As advocates for simpler beauty, we’re always looking for ways to do less, whether we’re seeking radiance or glowier skin. So when we recently visited Saks Fifth Aveue’s flagship beauty floor to find out about spring’s biggest beauty trends, we perked up at the description of the V-Formation technique. The idea behind the emerging skincare method is to help create a more contoured-looking appearance — minus the intense makeup approach that blew up a few years ago.
Although the trend is inspired by the K-beauty ideal of a V-shaped face/jawline, the means are much less intimidating than other solutions, like surgery, face tape, or “triggering” massage. With just a few products (less than five!) and a few minutes a day, this routine is great for anyone interested in a more lifted and sculpted look. Watch the video above to see what one staffer learned about the technique, including the steps and products — all of which you can find at Saks Fifth Avenue — outlined below.
Step 1: Plump With Serum
After cleansing, sweep on a serum concentrated with ingredients designed to help with sagging skin or areas that have lost volume.
Lancer Lift Serum Intense With Stem Cell Recovery Complex
Developed by a Beverly Hills dermatologist, this hydrating anti-aging serum is infused with 24k gold and grape stem cells to help promote a more lifted, elastic, and firmer appearance.
Estée Lauder Perfectionist Pro Rapid Firm + Lift Treatment
To help skin look more radiant and even — and feel “baby-soft” — this option’s gentle AHAs can also help refine skin texture.
Valmont V-Shape Filling Concentrate
A Saks exclusive, this creamy yet lightweight concentrate is specifically formulated with toning and plumping in mind.
Step 2: Firm Up the Eye Area
Next, choose a treatment with similarly concentrated ingredients to address the eye area. Lightly tap it onto the orbital bone, and upward onto your temples and brow bone. Then delicately circle the eye, including any under-eye bags.
Valmont V-Shape Filling Eye Balm
Another product exclusive to Saks, this luxe, lightweight balm is intended to visibly re-firm the fragile skin around the eyes.
Step 3: Smooth Skin Contours
The last product to apply is a firming moisturizer designed to help visibly fill out natural folds and make the surface look full and flawless. Moisturize upward from your jaw to the temples. Then gently pat on what’s left to the center of your face.
Valmont V-Shape Filling Cream
Let this super-rich, Saks-exclusive moisturizer melt into skin for a smoother and more youthful-looking appearance.
Step 4: Roll Away Puffiness
On your now-hydrated skin, use a rose-quartz roller in an upward motion on cheekbones for a mini lymphatic massage, and to help push in your products.
Angela Caglia La Vie En Rose Face Roller
Tip: Chill yours in the fridge for even better de-puffing benefits.
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