It’s Fridayyyy!! Woohoo!
So what better way to start the weekend, than a quick post on how to get flawless looking skin? Because, let’s face it, we all want to look fabulous – especially at the weekend! So how to achieve it? Read on and find out for yourself…
First of all, it’s not all about the products – I love a good designer foundation as much as the next girl, but as long as your products are half decent and they match your skin tone then you’ll be fine – it’s all in the application! When you apply your face products in the below technique, you’ll be pleasantly surprised just how easy it is to have flawless looking skin, without having to splash out on the big bucks.
1 – Primer – always, always, always make sure to prime your face first! Primer smoothes your complexion and evens out your skin texture – I’d always recommend it for every makeup application, but it is most certainly a must when going for a flawless finish! Put a small amount on the tips of your fingers and rub together, before applying all over your face – don’t overload yourself with primer (easily done), or you can make your face look a bit greasy and foundation won’t sit properly on your face!
2 – Foundation – Match it. Don’t guess a shade and think ‘that’ll do’, and whatever you do, don’t choose a darker shade to make yourself look tanned – it will give you a tide-mark on your jawline, look fake, and just doesn’t look all too pleasant (remember, if you want to look tanned, use a tinted moisturiser or go to town with the bronzer, don’t up the shade of your foundation!). There are plenty of makeup counters which will match your correct shade for free, and if you don’t fancy that you can always try some on in the shop before buying (try to test on your face as your hands might be a different shade so you’ll end up mismatching otherwise!). As for the application…
Use a foundation brush and put a small amount on to the tip of the brush; start from the centre of your nose and blend outwards. Your nose is the focal point of your face so it is important to have an even coverage here. Make sure to keep starting from the nose when you add more product, and just keep blending out – blend, blend, blend!
When applying to the cheeks, make one stroke across the cheekbone, the blend down the face – it is important to always apply with downwards motions as this is the directions of the hairs on your face; this will create a more flawless look to your foundation and reduce brush marks which need further blending.
Apply a tiny amount of product to the chin area, again using downwards strokes, and then to the forehead.
If you want a fuller coverage, go over the face again, and build it up in layers.
3 – Concealer – Again, the major need for concealer is to make sure it matches your skin tone; if you have a warm skin tone, then use a warm concealer – if you have a cool skin tone, use a cool concealer! Apply a small amount on to a concealer brush (or a foundation brush if you don’t have one, but I’d recommend getting a concealer brush as it really helps with the control when applying concealer), and then apply under the eye area – once more using downward strokes. Apply to any blemishes which also need concealing, but remember not to overload your brush – if you need more, then layer it up.
I always recommend to apply concealer on your eyelids for a nice even base (this is, of course, if you are not using an eyeshadow base or eye primer instead) – it evens out the look of the eyes and hides any broken capillaries.
If you need to use a colour correcter at this point then this is the point – I’ve used a ‘banana’ shade concealer around my eyes (by the inner corner and slightly underneath) – this is because I have grey-ish looking skin here and the yellow colour balances this out nicely…. I will shortly be writing a post on how to use colour corrections correctly soon, so if you need help on this then don’t worry I’ll be able to help! (Follow me on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date when I will be uploading a new post/video!).
4 – Setting Powder – Use a translucent setting powder to set your face. As a quick tip – a translucent powder can be used on any skin tone; from the palest of the palest to the darkest of the darkest! Don’t be put off by its pale appearance!
Apply a small amount to one side of your brush and dab gently around the face. Blend out all of these areas with your brush using light, circular motions.
Already you should be seeing the difference in your look and the base of the flawlessness should be apparent!
5 – Bronzer/Contour – To contour use a bronzer which matches your skin tone – again, this can be sourced by any makeup counter, or just by testing some out in the shop – don’t just reach for the darkest shade and hope for the best!
Apply along the cheekbone, starting from the hair line and brushing down, then blend out, once again using downwards motions to follow the hairs on your face. To get a deeper contour just layer up!
Shade around the hairline, either side of the nose (if you want to slim your nose down), and for a fuller looking lip, brush above the chin lightly. If you’re like me and have a wide jawbone, then you can trim this down with a few added strokes on the widest part of your jawline!
6- Blush – For the flawless look you want to have a natural looking blush – nothing to in-your-face and bright (you don’t want the attention drawn to your cheeks, you want an overall flawless finish!). Soft shades are best for this.
Brush along the cheek bone gently, then smile to reveal the apples of your cheeks, and apply in circular motions – this will give you a really nice, healthy glow.
7 – Illuminator – If you really want flawless skin you need to accentuate and highlight parts of your face – add a bit of glow and you’ll really have that immaculate looking finish. I like to use pigment shades rather than a pre-bought illuminator – these are fantastic little pots which can be use all over the face, and give an iridescent glow to eyeshadow.
Using the tiniest amount of product, brush over the tops of your cheekbones (believe me, with pigments, a lot goes an awful long way!) – better to top up than have to try and remove excess product!
Highlight your chin, cupids bow, nose and T-zone area – this will really draw attention to the centre of the face (also another reason why good coverage with the foundation on your nose is essential!).
…and you’re all done!
So there you have it – my 7 steps to flawless looking skin! This look is really photogenic, and you’ll soon find yourself using it on a daily basis so that people ask “how does she do it??” I’ve attached a video below to show you me putting the words into action, and proving it really does work!
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Have a fantastic weekend!
Lots of love ,