Have You Tried ‘Sandbagging’ Your Face?

Summer means sweltering heat, which again means a face full of smudged makeup. No fun, right? So, what should you do to prevent your foundation, mascara, and lip color from getting ruined in a jiffy? Just try ‘sandbagging’ your face. Yes, it’s that simple! Forget to coat your made-up face with translucent powder as this new makeup trend is all you need to achieve a smudge-free, completely matte, and flawless look. The sandbagging makeup technique has already earned a lot of reputation and you should also not deprive yourself of its goodness. Here is what you need to know about it:

Sandbagging Makeup Techniques

What Is The ‘Sandbagging’ Makeup Technique?

Before we jump into the details of the sandbagging makeup technique, it is vital to know the concept of ‘sandbagging’. So, let’s start. Sandbags (also known as burlap sacks), when used in a large number, can create a dam-like wall or barricade around an area. It prevents water or any other liquid from entering that specific area and protects it from flooding. It is the concept, which is applied to this game-changing makeup technique. Hence, it is named so.

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The sandbagging makeup technique is an ‘ode to sandbags’, which creates a sweat-proof barrier around our face, focusing on the sweat-prone areas like eyes and lips, and keeps the makeup from drifting. The term ‘sandbagging’ was coined by Mario Dedivanovic, who is Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist at present and has also worked with many other celebs including Eva Longoria and Gabrielle Union. He even posted a step-by-step guide on the sandbagging makeup how-to on his Instagram page last year in order to prove that it can create a long-lasting crease-free look even when temperatures are soaring.

Who Should Try Sandbagging?

When it comes to averting makeup smears with sandbagging, anybody and everybody, irrespective of the skin types, can go for it. But, the technique works the best for oily, acne-prone skin. As said before, sandbagging helps in absorbing excess oil from the face so that the makeup remains smudge or crease-free and the face remains matte for considerably longer periods. However, one should pick the products wisely based on the type of her skin in order to avoid undesired consequences.

Sandbagging Makeup Techniques

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How To Sandbag Your Own Face?

Trust us, it is the easiest technique among all its rivals. The best thing about sandbagging is that you do not need a myriad of makeup tools and products to achieve the flawless look. So, here are the steps one needs to follow for sandbagging her own face like a pro:

  1. Start with applying your base makeup. Your everyday foundation and concealer are absolutely good to go. Pick your favorite foundation and apply it as usual. Also, apply the concealer wherever needed.
  2. Take a makeup sponge and dampen it first. Make sure it is not dripping wet. Always squeeze out the extra water.
  3. Pick some loose powder by dipping the sponge into the powder and dab it evenly under your waterlines and your lips. Your focus should be to cover the entire area under your eyes and around your mouth with a thick layer of powder. Be as close possible to your lash lines and lip lines in order to prevent your eye and lip makeups from melting away.
  4. Repeat the previous step. It will help you hide any lines formed due to the application of the loose powder (you may want to press the sponge tightly against your skin for this). In fact, ‘the more, the better’ is what you need to follow while sandbagging your face using powder.
  5. Dip the makeup sponge once again into the loose powder and apply a thin coat to the rest of your face. It is essential to ensure that no excess oil is present in those parts of the face.
  6. Finish applying rest of your makeup while letting the powder sit for next 15 to 20 minutes.
  7. Then, take a large fluffy brush and brush the excess powder off your face. It will leave you with a natural matte finish that is long-lasting and smudge-free.

Sandbagging Makeup Techniques

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Why Is ‘Sandbagging’ Different?

Well, sandbagging is pretty much different than all its predecessors like contouring, strobing, and baking. Contouring is all about sculpting our facial features like cheekbones, jawline, etc. to turn our face shape sharper and more polished. Strobing revolves around highlighting certain areas of the face strategically so that they reflect the maximum amount of light and we look radiant. In baking, we need to apply a thick layer of translucent powder to specific areas of the face like the forehead, bridge of the nose, under eye area, underneath the jawline, etc., which absorbs the skin heat and brightens as well as smoothens our makeup upon blending. However, sandbagging offers none of these. Rather, the technique is helpful in sopping up grease and ensuring that none of our makeup melts outside the lines. As a result, we look fresh and gorgeous all through the day without touching up every few hours,

So, have you tried sandbagging your face yet?

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A digital media professional, an ardent beauty lover and a passionate foodie - this is what describes Nilankeeta in a nutshell. She is in a serious relationship with music and can't think of a life without family, friends, and online shopping.

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