Fact: it's possible to fake flawless skin. Here's how I do it.
1. PREP YOUR SKIN.
Of course, make-up can mask most imperfections, but the cold, hard truth is that it's what's underneath your make-up that will determine how good the overall result is. A few weeks ago I shared the skincare products I'm currently using to cleanse, moisturise and treat my skin, so this is part II of my skin series.
After cleansing, I like to apply something that will get to work on my skin while I wear make-up. I apply Lancôme Advanced Génifique in a soft pressing and rubbing motion (as seen above), followed by moisturiser.
2. APPLY PRIMER.
I'm addicted to Christian Dior Skinflash Primer. It has the best consistency out of any of the primers I've tried and it really does create a luminous complexion with an almost velvety finish. Oh, and did I mention the whole application process is fuss-free, feels nice and is kinda fun (as you can see above).
3. FOUNDATION APPLICATION.
If (like me) you prefer a liquid foundation that offers a more 'fresh' and dewy finish, the next step requires a foundation brush. You want to use your fingers? I'm okay with that. But a brush will make your foundation glide on more evenly and sit on top of the skin, rather than sinking into it. This means you use less product and your make-up lasts longer on the skin.
Apply a small amount to the back of your hand and dip the brush in until the foundation is spread evenly across the brush.
Begin by painting the foundation onto the bridge of your nose and blend outwards. This is a surefire way to avoid awkward make-up lines around your jaw. I use Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Radiant Foundation (and right about now this is sounding like a Dior ad, but it's not, I just swear by these products).
4. CONCEAL IMPERFECTIONS.
My main problem areas are under the eyes and around the nose (remember to use a gentle, patting motion around the eye area so you don't rub and pull on the skin). The Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector fixes puffy eyes while it conceals them so you can have your cake and eat it too. Whether you're covering blemishes or nasty panda eyes from a crazy weekend, don't go overboard with the concealer. Too much product will actually make it more obvious you've got something to hide.
Wearing Lola & Syd necklace and ASOS top.
5. SEAL THE DEAL WITH POWDER.
I only apply a small amount to the centre of my face where I tend to go shiny and my make-up slides south. Lightly dust a small amount of powder over the face without letting too much settle on the eye area (this will fall into any fine lines or smile lines and make you look older).
Et voilà! Hope you liked the gif tutorial. I'm sorry if you had to witness any weird mid-movement facial expressions while your page loaded.
Up next week: how to fake perfect bold brows.
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