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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

THE FIVE-MINUTE MAKE-UP CHALLENGE

Make-up guru Barbara Daly, creator of Make-up by Barbara Daly, available at Tesco:

If you are short on time, but need to freshen up your make-up before going out, cleanse your face and touch up with concealer. Blend a creamy mousse blusher over the apples of your cheeks and a little into the sockets of your eyes as well as on to your temples for an instant glow. You can smooth a little blusher over your lips too and top with gloss for a pretty, co-ordinated look. Finish off with a light dusting of face powder to set the look.

Make your eyes look more wide-awake by using lash-curlers and by painting a tiny triangle of highlighter onto the inner corners of your eyes. Try Make-up by Barbara Daly Glow-Up (£6, Tesco), a luminous, multi-reflective highlighter.

Model with perfect make-up

A good foundation like MAC's Studio FIx provides an ideal base from which to create a fast, flawless look

Celebrity make-up artist Cassie Lomas:

Start with a flawless base -  MAC's Studio Fix (£19, www.maccosmetics.com) is an all-in-one foundation and powder base which provides good coverage and is really quick to apply, with a brush, sponge or powder puff. It creates a matte, velvety finish.

To achieve instant glamour for eyes, use a cream shadow, such as RMK'S cream shadow, and apply with the wand across the eyelids. Then apply one coat of Bourjois' Volume Clubbing mascara (£7.95), which has a double-sided brush, just one sweep of the wand gives lashes instant fullness and volume.

And for lips, try Bourjois' new Rouge Hi Tech liquid lip tints (£7.25), they are easy to apply for instant colour and I also use them as a blusher, by dabbing a little into the apples of the cheeks for a fresh look.

Eyeshadow

Use a natural colour eye shadow for th base and apply a soft brown shadow on the upper lid

Celebrated Italian make-up artist Mario de Luigi, who has his own range of products, available exclusively on QVC:

Use a natural colour eye shadow (beige or cream) for the base - apply to the whole lid. Then with a soft brown shadow, line the contour of the upper eyelid, very close to the lashes and blend into the corner, use a sponge applicator or your fingertips.

The best way to apply mascara is by putting a mirror flat on the table and look downwards. Pull your eyelid up from the centre and when your eyelashes look like a flat fan, you can get right to the roots with your mascara wand and make them stronger and fuller.

Define eyebrows using a very pointed, neutral colour pencil. You can fill in where they are sparse. Eyebrows are very important as they give your eyes a frame. This will make your eyes look more intense. It's simple, but easy and effective.

Make-up Artist Anna Thompson:

Use your lipstick as a blusher. With so many lovely pink and coral shades around at the moment, it gives a lovely, fresh, summery look. If you're in a rush, try using a primer, such as Estee Lauder's Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher (£34, www.esteelauder.co.uk) when doing your make up for a night out. It makes the skin feel perfectly smooth and makes applying foundation much quicker.

Vaseline

Cheap tricks: Vaseline gives a glowing shimmer to lips and cheekbones

Top hair and make-up expert Cinta Martello:

My favourite product is Vaseline (99p, Boots). It moisturises lips and enhances cheekbones - simply blend it into a peachy powder and apply to cheekbones for a fresh, glowing shimmer.

Dior AIRFLASH spray foundation (£29.50, 0207 216 0216) gives you a photographically flawless finish in under five seconds. Simply hold 10 inches away from your face and spray in a zigzag motion.

It provides full coverage that feels weightless on the skin. There is no need for blending, simply sweep over cheeks with a golden bronzer and you have the perfect base in under a minute. Invest in a multi-tasking product. Multiples, made legendary by Nars, are available from all good make-up brands. These double-up as lipstick, brow highlighter, eye gloss and cheek shimmer, so will also save space in your make-up bag. Try Nars Copacabana (£27, www.narscosmetics.co.uk).


Alan Pan, celebrity make-up artist:

Save the time and hassle by refreshing your foundation using Estee Lauder Spotlight Skin Tone Perfector (£23, www.esteelauder.co.uk).

It's a sheer highlighting lotion that puts the freshness back into your skin that a hard day's work takes away. Using a foundation brush, dab Spotlight on to cheekbones, the forehead and down the centre of the nose.

It can also be applied to your d├ęcolletage for a sexy evening look. The best way to make your lipstick last the day is to do it the old- fashioned way. Apply lip liner over the entire lip and then apply lipstick.

Blot gently with tissue, then apply a little bit of loose powder on top. Always carry a few essentials in your bag for quick top-ups throughout the evening - blotting sheets, a great concealer and your favourite lipstick will see you through the night.

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