There are some beauty products that I’ve picked up over the years that I’ve been oh-so excited about only to be left feeling ever so slightly disappointed when I try them out at home. It’s not that they’ve been awful – quite the opposite in fact – it’s just they haven’t been quite as brilliant as I was hoping.
That is, until I tried adding some heat to each of the products. Nothing major – there are no flames involved here! – just a bit of body heat, to help warm up the products and help make them a bit more malleable and easy to work with.
Unsurprisingly, all of the products that I’m referring to are cream or liquid; call me crazy, but I can’t imagine heating up a powder blush would do a world of good. And it was actually the MAC x Brooke Shield Creme Colour Base ($31) which first made me come up with my heat-seeking theory.
When I was first given this cream blush duo, I was pretty darn excited to give it a whirl. And, while I was fairly happy with the initial results, I felt like the product could give a whole heap more. I just wasn’t sure how to get it. Until a happy accident resulted in the product being heated up slightly (full disclosure, it was in my pocket and I sat on it pretty much the entire way through a screening of The Hunger Games). Cut to me freshening up my face post-movie and I was amazed at at how different the product felt to work with. It applied so much more smoothly, blended into my skin incredibly easily – and also appeared to be more pigmented.
So, armed with my new ‘discovery’, I’ve been testing out this new technique on a number of other products and have seen great results each and every time. By just holding the product between my hands, or even just warming up my fingers before using them to apply the product, I’ve found that the formulas just work so much better.
The Charlotte Tilbury Filmstars On The Go Palette in All About Eve ($55), for example. This cream blush/eyeshadow combo responds to heat in much the same way as the Brooke Shields blush, becoming so much easier to apply and blend. Similarly, my newly-purchased Tarte Coloured Clay CC Undereye Corrector ($24) (more details on that at a later date) sees near-identical results.
Then there’s the Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Concealer ($25). While this doesn’t need to be worked into the skin in quite the same way as the aforementioned cream products, I’ve found that, by adding heat to it, you can make the tiniest bit of product go so much further – without losing any of the coverage.
Now all I need is for summer and some warm weather to arrive – so I don’t have to sit on any more of my make up in order to warm it up…!