IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BASE
Although I’ve always had a less is more approach to makeup, one thing I’ll always apply is foundation. I’ve been using Code8’s Day to Night foundation for almost two years now, and I gotta say it’s managed to give me flawless coverage through both summer and winter.
I like my foundation to be light and dewy, with a consistency that you can build up. For quick, photo ready skin, I apply the foundation using the built in wand, then I use my fingers (ideally warmed up) to gently apply all over my face. Then I’ll build up the coverage where needed; which for me is usually under the eyes and a little redness across the cheeks.
The goal here is not to look like you’re a walking filter with contured check bones. You just want to even out the skin tone; for photo-ready skin you simply want your foundation to even out your skin tone and smooth out it’s texture.
FOUNDATION TIPS AND TRICKS
When it comes to foundation, there’s a few. First off, start with a hydrated and primed base. Then, if possible, try to do your makeup in natural light. It’s worth taking a smaller mirror and your makeup bag to a spot in the house with natural light if your bathroom doesn’t have any.
Obviously you also want to blend really well. But another less-known tip is to avoid mineral-based makeup if you’re getting in front of the camera, as it can create shine in unwanted places.
And for the best result, place ‘dots’ of foundation where you want to apply more coverage, and let it sit for a minute or so, to adapt to your body temperatur before blending.
A TOUCH OF BLUSH
Blush is underrated. People harp on about illuminators and conturing, but rosy cheeks are natural, so it makes sense to highlight them. I’ve always prefered cheek tints; they’re so much easier to apply and just feel a bit more dewy and natural. I have a few of Code 8 5 Secs lip and cheek tint, which I quite literally draw onto my cheekbones like a crayon, and then smudge in with my fingers until it feels natural and rosy-cheeked. And of course it doubles as a lip tint/balm – anything that does more than one job is always a good thing.
BLUSH TIPS AND TRICKS
Avoid anything with shimmer and opt for a colour as close to the natural shade you’d have if you were laughing or went for a mild jog. It should be rosy and natural, and applied just a little bit more liberally than you think it should, so it’ll show up on camera.