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A flawless face never goes out of fashion. If you’ve nailed your base, the rest of your makeup routine is smooth sailing. Even if you’re not starting out with a perfect complexion, it’s easy to ‘fake it ‘til you make it’ if you’ve mastered the right techniques.

There are three steps to achieving a flawless face. Start by applying a fresh dewy base, then define your features with contouring, and finish by using a highlighter for a luminous ‘lit from within’ glow.

Creating a fresh, dewy base

Heavy foundation looks are out, while a fresh, dewy complexion is in. When applying liquid foundation and concealer, the secret to getting a natural result is to use a damp sponge. Use the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge for a smooth, streak-free application. You can build the coverage from sheer to full. To apply concealer, use the pointed edge of the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge to cover any blemishes. For dark under-eye circles, use the flat edge of the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. The round edge of the sponge can be used to apply cream blush. To set the look, apply a translucent powder with the damp sponge. To see exactly how we used the sponge to create a flawless base, watch the video above.

Contouring your face

To fake supermodel cheekbones, contouring is a must! Contouring is all about defining your natural bone structure. It might seem advanced but with the right technique and the correct brush, contouring is really easy. The Real Techniques Sculpting Brush has a wide, soft head which makes blending your product foolproof. Use the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush to buff a matte powder bronzer under your cheekbones and blend it out. Blending is key to avoid harsh contour lines. Next, apply bronzer to your temples and buff towards your hairline. Lastly, use the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush to blend the bronzer underneath your jawline. To see exactly how we used the Sculpting Brush to create a seamless contour, watch the video above.

Highlighting for glowing skin

For a luminous glow, highlighter is your go-to product. Applying a highlighter to the highest points of your face will enhance your natural features and give your complexion a boost. To get a flawless result, you need a brush that gives you control over where you apply the product. The Real Techniques Setting Brush allows you to apply powder or cream highlighter without going overboard. Using a powder highlighter with the Real Techniques Setting Brush, apply the product to the top of your cheekbones. For the illusion of bigger, brighter eyes, apply the highlighter on your browbone. Next, apply the powder highlighter down the centre of the nose. For the appearance of fuller lips, use the tip of the Real Techniques Setting Brush to lightly brush the highlighter along the cupid’s bow. Finish by lightly dusting the powder above your brows to accentuate the arch of your brows. To see exactly how we used the Setting Brush to get glowing skin, watch the video above.

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