If a skincare genie had to grant you three wishes, what would they be? Ours would be a radiant complexion, youthful-looking eyes (aka zero bags or dark circles) and full-looking lips. And bold, fluffy brows. OK, yes, we know, that’s four wishes, but thankfully we don’t have to rely on a fictitious genie to make our wishes come true. Our easy make-up tricks will get you dusting off those expensive impulsive beauty buys and looking at them differently. Remember, make-up is there to enhance natural beauty and conceal a few things that you’d like to disguise. Use our tips below to freshen up your features…
1. Choose A Luminous Foundation
The Dior brand has a knack for creating the dreamiest of foundations in various finishes – the Forever Natural Nude Foundation, however, is a great option for those wanting a radiant, luminous finish that still looks natural, but super hydrated. If your skin looks a bit tired and dreary, you can rely on this foundation to give it some life. It has a 24HR wear and plumps up the skin, without being too heavy. It allows the skin to breathe and look effortlessly flawless. Love!
2. Disguise Your Under Eyes
The purpose of a concealer is to hide any imperfections on the skin, including dark circles under the eyes. Consider Maybelline’s Fit Me Concealer to be your new magic wand, as it masks any blemishes or uneven skin tone with ease. It’s so easy to apply too – simply dot the concealer under your eyes and then pat with your ring finger to blend it in. This concealer is oil-free, fragrance-free and non-comedogenic. And it’s snug enough to fit into your handbag. We suggest keeping one there for emergencies! Thank us later.
3. Just Browsing
Never underestimate the power of a bold brow – it causes a distraction in all the right ways. Especially if you’re not having a great skin day. We suggest getting a soft eyebrow pencil, such as the Essence Superlast 24H Eyebrow Pomade Pencil Waterproof, to fill in any gaps or sparse areas. If you’re new to brow products and aren’t sure what shade to choose, use this rule of thumb: go with the colour that’s closest to the roots of your hair. Once you apply the product in feathery notes, take note – does it create depth? It shouldn’t change the tone of your brow. Keep it in place with the Essence Transparent Brow Fixing Gel Extra Strong (it has a firm hold as you can imagine) and you’re good to go.
4. Lip Service
Nothing lifts the face like intensely hydrated lips. Choose a high-shine lipstick, like Bobbi Brown’s Luxe Intense Lipstick in Bare Truth – this nude hue matches the colour of your natural lips while giving it a can’t-miss, glossy finish. It also adds a little plumpness to your pout. Hyaluronic acid and vitamin E make up this nourishingly rich formula for the lips. And the gorgeous colour pay-off is a bonus. It’s such a handbag staple.
This palette is fool-proof because it has a diverse selection of shades. They can be worn on their own or blended together to create a subtle yet distinct eyeshadow look. Some of the hues have shimmer (if you’re feeling a bit daring) and the others are matte. The beauty of this palette is how easy the colours are to blend. You don’t need to be a qualified make-up artist to pull off a gorgeous, signature eye. It’ll take you less than five minutes too. And everyone will think you’ve put in hours of effort. This will be your go-to make-up product, we’re sure of it.
6. You’re Making Me Blush
Blush is the number one product for adding cheerfulness to the face. If your complexion is dull or sallow, choose a soft, universal colour blush, such as MAC’s Richard Quinn x MAC Powder Blush Duo, to swirl on the apples of your cheeks to give you a rosy glow. The clever compact comes with a bronzer too, if you prefer a more sun-kissed flush. The number one rule for blush is blend, blend, blend. And just when you think you’ve done enough, blend again. Concentrate on the cheekbones, making a ‘C’ motion up to the middle of your eye socket.
7. The Highlights Package
If you refuse to let winter take charge of your complexion, we recommend reaching for a highlighter to give an extra glow. The Benefit Watt’s Up! Cream Highlighter has a cream to powder finish and has a tube-like applicator, allowing you to apply it with ease. It has a Champagne shimmer, which suits all skin tones, and will lift your spirits as soon as you use it. Pop it on your foundation or use on its own on places like your nose, brow bone and cheekbone area to give your skin the glow-up it truly deserves.