Make up for you skin has suddenly become a shade more confusing thanks to the advent of BB and CC creams, which can sometimes make it seem like the choices of what to put on your face are limitless. But finding the right formula of foundation, concealer and other products can make your skin look like you’ve just stepped out of the pool on holiday. Here’s our guide to getting your skin glowing:
You will need:
Concealer - we like Bare Minerals Correcting Concealer
Highlighter - we like Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector
Before you start:
Find your right foundation - In a shop "swipe three possible matches on your lower cheek or jawline. Take a mirror and head toward a window or go outside so you can see the hues in natural light. The one that fades into your skin without much blending is the winner," says celebrity makeup artist Carol Shaw, creator of LORAC Cosmetics.
Cleanse and moisturise - your skin will absorb foundation a lot more easily when clean and soft.
What to do:
1. Apply foundation in spots to see where it’s needed. “Spot apply foundation where skin needs to be evened out – around the nose and mouth where there is often redness” says Bobbi Brown.
2. Start applying foundation on your t-zone. Your nose and forehead are the most likely areas to be redder and discoloured, so start applying there work outwards.
3. Gently apply foundation to the rest of your face. "Tap, don't rub, the base into your face with the sponge for an even finish", says make up artist Jemma Kidd.
4. Add powder. This will give an even, natural tone to your foundation, however much or little you have applied.
5. Highlight your eyebrow bones and cheek bones. Make up artist Nico Guilis explains that "you want to carve out where the shine would naturally be if the sun was hitting your face."
Dos and don'ts
DON’T assume you need to use foundation every day. Even if you've established it as part of your routine, test it out by dabbing spots each day - depending on how clear your skin is, you might need less to achieve a glowing look.
DO have different shades for different times of year. It might sound like a bore to buy more than one shade, but the seasons will usually cause your skin to become a shade lighter or darker, whatever your skin tone, so your foundation will change too.
DON’T use concealer first – although it seems like you will be hiding it subtly by applying before foundation, concealer will blend in more easily on top of a smooth foundation base.
DON’T assume you should use a brush or sponge – if you aren't using much foundation, applying and patting in with fingers is just as effective.
DO wash your brushes. "You should wash loose powder brushes every two to three weeks, and those used to apply foundation once a week," says Jessica Wu, an LA-based dermatologist and author of Feed Your Face.