Since makeup has the power to transform a look from blah to fabulous within seconds, Maria Eskander gives us some tips and names the top brands she uses to help us get the perfect look for a glamorous Valentine’s. The talented makeup artist guides us through one of her makeup routines from her skin prepping techniques until the last spritz of her setting spray.
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•A day before your big day, apply Tea Tree Skin Clearing Clay Mask from The Body Shop on your face for 15 minutes before rinsing it off. You can use a mixture of honey and yoghurt instead, since it’s suitable for all skin types. This will moisturise and brighten the face.
•A few hours before makeup application, cleanse your pores with La Roche-Posay Effaclar for oily skin, then to make sure that the face is perfectly clear use Bioderma’s Sebium H2O, followed by the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Toner.
•After that, spritz your face with La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water as it moisturises the skin, lightens it up, and prepares it for makeup.
•Next, use the Tea Tree Skin Clearing Daily Solution Serum because it is good for oily skin and tightens your skin pores.
•To moisturise, apply La Roche-Posay Effaclar H for oily skin. It is recommended to wait a few seconds between each and every step of the above mentioned to give the skin a chance to absorb the ingredients of these products.
•Now for the makeup stage, start with Max Factor Facefinity All Day Primer.
•For eyeshadow, I recommend using the Makeup Revolution Essential Shimmers palette, applying the light gold hue in the inner corner of your eye, and dark gold directly on the eyelid.
•Then, you can apply one any of MAC’s nude colours on the eyelid as well, blush shades can also be used as an eyeshadow because they are very light and non-glittery. To highlight the eyelids, you can use a creamy, shimmery lipstick in a hue similar to the eyeshadow shade you’re using.
•To top your eyemakup off, use Wet N Wild Mega Length Waterproof eyeliner. I personally buy my lashes from an online Facebook group called The Lash Shop.
•I recommend using Lord & Berry 701 Smudgeproof Eye Pencil, with Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow for eyebrows, Sephora’s Better Than Sex mascara, and MAC’s Pro Longwear Concealer.
•After that, blend in your Makeup Forever HD foundation over your face, before using Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Contour Cream Kit.
•Your next step is using Morphe’s contour palette, blush powder, and highlighter.
•You can mix Essence’s Dare to Wear’s red lipstick, with a L’oreal red shade, and Nivea Beaute Colour Passion’s shimmery red lipstick.
•Finally, apply Studio Finishing Powder by Nyx, which is translucent, before using the same brand’s setting spray as a final step.
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