A thick mask of make-up hides your beauty and makes you look like an older, duller and less pretty version of yourself. It's not so much about the colours or products, but the technique. Most cosmetic formulations can be applied lightly and built up for a stronger colour or coverage if necessary.
You can wear bright or strong make-up looks but still look fresh, modern and natural. Many women slap on too much of everything, so a little more thought and a step back can make all the difference. Look at your face carefully to work out where you need coverage and where you don't.
The worst make-up mistake is overloading foundation. Too much means you lose the natural texture of the skin, which in turn can be very ageing. It's essential to choose the right colour foundation for your skin tone. Go too dark and you run the risk of getting the tell-tale line around your jaw. Foundation needs to look seamless and natural, just like skin. Check out our guide to choosing a foundation for more help.
Eyebrows that are harshly lined and too dark are ageing and unflattering - pantomime villain is not a good look! The best technique is to use light strokes, mimicking the hairs of your eyebrows, then brush through to give an all-over natural effect.
Extreme stripy make-up is a skin sin, so don't go for a bronzer that is too dark for your skin tone. It's best to add colour by choosing a more natural shade, then building it up layer by layer. Load up your blusher brush, take most off on the back of your hand, and then lightly apply to your cheekbones. Light, simple, yet effective.
There is nothing worse than a beige lip colour accentuated with a dark lip liner. If you want to make your lips look fuller, using a lip liner is a good idea but always use a colour that is a close match to your natural lip colour. Apply by feathering onto the lip and blending to get a natural look - helping you to stay even more beautiful.