You may not recognize Susan Morales from on-screen, but you have definitely seen her work under the spotlight. As a talented makeup artist and hair stylist, Susan has worked her magic on magazine photo shoots, television shows and fashion insiders. We first met Susan on the set of Breakfast Television where she dazzled us with her ability to highlight features and enhance the natural beauty of clients and guests. We recently checked in with Susan to hear about her makeup tips and favourite products.
1. What beauty products do you rely on?
Clarins Double Fix’ Mascara: This completely invisible gel is applied on top of your regular mascara to make it resistant to water and sweat. Applied to eyebrows, bare or with makeup, it perfectly controls and seals their shape and strengthens the hold of the makeup.
Clarins bronzer & blush compact (limited edition): As always, the Clarins bronzer (and blush) texture is divine, velvet-smooth and beautifully natural on skin. I buy the new edition every year and I am never disappointed.
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer: It creates a softer, smoother complexion, while instantly obscuring imperfections and diminishing fine lines and signs of fatigue.
Dior Lip Sugar Scrub Sweet Exfoliating Balm: This is the most delicious sugar scrub lipstick. It cares for your lips and makes them appear healthy and youthful.
Clarins Fix Make-up: A light and refreshing mist that sets makeup and offers a longer-lasting hold. Enriched with aloe vera and allantoin, it instantly moisturises and soothes the skin. Its invigorating grapefruit extract and organic rosewater scent provides a continuous sense of well-being.
2. What tips do you have for applying picture (or video) perfect makeup?
My biggest note is to blend, blend and blend some more. This may seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many people are doing it wrong! Many believe that blending is one of the more difficult techniques to master, but it is merely something that takes a degree of precision and the willingness to practice. I admit that it is not always easily accomplished when working with certain colors or textures. Each makeup application allows me to practice my blending or fine-tune it, because blending is really an on-going technique. Tutorials are an excellent way to understand the basics and mechanisms behind blending, but practice truly makes perfect in this case.
3. Do you recommend to follow the trends?
I feel like women should tap into trends but do their own thing too. Instead of following trends they should follow their heart and their own beauty. It is also important to follow your inner beauty advice because I feel like women know what they want to look like and they are great at balancing the scales of what works on them, what doesn’t and what they feel comfortable with. You can have fun with the trends but always keep it real. Feeling confident and being comfortable in your skin—that’s what really makes you beautiful.
4. What are the common mistakes women make when applying makeup?
Applying the wrong concealer and applying it the wrong way: What works well for one woman may not work well for another. That is why it is important to figure out what formula works best for you. While it seems like it’d make sense to just apply concealer on top of your dark circles, applying it in an upside-down triangle shape below the eye creates an overall brightening effect, that looks much more natural. Use a light hand when applying your concealer and ensure your blend it well. Use powder to set your makeup after you apply the concealer.
Foundation Faux Pas:
Wearing the wrong shade of foundation: Foundation isn’t supposed to give your skin a bit of a tan, after all, that’s what bronzers are for. Instead, it’s supposed to create a perfect, smooth complexion and cover-up any imperfections. Therefore you should always use a foundation which blends in with your skin. What I suggest is testing on your jawline (not your hand!) before buying and (when possible) ask for a sample first. With a sample you can test the colour at home and look at your skin in various lighting situations, to make sure the shade you choose looks natural.
Not blending your face to your neck: Always blend down so your face is the same shade as your body, if it’s not, you are using the wrong color.
5. As a busy woman on the go, what is your go-to makeup look?
In order: mascara, eyeliner, concealer, bronzer, blush and lipstick.
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