I am a vigilant moisturizer—especially in the dry winter months. I always put on my various creams in the morning and night. But turns out those jars and tubes can come in handy even when you’re not trying to hydrate. Backstage, makeup artists have been using moisturizer as makeup for years with glowing results. We rounded up some of our favorite uses that you can easily try yourself.
Cut your foundation Is your liquid foundation feeling a little heavy all of a sudden? Moisturizer is a great way to sheer it out. Start with and equal amounts of each—one pea-sized dot of foundation and one of moisturizer mixed together on your palm. Then, depending on how much coverage you need you can play with the ratio, says makeup artist Troy Surratt. “If you need more pigmentation, do one third moisturizer and two thirds foundation.” Mixing the two together has added benefits as well: “The moisturizer gives your foundation added slip so it blends better and hydrates the skin at the same time. And it will give the appearance of your makeup being one with your skin.”
As a midday touch up. If you find that over the course of the day your foundation is settling into fine lines or you’ve over-powdered certain parts of your face, Surratt recommends a bit of moisturizer. “Tap it on to those areas with your ring finger and gently blend,” he says. “It will break up whatever caking or settling has happened.”
Get glossy eyes. Spreading a thicker moisturizer over you lids, like Elizabeth Aden 8 Hour Cream, is a common makeup-artist trick. It adds a serious dose of shine to eye lids. Just this past season I watched Pat McGrath do it at backstage at the Prada, Lanvin, and Balenciaga shows, and Stephan Marais try it at Haider Ackermann. You can layer it over bare lids, or over your favorite shadow for a high gloss finish that is both futuristic and luxurious. Don’t forget to use waterproof mascara when you try this or you might end up with raccoon eyes.
Highlight your skin. Makeup artist Romy Soleimani recently divulged this secret at an *Allure *shoot: Shimmery luminizers on mature skin tend to highlight fine lines and wrinkles. To avoid this, dab your moisturizer around the outer corners of your eyes to create the same sheen a pearly cream or powder would. Backstage at Balmain, makeup artist Tom Pecheux used moisturizer in a similar way to highlight the skin. He prepped the models’ skin with a mini massage using Estée Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator and DayWear moisturizer. Next, he evened out their skin with foundation and concealer (only where needed—nothing too heavy), and then, to create what he called a “natural highlight,” he applied transparent powder to just the T-zone so that the models’ cheekbones remained dewy and radiant, but without a hint of shimmer.
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