foun·da·tion [foun-dey-shuhn]

1. the basis or groundwork of anything: the moral foundation of both society and religion.

2. the natural or prepared ground or base on which some structure rests.

Particular moments in my career helped build the foundation of my skills as a makeup artist.

One of my first jobs as a makeup artist was working as an intern on the set of a movie, where my main task was to cover tattoos day after day. Little did I know by covering tattoos I was laying the groundwork to master the art of color and skin.

A blue pigmented tattoo needs an initial layer of orange or pink to properly cover it. A tattoo with more pink or red needs a layer of green tones in order to be fully covered. After the color is cancelled out, then the next step is to layer flesh tones to completely hide the tattoo.

It goes back to the color wheel and complimentary colors. To counteract the undertones and cover them, you have to paint the complimentary color on first, then the foundation.

A few examples are below:
Blemishes = red. Mask with green first, then foundation
Undereyes = blue. Mask with orange or pink first, then foundation

Blending, layering, and mixing all contribute to the art of camouflaging. It’s not every day I need to cover a tattoo, but every day I am asked how to cover blemishes, dark circles, and redness. By knowing and understanding the undertone of what you are trying to conceal, you will be able to cover and perfect any color issues you encounter with your skin.

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