Monthly Archives: April 2016

The Sensual Skin Enhancer

Kevyn Aucoin’s The Sensual Skin Enhancer is one of the beauty world’s all-stars and a serious multitasker to boot. If you haven’t heard of it, this powerful little pot contains a highly pigmented, cream-based skin perfector that can be used as a foundation, concealer, tinted moisturizer, highlighter, and more.

It’s incredible staying power and intense pigmentation have made it the buzz of the beauty industry for years. Hydrating ingredients like jojoba oil and honey deliver a dewy finish that’s never dry or cakey, and it’s available in 16 shades to accommodate a wide range of skin tones.

Though it’s a mainstay in many pro makeup artists’ kits, The Sensual Skin Enhancer can be a little tricky for beginners to master. That’s why we put together a tutorial to help you use this all-in-one hero product to create natural-looking flawless skin in just a few steps. Say goodbye to your usual foundation and concealer routine, and read on to discover why The Sensual Skin Enhancer is one product we’ll never be without.

Create a Sheer Foundation

The Sensual Skin Enhancer can be mixed with moisturizer to customize coverage depending on your needs. We’ll start with a sheer, lightweight base to even out the skin and blur any major texture or tone issues.

You will need:

  • The Sensual Skin Enhancer
  • Creamy moisturizer (like Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré)
  • Mixing palette (like Paw Palettes)
  • Foundation Brush (like Wayne Goss Brush 01)

 

Step 2: Create Sheer Coverage

Measure out half of a pea-sized amount of The Sensual Skin Enhancer and a pea-sized amount of a creamy moisturizer, such as Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré. Mix the two on a palette or another clean surface to create a sheer-coverage base. For more coverage, you can increase the amount of The Sensual Skin Enhancer, but we recommend starting with this 1:2 ratio.

Add Extra Coverage to Problem Areas

You can add extra coverage to problem areas, like patches of hyperpigmentation, birthmarks, or dark circles under the eyes, by creating a full-coverage foundation with The Sensual Skin Enhancer.

You will need:

  • The Sensual Skin Enhancer
  • Creamy moisturizer (like Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré)
  • Fine-tipped brush (we used Wayne Goss Brush 05)
  • beautyblender

How to Look Like Charlotte Tilbury

images-26Whether you’re giving a big presentation at work or heading to a wedding in the Hamptons (can we get an invite?), sometimes you want your makeup to scream sophistication. Fortunately, celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury has just the thing for you: The Sophisticate, a Charlotte signature look that simply oozes elegance and class. The look, which pairs a subtle, neutral-toned smoky eye with a classic nude lip, emulates the understated, refined beauty of icons like Audrey Hepburn and Natalie Portman. Read on to learn how to add this effortlessly chic look to your beauty wardrobe in just a few steps.

Start with Polished, Glowing Skin

Prep and Prime the Skin

The Sophisticate always starts with an even, polished complexion. Massage Charlotte’s Magic Cream into clean skin to create a smooth, plumped-up base for makeup. Smooth a dab of light-diffusing Wonderglow over the skin and blend well for what Charlotte calls “an instant spotlight effect.”

Apply Foundation and Concealer

To minimize uneven tone and blur imperfections, tap a few dabs of Light Wonder Foundation to the center of the face and blend outwards with the Charlotte Tilbury Foundation Brush. Conceal any remaining blemishes, discoloration, or redness with a small amount of The Retoucher. Pat lightly with your ring finger to blend.

Set with Powder

Using a fluffy powder brush, dust Air Brush Flawless Finish Powder over the T-zone and under the eyes to lock in a perfect, cashmere-soft finish all day.

How to Get Best Contour Kits

To the true beauty beginner, contouring can seem downright scary. The idea behind the popular technique, however, is actually pretty simple. Contouring is really just the process of using light- and dark-toned makeup to enhance your natural features. And while it may take some practice to get Kardashian-level killer cheekbones, it’s easy to add some subtle definition to your makeup look—if you have the right tools. To help you get started, we rounded up some of our favorite contour kits, beloved by first-timers and pro artists alike. (For extra help, check out our basic contouring guide.)

If you’re not familiar with RCMA, the one thing you need to know about the brand is that the products—designed for pros—are unlike anything you’ve used before. They’re super pigmented, so a little (seriously, a little!) goes a long way. This cream-based, five-color foundation palette includes a wide range of shades, so anyone can custom-blend the perfect contour and highlight shades for their skin tone. (Read our guide to the RCMA foundation system for more information.)

The Anastasia Contour Kit became an instant cult favorite the day it was released—and for good reason. This palette includes six pressed powders that, when combined, can be used to create a variety of looks ranging from simple to dramatic. Even better, it comes in three colorways (Light to Medium, Medium to Tan, and Tan to Deep) with warm, cool, and neutral highlight and contour shades, so it’s a fair bet for all skin tones. Whether you’ve been contouring for years or just a few days, this palette is both comprehensive and fun to use.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze Glow

This bronzer-highlighter duo isn’t just gorgeous to look at—it’s one of our all-time favorite contouring kits. Why? The intensely pigmented, smooth-as-silk formulas work on any skin tone. The bronzer isn’t too red or orange, and the highlighter gives off a soft, subtle glow. The product may look shimmery in the pan, but once it goes on the skin, it leaves behind the most beautiful pearlescent finish. For the ultimate application, try it with the Charlotte Tilbury Powder Sculpt Brush.

IT Cosmetics You Sculpted!

If you prefer a more natural sculpted effect, look no further than IT Cosmetics’ You Sculpted! palette. The six pressed powders (two highlighters and four contour shades) were developed with plastic surgeons to mimic the look of real facial contours, so there’s very little risk that you’ll end up overdoing it. We especially love this kit’s powder formula, which feels delightfully silky to the touch and blends quickly without any harsh lines.