What does it mean to touch up your makeup?
As a child, I would often wonder what exactly women on TV meant when they said they needed to go “powder their nose”. As I got older, I would frown in confusion as beauty assistants tried to sell me products that were great “for touch-ups”.
I just didn’t get it. Why should you ever need to put on makeup again after leaving the house?
Well, working 9-hour days has shaken me out of my comfortable little bubble of makeup naivety. The first few months of my full-time job were harrowing, to say the least. My makeup would go on at around 8 am, and then it was off to the office from 9 am till 6 pm. By the time I got home, it would be close to 7 pm or even later if I was having dinner out.
Being a real homebody, spending so many hours out of the house was something I had rarely done before. As you’d expect, It was horrific for my makeup and skin. By the end of the work day, my skin looked so dull without a hint of the freshness I remembered from the morning. My eyeliner and mascara would have inevitably smudged, making me look like a very haggard raccoon. If it was a particularly bad day, my T-zone would even get shiny too. I remember a lot of commutes home from work staring horrified at my reflection in my compact mirror.
Thankfully for me, Korean makeup artist Jung Saem Mool breaks down the art of touching up your makeup while still caring for your skin for a fresh, rejuvenated glow.
Here are the best things I’ve learnt:
- If you don’t carry around a pack of blotting papers, you can remove excess oil with a tissue. Rehydrate after blotting with a spritz of facial mist if needed.
- Clean up smudged makeup with a cotton bud dipped in moisturiser. Sweep this under your eyes, along the corner of your nose, cheek contours, and lips to hydrate while lightly exfoliating. If I’m on the go, I use a clear lip balm instead.
- Skin is usually dry after hours in an air-conditioned environment. Instead of using another layer of foundation which can cake heavily on dry skin, mix concealer and moisturiser in a 50:50 ratio. The moisturiser rejuvenates your skin, while concealer provides just enough coverage. Apply with a damp sponge for extra dewiness.
Watch the full video below, where she also gives suggestions on the best makeup products and shades to use to give off the illusion of bright freshness.