Gosh it’s been ages since I did a FOTD post! Today I’m doing something I’ve not done before – a step-by-step tutorial post, which I’ve wanted to do for quite some time. And it’s on a topic I’ve wanted to do since I’ve started Chasing Elixir too – that is, makeup that makes you look YOUNGER.
In order to defy the effects of ageing, skin care, whether it be using topical products or cosmetic procedures, is important. Equally important, is how you utilise makeup. This is the look I wear most days; it’s quick, easy, and takes YEARS off the face!
As this is a picture heavy post, let’s jump straight into it:
The skin is a canvas that must be prepare before makeup application. As I have very oily skin, I reduce the amount of products used during the day as much as possible. So after cleansing I put on a hydrating serum, face lotion, eye gel, and usually a mattifying lotion and sunscreen.
Find a foundation that works best for your skin – in colour, texture and effect. I love my Za BB cream as it suits my complexion, and has added SPF.
Put on a primer first, a silicon based primer is great for covering fine lines and pores. Then I usually put on the BB cream one area at a time, but the first pic gives you an idea of where to put it.
Then I work the BB cream (or foundation, if that’s your weapon of choice) into my face with my fingers; smoothing over majority of the face and tapping it around the delicate eye areas.
Concealer & Powder
I use Face of Australia stick foundation as my concealer; a lighter one (Ivory) for under eyes, and a slightly darker one (Beige) for any blemishes. Then set the whole face with loose powder – I’m quite liberal with it as I have oily skin, but you can use less if your skin is not so oily.
One of the main ways to take years off your face, is to have a thick, straight brows like the Korean brows. I use my trusty Benefit Brows A-Go-Go kit for this, using the wax as base, and draw my brows on using the dark brown colour with the slanted brush. Using a straight eyeshadow brush I go over the brows with the medium brown colour in the kit, and use a blending brush to soften the inner part, taking it down to the upper nose bridge.
I also go over the brows with another dusting of translucent powder, to soften the lines and set the brows.
The starting point to younger eyes are CIRCLE LENSES and EYELASHES. The former to be put on before putting on makeup (I forgot until after I’d applied concealer in this tutorial), and the latter after eye makeup (but I now have eyelash extensions). But these 2 items make a powerful combination – they will take at least 3 years off your face, and make eye makeup such a breeze.
Other than that, I put on an ivory eyeshadow as base, then medium colour all over the eye socket. Another key to younger eyes is to emphasise the outer lower lashline with a dark brown eyeshadow – as it gives a cute, puppy eyed look.
After that, I line the upper lashline with liquid eyeliner – making it thicker above the iris, and extending it out straight by about 5mm. I also highlight just above the iris by patting on some gold eyeshadow, and blend the socket line.
Highlight the inner corners with some shimmery eyeshadow – I like to use a shimmery pink one as it’s cuter
Lastly, finish the look off with lashings of mascara on both upper and lower lashes, and apply false eyelashes. I only did my bottom lashes as I have lash extensions.
Disclaimer: the liquid eyeliner props my eyelids up and that’s why I end up with double eyelids after doing my eyes. I don’t know how to use double eyelid tape nor have I had any procedures to make them double.
Blush & Highlight
To put some colours back into the cheeks, I’ve really been loving combining coral and pink together. Brush on some shimmery coral blush all over the cheek, then on the apples some baby doll pink blush. Use a sweeping side motion for the coral; and a circular motion for the pink. Keep the pink slightly above the middle of the apples, as it performs a visual trickery of lifting the cheeks.
My face doesn’t need much contouring, but I brush on some shimmery ivory shadow on either sides of my nose, taking it down to the nasolabial lines and blend it with my fingers to conceal them.
With the face done, the last step is hair. Keep your hair glossy and healthy with regular hair appointments. I find that having the hair curled inwards also makes for a younger look.
A little fringe also softens the look.
The best thing about this look, is how invisible the eye makeup is. No one will ever know the trickery behind it!
A straight fringe also takes years off – I swept mine to the side as it’s grown out a little.
Now for a side-by-side, before-and-after comparison. Pretty dramatic heh? (No wonder my downstairs neighbour thought it was 2 different people)
And that’s it for my first ever tutorial post – hope you liked it!
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