Introducing Ashley Rodden 19

How To Makeup Tutorial

Ashley Maurin Rodden’s roots are right here in Kansas City, but her wings have taken her east to New York and Paris, chasing her fashion and beauty dreams. She founded LOVER® Cosmetics LLC in Kansas City in 2005 and moved to Paris a few years later to study makeup artistry at the Christian Chauveau school of makeup artistry. Returning to Kansas City, and after a myriad of makeovers, Rodden revamped her makeup line to answer women’s two most common makeup dilemmas: not knowing how to do makeup and not having the time to do it. Her five-step guide and magnetic palettes are the answer!  Rodden deems herself the un-makeup makeup artist. Her light hand and soft, natural makeup are what her clients love. And no more spending hours getting ready—her techniques and videos teach you how to do makeup fast.

You know that incredible feeling when you are completely put together, hair and makeup? Throw your hair in a messy topknot and you can have that feeling every day with my five-step makeup regime! And, if you’ve never learned how to do your makeup properly, these tips are for you!

The Five Steps

Step 1~Face

Tools: Foundation brush, large powder brush

Foundation: Apply primer to entire face (optional), then apply foundation, starting from the center of your face, blending outward on cheeks, eyelids and under eyes. You can even use your hands to apply.

Concealer: Apply concealer only to blemishes or areas needing coverage. Having applied foundation first, you’ll need less concealer for a flawless finish. Use a small brush or your ring finger to apply.

Powder: Blend any creases first, then lightly dust powder over face to set your foundation and concealer.

2 ~ Eyes

Tools: dual-ended shadow brush

Eyeshadow: Choose a light, medium and dark shade. Start with the lightest shade and apply from inner to outer corner of the eye. Next, blend the medium shade from the outer corner inward—think of a sideways “v” shape. Finally, using a small liner brush, apply the darkest shade as your liner as close to the lash line as possible. I love the look of powder liner—it’s more soft and blendable than a liquid liner.

Eyebrows: With an angled brow brush, start at the top of the brow, creating the overall shape. Then, blend color throughout, filling in sparse brows. Choose a powder shadow that has no red, unless you are a redhead! These colors help your brows look naturally full, not fake.

Mascara: One thick coat

3 ~ Blush

Tools: Large brush or angled brush

Blush: Smile and apply blush to the apples of your cheeks. Think of applying along an imaginary line from the bottom of your nose to the top of your ear.

4 ~ Lips

Tools: (optional) Lip brush and tissue to blot

Lip gloss: You can’t mess this up. Pick your favorite gloss, lipstick or stain and apply! For lasting power, blot with a tissue or blotting paper and re-apply a few times.

5 ~ Highlighter

tools: fingertips or a large brush

Highlighter: This is a makeup artist’s secret to a healthy glow. Put a small amount of highlighter on your fingers or drag a large brush through a light, shimmery eyeshadow or blush. Apply on brow bone and top of cheekbones for a supermodel finish. Think of applying highlighter in a “c” shape around the eyes and on top of the cheekbones.