When it comes to nailing ‘I woke up like this’ make-up, achieving a flawless but barely-there glow actually requires a bevy of products to perfect your skin, brighten your eyes and bring a touch of colour and definition to all the right places. We enlisted the help of Illamasqua’s beauty experts to discover the five essential products you need…

1. Primer

Healthy, natural-looking skin is the first step to achieving an overall make-up look, and starting with a primer is a make-up artist’s golden rule. Creating a smooth canvas for your foundation, a primer is your prep essential. Bridging the gap between skincare and make-up, Illamasqua’s cult Hydra Veil Primer delivers a hit of moisture and will give your foundation some serious staying power, while those with oilier skin should seek out the Matte Veil Primer. Apply to freshly cleansed and moisturised skin for the best results.

Beyond Veil Primer, £34

Hydra Veil Primer, £34

Matte Veil Primer, £34

2. Colour Corrector

Those prone to redness, dark circles and sallow skin should invest in a colour corrector to balance out the complexion and create a flawless canvas. Look to green shades to fight redness – whether triggered by blemishes or rosacea – as well as yellow or peachy hues to tackle under-eye circles; purple formulas, meanwhile, are ideal for skin with a tendency towards sallowness. Apply with your fingers where needed prior to your foundation for a fool-proof application.

Cream Pigment In Dab, £18


Cream Pigment in Androgen, £18


Skin Base Mixer In Terracotta, £26



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