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18 Jun 2016

Beauty tips for the old and lazy


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?

41 comments

  1. Oh I love this! I can't wait to try them all! I would love to see a tutorial on how you do your eyes...I'm so boring with my eye make up?! :)

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    1. I can assure you I am even more boring - some brown shadow, inner corner highlight and Eylure 143's ....pretty much every day :))

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    3. Getting ex boyfriend back after a breakup,I’m extremely happy that will are living together again. Am Maria 21yr from England, my boyfriend of a 4yr just broke up with me and am 30 weeks pregnant.I have cried my self to sleep most of the nights and don’t seem to concentrate during lectures sometimes I stay awake almost all night thinking about him and start to cry all over again.Because of this I end up not having energy for my next day’s classes ,my attendance has dropped and am always in uni and on time.Generally he is a very nice guy ,he ended it because he said we were arguing a lot and not getting along.He is right we’ve been arguing during the pregnancy a lot .After the break up I kept ringing him and telling him I will change.I am in love with this guy and he is the best guy I have ever been with.I’m still hurt and in disbelief when he said he didn’t have any romantic feelings towards me anymore that hurt me faster than a lethal syringe.He texts me now and then mainly to check up on how am doing with the pregnancy,he is supportive with it but it’s not fair on me, him texting me as I just want to grieve the pain and not have any stress due to the pregnancy.i was really upset and i needed help, so i searched for help online and I came across a website that suggested that Dr Unity can help solve marital problems, restore broken relationships and so on. So, I felt I should give him a try. I contacted him and he told me what to do and i did it then he did a spell for me. 28 hours later, my bf came to me and apologized for the wrongs he did and promise never to do it again. Ever since then, everything has returned back to normal. I and my bf are living together happily again.. All thanks to Dr Unity. If you have any problem contact Dr.Unity now and i guarantee you that he will help you.Email him at: Unityspelltemple@gmail.com ,you can also call him or add him on whats-app: +2348071622464.

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  2. Technique 3 I discovered through you when you first talked about it on Twitter and I quickly tried it with my NARS Casino bronzer and loved it! I guess it works with that NARS bec. it has a creamy consistency. So many thanks Laura! ����

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    1. Oooh now I must try it with that!!!! Never would have thought that would work. Thanks JoJo!

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  3. These tips are amazing! I've known about the power under and over liquid foundation fr Wayne Goss but never thought to use it under concealers!! And that contour tip? MIND BLOWN!

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    1. Ah now you say Wayne Goss I remember and I sadly realise that I clearly did not create this tip! :)

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  4. Great post dear, you look amazing ♥

    http://oonly4girlss.blogspot.rs/

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  5. Laura this is one of my fave posts from you ever!! I also bought the LM powder recently-think it's because you got me hooked on Rachel Leary!! X

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  6. I'm definitely going to try the under eye trick, nothing I do seems to help with my under eye creasing it's terrible! I don't know if they're too dry though which means this probably wouldn't work, worth a try though! x

    Just Little Things

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  7. Ah I'm defo gong to try the hide the eye bags technique (also hate the 'hack' word)

    Siobhan xx

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  8. That contour trick looks like something I need to try. So far I have been using different contour brushes, but nothing was to my liking.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  9. I've heard of the powder under concealer trick, but never tried it. Will do now! Those pesky little lines are really beginning to annoy me since my last shot of Botox has worn off. Can't wait to get back on the b-train but due to pregnancy and breastfeeding I've had to take a break.
    The Beauty Bloss

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  10. If you ever felt like sharing - would love to read about your experience with lip injections (that you mentioned you had 4 years ago). By the way - the MAC pro longwear lipliners may be a better candidate for your lip trick - I own the hot pink one (more to love) and it acts almost like a lip tattoo lol - which is great because I need all the lip definition I can get! I also own Staunchly Stylish, which is a more nude shade, but the pigment isn't as permanent....will go back and explore their range some more!

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  11. This post is music to my ears Laura for 3 reasons - firstly I have been suffering with same under eye creasing from my Chanel concealer, so will defo give the "sandwich" a try. I also have a Charlotte Tilbury beach stick (Ibiza) so will also try this technique. And lastly I've heard so much about Mac Whirl on & now you have just confirmed that I need it in my life!!!!
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  12. Read your post this morning, went out an bought both the concealer and powder. Looking forward to trying the technique #poweroflaura :)

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  13. Definitely going to try this concealer trick as it always creases a little.

    Jazzria x
    jazzria.blogspot.com

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  14. That contouring trick is amazing!!! Also I have lip envy, they look amazing! hahah

    http://ellacatherine1.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. I'm not old, but I'm definitely lazy! Love the first tip x
    http://my--socalledlife.blogspot.com.au/

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  16. Hello Laura!
    Maybe you could do a post on contouring for us, the non-contouring fans over here? Creams vs powders, whether to get a palette or not... I wear makeup (tons) daily but never contour, I just strip my nose a little bit with bronzer. I would like to give the technique a go but I'm too overwhelmed with all the colors and finishes *sigh*
    On the other hand, I love to set concealer with the Nars yellow powder that came with the Christmas blush palette :)

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  18. I also see that Laura Mercier powder cropping up everywhere so it looks like I need to invest too! Is it the same as the NARS translucent powder?

    Claudia xx
    www.claudiawright.com

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  19. I tried this a few times but my under-eye are too dry and it doesn't look right. However, I found that if I put a thin layer of concealer, set it with powder, do the rest of my makeup and then go back with another thin layer of concealer patted on top...basically the reverse of your technique I found that this gave me the lasting power but also a less dry/crepey finish. Thought I put this out there for those that also have dry under-eye skin like me.

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  23. Loving the contour tip, definately going to have to give that a go. I'm with you on the lip trick. Looks amazing, lasts about 10 minutes :-(
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  26. Getting ex boyfriend back after a breakup,I’m extremely happy that will are living together again. Am Maria 21yr from England, my boyfriend of a 4yr just broke up with me and am 30 weeks pregnant.I have cried my self to sleep most of the nights and don’t seem to concentrate during lectures sometimes I stay awake almost all night thinking about him and start to cry all over again.Because of this I end up not having energy for my next day’s classes ,my attendance has dropped and am always in uni and on time.Generally he is a very nice guy ,he ended it because he said we were arguing a lot and not getting along.He is right we’ve been arguing during the pregnancy a lot .After the break up I kept ringing him and telling him I will change.I am in love with this guy and he is the best guy I have ever been with.I’m still hurt and in disbelief when he said he didn’t have any romantic feelings towards me anymore that hurt me faster than a lethal syringe.He texts me now and then mainly to check up on how am doing with the pregnancy,he is supportive with it but it’s not fair on me, him texting me as I just want to grieve the pain and not have any stress due to the pregnancy.i was really upset and i needed help, so i searched for help online and I came across a website that suggested that Dr Unity can help solve marital problems, restore broken relationships and so on. So, I felt I should give him a try. I contacted him and he told me what to do and i did it then he did a spell for me. 28 hours later, my bf came to me and apologized for the wrongs he did and promise never to do it again. Ever since then, everything has returned back to normal. I and my bf are living together happily again.. All thanks to Dr Unity. If you have any problem contact Dr.Unity now and i guarantee you that he will help you.Email him at: Unityspelltemple@gmail.com ,you can also call him or add him on whats-app: +2348071622464 ,you can check out his Website: http://unityspelltemple.yolasite.com .

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  27. Getting ex boyfriend back after a breakup,I’m extremely happy that will are living together again. Am Maria 21yr from England, my boyfriend of a 4yr just broke up with me and am 30 weeks pregnant.I have cried my self to sleep most of the nights and don’t seem to concentrate during lectures sometimes I stay awake almost all night thinking about him and start to cry all over again.Because of this I end up not having energy for my next day’s classes ,my attendance has dropped and am always in uni and on time.Generally he is a very nice guy ,he ended it because he said we were arguing a lot and not getting along.He is right we’ve been arguing during the pregnancy a lot .After the break up I kept ringing him and telling him I will change.I am in love with this guy and he is the best guy I have ever been with.I’m still hurt and in disbelief when he said he didn’t have any romantic feelings towards me anymore that hurt me faster than a lethal syringe.He texts me now and then mainly to check up on how am doing with the pregnancy,he is supportive with it but it’s not fair on me, him texting me as I just want to grieve the pain and not have any stress due to the pregnancy.i was really upset and i needed help, so i searched for help online and I came across a website that suggested that Dr Unity can help solve marital problems, restore broken relationships and so on. So, I felt I should give him a try. I contacted him and he told me what to do and i did it then he did a spell for me. 28 hours later, my bf came to me and apologized for the wrongs he did and promise never to do it again. Ever since then, everything has returned back to normal. I and my bf are living together happily again.. All thanks to Dr Unity. If you have any problem contact Dr.Unity now and i guarantee you that he will help you.Email him at: Unityspelltemple@gmail.com ,you can also call him or add him on whats-app: +2348071622464 ,His website: http://unityspelltemple.yolasite.com .

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    My boyfriend of a 4yr just broke up with me and am 30 weeks pregnant.I have cried my self to sleep most of the nights and don’t seem to concentrate during lectures sometimes I stay awake almost all night thinking about him and start to cry all over again.Because of this I end up not having energy for my next day’s classes ,my attendance has dropped and am always in uni and on time.Generally he is a very nice guy ,he ended it because he said we were arguing a lot and not getting along.He is right we’ve been arguing during the pregnancy a lot .After the break up I kept ringing him and telling him I will change.I am in love with this guy and he is the best guy I have ever been with.I’m still hurt and in disbelief when he said he didn’t have any romantic feelings towards me anymore that hurt me faster than a lethal syringe.He texts me now and then mainly to check up on how am doing with the pregnancy,he is supportive with it but it’s not fair on me, him texting me as I just want to grieve the pain and not have any stress due to the pregnancy.i was really upset and i needed help, so i searched for help online and I came across a website that suggested that Dr Unity can help solve marital problems, restore broken relationships and so on. So, I felt I should give him a try. I contacted him and he told me what to do and i did it then he did a spell for me. 28 hours later, my bf came to me and apologized for the wrongs he did and promise never to do it again. Ever since then, everything has returned back to normal. I and my bf are living together happily again.. All thanks to Dr Unity. If you have any problem contact Dr.Unity now and i guarantee you that he will help you.Email him at:( Unityspelltemple@gmail.com ),you can also call him or add him on Whats-app: ( +2348071622464 ),His website: http://unityspelltemple.yolasite.com .

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  30. Hi everyone, I'm so excited.
    My ex-boyfriend is back after a breakup,I’m extremely happy that will are living together again.
    My name is Mary Wilkie from England.
    My boyfriend of a 4yr just broke up with me and am 30 weeks pregnant.I have cried my self to sleep most of the nights and don’t seem to concentrate during lectures sometimes I stay awake almost all night thinking about him and start to cry all over again.Because of this I end up not having energy for my next day’s classes ,my attendance has dropped and am always in uni and on time.Generally he is a very nice guy ,he ended it because he said we were arguing a lot and not getting along.He is right we’ve been arguing during the pregnancy a lot .After the break up I kept ringing him and telling him I will change.I am in love with this guy and he is the best guy I have ever been with.I’m still hurt and in disbelief when he said he didn’t have any romantic feelings towards me anymore that hurt me faster than a lethal syringe.He texts me now and then mainly to check up on how am doing with the pregnancy,he is supportive with it but it’s not fair on me, him texting me as I just want to grieve the pain and not have any stress due to the pregnancy.i was really upset and i needed help, so i searched for help online and I came across a website that suggested that Dr Unity can help solve marital problems, restore broken relationships and so on. So, I felt I should give him a try. I contacted him and he told me what to do and i did it then he did a spell for me. 28 hours later, my bf came to me and apologized for the wrongs he did and promise never to do it again. Ever since then, everything has returned back to normal. I and my bf are living together happily again.. All thanks to Dr Unity. If you have any problem contact Dr.Unity now and i guarantee you that he will help you.Email him at:( Unityspelltemple@gmail.com ),you can also call him or add him on Whats-app: ( +2348071622464 ),His website: http://unityspelltemple.yolasite.com .

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  31. Hi everyone, I'm so excited.
    My ex-boyfriend is back after a breakup,I’m extremely happy that will are living together again.
    My name is Mary Wilkie from England.
    My boyfriend of a 4yr just broke up with me and am 30 weeks pregnant.I have cried my self to sleep most of the nights and don’t seem to concentrate during lectures sometimes I stay awake almost all night thinking about him and start to cry all over again.Because of this I end up not having energy for my next day’s classes ,my attendance has dropped and am always in uni and on time.Generally he is a very nice guy ,he ended it because he said we were arguing a lot and not getting along.He is right we’ve been arguing during the pregnancy a lot .After the break up I kept ringing him and telling him I will change.I am in love with this guy and he is the best guy I have ever been with.I’m still hurt and in disbelief when he said he didn’t have any romantic feelings towards me anymore that hurt me faster than a lethal syringe.He texts me now and then mainly to check up on how am doing with the pregnancy,he is supportive with it but it’s not fair on me, him texting me as I just want to grieve the pain and not have any stress due to the pregnancy.i was really upset and i needed help, so i searched for help online and I came across a website that suggested that Dr Unity can help solve marital problems, restore broken relationships and so on. So, I felt I should give him a try. I contacted him and he told me what to do and i did it then he did a spell for me. 28 hours later, my bf came to me and apologized for the wrongs he did and promise never to do it again. Ever since then, everything has returned back to normal. I and my bf are living together happily again.. All thanks to Dr Unity. If you have any problem contact Dr.Unity now and i guarantee you that he will help you.Email him at: Unityspelltemple@gmail.com ,you can also call him or add him on Whats-app: +2348071622464 ,His website: http://unityspelltemple.yolasite.com .

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