Have you ever trawled through photos on Instagram and wondered how on earth models and celebrities achieve such flawless skin? Of course, a good filter helps, but these makeup secrets may be just what you’ve been looking for. We’re not all lucky enough to have a glam squad on hand, but with these handy tips, you won’t need one. You’ll have nailed the barely there look in no time.
Lay the foundations
Just like when you build a house, it’s impossible to create a masterpiece with shaky foundations. With your skin, it’s essential to place your makeup on a strong, even base. Start your day by cleansing and moisturizing your skin. Let your lotion soak in before you start applying your makeup.
Once your skin is clean, fresh and nourished, start your routine with a primer. Primers create a level surface for your foundation. They can also help to keep your makeup in place for longer. You will only need a small amount of primer.
Find the perfect foundation
There are hundreds of different brands and shades of foundation out there, and finding the perfect one can be tricky. Often, it takes us a few trial runs to find the ultimate product. Choose a shade, which complements your natural skin tone and type. If you have very dry skin, it’s usually best to go for liquids. If you have oily skin, a powder product may be better.
When applying foundation, use a sponge, brush or your fingers. Start with a small amount of product, and blend as you go. Gradually build up to the level of coverage you desire. Always make sure you rub in all the product. If you’ve put too much on, gently dab the excess with your sponge, or a damp cotton bud.
Define your features
Makeup should enhance your natural beauty, rather than making you look completely different. Use bronzer and highlighter to bring out your cheekbones and define your jawline and brow bones. Add some bronze or blush to add colour to your cheeks, and mascara to lengthen your lashes. For an understated daytime look, this is all you need. For a more dramatic evening look, add eyeshadow and liner, or a statement lip.
Many of us will be familiar with the perennial makeup dilemmas of shine and flaking. If you’re battling the elements, or you’re in a hot office with bright lights, use a light dusting of Banana Powder to finish. This will set your makeup and help it to stay put. Carry some sample-size products in your bag with you to top-up throughout the day if needed.
Like most things in life, it requires practice to perfect your makeup application techniques. You may not get that flawless look the first time you try, but the more you practice, the easier it will become. Look out for step by step guides in beauty magazines, or watch online video tutorials if you get stuck. You can also read reviews online if you need product recommendations.