Fake your most perfect skin with these tried and tested makeup tricks, courtesy of our fleet of artists:
- Prime: Wait for your moisturiser to dry before going in with your primer, preferably one that hydrates the skin (try Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Radiance-Boosting Primer).
- Formula: Opt for a foundation that’s creamy and moisturizing, so it doesn’t settle into those pesky fine lines and wrinkles, and use it sparingly – the more you apply, the less it’ll fuse to your skin. We love Napoleon Perdis Sheer Genius Liquid Foundation, enriched with active ingredients that boost skin elasticity and moisture.
- Shade: To find a foundation that matches your complexion, always test the color on your neck (not your chin or the back of your hand). Your skin tone is more uniform there than it is on your face, so you'll wind up with a shade that's just right. You'll also avoid that dreaded line along the jawline.
- Application: Dab on a five cent amount of foundation on your nose and spread out from there, adding more where you need it. Using your fingers, spread the colour down or sideways to prevent it from catching in peach fuzz.
- Blend: Tap a clean, damp makeup sponge (try Napoleon Perdis Pro Makeup Sponge) around the nose, over wrinkles, and anywhere your base is noticeable to remove excess that could crease or emphasize lines.
- Details: With a small fluffy brush, dab a solid concealer over blemishes or dark spots that are still visible. Napoleon Perdis Pro Palette Concealer comes with three shades you can blend. Get rid of redness with the yellow-based shade that is included in the palette, making sure to use your fingers to smooth it over any discoloration, and then blur the edges with a damp makeup sponge.
- Finish: Dip a large, fluffy brush in pressed powder like Napoleon Perdis Camera Finish Close-Up Complexion Perfection Powder. Tap off excess and dust powder where you tend to get shiny.