25 April 2014

Reversing the Beauty Routine Roles



We all seem quite comfortably set in our beautifying ways with order of product application, we go with the flow, go with what we know, so last week when coming across two well-carried out routines with their roles reversed, the order of words followed: 'Huh?', 'What?', 'How?' 'Lemme at it'. During my morning regime in one of the days to follow, feeling rather adventurous I put these two tricks to the test; one makeup, the other hair and neither failed to wow me over...

Powder first, foundation second: Now I cannot take credit for this genius routine, it is in fact the brainchild of makeup god Wayne Goss and his This Foundation Tip Can Save Your Life tutorial. How this tip hasn't been conjured up before now baffles me as it just makes so much sense. Wayne suggests beginning with the usual, a layer of moisturiser or primer and leaving to sink right in. Here's where it gets a little different, hold the of thought of going straight in with your face base next and instead dust over with a loose powder (he stresses a pressed powder won't quite do the trick), I've been reaching for MAC's Prep and Prime Translucent Finishing Powder which, although a finishing powder, fits the bill for this step - clue is in the name. Okay, now you go in with your desired foundation, be it a cream, liquid or mineral medium, mine is MAC Face and Body FYI, conceal where required and if on the shiny side of things still, return to your powder and feather over lightly but only in areas of need. Oily skin gals, this one's for you - mid-day top-ups will become a task of the past as this way of application will literally stay hang about until home time.

Condition first, shampoo second: I've been there, done that with the whole co-wash thing (washing your mop with conditioner only for those of you who are scratching your heads in confusion) but it just didn't do it for me. Follow that with a shampoo rinse however and you've got yourself some serious volume, with silky, frizz-free sleekness at the same time, but it's going to work best with some oomph injecting products - my current hair cleanse of choice is the John Frieda Luxurious Volume Thickening shampoo and condition duo. I never take my conditioner to the roots just to prevent unwanted oiliness, so I start by wetting my strands, proceed with conditioner from mid-lengths to ends, leave for a few moments before shampooing all over, concentrating on my greasy roots. This hasn't become a regular thing but in times of an extra something needed, say before a special event, I'll take this reversed route - it works like you wouldn't believe.

What are you making of this? Any other known, tried or tested routines that break the usual beauty rules? Share away...

15 comments:

  1. Rachael Stewart25 April 2014 at 14:53

    I tried the condition first and wash with shampoo thing the other day, except I used a treatment mask as conditioner (the Macadaemia Deep Repair Mask) and the results were amazing! It de-tangled my hair really well, but shampooing after meant my hair wasn't at all limp and lifeless! Will definitely be trying the powder before foundation thing, although my skin doesn't get too oily throughout the day and it generally stays in place with primer so I don't think I really need too.. Another great Wayne Goss tip is to mix in a few drops of concealer with moisturiser to give a 'my skin but better' look, it really works and is a great DIY tinted moisturiser! x

    Rachael | www.overdosedemaquillage.com ♥

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  2. haven't heard much about the powder before foundation, sounds really good though xx
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  3. I heard about the 'reverse hair washing' technique about 2 weeks ago and now always do it! Love it! :)

    http://stylesunrise.blogspot.co.uk/

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  4. Ah that sounds awesome - going to give that a whirl and all ;-) It's great for when you need that little extra lasting power and coverage, but I'll also be trying the concealer with moisturiser trick!

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  5. Works like you wouldn't believe ;-)

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  6. It's amazing for volume - bye bye limp locks ;-)

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  7. Really need to try the foundation-powder one, never even thought of doing it! x

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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  8. I was just nursing a cup of coffee post moisturise when I read this post. If that's ever a sign to switch up my makeup routine I don't know what is. I think I'll be plumping for by Terry Hyaluronic Hydrapowder followed by Shiseido Sheer and Perfect Foundation. Thanks for the heads up!

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  9. so excited to try this out! Thanks for the tip xx


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  10. This sounds amazing! Id love to try this tip xx

    BerrieBlogs| {beauty blog}

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  11. Such a genius idea and WORKS ;-)

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  12. Ooo I'm yet to try the By Terry Hyaluronic Hydrapowder, I've heard great things! Hope it works just as well for you ;-)

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  13. Both work so well - hope they do for you ;-)

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  14. Definitely give them a go Aerin, they work so well :-)

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  15. I've heard a lot about doing the reverse wash, I might try it tonight :)

    Kate xo // www.beautybabbles.com

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