Step by Step
A colour correcting concealer can tone down redness and flushing. Use sparingly, building product if required. This will neutralise any high colour in cheeks and other areas if needed.
Apply highlighting concealer with a small, clean brush to any dark areas under the eyes and the inner corners of the nose. After a few seconds, press in to the skin gently with your ring finger. To conceal blemishes, use a cream / stick concealer applied with a clean brush / cotton bud.
Chose a light liquid foundation that matches your natural skin-tone. This will blend more easily over delicate skin than matte versions. Foundations with added moisturiser offer extra aid for dry skin. For even coverage, dot the foundation on your forehead, cheeks, chin and nose and gently smooth over skin with a clean brush / fingers or a wedge sponge. Be gentle on areas you have concealed, blending rather than wiping. Smooth out colour at the jaw and hairline towards the temples.
Eyes & Brows
Tip: To soften a pencil, draw a few strokes on the back of clean hand before applying – the warmth of your hand will heat and soften the tip of the pencil. Draw a thin line along the top of the upper lid at the lash line, working from outside inwards. Then, draw another on lower lash line (taking care not to go inside the rim) from the outer corner to the centre. Unlike liquid liner, pencil can be blended for a softer effect. This will define your lash line and give the illusion of fuller lashes. There are various ways to use eye shadow depending on the look you want to achieve.
First, choose an eyebrow pencil shade in your current hair or wig colour - or slightly darker. To define your natural brow shape, hold the pencil straight up against your nose, parallel to the inside corner of your eye, and place a dot at the brow bone, to mark where the eyebrow begins. Looking straight ahead, place the pencil parallel to the outside edge of the coloured part of the eye and place a second dot to mark the highest part in the arch. Finally, place the pencil diagonally along the bottom corner of your nose to the outside corner of your eye, and place a third dot where the eyebrow ends. Use a sharp pencil and short, feathery strokes along the natural line working from the centre outwards.
Avoid waterproof mascara or any ones full of fibres, as they can clog on fine or thinning lashes. Start with bottom lashes using the wand vertically. Then, apply to upper lashes, moving the wand horizontally from root to tip with a slight wiggling motion. Apply two coats to upper lashes. Next, brush the wand lightly over the lashes to fill.
Choose a shade that complements your lipstick and outline your lips carefully. It’s easier to start from the centre and work outwards, using the pencil at an angle, in order to avoid creating a sharp thin line. Then fill in the whole lip area to act as a base for lipstick.
Select a lipstick in a colour that complements your chosen make-up palette. Cover lips and blend into liner for a natural look. Creamy, moisturising lipsticks provide relief for dry lips, or use a lip balm as a top coat for extra conditioning. This can brighten your look - even if you wear no other make-up.