Over the years, I’ve swatched and experimented with tons of different beauty products, read countless of articles, and faithfully studied the techniques of various makeup artists via Youtube. Needless to say, I’ve picked up on a few tips and tricks along the way.
Here are some of my absolute favourites.
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Remove that peach fuzz.
Yep — We all have it and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. However, if you’re somebody who wears makeup often, you may want to consider removing it.
Whether you call it shaving your face or dermaplaning, removing all of that peach fuzz makes a world of a difference in how your makeup applies, sits, and looks on your face.
Everything goes on so much smoother because the hair texture is gone and the facial razors gently exfoliate your skin to removal all of those dead skin cells as well. The less texture there is on your face, the better canvas you have for your makeup!
Cream contour and highlight underneath foundation.
Using a cream contour and highlight underneath your foundation will sculpt the face without looking obvious. This technique works by laying down the bone structure first with your contour, then evening out the complexion with your foundation. If you’re really into natural-looking makeup or you tend to overdo it with your contour and highlight, you’ll love this because it really just gives your skin that editorial-like finish. Everything just ends up effortlessly fusing together in a really beautiful way.
I like to use the Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick in a couple of shades darker than my own skin tone to contour and then the Hourglass Vanish Flash Stick as a highlight. All I do is individually blend these out with a Beautyblender first, then go in with a sheer layer of my Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation over top of it; making sure to pounce the Beautyblender onto my skin, and not drag it.
Apply Vaseline to your wrists and behind your ears before perfume.
Many perfumes are notorious for fading in fragrance within a couple of hours (if not less). To prevent this, I love to apply a bit of Vaseline to my pulse points before spritzing on my favourite perfumes. (I really love fresh scents, so my all-time beloveds are Clean Reserve Rain and Replica Beach Walk. If you haven’t smelt these before, please go to a counter and try them out! They are SO good!)
Anyways, the reason this works is because the Vaseline is better at holding fragrance than our skin is, so you end up getting more wear time and ultimately more bang for your buck out of those expensive perfumes you love so much.
Don’t be afraid to fingerpaint.
Brushes can definitely make or break your look when you’re going for glam, but when you’re looking to sport a simple, everyday, dewy flush, it doesn’t get much easier than using your fingers. The trick is to use products that are multipurpose and cream/liquid-based.
And if I want a bit of colour on my eyelids that day, an eyeshadow stick like the Laura Mercier Caviar Stick takes minimal effort to apply and blend, but still gives the eyes some prominence and dimension.
This routine only takes a couple of minutes to do and the end result is always effortless and natural-looking. So, if you’re someone who’s always on the go or simply don’t care for a lot of makeup, try this out and let me know how it goes!
Resist the urge to opt for a lighter concealer.
Concealers that are a couple shades lighter than your own skin tone will brighten up the under eye area however, they also do cause an unattractive gray cast. This is because the lighter concealer shade is trying to lift the blueish/purplish hue of the dark circle, which ultimately gives it that ashy-looking tone.
Instead, it’s best to use a concealer shade that matches your cheek (and ultimately your foundation) as this will camouflage the dark circles much better and create a much more natural effect to your overall appearance.