What’s that?

Here are some common terms that makeup junkies all over the world use. This is our language.

Baking: Using a sponge or brush, put a layer of translucent powder on the under eyes and wherever you want to highlight your face. Let it sit for a few minutes while you put makeup on the rest of your face. The body heat will help the product melt so the under eyes and highlighted areas will be much brighter and smoother. After a few minutes, brush off the translucent powder

Beauty Blender: A sponge, usually shaped like in an egg and can come in a variety of colors, that one uses to apply and blend makeup, such as foundation, concealer, cream blush or contour. To use the sponge effectively, wet the sponge, squeeze out the excess water, and dab and blend the makeup onto the specific area of your face.

Bronzer: It imitates the natural skin tone and gives a natural sun-kissed glow to your skin. Be careful not to choose a bronzer that is too dark or orange. To apply bronzer, use a brush to create a number 3 and dust it along the forehead, cheeks, and sweep along the jawline and to the chin.

Contour: This makeup method helps to give shape to the face and enhance the facial structure. It also creates shadows to make certain areas less noticeable. One may use cream or powder that are one or two shades darker than their face. This should be blended to look natural.

Cut crease: An eyeshadow look that helps to lift the eyelids and make your eyes appear more open. This technique defines the crease by cutting across it with a contrasting eyeshadow color and little to no blending.

Dewy: The finish of the skin is more shiny and radiant, almost like a moist appearance. It has natural oils that reflect light and create radiance.

Draping: This technique is a softer, fresher approach compared to contouring. It gives the face a sculpted glow using blush. It becomes the contour, blush and highlight and replaces those areas.

Dupes: Makeup products that are similar to expensive, high end products but much cheaper in price. Dupes are not necessarily fake makeup products.

Falsies: Fake eyelashes that are glued to the eyelids.

Foil: An eye makeup technique, which you wet a brush to apply loose eyeshadow pigments. Doing so will help to create a more opaque and vibrant metallic finish.

Highlight: This technique helps to make your facial features stand out more. It gives a more glowing, reflective dewy look. This can also be cream or powder and it often two or more shades lighter than the foundation. It is applied on the cheekbones, temples, eyes,  and the Cupid’s bow.

Matte: The finish of the skin is more velvety and void of any excess oil. It pulls light inward and has a powdery finish.

Strobing: A simple technique that uses shimmery shades of highlighter to accentuate facial features and bring them forward. It leaves a dewy, glowing finish and creates the illusion that the face is contoured. It is applied where the natural light hits, such as the cheekbones, brows, nose and chin.