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Makeup powerhouse Napoleon Perdis caught up with ARM to share his expert secrets to applying the perfect face of makeup.

Napoleon spills his top makeup secrets

WITH these simple tips from Napoleon Perdis, you will leave the house ready to hit a catwalk (or just go to work) every day.  

Eyes and contouring: Always look up when contouring your eyes. It's the difference between eyes that are wide-open and lifted, and eyes that appear downcast or droopy. Next time you're window-wiping shadow on, use a soft fluffy eye brush to swipe back and forth right in the crease of the eye socket making sure to look straight ahead into the mirror, keeping eyes lifted.  

Steps for lucious lips: Gloss first, liner last. Cue gasp! It should be the last step in your lip journey. First, apply a light, high-gloss lip color then use a flesh-coloured lip pencil to lightly line the outer rim of the Cupid's bow. The skin-coloured pencil acts like a Photoshop stick. It brings out your natural lip line without using color to create a line. 

 Mascara hacks: Apply mascara using a comb brush. Unlike those fancy wands that come with your tube and pick up masses of mascara every time you pump, Perdis advises you veto this in favour of a comb brush for the longest, cleanest, most defined lashes. And apply it straight from root to tip - no wiggling. You want length, thickness - wiggling is for volume - all I'm going to do is just brush it out all the way to the ends. It's like your building your own faux lash.  

Have a solid foundation: Never apply foundation to your forehead. It's aging and it drips. I suggest using a smoothing primer with optical diffusers.     

Find time for perfect brows: Brows always go on first. We know, this is meant to be the last step in your make-up routine right? Wrong. This essential step adds life to the eyes, awakening the face.  

Everything you thought you knew about lip liner is wrong...
Everything you thought you knew about lip liner is wrong...

 

FLAWLESS BASE MAKEUP

FOR flawless base make-up for every occasion, from the work day to evening celebrations, follow these top foundation tips from Napoleon.

Not to prime is a crime: Wait for your moisturiser to dry before going in with your primer, preferably one that hydrates the skin. Opt for a foundation that's creamy and moisturizing, so it doesn't settle into those pesky fine lines and wrinkles, and use it sparingly - the more you apply, the less it'll fuse to your skin.   

Shady situation: To find a foundation that matches your complexion, always test the color on your neck. (not your chin or the back of your hand). Your skin tone is more uniform there than it is on your face, so you'll wind up with a shade that's just right. You'll also avoid that dreaded line along the jawline. Dab on a five-cent amount of foundation on your nose and spread out from there, adding more where you need it. Using your fingers, spread the colour down or sideways to prevent it from catching in peach fuzz.

Great blend: Tap a clean, damp make-up sponge around the nose, over wrinkles, and anywhere your base is noticeable to remove excess that could crease or emphasize lines.  

Devil is in the detail: With a small fluffy brush, dab a solid concealer over blemishes or dark spots that are still visible. Get rid of redness with the yellow-based shade making sure to use your fingers to smooth it over any discoloration, and then blur the edges with a damp makeup sponge.  

Finishing off: Dip a large, fluffy brush in pressed powder. Tap off excess and dust powder where you tend to get shiny.    

A flawless base is a must.
A flawless base is a must. Contributed

 

HOW TO GET FAUX FRECKLES

WHAT do Kate Moss, Giselle Bündchen and Olivia Munn have in common? Cute-as-a-button freckles adorning their genetically blessed noses, that's what.

The au naturale trend continues to dominate runway moodboards this Spring Summer '17, as make-up artists not only left freckles bare but further enhanced them. In addition to offering a more fresh-faced vibe, freckles can also make you look more youthful.  

For those who weren't lucky enough to be born with the speckled spots, Napoleon shares his secret to getting the most realistic of faux freckles:  

1. Use either Napoleon Perdis Wand-Er Brow Blonde Ambition or the Eyebrow Pencil in a hue that's one to two shades lighter than your hair for the most realistic result. Light and medium brown work on those with fair to medium skin and hair, and medium and dark brown look best on warmer skin tones.

 2. Using the pencil or thin brush, tap it around your face, almost bouncing it across your nose and cheeks. The trick is to not make the spots look too perfect-if they are oddly shaped they will look more natural.

3. If you simply can't go without a heavy base, freckles are an easy way to make it look like you are wearing less make-up than you actually are. Just apply over the top of your foundation.  

4. Pair your freckles with a final powdering of Bronze Patrol to complete your sun-kissed look.  

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Faux freckles are all the rage on the runway right now.
Faux freckles are all the rage on the runway right now.