Every day, we get questions from our customers about all things beauty. It can be about anything, from which products we personally swear by to exactly how to use them for best results. So this week, the BeautyMNL Editors are answering a few inquiries that came in through the mail. By that, of course, we mean our email: email@example.com. There’s no Q too big or too small, too strange or too simplistic, so keep ‘em coming, beautiful!
HOW DO I GIVE MYSELF A FACE LIFT WITH MAKEUP?
Marika: “I’m in my late 30s. I think my skin is still in good condition for my age. But sometimes, I just want to look as young as possible and I can see my skin sagging in places they never did in my mid-20s. I love anti-aging and skincare, but it takes so much time to work. Is there a way to do this with makeup?”
ANSWER: More often than not, the first sign of aging isn’t actually wrinkles. It’s sagging. The inevitable sag happens slowly over time to due to the weakening of collagen in your skin. As a result, this drags your face down, making you look older and more fatigued.
The good news is, yes, you can easily counteract this with makeup. To give yourself a visible face lift (sans the scalpel), all it takes is strategic application. Where and how you apply your highlight, blush, and contour makes all the difference. And once you learn this technique, you’ll realize you’ve been doing it wrong all along. Live and learn, right?
STEP 1: APPLY BLUSH RIGHT ABOVE THE APPLES OF YOUR CHEEKS
Most people think blush should be applied right onto the apples of their cheeks. But actually, this is one of the biggest myths in beauty! Why? The apples of your cheeks are only the highest points when you smile. But once you revert to your normal facial expression, those apples will drop—and so will your blush. This visibly drags your face downwards.
That said, what is recommended by most makeup experts is to apply blush right above the apples of your cheeks. This is the space between your under-eyes and nostrils.
To do so, apply your blush in a diagonal motion. It should sweep over 3 important points: the space just above the apples of your cheeks, the highest point of your cheekbones (directly under the outer corner of your eyes), and just above the top of your ear. Then, blend out any harsh lines.
By applying it diagonally, you sweep the color outwards and upwards. This creates a natural flush that emphasizes the highest parts of your face, even when you’re not smiling!
WHAT WE USED: Milani Baked Blush in Berry Amore, P449. Shop it here.
STEP 2: CONTOUR RIGHT BELOW YOUR BLUSH
Next up: contour! The biggest sculpting mistake is applying contour too low and creating a shadow that’s too long. Sure, this chisels out your cheekbones—but it also makes skin look saggy.
To avoid this mistake, use your blush application from Step 1 as a guide. Sweep your contour right below your blush and follow the diagonal application.
Your contour color should only be applied to the sides of your face. Just imagine a line running straight down from the outer corners of your eyes. The contour shouldn’t go beyond this perimeter. Any further will be too close to your mouth.
Blend, blend, blend, and then inspect your “lifted” sculpt.
WHAT WE USED: Sparkle Cosmetics Creamy Contouring Stick, P200. Shop it here.
STEP 3: HIGHLIGHT THE SIDES OF YOUR CHEEKBONES
Another common beauty myth: applying highlighter in a C-shape around your eyes is a universal truth. While this totally works most of the time, it can also attract attention to your under-eyes—and if they’re on the verge of sagging, that can drag your features down.
Like your contour, highlight only the sides of your cheekbones. Use a straight diagonal line. Start right under the outer corner of your eye and end the line right below your temple. Make sure the highlight doesn’t go beyond the point where your eye ends. In other words, it shouldn’t touch your actual cheeks!
Then, blend it out with your fingertips.
See the difference? By applying highlight only on the sides of your cheekbones, it enhances the lift and tightens the look of your entire face.
WHAT WE USED: Peripera Nose Up Highlighter in Gold Highlighting, now on sale at P550 (limited time only). Shop it here. Ta-da! By changing the way you paint on blush, highlighter, and contour, you get an instantly lifted, firmer-looking face. This technique works for everybody—no matter what age!
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