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
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
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
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
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.
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
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).