I don't know about where you live, but around here when it comes to le maquillage, the words "subtle" and "mall" are rarely uttered in the same sentence. Painted-to-the-hilt cosmetic counter Sales Associates are always ready to explain why you need three different colors of eyeshadow and two different eyeliners (all at once) and how the foundation won't work optimally without the primer AND the finishing spray. So it's always with a bit of trepidation that I'll allow one of these Gilded Lilies to "do" my makeup, but will sometimes relent if I know I'll be able to go right home and remove 90% of it. (I get it, I do. They're paid to move product. That's their job.)
But I often learn a technique or something useful, even with my own limited repertoire. Here are a couple of new tricks for this old chien that are great even if you subscribe to "le no makeup look."
1. For foundation, tinted moisturizer or concealer:
You already know it's best to apply with a brush rather than a sponge or fingers, yes? A sponge will soak up too much of the product, and the oils in your hands can cause accelerated oxidation (don't they have a pill for that yet?) which can turn pigments orange. So don't use the back of your hand as a palette either. Cut or tear up some wax paper into 2-3" squares, lay one down on your work surface and dispense your goop there (squeeze or pump a single application's worth), then pick up with the brush. Easy clean up too!
2. For hooded, crepe-y or puffy upper eyelids:
Using an eyeshadow brush, apply a light dusting of bronzer from lash line to almost up to the browbone. This will make heavy lids recede and even out the appearance of skin on the eyelid, while still maintaining an au naturel look. (Word of warning, avoid bronzers that have a lot of pink and/or shimmer. I use the one above and it works beautifully.)
Here are the brushes I use, BTW.
|MAC 190 Foundation Brush|
|MAC 24 Tapered Blending Brush|
Do you have any new or favorite makeup tips and tricks to share? Clever uses for wax paper?
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