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She’s got perfect skin: how to achieve a flawless complexion

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03 AUGUST 2009

Slapping on a bit of base is only the first step to achieving a flawless complexion; the rest depends on hiding imperfections and making sure your make-up stays exactly where it should throughout the day, says Maybelline make-up artist Fiona Jolly, as she deals with the most important questions in creating the perfect finish…

Do you need separate concealers for under eyes and pimples?
You can make do with one. But for best results, you’d use a creamy formulation for under-eyes, firstly to avoid dragging the delicate skin where it’s already prone to wrinkles from natural eye movement and secondly to avoid a ‘caked on’ finish that thicker products can create on thin skin; light-reflecting formulations are better still on dark circles. A thicker concealer, however, will work best on pimples which are typically oily – you need something with staying power as well as coverage, which you get from drier, matte formulations.

How do you find the right shade of concealer for my skin tone?
Make sure it’s the same colour as your foundation or, for under eyes, one shade lighter, which helps counteract the darkness in under eye circles.

Should you apply concealer before or after base?
I apply it at the same time, using a little brush to mix the two depending on how much coverage I need. Sometimes foundation is enough.

When should you use loose and when should you use set powder?
I find loose powder gives a lighter, more natural effect, but I always carry a set-powder compact in my handbag for retouching.

Should powder be applied with a brush or a pad?
Again, I like brushes as the effect is lighter – and they’re easier to clean. I treat them the same way I treat my hair, cleaning regularly with shampoo and conditioner.

How do you stop powder looking ‘caked on’?
Blot your face with a tissue first, which removes the excess oils that grab the powder and creates that heavy looking finish.

But doesn’t powder make skin look dry?
It shouldn’t. But if your skin is dry, gently exfoliate and moisturise, leaving plenty of time for the cream to be absorbed, before applying make-up. You can always give your face a quick spritz from a water atomiser if your make-up does like dry.

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