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The Top Tips We Learned From The Makeup Geek Masterclass

By Grace Day, 21st March 2018

Last week we held an exclusive audience with Makeup Geek-founder and pro-MUA Marlena Stell. 

Whilst Marlena created a masterpiece of smoky, glittery eyeshadow on blogger Hannah Renee, she multitasked(!) and took questions in order to solve the audience’s most major makeup conundrums and answer the questions that you all want answers to.  

Turns out, Marlena has a solution for everything. 

There’s a trick for preventing the fine lines around your mouth from creasing… 

Use a silicone-based primer do cover the areas where you normally crease, then put your makeup on top and set it with a teeny bit of powder. The primer acts a bit like filler. 

Marlena’s favourite shades are… 

Grandstand, In The Spotlight (in the In The Nude Palette), Americano, Bitten, Mood Ring, and High Wire

This is how to stop your foundation from going cakey… 

Only put powder in the centre of your face, because generally cakiness will only appear around the outside. Another trick is to use powder as a primer and put it under your foundation rather than on top so that the oil soaks into the powder rather than through your foundation. 

Choosing the right foundation is all about finding the right formula… 

If you have dry skin, choose a dewy- or satin-finish foundation – don’t choose a matte because it will emphasise your dry patches. It also helps to wear oil underneath – they create a nice layer between your dry skin and the foundation that locks in moisture. If you have oily skin, choose a matte foundation and follow the powder trick I mentioned above. 

Marlena’s ride or die beauty products are… 

Mascara, Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in In The Spotlight, and a lipgloss. 

You can use eyeliner to make your lips look bigger… 

Use a shimmery nude or white eyeliner and put it just above the lip line to accentuate it. It’s less obvious than using a lip liner. 

Marlena recommends Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer for covering acne scars… 

It’s got pretty intense pigmentation but you only need a little bit. Just dab it on the spot, blend it in, and then apply another layer after your foundation. 

Practice makes perfect if you’re an aspiring makeup artist… 

Practice on your friends, your family, neighbours – people of all skin tones, eye colours, and face shapes just to practice as much as you possibly can. It helps to have a social media presence as well to post examples of your work, but focus on one platform. I love YouTube because I like being able to speak on camera. 

Marlena swears by using a beautyblender for perfecting makeup around your eyes… 

Take a loose powder and really get it pressed into the sponge then pat the beautyblender around your eyes – for me that really helps makeup to stay put and prevents creasing.