Beyoncé’s go-to makeup artist, Sir John, and Khloé Kardashian’s favourite hairstylist, Jen Atkin, share their no-fail styling tips.
1 Skin should look like skin. Don’t oversaturate it with foundation – you can always build, but it’s harder to take away. Use a buffing brush to blend over pores and tricky areas such as the sides of your nose.
TRY: Bare Minerals Smoothing Face Brush, $45; Color Me Automatic Foundation Applicator Starter Kit, $75.
2 When it comes to foundation, don’t stop at your face. Always bring it down your neck and onto your collarbone, so it looks more even and natural.
3 Choose a highlighter that suits your complexion – pink tones suit fair skin, while golden tones are better on darker skin.
TRY: Diorific State of Gold Illuminating Face Powder in Luxurious Beige or Sumptuous Pink, $125 each.
4 If your skin looks dull, rather than using makeup to compensate, put on a quick moisturising mask to bring it back to life.
TRY: Caudalie The Mask Collection Moisturizing Mask, $53.
5 Your skin renews itself every 28 days, so you should have different foundations to suit your changing complexion. One for oilier, one for drier and one for in-between.
TRY: Laura Mercier Silk Crème Moisturizing Foundation, $78.
6 When applying makeup with your fingers, use your ring finger instead of your index finger – it’s not as strong so will stop you from going overboard.
7 Touch up your roots between colour appointments with a specially formulated hair shadow. a brow powder that matches your hair colour will work too!
TRY: Tarte Amazonian Clay Volumizing Brow Powder in Medium Brown, $42.
8 To keep your hair shiny and soft, try an at-home hair mask made from half a smashed avocado and 1 tbsp of coconut oil. Leave on 10 minutes, then wash off with your regular shampoo.
9 If your eyeshadow never stays on your lids for long, substitute it with an eye pencil – but be sure to blend well.
TRY: Shu Uemura Play & Remix Drawing Pencil in Indigo, $33.
10 Don’t apply too much product to the delicate skin under your eyes. Only use concealer on spots that redden or darken easily, like the sides of your nose and inner corners of eyes. And don’t conceal right up to your lash line – you’ll lose the natural definition.
TRY: Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, $42.
11 For a chic ponytail and serious conditioning on-thego, try slicking hair back with a little hair oil.
TRY: Kérastase Elixir Ultime Versatile Beautifying Oil, $26.90.
12 When creating a tousled, curled look, prep your hair with an ocean mist spray to create texture and help it set.
TRY: O&M Original & Mineral Surf Bomb Sea Salt Spray, $35.
13 Make fine hair look thicker in a flash by flipping hair to a deep side part.
14 Curly hair? Instead of curling lotion, apply a small amount of men’s matte pomade. It’s great for defining curls and reducing frizzies!
TRY: Toni & Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe Men Styling Fibre, $19.90.
15 Spritz hair product onto your hands, then apply with fingers. This is especially useful for flattening flyaways.
TRY: Alterna Caviar Perfect Texture Finishing Spray, $39.