Sam & Nic’s beauty must-haves

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qual­ity. But if you’re yet to binge-watch their videos, we’ve cu­rated some of Pixi­woo’s best lessons and in­sights right here…

WHY BRUSHES ARE BET­TER THAN FIN­GERS

“In a nut­shell, brushes make skin look more per­fected and help make-up last longer,” says Nic. “With fin­gers, you’re just not work­ing the prod­uct as thor­oughly into the skin and you don’t cre­ate that bond between your skin and the var­i­ous lay­ers of base/con­cealer that’ll make your make-up last longer. Think of it like paint­ing a wall: you wouldn’t use your hands to do the job be­cause you wouldn’t get the even­ness of a paint brush and it wouldn’t last. Brushes put you firmly in con­trol of your make-up, al­low­ing you to layer, buff and blend at will. Buff­ing and blend­ing ul­ti­mately are what make make-up look flaw­less and nat­u­ral, as all edges, lines and vari­a­tions dis­ap­pear. I have good skin with­out make-up, but with make-up and brushes, I have great skin.”

THE FOOLPROOF GUIDE TO SU­PER­MODEL SKIN

Sam and Nic are known for their glow­ing com­plex­ions, and if you watch enough of their tu­to­ri­als you’ll see much of the magic is cre­ated with bronz­ing. Just don’t make the mis­take a lot of peo­ple do and use the wrong prod­ucts and ap­ply them in the wrong places. “Peo­ple some­times try to bronze their skin with a pow­der bronzer, some­times shim­mery ones with or­ange tones, in the con­tour,”

Sam ex­plains. “All that will do is give you an or­angey con­tour rather than a healthy, sun-kissed glow. Af­ter I’ve ap­plied foun­da­tion and con­cealer I push in a warm cream bronzer where I would nor­mally catch the sun – so fore­head, nose, top of cheek­bones, bridge of brow and chin – and then work a matte bronzer over the top to get that be­liev­able bronze that also glows. Just don’t forget to work some prod­uct down the neck, too.”

THE IM­POR­TANCE OF BE­ING FEAR­LESS

“One thing we’ve learned from do­ing Pixi­woo is that any­thing is pos­si­ble,” says Sam. “We could never have dreamt that first Youtube video and sub­se­quent videos would have led us to where we are to­day, which goes to show that if you have an idea and it feels good, you must give it a go. Lik­ing an idea enough to stick with it helps, too! Friends won­dered why we were mak­ing ‘an­other make-up tu­to­rial’, but it had mean­ing be­cause we re­ally wanted to do it. It has also given us con­fi­dence to put

into ac­tion ideas that other peo­ple might find a lit­tle hare-brained. The more you do that the more fear­less you be­come; you take risks and the re­wards rack up. “That said, when you’re putting your­self out there in the digital world, you have to think about what you’re say­ing and re­ally be­lieve in it, be­cause 100 peo­ple might pull you up on it,” adds Nic. “It’s best not to speak un­less you’re to­tally pre­pared to stand by what you say or do.”

TAKE SO­CIAL MEDIA MAKEUP WITH A PINCH OF SALT

“It’s easy to fall into the trap of think­ing ev­ery­thing you see on so­cial media is real, but not when it comes to make-up,” says Sam. “I’d ad­vise against com­par­ing your­self and your make-up to the im­ages you see when you’re scrolling through your feed. They’re pho­to­graphs and of­ten the same Pho­to­shop trick­ery is used on those im­ages that are used on mod­els in air­brushed photos. Also, all too of­ten, what looks good in a pho­to­graph looks over-the-top in real life.” The trick is to take the prin­ci­ple and tone it down. You’ll avoid a streaky con­tour if you use sheer lay­ers of bronzer in shades no more than three shades darker than your skin tone.

THE ANTI-AGE­ING MIS­TAKE YOU DON’T WANT TO MAKE

“When I think about age­ing grace­fully I think about still look­ing like you,” says Nic, “so while I have a bit of Bo­tox, I’m less likely to have fillers be­cause, un­like Bo­tox, they can ac­tu­ally change the con­tours of your face.” Red al­ways ad­vises go­ing on word of mouth when choos­ing cos­metic pro­ce­dures. “I also think age­ing is a real hon­our,” says Sam, “and that what’s most im­por­tant is how you feel over how you look. I look at my mum and I would hate her to have some­thing done be­cause I like to watch her age, but if she felt it would make her feel bet­ter then ob­vi­ously I wouldn’t be against it.”

Char­lotte Til­bury Film Star Bronze And Glow, £49 – gives great light and shade and con­tains some shim­mer, but won’t make you look like a disco ball Nars Ra­di­ant Creamy Con­cealer, £23 – gives great cov­er­age and a nat­u­ral fin­ish

MAC Cream Colour Base in Hush, £18 – adds a pretty high­light and suits ev­ery­one YSL Faux Cils Vol­ume Ef­fect Mas­cara, £25.50 – we both love this mas­cara, and keep com­ing back to this for re­ally full lashes Nars Au­da­cious Lip­stick, £25 – such a wide range of colours with rich pig­ments that are com­fort­able to wear

MAC Face & Body Foun­da­tion, £29.50 – comes in a great range of shades, and it re­ally shows the skin, but cov­ers it nicely, too

Clar­ins In­stant Light Nat­u­ral Lip Per­fec­tor, £18 – so good for keep­ing lips soft and glossy

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