Tip 1: Keep It Consistent
My daytime makeup routine has remained fairly consistent over the years. I wear foundation with sunscreen, under eye concealer, Nars Blush, £16.5, matte lipstick, mascara, and Hourglass Arch Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel, £27 and that’s it. It takes me about five minutes from start to finish.
Tip 2: Stick To What Works For You
I’ve always worn what some refer to as a classic, basic makeup with the emphasis on the eyes, rich lip shades, and softly applied pastel blush colour. I’ve never worn extreme colours, heavy or brightly-coloured eyeliner, or used sparkle for that matter. I’ve always wanted people to see me and not be distracted by my makeup.
Tip 3: Find Your Preferred Tool
I’ve always used a flat round sponge to apply makeup. I never could figure out how to get makeup on smoothly with a brush, it always ends up looking streaky and it’s even worse when I use my fingers. In the long run though, it really doesn’t matter how you apply your foundation or makeup as long as you achieve an even, smooth finish. The tool you use is about personal preference, once you discover which one works best stick with it.
Tip 4: Invest In A Magnifying Mirror
Even if you have good eyesight, it’s easy to miss details such as a streaky or patchy foundation application, or eyeshadow powder flake on your cheek, smeared mascara along your eyelid, an uneven lipstick application, and a magnifying mirror will pick these up. You don’t use it to be critical of yourself, just to be sure you’ve applied your makeup perfectly. For best results, inspect your work in natural light, which will help you spot issues indoor lighting can blur.
Tip 5: Don’t Forget About Your Skincare
A great skincare routine is critical for every aspect of your skin’s health, including getting your makeup to sit beautifully. I can’t imagine what shape my skin would be in without Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, £11, Paula's Choice 10% Niacinamide Booster, £44, Paula's Choice Peptide Booster, £51, and Paula's Choice Resist Ultra-light Serum, £36.