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5 beauty hacks for a flawless make-up finish

By Rachel Dean

All beauty lovers will agree that achieving a perfect make-up look that lasts throughout the day can often be challenging. Making a few changes to your beauty routine can drastically change how your make-up looks on your skin.

Here are five of my favourite beauty tricks that I swear by for a flawless finish:

1. A damp make-up sponge

Always wet your sponge before applying foundation or concealer. This simple, quick step prevents your sponge from soaking up your make-up which allows for less product waste.

If that wasn’t enough, using a damp applicator also gives a more natural look to the skin.

I myself have regretfully skipped this step a few times while in a rush and I noticed a distinct difference in how my make-up applied to my skin, so, I highly recommend taking a few extra seconds to soak your sponge.

2. Match your foundation to your neck

Many people make the mistake of matching their foundation to their face because it seems to be the more obvious option.

However, your face is often lighter than the rest of your body, especially during the summer.

Try choosing a shade that best suits the colour of your body to allow a smooth, seamless connection between your face and neck.

3. Wet your eyeshadows

Sometimes the pigmentation of our eyeshadows just isn’t there, especially when seeking an intense eye look.

Applying eyeshadow wet intensifies the colour while also helping it last much longer on the eyes.

Most beauty gurus recommend Mac’s Prep and Prime Fix+ (£18) however, I have found that other, more affordable setting mists work wonders, too.

4. Moisturise your skin

This tip is more useful for those with dry skin, however, if you have oily skin, you can just use a light moisturiser.

Applying moisturiser to your face leaves a nice, even base for a flawless make-up application.

I recommend Soap and Glory’s Speed Plump All-Day Super Moisture Marvel as I’ve been using it for around 7 months now and it works amazingly not only as a moisturiser, but, as a primer too.

It soaks into the skin and gives your make-up something to cling to. My make-up lasts so long when I use this product and for just £13 at Boots it’s totally worth a try.

5. Regularly cleaning your make-up brushes

How clean are the brushes you use on your face every day, really?

Regularly cleaning your make-up brushes (every 2-4 weeks, depending on the amount of use they get) gets rid of product build up and dead skin cells that collect amongst the bristles.

This allows for a more precise application and healthier skin.

I recently picked up a handy little brush cleaner from Amazon which is so simple to use as the grooves get right in between the bristles for a deep cleanse.

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