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Gladys Chung
Urban, The Straits Times
Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014

How to apply make-up like a pro

Urban, The Straits Times | Gladys Chung | Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014

What are some make-up tricks I should keep in mind to apply my make-up like a pro?

We asked the global make-up artistry director of Estee Lauder, Mr Blair Patterson, this question when he was in town last week to train the brand's global and local artists. Mr Patterson has more than 14 years of make-up expertise.

Here are his tried-and-tested tips.

Base make-up:

The purpose of foundation is to even out the skin's undertones. So apply just enough - around one to two pumps of liquid foundation - and cover up the imperfections with concealer.

To make your eyes look clean and bright, don't forget to apply concealer on the inner corners of the eyes as well.

Always wait for your liquid foundation to dry, before applying blusher and bronzer. Otherwise, the coloured powder will look darker than it should. The foundation should dry in about 30 seconds. If it takes longer than that, it means you have applied too much.

To take away the shine after applying liquid foundation, dust on some loose powder. Otherwise, fold a piece of tissue in half, place it from your nose to your ear and blot your face while rubbing a powder brush on top of the tissue to help it absorb any oil. Repeat on the other side of the face.

To re-apply concealer around the eyes at midday to freshen their appearance, use this trick: Blend one part eye serum, like the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum Infusion ($100, available at Estee Lauder counters from next month), with two parts of concealer. Mix it on the back of your hand and apply with a concealer brush. The serum hydrates the skin and helps to smoothen the make-up.

Freshen up your make-up at midday by applying Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Repair Synchronised Recovery Complex II ($106) with a sponge or fingertips over the foundation on the cheekbones for a dewy shine. For an alternative serum, Urban suggests you use any formula that comes in a lightweight gel texture with a pearlescent finish.

Contouring:

A bronzer is not supposed to make you look tanned but to help you create the illusion that you have killer cheekbones.

Apply the bronzer in the shape of a figure "3" from the forehead, to under the cheekbones and jawline.

Stay away from pink and plum blushers for contouring; they will make you look like you are stuck in the 1980s.

If you do not want the contouring to be noticeable, apply the bronzer before the foundation.

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