Last minute Tinder date? This step-by-step will keep you in check.
1 DROP THE BASE
If you apply foundation before your concealer, you’ll find that you require way less coverage. For quick and easy application, grab a liquid foundation and dot your forehead, cheeks and chin, to make sure you cover all the important areas. Blend outwards with your fingers – the heat from your body will help melt the formula into your skin. For a very special occasion, you can use a foundation brush for a finish that looks more done. EXPERT TIP! Go through a complete skincare routine before make-up application – cosmetics glide smoother on moisturised skin.
2 BRIGHTEN UP, GIRL
Apply concealer only where you absolutely need it – dark circles, redness and any pesky spots. Creamy stick formulas blend better on dry skin, whereas liquid concealer is great for normal to combination skin. Try Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer in stick form, or Urban Decay Naked Concealer for a liquid texture. Blend with your ring finger to exert just the right amount of pressure on your delicate eye area. EXPERT TIP! Use pink or peach-toned concealers for blue-ish under-eye circles, and a green concealer to cancel out any redness or angry zits.
3 KEEP CALM AND CONTOUR
The goal is to accentuate the features that you have, not create ones that you don’t. Cream formulas are best for subtle contours, so suck in your cheeks to make a fish-pout, and draw single-stripes along the hollow parts underneath your cheekbones towards your ear tips. Take a damp make-up sponge and blend, blend, blend! If you want, use a tiny bit of foundation to blend out the colour even more. You can also contour your nose to make it look slimmer or narrower. Try Tarte’s The Sculptor Contouring Face Slenderizer. EXPERT TIP! If you don’t want the contour to look so obvious, resist the temptation to use it on your jawline. It’s always visible in natural light.
4 BEAM AND GLEAM
You want a highlight so bright it’ll blind him. Okay, not really. If you’ve seen Bretman Rock’s Snapchats you’ll understand how much of a glow we’re talking about. Aim to carve out the areas where the sunlight naturally hits your face. Try Burberry’s Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base. Dip your foundation brush into the formula and run it down the centre of your nose, rounding off at the tip. Get your cheekbones, too, and dot a tiny bit on your Cupid’s bow for a fuller-looking pout. EXPERT TIP! Press liquid highlighter onto the right side of your forehead. Because when you look straight at a face, you’ll see that the light hits the left side. Only highlighting the right side will help you pick up the radiance.
5 PRETTY FLUSHED
For a radiant glow, opt for cream blush, which happens to last longer, too. The age-old trick has always been to smile when applying your blush, but that just makes the product move downwards when you’ve stopped smiling. Blend the colour up towards your temples (never downwards) with your fingers. Bright berry hues are super cute, but if you’re colour shy, gradually layer to build the intensity slowly. We love Lancôme My Parisian Blush or Benefit’s Benetint. EXPERT TIP! For an even longer lasting result, set your cream blush with a powder blush.
6 PLUMP UP THE JAM
Start by moisturising your lips, and scrubbing any dead skin off with an old toothbrush. Then, apply a layer of foundation over your lips so that the colour pay off will come out better. Line your lips with a liner that is one or two shades darker than your natural shade, and draw slightly outside the border of the lip. To fill in, try a lighter lipstick to make them look bigger. Dark lipsticks tend to make your lips look smaller. Don’t shy away from glosses or shimmer, either – apply a dot in the centre of your lips for a pouty effect. Tight for time? Try Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Lip Pen. EXPERT TIP! Contour your lips with a liner a shade or two darker to emphasise the natural shadow of your lips.
7 BROWS AWAY
Brush up your brows so you can see exactly which parts need filling in, and also so you don’t go overboard. With a light hand and short, feathery strokes, start filling in with an eyebrow pencil that matches your brow colour – don’t go for brown when you should be using black. Now grab an angled brush and a similar coloured powder and brush through it gently. Use a foundation or loose powder to press around the edges of your brows so they look sharp (or ‘on fleek’, if you insist). EXPERT TIP! Frida Kahlo was the exception, not the rule. Strong brows need separation so they don’t overwhelm your face. Comb your brows upwards with a spoolie brush, then trim the longest hairs, and always, always, tweeze your unibrow.
8 SET IT OFF
A quick spritz of setting spray (either Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray or M.A.C Prep + Prime Fix +) and you can be sure that everything’s going to stay in place all day.