If I'm black and white
Confession: I wore exactly the same thing I did as the last post. (Well, I did add a Liam jacket to the mix…)
Just experimenting with night photography and shooting with flash (because I wanna look like a K-popstar).
Everything seems to look effortlessly 1000x cooler in black and white. The trickiest part was actually getting the makeup on-point ‘cos the flash could be pretty unforgiving if you don’t blend well. Here’s what I’ve learnt:
If you don’t want to look like an inversed panda, go easy on the under-eye concealer. It took me a few goes to get the hang of it, but that’s fine ‘cos even Angelina Jolie got it wrong.
There’s a school of thought that believes your concealer should be a shade lighter than your foundation. For me, I'd only get a lighter shade if I’m using it as a highlight. To conceal dark circles, I’d pick a liquid-based concealer (a cream-based concealer is too thick and might create unwanted creases) that matches the shade of my foundation. Ideally it should have a warm undertone to cancel out the bluish under-eye circles. I’ve used Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24H Foundation and Lancôme Anti-Cernes Long Lasting Undereye Concealer for this photo shoot - which are the same shade (320 Bisque W) to avoid patchiness.
Contour and highlight
Contour and highlight are like tomato sauce and mince pie, fish and chips, or CC and dry. You can’t have one without the other. Flash photography makes your skin look pretty damn flawless but it could also flatten out your features.
Here I’ve used Cover FX Contour Kit in G Light-Medium for contouring and highlighting. I love this cream contour - it looks very natural and everything you need is in this pretty little case. (Disclaimer: PLEASE go easy on this shit - there's a fine like between looking defined and drawing your face on...)
The flash light must’ve been created by someone with dry skin. If your skin is not mattified, your face could look like a used frying pan by the sink under the harsh, unforgiving flash light.
To reduce shine, you can ‘bake’ your makeup and achieve a flawless, matte finish by setting your makeup with a translucent loose powder like Tarte Smooth Operator™ Amazonian Clay Setting Powder.
Ok so after doing all of the above, I've managed to not look as oily as a deep-fried wonton but I still look nothing like CL. If you have any makeup tricks up your sleeve, please comment down below. I’d love to know! x