Questions on High-Definition makeup (from a humid weather country like Singapore aspect):
What defines high-definition makeup? (It is the technology used to create it, specific ingredients, for example?)
The claims that HD makeup define itself is that it is made up of micronised pigment with various percentage of light reflectors able to bounce light to give the illusion of flawless makeup of natural finishing. There are claims that HD is better because it is unlikely to to streak and is less likely to be patchy. The claims are also said that they look better on film, photographs, TV and close ups, due to the change of HD technology in the cameras which picks up every slight flaws. Example Cameron Diaz's skin (from Charlie's Angel movie) on HD TV shows her more flawed skin than an airbrushed picture of her on magazine. And of course the claims goes as far as saying that it makes your skin flawless and younger.
FACT: Any good formulated foundation/makeup used properly on properly prepped skin gives the illusion of flawless, younger skin.
TV folks (eg certain reporters on camera and other TV/cable related shows) have been using too much foundation for TV, and normally will be picked up by the camera but only visible due to the new flat screen HD TVs now. Even my mother can see on her new Samsung flatscreen that which reporter/actor has been putting on too much bronzer/eyeliner/lipgloss/blush/eyebrow pencil and these are only the men!
THE TRUTH is to use foundation that has amazing texture and I am talking about those of the LIQUID / CREAM silicon types that have the right colour.! Pancake/two-way/powder foundation will appear chalky on HD if skin is not prime properly. Such foundation in powder product can increase the coverage if needed comparing to loose powder, but for HD we have to use it in MODERATION.
It is past 2010, a lot of LIQUID foundations out there have the RIGHT colour avaliable and if that brand do not have the colour for tanner skin; OTHER brands will carry the products for tanner skin.
With smarter formulations and better textured foundations, everyone will have illusionary great skin some day!
Amazing foundations that goes well on skin and shows well on HD TV.
-MAC Studiofix Fluid range, StudioTech foundation range and Select Foundation range
-Urban Decay's Surreal Skin Cream To Powder Foundation
-Shu Uemura's Face Architect liquid foundations
-Laneige's Snow Crystal Dual Foundation
-Cle de Peau's Refining Fluid Foundation
-Clinique's Superfit Makeup
-Givenchy's PHOTO’Perfexion foundation
-Korres's Wild Rose Brightening Long Lasting Foundation spf 20
-Estee Lauder's Nutritious Vita-Mineral Liquid SPF 10/PA++ Makeup
-Lancome's Teint Miracle Foundation
These are good for the general use people (not only TV/media/whatever), but those with very obvious uneven skin colour, you have to try using two or more liquid foundations/concealers to bring your shade together.
The way to maximise such amazing textures of foundations is to always prep the skin. A very hydrating facial toner that is alcohol-free, a touch of moisturiser and MAYBE a blend of makeup base before the application of foundation. I find that layering too much product upon the skin in humid weather do not really work, as the excessive layering might have too much product built up, making the foundation too obvious. Even worse when we perspire in this heat as the makeup distablised and streaking/patchiness occur.
TIP: To apply abit to even out the skin colour before layering more WHEREVER IT IS NEEDED.
Eyeshadows are best when they are more matte or satin. Frosted or sparkly eye shadows are obviously seen on HD recording and the wearer (he/she) can look like they are ready to go out on a nightout...at a STAGE PERFORMANCE. Garish colours that is not blended properly will end up looking like the person just got dragged out from last year's Xmas decoration (you get my point).
Blabbering so much, the point is.. less is best and blending is important. No more spider legs of mascara for your lashes, no more thicker foundation to as to “smoothen” out the skin (or you look like ya ready for Miss Tiffany Universe competition, google for it if you don't know what I mean), even that gloss glossy lips will make you look like you forgot to wipe your lips after dipping them in olive oil).
Do you use high-definiton makeup for your clients? When did you start using it?
Of course I do, ever since I was with MAC and trained by Celestine Sng to blend the correct foundation colour!
Like I mentioned above. HD foundation is a foundation which has an amazing texture of right pigment and texturisers in it to give it an ability to blend well into the skin.. They are normally sheer to medium coverage, so coupling it with a concealer work well for higher coverage.
For eye/cheek makeup to be HD, there should not be excessive layering of powders/creams on the lid/skin. It is more about blending and not trying too hard makeup. Neutral tones like taupes, warm pinks, peaches/apricots (colours not the fruit basket) and browns always work better for HD close ups.
Lips should always be conditioned well before anything. Lip products can be obvious if the lips is not soften before makeup goes on. Of course the neutral tones like mauves, taupes and brown pinks are always best for HD. But like I mentioned a million times, preping the skin well enough, everything will look put together.
Basically it is all about the PRODUCT BLENDING. Always have been about blending.
How is high-definition makeup different from other kinds of makeup, especially other foundations & powders?( for example, there are micro particles and pigments that adjust to light in any good light-reflecting makeup and mineral makeup also has similar light-reflecting properties)
please see number 1 for my long long write up
I don't get about the gist of mineral makeup. A lot sparkle too much or just look chalky. TALC is a mineral composed of hydrated magnesium silicate with the chemical formula H2Mg3(SiO3)4 or Mg3Si4O10(OH)2. It is a mineral too and it is just marketing madness to say it is not. (http://www.webmd.com/health-ehome-9/mineral-makeup).
Alot of mineral makeup has bismuth oxychloride in it which is known to cause reaction in certain skin, but creates a beautiful sheen on the skin.
Very few mineral makeup does good mineral based makeup anyway, a lot has overhyped over priced products.
How exactly does high-definition makeup work?
Summary is that HD foundations CLAIM to provide coverage without feeling or looking too thick. They contain photochromatic particles that reflect light instead of absorbing it, blurring fine lines and imperfections … just like a well formulated foundation will do ..... (-.-#)
Could two products, say foundation, contain the same key ingredient but one product be a regular foundation and the other one be a high-definition one?
Yep. All depending how good the formulation is.
Which skin types/ conditions benefit best from high-definition makeup?
All skin types. Oilier skin with big pores can only be tone down for a HD shot. Removing the big open pores to have flawless skin is a big problem that needs more than just makeup and cement. *Dead panned face* It is like trying out to smoothen the moon surface.
Is high-definition makeup only beneficial to people in the spotlight behind cameras?
Makeup is just makeup. We use makeup for everyday use to create an illusion of better rested skin, even out skin toned and a youthful face. So HD makeup can be beneficial to all that needs it.
What are the most useful/ must-have products (not necessary to mention specific brands, but if you wish, that’s fine too) for someone behind the camera?
Most brands have great products for HD usage. Just be careful if the product appear chalky on your skin. It'll appear chalky anywhere.
For foundations I have already mentioned aboved.
For eyeshadows, MAC, Bobbi Brown, Shu Uemura, Urban Decay, Cle De Peau have a good range of colours for that beautiful smooth application but with good colour payoff.
I love blushers (besides the above mentioned brands) from Laneige, Clinique, Givenchy and Korres who has user friendly colours that look great on HD.
Lip colours from Estee Lauder, Lancome, Paul&Joe and Anna Sui does beautiful range of colours that everyone can use.
Even generic brand lip products like Revlon, Maybelline and Silkygirl have a wonderful range of lip colours and glosses!
What about the most useful/must-have high-definition products (brands unnecessary unless you wish) for someone with a regular office job?
The most important thing for me or the rest of humanity for someone who have a desk bound job is to give yourself a polished look, which means
a. DRAWING IN those damn eye brows and filling them correctly;
b. Using the correct colour foundation so we will not see a white mask on your face as we all head to work;
c. Use a brown pink (or something warm( blush for some colour on your face. Shocking pink on your apples just remind me of the 7th lunar month ghost festivals effigies;
d. Please use some lipblam or a moisturising lipstick to give colour to your flakey paled out lips;
e. Fake lashes that is 3 times long than your own, used for a desk bound job is just stupid looking. Please use eye liner or just natural HUMAN HAIR based eye lashes of NATURAL length. What you think is cute long lashes, reminds me of japanese anime porn.
What are the most useful products for looking good outdoors, at a picnic, garden party or doing sports?
It is sunscreen. And a touch of concealer wherever a person need (and the basics of filled in brows and lipbalm with spf). It is the EQUTORIAL SINGAPORE outdoors. It is always humid, sticky and hot (tho sometimes it can be cooler and drier) so using minimum stuff will make a person's skin more clean looking.
Are application techniques the same for HD foundation, powder, primer, mascara etc?
Please see what I mentioned before.. Less is best and with a lighter hand. It is about looking polished. NOT piling up.