Welcome to Stylist’s Pretty Damn Good, a weekly series in which different women share the one product – across hair care, skincare, make-up, body and fragrance – that remains a forever staple in their beauty routines.
Pauline Briscoe is a sought-after make-up artist and you’ll most certainly know the A-list names she works with. Her client roster includes Serena Williams, Jennifer Hudson, Lilah Parsons and Kelly Rowland.
After studying at The London College of Fashion, Briscoe worked part-time as a model and during this time, built relationships within the industry. When she graduated, she decided to work in make-up and grooming and has built a highly respected reputation over her 20-year career.
As well as her celebrity clients, Briscoe has worked on countless advertising campaigns for brands like NYX Professional Makeup and Pandora as well as shows like The X-Factor and Strictly Come Dancing.
In a job that sees her dealing with different skin types day-to-day, it’s important that Briscoe’s kit serves her clients. So what is the most valued product in her make-up artistry kit and personal make-up bag? Here, she tells us.
“I first discovered Laura Mercier’s Loose Setting Powder, £32, through singer Kelly Rowland, a good friend of mine. At the time, we were working on The X-Factor together and she introduced me to the powder in the shade translucent. Since then, the brand has come out with a version for darker skin tones, called Medium Deep, which I now use as it’s absolutely fantastic.
“The first thing that drew me to it was the finish – this product doesn’t give any ‘flashback’ when a client or I are on camera. I love it the texture, it’s very high quality.
“But it’s particularly suited to my personal routine because it’s perfect for hiding unwanted shine and has a very natural-looking finish. It makes me feel polished and ready for the day.
“When I use it, I begin with my base products. I always apply foundation first and concealer afterwards. Concealer works to not only hide dark circles, hyperpigmentation and spots but it also helps to brighten your skin, giving you a 3D-effect so as not to appear flat. If you applied concealer first and then foundation on top, you will lose this effect.
“I then apply a little powder on my T-zone and sometimes sweep it under my eye area, if I am doing a more contoured look.
“For application, use it sparingly with the powder puff it comes with or with a large fluffy brush. Dot and buff it on the areas where needed to add a smoother finish to your look.”
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
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