How to look good in selfies au naturel

How to look good in selfies au naturel

How do I look good in selfies without having to resort to Photoshop and photo filters?

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

Prepare your skin for make-up with skincare

The Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate ($138, photo 1) 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.

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, photo 2) 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.

Pick the right foundation

Lancome's new Teint Miracle Bare Skin Foundation Natural Light Creator ($66, photo 3) 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.

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, photo 4), 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, photo 5).

Add some colour to brighten the face

Photo 6.Photo 7. Enhance your complexion with a natural blush shade, such as the rosy Blush Subtil 003 blusher ($60, photo 6). Contrast your lip colour with the rest of your skin, so pick a bright pink lipstick, like the Lip Lover in no. 337 ($40, photo 7).

This article was first published on August 1, 2014.
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