The secret to gorgeous makeup is gorgeous skin! But if you don’t have the perfect skin that everyone craves, then here are a few simple steps to help you get a smoother application and longer-lasting makeup.
Clarins Pore Minimizing Serum
My skin is Combination/Oily and I have rather annoying pores round my nose, chin and forehead. This Serum is a miracle worker. It is described as a ‘lightweight serum, with purifying Alpine Willow Herb, instantly tightens, purifies and minimises enlarged pores, promoting a fresh, flawless complexion.’
I apply this right after my Toner and before putting my daily cream on, all over my face and it acts to mattify my skin and reduce the size of my pores. It creates a gorgeous base to layer on my makeup on. I get mine from Escentual.com.
Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner
For a cheaper alternative try the Bioderma Pore Refiner, which Lisa Eldridge has raved about so much. This is also a serum which refines the texture of skin and controls excessive oiliness. I usually apply this round my nose, on my chin and forehead and on the rest of my face I apply my daily moisturiser. For me it also acts to control oiliness on t-zone. I also get this at Escentual.com.
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm
Now this one is a cult beauty product, that’s been around for ages and I’ve heard many Bloggers and Beauty You Tubers rave about it. I must say I was a little wary to try this product but I have fallen in love with it.
You can use this product as a primer. This means you apply your daily moisturiser and then apply a thin layer of this on your skin for a glowy (not oily) look and a smoother application. I find that in the Summer, since I use more long-lasting foundation, they can then to look a little too matte and fake. So applying this balm helps the foundation to go on smoother and you actually end up using less.
A warning, use only a small pea size amount or your face will end up looking greasy. Also tap it onto the skin and don’t rub it or else it will flake away. To be honest it took me a while to like this product until I found the correct way to use it.
This product also works great applied straight on the skin when you’re having a no-make up day. Tanned Summer skin looks tighter and brighter. I also get this from Escentual.com.
Rimmel Fix & Perfect Pro Primer in 002
This is the cheapest of the lot but still works brilliantly. This is the one that has no colour to it unlike the original which I didn’t like at all. I wear it on top of moisturiser, beneath my foundation to balance my skin town and to give more staying power to my foundation.
Use a pea-size amount, all over the face, tap it in gently. Leaves skin prepped for your favourite foundation. I got mine from Ebay.