For some reason, I hold this beauty and skincare brand with extra fondness. It's one of the tangible things that add more substance to being a woman, which applies equally to a pair of heels and what Beyoncé calls a freakum dress. They might be just lifeless pieces of sweet nothings, but it sure gives us what we would like to refer as power, a womanly one; something that makes us feel more confident, bold, and beautiful.
My earliest encounter with a luxury beauty product was with Lancôme and as far as I can recall, it was called the Miracle fragrance. Just the mere name of it brings me nostalgia. It was my mom's and as I evoke its olfactory sense, I find myself being transported to the moment when I used to spend an ample time in my mom's bed room and stare at her vanity; this delicate-looking glass of fragrance says Miracle. This was what she often sprays during the day before she leaves home for work. The ironically strong yet feminine, floral scent still lingers even hours after she left and it's the same scent that I catch when she returns home. During this time, I was half my age and my knowledge about beauty products and brands was almost nil. But what I know is that I deemed it as something extremely fragile — something that I hold with enough strength so as not to let it slip out of my hand, but with enough lightness so as not to break it in my own little hands.
That was quite a trip down the memory lane, and honestly I have nothing else to tell concerning Lancôme in general besides that. For whatever reason, I have yet to broaden my horizons with Lancôme and I was too immersed in the plethora of other makeup and skincare brands, having to leave this gem aside. Two hours of being surrounded with Lancôme products helped me with my catching up, and actually had me eyeing the Grandiôse mascara and Lip Lover lip perfector. But then it reminds me that's not my main point.
I attended Dania Bawab's makeup application course, major in Contouring and Highlighting. With Lancôme, it's all about perfecting the base. After all, great makeup starts with great skin. And because I am as big-hearted as you never thought I am, I'm sharing with you the things I learned from Dania Bawab, who by the way is the Lancôme regional makeup artist and as if that's not enough, the Golden Brush winner — an award given to the best Lancôme makeup artist worldwide.
1. Dania prepared the model's skin with Visionnaire, a skin corrector that promises to "reprogram the skin to auto-correction mode".
2. For instant youthful-looking skin, Génefique Yeux was massaged on the model's under-eye circles.
3. Finally, she applied the liquid foundation following the direction of the facial hair's growth to achieve the flawless look. (Useful tip: When looking for the right shade of foundation, test it on the jawline.)
CONTOUR & HIGHLIGHT
1. Everyone wants and goes for an oval face shape. Hence this trick: draw an imaginary oval shape at the center of your face. Now that you have two parts of your face (oval's interior and exterior), what you want to do is hide the part outside the oval.
2. Sculpting the face is not necessarily a tedious task. All you need here is liquid foundation that's two shades darker than your skin tone and make sure that it's matte. Apply it outside the imaginary oval from the first step, also below the cheek bones, vertical edges of the nose and on the jawline.
3. To create extra dimension, highlight the part of the face that naturally attracts light or the highest points of the face: on top of cheekbones, brow bones, tip of the nose and the cupid's bow.
4. We love how blush can create an instant healthy flush, right? But we might be doing it wrong after all this time. Well, I myself am guilty. So this is how you actually do it, according to Dania Bawab: With an angled brush, start from the outermost part of the cheeks going towards the center. This way we apply a lovely flush to the sculpted look.