Is there such a thing as the no makeup look? Professional Body Art & Makeup Artist, Anna Lingis gives us her top tips on how to get that natural glow.
1. Prep the skin. If you have time – apply a face mask to help brighten and tighten the skin ahead of your makeup application. I’m loving the Skin Republic Prep + Glow at the moment, it helps base makeup glide on and last longer.
2. If you don’t have time for step one, make sure you cleanse and moisturise the skin. Makeup always sits better on a clean and nourished face! I love the L’Oreal Hydra genius, which is a super affordable moisturiser and smells lush too.
3. For a softer/more natural look, use either a tinted moisturiser, cc cream (it Cosmetics do an amazing one) or light coverage foundation and apply with a foundation brush or a damp beauty sponge (this will absorb any excess product).
4. Concealer – as a rule, you should use a shade similar to your own skin tone to conceal any blemishes, and a shade slightly lighter to brighten darker areas i.e. under the eyes. Pat this on using a damp beauty blender or use your fingers in a patting motion. This is the year for skin, and there are so many great concealers. From the high street I love the L’Oreal More Than Concealer. If you’re happy to splash a bit cash, the Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra Longwear Concealer is fab.
5. For oily skin, you can set your face with a little setting powder on top of foundation. You can also use bronzing powder to add a little warm to the face, and a dab of powder blush to the apples of your cheeks for a rosy glow.
6. For dry skin, I recommend using a cream blush to add some colour to your cheeks, and a liquid bronzer to add warmth. Avoid using powdered products as they can actually dry out the skin more.
7. Using a little bronzer, add some colour to your eyelids and just under your lower lash line to give a super subtle glow. I love the W7 Cosmetics Life’s A Beach Matte Bronzer for this, as you can build up the darkness as required.
8. Prep the lashes by curling them with an eyelash curler to give your lashes a big, natural boost, then apply a layer of mascara to your top and lower lashes.
9. Fill in your eyebrows (if required) using a pencil, as this tends to give more of a natural look than wax or powder. Set with a clear brow gel to keep them in place.
10. Add a pop of colour to your lips with a tinted balm. Sport Fx Strawberry Daiquiri is a great balm with a subtle pop of colour – it’s a lot more subtle than a full coat of lipstick, and will keep your lips soft and nourished. If you’re a slave to the liner, use a shade as close to your lip colour as possible to enhance them.
11. I’m a huge fan of using a setting spray to set your makeup in place, particularly if you’ve got a full on day and don’t want to keep reapplying. My go-to’s are Morphe Contiunous Setting Mist and Too Faced 3in1 Hangover Setting Spray.
12. Finish with a touch of highlighter to the highest points of your face – cheek bones, brow arch, inner corners of the eyes, bridge of the nose. The Doll Beauty Doll Light Duo is insanely pigmented, so you can build up the glow in different areas.