Monday, April 18, 2016

Make-Up Sandbagging is a Thing?

Make Up Sandbagging Explained

Sandbagging - at first I giggled (I have a dirty mind and can twist most things to be crude) and then scoffed at the idea; first we had baking, then clowning and of course strobing and sun-stripping, surely we have reached peak make-up terminology?

Make Up Sandbagging Explained

As it goes, or at least what YouTube tutorials have indicated, the process is not at all that dissimilar from the aforementioned baking technique - a method brought to my attention thanks to Ru Paul's Drag Race - the difference is the reasoning and where you apply the loose powder. The baking process is mostly used to lock liquid products such as foundation into place and prevent under eye creasing; where as sandbagging is mostly used to prevent eye and lip products from smudging and smearing.

Much like most beauty trends that suddenly appear from nowhere, sandbagging was brought to the general public's attention via Kim Kardashian and her make-up artist Mario Dedivanovic - admit it without either we probably won't be as hung up on contouring and highlighting techniques as we currently are. If you are adventurous, don't mind a lot of loose powder, want to ensure that your lipstick and eye make-up stays flawless all day long, then it is time to embrace sandbagging.

Make Up Sandbagging Explained

The general idea is to create dams on facial contours such as the under the lower lash line and around the lip area; much like we use sandbags to absorb water and prevent damage the powder acts as a barrier to stop the make-up from slipping or sliding. From what I have gathered, the technique requires a loose facial powder (use a lighter shade if you require an amplified highlight), a sponge (an angled one is best) and a little patience. Using the sponge you pack on the powder as close to eye and lip line as possible in layers - think baking but with a little more precision - and then simply dust off the excess powder once you have applied your lip and eye make-up.

Yes all the additional powder will indeed lock everything into place but I can't help but feel this is what we have primers and setting sprays for - surely the multiple layers of loose powder becomes heavy and uncomfortable. I'm not completely writing off the process but I do this is one best reserved for stage make-up and maybe special occasions.

What are your thoughts?

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  1. I can't imagine that packing on powder around my eyes would look good! I do use a tiny amount to set my concealer but I have lines under there...not even age related lines, they've always been there, but makeup tends to settle into them and makes the skin look dry and crinkly if I'm not careful.The more makeup I put there, the worse it looks.
    Em x

  2. This is the first time I've heard "sandbagging"! It sounds like a time consuming technique, so I'm not really sure if I would give it a try!

    Ela BellaWorld

  3. Baking, sandbaggin, all on RuPauls, and good to them they are AMAZING at makeup, but they are putting on layers and layers to cover up their man features, no wonder they have to set it all. I just couldn't bake. It just reminds me of Coco Montrese and her orange bake. Haha.
    Maybe leave it to the stage proformers?

  4. Oh my god, I thought we had hit all new techniques already and sandbagging is definitely not one I've heard of yet! I'm someone who suffers with dry skin so for me, baking and by the sounds of it, sandbagging, just removes extra moisture from my face which I am in need of! xx

  5. This sounds like far too much effort for my liking. Not to mention I would probably get the powder everywhere, especially in my eyes. I think the latest make up trend and I should stay as far away as possible from each other.

    Raise The Waves

  6. I've never heard of this before! Not sure if I'll be trying it...

    Mel |

  7. I suppose if you needed to look bomb for 24hrs straight. But I agree, primers and setting sprays should be enough. I love baking to stop my concealer moving but even that can get out of hand quickly.

    Laura |

  8. Oh great, another technique that I'm going to have to ignore. Lol. Am I the only one who doesn't highlight, countour, bake, and now, sandbag? :P

  9. hmmmm I'm thinking if you do it around your lip line, surely once you've applied your lip product and the brush away the excess powder, won't the powder just stick to the lip product??
    Laura x

  10. I have to admit when I first saw the term I was a little unsure about reading any further in case it was at all similar to tea bagging! x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty


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