Makeup products can sound confusing at times. Some products claim to have multiple uses and some very specific ones. This quick guide will give a clear picture of what these popular makeup products actually do.
1. BB Cream
BB creams are promoted as an all-in-one facial cosmetic product to replace serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation and sunblock. It can be worn alone as a tinted moisturizer, over serum and moisturizer as a regular foundation, and under powder, depending on the desired amount of coverage.
Suggestions- L’oreal Paris True Match Skin Idealizing BB Cream (Rs 550)
A bronzer gives the skin a bit of colour by adding a golden or bronze glow. It’s also used for contouring. Gives you that golden glow.
Suggestions- The Body Shop Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil (Rs1395)
Cleansing is the first essential step to any daily skin care routine. Cleansers are generally applied to wet skin over the face and sometimes the neck, avoiding the eyes and lips. Cleansing the face once per day is typically adequate for normal or dry skins. However, a mild cleanser has to be be used at night if makeup has been worn to remove any excess dirt or oil. Oily skins should be cleansed more frequently, at least twice per day. Water-based, gentle cleansers are ideal for all skin types.
Suggestions- Forest Essentials Delicate Facial Cleanser Mashobra Honey (Rs275)
Concealers cover imperfections of the skin. Concealers are often used for any extra coverage needed to cover blemishes, under eye circles, and other imperfections. A concealer is often thicker and more solid than foundation, and provides longer lasting, more detailed coverage. Some are meant only for the eye or only for the face. This product can also be used for contouring the face like ones nose, cheekbones, and jaw line.
Suggestions- Mac Prolongwear Concealer (Rs 1300)
5. Contour Powder/Cream
These are used to define the face. They provide an illusion of a slimmer face or to sculpt a face shape in other desired ways. Usually a few shades darker than one’s own skin tone and matte in finish, contour products create the illusion of depth. A darker toned foundation/concealer can be used instead of contour products for a more natural look. MAC’s Sculpting powder is pretty good, costs around 2k.
6. Eyebrow Pencil
They colour and define the brows. They are good for people with sparse eyebrows.
Suggestions- Rimmel London Professional Eyebrow Pencil (Rs205)
Exfoliants are products that help slough off dry, dead skin cells to improve the skin’s appearance. Exfoliation can even out patches of rough skin, improve circulation to the skin, clear blocked pores to discourage acne and improve the appearance and healing of scars. Exfoliants should be applied to wet, cleansed skin, avoiding the eye area. They shouldn’t be used more than twice a week.
Suggestions- The Body Shop Seaweed Pore Cleansing Facial Exfoliator (Rs620)
Foundation is used to smooth out the face and cover spots or uneven skin coloration. Usually a liquid, cream, or powder, as well as most recently a light and fluffy mousse. Foundation primer can be applied before or after foundation to obtain a smoother finish.
Suggestions- Loreal New True Match Super Blendable Makeup (Rs 680)
9. Face Powder
This sets the foundation, giving it a matte finish, and conceals small flaws or blemishes. Tinted face powders may be worn alone as a light foundation.
Suggestions- Maybelline Dream Matte Powder Compact (Rs 475)
This will draw attention to the high points of the face as well as add a glow. It comes in various forms like liquid, cream, and powder. It often has shimmer. A lighter toned foundation/concealer can be used instead of highlight to create a more natural look.
Suggestions- Revlon Skinlights Face Illuminator Loose Powder (Rs750)
Primers come in formulas to suit individual skin conditions. Most are meant to reduce the appearance of pore size, prolong the wear of makeup, and allow for a smoother application of makeup, and are applied before foundation.
Suggestions- L ‘Oreal Paris Primer Repair Lipidium (Rs 259)
12. Rouge, Blush or Blusher
They are a kind of cheek colouring to bring out the colour in the cheeks and make the cheekbones appear more defined. Rouge comes in powder, cream, and liquid forms.
Suggestions- Lakme Absolute Cheek chromatic Baked blushes (Rs 550)
13. Setting Spray
This helps to keep your makeup intact and saves it from getting messy.Its enriched with minerals and oils healthy for your skin.
Suggestions- MAC Fix + Spray (Rs870)
Toners are used after cleansing the skin to freshen it up and remove any traces of cleanser, mask or makeup, as well to help restore the skin’s natural pH. They are usually applied to a cotton pad and wiped over the skin, but can be sprayed onto the skin from a spray bottle. Toners typically contain alcohol, water, and herbal extracts or other chemicals depending on skin type.
Suggestions- The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner (Rs750)