When I embarked on writing Desi girl’s beauty blog, I had the intention of sharing some makeup mistakes I’ve made in the past, along with some advice on what I’ve learnt. I never intended to use this blog to preach abut how to look good, because god knows, there are enough writers telling you that. Instead, I wanted to write honest beauty reviews of the good products out there, and also ‘out’ what’s not so good.
Anyway, it’s nearly been a year since I put finger to keyboard and came up with Desi girl’s beauty blog. And unfortunately, one year on, I still leave the house with mismatched foundation, too much blusher or not enough blusher. But hey, I’m working on it.
Anyway, to say goodbye to 2011, I thought I’d compile my top beauty lessons from the year, learnt from my many mistakes.
1) Homemade face masks rule. Find one that works for you. Every girl deserves to be pampered once in a while. And nothing screams ‘me time’ more than a homemade face mask. The beauty of this is that you can nourish your skin without breaking the bank, because most of the ingredients are in your kitchen cupboard. Plus, making a mask from scratch means you know exactly what goes in it, so you can avoid nasties that can harm your skin. A couple of face masks I swear by are the gram flour face mask, and my beloved ‘atta face’.
2) Use a corrector to even out foundation. No matter how fair or dark your skin tone is, we Asian girls really suffer with greying around the chin area when we wear foundation. For years I’ve been told by makeup artists that this is due to the wrong colour foundation, and that the solution was to wear a darker shade. However, I’ve recently found that rather than transforming your face to a deeper shade of brown, using a corrector can, well, correct the problem. Using an orange-tone corrector around your chin area gives your foundation an even base, and avoids that dreaded ashy finish. Best of all, you can stick two fingers up to the makeup artists at the beauty counter who has mismatched you many a time.
3) Over-cleansing isn’t the way to combat spots. It’s easily done. You get a breakout, and the temptation is to cleanse, tone and moisturise your face until it’s squeaking. However, this doesn’t solve the issue, and can only aggravate your skin. Next time you have a breakout. Just use a cleanser at night time, and simply wash with water in the morning. Do this for a few days and you’ll notice that your skin will sort itself out.
4) A cheek stain lasts longer than a powder blusher. As a stain seeps into your skin, is stays put and blends in more naturally. However it is also very difficult to control. So my lesson is, apply gradually and build up the colour.
5) Always keep your eyebrows tidy. One thing I’ve noticed is that a clean brow makes your entire face look better and less, well, hairy. With clean eyebrows, you’d be surprised what other facial sins you can get away with. So go on, get threading.