I’m kind of a late bloomer when it comes to discovering makeup and taking good care of my skin. Can you imagine wearing moisturiser and toner only at age 20?!
Growing up I was blessed with flawless looking skin and an awful mindset that girls who wear makeup are lame, much like girls who are friends with boys je are cool? Wrong. Thus, I never really tried experimenting with makeup or even bothered to form a skin regime. That all changed after delving into the beauty section of YouTube, I started learning new techniques and products that are suitable for my skin.
I’ve learnt so many beauty and makeup tips that I can’t live without, which I’m pretty sure after you try it out, you will never look back.
“Baking” is very popular among the drag community. It’s basically letting translucent powder sit on parts of your face you’ve concealed (Think: under-eye, chin, forehead, bridge of nose) for about 5 to 10 minutes. This allows the powder to set your concealer so that it doesn’t crease throughout the day, leaving your face with a flawless finish!
I usually bake under my eye area because I have dark circles and it’s the only part of my face that truly creases up.
Most beauty gurus gravitate towards the Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Setting Powder, but I’m a broke bitch and I’m not spending that much only to pack it on my face and dust it all off. Instead, I use Innisfree’s No Sebum Mineral Powder. Not only is it dirt cheap and cruelty-free, it leaves my skin with such a smooth finish as compared to other translucent powders I’ve tried in the market.
Don’t know how to bake your face? Here’s how:
- Hydrate your under-eye area. Make sure you’ve applied eye cream before putting on any makeup to minimize the appearance of any fine lines so that the concealer doesn’t look creased up.
- Apply a thick layer of concealer. You want to apply enough concealer to hide your bags and dark circles. Apply it in a V-shape or “upside down triangle” then blend it with a damp beauty blender.
- Bake your makeup. Most beauty gurus tell you to use a wedge sponge but your beauty blender it just as good. Use your damp sponge to pack on a generous amount of the translucent powder on your concealer. Jangan takut habis ok, if you bought the Innisfree powder that shit’s dirt cheap. SO. IT. PACK. ON. Leave it on for about 10 minutes. I never time myself but while waiting you can go ahead and fill in your brows!
- Dust it off. Use a big fluffy brush to dust off the excess powder left on your face! (I was so jakun after I tried this because the powder was flying everywhere and my under-eyes were as soft as a baby’s butt!
In case my explanation wasn’t clear enough for you, here’s where I learnt how to bake my face.
Ahh, another drag community makeup trick! To those of you who swear by contouring, well, strobing is the opposite! It’s all about highlighting and illuminating your complexion.
For a more subtle look I don’t go crazy with swirling my brush in the pan, but when I want to go all out, especially if I’m going out at night, I use two different highlighters! For an everyday highlight, I use The Balm’s Mary-Lou Manizer. It’s kind of on the pricier side but so far it’s lasted me 6 months and I haven’t even hit pan, so it’s worth the investment!
If I’m planning on meeting friends for dinner or going out for drinks at night, I add No7 Shimmer Palette in Rose on top of my Mary-Lou, which illuminates my face even more. I love it because I love glowing like a Greek Goddess.
Anyways, here’s how to look like one:
- Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Remember: highlighter has shimmer in it which can emphasize your complexion. Replenish your dull skin with some bad ass moisturizer!
- Use an illuminating base. Now, I don’t mean use illuminating cream or whatever as a base, but a dewy foundation should be good! Your goal is to look like you’re glowing.
- Start strobing! Use the brush you’ve used to highlight with and apply the highlighter onto your cheekbones, temples, brow bone and cupid’s bow.
- MORE. HIGHLIGHT. *Optional. Apply a second layer of highlight, preferably a different highlighter, on all the places you’ve already applied.
In case my explanation wasn’t clear enough for you, here’s where I learnt how to strobe.
3. SHEET MASKS
If you don’t follow me on Snapchat, then you probably won’t know how obsessed I am with sheet masks!
I never used to think much of sheet masks until I watched this video. I’ve really gotten into Korean skincare recently and I am telling you that sheet masks are definitely a holy grail beauty product.
I use sheet masks twice a week because your girl can’t afford the luxury of putting on a sheet mask every night before bed. I only use Innisfree’s It’s Real Squeeze Mask. Guess what, it’s only RM4 a packet!
I usually gravitate towards Bija and Tea Tree, mainly because I have acne prone skin, but once in awhile I get hydrating ones too like Manuka Honey and Cucumber!
How I use these sheet masks: After cleansing and toning my face, I use the sheet mask for 20 minutes and pat the excess product on my face followed by the rest of my skin care regime.
You can wash it off but why? Why wash it off? Just leave it on, dude.
Whenever I’m on my period, I use it every day until my period is over just so my skin is in tip-top shape and my acne knows its place.
“Fuck you, pimple. You’re going down, bitch,” I say as I put my mask on.
4. MICELLAR CLEANSING WATER
If you’ve not used micellar water, what are you doing with your life?
It’s not as effortless as using makeup wipes but come on, makeup wipes are for malas people! Convert to micellar water if you love your skin, thank you.
I use Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water. Sorry kat Malaysia takde but you can opt for Simple Micellar Cleansing Water instead!
I use micellar water on my face every night, even when I’m not wearing makeup. It removes all the dirt that’s been sitting on your face and gunk without drying your skin. Of course, micellar water can also double as a makeup remover. I use at least 3 cotton pads of micellar water to remove my makeup.
The minute I get home after a long day, I immediately grab my micellar water and remove my makeup. Even when it’s not the time for my skin care routine, it’s totally chill cause you don’t need to rinse after.
All in all, it’s up to you if you want to put makeup on or pamper your skin, because at the end of the day it’s your skin, your face, so you have a say on what goes on it.
These are just beauty and makeup revelations I have had over the past year that I just can’t live without! Just try it out, because if you don’t try, you’ll never know! You might find yourself obsessing over these revelations more than I am.
Disclaimer: Tasha is not an ambassador of any brands. These thoughts are purely her own. If you want to sponsor her, though, hit her up on Instagram. The girl needs more highlighter and sheet masks.