls are bare. I’m still decorating.
Alright, this is it. You wanted to know what to do with Boomsticks when you’re wearing lots of other makeup. So, I’m going to show you the order, the whole ball of wax.
Boomstick Glo. Moisturizer, dense, intense, wonderful, moisturizer. And I keep looking at myself instead of you, so I’m going to look at you as much as possible. Boomsilk, a liquid version of Boomstick Glo. They are exactly the same things. This is stiff, so it has more beeswax. This is more liquidy, so it has more water and olive oil. But they have the exact same ingredients, they are both moisturizers, they are both meant to go on your skin first. And if that’s all you want, then that’s all you have to do. So, this is convenient, you can put it anywhere. Because this is beeswax, it will sit on top of the skin a little more than Boomsilk. So, I’m putting this on just to show you. The way I put on Boomsilk, you notice sometimes the olive oil pools, just take your finger, mix it in there. I take it like this, I mix it on my hands… OK. I’m going to do this really fast because I have other things I want to say, today, this Saturday. You sent in the best questions and I’m literally going to through them one by one, I’m going to mention your first names.
OK. Foundation. When I do wear a foundation, I wear Armani’s Luminous Silk. It comes in the most incredible realistic variety of colors, and although using a sponge uses up a bunch more than you may want, because this is $60 a bottle, but it will last a very, very long time. So, if you don’t want to use a sponge, take a little in your finger. What I do is I put it on the top of the thing there, because I don’t want to use that much. Wherever your skin is, you put foundation. It will change the texture a little bit. So, with your finger, you can do it like that. But I find it gets a little too thick, so I do it like that. See, I wipe it across the top. So, first moisturizer, then foundation. Right? So you’re putting this everywhere. Now, you don’t have to, you can use foundation like a concealer, and just use it in specific places.
Now, one of you asked, how do I get rid of under eye circles? Dark circles, is it possible? First off, it could just be your ancestry, and some people think they make you look smokey and sexy, but we have this idea that it makes us unhealthy. It could come from lack of health, it could come from allergies. If you have dark circles and you want to get rid of them, it is next to impossible. You can cover the darkness but you’re adding texture. So, you have to choose, do I want more texture under my eyes with no circles, or do I just want to keep the dark circles and keep my skin dewey and moisturized. You have to make a choice. That is from a makeup artist who has been in the business for 35 years. You cannot eliminate under eye circles without adding texture because you need a dense, thick concealer that’s very sticky and stays put. Because you do not want to put powder on there.
The color should match your skin exactly or be a tiny, tiny, tiny bit darker, because when you put any color lighter than your skin tone you go ashy. No matter what color your skin is, if you go with a lighter foundation or concealer on you skin, it makes your skin look really dead and really scary.
Alright, so, you start with your moisturizer, then you put on your foundation. That’s the order in which you do it. Now we’re going to put our other two Boomsticks on. I like to start with Boomstick color, but it doesn’t matter. You could put the glimmer on first. I don’t have my glasses on. That’s the good thing about Boomsticks, you can kind of do it blind, they’re so forgiving. The main thing is blend, blend, blend. I can put a little here and here, even things out. Sometimes if I have an open shirt, I’ll put a little on my chest. And as you’ve seen in my other demo videos, when you first put it on you get a little red.
Now, we’re going to put on glimmer over the foundation, which is over the moisturizer. Put a little here, I love it there, I think it’s beautiful. Some people like to put it on their lips, I’m not so crazy about it on my lips.
Now, after I do all that I do my eyebrows. I’m not sure why, you definitely do your eyebrows after you do your foundation, but what order you do it is… so, my eyebrows are just weird. They are barely there. I have a line, I have a few hairs, but I do like to put on my eyebrows. So, I get my pencil really sharp and I kind of go in the direction of the hair. You can also use a bevelled brush with an eyeshadow.
And notice that your hair on your eyebrows lightens as you age. Not always, but quite often. You want to keep them soft, you don’t want to draw hard lines on your skin, and follow your natural brow line. Do not try to change the shape and do not try to match one eyebrow to the other. Your face is asymmetrical and if you make your eyebrows exactly the same, it’s going to show how asymmetrical your whole face is. So, do each brow for itself. One brow may be a little more arched, and those little nuances are nice, if you have a little crooked smile, all of that is good. That’s what we love about our friends, their unique, special features that belong just to them.
So, now, if you want to do eyeliner, and I just discovered this one, and this is really good. I got this at Walgreens. You can get it at CVS… need my glasses. Rimmel. It’s a coal stick. This may show up backwards on my screen. So, I’m moving really fast.
I also have this super, incredible, 15 power magnifying mirror, and I’m telling you, you can see things that you never knew were there. I find it really, really helpful, just if things are a little off balance. I also have this less extreme magnifying mirror. That’s what I was using for my eyebrows.
OK, so this thing screws up, and I like to put it just at the base, where my eyelashes grow in, because I don’t want to call attention to the makeup. I just want to give my eye a little bit more definition, and I do this when I’m going to be on camera, and if I just feel like being a little snazzier, a little more dramatic. This is a nice, soft pencil, but it does stay put. I think it’s great.
Alright, so those of you who do want to cover their under eye circles, the makeup on the top of the jar is now a little drier. So, like I said, if you put it on the top there, and then it dries, it makes it a little easier for you to place. You put that right in here, and right under here. The reason I like to use a foundation for a concealer is because concealers tend to be very thick.
“We’re going to have fun with makeup.” —Cindy Joseph
Now, I’m going to use this concealer, which is a little too late for me, but I’m going to put it here. Sorry, put it right there. Now, you see it’s a little light. However, and I hope this works, it adds more texture than… I don’t know if you can see it, but the foundation is thinner, but you can still get it to be relatively opaque.
I can’t see a damn thing, I’m so blind, and the more I wear my glasses the less I can see, which is kind of a bummer. But then, maybe as we age we see things softer because when we’re looking at somebody across the table of the bed…
Man, my lips look red in this. They’re not this red in person, I think the Mac camera makes the lips more colorful than they actually are, because I’m looking in the mirror in natural light, the light that gives you the best reading. It’s much, much softer. Not that colorful lips aren’t fun.
So, let’s see. Is that all you wanted to know? Eyelash curler I either use Tweezerman, or Sephora. The curve is what you want to look at. If your eyes are very curved and come way out, or if they’re more flat, that will determine which eyelash curler you like, and you may have to buy a few. Experiment with them and give them to your girlfriends, because it’s very hard to know ahead of time.
If I’m going to wear eye makeup and I’m going to wear mascara, I mean, go for broke. I think eyelashes are really fun. They’re very feminine, they give your eyes definition without looking fake, because you already have hair, so you’re just enhancing the hair.
The liner, I normally never ever wear liner, but I just wanted to show that to you. I do wear it for the camera.
So, the mascara that I use is Buxom by Bair Essentials. I love the wand. It doesn’t flake, it stays soft, so if you want to layer… when you go to the second coat, you know how sometimes your eyelashes can get all crusty and hard? This stays soft so you can add a nice layer. I like to do the mascara so you don’t really notice it too much. This one’s black. Brown is nice too. Depends on how pale you are, or dark you are. If your skin’s really dark, like chocolate dark, then black black is good.
So, remember the movie Bambi? The cartoon? The only difference between the little boy drawings and the little girl drawings in the springtime when Thumper and Bambi and the skunk all went and found the female version of themselves, the only difference in the drawings is the girls had eyelashes. So, eyelashes are fun. Eyelashes are pretty.
But when I get used to seeing myself like this, say I’ve modeled for a few days, been really made-up and stuff, and I wake up and see myself plain jane, I’m like, “Oh…”, and then I want to add makeup and add makeup and add makeup. Makeup is so addictive. It’s so easy. When I was a makeup artist I was very well aware of it, and I’d be making up the models, then I’d turn and look in the mirror and I’d be like, “Oh God,” and then I’d put some makeup on. Then I’d makeup the next model and by the end of the day, in the photo studio, I was so made up, because I was comparing. So, what happens is I get used to myself with makeup, so I purposely don’t wear any for a couple weeks so I get back to appreciating myself naturally and like that.
So, I hope I have answered your questions as to the order in which to apply your makeup. And I’m posting an article that just came out: The Seven No-Nos with Makeup. After a certain age, when your skin gets looser, and you start getting all the little lines and crow's feet and everything, very important. So, that will be posted on the blog, probably in the next couple of days.