The beauty industry is ever-changing. New products and trends pop up weekly and while it’s fun to try new things it can get overwhelming. Plus not all trends are created equal; Some are rather interesting (clown contouring anyone?) while others can be pretty brilliant and actually boost your beauty routine.
I’ve been testing four of the top beauty trends everyone’s been talking about and I’m here to report back my findings! Some are good, some bad, as well as a couple of beauty confessions sprinkled along the way.
Shaving Your Face
You did not read that wrong. Apparently women have been running home and shaving their faces for quite some time now and (here’s the first confession) I’m a proud face shaver too! I’ve honestly been doing it for years! But it’s not as simple as grabbing a razor and going to town. There are gentler options available for anyone who wants to get rid of peach fuzz without causing razor burn or cuts. My favorites are these. You simply hold your skin tout and brush swift strokes in a downward motion wherever you deem necessary.
But why shave your face? Removing peach fuzz allows for smoother makeup application because you’re refining the skin and removing hair that otherwise hindered makeup from blending properly (you should see how bomb my contour looks after I do this).
Recently the first at-home exfoliating device became available called Dermaflash which also uses a blade plus sonic pulsations to not only remove peach fuzz, gunky debris and dead skin cell build up, but also helps smooth fine lines and wrinkles to rejuvenate the skin. Before Dermaflash you could only get this treatment done at med spas (under the name dermaplaning) and it was pretty pricey.
I will say my skin feels silky smooth after I shave and it’s been especially helpful during winter months when my skin is dry and flaky. I’ll also add that my hair has never grown back thicker or more frequently from shaving. This is one beauty trend I am completely on board with.. just be gentle and stay away from the eye area!
Using Men’s Shave Balm As Primer
NikkiTutorials on Youtube is credited for making the great discovery of using Nivea men’s shave balm as a primer and the trick has spread like wildfire. Primer is meant to elongate the life of your makeup and help it apply a lot easier. The reason this shave balm works similarly to a primer is because one of its main ingredients is glycerin. Glycerin is a humectant found in moisturizers and most primers so it almost acts like glue for your foundation.
Before I tell you about my experience with this product I do have to state my skin type which is combination (but on the drier side lately because of the weather) as well as acne-prone. I tried the shave balm only underneath liquid foundations and found it did not keep me matte or minimize my pores but it did help my foundation last without making it look cakey. Whether it worked better than other primers I own I will never really know because (here’s another confession) I don’t have a holy grail primer. Yes I use them but I’ve never found one I can’t live without or see a dramatic difference with. I have better luck with setting sprays for longevity. I will say I enjoyed this product (but not the fact that it has fragrance) and think it’s a great inexpensive option when compared to the typical cost of drugstore and high-end primers. It also did not break me out which is major!
Baking Your Face
The kind of baking I’m talking about has nothing to do with going into the kitchen and mixing up some cake batter but rather it’s a form of setting your undereye concealer. I’ve spoken about the technique here and have proclaimed my love for Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder as my choice product for baking so it’s safe to say this trend is not leaving my makeup routine any time soon! Basically “baking” is done by applying a heavy layer of powder in areas of the face you want to set and create a matte, full-coverage finish, which normally includes the areas we highlight. You let the powder sit for a few minutes then lightly dust the excess powder. You can also use a beauty blender to tap in the product (I recommend this approach if you have drier undereyes). Not only will you get the most creaseless undereye area, but you’ll also help your concealer stay put all day long! I’ve been doing this trend for a year now and have seen a dramatic change in the way my concealer wears throughout the day. (If you’ve tried the Laura Mercier powder and didn’t care for it, give NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder a try.) So it’s a big thumbs up for this trend!
Using Oil To Blend Out Your Foundation With The Beauty Blender
We all know the beauty blender is meant to be used damp (after being saturated in water and squeezing out the excess). But what about taking it a step further and adding 2-3 drops of your favorite oil to the already damp sponge? This trend is meant to help dry skin appear glowy and dewy. For me, it was just an oily mess. Granted I’m oily to begin with so the extra dew was a big dew-not for me. Plus it made my foundation slip and slide and it even began to separate throughout the day. So for my skin type it’s a pass on this trend but I do love oil for extra night-time hydration over moisturizers; they’re my winter skin saviors!
Which trend have you tried and fallen in love with? And what beauty trends do you wish would just go away? Let me know below!