Celebrity Makeup Artist to Alexia Dixon and Collection ambassador Francesca Neill answers some of the most googled makeup questions.
How to contour?
First map your face with the contour. I prefer a cream product as I find it creates a more natural contour when blended. Trace the temples, hollow part of your cheek and jaw line. Take a damp beauty blender and tap over the area of the contour colour, blending into your foundation. My top tip is just to remember to blend properly! Trace the temples, hollow part of your cheek and jaw line. Take a damp beauty blender and tap over the area of the contour colour, blending into your foundation. My top tip is just to remember to blend properly!
How to get rid of dark circles and under-eye bags?
In terms of under-eye bags, eye masks are great for this as they provide targeted hydration to the under-eye area to help disguise them. Light reflecting concealers and under eye brighteners are great for under-eye bags as they attract light and bounce it off of the skin to diffuse and hide the dark circles. Lastly colour correcting is a great technique for dark circles, try applying yellow or red shades to the under-eye area, to hide dark circles before applying your brightening under-eye concealer.
How to do natural makeup?
To achieve the natural glowy look, a radiant primer is a key buy as you can wear alone or under makeup. To achieve healthy glowing skin, I would say a dewy lighter foundation is key product, as well as a creamy highlighter. A lip and cheek multipurpose colour is fantastic for ease of us and a cream bronzers like Chanel’s is a beautiful moussey bronze to give a natural glow.
How to do makeup for photos?
Always have a great skincare regime, prep the skin with a great moisturiser. I love glowy skin in photos, so ease off on the powder, and pick up a cream highlighter and cream blusher. It makes skin appear more youthful and radiant. I’d only use powder to set the t-zone but keep everything else quite glowy and glossy. Use highlighter to enhance cheekbones, as this looks great on camera. Contour for a great photo, as it adds structure to the face. To make your eyes appear more open I would avoid using really dark colours on the eyes, as although this can look great, darker colours instantly close the eye up. By using lighter colours and highlighting the inner corner of the eye helps to make your eyes look brighter with the illusion of a more wide-eye look. A cream pencil can also effectively be used along the waterline of the eye which can help the eyes look a bit fresher, followed by curling your lashes with lash curlers to instantly lift the eye and layer the lashes with mascara to enhance the overall eye look.