This is for the girls who don’t wear much makeup but want to look naturally fresh and awake with a little help from lovely skin care products and a bit of makeup trickery!
So, to start I love to use Bioderma Sensibio Mercilar Water to gently cleanse the skin of any oils and pollution followed by Pixi Glow tonic on a cotton pad to do a quick exfoliate. This tonic contains 5% Glycolic acid which exfoliates your skin by dissolving the surface dirt and dead skin cells instead of by rubbing.
You then want to swipe over your skin with your favourite toner - a hydrating one like the rose water by Pixi is perfect (and smells amazing)
Finish off your skin prep with moisturising, whatever your skin type! I often find myself reaching for my trusty Embryolisse Lait Cream, but if your skin is very oily I would use something like the La Roche Posay Effeclar Mat.
Now for you makeup base.
First - Apply your foundation with a round buffing brush or a beauty blender to really warm and press the product in to your skin. A cream or liquid formula like IT Cosmetics CC cream SPF 50 is perfect for this as it’s lovely and sheer but also buildable. If you’re feeling extra tired and lacklustre, mix in some extra luminosity, with Mac Strobe cream for a super pretty sheen.
Next move into concealer. Choose a colour that is about one shade lighter than your skin tone and pat this in under your eyes and in the inner corners, strategically placing it only where the darkness is. My go to is Touché eclat... It’s a cult classic for a reason!
When it comes to the cheeks use a cream blusher like the gorgeous Bobbi Brown Pot Rouges for a soft natural flush of colour. Apply it with a stipple or dome buffing brush to really warm and blend it onto the apples of your cheeks.
Next, on to the highlighter. Cream and liquid highlights like Becca Shimmering skin perfecter or The Makeup Store’s High-Tech lighter are perfect for this look. They aren’t glittery at all and just give you a gentle luminosity. Pop these on all of the high points of your face, cheek bones, brow bones, on the bridge of your nose and on the tip of your chin.
After you have blended and layered all of your cream products together grab a little fluffy natural hair brush and a finely milled finishing powder like Laura Merciers universal setting powder and press it under your eyes and around your nose. Then sweep a luminous lightly bronzed powder like Hourglass Ambient light range, to create definition around the edges of your forehead and cheeks.
For your lips, take your favourite lip balm or lip gloss, I love Mac’s ‘lipglass’ and mix it with a touch of your cream blusher for pretty, subtle colour matching.
To add some no makeup, makeup to your eyes, curl your lashes with Shu Uemuras amazing lash curler, line your top lashes with a brown gel liner like macs ‘dip down’ and lightly coat your top lashes for an extra pop.
Finally to finish the whole look off and to keep it all in place - Mist a setting spray like the lovely Hydrate and Glow by Emma Hardie all over, and you’re done!
Pipa has been beautifying faces and styling hair for gorgeous Models, actors and brides in the UK (and often in more exotic place like, Cape Town) for 6 years now.
Between working in Fashion, Commercial and TV for campaigns with Adidas, Godiva and UKTV (to name a few) and being featured in glossy magazines, Pipa is also the proud Business owner of BEYOU Weddings - Giving modern brides luxury hair and makeup services and empowering them, to be them.
Pipa loves glowing radiant skin, seeing the world and of course her job, that she doesn’t often see as a ‘job’…