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Drawing With Makeup: A Face Chart Tutorial

teacher avatar Mira Metzler, Mixed Media Artist

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      What Is a Face Chart


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      Terms Used


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      Class Project


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About This Class

In this class, I want to show you how you can make artwork with your makeup and draw a beautiful face chart. If you think you can’t draw, no worries, I will teach you all the tips and tricks I learned from years of makeup artistry and drawing combined!

With this new knowledge, I’m hoping you will feel more confident to design and illustrate makeup looks and be proud of the work that you can create. You could frame it to decorate your walls or add text to it and make an inspirational poster.

Follow my lead to have fun with your makeup and discover new expressive ways to create artwork!


So gather your makeup and let’s get started!

Anyone can take this class. No prior knowledge of makeup is required.

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Learn more about pairing eyeshadows with Color Theory for Makeup: Eyeshadows. And don't forget to Clean Your Brushes when you're done, too!

The soundtrack for this class is provided courtesy of Josh Woodward

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Mira Metzler

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I love teaching women how to make themselves more naturally beautiful with strategically placed makeup to flatter and sculpt natural features.





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1. Intro: These charts are makeup poetry. Hi, I'm Mina method, makeup artist and illustrator. Now I want to show you how you can make artwork with her makeup and draw a beautiful face chart. If you think you can draw, no worries. I will teach you all the tips and tricks I learned from years of makeup artistry and drawing. Combined with this new knowledge, I'm hoping you will feel more competent to design and illustrate makeup looks and be proud of the work that you can create. You could frame it to decorate your walls or add text to it and make it an inspirational poster. Follow my lead to have fun with your makeup and discovered new expressive voice to create artwork. So gather your makeup and let's get started. 2. What Is a Face Chart: Across the beauty industry, face charts or makeup designs that provide guides in runway shows and theatre or film productions. They are also good for practice and showcasing makeup skills. Outside professional use. Phase charts make a great grown-up coloring book and can be a fun hobby for anyone who loves to play with makeup. They can be colored with anything from colored pencil to nail polish. And it can make this as realistic or stylized as you like. Practice phase starts come in peds printed on a special paper that holds make up better. But there are plenty of face shapes to choose from. Most makeup brands offer free templates that you can download and print at home. See the resources to this tutorial, and you can find a template to get you started. 3. Terms Used: Let's do a brief overview of the terms used in this tutorial just so that we are familiar with the main parts of the face will be drawing. First, we will be addressing the bone structure of the face, that is the temples, the cheekbones, the jaw line, and the chin. Drawing the eyebrow, we will construct the arch peak. As we progress with the face chart, we will refer to elements of the eye such as eye socket, upper lid, lower lid, tear duct, and increase. Further down the face, we will create nostrils and define the cupid's bow on the lips. This image is available for you to download and reference throughout the tutorial. 4. Materials: For this class, you can use any makeup products and tools you have available. I will draw my face chart on this professional paper that is especially designed to hold cosmetic products. But I have also provided you with a template you can download and print on any paper you choose. I have tested plain copy paper, drawing paper, and they both work well. But as you can see, you get different results. If you're the creative type, you could also draw your own face chart. Would love to see what you come up with. You will need powder into shades, lighter in a darker tone. It can be loose powder or compact powder. The darker shade can be a browser or an eye shadow. For the eyes, I have a few palettes with various eye shadow colors and an eyeliner. For the lips. I chose a selection of lipsticks that I've deported in this small metal box, because this way I have several colors at a glance. Of course, any lipstick will do the job. Next. I have a top color, eye shadow. This is a cream one. A soft Bessel Denzel in a very light shades for sketching. Colored pencils in shades of blue for the iris, and an eraser that I forgot to show. If you make a brushes in various sizes. Water to activate my cake eyeliner, paper, towel, and a scrap piece of paper to rest my hand on. Last but not least, is a big fluffy brush so I can wipe off the excess makeup from the paper. Don't use your hand to do that because the face chart will get oily and patchy. Now, gather your materials and let's get started. 5. Face: I'll start by applying a coat of powder in the lighter shade just to keep the phase some color. Green products like consider are harder to work with. So I'm only using dry cosmetics for this step. I'm starting from the temple and going down towards the chin, following the contour of the face. So I'm rendering according to the bone structure that I want to mimic. I'm applying the powder with an oval eye shadow brush. My powder has a yellow undertone because it's from my personal kit and this is my skin color. Notice how I'm holding the brush, pushing the powder into the paper rather than swiping across. I'm covering everywhere except the eyes and the lips. But this is not mandatory. Some makeup artists don't even call up the skin and going with just one shade straight to defining the features. Now I have a good base for my face, so it's time to wipe off the excess with my fluffy brush. Following, I'm adding dimension to the face using the same brush to apply the darker shade of powder. I'm starting from the left temple because I'm left-handed, but I would suggest you start from the right side. If you're right-handed. This way, you can rest your hand on the side of the face chart, not onto it. I'm using circular motions to hog the temples, making curves to mimic the roundness of the face. I've decided for my light source to be in front and top. So all my shadows will be on the sides and bottom of the face. I'm drawing the cheekbone and give my model a sculpted look. I'm also adding some powder on the outer corner of the jawline as it is further from the light and the shadow. After wiping off the excess powder, you can see how light that drawing is, because make-up builds up differently on paper. It's like when watercolors dry, lighter than applied. I've switched to a stiffer brush. This is a short blender brush because I felt the previous one didn't provide enough precision. And with this brush, I can make a more defined mark on the paper easier. Here's a tip. A smaller brush is easier to control than a big brush. And that goes for any makeup application. Again, I'm mimicking the bone structure of the temple, the cheekbone, and the jaw line. I'm also drawing a slight curve for a shadow about halfway between the lower lip and the chin. I'm moving to the other side of the face now. And you can see how difficult it is for me to bend my hand in this awkward angle. So don't be afraid to turn the paper around in order to have a more comfortable hand position and keep a good flow when drawing. I'm doing the same on the left side. Curving my brushstrokes to give dimension to the face and trying to replicate it the other side. I'm constantly looking for symmetry and going over both sides to match them. Another benefit of flipping the paper is that you get a fresh view of your work because you've tricked your mind into thinking this is a new drawing. In my case, turning the paper revealed that the cheekbones are not matching. So now I can correct them. I always start my drawings from the outside of the face and work my way towards the center. The nose is closest to the light source, and so it will be lighter in color. So in order to create the shape of the nose, I have to draw the shadows surrounding it. I'm dragging my brush to draw a line continuing the curve of the eyebrow. Then I turn the paper and do the same. On the other side. I gently tap repeatedly into the paper to make a thin mark for the nostrils, wipe off the excess and add more color where needed. I'm holding the brush perpendicular on the paper so that I can push the powder better. Going back to the eyes, I'll bring the curve of the nose just under the eyebrow to mimic the eye socket. Where does a natural shadow? I'm also suggesting cupid's bow on the upper lip by drawing a narrow line of shadow under the nose. I am also adding some shadow under the eye because our eyes are round like a ball, and this helps rendering 3D. This process might be long, but I encourage you to explore and designed to face structure. You find the most beautiful. Coming up. We will draw the eyebrows. 6. Eyebrows: For drawing the eyebrows, you could use I pencils, I shadows or markers. And it can get very different effects and looks depending on the texture and the way you apply the product. I chosen old cream, I shadowed and dried and it's almost a powder. I'm using an angled brush and load it with product. Make sure you for the color and size of the market brush makes. Before I place color, I want to sketch the rough placement of the eyebrow with my pastel pencil. I'm using a scrap paper to protect the face chart and so I can rest my hand. The mark is barely visible, but it's enough to guide me and will be completely covered with bacon. By the end. I'm turning the paper upside down again to make sure my mind gets a fresh perspective. Two eyebrows match. Once I'm pleased with the placement, I go in with my brush and start drawing thin lines to mimic hair. Notice I'm rendering in the direction of the hair grows. That is upwards until I reached the arch peak and downwards to the temples, forming a point. When deciding the shape of the eyebrows. Bear in mind that this will drastically affect the overall expression of the face, varying from set to angry just by changing some angles. I'm choosing a neutral sort of relaxed expression for my model. When it's time for the other brow. I turned a paper upside down again and repeat the process. Drawing fine lines with little product on my brush. Okay. This thing up color gradually is the secret, realistic rendering. You might have to fiddle with both eyebrows going back and forth between them. Just keep in mind, they are not identical in real life, so don't try to make them twins. As a last touch, I fit them them more at the baseline and make sure they have a clean edge. 7. Iris: I've decided my model will have blue eyes. So I'm using two shades of blue and the black pencil. First I'm outlining the iris and the pupil with black. You can also use markers or watercolor for this part. When you throw the I, don't just fill it in with color. Be aware of the roundness of the iris. Try scribbling little lines that radiate from the pupil to the outer edge. At door, three colors for realism and keeps some parts untouched to mimic highlights. Again, use a piece of paper to protect the face chart. 8. Eyeshadow: The makeup look I want to create is based on the idea of enhancing natural beauty. So I will use color theory to determine the colors of the eye shadows in order to complement the color of the iris. Here I have a color wheel that I made using all the eye shadows that I have, so I can see at a glance what my options are. So the blue of my eyes will be better enhanced by using complimentary colors for my shadows. A complimentary color, the color on the opposite side on the color wheel. In this case, these bronze, copper, and chocolate colors are my best bet. You can use any combination of eye shadows you like. Don't feel limited by the colors provided by certain brand. You can mix and match them or even combine them to form a new color. I'm starting with the shadow and the blender brush I used earlier for the face. I use circular motions to push the color into the paper covering the whole lid. Same on the lower lid, extending slightly and upwards on the outer corner and bring down the color to the lower leg. So you can still see some eye shadow after we add liner and lashes later. I picked up some chocolate color on my brush and place it where the crease of the eye should be. Because the eye is wrong. We have shadows all around it, not just on the outer corner. I'm using brothers circular motions on the eye socket. Ring the color to the inner corner, but make sure it goes thinner. Massage the color into the paper. We don't want any rough edges and everything should be smooth and smoky. Occasionally, turn the paper upside down to verify the symmetry of your work. I'm adding a third shade of brown. This is a bronze color. I'm placing it on the half of the lead towards the nose, and also underneath the eye. At the inner corner. The eye shadow has a metallic hand and adds interest to my face jogged. Going back to copper, I apply another layer to make it stronger and bolder, much like I would do if I were applying makeup and skin. Thin, multiple layers or the secret long-lasting makeup looks. I'm almost done with the eyes. So this is a good time to clean up anywhere. I have smudges, smears. I'm using a kneaded eraser to remove color from the paper without dropping. This way, I don't damage the paper and I can be very precise. Okay, now it's time to add eyeliner. 9. Eyeliner: This is where we start to tie the whole makeup look together. I'm using cake eyeliner, which means I use water to activate the product. But once it's wet, it acts like any regular liquid eyeliner. I'll apply it with a liner brush in size 0. This process is easier done in two steps. Start your line from the center of the lid, going towards the outer corner. At this stage, just follow the natural curve of the eye. Lift the brush and move to the inner corner, drawing a curve towards the center of the lid to join the eyeliner. Now I can go back to the outer. 10. Lashes: To create realistic lashes, I will use a quick and confident hand motion, starting from a point and flicking like and demonstrate on the scrap paper. Lashes can be drawn with a variety of tools like colored pencils, regular drawing pencils, markers, and of course, eyeliner. Practice some lashes separately. It helps to relax your hand before you start on your face chart. Think about the growth pattern. Lashes grow shorter towards the inner corner and carve towards the nose. They are longer on the outer edge of the eye and curve towards the ears. Don't forget to rotate the paper so that your hand stays in a comfortable and relaxed position. If you want a softer look, you can stop off. They're adding lashes with pencil. I'm going to add some extra lashes on the outer corner using eyeliner. I'm following the same pattern, making sure I give each lash a good thick because I made the lashes so black. I now have to make the pupil darker too, because this shouldn't be the black as part of the eye, not the eyeliner. Okay. The eyes are now done. It's time to draw the mouth. 11. Lips: For the lips, I'll use a red shade of red and that will apply to the lip brush. This palettes for my personal use, and it holds all my red lipsticks. I have another one for pinks and neutrals. With the brush heavily loaded. I'm outlining the lips with color. This is a good time to adjust the shape of the mouth to suit your preference. I'm sketching some small shapes on the upper and lower lip because I wanted to avoid them when I fill in so I can have highlights and give the illusion of full lips. I'll drag the color from the outline towards the center of the mouth, fading it gradually. Hi. And we're done the makeup. Luke is now complete. 12. Class Project: Now it's your turn. Your class project is to create a face chart with a makeup look of your choice and uploaded the class project section. You can color your own drawing or download and use the template I provided. Just have fun with it and be proud of what you create. I would love to see what you made. If you enjoyed this tutorial, I would appreciate it a lot. If you could give it a thumbs up and writing a few words what you liked about it. These recommendations help me to create more classes like this. Check out my other classes here on Skillshare. Have fun with her makeup and make something awesome.