Blush, Contour & Highlight
Contouring needn’t look over done, use a colour just a few shades darker than your skin tone and stick to cooler tones to mimic natural shadows. Less is more, so strip it back and apply sparingly; beneath the cheekbones, along the jawline and the sides of your forehead. We love Smashbox's Step-By-Step Contour Stick Trio
, they're quick to apply and easy to blend, for an undetectable finish. To accentuate your contour, sweep a blush across the apples of your cheeks, then finish with a highlighter. Using your fingers, press the product onto the tops of cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose and your cupids bow. Liquid highlighters are more pigmented, so opt for a powder formula during the day.
Top Tip: If you’re struggling with unnatural contour lines, take a makeup sponge and a small amount of foundation to help blend.
An exaggerated smoky eye can appear over the top during the day time. Instead create definition by adding colour in the corners and blending it out into the brow bone. Keep tones neutral and the textures matte; start by adding the darkest brown in the crease and blend using a mix of lighter shades. Think of your eye as a spectrum – darker tones should remain closer to the lower lid, working upwards into the lighter ones. While many palettes are big and inconvenient to carry around, Smashbox’s offering Cover Shot Palettes
are smaller and contain the perfect colour edit.
Try a mascara primer
, not only do they help to bolster thin lashes, they increase the staying power of your mascara, leaving you less susceptible to the dreaded fall out and flake.
Favour a nude lip over bold shades, saving your reds and pinks for the evening. When searching for a lipstick to wear everyday, creamier formulas are best for hydration and protection. Try Smashbox’s Be Legendary Lipstick in Work It
- a blushed nude, enriched with shea butter, vitamin C and E, and make it a handbag staple.
Top tip: For a sheerer finish, swipe on and blend with fingers.