velvet skin.

by Rebecca Reekie

So, velvet skin is a massive trend right now and one that I absolutely love! It’s quite a difficult look to describe but I’d define it as a perfectly flawless skin with a matte yet radiant finish which is super flattering on all skin types and tones. I’m going to talk you through how to get this look, broken down into four easy to follow sections …

Step One: Preparation
You’ll want to start with clean, dry skin, before using a hydrating, softening toner like Lancôme Tonique Douceur. Pop a little bit on a cotton pad and apply to your entire face in small circular motions to sweep away any dry flaky skin.
Next, take a little of Clarins Facial Treatment Oil and massage into the face and neck to moisturise and plump up the skin. Really take your time on this step, it makes all the difference to the end result.
Step Two: Prime
Smooth out uneven skin texture and enlarged pores with the UK’s number one best selling primer, Benefit The Porefessional. Use your finger tips to smooth this wonder product all over the face, paying extra attention to the T-zone or any areas where you suffer from open pores.
Step Three: Perfect
Now your skin is ready to be perfected with foundation and concealer. Take a few pumps of YSL Teint Resist Foundation in your shade on the back of your hand and buff into the skin with a Real Techniques stippling brush. I adore this brush, it’s absolutely perfect for creating the flawless yet not heavy looking finish of the velvet skin trend.
Take some Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer on a concealer brush and apply under the eyes and on any imperfections your foundation hasn’t covered.
To set the make-up and give a velvet finish take a little bit of MAC Studio Fix powder on a large powder brush, lightly dusting all over the face. Please resist over powdering!
Step Four: Finish
To finish off the look take a cream blush in a warm pink toned shade, I love Illamasqua Cream Blush in Dixie (which is on sale right now!). You can either use your fingers to apply this to the apples of your cheeks or a  short bristled buffing brush. Skip mascara and apply a nude toned gloss to your lips like bareMinerals Amazing Lip Colour in Free Will.
I hope you give this trend a try and love it as much as I do. Below I’ve listed the products I used to create this look, but if there are any alternatives that you’ve used at home please comment and let me know! Also if you’d like to see a video tutorial of this then also comment and I will get it posted as soon as possible!
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