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Monday, 24 November 2014

My guide to flawless, radiant skin


I'm not certain about a lot of things but when it comes to flawless, radiant skin I'm pretty sure you'll agree with me that everybody would love to have it- me included. I'm not joking when I say it's taken me years to find the right products that work for me, I must have tried just about every skin care product in existence. From foundation to a good moisturiser that won't bring me out in an unsightly break out I think I've finally mastered this whole skin care malarkey, *salsa dancing emoji*. 

There's nothing worse than waking up with a gang of spots that seem to have accumulated over night without invite, is there? I'm guessing your answer is a no! With this is mind I've decided to talk you through my skin care and makeup routine in a bid to hopefully help anybody that's struggling to cope with their uncooperative skin. 

Skin care 

You don't need to be a genius to know that if you want flawless skin then you need to look after it with the right skin care products. I've already wrote about my skin care regime so I shan't bore you all by rambling on about it again, read all about it here.

Simple | cleanser and toner 

Clean & Clear | oil free moisturiser 


Make-up routine

As well as looking after your skin you need to make sure you're applying the right makeup products. There's so many foundations and powders out there so it makes it all the more difficult, how do you know which to go for? I just want to add before I talk you through my daily makeup routine that just because this works for me it doesn't necessarily mean it'll work for you. Go for the products that suit your skin type best, if you struggle to decide which product is best for you I'd advise going to your local makeup counter such as MAC, No7 etc and ask a professional makeup artist to help you. 

Rimmel | Fix & Perfect | Primer 
Before I apply my foundation I apply a primer all over my face. If you don't already use a primer then I'd really recommend you use one as it helps your foundation go on a lot more smoothly. It also stops your foundation from clinging to any dry areas or sitting in any fine lines! 

MAC | Studio Fix Fluid | Foundation 
Once I've applied a primer and made sure it's all dry I'm then ready to apply foundation. I really like MAC studio fix but as it's high coverage I find it a little heavy so I mix one pump of foundation with the same amount of oil free moisturiser on the back of my hand to thin it out. I'm not sure if that's the right thing to do but it works for me and it gives me a nice natural dewy glow. I use a real techniques stippling brush to apply my foundation, I've found applying a little amount first and building up the coverage gradually works best! 

Collection | Lasting Perfection | Concealer 
The dark circles under my eyes are awful and I have a real hard time trying to cover them. I didn't realise that I was actually applying my concealer incorrectly until I came across a photo on Pinterest! The collection concealer is so good, it's super high coverage so it's brilliant for somebody like me who resembles a panda. I'm useless at explaining so here's a 
picture of how you should apply your concealer instead... 


MAC | Mineralize Skinfinish Natural | Powder 
After the five minute battle I have trying to cover up the dark circles under my eyes I swiftly move on to setting my foundation with a powder, I usually use a real techniques buffing brush. As it's name suggests this powder gives a really natural finish and doesn't look cakey in the slightest- I'd definitely recommend it. 

MAC | Bronzing powder | Shade- Matte Bronze 
I don't go crazy when it comes to bronzer, I usually just very subtly contour my cheekbones using a real techniques contour brush. I make sure I blend, blend, blend so I don't end up with the dreaded 'orange stripe'. This bronzing powder is my absolute favourite as it doesn't contain any glitter/shimmer and is quite a natural shade, i can guarantee you won't end up an orange glittery mess with this bronzer! 

MAC | Mineralize Skinfinish Natural | Soft & Gentle 
Last but not least, highlighter. I apply this to the top of my cheekbones, down the middle of my nose, under my brown bone and to my Cupid's bow. I'm an absolute sucker for highlighting products, I just love glowing looking skin. This does just that, it gives you the most natural looking radiant glow. 

So there we have it, my skin care and makeup routine. What did you think to this post, did you find it helpful at all? Lauren x
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