Foundation

  • 1 Foundation: the basics
    When it comes to foundation, the two keys to success are to choose the right shade and to apply it correctly. Both these fundamentals hide a number of other factors...

  • 2 The heat's on, so lighten up
    We all know that make up fashions change with the season, but beyond the latest trends there's a basic rule of thumb for summer cosmetics: when the sun's brighter, keep...

  • 3 Cosmetic care
    We're always talking about taking care of your health with exercise and diet, and about which products to use to look after your skin and your hair etc., but here...

  • 4 Weathering the winter: tips for radiant skin
    However chic your hat and scarf set, the cold weather can really take it out of your skin. Alternating between central heating and raw winter weather affects even the healthiest...

  • 5 How to care for combination skin
    The first step in looking after your skin is to understand it and to recognise what type it is. Pay attention and see how it reacts and you'll be able...

  • 6 She’s got perfect skin: how to achieve a flawless complexion
    Slapping on a bit of base is only the first step to achieving a flawless complexion; the rest depends on hiding imperfections and making sure your make-up stays exactly where...

  • 7 How to… correct a prominent nose
    Clever contouring with darker shades of base and powder can make a wide nose appear slimmer…1 Back to baseTo play down a wide or prominent nose, contour using a darker...

  • 8 Keep it natural – the rules of First Lady loveliness
    Michelle Obama's appearance at her husband's inauguration garnered almost as many column inches as the president's speech. And it's no wonder, when the new First Lady's skin managed to look...

  • 9 Take a foundation course in great skin
    From Scarlett Johansson to Helen Mirren, it's a rare celebrity who isn't blessed with - or helped towards - smooth, clear skin. But when it comes to those of us...

  • 10 Keep your looks long-lasting for Christmas
    What with all that kissing under the mistletoe, socialising and entertaining, never mind the time spent getting Christmas dinner ready in a hot kitchen, make-up has its work cut out...

  • 11

    Keep legs looking smooth in short skirts

    If broken veins or blemishes on your thighs make you feel self-conscious about wearing short skirts, apply foundation or concealer to the patches about which you feel most uncomfortable, setting...

  • 12

    Skincare: Prep well to keep that just-applied look

    Whatever the weather, everyone wants make-up that appears fresh throughout the day. That means avoiding an oily or sweaty face and retaining that Nicole Kidman just-applied look. Part of the...

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    Eyes and brows: Keep it smooth for younger-looking eyes

    Try not to use too much foundation and powder where there are fine lines around the eyes. If you've overdone it and they're accentuating wrinkles, dab on a tiny amount...

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    Complexion perfection: Looks that last – sweat-proof your make-up

    Be careful with your textures if you want make-up to last. Use cosmetics that claim to be matte, oil-free and non-shiny to help ensure they stay on. Also look out...

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    Complexion perfection: The secrets of powder perfection

    Except with the over-60s, powder seems to have lots its way in British beauty routines – many feel it makes make-up look caked-on, which can add on the years. Yet...

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    Get the Look: A nose for foundation

    Want to know how to find the perfect texture of foundation? Test it on your nose, says Tess Daly make-up artist Aimee Adams, because it's where skin can be oily...

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    Eyes and brows: Conceal those circles

    Normally, we match our concealer to our foundation and skin tone. However, on holiday for the Christmas break, we mistakenly packed our normal solid concealer (Barbara Daly make-up for Tesco)...