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Four mind-blowing makeup tricks from Estee Lauder’s Bobby Wang

I always enjoy interviewing international makeup artists and picking their brains about beauty and cosmetics from their part of the world. Their aesthetic, training and style can often be a bit different from ours and it’s a great opportunity to learn. I had the privilege of interviewing Estee Lauder’s Regional Education Manager for Artistry and Global Makeup Artist Bobby Wang at the Be Envied event two days ago. He conducted several demos over the weekend and launched the Pure Color Envy Shine Lipstick.

Pure Color Envy Shine lipstick is available in 16 shades and is the first release of the brand that's exclusive to Asia. Photo from moodiereport.com.

Pure Color Envy Shine lipstick is available in 16 shades and is the first release of the brand that’s exclusive to Asia. Photo from moodiereport.com.

Because I’m quite a smartypants, I forgot to take my own photo of the product. *Insert embarrassed emoticon here* And because I’m really a genius, I also forgot to take a photo of the swatches. *Insert frustrated emoticon here*  Can we just chalk it up to giving birth and the effects of anesthesia? Oh bless you, kind soul! 😉

But enough of my display of intelligence, and on to Bobby’s four mind-blowing makeup tricks I picked up from his demo alone. I already learned so much by watching him, so chatting him up was another learning experience! I will be writing my one on one interview with him on my column Style Smarts under Interaksyon.com, please watch out for it. 🙂

Bobby applies base makeup on his model, fashion designer Mariane Perez.

Bobby applies base makeup on his model, fashion designer Mariane Perez.

1. Go the whole nine yards with your skincare before your makeup at all costs.

We often cut back on our moisturizers and serums for fear of our makeup melting off if we do our whole skincare routine because our skin is “greasier” or “oilier” but we should actually do the opposite. Our skin performs better with all our skincare products and will therefore look better under the makeup. And makeup sits better, too. Think of it this way: skincare was designed so that it would still work under makeup. Bobby applied the Micro Essence lotion, Advanced Night Repair serum, eye cream and moisturizer before doing Mariane’s makeup!

2. Don’t get botox, just invest in concealer. And use a brush rather than your fingertips.

Bobby spoke so highly of Estee Lauder’s concealer, saying that “You might not use this but after this, you will!” which made me curious, but after applying primer (the brand’s BB cream which doubles as primer) and foundation (best-selling Double Wear foundation), he started to conceal the model’s imperfections which “gave a natural lift. No need for botox or cosmetic surgery.” So. Curious. Now. He also said using a synthetic makeup brush is better than your fingers so you don’t leave a fingerprint on your face.

Estee Lauder's Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup is its bestseller all over the world. My friends swear by this stuff. Another one on my list!

Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup is its bestseller all over the world. My friends swear by this stuff. Another one on my list!

3. For a subtle 3D effect, highlight with a lighter concealer than contouring with darker products.

I guess that concealer business really is magic, because it does more than erase your imperfections. With a shade lighter than the model’s actual concealer shade, Bobby went over her under eye area again and extended to her cheekbones, then added a bit on the bridge of her nose, the center of her forehead, and around her lips. He used it to create highlights on the face that are matte but not dry, compared to using shimmery highlighters and matte highlighting powders from contour kits.

He also didn’t sculpt her face so much with a contouring powder which is what I’m more accustomed to, I must admit. For every day looks, contouring can look too harsh, contrived and unnatural, which must be why Allure is completely against it (see: Confessions of a Beauty Editor by Linda Wells). It makes so much sense doesn’t it? You also use less of the contouring powders because you’ve already created highlights. The “3D effect” of the model’s makeup was much more natural rather than Maleficent! I’m so excited to try this trick!

Bobby used Advanced Night Repair serum on top of and after the blush for a natural glow.

Bobby used Advanced Night Repair serum on top of and after the blush for a natural glow.

4. Apply serum on top of your makeup to get that “lit from within glow”.

Wait, what? Skincare after makeup? I got the part when you said complete skincare under makeup, but isn’t applying it on top kind of, um, pointless? Not at all, dahling! Bobby put just a wee bit of serum on his fingertip and then dabbed it above the model’s cheekbones after doing her blush to get that coveted “lit from within” glow. I’ve been on a bit of a highlighter quest recently and although I love the shimmer, I realized during his demo that I don’t actually naturally have shimmer on my face. I don’t sweat glitter. Who says I even sweat? Ha ha, just kidding! But seriously, recreating highlights for every day should be more dewy than dazzling. If you want a little ‘oomph’ for your Jesus-loves-me-this-I-know glow, (Uuuuy, can you tell I’m a mom?) don’t put away your serum after you finish your skincare routine! I think looks especially great with the concealer as highlighter trick above, because everything looks more natural and less makeup-y.

Bobby used this serum for the model's glow, which he says you can also use during the day even if the name carries the word

Bobby used this serum for the model’s glow, which he says you can also use during the day even if the name carries the word “night” in it.

Yesterday (Monday) was my family’s rest day which also means a rest day for my face, so I haven’t gotten the chance to try his tricks out. I’m definitely going to try it this week. 🙂

Proof of life. Bobby let me take a photo with him after my interview. He said he would sit and asked the photographer not to take a full shot so you wouldn't see I was tiptoeing. Hehehe. I thought that was sweet. Also, I love his bow tie!

Proof of life. Bobby let me take a photo with him after my interview. He said he would sit and asked the photographer not to take a full shot so you wouldn’t see I was tiptoeing. Hehehe. I thought that was sweet. Also, I love his bow tie!

Which of the four tricks blew your mind? And which ones are you planning to try? Let me know, leave me a comment! 🙂

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