Step 1: Start off with a clean face. Gently cleanse face with a soap free cleanser.
Step 2: Moisturise your face by patting on your moisturiser, preferably first thing in the morning so it has time to absorb. For best coverage use a moisturiser with the same ingredient as your foundation ie water or oil based.
Step 3: Once your moisturiser has absorbed and dried, apply a primer over the desired areas such as areas with pores.
Step 4: Use your concealer only where needed, such as under eye circles and blemishes. Try a creamy formula that matches your skin tone as choosing one that is slightly lighter is a myth. Blend out the concealer using your ring finger with a dabbing motion instead of dragging the skin under your eye area which can cause wrinkles.
Step 5: Use a foundation or a tinted moisturiser that matches with your skin tone or, failing that, if you prefer a tone a little warmer or one that gives a dewy glow then don’t be afraid to mix your foundations together to achieve the perfect tone. To choose the right tone for you it’s best to try on your neck instead of any other part of the skin. Start by dabbing the foundation over your face and blending evenly covering the concealed areas as part of the overall base of your foundation routine and be sure to blend down on to your neck and slightly over the ears.
Step 6: Apply powder. For staying power, apply either pressed powder or loose powder lightly over your face with a puff or a kabuki brush to set your foundation in place. This allows any other powders being applied after such as powder blushes, to not be rubbed off. Each powder has different finish for example a matte finish or a sheer finish. Use to your desired makeup finish.
Step 7: Blush. Choose a warm natural blush, charge up your blusher brush and tap excess off then apply to the apples of your cheeks. Then, with your brush, blend the blush in upward motion towards your temples. If you’re colour shy then build up the colour gradually until you get the desired effect.
Step 8: For prolonged eye makeup use a primer all over the lid to help the shadow last.
Step 9: No you need to apply eye makeup. Apply a sheer creamy shadow from lid to lashline. If you have a fair skin tone, use a white shimmery colour, for a medium to dark skin tone use more of a champagne colour. Dot a little of this product in the corners of your eyes, this will open them up.
To add depth use bronze or golds into the crease using a flat brush to give you more control and blend in so there are no harsh lines. If you’re using creamy colours then it’s best to set with the same colour eye shadow powders so the colour doesn’t budge. To make the eyes appear bigger, add a goldy cream to the centre of the eyelid and under the lower lashline.
Step 10: For a more intense eye, use a brown or black liner to to rim the upper lash line and smudge it upwards towards your lashes.
Step 11: To give your eyes a boost use an eyelash curler before applying 2 coats of mascara. Focus on the outer lashes with the top of the wand. Start as close to the roots of your lashes and use a shimmy motion to coat the top and bottom lashes.
Step 12: Now you need to shape your eyebrows. Brush brows up using a spoolie brush to see where they are uneven. Use an angle brush with a similar colour to your eyebrows and define your eyebrows. Use the spoolie brush to blend the colour so there is no harsh lines. To set the look use a clear brow gel.
Step 13: If lips are dry, wash with a damp cloth then use a lip balm and then let it sink in well. Apply lipstick to the centre on the mouth first and then blend out all over, using your fingers in a patting motion will help the colour last.
For a matte lipstick look, lay over a single ply of tissue onto your lips and with a powder brush gently tap some of your pressed or loose face powder over the tissue onto your lips. To amp up your lips for a nighttime look then simply add a gloss for the extra shine.
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