Just about the easiest lip application ever, Benefit They’re Real! Double The Lip in Revved Up Red (part of the Big Sexy Lip Kit, £24.50), is a lipliner and lipstick in one. Shaped like a teardrop, the tip is the liner, the base a long-wear cherry red; it glides on in one kissproof stain. Dab, then apply again for a deeper tone.
BAT AN EYE
Yes, insta-fix false lashes are a great way to exaggerate lashes to the max (preferably using transparent glue Ardell LashGrip Clear Adhesive, £3.99), but I’m always wary before a big night.
“Focused concealing” is the way to cover up, and the Cover FX Perfect Pencil, £15 at Harvey Nichols, is your ideal, do-it-all precision tool that conceals imperfections, defines your lip line, shapes the arch of your brow and, along the waterline, will brighten your eyes.
Avoid frosty pastel metallics, go for more bronzy-gold shades on skin, eyes and body. Backstage for S/S17 this MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Beaming Blush, £24, was applied like an eyeshadow meets highlighter in an ethereal swathe of gorgeousness. Place it how and where you want, you will not be disappointed.
Make your skin look flawless, whatever light you’re in.
– SHIMMER TIME. All skins suit a more dewy glow for evening. Welcome the long-awaited MAC Strobe Cream, £24.50, available in four new shades, including Goldlite and Redlite, to lift, brighten and colour correct. Take a pea-size drop and massage directly into your skin or blend with your fave foundation, focusing on cheekbones, forehead or bridge of the nose.
– ORDER, ORDER! According to every make-up artist I’ve worked with, always apply your face base make-up like this: colour corrector first (if you need it), foundation, then concealer. This way, you use the heaviest product last and therefore least, with concealer as the finishing touch rather than covering everything like a mask.
– REMEMBER. Always apply skin make-up with downward strokes, not up. This prevents highlighting any hairs on the cheeks. At a certain age, especially peri- and post-menopausal, keep a magnifying mirror to hand and tilt your head in all directions so you can catch sight of any stray hairs. Spot any? Neat little fuzzaway Yoso Trim, £15.25, then becomes your BFF.