Unlike many celebrities would like to have you think, there are very few people who have "perfect" skin. But like many celebrities, you can use make-up to fake a clear, radiant glow. Here's how.
Regardless of the type, formula or texture you choose, foundation's number one function is to even out skin tone.
Pick one that gives you the minimum coverage you need (very important) and make sure it's the right colour (match to your jaw line if using all over).
Apply it by putting small blobs on clean skin to your forehead, nose, cheeks and chin, and blend outwards with your fingers. Don't forget to blend around your jaw.
Try: Clinique Perfectly Real Makeup.
Concealer should never, ever, ever be detectable. If you can see it once it's applied, what's the point of wearing it?
Use a light, creamy foundation for under eyes. Thicker formulas (that you apply with a brush) are best for spots and blemishes.
Make sure it matches your foundation exactly. A shade a smidgen lighter is okay for around the eye area.
Less is best: build up coverage with your brush in light layers.
Powder is essential if you want your concealer to stay put. Apply sparingly (and skip cheeks if using a cream blush). If not using translucent, go for one that matches your foundation exactly.
Try: YSL Touche Eclat (for under eyes) and Kryolan Dermacolour concealer palettes (for blemishes).
Blush is key to a healthy-looking flush. Cream blush "melts" into your skin, for a natural look, while powder is much longer lasting and better suited to oily skin.
Gently pinch your cheeks and take note of what colour they turn: this is the blush colour for you!
Start from the apples of your cheeks and blend up and out. Don't go lower than the imaginary line you'd have if you drew a line from your nostrils to your ears.
Use luminisers and highlighters to make your skin look radiant.
Go easy: you're not a Las Vegas showgirl. Use sparingly on brow and cheek bones, and opt for warm-toned shades.
Skip if you have problematic skin or large pores — light-reflecting make-up will only emphasise them.
Liquid luminisers and highlighters should be applied before powder.
Try: i.d BareMinerals Cultured Pearl
Eyes and lips
You're not creating a make-up look to go clubbing with, so simple and natural is all that's needed.
Lips: go for a thin layer of gloss in a soft, sheer colour that makes the most of your cheeks.
Eyes: A neutral shade lightly dusted across the lids, and a little brown mascara is more than enough.
Try: Covergirl Lash Exact mascara.