When it comes to festive makeup, there are a few basic things you’ll need to take into consideration — (A) It needs to look trendy, (B) long-lasting and (C) should not look cakey or unnatural. How do you ensure that? It’s simple — by following the right application technique and using the right products. But that’s not all. Learning a few sneaky makeup hacks will come in handy when you’re trying to ace that perfect makeup look this festive season. Ahead, five makeup hacks to look bomb.com this festive season.

 

Hack #01: Dab your primer

Hack #01: Dab your primer

Smooth, even base and lost-lasting makeup can be achieved by using just one product before applying your makeup — a primer. While you may know that, did you know the right application technique also matters? Instead of spreading the primer across your face, dab it all over your face using clean fingers or a makeup sponge for the perfect finish. The Lakme Absolute Blur Perfect Makeup Primer is a gel-based waterproof formula that creates the perfect base for festive makeup looks.

 

Hack #02: Apply a thin layer of concealer

Hack #02: Apply a thin layer of concealer

Dark circles are annoying to deal with. But don’t ahead and apply layers of concealer to cover them. Instead, use an orange colour corrector to cancel out the dark circle and then go over it with a thin coat of liquid concealer like the Lakme Absolute White Intense Liquid Concealer SPF 25. Make sure to dab the concealer on instead of rubbing it to avoid moving the colour corrector around. Bake with a loose powder for five minutes and kiss under-eye creasing good-bye forever!

 

Hack #03: Dampen your eyeshadow brush

Hack #03: Dampen your eyeshadow brush

Does your eyeshadow often fade in a few hours? Do you have a hard time blending the shade onto your lids? We get it. Here’s an easy solution for that — firstly, prime your lids to ensure smooth blending. Secondly, dampen your eyeshadow applicator. No, don’t dip it in water; instead, spritz a little bit of makeup setting spray onto the applicator, squeeze out excess and then dab it over the shade your want to apply and pat it over your lids. This not only makes your colour last longer but also intensifies the pigment.

 

Hack #04: Make your eye shadow pop

Hack #04: Make your eye shadow pop

If you love wearing vibrant shades of eyeshadow you would know what a struggle it is to make the hue look as good on your lids as it does in the palette. The trick is to use a similar base colour first. If you are going for a metallic blue eyeshadow look, apply the Lakme Absolute Kohl Ultimate Kajal - Prussian Blue all over your eyelids and then apply the eyeshadow and notice the difference it makes.

 

Hack #05: Carry a finishing powder

Hack #05: Carry a finishing powder

Contrary to popular belief, a finishing powder works better than a compact for touch-ups during the day. Compact can settle into the creases and accentuate fine lines and wrinkles, and can also appear patchy. A finely milled powder like the Lakme 9 to 5 Naturale Finishing Powder will absorb excess oil and make you look instantly fresh.

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