Last month I hosted a second make-up masterclass at Content Beauty, here are some tips from the evening –
Glowing skin will never go out of fashion and it is something everyone can achieve. The first step to natural flawless skin is good skincare, getting into a good regime will really help your make-up as it will determine how good your make-up looks and how long it will stay looking good.
Try doing a DIY facial once a week using a good mask suitable for your skin type. Invest in a good exfoliator to slough of dead skin which can help your mask and moisturisers work better, it can also really make a difference in skin radiance helping to create a glowing complexion. I love Pai’s Kukui and Jojoba Skin Brightening Exfoliator.
Oils are amazing for glowing skin too and can be used on all skin types including oily – they can actually help to balance your skin. I love Tata Harper’s Replenishing Nutrient Complex, I use it before make-up but also later in the day on areas like cheekbones to refresh my make-up and brighten my skin.
Choose your foundation according to your skintype and condition.
Foundation should even the skin tone out, not mask it. Just use it where the skin needs it, this is usually down the centre panel of the face. If the foundation covers things like spots then it is too heavy – this is what concealers are for!
If you don’t need it, don’t use it! Tinted moisturisers are great for summer months as they give just a little coverage. You can also thin down a thicker foundation by mixing in a little moisturiser.
When choosing a colour try three different ones on your jawline, you shouldn’t be able to see the foundation on the skin it should ‘disappear’ into it. Don’t try and change your complexion with a foundation, it should always match your skintone, you can use a bronzer later on to add some colour/warmth.
Apply with a brush, sponge and/or fingers whatever is best for you. Build the coverage up slowly, different areas of the face will need different coverage. Lots of thin layers are better than one thick layer, it will look more natural and last for longer.
TopTip – If you use a mineral powder as your foundation, try spritzing it with a toner or water spray after application to create more of a dewy finish. Also try this later in the day to refresh your minerals rather than applying more product.
Illuminisers are great to use under foundation to give the skin an instant glow, or try dabbing onto cheekbones over the top of your foundation to brighten skin.
These will really help to create a glowing complexion and are perfect for spring/summer. These can be worn on their own, straight onto a moisturised skin so are really easy and quick, or apply them after your foundation but before your powder if wearing it.
Use your fingers to apply up and along the cheekbones to lift the face. Apply with one finger and blend with another.
There was lots of colour on the spring/summer runways particularly blue but also purples and pastel colours. Everyone can wear colour on their eyes it is just how they wear it… here are some ideas….
- As a liner – use a flat liner brush to draw any colour eyeshadow along your top lashes. Use the brush slightly damp for a stronger line. Try along your bottom lashes as an alternative.
- Sweep the colour all over your lid for a full burst of colour – be sure to blend it well into the socket line so no hard edges.
- TopTip – Use a soft brush for a wash of colour or a harder, denser brush for more intensity.
- Try a neutral colour all over the lid and your chosen brighter colour in the socket line.
- To intensify your chosen colour try using a cream base first, this will make it brighter.
I used Kjaer Weis’ Blue Wonder in my demo, this is a great blue on many skintones.
Deep in make-up conversation!