From the step you should never skip to the must-have products all women should have in their beauty bag, we asked two Perth make-up artists to share their top tips for achieving flawless make-up every time.
Tools of the trade
Vicky Priolo, head beauty advisor and owner of CULT COSMETICA, says the right make-up brushes go a long way to help create a flawless look.
“It’s important to have the right tools. I’m not saying have 10 brushes, but three primary brushes will do the trick,” she says.
“Apply a small amount of foundation to the back of your hand and with the right tool, a foundation brush, you start applying it slowly and melt it into the skin.”
Many of us also neglect to use a primer and concealer, which Priolo says is another big no-no.
“I think about 70 per cent of women don’t use primers,” she says. “So they’re applying foundation using no concealer at all so in turn they have to find they’re using a lot more, they’re probably using double the amount, and they’re applying it all over including under the eyes.
“A foundation has a lot of colour pigment in it so if you start applying it under the eye, not only will it start creating fine lines and wrinkles that you probably don’t even have, it’s going to start creating darkness to that area. So that’s why a great concealer is really important to the eye area.”
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Perth make-up artist Crystal Cohen believes one of the biggest mistakes women make is not colour matching their foundation.
“Foundation is so important as it’s the one make-up component that we apply to our whole face,” she says.
“It will always be the main the feature. And using ‘the colour your friend uses’ isn’t your colour. One of the most common mistakes women make regarding their make-up, I feel, is always seeking advice from their friends to tell them what make-up they should be using on themselves.
“It’s important to remember that what your friends use isn’t always going to work for you.”
A strong finish
The no make-up look is not complete without a finishing spray, according to Priolo.
“It’s a small investment to make,” she says. “Finish with a nice finishing spray which will lock in your make-up for hours — up to 16 hours hold.”
Say no to waterproof
While many of us reach for waterproof mascara, Priolo warns it can do more harm than good.
“A lot of women don’t know that it contains elements that are really harsh on the lashes which can snap,” she says.
“It takes a lot to remove waterproof mascara, so they’re finding that they’re rubbing a lot to remove it because it’s waterproof and, before they know it, their lashes are snapping. So it’s best to use a tubular mascara which will come out in little bits.”
Bold and beautiful
While the saying “less is more” applies when it comes to foundation, both Priolo and Cohen believe the bold eye and lip combo can be pulled off if done right.
“You can have both, it’s just how you carry it,” Priolo said. “It boils down to, A, the confidence you have to carry both, and, B, ensuring that it’s applied correctly. I often wear a smoky eye with a hot red lip. It’s just the way you smoke it up and make sure it’s not black all over, you add a bit of a silver or gold element in there.”
“Having heavy eye make-up will mean a softer brow and having bold lips will mean reducing the amount of contour you have on your cheeks,” Cohen says. “Before we would go all out on every component of our face, hence the rule being one or the other. We have most definitely understood the right amount of balance to having both.”