January 29, 2016

prep, prime, cover, conceal, bake, highlight, contour, blush, glow... it's a real process.

It takes a lot longer than 15 seconds to get a flawless face (contrary to what my INSTA videos may have you believe), and quite a few products. But they all serve a critical purpose and I've broken down my current skin routine below. 

  1. Start with clean skin and prime with Smashbox Pore Minimizing primer.
  2. Apply MAC Prep+Prime Highlighter in "Light Boost" to under eye area, forehead and bridge of nose.
  3. Apply Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation all over face with foundation brush - then blend it in with a damp beauty blender, bouncing the blender over the face (as opposed to rubbing it).
  4. Apply MAC Pro Longwear Concealer under eyes in an upside triangle pattern and blend it out (mainly at the edges) with your beauty blender. Don't over blend or you might end up removing most of the concealer!
  5. Set concealer with a translucent setting powder (I love Ben Nye Neutral Set because it's amazing and doesn't give "flashback" from camera flashes) *Note: if you are a pro you can try to 'bake' your concealer, otherwise just sparingly applying it with a small fluffy brush will do the trick. Lightly set the rest of your face with the same powder and a large fluffy brush. 
  6. Using a Contour & Highlight Palette (I am using one by Anastasia Beverly Hills) apply the light yellow shade under eye, a little in the middle of forehead, bridge of nose, and on your chin/laugh lines - virtually any area that you want to bring lightness to. Take a dark contour shade and lightly apply to the area directly under your cheek bone (the angle should go from corner of mouth to top of ear although don't bring the product all the way down to your mouth). Also apply this colour to the edges of your forehead, and the sides of your nose. *Remember to apply sparingly and BLEND. For both contour and highlight, I love to use my Sigma F35 Tapered Highlighter Brush. Its pointy and gets the products exactly where I want it! 
  7. Take an angled blush brush (I love Sephora Pro Angled Blush Brush #49) and apply your desired blush to your cheeks focusing on the area and angle you applied your contour. Blend blush upwards to temple and bring it down a bit to the apples of your cheeks.
  8. Lastly, using that same Sigma brush or a fan brush, grab your favourite highlighter and give yourself some glow! I love MAC Soft &Gentle for a gorgeous, warm glow. Apply this to the tops of your cheekbones, the tip of your nose and the cupid's bow of your lips (for fuller lips!)
Bonus points for finishing with a setting spray like MAC Fix+ or Urban Decay All Nighter Setting spray! 

And there you have it. My current skin/foundation/glow routine... let me know what foundation you are currently loving in the comments (I am always on the hunt for a new one!)

- Lianne xo

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