I have put together 6 easy make-up tips to help you achieve a glowing skin and a flawless and long lasting make-up.

1. Exfoliate

Firstly, concentrate on removing all your dead skin cells so you have a clean canvas to work on. A lack of exfoliation can result in patchy foundation, flaky and dry skin and a dull finish.
Exfoliate twice a week for a flawless make-up and a brighter complexion.
(For help with exfoliation read my post on Winter Skincare.)

2. Cleanse

A quick cleanse in the morning will remove excess oil and dead skin cells.
Cleansing will ensure your make-up lasts much longer.

3. Moisturise

A rich, heavy texture won’t give a good finish under make-up. So, choose a light-weight moisturiser. I love to use AlumierMD Hydralight Moisturiser as it is a nice light moisturiser.

4. PrimeAlumierMD-Galway

I don’t tend to use make-up primers as I feel if you have your skin prepped well, then your make-up will last.

However, I have been using theĀ AlumierMD Vitamin Rich Smoother a lot lately under make-up. This is an active serum with 15% Vitamin C, but is also a face primer. Apply it as the final step in your morning routine to brighten, create a glow and smooth the skin before make-up. This is suited to all skin types except oily or acne prone. You can order this product here.

If you have very oily skin or lots of open pores, a primer is beneficial.
Benefit porefessional is a great one for filling in pores or for texture irregularities.

5. Tools

Spend some time selecting the tools you use to apply your make-up. There are so many different make-up brushes available and all give a different finish. One I love, for liquid foundation, is the Blank Canvas F20 Brush. This gives good coverage and a long-lasting and flawless finish to your make-up.

6. Set & Hydrate

Finally, apply a hydrating spray to set, hydrate and prevent make-up from breaking down! This Hydrating Mist or MAC Fix+ spray are two I love.

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