Beauty Terms Explained

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Have you ever been confused by the terminologies a beauty expert uses. I have been several times, there was a time i didn’t know what contouring was, I didn’t know what CTM meant. The list is longggggg. I have decided to write a few beauty terms and explain what they mean. Enjoy the read.

Triangle of Light. “We use this to describe the area under the eye that we highlight with concealer

PSC. A technique called “Prime, Shine, Combine,” which we talk about when we are explaining how to start off with doing your makeup.

Intimate Cosmetics. Intimate Cosmetics are products that work to balance your sexuality and sensuality. These items include bath & body products, intimate products (i.e. lubricants), massage oils and more which have benefits beyond the traditional intention. By tapping into our deepest nature and desires, this genre of beauty products help you feel beautiful from the inside and out.

TWA. Teeny Weeny Afro refers to “teeny weeny afro”, meaning a short, cropped (about 1-2″ of hair) natural hairstyle.

Dupes. This is a beauty insider term for two or more products that are exactly the same, except for packaging. “There are manufacturers who produce colour cosmetics for many brands, and they don’t start from scratch every time!”

OCM. The Oil Cleaning Method is one of best things you can do for skin. The biggest reason we have so much trouble with certain skin-care products is that they strip the oil out of our skin. Each time we do this, our skin over-compensates, trying to repair itself by replacing the oil that was taken away. This causes the dry/oily syndrome. For many people, the only way to clear up acne, blackheads, pimples, blemishes, rashes or outbreaks on your face, once and for all, is simple: Stop using harsh soap or other stripping cleansers & moisturizers, and turn instead to the most natural, time-honored facial trick of all: Cleaning your skin with natural oils. Do not be afraid of applying oil to your face. Oil, alone, will not bring you pimples and blemishes. These are mainly a result of several different factors, which include hormones, bacteria, dead skin & the buildup of all of these. Your skin produces Sebum oil because it is a natural skin softener and moisturizer. Not only does this beneficial oil lubricate skin, it also heals, protects, and moisturizes, so that it may function properly. This results in beautiful, clear, and glowing skin. Working with your skin, and not against it, will make it shine with health, not extra oil.

Baking. You may sometimes see makeup artists layer a ton of powder in the undereye area. This is allowed to sit (or bake!) and will ultimately highlight the area when done. (Just don’t forget to wipe off the excess!)

Multi-Masking. No skin type requires one mask for all of its needs. In fact, most require several. Multi-masking allows you to layer different types of masks to address different needs.

Strobing. To some, it’s the anti-contour. It uses light and natural touches to highlight the face.

Balayage. A freehand technique in which colour is applied in painting or sweeping motions, without the use of foil, in order to achieve sun-kissed, natural highlights.

Contour. A technique used to enhance or create the illusion of shape to one’s facial structure through the use of dark (bronzer, foundation) and light (highlighter) makeup.  For example, creating the appearance of higher cheekbones, a smaller forehead or a slimmer nose and chin.

Cut Crease. A technique in which the crease above your eyelid is “cut” sharply with a contrasting shadow in order to add depth to the look and enhance the eye shape. Sounds cool, right? And we know just how to do it!

Overline. The act of using lip liner to draw the outline of one’s lips slightly outside the natural lip border in order to easily create the appearance of a fuller pout.

Root Stamping. The technique of using your mascara wand to gently press or “stamp” the root of your lashes. Stamping at the root flares the lashes upward and makes them look thicker and fuller at the base.

Stippling. Applying liquid foundation to your face in a dotting motion. This technique disguises discoloration, bumps and scars, and leaves skin looking airbrushed. Just be sure to grab your stippling brush (that blunt-topped, two-toned one brush)

Waterline. The lower part of your inner eyelid that is “wet” and leads to the tear duct. To add definition to any makeup look, this area is commonly lined with dark eyeliner. To make eyes appear bigger and more awake, use a white or flesh-toned eyeliner on your waterline!

BB and Cream. BB cream stands for blemish balm, blemish base, beblesh balm, and in Western markets, beauty balm. “CC cream” is used by some brands to mean Colour Control cream, or Colour Correcting cream, and some brands claim to reduce the appearance of skin redness or sallowness or to improve uneven skin tone. BB creams and CC creams are both tinted moisturizers containing sun protection

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Teni Beauty

Resident Chief Editor, Signature Reporter.

Teniolami is an accomplished makeup artist and beauty therapist with almost 10years experience in the beauty industry. She is a full-time Beauty Business Coach, Brand & Product Developer, Educator and a soon to-be published Beauty Author

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