Spring has sprung and that means it’s definitely time I started to give my skin a springtime injection! I’m a real fan of keeping makeup fresh and simple in spring and if my base is looking flawless then I’ll often leave the rest of my makeup stripped back. I speak to so many people who say they don’t know how to cover problem areas or they’re not sure if they should apply foundation or concealer first, so I thought I’d give you a step by step of how to achieve that perfect springtime base.

OK so in the name of the game I’m sharing a photo of me in all my potato shaped glory! As you can see – I could definitely benefit from a bit of sunshine on my ever paling skin! And the rosy cheeks aren’t doing much to help me on my quest for flawless skin. I have, however, cleansed, toned and moisturised and also used my favourite eye cream and primer. It’s really important you prep your skin properly before you apply makeup. It will help it to glide over the skin and cover problem areas. Using a good quality primer will also help to keep your makeup in place throughout the day.

Next I’ve applied Charlotte Tilbury’s magic foundation in shade six and buffed in using my favourite Illamasqua brush. I’ve also applied Bobbi Brown creamy concealer in ‘warm ivory’ to my under eyes, and I’ve used shade ‘sand’ on any red patches still showing through my foundation. I always recommend using a lighter shade of concealer for under eyes as it helps to brighten the area and makes your skin look really fresh. If you’ve got particularly dark circles, you may want to try using a colour corrector under your concealer. Once applied finish with a setting powder. I only applied this to the areas where I used concealer, because my skin is quite dry and I’m trying to create fresh skin but if yours is oily, you’ll want to apply it all over to stop you looking shiny.

I then moved on to my eyebrows. Mine are particularly sparse from an extreme over plucking episode during my teens, but that’s another story! I use a dark charcoal powder and an angled brush. I like to apply them as soon as I’ve finished my base as they make such a difference to the shape of your face so no matter what I’m doing with my makeup, they always come after my base!

Next I gave myself a soft contour using my Illamasqua sculpting powder duo. As I want to give myself a bit of healthy colour I applied under my cheekbones and at the top of my forehead to create a ‘bronzed effect.’ I applied Mac blush in ‘melba’ to the apples of my cheek. Finally I applied the highlight colour from the Illamasqua kit to my cheekbones, my nose and my cupids bow. You want to apply your highlight colour to wherever the light would naturally bounce off your skin. Because I’m creating a spring glow I’ve applied a generous amount of highlighter.

Finally, add your favourite lipstick. I kept it simple and opted for a nude but I also love adding a pop of colour.  A lively red always looks good and is completely on trend for Spring 2016!

By keeping the rest of your makeup pared back and simple you get a really fresh and healthy look. Let your skin do the talking!

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