Throughout the warmer, brighter seasons, many of us tend to wear a little less make up and embrace that dewy, fresh-faced, sun-kissed look.
With peaches, pinks, corals and golden hues more dominant tones for spring and summer, it’s no surprise they’re making a comeback after gracing numerous catwalks around the world.
Following the advice that less is more, we’ve teamed up with two make up artists from Boots in Aberdeen’s Bon Accord to show Society readers just how easy it can be to achieve this effortless radiant spring look.
Boasting numerous beauty brands, the store is ideally located within one of the city centre’s busiest shopping destinations, making it the ideal place to pick up make up or beauty products on-the-go.
Creating a more feminine look with pastel hues, dewy lips and glowing skin that is wearable day or night, Katheryn Mulholland, a make up artist for NYX, who has more than 10 years of experience, and Ailsa Dickson, who has worked as a beauty advisor at Estee Lauder since September 2017, talked us through how to achieve their individual on-trend looks.
Created by Ailsa Dickson, beauty advisor at Estee Lauder in Boots, Bon Accord.
- Begin by prepping the skin with No.1 Advanced Night Repair serum to hydrate and protect skin. Its oil-free formula will keep skin hydrated and is suitable for both morning and evening use.
- Use moisturiser to help soothe any irritation – not forgetting the eye area. Use Advanced Night Repair Matrix with its applicator to help with any puffiness or texture to the eye area.
- Begin with an illuminator primer to create the perfect canvas for your foundation and to enhance radiance to the skin. Using a light foundation (Doublewear Light Foundation) create a light to medium buildable coverage. This will give a skin-like finish.
- Using concealer, begin by applying the prep serum to hydrate and smooth round the eyes. Apply concealer on top for coverage.
Top tip: Use a concealer around the eye area instead of foundation as the skin is 40% thinner than the rest of the face so concealer prevents any creasing and keeps a fresh appearance
- If you have an oily skin or prefer a matte appearance to the skin, use a very lightweight setting powder (Perfecting Pressed Powder) just on the centre of the face to keep the skin looking fresh. Tap it down using a large fluffy brush.
- Add warmth and depth back into the face using a bronzer in the hollows of cheeks and on the temples of the forehead to give that sun-kissed glow. Highlight and blush to give a youthful and healthy glow. Use the blush and highlight duo in “Sinful Peach” to finish off the complexion on cheeks and cheekbones.
- Use “Oh Naturelle” eyeshadow palette, for a day to night look and a pop of colour. Add smokiness by using a brown eye pencil, using the Doublewear Infinite Eye Pencil in Espresso. Apply this in the waterline and upper lashline. To define the eyes even more, use a volumising mascara.
- To frame the face, use a brow pencil to create a soft fluffy brow.
Go nude. Line the lips with nude lip pencil to define and use lipstick (Nude Mood shade) to give a soft peachy colour.
Created by Katheryn Mulholland, a make up artist for NYX in Boots, Bon Accord
Radiant skin preparation
- Apply a gentle lip scrub to exfoliate away any dry skin (NYX This Is Everything Lip Scrub £6 – vegan)
- Moisturise your skin
- Use a primer suitable for your skin type. If you have dry skin choose a hydrating primer NYX Hydratouch £11. If you are very oily then a more mattifying primer NYX Shine Killer £11. Combination skin can use a technique called face mapping, where you use two different primers applied in different areas of the face.
- Apply your glow before foundation. Use a cream highlighter onto the high points of the face. NYX Born To Glow liquid highlighter £8 creates a refreshing luminosity to the skin.
- Lock everything in with a primer spray, NYX First Base Primer Spray £7.
- For normal to dry skin you may benefit more from a tinted moisturiser such as NYX Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil £10, while using a skin matching concealer to cover any imperfections. If you are more normal to oily skin use a soft matte finish foundation like NYX Total Control Drop Foundation £14. This foundation still allows the skin to show through but can be built up where coverage is needed, plus it will have the long wear hold oily skins need.
Top Tip: I use two shades of foundation, one an exact match and the other slightly warmer, to create a more natural looking contour. This reduces the need to add colour back in later which can create too many layers.
- Find your skin tone along your jawline and slightly onto your cheek.
- Foundation application should start in the centre of the face and really press in the products as you want to work it into the skin rather than wiping it all over, then blend the product outwards over the rest of the face.
- Apply a warmer foundation shade to create the contour.
- Use an eye primer NYX HD Studio Photogenic Eye Shadow Base £6. This will hold your eye makeup on. It also helps colours look more true to what you see in the eyeshadow pan.
- Use a medium eye shadow brush to apply a matte eye shadow lighter than your skin tone over the eyelid and up to the brow bone. This will hide any discolouration and allow following shades to blend easier. NYX All Over Eye Shadow Brush £9.
- Using a flat eyeshadow brush, pack on colour to build up desired intensity.
- With a fluffy brush, blend out edges upwards and inwards. Apply a metallic eyeshadow to the centre of the lid close to the lash line, and then apply to the inner tear duct using a small rounded brush. NYX Love yo so Mochi, Electric Pastels palette £18 has a selection of colours to create many different looks.
- Opt for a softer brown mascara, NYX Worth the Hype Mascara £9, as it wont distract attention away from the soft pastel on the eyelid. You can tight-line with a a dark brown eye pencil, NYX slide on pencil £6, to give the effect of longer lashes without having to apply on the lid.
- On the waterline use a brightening eye pencil, NYX wonder Pencil £4.50, this will make eyes appear wider.
- Apply to apples of the cheeks to give a more natural effect and instantly add a flush of colour.
Tip: For correct product placement, apply two fingers distance away from your nose and two fingers away from under your eye.
- Oily complexions work better with a powder formula, whereas drier skin types will benefit from a cream. Be subtle and build up colour instead of applying too much straight away. For powder blush use a fluffy brush NYX Dual Fibre Powder Brush £12. Tap off excess product and apply on the apples of your cheek softly blending outwards towards your temples. For cream blush apply with index and middle finger, dab and blend.
Keep brows soft and fluffy and fill in any gaps with small strokes for a natural looking finish, NYX Micro Brow Pencil £9. For fuller brows, tame with a clear eyebrow mascara which can also be used over powder or pencil, NYX Control Freak Eyebrow gel £6.50.
Using a natural lip pencil define the Cupid’s bow and taper off to the sides – don’t go all the way down as you don’t want to over line. Finish with a sheer or coloured lip oil, NYX This is Everything Lip Oil £6. You can use the NYX Wonder Pencil around the lip to give a more prominent pout.
To set, use a dewy setting Spray to lock everything in and keep makeup in place all day, NYX Dewy Setting Spray £6.