BRIGHT IDEAS

SUN­LIGHT RE­VEALS WHAT THE DARK­NESS CONCEALS, SO FOL­LOW THESE TIPS FOR FLAW­LESS MAKE-UP BY DAY

The Morning Bulletin - - WEEKEND - WORDS: AM­BER MACPHER­SON

Afi­nal check in the mir­ror be­fore a night out re­veals a lit­tle smudge there and some ex­tra shim­mer there — but don’t worry, you tell your­self, it’s dark out­side.

But alas, the warm weather is here and it’s the sea­son for long lunches, beach par­ties, mu­sic fes­ti­vals and pic­nics.

You can’t hide un­der the cover of dark­ness when the sun is high, so how do you make sure your fin­ish is flaw­less?

Make-up artist Rachael Brook says to start by check­ing your foun­da­tion al­fresco.

“Never buy a foun­da­tion or leave the house with­out check­ing your make-up in nat­u­ral light first,” Rachael says.

“You might be sur­prised at how mis­lead­ing in­door light­ing can be.”

Celebrity make-up artist Dale Dorn­ing agrees. “Day­light shows ev­ery­thing,” he says.

“Ap­ply your make-up in nat­u­ral light to en­sure it looks blended and is light flat­ter­ing or re­frac­tive, not flat and cakey or shiny disco ball.”

Dale sug­gests a tinted BB cream for day­wear as it keeps the skin hy­drated and smooths over im­pu­ri­ties with its skin­coloured tone. Ex­tra points if your BB cream has sun­screen for UV pro­tec­tion.

As for your make-up, Dale says glit­ter high­lighter and OTT eyes be­long to the night.

In­stead, keep it nat­u­ral with un­der­stated eye shad­ows, oil-free con­cealer and min­eral pow­ders.

“Less is more,” Dale says.

“Avoid smoky and over-shim­mery eyes for day­time — opt for mid-toned shim­mery matte hues.

“Monochrome eye shadow with a flirty lash al­ways makes eyes stand out.

“Use an oil-free con­cealer be­fore dust­ing colour­less pow­der on the T-zone.

“Min­eral pow­der foun­da­tion ap­plied with a large kabuki brush will gen­tly sculpt the face and it pho­to­graphs beau­ti­fully.”

And don’t for­get a lit­tle packet of tis­sues, baby wipes and con­cealer for when you’re in need of a quick dab or wipe.

“Baby wipes are great for make-up or al­co­hol mishaps,” Dale says. “Keep tis­sues for blot­ting and con­cealer for touch ups.”

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