The Expert Column: Jillian Dempsey On How To Get Perfect Skin

The Expert Column: Jillian Dempsey On How To Get Perfect Skin
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If you look at any of the make-up looks Jillian Dempsey has created, you’ll notice a common theme: the make-up enhances the features of the woman wearing it, so you see the beauty of the face, not the make-up. This runs across the body of her work, whether it’s a pout-plumping red lip on Kate Winslet, a smoky eye on Jennifer Lawrence. The make-up is there, sure, but it’s the face that shines. 

This ability to render make-up seamlessly-blended and perfectly harmonised with a face makes her the ideal woman to advise on making skin look stellar. In this week's expert column, she shares the tips - and products - that will hide blemishes and make skin look glowing.

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Q: I never buy the right shade of foundation - how do I get it right? 

Jillian Dempsey: "This is a question I’m asked so often! Start by taking a look at your neck in a mirror in daylight to see if there’s a lighter area directly under your chin - lots of skin tones are darker on the facial area than on the neck. If that’s the case, find a colour that’s the middle ground between the two by swiping foundation shades just above the jawline to see which looks best. You may need two shades that you can either custom blend or apply to the different parts of your face to balance it tonally. It’s also worth waiting to see how the foundation dries down on the face before buying and, once you’ve got the right one, always putt effort into blending it well - my favourite way is to buff it with a sponge." 

Q: I’ve had a breakout and it’s making me feel rubbish. Tell me how to cover the spots without things looking cakey?

Jillian Dempsey: "You need to follow four simple steps which will cover it all up so are well worth the effort. 

Step one: get rid of dry skin that would contribute to that caked look by putting a dollop of moisturiser on the spot and letting it sit for a minute, then removing it with some non-peeling tissue or blotting paper. 

Step two: apply a dry concealer (I like Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage) with a small nylon brush, stroking it on with circular motions on the area directly on the spot. Make sure you don’t use too light a concealer as this will highlight the blemish, and ideally opt for a yellow-toned concealer as this covers redness well.

Step three: lightly feather out the edges - I like to use a cotton bud to keep blending out around the area.

Step four: dust over the area with a loose translucent powder to seal in the spot."

shop it Jillian Dempsey's Perfect Skin Kit

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    Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, £27.50

  • Hourglass+Ambient+Light+Powder%2C+%C2%A340

    Hourglass Ambient Light Powder, £40

  • Make+Up+Forever+HD%26nbsp%3BFoundation+Stick%2C+%C2%A330

    Make Up Forever HD Foundation Stick, £30


Q:  I am really busy and always do my foundation on the go - but carrying my glass bottle isn’t feasible. Can you recommend a powder foundation that would be easy to apply and looks luminous?

Jillian Dempsey: "Why not try a stick foundation like the Make Up Forever HD Foundation Stick? I find this one gives good coverage and comes in a multitude of shades. If you are stuck on wanting to use a light, luminescent compact powder then try the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powder. It gives a really glowing finish."

Don't forget that if you want your burning beauty questions answered by the hottest names in the industry, that you can reach them by getting in touch with us, or by using the below hashtags on social media:

For skincare, Caroline Hirons: InStyleXHirons

For hair, Luke Hersheson: InStyleXHersheson

For nails, Glenis Baptiste: InStyleXGlenis

For make-up, Jillian Dempsey: InStyleXDempsey


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