Rachael Brook shares the insider secrets on making your skin look flawless. This is the first in a two-part series that I am really looking forward to trying.

Rachael Brook is a fashion make-up artist who works with leading Australian lifestyle magazines along with some of Australia’s most well known models and brands. You can find out what Rachael gets up to here http://allureofbeauty.com

I want to teach you how to make your skin look flawless.

Amazing skin is the one thing that can turn almost ANY make up, into a beautiful make up.

I believe your skin should always look fresh, dewy and flawless.

We can’t just jump into a tutorial on foundations & concealers.  First, we need to prepare the skin for a long day of looking fabulous.

Us make up artists call this part SKIN PREP.

The first thing I always do when starting any make up, is remove all the oil (& leftover make up if there is any) from my model’s face, especially the eyelids.

For this, I use baby wipes. They’re gentle on skin and they don’t contain any added perfumes or “moisturizers” that could irritate the skin.

I always say, “If you can use them on a baby’s bum, you could use them on the face of a queen.”  Well, actually…that’s a lie. I don’t always say that…

In fact I’ve never, ever said that before.

The point I’m trying to make is that baby wipes are pretty much ONE HUNDRED PERCENT safe to use on any skin.

If you have VERY oily skin, you may want to use a toner on your eyelids to get rid of all the excess oil.

Then, It’s time to create a smooth base for the foundation to be applied to.

If you have very dry skin, as in skin that soaks up everything you put on it, you want to use a moisturizer or an illuminating primer.  If your skin is just normal, use a good quality, light feeling primer.  If your skin is very oily, use a pore minimizing primer or anti-shine cream.

Apply your chosen product evenly over your face, either using your fingers or a foundation brush, whatever it easiest for you and let it sink in for a minute.

There is only one spot where you shouldn’t apply any of these products – your eyelids.  As they are the oiliest part of your face, they don’t need any added extras.

Apply some lip balm.

Your skin should end up feeling fresh, smooth and ready for make up!

NB: All of these photos are one hundred percent real.  This is how I look in the morning and this is how i really do apply make up.

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