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‘Makeup tips I wish I knew sooner,’ according to MUA Saffron Hughes

There are a lot of factors that go into creating a flawless makeup look.

Whether you’re a beginner or experienced makeup artist, you might still have moments where your eyeliner smudges onto your upper eyelids or when your foundation looks heavy.

Makeup is an art form, and mastering the techniques is essential for nailing your beauty look.

Makeup artist, Saffron Hughes, of, shares the makeup tips she wished she had known sooner, so you can take your makeup skills to the next level.


Apply your eye makeup before foundation

Makeup can be incredibly fun, but there is also practice and skill required to get it right.

A starting point to consider is the order in which you apply your makeup products.

If you’re going for a bold eye look and the risk of fallout is greater than normal, apply your face makeup after your eye makeup to decrease the chance of the dreaded ‘racoon eyes’, where pigment has fallen underneath your eyes.

Not only can this completely ruin your base makeup, but it can create an aged appearance too.

If you’re going for a bold eye look, apply the makeup on the eye first (Image:

Use a fan brush for highlighter

Highlighters are light-reflecting products, meaning they can help create a luminous glow to the face. However, if you are not using a fan brush to apply the product, you can easily become too heavy handed and look super shiny.

With their unique shape, fan brushes can lightly pick up powder highlighter and dust it along the tops of your cheekbones and bridge of your nose, without attracting too much attention to these facial features.

If you are ever in a predicament where you have applied too much highlighter, don’t panic – simply go over the highlighter with a powder brush to knock down some of the shine.

Use lip scrubs

Perfect for weekly use, lip scrubs provide exfoliation by removing the dead skin cells off your lips, and a smoother texture.

Properly exfoliated lips better absorb moisturising agents such as balms and oils, and they make makeup application much easier.

No longer will your lipstick flake or cling to your lips, instead you will restore its softness and appearance.

You don’t have to spend money on a lip scrub either, as chances are you will have all the ingredients you need in your kitchen cupboard!

Simply mix 1tsp of honey with 2tsps of sugar, massaging the mixture onto your lips. Leave this on for 5 minutes before using a washcloth to gently remove the product from your lips.

Consider your eye shape when purchasing false eyelashes (Image:

Consider your eye shape when purchasing false eyelashes

Shopping for false eyelashes can be intimidating. With so many styles to choose from, it can be tempting to pick up the prettiest looking packet and hope they work with your makeup look.

But instead, narrow down your selection by finding out your eye shape.

Almond eyes are the most universal shape which match most false eyelashes shape. If you have this eye shape and are confused, stick to the ‘cat eye’ lash look.

Other eye shapes to consider are round eyes, monolid eyes, deep set eyes, wide set eyes, prominent, downturned, upturned, and close set.

As soon as you know your eye shape, there are plenty of lash suggestions for you.

Contour with your concealer

Most people will dot the concealer underneath their eyes and on imperfections they would like to cover up. However, did you know that concealer can be used for contour too?

Extend your concealer underneath the eyes, so that it is in line with the end of your eyebrow, to create a sculpted and lifted appearance to the face.

If you apply a little concealer on the bridge of your nose, it can be used as a substitute to highlighter.

Finally, applying three vertical lines of concealer in the middle of your forehead can illuminate your face. Just remember to blend, blend, blend!

Take care of your skin underneath

Well-prepped skin makes makeup application 10x better, and the most beautiful makeup comes from taking care of your skin underneath.

Before you apply any product, cleanse the skin with a mild facial wash to even out your skin tone.

Apply a brightening serum, Vitamin C is a great ingredient for this and then apply a light moisturiser with SPF in it. Wait 15 minutes for your skincare to set in, before beginning your makeup routine with primer.

Throw out expired makeup

It’s hard to let go of your favourite makeup products. However, expired beauty products can cause skin irritation and harbour harmful bacteria.

As well as this, they can make makeup application harder as it can change the texture of your product. Throw away mascara after three months, otherwise it will start to clump on your lashes and could potentially cause eye infection.

For brow gels, toss them after six months to avoid breakouts around your brows.

Get rid of foundations after one year to prevent oxidization – where your product may appear darker or more orange on the skin.

Finally, lipsticks should be thrown after two years if it has been properly closed and taken care of.

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