The thing about glasses is, they draw attention to your face. Particularly if you’re fond of bold frames, like me. I often get compliments on my glasses, which is lovely, but reminds me that people look at my face. A lot. And so I’m conscious of making it look as good as possible – starting with skin.
I’ve been fanatical about skincare since my teens, when a bout of acne left me miserable (and scarred). Good skin starts with cleansing but this is about makeup, so today’s ‘class’ is all about creating that perfect face.
Even though my skin is relatively clear these days, I still prefer full coverage foundation. Even after all this time (we’re talking 10 years since my last acne outbreak – thank you forevs, contraceptive pill) I’m still self-conscious about my skin and dark under-eye shadows. So, every day I use:
- Primer – essential for providing a smooth base for foundation, controlling shine and helping makeup stay in place all day. I use Benefit’s The Porefessional.
- Foundation – for evening skin tone, covering scars and blemishes and filling open pores. I use Estée Lauder Double Wear in Ecru, applied with a Real Techniques Foundation Brush for a flawless finish.
- Concealer – to make dark circles, blemishes, scars and redness disappear (or thereabouts). I use Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light to Medium Bisque followed by Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Ivory under my eyes, using a brush to apply and my fingers to pat into place. Around my nose and on my chin, I use Rimmel’s Hide the Blemish in Ivory.
- Powder – for oily skins like mine, setting powder is a must to stop makeup sliding down your face by 11.30am. I use Mac’s Mineralize Skin Finish Powder in Medium, applied with a Real Techniques Powder Brush and topped up whenever I’m looking slightly shiny.
- Blusher – the final frontier in my quest for flawless, radiant skin is a bright cream blusher. I find cream formulas look much more fresh and natural than powders and last longer. I use Topshop’s Cream Blush in Neon Rose.
What are your tips and tricks for stunning skin?