6 Things Your MUA Wants You To Know

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Make-up artist, Viorela Coman, has worked with Chanel, Burberry, Heidi Klein and Adidas, so we’re here for the pro tips. Here’s everything she wishes everyone knew, sharing her advice, right here. Buckle up.

Highlighter is not the same as concealer

One of the biggest misconceptions about highlighters is that they can conceal the under-eye area, making your dark circles simply vanish. Sadly, the truth is highlighters with their radiant particles will actually draw attention on them and not really fix the issue. What you do need is to use a full coverage concealer which will erase any kind of discolouration and darkness.

Match it exactly to your skin tone, anything lighter will draw attention to this area and bring any imperfections forward. If you really want to use both, I would advise that you used your illuminator on top of your concealer to perfect the area. Dab it with your ring finger, or a soft brush around the eye area, and focus on the inner corner of your eye and a bit on the lid, too. The ideal texture should be hydrating, light-radiating and lightweight. Try: Delilah Take Cover Radiant Concealer, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Concealer.

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Exfoliating is a must

Most clients think that exfoliating is optional but this is a required step in the skin care routine and of course, make-up sits and looks way better on fresh skin. The build-up of dead skin cells will make skin appear blotchy and uneven. Any scrubs, glycolic peels, exfoliating products used regularly are safe to use, leaving skin looking fresher and smoother. Try: Caudalie Gycolic Peel Mask, Peel and Polish by Pixie Beauty.

Make-up wipes are not recommended for every day use

They clog up the pores and do not clean your face effectively. Use micellar water and cotton pads, they are your safest bet. Try: Bioderma H2O Micellar Water, Nivea MicellAir Water to remove waterproof make-up)

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Sun damage is real

90% of skin ageing is due to the effects of the sun, so make sure you protect your skin using a broad spectrum and  non-comedogenic sunscreens containing SPF 30 or 50.They are the most effective in preventing the long-lasting effects of sun exposure. Try: La Roche-Posay Anthelios Lotion, Bioderma Photoderm Aquafluid.

Choosing the right foundation is actually easy

Always see the closest matching foundation in natural sunlight and not in artificial drugstore lights that can cause confusion. Dab a tiny bit of foundation on your jaw line and notice if it blends perfectly with your skin tone and voila! You found your match.

You are beautiful

Every single face has its unique and special features. Make-up is there to support you, bring your best features out and show them to the whole world!


Photography: Holly Broomhall

Make-up: Viorela Coman

BeautyPenny Lane