Step awaaay from the telephone. Don’t make that plastic surgery appointment before you try my tromp plastic eyelash youth-enhancing finishing powder technique. It’s easy, and we only need four shades of (non-animal tested, please) loose powder.
Ahnik Here’s what you do. Let’s take the example of oh, plastic eyelash, someone who’s maturing. Gracefully, mind you. What happens?
Analyze the Situation
Looking in the mirror for an example, I see that the lower portions of my cheeks, for some reason, appear to be more concave than they used to be. This creates a shadow below my cheekbone, and here I am: gaunt.
The second thing I see, looking with partially Zen-trained eyes so as to avoid uncomfortable feelings of horror, are these two weird lumpy fleshy things hanging down from either side of my jaw, well into the top of the neck plastic eyelash. In the old days, I believe these were referred to as “jowls.” In the 21st century, however, they are nothing more than things-to-be-concealed.
And finally, there’s this cheekbone that I can still feel, but I can’t actually see anymore. Darn.
Good news: None of this is major if you know how to contour. There are many ways to contour, as theatrical plastic eyelash artists know. But the way we’ll be tackling today is as simple as applying your final round of loose powder at the end of your makeup application.
Loose powder, setting powder, finishing powder – they’re all the same thing. We’re not talking about mineral powder, which is a foundation. We’re talking about what goes on over Let’s Do It
Let’s say you’ve got your eye plastic eyelash, eyebrows and foundation on, and you’re ready for the contouring.
Take your powder blush and a clean, narrow (non-animal hair) brush. Figure out where your cheekbone should be, and brush the blush on the lower half of it, starting at the center, blending down a tiny bit, and then blending back toward the ear. (Never put any red tones on the inside of the cheek or near the nose – it will look like rosacea.)
Now take your matte textured highlighter. Brush it across the top outer half of what you previously determined to be your plastic eyelash. Blend it back toward the ear (not up, because it will get into the under eye area and cause another disaster), then sweep it up the temple to just above the eyebrow.
Needless to say, apply with a light touch and blend with a heavy hand.
Next, and you can experiment with your colors here, put a light mint green powder in that large abyss of caved-in cheek. This area goes from below your blush to just above your jaw line. Blend this powder up along the side of the nose. That will eliminate redness, which often appears in the nose and related cheek area.
Using the same mint green powder (some women use yellow – you’ll have to plastic eyelash- just don’t go in for your Passport picture until you get this straightened out), brush over what your grandmother used to call “jowls” (They’ve got to invent a new word for that.).
And finally, to create the illusion of a neck, select a powder that is a number of shades darker than your foundation, and a non-animal hair brush that is medium wide, tapered, and medium-stiff (called a foundation brush). Dip the brush into the dark powder, and, with the side of the brush, draw a narrow line right under where your jaw bone begins near the under-ear area. Stop just short of the “jowl” area. Now go back and blend that powder downward. Look in the mirror. You’ll see a neck! It’s so cool.
And I’m not even that old. I don’t know what happened.
Post Contour Procedure
Anyway, after all this contouring is done, you’ll want to set the whole thing with your normal, translucent loose finishing powder. Yes, it’s powder over powder, but it works. Press the translucent powder into your plastic eyelash with a puff or foam wedge. Never brush it on, because you’ll ruin all your work. Pressing translucent powder into your face takes a little time, but it will help your makeup last all day.
After the translucent setting powder, take a wide, fluffy soft non-animal hair brush, and gently whisk away any remaining gunk from your face.
Before going on your date, or going down the hall to throw the trash down the plastic eyelash , check your final face in different kinds of light. Check it by the window, check it in the garage under fluorescent light, check it with your magnifying mirror, run to the car and check it in your rearview mirror. Make sure it looks somewhat natural. If it doesn’t, that means you either haven’t blended enough, or you’ve used colors that are too dark. (Trust me when I say mint green. I used green green once in a state of desperation, and the result made me look like I just got off a small plane without having taken a motion sickness pill.)