Fresh faced skin

Fresh faced skin

Make-up artist Jesse Walker gives us the lowdown on how to achieve flawless-looking  skin with a natural glow

“It costs a lot of money to look this cheap,” Dolly Parton famously said, and by the same token, it can often take a little time and effort to look as though you’re not wearing any make-up at all. The key to a naturally glowing complexion lies in skincare, advises make-up artist Jesse Walker. “Having a thorough routine, being consistent about doing it and always taking your make-up off at night are key,” she says. “Use a good cleanser, moisturiser and a hydrating spritz so skin will be prepped for make-up.”

For the base, choose a formula that’s as sheer as possible. “Use a tinted moisturiser or a super lightweight foundation all over, covering any blemishes with a concealer,” suggests Walker. “Revealing the good skin while only concealing problem areas tricks the eye into thinking that you’re wearing far less make-up.”

Blusher works to lift skin tone and make your complexion look radiant. “Go for a cream blush in a subtle shade as that will give you that natural-looking flush, which comes after exercise.” And for a glossy, dewy finish, use a subtle highlighter. Finally, to ensure that your make-up lasts the day, add a strategic dusting of loose powder. “Apply to the forehead, nose, side of the nose and chin, but leave your cheeks to glow.”

key products

Soft Matte Complete Concealer by NARS Great at concealing pimples and smoothing imperfections

Stretch Concealer by Glossier A multi-purpose concealer that can be used under the eye and to blur acne scars

Prep and Prime Highlighter by MAC Use in the socket of the eye and the light will bounce off skin

Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks by Bobbi Brown A light dab will give that lovely post-exercise glow

Haloscope by Glossier Complete with moisturising stick in the centre, it creates a natural looking, dewy sheen

  • Words: Miriam Bouteba

  • Photography: Catharina Pavitschitz

  • Model: Amira @ Elite