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HOW TO ACHIEVE A FLAWLESS MAKE-UP BASE

If I had a penny for every time a client has asked me ‘how do I make my skin look flawless’ I’d be in Barbados right now sipping rum punch instead of writing this blog for you lovely people. Let’s just say the perfect movie star complexion that glows with health and vitality is right up there on the wish list of ‘must achieves’ along with a flat stomach, six-pack abs, a small pert bottom, long lean legs and a size zero waist.

Now I’m not going to pretend that make-up alone can give you this, as the condition of your skin depends just as much on what you put in your body as what you put on it, with a side of environmental factors thrown in for good measure. But done correctly your inner starlet can shine through by following five easy make-up steps: -

1. Make sure you’re using a moisturiser that suits the needs of your skin. A bit of a no-brainer really, but it’s so important in ensuring your skin is in the best possible condition before you apply your make-up. If you’ve got dry skin make sure you’re using a heavy cream that hydrates and nurtures your skin. If your skin is oily, opt for an oil-free light serum instead to balance. Two French pharmacy lines that I swear by are La Roche Posay and Avène. Both offer an incredible array of products to cater for every skin condition imaginable, are available in bigger Boots stores and won’t break the budget.

2. Select the correct colour foundation for your skin tone. Absolutely everyone gets this one wrong at one time or another. More often than not choosing a shade that’s too dark for your skin tone. The result being the ‘doll’s head look’ where your head looks like it doesn’t belong to your body as you’re two-tone. When choosing a foundation, make sure you test it on your jawline and in daylight, taking a sample home with you if necessary. The correct shade for you will disappear on your skin without blending. Don’t be afraid to mix shades either if you’re in between two. It may cost a bit more but you’ll need less of each, so in effect you’re bulk buying.

Remember, foundation is designed to enhance your skin not mask it, you’re really only covering the areas that require a bit of help. And as in step 1, make sure you choose the right kind of foundation to suit your skin. Creams and liquids are good for heavier coverage, dry or aging skin, and powders, sheer foundations and tints are good for younger clear complexions.

3. Apply your foundation with a brush. This is my one cardinal rule when applying foundation. Use a brush. Preferably a stippled foundation brush (one which has white tipped bristles – as pictured). It’ll stop you applying too much product and will blend beautifully. Apply a small amount of product to the back of your hand. Swirl your brush in it and then using circular motions gently apply focusing on areas of your face that require perfecting. Less is always more so don’t be tempted to layer the product. Instead blend it, building up gradually to achieve an even application. For areas around the eyes and nose, use a triangular make-up sponge of Beauty Blender to smooth and remove excess product. The same goes for your hairline, jawline and area in front of your ears. Be sure to blend any lines, even taking the foundation onto your neckline to ensure even toning. When you’re finished your skin tone should appear even and it shouldn’t look like you’re wearing a lot of make-up at all.

4. Correct and conceal. Always apply concealer on top of your foundation that way you’ll use less, the foundation will provide a nice base to apply it and you’ll see more clearly where it’s required to perfect. Concentrate on under the eyes, the corners of the eyes, redness around and under the nose and the chin area – these are the main culprits. If you suffer from dark circles use a peach colour corrector to neutralise the dark discolouration before adding a skin-toned concealer on top. For any redness, a green colour corrector can be used in the same way. Clinque offers a great range. Be careful to apply the tiniest amount of colour corrector and build up to ensure you don’t over do it and draw even more attention to the area. A great tip is always to blend your concealer/colour corrector with a tiny bit of your foundation to ensure it colour matches and blends seamlessly. Always apply using a concealer brush and blend with a sponge into the surrounding area until it disappears. For tiny imperfections, spot touch with a tiny brush and dab with your finger or sponge to blend.

5. Powder. Powder really helps to set your make-up and remove excess shine. When choosing a powder don’t be tempted to go for a tinted one that matches your foundation. You don’t need to add any more colour to your base and if applied wrongly it’ll make your make-up look patchy. A translucent one will do the trick nicely. Either in loose form or compact. Apply with a powder brush instead of a puff, always shaking off any excess with a good flick of your wrist before lightly dusting your cheeks, forehead, nose and chin. A little should go a long way, don’t over do it or you’ll dull the effect of your foundation and take away the natural dewy glow of your skin. When you’re finished you should see lovely flawless even skin, not powder.

That’s it. Follow these steps and you’ll have a lovely clean base on which to apply the rest of your make-up. Oh, and if opting for heavy eye make-up for a night time look, I suggest doing your eye make-up first before these five steps, as dark powders can drop on to your lovely clean base and muddy it.

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Posted on: November 6th, 2013
Posted in: Beauty, brushes, latest news, make-up, skin care