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It has been quite a turbulent year with all the uncertainties, restrictions and lockdowns, so I know that everyone’s looking forward to a ‘normal’ return to celebrating. A big part of this can be expressing yourself through makeup. It is time to switch it up and update your makeup techniques for the new year approaching, so that you can achieve flawless looks with minimal effort!

 

Skin

With skin, less is always more. Even if you do suffer from acne prone skin like me, there are tips and tricks to achieve a flawless makeup look without applying too much product. It all comes down to technique and placement of the products that you are using.

 

First things first, you need to prep your skin by cleansing, moisturising and applying SPF with skincare products that work for you. Whether you have normal, dry, oily or combination skin, your skin needs to be hydrated and moisturised to achieve the best results from your makeup application. After this, you need to apply a primer with a tacky feel so that the foundation can adhere to the skin effectively.

 

If you suffer from hyperpigmentation and you want to start with a more even complexion base, you should;

Step 1: Use an orange concealer to cancel out hyperpigmentation and blend out with your fingers.

Step 2:  Go over the areas of orange with a lighter concealer and blend out with a damp beauty blender.

Step 3:  Apply your foundation and do the rest of your makeup routine.

 

Other tips that you could add to your routine to achieve a flawless makeup base is by:

  • Mixing a bit of your loose setting powder with your foundation for fuller coverage.
  • Using a denser foundation brush for high coverage.
  • Using eye primer or loose setting powder in your smile lines to minimise creasing.
  • Applying liquid highlight before foundation on areas you want to highlight on your face for a ‘glow within’ look.
  • Mixing liquid highlight with matte foundation for a more glowy look.
  • Using setting powder before foundation for a longer lasting base and to help with oily skin.
  • Dampening your beauty blender with setting spray and pressing on your skin, after applying foundation to make it last longer.
  • Applying liquid blush for a radiant glow and powder blush across your nose to add youthfulness.
  • Avoid putting foundation directly under your eyes and smile lines, only use the leftover product from your beauty blender or brush to avoid caking.
  • Putting minimal concealer under your eyes to avoid creasing. Applying your concealer in a triangle and letting it sit for a few minutes before blending out for fuller coverage.
  • Using a darker foundation shade as your ‘contour’ for your cheekbones.
  • Using powder bronzer to ‘contour’ your nose to avoid harsh lines and to achieve a more seamless blend.
  • Reverse contouring by applying a curved line of loose setting powder under your cheekbones to accentuate your cheekbone structure.

Remember, there is no right or wrong way of doing your makeup. What works for you may not work for someone else, so it is all about experimenting, and trial and error with the different techniques I have provided. Feel free to add in your own tips and find out what works best for YOU.

Here are some recommendations of products that I have used which have given me amazing results:

Skin Primer
Milk Hydro Grip Primer
Maybelline Baby Skin Primer
Charlotte Tilbury Air Brush Spray
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Hydrating Primer
Foundation
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Foundation
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Hydrating Foundation:
Maybelline Superstay 24h Liquid Foundation:
Nars Radiant Longwear Foundation:
Too Faced Born This Way Foundation:
Revlon Colorstay Foundation:
Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint:
Bare Minerals Liquid Mineral Foundation:
Concealer
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer:
Too Faced Born This Way Super Coverage Concealer:
Maybelline Age Rewind:
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer:
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer:
Collection Concealer:
Sleek Makeup Lifeproof Concealer:
Elf Hydrating  Camo Concealer:
Elf 16h Camo Concealer: 
Blush
Nars Cosmetics Blush:
Sleek Makeup Blush By 3:
Morphe 35o Supernatural Glow Artistry Palette:
Kembeauty Blushes:
Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush
Bronzer & Contour
Benefit Hoola Toasted Matte Bronzing Powder:
Fenty Beauty Sun Stalk’r Instant Warmth Bronzer:
Collection Bronze Glow Matt Powder Terracotta:
Charlotte Tilbury Airbush Bronzer:
Sleek Makeup Faceform
Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Skinstick
Highlighter
Iconic London Illuminator Drops:
Sleek Makeup Cleopatra’s Kiss Highlighting Palette:
Jouer  Cosmetics Powder Highlighter:
Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo
Setting Powder
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder:
Huda Beauty Easy Bake Loose Powder:
Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Oil Control Setting Powder:
Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder:
Sacha Buttercup: Setting Powder:
Setting Spray
Charlotte Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray:
Morphe Continuous Setting Mist:
Nyx Professional Makeup Setting Spray:
Urban Decay All Nighter Spray: 

By Christabel Edeh

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