The longer I work as a makeup artist the more I care about the small details that create an image. Playing with texture, especially with skin, can have a powerful but nearly subliminal effect on how we see a photograph. Dewy skin has been the obsession of many a beauty writer for the past 20 years but shiney and matte are not the only choices out there. I adore MAC Mineralize Foundation Loose, a soft light reflecting powder that leaves skin matte but also glowing. When using dewy liquid foundation, I brush a small amount of product onto the shiniest parts of the face to remove the oil slick effect without ruining the dewiness. It works beautifully over foundation on brides who want a sheen to their skin but also need lasting power for their long day. Applying layers with a powder puff creates cashmere soft skin without the deadness of old fashioned matte powders. Choose one of the paler colours to avoid a dirty skin effect; my favourites are Extra Light for pale skin, Light for most Irish skin tones, Medium for very tanned skin and Dark for the deepest skin tones.
As featured in my monthly advice column for Xpose Magazine.