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4 things that will make your makeup look better

by Martha Adams

No matter what kind of make-up style you have, whether it’s natural and glowing , a statement lip or fearless eyeliner, there are certain things you can do to make any look the best it can be. You don’t have to be a wizard at contouring and highlighting or know which shade of eyeshadow suits your eye colour, you just have to keep these things in mind...

#1 A good skin care routine

Even if you use the most luxurious foundation, silkiest blush and high-quality highlighter, it will only look as good as the skin that’s underneath it. So if you’re still in the habit of sleeping in your make-up or have never exfoliated in your life, giving your skin that extra bit of love and care will make a big difference.

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The golden rule is of course to wear SPF every day; rain, hail or shine. But here are some extra helpers for super smooth and radiant skin, because if your skin is glowing from underneath, your make-up will glow too.

#2 Applying primer

If your make-up always starts off looking great but then slowly deteriorates after the first hour, a primer is what you need. This simple step - applied after skin care and before make-up - not only helps your foundation last longer, but assists in filling in your lines and pores for a smoother surface. If you often experience shine or an oily T-zone, a primer can also help to mattify the skin, so you can go longer without blotting!

#3 Eyes first, foundation second

This tip just requires one small change to the order you apply your make-up. Applying your eye make-up first means any eyeliner mistakes or eyeshadow fallout will be a breeze to clean up, and won’t affect the rest of your make-up. Have you ever tried to erase an eye make-up mistake, only to result in muddy-looking foundation? Well by applying your foundation after, this becomes less of an issue and your foundation can be applied freshly onto clear skin. Plus by doing it in this order, you can use the sticky tape trick for the perfect eyeliner flick without peeling off any of your foundation!

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#4 Fill in those brows!

No matter what look you’re going for (even if it’s a ‘no make-up’ make-up look), filling in your brows will make the biggest difference. There are so many products available now that make doing this a breeze and once you get the hang of it, it takes no time at all. A current fave is the L’Oréal Paris Brow Artist Plumper - it’s basically like a mascara for your brows, you simply brush it through for colour and hold, it’s so easy! Benefit’s Gimme Brow is another goodie, or if you’re after a kit that does it all, go for something like Australis Oh Hai Brow! Kit - it has everything you need for perfectly sculpted brows.

What are your top tips for making your make-up look better?

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