Tools and brushes have their place, but sometimes you just can’t beat getting down and dirty into makeup with your tips and palms. Easier to spread, easier to blend and it’s like your very own makeup hotplate and mixer at your hands. Literally. I’ve been finding more and more recently that I’ve been getting rather handsy in my application; not just directly but smooshing products on the back of my hand before, to heat them slightly and get the formulas face-ready before mine has even got anywhere near it. Now not all products require this step but I’ve taken notes on some of my favourites that benefit from this additional ‘hand palette’ treatment.
NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser in Alaska (though a purchase of a lighter shade is on the cards) – I can be overzealous in my application of this so a little dabbing and patting on the back of my hand helps to control the rate at which I pile it on.
Jemma Kidd Dewy Glow All Over Radiance Cream in Ice Gold – I’ve always struggled with the correct method of application for this, but a bit of fingertip warmth was just was it needed all along. Buttery, blendable highlighter goodness.
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla – I tend to go a tad overboard with this directly from the doe-foot so taking a swipe, then patting on with my finger allows me to deposit just the right amount of concealer on all my reddy bits.
MAC Long-Wear Paint Pot in Eclair – the justification for using the hand palette method with this product is simple. Warmed-up the bronze eye paint can be applied with less force and tugging and can be smudged out that wee bit easier.
Rimmel Moisture Renew in Glam Plum Fulham* – this might seem like the strangest product of all to smudge on the back of your hand, but hear me out. Double-blended it blots the lips with just a wash of stain parring it down for everyday wear.
Got some of these in your stash? Swipe it, warm it, blend it – you’ll see a difference. Just keep a baby wipe close at all times. I’ve learnt that the hard ‘lipstick on my new white shirt’ way.