Wake up your Makeup

Hydreane Riche Moisturising Cream, €16 by La Roche Posay at Boots
Hydreane Riche Moisturising Cream, €16 by La Roche Posay at Boots

Our guide to nailing the natural look

Looking to perk up your peepers? You’re in good company. Tyra Banks says that the most important item in your makeup bag is a good night’s sleep, but we’re not all lucky enough to have a multi-million dollar empire and naturally stunning good looks helping us off to the land of nod. Some of us have to fake it, Tyra. And we've got the cure.

Let’s start from the beginning. A good moisturiser will let your makeup glide on, and we recommend the Hydreane Riche cream from La Roche Posay. NARS’ Highlighting Stick in Copacabana is a cult product the world over, and for good reason. Apply it to your forehead, nose and cheekbones before using a base.

Next up, it’s foundation. When we say that YSL’s Le Teint Touche Eclat has changed our makeup routine forever, we’re really, really not exaggerating. It gives you a natural glow while still providing enough coverage to keep the average Irish woman satisfied.

If you want a little more fine tuning in the coverage department (we’re talking to you, dark circles), apply a bit of a foundation under the eyes before concealer. Try Giorgio Armani’s Maestro Eraser and dab it onto the areas using a concealer brush.

It’s time for blush. We love the natural look that Benefit’s Fine One One glide on stick gives. On top of that, throw on some powder blush for good measure – this also gives you the opportunity to begin contouring. Try Maybelline’s ‘Fit Me’ blush with a killer, angular brush to get your contour on. But remember, finishing powder should only be used where it’s needed, rather than all over the face. Chanel’s Poudre Signee de Chanel will leave your skin naturally glistening. For that little extra oomph, we recommend MAC’s Lustre Drops along the cheekbones and in your brow line. It’s our secret weapon.

When it comes to keeping dark circles at bay, opt for minimal eye makeup – heavy eyeliner and shadow will only bring you down. Looking for an expert tip? Apply a neutral liner to the inner rim of the eye, as white can be too harsh. Then, go for a light gold to make your eyes sparkle – in this case, MAC’s gold pigment dust will make that quite literal. Benefit’s‘They’re Real’ mascara is an award winning product for a reason. Pile it on for a false lash effect.

A pop of colour on the lips will draw focus to that area, rather than what we’re trying to conceal. A fuschia lipliner blended into the lip as if a lipstick will do the trick. For a more youthful feel, go for Lancome’s Juicy Tubes. And you’re done.

My, you look beautiful.

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