Let’s face it: the beauty world is evolving and pushing the edges of innovation at a speed that often leaves us scrambling to catch up. Not sure what the word “baking” means in beauty terminology (no, it has nothing to do with cakes)? Or perhaps you’ve finally figured out “ombre” but are now hearing “sombre”? Read on to make your (beauty) life a little simpler – we explain all the common beauty terms you’ve wanted to understand.
“Swatching” is an expression for testing makeup products. It can be done either by trying out the colours on wrists, the back of your hands, or putting them on one at a time on your face, eyes, or lips. It helps you (or others) see how the product looks or stays on your skin.
“Multi-masking” means using multiple masks on different areas of your skin. Our skin isn’t the same all over the face: our T-zone might be oilier, we may want to get a sharper facial contour around the chin, and also want to address the problem of eye bags. By using just one mask is not going to help us solve all these problems at the same time. Multi-masking refers to layering different types of masks to allow you to address different needs, all at once! Looks like there’s a reason why it reminds us of “multi-tasking”, because you are, when you multi-mask! Click here to find out about our writer’s virgin multi-masking experience, and why she will do it again!
“Sombre” is short for subtle ombre. In traditional ombre, the top of the hair is dark, and the bottom is light, with minimal blending in between. Sombre is much more blended, gradual, and natural, from darker tones at the top of the hair to lighter tones at the end. Just like ombre, the good thing about this hair look is that there’s no need for constant touch-ups!
4. Chemical Peel
“Chemical peel” is a treatment used to improve the appearance of skin on your face, neck, or hands. During the treatment, a chemical solution is applied to the skin, causing it to exfoliate and eventually “peel” off. While skin “peeling” may sound painful, it isn’t. Typically you’ll only feel a slight stinging sensation from the acids that are applied onto your skin but this sensation goes away after the acids are cleansed off. Benefits include reducing fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth, smoother and less wrinkled skin, treating certain types of acne, and the list goes on. However, this treatment is not suitable for everyone so it’s best to consult a beauty professional before going for it.
5. Oil Cleansing Method (OCM)
OCM advocates cleansing our face with oil, with the perspective that certain skincare products strip oil out of our skin; our skin overcompensates, ultimately resulting in even oilier skin. It promotes turning to cleansing your face with natural oils, believing that “oil dissolves oil”. This being said, the trend of using “oil” for skin care is gaining popularity, particularly as an anti-ageing solution, and is definitely something you’ll keep hearing about.
It does sound slightly odd, we know. “Baking” refers to layering translucent powder on your undereye area (most commonly where baking is done, but it can also be used on other areas of the face) and leaving it to “bake” (we mean sit) for five to 10 minutes. This ultimately highlights that area. Remember to dust off the excess when you’re done!
Watch how YouTuber Tina Yong does the baking method to obtain an as-perfect-as-photoshopped look!
“Strobing” is an alternative to contouring, basically using illuminators and highlighters to make your face glow! Here’s a good strobing tutorial to get you started.
The three types of UV radiation differ in wavelengths; the shorter the wavelength, the more harmful the radiation, but it is at the same time less able to penetrate the skin. UVC has the shortest wavelength and is the most damaging because it causes skin cancer, but it usually does not make it through the ozone to reach the earth’s surface. UVB, with wavelengths in between UVC and UVA, is the cause of delayed tanning and burning. UVA rays have relatively longer wavelengths, and damage your skin’s collagen fibres, causing skin ageing. A good way to remember what each of them are responsible for: UVA (ageing), UVB (burning), and UVC (cancer).
9. Microdermabrasion facial
This is an intense facial technique that uses microcrystals to exfoliate: the microcrystals are “hard enough to disrupt unwanted tired skin cells that cause dull looking skin, but small enough not to do any damage or even cause discomfort or pain” (sknclinics.co.uk). This rejuvenates, rehydrates, and restores the epidermal layers of your skin. It is beneficial for those exposed to sun, pollution, poor diet, smoking, and daily stress.
“Gommage” comes from the French word that means “to erase.” It is a cream or paste applied to the face and/or body. It is allowed to sit fro a few minutes and dry slightly before it is massaged away. As it is rolled off the skin, it picks up the dead cells and toxins accumulated on the skin surface, allowing your skincare products to more effectively penetrate through your skin after treatment.