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?
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.
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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