I have put the term ‘flawless’ in inverted commas as my skin is definitely not that, but I’ve recently discovered some tips and tricks that I have been incorporating into my base routine inspired by Beyonce’s makeup artist that are helping me to still achieve a more natural look with no creasing, whilst still using full coverage products. As we know, I am no expert but I thought I’d share what I’ve been doing lately using Sir John’s techniques who is a professional that is working for me. If you have any further tips to share I’d love to know!
1. Apply foundation when moisturiser/primer is still wet
This might sound like a strange one as usually we are told to wait until our moisturiser/primer is dry, but this way means that when the moisturiser dries, the moisture locks in the foundation and also makes it smoother to apply! The moisturiser I swear by is the L’Oreal Paris Hydra Genius Aloe Moisturiser.
2. Use a buffing brush to apply foundation
I used to use my trusty beauty blender ALL the time to apply my foundation but although it is more time consuming, switching to a buffing brush to buff out your foundation adds to achieving that natural look and sheers down the coverage slightly.
3. Leave the eyelids bare
I always used to cover my eyelids completely with concealer but recently I’ve only been using a touch of concealer to not fully hide any texture/veins to give a more natural, skin like look.
4. Apply only a few dots of concealer under the eye and blend it out with a fluffy brush
Say goodbye to the triangle and masses of concealer. Just a few dots blended out with a fluffy brush should do the job, still using a high coverage concealer. I have quite deep set crease lines below my eyes which concealer always sunk into but by also not taking the concealer all the way up to my lash line this avoids this issue which I’ve never been able to solve! We all also have a natural shadow under the eye so leaving this gap will again add to the natural effect we are going for.
5. Set your under eye with a fine loose powder
The formula of pressed powders are a lot heavier than loose powders as they have to be weighed down to be in pressed form. So using a loose, finely milled powder avoids the risk of a cakey finish under the eyes! Taking a pressed powder for the rest of the face is fine however. Obviously it’s all down to personal preference!