Ms Lina Tock, Lancome’s national make-up artist, shares her tips on how you can apply make-up for perfect selfies:

Tip One: Prepare your skin for make-up with skincare

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The Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate ($138) enhances the efficacy of other skincare products in the ritual and gives skin a glow. Mix a drop of the serum into a pump of liquid foundation, and the make-up will glide onto skin more easily too.

Tip 2: Use a primer

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Base make-up can help your foundation look freshly applied, for longer. Primers such as the La Base Pro Pore Eraser primer ($68) also blur out imperfections such as enlarged pores while smoothening and mattifying the skin.

If you are concerned about dullness and dryness, try the La Base Pro Hydra Glow primer ($68). It moisturises and plumps up skin, so the foundation applied on top remains flawless and does not settle into fine lines.

Tip 3: Pick the right foundation

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Lancome’s new Teint Miracle Bare Skin Foundation Natural Light Creator ($66) is made with a Universal Light Technology which makes skin look good even under harsh lighting. The special colour pigments give skin a flattering, lit-from-within glow.

The right foundation for your skin should not make it look greasy. The Teint foundation is oil-free, lightweight and controls shine. It also hydrates the skin so it remains supple, and it does not become flaky and patchy, even after long hours in an air-con room.

Samples of the foundation are available from Lancome counters.

When applying foundation for a natural finish, start with one pump and layer more only when necessary.

Tip 4: Sculpt your face

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To prevent your face from looking too “flat” in a photo, enhance the contours by mattifying the areas you want to play down (such as a wide jawline), and highlighting your best features (such as a defined nose bridge).

Apply a highlighting pen, like the Teint Miracle Correcting Pen ($56), on the cheekbones, nose bridge, and from the outer corners of the eyes to the temples in a “C” shape.

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To make your face look smaller, mattify your forehead and sides of your face with a compact foundation such as the Teint Miracle Compact Foundation ($92).

Tip 5: Add some colour to brighten the face

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Enhance your complexion with a natural blush shade, such as the rosy Blush Subtil 003 blusher ($60). Or contrast your lip colour with the rest of your skin, so pick a bright pink lipstick, like the Lip Lover in no. 337 ($40).

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