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Recipes to Beat Makeup Obesity Over the Party Season
Thu, 2 December 2010 6:43AM
I love this time of year, Primpers, makeup is at its most obese. It usually involves glitter, lots of different makeup looks to indulge myself in, lashes, and more glitter. The other thing it usually involves is late nights with sloth skincare routines and invariably, the curse of the morning-after makeup… How are we going to look good after days and nights of endless reapplication? Do we just leave what we had on and add more? ! Mmm, big problem to solve – It’s a bit like feasting on a fried egg, two slices of toast and a round of bacon when you know you need a liver detox juice and bircher muesli. Well, as master chef de maquillage at the Primped school of makeup Cordon Bleu, I’m going to cook up a storm of tasty ideas that will get you through the party makeup season.
My first recipe is a simple one – for the time poor, consumption rich. All you need is one packet of makeup or baby wipes left on the bedside table. Leave the wipes to marinate upside down so all the remover soaks to the top sheets, ensuring easy makeup removal before you put your head to rest. Speaking of rest, do this for at least 7 hours before the next course; as every good chef knows, resting is essential to ensure a tasty looking dish! Serving suggestion: a garbage bin placed nearby to dispose of the used sheets.
My second recipe is like the most sumptuous ‘Nigella’ style menu – party makeup with glitter and lashes worn to excess. But just how do you remove the makeup aftermath successfully, without finding glitter and lash flares on your partner/dog/pillow the next day? Or in the case of glitter, for the next week or month? Waterproof eye makeup remover is the essential ingredient. Use a dampened cotton pad also soaked in the remover and gently press over the lashes (while your eye is closed). Remove the pad after about 60 seconds; the lashes should now remove easily with a very gentle pull, gripping onto the lash from the outside moving inwards. Remove any excess shadow or liner using the same soaked pad technique.
Glitter can be trickier to remove. Again, the soaked pad of waterproof eye makeup remover gently pressed on to the flesh works well, however be careful not to then wipe the offending glitter all over the rest of the face as you wipe away. The trick is to employ a ‘lift and fold’ action. Lift the pad (essentially scooping up the glitter) rather than wiping, then fold the pad on itself, trapping the offending glitter as you remove. If there are fugitive glitter sparkles still on the skin, use a small piece of sticky tape or Elastoplast to lift the glitter. This is also a great tip for the application of glitter, enabling you to remove any pieces that inadvertently stick to unwanted areas.
Ever wondered what would be a winning skincare and makeup combination that made you look fabulous on the outside when you were secretly over cooked inside? It’s a bit like the secret of how French women look so slender and fabulous on a diet that mainly consists of butter. So, in true Julia Childs fashion, I will present to you, mes amies, a quick and easy recipe that satiates the hunger for a quick fix . Like butter, it’s all about creaminess. Dehydrated skin looks lifeless and unpalatable at the best of times, but even more so when served with a dollop of tiredness. Night creams can work well, however as implied in my first recipe, can be forgotten at bed time during the party season. The best way to tackle this recipe is in the morning. Exfoliate the skin – this will stimulate the blood flow to the skin’s surface and remove dry skin cells making it look fresher. Next, spray a good amount of rosewater mist on the face. Skin mists that contain glycerine will also give an extra boost of moisture. Next, seal in the moisture while the skin is still damp with a ten cent size drop of rosehip oil. Rosehip oil is really rich in minerals, vitamins and is a natural moisturiser that’s suitable for all skin types. Once this has absorbed, you can apply your favourite moisturiser as usual. I can see the skin getting plump and juicy as I write!
Now for the ‘morning after’ makeup. Creaminess is still the key but whipped with a good spoonful of luminosity. Use a tinted moisturiser or sheer foundation, this will allow all the flavour from the skincare routine to permeate through. If you have an oilier skin and are worried about the results, apply a primer to the offending areas first. Look for sheer, luminous or pearlised liquid or cream highlighters to apply on the cheekbones, eyelids and brow bone. I also like to apply a little in the inside corner of the eye, around the tiny muscle that joins the lid to the lower eye area – it adds light and life to the eye instantly. Red eyes can be helped with an application of cream coloured eyeliner drawn along the inside waterline. Curl your lashes and apply your favourite mascara. If you have semi-permanent false lashes then don’t forget to gently brush them back into place – you don’t want pillow-squashed long lashes spoiling the wide awake look you’re trying to achieve! Sheer veils of cream or liquid blush in watermelon or posey-pink colours look beautiful and fresh. The same colours look effective on the lips in sheer or creamy textures.
Follow these great recipes and you will look, as Jamie Oliver would say, absolutely “Pucker!”
Posted by: Nicola Burford