Ignore the slightly provocative blog title, I just want to chat to you about three "techniques" that I have been relying on lately to a) look less old and b) save time. If I didn't despise the term so much I would call these "hacks"...*shivers* - let's stick with techniques shall we? Onto the detail!
The concealer sandwich
This is either a work of my own genius or unconsciously copied from another blogger.
How it started was this:
a) I watched dozens of YouTube videos that featured Laura Mercier Translucent powder.
b) I then marched into Harvey Nichols to pick up said powder like a total lemming.
c) I enthusiastically started using the powder but one day carelessly forgot that I had not yet applied the actual cream concealer so I had just wasted product setting nothing.
d) I decided to apply concealer anyway, set that with powder and just wait for cake face to set in.
e) In shock I realised that it didn't look heavy and in fact over the course of day stayed absolutely perfect, never creasing or caking.
f) Declared self genius.
I am actually so excited and thrilled about this little concealer/powder sandwich discovery. Until this point I had been struggling with creasing and no matter what product I used, I ended up with a greasy looking under eye that saw product gathering in those pesky fine lines. It's ageing I told myself - so sit down, shut up and accept it. I am delighted that I don't have to.
The setting of concealer is nothing new but I think adding a very light layer, with the Sephora 57 brush (YOU NEED THIS - $24 well spent) beforehand acts as a primer for the skin and therefore hosts the concealer, ensuring it doesn't settle.
It definitely appears more matte than if you had used just a cream based product but not in an unflattering way and the product will last through long days and humidity.
I am in LOVE and if you have had ageing/under eye related issues then I think give this a go. Just make sure you use a light layer of a very finely milled powder.
The fat lips
Whenever I apply my liner and lipstick/gloss in this way I will get messages from a few people demanding to know when I got lip injections. Trust me, if I got lip injections I would just tell you. This is all makeup.
It's nothing you don't know:
Step 1: Start with sad little wizened lips that, to be frank, could probably do with a little injection time to even them out. I had injections about 4 years ago now so I am not opposed to the idea.
Step 2: Use MAC Whirl and line the exterior of the lip focussing on the middle sections. This means applying product to even out the cupid's bow and to fatten up the base of the lower lip. Smear the liner with your finger to avoid any harsh lines. Here you are essentially just deepening the colour of your lip border and in some cases (cupid's bow) extending it)
Step 3: Apply a nondescript lip gloss or balm over the top - in this case Chanel Candeaur - and note the difference.
I do think there is a difference here but although it only involves a couple of steps its an absurdly high maintenance look. Have a drink / eat food and your big lips are once again sad and small. It is however an easy way to test how you feel about yourself with the dimensions of your mouth enhanced without needing to face the needle.
The contoured cheeks
Now this technique I definitely didn't create. In fact I think it originates from Alex Box / of Illamasqua fame. I found it via Amanda Hendricks. To be fair she could wear zero makeup and still look sensational but when I watched her makeup routine video she did something amazing to get her contour.
She used a gel based stick product, applied it on the back of her hand, on the area of skin under her thumb, and then pushed it onto her face, transferring the product perfectly to the hollows. The effect was wow.
Cut to a few months after discovering this and I still use it every now and then. It's great when you are low on time or when you want to use a cream based bronzer/contour.
Now I should say that this will not work with everything. I love it with the Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick and Laura Mercier have a similar product that would work well but when I say cream I don't mean Anastasia Cream Contour or anything like that. It needs to be fairly light and blendable. If you have something like that to hand though do give it a go - you will be amazed at how accurate you can be without needing any fancy brushes.
I love discovering these little techniques - even if they are not new and not of my own invention its a good way to solve a problem or just change up the routine. I'm guilty of falling into a makeup rut and so this is a good way to avoid that.
Have you discovered anything new recently?