Make-up Mas­ter­class Skin is­sues

Paddy McGur­gan is one of NI’s best-known beauty ex­perts and each week he tells us all we need to know about the lat­est make-up tech­niques and trends

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - BEAUTY -

Iam in­un­dated with so­cial me­dia mes­sages, com­ments and peo­ple want­ing ad­vice on their make-up bag. One of the ques­tions that I of­ten get asked is: “What is the best cover-up for acne, blem­ishes and scar­ring and tex­ture cre­ated by break­outs?” When it comes to acne, break­outs and other skin and tex­tu­ral is­sues, there re­ally is no magic won­der cover-up prod­uct that will en­tirely re­move and dis­guise these.

The sin­gle best way to re­duce break­outs and acne is to use spe­cialised in­gre­di­ents from an ex­pertly cho­sen skin­care regime to tar­get ar­eas of po­tent break­outs.

How­ever, this is not the ques­tion that I am con­stantly asked by a broad spec­trum of fol­low­ers — so here are my top cover up tips when it comes to con­ceal­ing, dis­guis­ing and re­duc­ing the ap­pear­ance of acne, break­outs and skin tex­ture.

Af­ter us­ing your ex­pertly ad­vised skin­care rou­tine, you want to cre­ate an even tex­ture on the skin. The most ef­fec­tive way is by us­ing a smooth­ing primer, which fea­tures in­no­va­tive blur­ring and fill­ing tech­nol­ogy that gives a more youth­ful ap­pear­ance and fades out large pores, fine lines and wrin­kles, while prep­ping the skin for make-up. For this I adore the Make Up For Ever Step 1 Smooth­ing Primer (£25.50, Make Up Pro Store/ Deben­hams).

The satiny, non-oily for­mula evens out skin tex­ture, leav­ing skin look­ing resur­faced and per­fectly smooth for flaw­less make-up all day long.

Sim­ply ap­ply a small amount onto the face in the ar­eas where you have tex­ture and on­go­ing skin is­sues to cre­ate a film over the skin for an even ap­pli­ca­tion of fur­ther prod­ucts.

The next step is to colour-cor­rect any red­ness found in the skin. I al­ways use a green con­cealer, as green is the op­po­site of red on the colour wheel, so us­ing it over trou­ble­some ar­eas will help to neu­tralise any spots or dis­coloura­tion. Use spar­ingly and only ap­ply it to the ar­eas that need it most.

For best re­sults, blend the con­cealer well and add a layer of nat­u­ral-coloured foun­da­tion over the top. Try ELF Color Cor­rect­ing Stick (£5, Su­per­drug). In­fused with vi­ta­min C, you’ll get both cov­er­age and hy­dra­tion with this creamy cor­rec­tive stick. Af­ter this you will want to lighten, brighten and con­ceal dark un­der-eye cir­cles and ar­eas with height­ened pig­men­ta­tion. If you want to build your cov­er­age in tar­geted ar­eas such as the un­der-eye area and fine lines and do not want a full cream thick con­sis­tency, choose a liq­uid, light­weight con­cealer to slowly build cov­er­age and avoid creas­ing or show­ing fine lines. Try Make Up For Ever Ul­tra HD Con­cealer in ei­ther Y21, Y23 or R30 shades (£20, Make Up Pro Store/Deben­hams), which uses col­la­gen to re­fresh and awaken the un­der-eye area.

My sec­ond con­cealer is a full-cov­er­age con­cealer such as May­belline Fit Me! Con­cealer (£5.99, Su­per­drug). This prod­uct in­tro­duces May­belline’s first gel con­cealer, with no waxes or fillers, to help re­duce the ap­pear­ance of skin im­per­fec­tions with a light tex­ture leav­ing skin feel­ing brighter and awak­ened. Avail­able in six shades.

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