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How to use makeup to get flawless skin

Tory Burch FW18

The best makeup looks should make your skin appear not only flawless, but naturally so. NEWBY HANDS explains how to achieve perfection with a few expert tips


There are moments that change, if not quite your life, then at least a key part of it, and for me, one such moment resulted from a chat with makeup artist Andrew Gallimore. I mentioned I’d become obsessed with the incredible complexion of an actress I’d seen interviewed. “That was me – I do her makeup,” he replied. He talked me through his technique, which focuses as much on how he preps the skin as the makeup he uses, and it has transformed my routine.

Do your prep

“It’s about first drenching the skin with moisture – that’s what gives that healthy, ‘cushiony’ look,” explains Gallimore. Start with a gel-textured hydrating mask (great for any skin type); the trick is to keep reapplying it in areas where it disappears, to ensure your skin is truly saturated. “I use a brightening serum – I love the NARSskin Optimal Brightening Concentrate – and then a moisturizer, really massaging it in so it’s fully absorbed and the skin is drenched,” he says.

  • La Mer
    The Moisturizing Cool Gel Cream, 60ml
  • Tata Harper
    Concentrated Brightening Essence, 100ml
  • Kypris Beauty
    Cerulean Soothing Hydration Recovery Mask, 46ml
  • Kahina Giving Beauty
    Brightening Serum, 30ml

First base

Whether you use fingers, a sponge or a brush, how you apply your foundation is down to personal choice, says Gallimore. Where you apply it, however, is important. “Put the foundation where you need it most, generally in the center ‘heart’ of the face, under the eyes and at the side of the mouth,” he explains. After that, it’s all about the blend: “Take a soft, fluffy kabuki brush and, using gentle circles, work the foundation into the skin, buffing it outwards towards the hairline and jawline – this is what gives the skin that seamless quality and airbrushed finish.”

  • NARS
    Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation - Stromboli, 30ml
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty
    The Face II - Sculpting Foundation Brush
  • NARS
    Mizubake Kabuki Brush
  • Illamasqua
    Skin Base Foundation - 5.5, 30ml

Perfect concealer

“Add concealer to color-correct under the eyes and on any blemishes,” says Gallimore, who uses NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer straight from the wand. “Then finish by using a clean fluffy brush – like an eyeshadow blending brush – to buff the concealer into the skin to get a beautifully smooth finish.”


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