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A lot of people overdo make-up when actually it’s most effective when it’s done subtly. Make-up artist Jane Hamilton explained why foundation is so important as a starting point:
“With foundation you’re trying to make an even base, like a blank canvas in the skin, to even out any imperfections. Set it with a powder and then start building some definition in your cheekbones.
“The biggest mistake people make is picking the wrong colour for their skin tone. When you find a shade that matches your natural skin tone you can check it on your jaw line to make sure that it blends in and it looks natural.”
To begin your facial transformation, use a primer to even out redness in the skin and cover over pores so that you have an even coverage before you start applying the foundation.
Once you have a foundation you like, apply it to the skin and use powder to set it. This will remove shine and help it last longer.
Bronzer can be used to create an illusion of shadows and light, giving your face a more defined structure.
“It’s good to put bronzer just under the cheekbone,” said Jane. “What you’re trying to do is create definition. You’re adding colour but you’re also defining your face.”
If you want to make your nose look that little bit slimmer, shade in the sides so that the light comes down the middle.
Finally, use blusher on the apples of your cheekbones and highlighters to give a bit of shade to the skin.