8 How-to Makeup Application Techniques

8 How-to Makeup Application Techniques

Today I thought I would do a little tutorial of sorts. I often assume that people know most of the makeup basics. But then I actually hang around human beings that aren’t Johnny Clyde, and realize that unless someone teaches you or you seek out tutorial online, most people really don’t know many little tricks there are that make our makeup lives easier.
I guess this post is inspired by Mother. I got her a cushion upon her request and sneaked a peek at her applying it. That is when I realised that unless you happen to come upon videos of people applying cushions, you might not automatically dab it all over your face. After all, dabbing is really not the most natural of actions for us. And yes, in case you were wondering, she did indeed rub the cushion all over her face. The finish is not too bad when that is done, but it is a tad streaky and thick.
So after explaining to Mother how to use a cushion puff, she just blinked at me and told me to demonstrate. I guess explaining some movements and actions with words can be a little confusing.
I remember when I got a beauty blender and the internet told me to bounce it off my face.
Well, that first try didn’t end well.
The beauty blender landed on the floor and my face stayed makeup free.
So here are a few of those little tricks that I have learned over the years that some of you might not be entirely familiar with. Demonstrated through the miracle of video and photography.

How to Curl your lashes
This is one that I haven’t been doing right for most of my life. I mean this is not science but changing up the technique really gives you much more natural results. I used to just squeeze close to my roots and call it at day but it made my lashes stick straight up and look a little strange.
The secret is to curl them gradually. First you find a spot as close to your root as possible without pinching your skin, then you slowly close the curler and hold for a few seconds. You then work your way up a little and repeat. You do this until you run out of lashes. This techniques ensures a nice curve instead of a 90 degree edge.

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How to apply Mascara
This was supposed to just be a trick on what not to do with your Mascara but since I was already filming I thought I might as well show the application method. When working as a skincare consultant, I got the chance to meet a lot of wonderful makeup artists. One of these knowledgeable fellows explained a few of the Mascara basics to me. First of all, wipe the tip of the wand on a tissue.
This has two reasons: if you leave it on there is too much product on the wand which will turn your lashes goopy. The other is that when you wipe it on the tube instead (what I used to do of course), it makes the mascara get clumpy. And yes you need to do that every time of course!
The second thing is, never ever pump your wand in the Mascara tube. It enables air to get into it and will make your product dry out faster. These might not seem like super important steps but let me tell you. Since applying these I have never had a Mascara clump or dry out on me. Even though I don’t use them often I end up replacing mine eventually, but I have Mascaras that are a couple of years old (which I don’t use) that are neither dry nor clumpy.
When it comes to application, I noticed that people often don’t pay attention to the root or tips of their lashes. First off you go as close to your lash roots as you can and with an upward motion wipe the wand to the sides. I like to slightly close my eyes to give it an even better push.
When this is done, you then separate the lashes in the middle with the same wand and to finish it off you go over your tips. The tips are often so light they are practically invisible (my lashes are very black but I can’t see my tips either) so applying Mascara on them makes your lashes look even longer. Repeat one or two more times until desired effect. I usually only use one dip into the product for both eyes. And remember it is always better to layer a few thin layers than start with one thick one.

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How to tightline your lashes
Tightlining lashes is done to make them look longer and thicker by blackening the roots and or the upper waterline of your eyes. It is also a technique used in moments where one wants defined eyes without a visible liner or for people with small eyes that have no space for thick black lines.
I personally love tightening and have been doing a version of it for years. Since I discovered my current method, I practically stopped using mascara, something that I love since I am not fond of removing waterproof products. Back in the days some people said to “stamp” the Mascara wand on the roots to tightline the lashes. Guerlain even came out with a very practical two sided mascara.
With one end containing a wand to easily tightline them.
Now people generally use pencils or gels. I usually use pencils since I do not own a black gel.
For this demonstration I used eyeshadow by wetting the brush first and then picking up the color.
I actually really like the effect and prefer it to the way the pencil looks.
But for every day makeup I will continue using the pencil for convenience sake.

Method 1:
One way to tightline is to simply put the pencil in the corner of your eyes, close them and drag the pencil across. This usually also blackens the bottom waterline. This is the easiest way to do it but I find it is more like a tightlining cheat than actual tightlining since it darkens the upper waterline but doesn’t really get in between the lashes. The differences aren’t huge though and this method looks great too.

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I confess I was excessively drawing on my waterline. For demonstration purposes of course!

Method 2:
The second method is to simple draw really closely to the roots of your lashes. Some people like to hold their lid up but I prefer to not do that since it is hard to coordinate for me.
To tightline with gel or shadow you simply dip your brush and sort of “stamp” draw really closely to your roots. I like to do this as the first step of my makeup, with either method, to be able to clean anything up in case I draw on my lid.

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You can see that my left eye looks more defined due to the tightlining


How to apply concealer
This method is widely circulated online, but I thought I would just add this one too since I was already doing a full face of makeup. This technique can be used with concealer or even BB/CC creams/foundation.
Dot a triangle shape under your eyes. The amount of dots differ but I usually do 3 - 4 since that pretty much covers the entire area.

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 Then either blend the color by dabbing with your finger, the small tip of a beauty blender or a cushion sponge. This way it will simply give you a better shaped brightness to your face while concealing the dark circles.

How to apply Foundation with a beauty blender
I used to always apply foundation with my fingers since I couldn’t be bothered to use a brush.
I was also complaining that my foundation never looked as natural as I would like.
Eventually I decided to pick up a beauty blender since I read that the finish was more natural than when a brush or regular sponge was used. I have to say this is one of those internet must-haves that is completely true. Beauty blenders are great and applying anything on your face, using them gives you a really natural finish.
I use them for foundation products (in this case BB cream), concealer and sometimes blush.
First you wet the sponge and squeeze as much water out as you can. This avoids the sponge to soak up too much product and lets you apply a sheerer layer. Then either dot the product on your face, or add it to the blender. Proceed to bounce it all over your face. Use the small tip to get into the corners of the nose and around the eyes.
Repeat as necessary to cover imperfections. I often skip concealer and simply layer it until my face looks even in the areas that need a little bit more coverage.

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How to apply Foundation with a cushion sponge
I admit I don’t actually own a cushion. It is not that I don’t like them but I never really use foundation on my face yet I still own a few BB and CC creams. I do not see the point of actually owning any cushions if they won’t be used. Luckily I got to extensively test them though so I am not completely new in the cushion world. I love cushion sponges and have already bought a few different ones to use on their own. To me they are the Asian version of the beauty blender.
They help give a very natural looking finish only that they are more convenient since they don’t require water and are easier to travel with. When using a cushion sponge I either dab the foundation on my face like I did with the beauty blender or dip the sponge gently into the product that I have on the back of my hand. Then I proceed to dab the sponge all over my face. You can go back and apply more layers to areas that need it as well.

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How to use a Lip Tint as Blush

I have seen this technique shown in Korean beauty shows that I don’t watch as often as I would like.
I actually don’t use this myself unless I don’t have blush on hand, or don’t have a matching blush in my collection. The principle is simple, you mix some foundation with some tint until you get the desired color. You then dab the mixture in whatever shape you like on your face and follow up blending it with either a beauty blender or a cushion sponge. The finish is very natural and glowy.
It can of course be layered until desired strength is achieved.

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How to line your lips
Lip liner might be out of style but I still love the way it looks and line my lips any time I wear proper lipstick. Using a liner can change the color of your lipstick and also give it way better staying powers. Some lip liners can also be used as your sole lip color which can be great since they tend to be longer lasting than lipsticks. Also a lovely way to get the perfect matte shade!
Start by defining your cupids bow and then simply trace the corners either down or up to finish the shape of the top lip. Then draw the line in the middle of your lower lip and then unite the sides with that middle line. Some people like to make a few shorter lines to better control the movement and shape and some people draw their entire lip with one sweep.

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I generally do four strokes on the top and one or two at the bottom. It is up to you and what you are more comfortable with. Then proceed to fill in your entire lip area. Doing so avoids the dreaded 90s liner look.


That was it for today, dear Batlings. I hope these were a few helpful tips that might make your next makeup application a little easier.
If there is any other methods you would like explained let me know and I am happy to oblige.
What are your favorite makeup application techniques?
À bientôt and until another time!

Innisfrees Canola Honey Cream vs Cosrx Ceramide and Honey Cream aka Honey Cream Showdown

Innisfrees Canola Honey Cream vs Cosrx Ceramide and Honey Cream

I have been on a honey kick lately. Well I always have been on a food in skincare kick, only that some ingredients are more appealing to me than others. Mostly it is ingredients that I actually like putting in my mouth and possibly already used for a myriad of reasons which might included home skincare tricks already. Honey is one of them. I have been using honey for different skin woes for a long time and seeing honey readily available as an ingredients in my skincare seems incredibly appealing.
Also, considering that they are generally not sticky and droopy.
So I have been able to get quite a few different honey items that I would like to compare for you peeps. Today I will talk about two creams but soon I will also post about 3 different honey serum/essence type products.
So stay tuned!

This will be a hard comparison since I kinda love both these creams.
But apparently my skin seems to notice a difference.
I was thinking of simply talking about the differences and similarities in my usual rambly sort of way but honestly I don't think much will come out of it since I like them both, and well, my rambles can seem a little confusing at times.
So I will go with a more organised type of comparison.
Lets see where to start…scent!
Why not…
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SHOWDOWN!


Scent

Innisfrees Canola Honey cream (ICHC) smells divine.
It isn’t strong and doesn't linger, but the scent is definitely Honey like, with a touch of flowers.
Cosrx Ceramide and Honey cream (CCHC) smells like nothing. It is scentless and I really appreciate that in skincare since most smells get too much for me very fast.

Texture

ICHCs texture is very buttery and luxurious. I love how smooth it feels and how it melts with my skin.
CCHCs texture is also quite amazing. It is slightly thicker and velvety but also turns watery and fresh when it is rubbed in.

Innisfrees Canola Honey Cream vs Cosrx Ceramide and Honey Cream swatch
 Effects

ICHC is a cream of medium heaviness. It is clearly a cream but it also has some hydrating properties which are clear with its watery texture when rubbed into skin. It is neither super hydrating nor super occlusive so it works well in both regards. It works for my super dry skin well in the winter and summer since it isn't heavy nor makes me oily whatsoever. I do think it is suitable for dry to normal skin and combo to oily skin during the night. It makes my skin smooth and glow and is very pleasant to use.

CCHC is very similar to Innisfrees honey version. It is also medium in terms of heaviness with a good mixture of both hydration and oils. The finish is a tad bit matte though so I do think it might work for combo skin during the day as well. But it really depends on your personal preferences.
This also works well during all seasons for my dry skin. I have to add extra hydration and oils in my routine for my skin to be happy but I have to do the same thing for the ICHC too.


Conclusion

I really love both these moisturizers practically equally. But when I am out of both, which one would I repurchase? That to me is the ultimate questions since I obviously don't need two honey creams in my life at the same time. In the end I think I would go with Cosrx Ceramide and Honey cream since I think my skin loves it more. This is not something I can prove but just a gut feeling I have. I feel like my skin was maybe 1.5 percent happier during my Cosrx trial phase than during my Innisfree one. But then again I was able to test CCHC two weeks longer than ICHC. Or maybe I am biased since I love Cosrx. Who knows. The point is that both creams are really lovely and if you need to decide between both, and neither of the differences above help you with that decision, you could always put them in a hat and draw. Or possibly see if you can find samples first. Or buy both. Or get the one that is cheaper. Or get the one that is available in your favourite shop.
So I hope I didn't make things even more confusing than they already are but in the end I would have to go with Cosrx. Or maybe I should not repurchase any but simply buy a different Honey cream to try!


Innisfrees Canola Honey Cream available at Beautynetkorea
Ingredients: Here
Cosrx Ceramide and Honey Cream available at Wishtrend
Ingredients: Here


Have you tried any of these two and which one did you like more? 

What is your favourite honey cream?

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Changes, changes and more changes and Giveaway announcement

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Hallo there dear Batlings
as you can see lots of changes have been happening.
Even though I am still battling with depressions and my mental health journey is at a tough point while I try to get diagnosed (which can be a gruelling process), I am very motivated to make this a lovely space of skincare fun and happiness fluff.
Oh, well maybe that is not the best description but you know what I mean!

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At my last Giveaway I asked you, dear readers, to tell me what sort of things you would like to see more on the blog and of course I am happy to oblige!
I really appreciate all the comments and suggestions from all of you.
I already have started writing a few new things keeping in mind what you have mentioned.
I also hope that you all like the new look!
The last change was a temporary in between buffer to see how I would like a lighter color scheme and I have to say that I dig it, so of course we went a step further and remade the whole thing.
As much as I like black and burgundy (Vampire life!), I am also a huge sucker for pastels.
I have been dreaming of a pastel rococo themed boudoir/toilette for a very long time and since that is not in the near future I thought I might as well give this blog a little touch of cake and sweetness. There will be a few more tweaks happening soon but nothing major anymore.

There is also a Giveaway winner to announce!
Congratulations Jessica for winning the 35th of May Celebration Giveaway

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I hope that I will be able to hold another Giveaway soon. I still have a sample Giveaway that I wanted to hold and already started buying things for future ones as well.
So thanks again for being such amazing peeps. So long for now and don’t forget your towel!

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Dry Skin Tips and Secrets, Skinesode I


Oh dry skin what a woe you can be!
I have had dry and dehydrated skin since I can remember. Yes there is a difference between dry and dehydrated and I happen to have both! I can’t complain since my skin is usually very nice when it is happy but when it is not it is flaky, red and hurts to no end.
I have collected a few tips and tricks regarding both of these skin concerns and thought it might be interesting for some of you to share the things that have or haven’t worked for me over the years.
All of the tips apply to both dry and dehydrated skin unless stated otherwise so I hope that any of you that fit in either category might be able to help diminish the woes of dryness.

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First of, we need to establish the difference between dry and dehydrated.
The easiest and most basic way to remember is that dry skin lack oils and dehydrated skin lacks water. It is completely possible to lack both of course.
Generally dry skin is a skin type and dehydrated skin is a condition, so yes you can stop having dehydrated skin but once you have dry skin you will likely not be able to change that but simply learn how to manage it so it is not so obvious any more.
Any skin type can be dehydrated, yes even oily skin.
Unfortunately it isn't as simple as just adding oils and or water so that *poof* skin is suddenly smooth and nice. Our skin is such a complex little creature that simple solutions are usually unsatisfactory. And as usual, all of the little creatures are different so unfortunately not all the things work equally well for each of us.

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Todays tip for dry and dehydrated skin is simple but makes a crucial difference in the happiness of my complexion.
Avoid water at all cost!
My skin hates water, it really does. When I use it, my skin gets dry, itchy and generally unhappy.
So every time I avoid it my skin starts feeling better.
Of course I cleanse, after all cleansing is one of the most important steps in a skincare routine but not all cleansers require water. I will touch on the subject of alternative cleansers that use water in another skinesode since today I want to focus on waterless cleansers only.
But let me tell you the differences of cleansing without water to the way my skin feels and acts when I use a cleanser that requires water (even a gentle, moisturising, PH friendly one!) is quite large.
Even when I have a lovely routine that makes my skin plump and happy and the only thing I switch is to an non waterless cleanser, boom my skin gets drier again.
And this happens every time!

So what does one do? Explore waterless cleansers!
There is a few ones and I have experimented with all of them.
Milks, creams, oils and waters are a great option depending on your skin type and preferences.
And yes one can double cleanse with these as well!

My favourite to use are cream cleansers followed up with a water cleanser or micellar water.
What I like about cream cleansers is that they remove dirt and makeup really well while still being gentle and non stripping. I also like them since creams are perfect for facial massages.
Since one uses quite an amount of cream cleanser and they generally have a good slip to them, one can massage their face without worrying about tugging on ones skin.

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Well, there is many different massage techniques I suppose
Another nice side effect if that the oils in the cream, together with the massaging motion, often result in a little bit of an exfoliation. Sometimes while cleansing I just feel little bits that are similar to a peeling gel and my face is indeed smoother afterwards.
One could simply wipe off the cream and call it a day but I like to follow it up with a cleansing water or micellar water to make sure there is no residue left.

Cleansing milks are similar to creams only that they are thinner in texture. They often contain less oils and are easier to wipe off. So in the end I prefer the creams since they are better for massaging.
If you aren’t into thick creams or oily products, a Cleansing Milk would be a good way to start using waterless cleansers.

Oils are oils! 
But they are not the same as the Asian Cleansing Oils that some are used to. Asian Cleansing oils are meant to be rinsed with water and I will talk about them in another episode. The oils mentioned here are just regular oils or oil mixes. Some people like to massage their faces with such oils and then wipe them off with a towel. That is certainly a way to cleanse but I feel like this method leaves too much residue on my face. Especially when I wore makeup during the day I would like to feel properly cleansed. Maybe I just never knew how to wipe the oils off properly but to me this method is too heavy.
It is the easiest to try out though since most of you probably have some skin friendly oil already, be it olive, coconut or almond etc.

Last but not least are Cleansing or Micellar Waters. They are touted as all around miracle worker that magically make all makeup disappear and apparently to other amazing tasks such as doing your taxes and massaging your feet.
Oh wouldn’t that be wonderful!

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Unfortunately they do no such thing but that doesn’t make them any less convenient. They double as a toner in a pinch and actually do have a certain amount of cleansing power. Also they are generally gentle and even though the word water is in the title it still doesn’t equal to the water that comes out of the tap. (To find out how Micellar waters work read here)
Some people use cleansing waters as a sole cleanser but since it doesn’t remove my makeup and also doesn’t enable me to massage my face with it, I still prefer to double cleanse.
Cleansing water works great to remove any cream, milk or oil residue that you might have left on your face and it also shows you if your face is properly clean or not. I simply use cleansing water on a cotton pad until the cotton looks completely clean. It has never been more than two so far so I usually just use two from the get go.

I am actually out of cleansing water and am not too happy with the cleansing cream I am using so I have been washing my face with a foam cleanser at night.
My skin is not happy, let me tell you.
It is desperate for my cleansing water to arrive so I can switch back to a waterless cleanser asap.

My face is as tight as this ladies mask!

What are your cleansing methods and have you seen any differences in your skins condition when you switch to a new one?

I hope you will join me next time on Dry Skin Tips and Secrets, Skinesode II!