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These days anyone can google just about anything. No, let me rephrase that…Youtube is the answer to all things how-to. As long as you have a camera, you can be a makeup schgurush teaching Plain Jane using the same techniques you learned from another makeup schgurush. It’s the rollover effect. I’ve been in your shoes once but experience taught me otherwise: what works for Lisa may not for Emily. In short, learn to tweak based on your own needs. With that said, I’ve summed up makeup techniques I initially learned and then ditched…


Technique #1: Apply face primer to preserve or keep makeup in place throughout the day. Face primer is undoubtedly one of the most popular beauty advice you constantly hear from MUAs, makeup aficionados, bloggers and vloggers, myself included. Yes, it does prolong the staying power of makeup and it preps the skin for a smooth canvass especially if you have oily and/or rough skin. If you pay attention to ingredients, you will notice that most face primers contain dimethicone, a type of silicone which has occlusive properties: meaning, it covers the skin and keeps the moisture in. It also blurs imperfections, mattify, and fills up pores which creates an illusion of flawless face.

Why I ditched it: I realized that I don’t need that extra layer for “smooth canvass and longevity” as long as I have moisturizer and serum on. Unless I am attending a special event where a more made-up look is favored, I prefer naturally- radiant skin. Also, I don’t want to layer dimethicone over dimethicone (read: most foundations also contain silicone) because it potentially traps sebum and other impurities which then contributes to breakouts.

Technique #2: Apply white eyeliner on waterline to make eyes look bigger. Yes it’s a good trick because it mimics your white eyeballs thereby creating an illusion of “wide awake” look.

Why I ditched it: It looks good if you have porcelain white skin but utterly odd and clownish, at least for my medium complexion. In lieu of white, I prefer a flesh or nude eyeliner because it looks more natural plus it compliments my skin tone better.

Technique #3: Set foundation with powder for additional staying power. Coming from someone who used to have extremely oily skin, this technique is a necessary step to help mattify face and keep makeup in place.

Why I ditched it: With aging comes hormonal change so it’s safe to say that my face has slowed down in the grease department. I realized that (1) using matte foundation alone is enough to give me decent coverage (2) adding powder on top makes my face look dull and cakey. For my under eyes concealer though, I still use setting powder albeit sparingly.

To recap, I’m not here to contest or challenge what works for you. As the adage goes, why fix if it ain’t broke. Mine obviously broke hence the fixing.

Here’s moi wearing matte foundation (sans setting powder) and flesh-tone eyeliner on waterline.

makeup techniques, makeup how to, makeup for beginners, tips to make makeup last

A tighter shot, just because…

makeup techniques, makeup how to, makeup for beginners, tips to make makeup last

Complete list of products used:
Guerlain Joli Teint Terracota in Natural. I reviewed Moyen/Medium here.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Mood Exposure, rave review here.
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer Custard, briefly mentioned here.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Diffused Light, used sparingly to set concealer under the eyes.
Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon (O)vert for upper and lower lash line.
Hourglass Film Noir Mascara
Rimmel Scandaleyes Nude Eyeliner
Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara
Tom Ford Brow Sculptor Chestnut
Tom Ford Lip Color Negligee

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