I’ve filmed a makeup tutorial – a simple 3 minute guide to flawless base makeup and an easy way to contour and highlight. Skip to the bottom to watch the video!
I started off by prepping my skin with Garnier Micellar Water. I give my skin a really thorough cleanse in the evenings, so each morning I use this on a cotton pad to just remove any oils or dirt from overnight. I then use Clarins Beauty Flash Balm, I’ve been using this for years and it’s a perfect every day moisturiser for under makeup as it also acts like a primer (and it’s one of the only rich moisturisers I’ve found that doesn’t break me out!)
I then use L’oreal True Match Foundation, applying it my fingers and distributing with the Real Techniques Buffing Brush, later pushing it into the skin with a damp Miracle Complexion Sponge to create a really flawless and long-lasting finish. It’s an amazing foundation that I recommend to everyone – it’s not too shiny, not too drying, it’s got the perfect amount of coverage for day and night and its only £10. I’ve tried Nars and Mac foundations and this is still my favourite. If you dampen the sponge it soaks up less of the product – but be sure to squeeze it between tissue paper first to avoid a wet face!
I then conceal firstly with Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, under my eyes and on any red patches or blemishes, pushing this in with the sponge again, making sure to dab in gently, rather than wipe around. I then use Bare Minerals Stroke of Light as a highlighter. It’s a highlighter/concealer hybrid – similar to Touche Eclat by YSL. I apply this to the high points of my face, like my cheekbones, between my brows, down my nose and my chin and also underneath my eyes in a triangle. This brightens the face and adds to the flawless look, without adding too much product and looking cakey, as it’s a lovely lightweight formula that blends like a dream!
Next – adding shadow. I use this dark concealer from N07, I bought this just as a cheap way to try out the trend, but ended up loving the product. I’m sure I’ll move onto a swanky Kevin Aucoin contour product after this, but for now, I love it! It takes a good amount of blending to look natural and not patchy, but it stays put all day. I apply this under my cheek bones, around my forehead and temples, down the sides of my nose and the tip and around my chin and my jaw line. Blend with the sponge until you look like Kim Kardashian.
I recently bought MAC’s Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder and so far I’ve been impressed. It’s a great way to set your cream and liquid products without adding any more coverage. I was concerned about flashback (looking like a scary ghost with flash photopgrahy), but I wore it out and saw no white glare – just make sure you blend well! It’s also great for under eye setting. I use quite a lot of products under the eyes, so finding a product that can set it, without creasing or looking dry is quite a lucky find!
When this is set, I added bronzer (random Rimmel one?) to add some warmth to the skin and Chanel Joues Contraste blusher in a pretty pink with gold shimmer. This really perks up your cheeks! For all of these powder products I use Real Techniques Blush Brush – it’s a really great all rounder. I’d highly recommend the Real Techniques range – they make up the majority of my brushes.
Then, with Real Techniques Contour Brush I use The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer to highlight the tops of my cheeks, my brow bone and the inner corners of my eyes. It’s a really lovely highlighter – it’s finely milled so just looks glowy rather than sparkly.
Watch the video here to see how it’s done!