Who else is guilty? I know I am that's why I decided to write about it for this week's chit-chat. You know, those weird facial expressions we make during makeup application. Tell me, were you like that since time immemorial? were you influenced by your favorite youtube guru and gurushh? Okay I invented gurushh; but these are your tweens (10-12 year olds) calling themselves makeup guru, heaven forbid!
So the hot burning question is, are these face contortions really helpful? let's investigate further.
(1) Contouring to create an illusion of slimmer or well-defined face has to be the trickiest. But see not everyone is born with prominent cheek bones (think Jessica Biel or Kiera Knightly) so locating them isn't easy. My quickie solution? Say hello to mah duck face!
Duck face is simply sucking in your cheeks to create a visual guide on where to apply bronzer. I prefer using a matte bronzer that's two shades darker, and with a contour brush (sometimes a round or domed brush), I apply it just under the cheek bones and then I blend and buff upwards onto the temples for a seamless look. In days I want to glam up, I highlight my cheekbones with a bit of shimmer.
(2) Next challenge is how to apply blush properly. Old school says you have to smile to reveal the apples of your cheeks. But I don't want Betty Boop makeup where the color is concentrated on the cheeks. I prefer a more polished and modern look; want to know my easy take on it?
If you've experienced constipation at least once in your life, then you know how it feels sitting in the toilet for minutes, doing crazy maneuvers here and there to liberate your ass, haha! Push, release, push. Constipated pout simply means pushing your cheekbones up. So with a blush brush, I apply the color just above my cheekbones and blend outwards.
(3) Do you get teary-eyed when you line or smudge your eyes? I used to. But over the years of fooling with eyeshadows and eyeliners, I can handle lining much better now. I've seen some of you guys doing this habit though, don't deny!
Fish eyes means making your eyes big to help you line or smudge your lower lash line easily. It's also a mindless way of controlling your tear ducts. I say mindless because you still get teary-eyed nonetheless.
(4) Does opening your mouth help with the blending of the eyeshadow or finding the crease? I've seen this many times from youtube gurus and gurushh. What's up with the mouth-opening? am I missing on something? is there a scientific explanation to this pandemic? I don't do it myself but here's a (mis)representation of the weirdest makeup trick in my opinion.
Call it crazy, baloney, weird tricks. Call it whatever you want. At the end of the day, it will look right, when done right.
Oh makeup, you bring so much joy to a woman's life!
p.s. do you have any weird tricks you want to share? spill the deets babe.