Getting To Know Your Skin
Combination : Generally oily in the ‘T-Zone’ area (forehead, nose, and chin) where you may find enlarged pores and blackheads. Eyes and cheeks are dry. Combination skin tends to change during seasons, e.g. oiler during the summer and drier in winter months.
Oily : Your face is mostly oily all over and looks shiny, especially towards mid-day. You may have acne – prone skin or other blemishes and enlarged pores.
Dry / Sensitive : Your skin is usually dry, can feel tight and dehydrated even a short while after moisturising your face.
Normal : You have an even complexion and your skin is quite balanced- not too dry or too oily. You rarely have blemishes and can put most products on your face without having to worry what suits your skin. You don’t notice changes in your skin throughout the day or through seasons.
Whether you’re wearing minimal or a full face of makeup, primer should be the first step (or second if you moisturise), as it works as a base; keeping your makeup on for longer and allowing a smoother application. The secret ingredient most primers contain is silicone (the stuff you find in boob and butt implants!) which helps to smooth out any wrinkles, fine lines and pores and allows makeup to stick to the face.
Dry & Sensitive Skin
- Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer Dry and Sensitive Skin Primer
- Laura Mercier Mineral Foundation Primer
- Maybelline Baby skin Instant Fatigue Blur Primer
- e.l.f. Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer
- Smashbox Primer Water Mist
- Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil
Oily & Combination Skin
- Benefit POREfessional
- MAC Prep and Prime
- e.l.f. Studio Blemish Control Primer
- Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser
- L’Oreal Matte Infallible
- Urban decay Pore Perfecting Primer
- Hourglass Mineral Primer Oil Free
Normal & All Skin Types
- Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation
- NYX Honey Dew Me Up
- L’Oreal Nude Magique Blur Cream
- L’Oreal Studio Secrets Resurfacing Primer.
- Beauty UK Primer FX
Mature Skin & Tightening
- UD Tightening and brightening primer
- Kihels Super Multi Corrective Cream
- Loreal Magic Perfecting Primer
- No7 Airbrush Away Primer
- Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Primer
To Illuminate Skin
- No7 Airbrush Away Radiance Boosting Primer
- Chanel’s Le Blanc De Chanel Multi-Use Illuminating Base
- Estee Lauder Illuminating Perfecting Primer
- NARS Light Optimising Primer
- Lush Feeling Younger
- Soap & Glory™ Hocus Focus™ Instant Visual Flaw-Softening Illuminator
Tools To Apply Primer With:
Okay, so let’s make this easy. Sometimes we wake up with nasty red spots, dark circles from sleepless nights or just have dull skin… this unwanted discolouration can be covered up with the art of colour correction. Using the right colour neutralises the discolouration which is then covered up with either foundation or concealer.
To first understand which colours you should be using, you need to understand the colour wheel. Remember in art lessons where you learnt how colours opposite each other complement one another? Well colour correcting is exactly the same concept!
Concealer Vs Corrector:
- Concealers ‘hide’ the problem area or may give the area a little more coverage e.g covering spots and marks.
- Correctors on the other hand ‘neutralise’ the problem area (generally discolouration) e.g redness and dark circles.
You first apply corrector then follow with concealer/foundation.
- Pink & Peach
Green is opposite red in the colour wheel, so it cancels out any redness in the face. Best used for acne redness and other blemishes.
- LA Girl Green Corrector
- Smashbox Colour correcting primer
- Clinique Redness solutions
- NYX Colour correcting powder- Green
Purple and lavender corrector cancels out any yellow/ dull tones and gives off a natural glow. Best to use in the winter months when your skin is lacking its sun kissed glow.
- Max Factor colour corrector stick- Purple Dullness.
- Makeup Forever Camouflage cream pot- 18 Mauve
- NYX Concealer Wand- CW11 Lavender
- NYX Colour correcting powder- Lavender
Orange is perfect for neutralising blue tones such as the ones under the eyes. The deeper your complexion is, the deeper orange you should use.
- LA Girl pro concealer- Orange
- Bobbi Brown Corrector
- MAC Orange Studio Finish Corrector
- MAC Studio Conceal and Correct Duo
Pink / Peach
Pink and peach correctors are a life saver for covering dark eyes. It helps to cover unwanted
dullness and gives off a refreshing and brighter look.
To cover the under eye with pink/peach, it’s best to go for a salmon colour.
TIP: Great to use on the inner and outer eye for a refreshed and awakened look!
- Benefit Erase Paste Concealer
- YSL Touche Eclat
- Max Factor Colour corrector stick- Peach and Pink
- Pixi Correction Concentrate – Brightening Peach
- Pixi Undercover Crayon
- Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector
Yellow is across purple, so as you probably guessed…it covers any purple tones such as bruising, veins and under eyes. Yellow is an amazing colour to give off a natural brightness under foundation.
- LA Girl Concealer- Yellow
- Benefit Lemon Aid concealer
- NYX Concealer Wand- Yellow
- NYX Colour correcting powder- Banana
Colour correcting palettes
- Kiko colour correcting wheel
- Collection Conceal and light like a pro
- NYX 3C Palette
- Makeup revolution Ultra Base Corrector palette
- E.L.F. Studio Corrective Concealer
- Studio 10 Age Defy Skin Perfector
- Stila One step colour corrector
Green: Redness from spots and around the nose
Purple: Discolouration around the mouth
Orange: Blue tones under the eyes
Pink / Peach: Inner and outer corners of eyes.
Yellow: Areas that are generally ‘highlighted’ on the face. Under eyes, forehead, chin.
To achieve a flawless look, concealer is key. It adds extra coverage by hiding blemishes, brightens areas of the face, and helps to create an even skin tone. When choosing a concealer, it’s important to make sure it’s the right one for you, otherwise rather than blending in with your skin and foundation, you will have noticeable concealer patches all over your face! Something you definitely want to avoid. You should pick one that either matches your skin (to hide blemishes) or a brighter one (to highlight areas).
If your concealer begins to look ashy, use a colour corrector underneath.
To avoid concealer creasing (especially under the eyes), apply eye primer underneath before applying concealer and set with a powder once concealer has been applied.
- Maybelline Fit Me
- Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
- Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer
- Urban Decay Naked Concealer
- Charlotte Tilbury Concealer
- Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil Concealer
- Vinchy Dermablend Corrective Stick
- No. 7 Match Made Concealer
- Dior Backstage Pro Fix It Concealer
- Soap And Glory Kick Ass
- Benefit Boi-Ing
- Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer
Helpful concealing tools:
- Real Techniques Blending sponge
- Zoeva 142 concealer buffer
- ELF Studio Small Stipple brush
- Beauty Blender Micro Minis
Foundations are probably the most intimidating item in a makeup case because if it’s not applied correctly or you use the wrong one, you can look ashy, cakey, oily, flaky, break out in spots or look completely uneven and the list goes on and on!
When getting to grips with makeup, it’s so easy to endlessly waste money on foundation even though you’ve colour matched yourself dozens of times. We all hear how someone has found their holy-grail foundation which has changed their life and blah blah blah!
So why can’t you?
The first step to finding the right foundation is making sure it’s right for your skin. Yes, foundations ultimately all do the same thing which is giving us coverage and perfected skin…but not all formulas are the same. And with new foundations constantly being released, it’s easy to get caught up into buying them all with the hopes of finding your own holy-grail.
Foundations can have a matte, sheer or dewy finish.
- BB & CC Creams
Foundations for Normal Skin
- Kiko Liquid Skin Second Skin Foundation
- Urban Decay Naked Skin
- Revlon Colour Stay
- MAC Face and Body Foundation
- Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude
Foundations for Oily & Combination Skin
- Bobbi Brown Long Wear foundation
- L’Oreal Matte Infalliable
- NARS Sheer Glow Foundation
- MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation SPF15
Foundations for Dry Skin
- Diorskin Star Foundation
- MAC Studio Sculpt SPF15
- Too Faced Born This Way
- MAC Prolong wear fluid foundation SPF10
- Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse
Foundations for Mature Skin
- Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation
- No7 Lift and Luminate Foundation
BB & CC Creams
Best used for people who generally have nearly perfect skin or those wanting light weight alternative with a next – to – nothing coverage to even out the skin a little.
BB Vs CC?
BB – Blemish / Beauty Balm: Much lighter than foundation, but more coverage than a tinted moisturiser that evens out your skin tone. BB Creams generally have a combination of elements such as anti-ageing ingredients, lightening factors, SPF and anti-oxidants.
CC- Colour Corrector: Targeted for correcting the skin to tackle discolouration, mainly dullness and redness.
Even though BB and CC creams are marketed as different products and CC creams can be seen as a new and improved BB, they’re practically the same.
- Dior Skin Nude BB Cream
- Olay Total Effects 7 in 1 CC Cream Moisturiser
- Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm
- L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique CC Cream- Dullness and Redness
- Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfecting Makeup
- No7 Youthful CC Cream
- Clinique Age Defense BB Cream SPF30
- Lush colour supplement
- Maybelline Pure Dream BB
- Beauty blending sponges
- Stippling brushes
Powders are the best way to ‘set’ your makeup, especially for us ladies who suffer with oily skin. Plus, powder works as a great base to apply blush and highlighter. Powder can be tinted or translucent.
Pressed Vs Loose
Loose powders are usually on the messier side, but good if you want something lightweight that will mattify and set your makeup.
Pressed powders are solidified and are therefore best used as an –on-the-go product to touch up your makeup. If you are using a pressed powder to set your makeup, use a light hand as using too much can easily make you look cakey.
- Urban Decay Powder
- No7 lightweight loose powder
- Ben Nye Banana Powder
- Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder
- Barry M Flawless Matte Pressed Powder
- MAC Studio Sculpt Define Powder
These are the ‘finishing’ powder so go on after you have applied your pressed / loose powder. HD powders are supposed to blur any fine lines on the face, which is then suitable for any ‘HD’ filming or photography as these lines won’t get picked up. The blurring effect will stop your makeup looking heavy or cakey.
- Laura Mercier Mineral Finishing powder
- Clarins silk illusion powder
- Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish
- Inglot HD Illuminizing Loose Powder
Translucent powders work on any skin tone, pale or deep; as long as it is blended in well and the right amount is used. These generally take a bit of practise! If you don’t apply properly, you may end up looking a tad grey and the powder will show up terribly in flash photography. Translucent powders are also perfect for the ‘baking’ technique or good to use lightly over the face if you want to set foundation without extra coverage.
- Makeup forever translucent powder
- ELF HD Translucent Powder
- NYX Studio Finishing Powder
- Vinchy Dermablend Setting Powder
- Estee Lauder Lucidity Translucent Pressed Powder
Setting & Finishing Sprays
Setting sprays are the very last step, as you ‘set’ everything in its place. They keep everything on for longer, along with some sprays getting rid of any excess product on the face. Setting sprays are sometimes a “hit and miss” product. Here are some of the best ones I’ve tried, along with top recommended ones.
- Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
- Urban Decay Chill- Cooling and Hydrating
- Urban Decay De-Slick (My personal favourite!)
- L’Oreal Infalliable Fixing Mist
- MAC Prep and Prime Fix +
- ELF Studio Mist & Set
Handy Tools For A Starter Kit
- Makeup Sponges (Multi Use: Foundation, Baking)
- Stipple Brush (Multi Use: Foundation, powder, concealer)
- ELF Complexion Brush (Multi Use: Powder, Blush)
- Blotting Papers
- Eyeshadow Blending Brush (Multi Use on eyes)
- Powder Brush
- Tapered Face Brush (Multi Use: Blush, Contour, Highlight)
- Real Techniques Core Collection
- Zoeva Classic Face Set