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My favourite beauty secrets

Pictures by James Chardon

ALL ABOUT MAKE-UP Even though fashion is my main passion and obsession, I’ve always been quite fascinated by make-up products. I feel like a good make-up adds a special touch to any outfit and creates a perfect harmony. Whether it’s playing with a bold brow, a nude lip, a smokey eye or a bright orange lip gloss, I feel like make-up brings so much personality to a look, and to me, putting make-up on in the morning is just like dressing up : it’s a great way to pamper, get a little creative and learn how to hide your little flaws and accentuate what’s most beautiful and special about you. So it’s kind of a learning process all the time!

I must admit that in terms of make-up I am not the genious, but I know my make-up routine very well and I try to perfect it every single day by using better products or trying to make improvements in the way I put my make-up on, wether it’s in the quantity I use or in the gestures I make to apply it. So it’s really about the details. For a long time, I’ve been buying drug store cosmetics thinking that it didn’t make a difference with luxury products and blaming the price tag. With time I learned to appreciate quality over quantity. I have a little selection of my absolute favourite products, that are not only good for my skin but also a pleasure to apply every morning. Here are some of them.

1. I useMétéorites Perles ”Base Eclat Les Ors” by Guerlainas a primer, it gives my face the perfect fresh glow 2. Because I have such pale skin, I need something to boost my natural sun kissed skin glow, for that I use Guerlain’s Terracotta Skin’s ”Healthy Glow Foundation Second-Skin effect”, it has a very natural texture which blends in perfectly with my skin, looking completely transparent yet adding the perfect shade or bronze. Remember that it won’t hide imperfections 3. To hide little flaws, I’ll use my all time favourite foundation, Guerlain’s ”Parure Lumière”. It’s honestly the best one I’ve found so far. I wear it in colour 02 Beige clair. It has a very light and creamy texture which gives a beautiful glow, making the whole make-up look very natural. In my opinion Guerlain has honestly the best skin beauty products out there, really worth trying! 
4. Only recently, I started to discover the hidden mysteries of contouring (I make it sound so mystic don’t I). As I have a round shaped type of face, I like to use Too Faced’s Chocolat Soleil Bronzer under my cheekbones in order to create that sexy shade and accentuate the impression of high cheekbones. I like this powder in particular because it’s really more of a light brown/chocolate shade instead of an orangy bronze one like in most of the bronzers. So it really does look like a natural shade. + this powder really does taste like chocolate, I am absolutely not kidding
5. To finish my skin make-up, I like to add some Terra Ora ”Sculpting Powder, Contrast Highlighter” by Guerlain on my checks to add a sunny glow as well as some highlight that will accentuate the contouring previously done. 6. For that I use my beloved limited edition Dior brush, I don’t think it’s in store anymore but you can always try to check with your local Dior beauty counter or get it throgh the link I posted above
7. I’ve always been a huge lover of Yves Saint Laurents eye shadows, they have the most fabulous colours ever, with great colour pigments (you don’t have to insinst too much on your eye to have a nice colour) which last the whole day. In this case I re-created my favourite bronze smokey using only 3 shades from their new Marrakesh Sunset Palette(summer collection). I’ll use the lightest middle shade on my whole lid, then work the crease with the golden tone and finally finish the smokey with the dark brown.
8. Even though I am a big sucker for bright lipsticks, I recently got obsessed with nude shades and this one must honestly be my favourite one by far. It’s the colour ‘Crème De Nude” by M.A.C and looks so natural yet shiny like a light non-sticky lip gloss, giving your lip that sexy yet natural pout. Plus it smells like fresh vanilla, simply fabulous.
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