Top Tips for a Flawless Face


Can anyone tell us what Sienna Miller, Tilda Swinton and Keira Knightley have in common? Hollywood connections aside, they’ve all sought the services of world-class makeup artist, Lauren Gollan. When not working fashion weeks, award shows and film sets, you’ll find her training the next generation at her Academy of Make-up Artistry in Edinburgh.

Can you tell us some of the most common makeup mistakes?

Colour matching and foundation can be an issue, people often think that the more make-up you wear, the better you look. This is rubbish! A foundation should be used to enhance the natural look of the skin, using the wrong colour and texture of foundation has the opposite effect and can look over done. Get colour matched by a brand professional and take a tester of the foundation to try on and see the true results in natural light.

Also, eyebrow shaping. We teach that your eyebrows are “sisters, not twins”. They should be shaped to enhance your natural brow shape not forced into a new shape altogether. Also be careful to use a product that suits your hair and skin colour.

Finally, when highlighting and contouring, make sure that the contour and highlighting products are the correct tone for the skin. Your contour should be one to two shades darker than your natural skin tone to blend seamlessly into your foundation colour. 

What’ll be big in 2017?

My favourite look from the SS17 shows is the sharp, precise ‘loud mouth’ lipstick style, with colours varying from bold berrys to an acid orange.


Top 10 products you can't live without?

  • Elemis Fruit Activating Rejuvenating Mask: A good skincare routine is essential for a base of any make-up application. This mask is great for creating instant radiance to skin when it needs a little pick me up.
  • MAC Face & Body Foundation: A must have foundation for professional and personal use. It’s lightweight foundation that creates a natural sheer coverage that is buildable. This foundation is one of my kit essentials. It’s a favourite backstage at fashion week every season.
  • Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer: This concealer is one of my daily essentials. It’slong wearing and crease-proof. Great for concealing dark circles and creates smoother complexion for under the eye.
  • MyKitCo 0.2 My Precision Concealer Brush: This synthetic fibre brush is great for building up coverage on all areas of the face. I use it for concealing under the eyes. The coverage it creates is great for dark shadows whilst using very little product.
  • MAC Brow Pencil: This brow product is great for creating precision and definition whilst achieving a natural look to the brows. The colour range available means that you can get an exact match to your natural brow hair.
  • Illamasqua Precision Gel Liner: This liner is a mainstay in every artist’s kit. It creates the sharpness of the classic liquid liner but in a smooth gel formula. It is water resistant and long lasting so it does not budge.
  • MyKitCo 1.10 My Sharp Angle Liner Brush: This brush is essential in any make-up kit. The precisely shaped brush head is designed to apply liquid, cream and powder to the eyes and brows. This brush allows you to create definition and precision on application.
  • MAC Mineral Skin Finish: Contouring the face has been a technique used for years in artistry. This mineral powder naturally creates dimension to the face when used to contour the features. A much more “current” technique to sculpt the face. 
  • MyKitCo 0.4 My Defining Contour Brush: This is another brush essential! The curved brush head fits precisely into the contours of the face. Excellent for sculpting the features to create a seamless finish with both powder or cream formulas.
  • MAC Prep & Prime Highlighter: Great for adding natural radiance to the skin!! I use it to highlight the cheekbones, nose and cupids bow to add a sheer dewy finish to a make-up Less is more these days and this creates a minimal make-up look with maximum impact.

This article originally appeared in i-on Magazine.

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