5 beauty tips we’ve learnt from beauty pros

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Whether you’re playful with your beauty or like to stick to a signature routine, these tips from the experts should be in everyone’s arsenal…     

We all have little make-up tricks that work for us - whether it’s the way we apply our mascara or pinching our brush when we apply blusher.

Chances are you’ve forgotten where you’ve picked them up from because you’ve been doing them so long. But as make-up trends shift and new products are released, new tricks come with them.

Earlier this month, at the John Lewis & Partners Virtual Beauty Weekend, my John Lewis members (join now for free to get exclusive access to upcoming events) got access to some of the top beauty experts in the industry who shared their favourite tips on how to use their hero products.

From getting a natural glow to making your lipstick last longer than you can, here are the best things we learned at the event…

1. Mix up the matte 

Beauty journalist and broadcaster Sali Hughes took attendees through her must-have Estée Lauder products and encouraged us all to not church and state your skincare and make-up.

Her top tip was to try using Advanced Night Repair with foundation (especially matte make-up) to make your skin look more natural on the nose and help let features like freckles show through.

2. Watch your tone 

While chatting about getting that effortless French beauty look, Nikki Makeup shared that you shouldn’t be using just one concealer shade.

Try a concealer that has two tones - like Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage. Your face isn’t the same colour everywhere so using both or mixing them helps create a natural look.

3. Get the glow

Founder and chief formulator of Sunday Riley, Sunday Riley herself has a go-to ingredient that she uses to help glow naturally - glycolic acid. 

Glycolic acid is an AHA chemical exfoliator which helps dissolve the glue that holds the dead skin cells together. Removing that dead skin really helps your skin glow and getting rid of that ‘glue’ is also important because you need to slough off the dead skin to get your other skincare products to penetrate your skin deeper too. 

Sunday Riley’s Good Genes serum is great at doing just that because the molecules in it are tiny which means it can sink deeper into your skin than other forms of AHA.

4. Lip service

Charlotte Tilbury pro artist Sofia Castiglione has a go to way for making your lipstick last longer than you need it to. 

Starting from the corner of your top lip, use a Lip Cheat lip liner to line and fill your lips before lipstick. It helps your lipstick stay in place and prevents feathering along the lip line.

5. Play in the shadows

Is there a more iconic eye look than a smokey eye? We say no. But there is a real artistry to it.

NARS’ lead make-up artist Rachel Hardie says it’s all down to the technique rather than the colours (go for a palette like NARS Cool Crush for a more playful smokey eye). 

The best way to think about it is like a cloud - apply your shadows so they look round around the eye rather than have harsh lines. And always apply onto a cream base.

If you’re a beauty lover, become a my John Lewis member to get access to more exclusive events like their Virtual Beauty Weekend, as well as exclusive beauty treats, tips from experts and access to previews and brand new product releases. #JLbeauty