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Industry experts have shared their top tips for how to get the perfect selfie to see in the new year:
SMOOTH OUT THE SKIN
In-house Skincare Expert at Trilogy, Corinne Morley says "Exfoliation is really important, especially if you wear make-up on a daily basis. Polishing away old skin cells encourages cell turnover and reveals new skin underneath - it's essential for restoring a radiant glow. How often depends on your skin type. Exfoliate once a week or every 3-4 weeks for very dry or sensitive skin. You don't want anything containing rough, sharp bits as these can irritate and scratch the surface of the skin. The Jojoba microspheres in Trilogy's Gentle Facial Exfoliant (£22.50, www.trilogyproducts.com) are great to gently buff away surface impurities and dead skin cells."
UP YOUR ANTIOXIDANTS
"This means in both your diet and your skincare" says Dr. Justine Hextall, Consultant Dermatologist on behalf of The Harley Medical Group "Applying anti-oxidant serums and oils such as Trilogy's Rosehip Oil Antioxidant + (£31.50, John Lewis) will help to reduce inflammation and mitigate against the free radical damage leaving a glowing complexion that reflects light better in photographs. Calm hydrated skin is the key to looking good and is so simple to achieve!"
APPLY THE RIGHT AMOUNT
"Applying makeup when you know you're going to be photographed is tricky, as it's not like a professional shoot and you will be at an event interacting with people in real life" says Francesca Neill, Celebrity Makeup Artist and COLLECTION Ambasaador. "You want to apply more than you would on a daily basis but not go overboard. When applying foundation and face products try not to go too heavy as this can be exaggerated on camera. It's a case of enhancing your features without being too heavy handed. Despite the Instagram trends, intense highlighting doesn't always look great in real life and you have to keep this in mind too. Go easy on the face shimmer and instead opt for something that can create a dewy, natural look, that looks like your skin glows from within"
Francesca says "Mattifying, full-coverage base makeup will help your skin to look smooth and even and will also help to combat shininess. Apply your foundation first and then conceal the problem areas that still stand out. Usually, the best areas to conceal are around your nostrils, the shallow area underneath your eye and any blemishes."
BE CAUTIOUS WITH THE GLITTER
"Christmas is the perfect time to add a bit of sparkle to makeup, but using a flash can totally change the way your face is seen. In real life there's nothing bouncing light off your face, so what may seem like a good amount of glitter in person, may be too much in a photograph when it catches the light" says Francesca. "I love creating a wet-look, metallic eye for the festive season, the look is much more modern and a fun twist on the classic smokey look. To intensify the shadows, apply with a wet brush and pat your chosen colour all over the lid, then use a dry blending blush to erase any harsh lines. Apply a darker shade into the outer corner and blend out and add a light shade to the brow bone and inner corner to highlight. For added drama, apply a thin line of COLLECTION's Glam Crystals Dazzling Gel Liner (£2.99, www.boots.com) on the lower lash line, before finishing with mascara and false lashes."
BRUSH UP YOUR LIPS
Francesca says "Regularly exfoliating your lips definitely keeps your lips looking plump. Try brushing your lips with a soft toothbrush to get rid of dry skin to make them look fuller. I would then recommend using a lip liner as close to your natural lip colour as possible and slightly over-drawing the outside of your lip line so it actually looks like it is part of your lips to give an instantly fuller look. A nourishing lip balm is also an essential for well-hydrated and fuller lips. One of my favourite tips for when you're using a lip colour is to use your preferred shade all over the lips with a lighter shade in the centre to attract light to the centre of your lips giving the illusion of a fuller pout, this is particularly effective when applying gloss to just the centre of the lips. Try COLLECTION's Intense Shine Gel Lipsticks (£3.99, www.superdrug.com) to help create the illusion of a plumper pout."