Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Estée Lauder creative makeup director Tom Pecheux gives his indispensable guide to achieving complexion perfection ...

One: “You need to start with a great-quality base. Backstage at the shows on models, I always mix Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair [$105, 1800 061 326] in with a dab of moisturiser, then work it into the skin. Don’t use too much or you’ll end up with a greasy face.” 

Two: “If you have time, a little massage on the pressure points on the inner corners of the eyes and the temples works wonders in boosting blood flow.” 

Three: “Your skin constantly changes both texture-wise and colour-wise, so every woman should own two foundations: one for winter and one for the summer.” 

Four: “Generally I always opt for a foundation slightly darker than skin to keep it “warm”. Powder seems to lighten things up, and you don’t want to look like you are wearing a mask. And if you’re putting your hair up, don’t forget applying a little foundation to ears.” 

Five: “I like to use my fingers rather than a brush, massaging in the makeup to really warm it into skin 
and make it transparent. When you reach the eye area, apply using light finger taps.” 

Six: “Skin around the inner corners of the eyes is transparent, so a dot of concealer mixed with foundation should do the trick.” 

Seven: “There’s a knack to applying powder: take the brush, ‘grab’ the powder and dust off the excess. If powder sits on the edge of the brush you end up with patches. Powder the eyelids too — for eye shadow to stay put all day, the eyelids need to be totally dry.”

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