Updated: Nov 19, 2021
All of us have different skin, features, and areas that we would rather not draw attention to — whether that be acne scars, sun spots, or melasma like me. So if we all know that each and every one of our skincare and makeup routines are going to be different, why do so many of us continually try to follow the viral makeup trends we see online thinking that they will work for us?
This method of makeup application that I am calling the Fusion Method, focuses on complimenting your unique features instead of embracing the one-size-fits-all approach that we see so often online.
Before we can dive into how the Fusion Method works, we first need to get a couple of descriptions out of the way.
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Products: IIId and Demi Colour
IIID is an opaque or “full-coverage” product, as many of us are used to seeing in people’s make-up routine videos. These are the products that you can apply more quickly and carelessly to low-impact mimetic zones.
Demi Colour, on the other hand, makes color correcting products designed for light, natural coverage. Color correcting palettes are used to counter the discoloration in our skin and “delete” the blemish or dark spot from our faces by strategically placing very small amounts of product. Lighter products like Demi Colour color correctors are what I use on high-impact zones.
What Are Mimetic Zones?
“Mimetic zones” is just a scientific way of referring to the muscle groups in our faces. We all have both high- and low-impact mimetic zones, which is why it’s important to learn how to apply makeup to each.
High-impact zones are simply the areas of your face that have higher texture or high movement. For example, a blemish or the corners of your mouth.
Low-impact zones are just the opposite — areas of the face that do not have a lot of texture or movement; such as around your hairline or the sides of your nose.
In addition to high- and low-impact zones, there are areas of the face that are halfway between the two. These are hybrid zones and they are areas like the chin and the apples of the cheeks.
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Introducing the Fusion Method!
Always start with your high-impact areas — this is the most careful and time-consuming part of the Fusion Method. These are the areas where you do NOT want to apply opaque or “full coverage” makeup products like concealer or foundation.
These areas will benefit best from the use of color correctors rather than the opaque concealer that we have been taught to use as a cover-all skin tone evening cure. This is because color-correcting products counter the discoloration in our skin with very little product rather than covering it up with a lot of product — which can lead to creasing throughout the day.
For example, say you have really pronounced dark circles under your eyes. Rather than applying an opaque product like IIID over your entire under-eye area, instead, use an orange Demi Colour that will neutralize the dark circles.
This application will not only provide a more even skin tone but also prevent any creasing throughout the day — which is especially valuable to those of us over 40 who still want fabulous-looking skin.
After applying the Demi Colour to our high-impact mimetic zones they are done. We do not touch them with any opaque products at all. The areas of our face that we apply Demi to are only Demi and the areas that we apply IIID to are only IIID.
Once we’re done addressing the high-impact areas, we can move on to the low-impact areas of our face. For these areas, opaque products are your friend. Because these areas do not have high movement or texture, you can apply “full-coverage” products without worrying about creasing throughout the day.
Hybrid zones can handle more opaque products on them, like the low-impact zones, just be mindful and apply lightly to reduce chances of creasing throughout the day.
And that’s it!
What Makes the Fusion Method Stand Out?
As mentioned above, the Fusion Method was made to work on an individual basis rather than prescribing one solution for everyone. This individual-focused approach makes the Fusion Method similar to what professional makeup artists do when they have a client.
Intentionally addressing your blemishes with the Demi Colour and using IIId only on low-impact mimetic zones allows for a crease-free all-day natural look that using only the opaque products can never give you.
The Fusion Method takes time and careful and continuous assessment of our skin on a day-to-day basis. While this may sound intimidating, it is actually super simple and the results are unparalleled.
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