Weekend weddings, Ascot Ladies’ Day, sunny days out with the girls – it’s the time of year when we want to look our best. The winter clothes are packed away and the urge to shop for this season’s trends is upon us. Don’t forget your makeup though! If you’ve been sticking to the same cosmetic routine for the last year, it might be time to update your look and freshen up your makeup bag in the process.
With A-list ladies wowing us with striking beauty looks at the Cannes Film Festival, who better to turn to for inspiration than their own makeup artists. These guys know all the tricks!
Here’s how to update your makeup for a spring occasion…
Top makeup artist Bobbi, who started world-famous beauty brand Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, knows a thing or two about perfect makeup. She told Oprah.com that the tip to hiding dark under-eye circles is to go all the way to the lash line with a brush. On concealer, she said: “And wherever you’re applying concealer, always tap or press—never rub or wipe. Under-eye concealer is the one makeup thing I do every day.”
Charlotte is the A-list’s go-to makeup guru for the big events, like the recent Met Ball where she was responsible for the glamorous looks of Julianne Moore and Katie Holmes. Charlotte adores her Hollywood Flawless Filter primer product, which is worn under foundation. She reveals: “I’ve used this on so many of my celebrity friends to give them a gorgeous, flawless filter before all the cameras on the red carpet. It’s just like a magic-tech filter on social media.”
Star makeup artist Lisa has a fantastic tip for achieving the gorgeous smoky eyes we see on celebrities. She likes to press a black powder eyeshadow along dried, black liquid eyeliner with a small brush. She says: “This smokes it beautifully, without taking away any of the punchiness — it’s a trick I use for the red carpet a lot as it photographs well.”
He’s the man behind the makeup of stars like Kendall Jenner and Giselle, regularly crafting mesmerising makeup looks. Hung has certain hues he loves best on women, and we bet you have them in your cosmetics bag already. “I always love bronzy, warm colours that are flattering on every skin tone. In general, most women want to feel healthy, beautiful and sexy, so for me, I think that trend is never going to be out.”
Hung also believes that prepping the skin is hugely important for makeup to look good, so pay attention to your skincare regime.
Beyonce‘s makeup artist Sir John has some excellent practical advice for us too. He says: “I use a cream blush and then I use a powder blush. I use a cream foundation and then I buff a powder foundation on top of it. This duality creates a Teflon face.” The makeup artist even uses the same powder-setting method on eyebrows.
Sir John also preps lips with an anti-wrinkle cream which he reveals creates a smooth canvas. He then uses a lip pencil to fill the lips, followed by a lipstick and gloss of the same shade.