7 Questions You've Always Wanted To Ask A Makeup Artist

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As a professional makeup artist I’ve learnt a few tricks of the trade over the years which have helped to strengthen my skills and prolong the finishing touches to my makeup.

Here are 7 tips and tricks to make your makeup go that extra mile - thank me later.

Which Steps Should I Take To Prep My Skin Before Applying Makeup?

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Preparing the skin is my number 1 rule to securing a beautiful long lasting makeup base. I would always recommend cleansing the skin thoroughly with Estee Lauder’s Perfectly Clean Cream Cleanser and Cleansing Moisture Mask, £24 before massaging in a few drops of Decleor’s Neroli Oil, £46 for up to 10 minutes whilst avoiding the eye area, this really helps to wake up the skin and keep it looking radiant.

How Much Moisturiser Should I Use Before Applying Makeup?

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After prepping the skin I then like to follow up with Decleor's Aurabsolu Eye Cream, £24.80 and Sisley's Hydro Global Moisturiser, £160 however the key to this step is less is more. Make sure you don’t flood the skin with moisturiser, as this may affect your makeup base, use a tissue to wipe of any excess moisturiser that's sitting heavily on the skin.

How Can I Encourage My Lipstick To Last Longer?

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Using a lip scrub to get rid of dead skin cells will help your lipstick last longer, I absolutely love MAC's Lip Scrubtious in Sweet Brown Sugar, £13. I've also found a handbag lip saviour in Lansinoh's HPA Lanolin Nipple Cream, £9.50 which treats the lips and leaves a lovely natural shine on the lips, every model I've worked with in the past has always been a big fan of it too.

How Can I Keep My Brows Looking Their Best?

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It’s easy to get carried away with over plucking your eyebrows but my advice would be to just keep your brows in their natural shape. MYKITCO'S 2.3 My Brushed Brow, £8.50 is great for grooming unruly brows. Burberry also do some great eyebrow pencils that are really easy to use and have a natural formula to gently fill in any sparse areas, I like to use their Effortless Eyebrow Definer, £22.50 followed by Chanel’s Longwear Eyebrow Gel £26 which helps to set the brow.

How Much Of A Difference Do Eyelash Curlers Actually Make?

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Even if you aren’t wearing mascara, I would say to always curl your lashes as it helps to open up the eyes. Shu Uemura's Eyelash Curlers, £20 play a huge part in my makeup routine.

Which Order Should I Contour In?

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Whilst a lot of people tend to contour after they’ve applied their foundation I would say it's better to contour before applying foundation for a more natural finish. Burberry's Face Contour Pen, £25 is perfect for this and it's also really easy to use. Apply your concealer and then add foundation where needed afterwards, this will make your makeup easier to manage.

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How Can I Make My Eye Shadow Go Further?

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For a long lasting and stronger eye look use a combination of a cream eye shadow and a powder eye shadow. Put the cream on first as a base blend well then follow with a powder eye shadow. The look will be stronger and it’s much easier to blend. I tend to use one of MACS Cream Colour Bases, £18 followed by one of the Chanel Les Ombres Pallets, £44.