HOW TO: Flawless Face With Luxury Makeup (+ Budget Alternatives)

How To: Flawless Face with Luxury Makeup + Budget Alternatives -

Flawless Face with Luxury Makeup

We all want to achieve that Flawless Face Makeup Look, either it be for a wedding, for a photoshoot, for a graduation, or just because we feel like looking polished. To me, the ‘flawless look’ becomes even more special when I use my favourite luxury makeup products. Yes, some of them are ridiculously expensive, but they also perform amazingly well. Convincing your partner, best friend, mum or even yourself that you MUST have them… now that can be a bit of a task!

This ‘flawless face’ makeup base routine is what I do to fake perfect airbrushed skin. I deliberately didn’t finish my makeup for the purpose of demonstrating how the base products look on their own; the only two extra things I added to my ‘After’ picture were eyebrows and a bit of lip balm.

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If you were to recreate this look using the same luxury makeup products, it would cost you a whopping £155.50! I almost fell off my chair when I added it all up, so I made sure to include budget alternatives to all the products, which would get you a similar end result, but would only set you back a more reasonable £30.25.

All of the luxury products I used and its budget alternatives are listed at the bottom of the post, along with any reviews that I have done and where you can buy them. Enjoy the picture tutorial below!

Flawless Face With Luxury Makeup + Budget Alternatives

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Starting with moisturiser, I like the La Roche-Posay Pigmentclar Daily Moisturiser because it is light enough to be used under makeup, but still very hydrating on my extremely dry skin, and it sets rather quickly. The addition of SPF 30 is very welcome, although it may give you some flash-back if you’re going to be exposed to flash photography.

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For primer, the Dermalogica Hydrablur Primer is stunning! It truly does blur my pores, just like magic. I only apply it to my forehead, nose and cheeks, where my pores are more visible. What I love about this primer is that it is slightly tinted, it mattifies and brightens my face, whilst the skincare ingredients in its formula look after my skin behind the scenes.

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My foundation is an old favourite, the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. Nothing beats this foundation, in my opinion. It has a beautiful medium to high coverage with a matte luminous finish and an all-day lasting power.

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A concealer that covers all sins, lasts all day and doesn’t crease on me is the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. It feels lightweight on the skin and I can use it on my dark circles, redness and pigmentation. If you have combination to oily skin or lots of fine lines, I recommend the Mac Pro Longwear Concealer instead, as this one is more matte than the Nars Concealer, which needs to be set with a powder.

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Speaking of powder, the Giorgio Armani Micro-Fil Loose Powder gives me a light-diffused matte effect. The micro shine particles are so fine that you can’t see it on the skin, but it adds plenty of brightness to the face. The finished result is subtle, not at all heavy, setting all of my base makeup nicely to last all-day long.

Luxury Makeup Base Products

La Roche-Posay Pigmentclar Daily Moisturiser – review here

Dermalogica Hydrablur Primer

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (Shade 3.5) – review here

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer (Shade Medium 1 Custard) – review here

Giorgio Armani Micro-Fil Loose Powder (Shade 01)

Budget Alternatives

Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer

L’Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation (Shade Rose Beige) – review here

Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer (Shade Light)

Rimmel Match Perfection Loose Powder (Shade Translucent)


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  • dandelia loro

    Thank you for this tutorial Ysis! I would love to try the Giorgio Armani luminous foundation, so I hope that I can put my hands on a sample!
    Can I ask you what method do you use for facial epilation? I have your same skin colour, but every time I try waxing, it leaves a “white” cast on the skin (especially on the upper lip).

    • Ysis Lorenna

      You’re welcome! :) I only remove upper lip hair with tweezers. I’ve tried waxing but I just didn’t find it easy enough. I’ve been tweezing for years and although it was slightly uncomfortable at first, I’m totally used to it now and I hardly feel anything! x

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