6 make-up tips every woman should follow for a flawless beauty routine
There are certain make-up tips — such as mapped-out contouring or 17-step smokey eyes — that are fabulous in theory, but aren’t realistic for everyone’s day-to-day routine. So, in order to perfect our everyday make-up application techniques, we hit up celebrity favourite Rae Morris for her favourite polished and put-together tips.
Nail these six make-up tips and you’ll be a beauty pro before you know it.
Properly priming the eyelid doesn't just make eye shadow last longer or the pigments punchier, it makes for easier blending too.
"Eye shadow can drag on an oily eyelid, so priming or powdering first is essential," says Morris. "Primers are great, I like Laura Mercier, NARS or MAC, but at the end of the day, translucent powder works fine too and it's what all the pro's do. Just watch out for HD powders as they are often silicone based, which can make lids sticky."
Try RCMA Translucent Powder, Rs.1,646.54, at Beauty Bay.
First thing, forget smiling. "If you smile, you risk applying blush to too big of an area, which only makes your cheeks look larger and your face droopier—pretty much everything you do not want," says Morris.
"Only apply it above the cheekbone, swooping a super, super softly into a C shape up towards the temple."
Try Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush in Cherubique, Rs. 3,430.25, at Net-A-Porter.
"Don't use bronzer all over to 'tan' the skin, that's what fake tan is for, instead it bronzer on the areas the sun naturally touches," says Morris, referring to the hairline, the nose and the cheeks.
"Using a rosy blush before your bronzer keeps it from looking muddy or dirty. That's why you often see the two together in a palette, you should never use one without the other."
Try Benefit Hoola Bronzer, Rs. 1,982.44 at Revolve.
"Sticky tape is a cat's eye's best friend!" says Morris. "Line it up from the outer corner of the eye and use it as a stencil to map out the shape you want in pencil eyeliner. Remove it, and if you like the shape go back in with liquid or gel liner for more definition."
"Making your lips look bigger doesn't always make you look younger," warns Morris, who says that over-lining risks losing the little peak and shadow that naturally happens below the lower lip, defeating the purpose.
"That shadow is the key to a perfect pout, without it you can look like you've had some bad fillers put in. You're better off following your natural shape and cutting in slightly at the outer corner, this makes your pout look fuller, more heart shaped and more youthful"
Try Charlotte Tilbury Lip Liner in Pillow Talk, Rs. 2,401.30, at Charlotte Tilbury.
Dirty brushes just make blending more difficult and breakouts inevitable, warns Morris.
"Once a week is fine to clean them if you're only using them on yourself. Personally I find shampoo can coat the bristles, I recommend a deep clean with something like Morning Fresh. If you find the process of waiting for the bristles to dry too annoying, a spray-on professional brush cleaner does an amazing job and the brush will be bone dry and ready to use five seconds later."
Try Clinique Makeup Brush Cleanser, Rs. 2,332.47, at Adore Beauty.
From: ELLE AUSTRALIA