Adding New Textures to Your Make-Up

Posted by Lipglossiping On March - 31 - 2012
Hafsa Issa-Salwe is a 20-something International Business student from London.  She counts the feel of a good body lotion, the glitter of an eyeshadow and the smell of a Lush bath bomb as one of life’s little delights.  The following article is a guest submission, you can read more from Hafsa at Muslimah Beauty. [br]

 

I have a tonne of make-up and even though I’m in possession of an unhealthy amount of it, it’s quite easy for me to get bored of it all so I love switching things up a little and experiment with what I already have than to buy something else.  Add a squirt of illuminator to your foundation and you’ll get a gorgeous slow, foundation plus blush equals cheek and lip tint, a dab of Vaseline to your bronzer and you’ve got a gel-like bronzer, mix an eye pigment with some water to create eyeliner and you can create a cream shadow with a hint of lotion.

Liquid Blush

Daniel Sandler was a genius when he created his infamous Watercolour Blush.  I’d never used a liquid blush before and I was quite sceptical to use one for fear of it just looking wrong once applied but, I was proven wrong and now I consider liquid blush and I the best of friends!

Powder blush can look too aging on a person, can highlight dry skin and is just downright boring at times whereas liquid and cream blushes make it seem like you’re glowing within and they’re the perfect texture for all you ladies with dry skin.

To mix up my own liquid blush I’ll squeeze a pea sized amount of moisturiser that’s not too thick and creamy as it’ll be quite hard to spread and blend otherwise. Once you’ve mixed the lotion and blush together, you’ve got yourself a very pigmented blush and it’ll set so it won’t budge for ages.

Gel Bronzer

When my beloved MAC Bronzing Powder crumbled to pieces on my holiday in Egypt, I was in the middle of Cairo without a clue of the nearest MAC so I just improvised and created myself a gel bronzer with the help of some Vaseline and the rest is history.

Depending on how dark you want to go, add less or more of the bronzer.  For general reference, it should always be two parts Vaseline to one part bronzer.  For added shimmer if your bronzer isn’t already shimmery, add a liquid illuminator like NARS’ Laguna and you’ll be glowing like you’ve spent two weeks in Barbados instead of grey old Britain!

Other ideas include:

~ Mixing together a little moisturiser, primer and foundation for a long lasting, matte/dewy (this’ll depend on the primer you’re using) for tinted moisturiser.

~ To get a great gel liner, Vaseline and black eyeshadow will do the trick.

~ Go crazy with spring’s colourful eyes trend and swirl together the brightest eyeshadow you have with the tiniest amount of water to make the shadows pop. I love this trick because it leaves the shadow super easy to blend, so this one is ideal for beginners.

~ For a nod to the S/S 2012 marine trend, mix gold glitter into loose silver eyeshadow and swoop across your lids for a gorgeous iridescent finish.

~ Lipbalms on top of lipsticks, and lipsticks on top of lipbalms! Or you could go arts and crafts by melting down a lip moisturiser with a little lipstick for your own homemade tinted lipbalm.

So girls, have fun with the contents of your cosmetics bag by playing with textures to get the most from your make up.

X

Hafsa from Muslimah Beauty

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  2. Sarirah says:

    Some really nice and creative ideas. I hope to try out making my very own tinted moisturiser and perhaps you’ve given me a way to use the never ending pot of Vaseline I have sitting in the cupboard. ;)

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  3. Sydney says:

    Loving this post. Some genuinely unique ideas that I would have never thought to do myself (2 parts fear and 1 part complete laziness)

    I will definitely be giving some of these a go in the near future!

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  4. Sheri says:

    Love this post. I bought that Daniel Sandler watercolor blush and found is soooooo hard to apply evenly. Mixing it with a tiny bit of moisturizer is brilliant. Why didn’t I think of that?

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  5. Ana N. says:

    I was wondering how do u wear a liquid/ gel/ cream blushes. I have combination oily skin. I have only worn compact or powder blushes all my life, but now got some bday gifts frm friends consisting of cream/ gel blushes. They are just sitting there on my dressing table, coz I somehow dont know how to use them.
    My usual regime with compact/powder blushes:
    - primer then liquid or mineral powder foundation.
    - set with a face powder.
    - blush on cheeks.
    - eye colours, lip colours.
    - then fix them all with a mattifying spray on my face.

    If I were to use the cream/ gel blush, where do they come in with the steps?
    Thanks for ur help. I would love to try cream/ gel as so far seen good reviews on how good they are on combination/ oily skin.

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    • Hi Ana,

      If it’s a particularly pigmented blush, I would apply over your primer but under your foundation to allow a more seamless blend with your base product. If it’s buildable, I usually apply immediately after my foundation.

      Hope that helps,

      Charlotte x

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      • Ana N. says:

        thanks so much. u r the only beauty blogger who gave me a good logical answer on how to use a gel/cream blusher. the rest just say depends on wat u have, full stop. thanks lots :)

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