Banish those Brushes & get Back to Basics with your Make Up

Aged 12, while reading Bliss and Shout, I learnt that to apply make up you needed an arsenal of expensive brushes. Fast forward 17 years and I’m fortunate to have experienced several other different opinions, and I have spent time watching make up artists use their hands to buff, pat, tap and smear. But surely this defiant act can only result in misplaced daubs in all the wrong places?  Instead, by warming the make-up between your fingers, it literally melts into the skin, creating a lit-from-within radiance. Lips are stained, eyes shine and cheeks flush with the kind of glow usually provided by 90 minutes if Bikram Yoga.

As explained by Tom Pecheux, a make up artist at Marni, warming foundation between your hands and pressing it over serum using your fingertips, it becomes part of the skin ; you feel the glow, you don’t see it. It doesn’t look like makep up but like perfect skin oozing health in all the right places. Hands up, if like me, you’ve wasted time and money on tools to attempt no-make-up make-up, only to be left with visible brushstrokes and smears ? That’s making it too difficult. The reality is quite simple.

Using cream or liquid formulas that can be blended lends an overall softness. The benefits of this action are twofold: massaging boosts circulation prompting radiance: and building up thin layers results in a seamless finish. Best of all? It’s free. Hands are the two best tools you own – they force make up to have contact with the skin. Push it on, press and build. With this knowledge in mind, 6 months on and I am still working out how to do it like a pro!

But it isn’t all bad news. It does get easier – I learnt that for a natural-looking contour, you should have a good feel with your fingertips to understand where to place the shadow – tap your fingertips around the cheek, feeling for the ledge, then stroke along that line with your index finger. That’s the perfect placement.

Not only do your fingers provide the body-temperature warmth that brushes can never mimic (perfect for heating your products to the ideal temperature for optimal application, coverage and finish) but also each of your fingers has a different pressure point (meaning that each of your delicate digits can apply makeup in a slightly different manner, just as your collection of brushes does). So, toss those pricey brushes aside, wash your hands (a must!) and learn how to apply your makeup like a pro – using nothing more than your own hand.

For example – concealer. Those of you lucky enough to not have to wear it, then enjoy your brew. However, for those of you like me who does need it – use your ring finger to apply under-eye concealer. With its particularly soft touch, your ring finger can pat product perfectly around the eye area, without pulling the skin (a culprit in the fight-against-wrinkles). Using your finger will also warm any creamy concealer to the ideal temperature for a cake-free finish that will provide the under-eye coverage you’re looking for, without enhancing any fine lines or wrinkles (in the way some poorly blended concealers can).

Use your index finger to apply any eyeshadows. This finger provides a little more pressure (helping your to spread the shadow more evenly) but still has that soft touch. Plus, it’s the most dexterous of your digits, so it will also allow you to apply multiple colors in precisely the right places. Just be sure to start with the lightest colors and work your way to the darkest so you don’t need to wash your hands repeatedly throughout the process. If, however, you’re looking for a more dramatic, smoky eye, use your middle finger to create the definition in your crease. It is not only your longest finger (meaning the others will be easily out of the way) but also provides the most pressure, ideal for framing your eye.

It works. I promise. Before writing this I used to apply the make up to my face and then blend / rub / dab it in. Not anymore. By using your hands, you become at one with your face and understand where to apply make-up for a finish that is beyond natural. Try it. You won’t be disappointed.

I hope you enjoyed the post from this week – if so then be sure to join me next week where I will take you through a step by step guide about what to use where. If you didn’t enjoy it or it wasn’t for you, then join me anyway !

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Lots of Love



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