Tips 101

Make-up 101 - perennial make-up tips on skin preparation and a few common things to avoid.  In my long experience these have always held true .... enjoy!

Preparing to apply make-up

The key to a sheer, discrete make-up is in the preparation.

Hydration: To help a liquid or cream foundation glide on, hydrate your skin first. A light daytime moisturiser that balances the moisture in your skin without making it greasy is best so your skin won't 'grab' the moisture unevenly from the foundation which can cause it to go patchy. If your current moisturiser leaves your skin a little too greasy to apply make-up immediately, allow 5 minutes or so for it to soak into the skin before beginning to apply make-up or pat it around the face and neck with a cool damp tissue.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Drink plenty of water. Use lip conditioner if your lips tend to be dry or even if they're not.

Use sunscreen - on your face, neck and top of your chest (if exposed).  We all know how ageing and damaging excessive exposure to the sun can be so it's a good habit to block-up.  There are some really good ones on the market which don't feel oily or sting the eyes.

If you have large pores using a pore filler before you apply your foundation can be helpful.  Clarins and Benefit make very effective versions. It is is best applied sparingly after moisturiser and before applying foundation.

A few words on powder

Powder can increase the appearance of wrinkles and so if you must, use it sparingly underneath the eyes and press it in gently with a small, 'mop' brush like the socket shader/mini powder brush. It is best to blot first to reduce oiliness and some people apply powder through one-ply of a tissue. Powder can also make hairs look more obvious so avoid using it if you have any downy areas.

A few words on eyes

Frosted eye shadows and pearlised finishes are not kind to older or lined skin. They can cause creases to be more obvious, particularly pale frosts. You can still use a wide variety of shades, just avoid the pearlised finish. Go matt.

Some eyes are just not suited to eye liner as it closes them up. If this applies to you use one of the other eye-emphasising techniques available, softer more blended looks look very flattering.

A few words on lips

Lip pencils are good for containing lipsticks if the lip stick is not too moist. Lip lines should be the same colour as the lip colour, or only slightly darker and well-blended to avoid creating a hard look. Hard lip lines are not always as kind, especially on small lips.

To make more of your lips you can highlight around them with a skin, or slightly lighter than skin coloured pencil or concealer.  This also gives the optical illusion of cleaning/sharpening up the lip line.