Make-Up Hints & Tips

Make-up is an area I definitely lack a more than a little confidence. I have a minimal collection and seem to stick to a very safe routine – something that I am longing to change but don’t have the confidence to do without the right advice. I have recently met a wonderful make-up artist who I am delighted to say is going to feature regularly on My Pollyanna with handy hints and tips for everyday and occasion make up.

Introducing Lisa Hancox. Lisa specialises in make-up tutorials as well as weddings, special events and editorial photo shoots. As a little introduction of things to come, Lisa has put together this post all about concealer and it’s multi-faceteted benefits…

“Concealers might say they can do it all, but very few can. You’ll need at least two on your dressing table for daily use after you apply your foundation or tinted moisturiser. The first is a creamy, thick liquid consistency for applying with fingers under your eyes (remember to set with translucent powder so it doesn’t crease). The other is a waxy ‘set’ paste, for covering blemishes, pigmentation, scars and redness. Applied with a pointed thin synthetic-hair brush and blended into your base with your fingers.

I can’t be without…

Bobbi Brown UK Creamy Concealer (£18.50) or Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer (£7.50) for under the eyes.

Bobbi Brown concealer

Laura Mercier UK Secret Camouflage (£26) is great for targeted concealing of blemishes, redness and marks.

Laura Mercier concealer
Other tips for your concealer…

Long-lasting lips: if you don’t own a lip liner and find your lipstick bleeds a little around the edges, you can pat on a thin layer of concealer all over the lips before applying your lipstick. Just make sure your lips are smooth (apply some balm 10 minutes or so before).

Toning down: Mix in a tiny amount of a creamy concealer to tone down a new cream blush or lipstick if you’re worried that it’s a bit too strong.

Correcting shadows: The reason for using an under-eye corrector is to ensure a flawless light finish to the eye area. Firstly you should correct any under-eye shadows, often blue or purple-toned with a peach or coral corrector, bringing it back to a ‘skin’ colour and then use a concealer to brighten on top. Bobbi Brown sells the widest range of correctors on the high street – if you often have dark circles I highly recommend being colour matched and adding this to your daily ‘make-up capsule wardrobe’.”

Thanks Lisa!
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