The Buffing Technique

I haven’t’t really had time for YouTube lately but one video which I did manage to stumble across in a spare few minutes was Wayne Goss’ Buffing Technique video. I am sure many of you have already watched it, but I’ve added the videos down below if you haven’t. This technique horrified me in principle because I was convinced that buffing powder over my makeup would undo all my careful concealing and just look cakey.

 But curiosity got the better of me and I gave it a try, and all I can say is that it really does work. I’ve been using this technique most days since discovering it using my Real Techniques buffing brush (which I’ve always traditionally used for liquid foundations) and Bourjois Healthy Mix powder. The first video is an explanation of the technique, the second is a short demonstration.


Here is a summary of the steps:

1. Apply your foundation and concealer as usual and set lightly (I use  a powder puff and lightly press the powder in to set my makeup) preferably using a loose powder.

2. Carry on with all your powder products like contour, bronzer, blush etc. etc. as usual.

3. Take a pressed powder and any domed buffing brush and really buff the powder into your skin in circular buffing motions. Yes…eek…go for it!

It really does leave a good finish. It doesn’t look like you’re wearing a cakey powder mask and you blend the contour/blush/highlight products in the process so that they’re seamless. And I guess you could look for a more hydrating or radiance-boosting powder for the final step if you have more normal to dry skin, or a balancing/mattifying powder if you’re oily or combination. I also find my makeup lasts longer and doesn’t start melting around the t-zone as much when I use this technique. The last benefit is that it makes your skin look great in photographs. I can’t wait to try it with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder trio which is on its way to me from the US… *trying not to bounce right now*

So give it a try if you haven’t tried it before, and I would love to hear your thoughts on the results!

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9 thoughts on “The Buffing Technique

    • Mother City Mom says:

      I’ve always had dry skin and actually avoided powder like the plague. But now it has changed totally so I’m glad I discovered this early on (in my powder use!). Also it seemed weird to me to put powder over my blush and everything but it just works! Lol

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