Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer Demo and Tips
Is it worth the hype? Yes.
And yes, I’m kinda late to the game. But Kevyn Aucoin is not available where I am, and I only just realized FragranceX carried it.
So I did some swatch searches online and purchased a jar of this super-high coverage camouflage foundation for myself. It takes a little know-how to use if you’ve never tried something like this before, so if you’re wondering about investing in a jar of this wonderful product, then below are some tips and a demo.
The shade I use is SX 06 which is a fair yellow that’s probably closest to a MAC C25/NC25.
- First thing you’ll notice is how tiny the jar is considering the US$50 retail price-tag. See the image above where I put the pot beside a tube of lip balm. It’s literally the size of a jar of eye cream.
- But second thing you should know is: You need a lot less than you think, which explains the size. See that little dab on the spatula below? That’s usually more than enough for basic dark circle and blemish coverage over my entire face. That little jar will probably last you longer than most of your foundations.
- Most of these camouflage products are oil-based. This isn’t a bad thing because it keeps the product blendable and supple-looking even if you layer and layer it on to cover scars and tattoos. It also works fine on drier skin, including under the eyes. In Sensual Skin Enhancer’s case, it is mainly mineral oil (non-comedogenic, doesn’t go rancid), and jojoba oil (this is actually a natural skin-protecting wax, so it ALSO doesn’t clog pores or go rancid).
- Sensual Skin Enhancer comes in both yellow-based and pink-based shades so make sure you read the descriptions before you purchase, especially if you’re shopping online.
Usage tip: To use it for everyday, don’t just try to apply it all over the face straight from the pot. You’ll end up with a cakey, heavy mess. You can take a tiny amount and mix it with about 5-6 parts lotion or more for a lightweight foundation or tinted moisturizer. I mix it with my SPF50 sun screen just so I can take care of sun protection and foundation at one shot.
If you want fuller coverage, mix it with 3-4 parts lotion. (Mix it with an oil-control lotion if you prefer a more matte finish.) I simply rub everything together on the back of my hand and then apply to the face with brush or fingers.
Application Process and Tips: Works with Most Full-Cover and Camouflage Foundations even if you don’t use the Kevyn Aucoin
Just to remind you, here’s a red, painful spot that’s swollen and annoying because it’s deep under the skin and impossible to squeeze.
Note: I used only a very small amount of Sensual Skin Enhancer with a generous amount of lotion above, and even I was shocked by how far that tiny bit went once I started mixing.
Step 2: Take some lotion and foundation. (If in doubt, use less foundation and add a little more if you find the texture of the mixture is too sheer.)
Step 3: I apply the lightweight mixture to first even out the face. My neck and chest are slightly more yellow and pale than parts of my face, so I usually get everything to match by using a slightly more yellow based foundation.
Step 4: Now that you’re done with base to even out your skin tone, it’s time to go back in for pinpoint concealing. I just use a tiny brush to dot a teeny-tiny bit of product onto each spot and blemish. Then tap with your fingertip to airbrush everything out.
Tip: Over the blemish, I might apply 2-3 layers, building up slowly until most of the redness is gone. (It’s better to slowly build up in thin layers, letting them set between applications, rather than slapping on a huge amount at the start.)
Step 5: Setting the product! Over most of the face, where skin is clear, you can apply just a translucent powder to keep the skin looking fresh. But over any blemishes, here’s my trick.
Instead of buffing loose powder all over (and sweeping some of the concealer away), I like to use a soft buffing brush to pick up some pressed powder or powder foundation.
Then instead of buffing, gently ROLL or dab (if you’re using a flatter brush shape) the tip of the brush (where most of the powder is) over the surface of the blemish. This deposits the powder in a nice even coat over the concealer/base, without disturbing it.
If you do it right, you should have masked most of the appearance of the spot, including some of the contour as well, leaving just a little shadow which should not be too obvious.
Tip: If you find after a few minutes that the coverage over the spot seems to have darkened a bit, then you might need to add a slightly lighter-colored powder over the spot. Just use the same buffing brush to roll a little pale yellow powder on.
This happens because there’s more moisture or oil in that area from the higher amount of product used. That can grab onto powder and then darken the way sand darkens when it’s wet.
(Clinique Redness Relief Soothing Powder and Everyday Minerals Matte Sunlight Powder are both great matte yellow powders that can subtly cancel out redness while blending in with the rest of the powder.)