A few of us are blessed with flawless 'airbrushed' skin- but the good news is that you can cheat it. Here are some tips from celebrity make-up artist: Polly Osmand.

Foundation RulesEdit

1. Find the right formulation for your skin. For oily, look for those described as oil-free, oil-control, or mattifying. Dry skin? Pick one that says hydrating or moisture-rich on the bottle. For combination skin cream-to-powder bases work best. Mineral foundations are good for all skin types, especially sensitive.

2. Do you need a little or a lot? In foundation terms, this means light or medium coverage. If you have good skin, but want to even out a few areas, opt for light coverage. If you have really uneven skin tone or blemishes, consider a medium-coverage foundation.

3. Try before you buy. Select a few colours close to your natural skintone, then apply a stroke of each on your cheek or jawline. The one that disappears is the right shade. You should never look as if you’re wearing foundation.

4. Do examine the shade in daylight – a lot of us spend several hours indoors every day, but most of us do need to step outside now and then. Your perfect shade will look as flawless in natural daylight.

5. Warm the foundation between your fingertips and then touch it over your entire face before blending. Once the initial coat is done, go over again, increasing coverage where needed.

6. Did you know that powder can alter the colour of foundation? It can also lift foundation from your skin and make your base look patchy. The best bet is to only apply powder where you really need it, such as areas prone to shine like your chin, forehead and nose.

7. Apply your concealer after you’ve put on your base, not before. Use sparingly and focus on areas that need extra camouflaging for the most natural effect – under the eyes, around the nose, corners of the eye and over any blemishes. Apply in dots and use the pad of your middle finger to blend.

Top Four ProductsEdit


  • Barbara Daly Make-up Oil Free Foundation (£6.75/29ml)
  • Max Factor Ageless Elixir 2 in 1 Foundation + Serum (£12.99/30ml)
  • Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid Air-Whipped Foundation (£7.69/30ml)
  • Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow (£25.50/30ml)


  • Rimmel Match Perfection 2 in 1 Concealer + Highlighter (£5.99/7ml)
  • Rimmel Hide The Blemish Concealer (£4.49/5g)
  • Loreal Paris Magic Lumi Concealer (£8.49/12ml)
  • Benefit Fake Up Concealer (£18.50/3.5g)

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