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Try This!

I'm not a make up artist. Not interested in becoming one either 'cause if I does shop so for myself I don't know how I would do with a whole kit. As with all things though, practise makes permanent. The more I do those #LipSwatchWeek posts; the more I apply a full face, the more products and techniques I try. These 'Try This!' posts will be quick tips about new things I've incorporated into my routine.

Dewy Skin Sandwich

Highlighters are all the rage right now. De people gone mad. I've gone a bit mad too 'cause I've added so many to my collection in recent months. Now us oily skin folks don't like to look shiney all over so this highlighting thing has to be strategic. Another delicate balance that must be achieved is maintaining that matte effect in the danger zones but not looking like a dead. Well, recently I've become a huge fan of the 'Dewy Skin Sandwich':

  • apply your makeup as normal with your favourite mattifying foundation
  • apply all the powder products in your usual routine EXCEPT highlighter
  • apply setting spray; let dry completely (I usually fan my face to speed up the process)
  • apply your highlighter
  • apply your favourite finishing spray (M.A.C Fix+, Mario Badescu Facial Spray etc.)
p.s. I usually apply mascara as the very last step after my face is totally dry.

'Sun Worship'

Somehow, applying my highlighter after my setting setting spray makes those highlighted areas pop even more; even if I've used the most subtle of powders. Of course, the finishing spray does its job of melding the powder products together and taking away any cakey residue. An additional benefit: the finishing spray would add back the hydration so critical to the skin that the alcohol in the setting spray took away. This technique marries the longevity of matte base products and the glowy youthfulness of radiant, healthy skin. Give it a try and let me know what you think. 

NYX Products seen in Contour Beauty, Sky Mall.
NYX Products seen in Contour Beauty, Sky Mall

If you're already using this technique - I'm sure it's nothing new - let us know what your favourite setting and finishing sprays are.

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