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How To Do Soft Focus Makeup

How To Do Soft Focus Makeup
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With a rise in popularity of social media channels such as Instagram, the beauty world has gone crazy for filters that give your skin a flawless finish. Soft Focus Makeup has become a serious trend, and achieving it in real life is actually much easier than you think.

There are products on the market that help to deliver a soft, fresh and dewy finish to your complexion without the need for adding endless filters to your online images. With this easy guide, you'll have a focus-ready face in no time at all.

How To Achieve The Soft Focus Makeup Look

With celebrities such as Shailene Woodley and Miranda Kerr opting to go "au-naturel" with their makeup and keep things to a minimum, it has become clear that less really is more. With this in mind, soft focus makeup is all about creating a flawless finish with the naturally beautiful canvas you were born with: your skin. It is all about looking after your base first, and then you will need much less afterwards to perfect.


  • 1.Prep Your Skin

    Prep Your Skin
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    Firstly, make sure you really prep your skin first. Find a routine that works for you and your skin type, and the rest really will fall into place. You can find out your skin type here. The Natio Rosewater and Chamomile Gentle Skin Toner however, is suitable for all skin types and really cleanses your skin to leave it glowing. Its blend of natural ingredients feed the health of your skin rather than working against it. It's brilliant for prepping your skin before applying makeup to eliminate excess oil, shine and dryness.
  • 2.Prime Your Skin

    Prime Your Skin
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    The silicones in primers are what actually help your skin to look even and flawless. They work by blurring any imperfections such as blemishes, fine lines and wrinkles to leave your skin looking radiant and healthy. We love the Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield, which has a Soft Focus Complex enriched with Mushroom Peptides to leave your complexion glowing, even and radiant. It's a great moisturiser too, and used under makeup, preps and perfects the skin before you even have a base on.
  • 3.Use A Soft Focus Base

    Use A Soft Focus Base
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    By using a natural coverage foundation, you'll achieve a much better finish than with a heavier base. Lightweight formulations blend more easily into the skin and leave a glowing finish behind. The Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus All Smooth Makeup contains ingredients which support the skin's natural Collagen to leave your complexion looking plumped, youthful and healthy. It gives a soft and dewy finish which blurs signs of imperfections and wrinkles to leave skin flawless.
  • 4.Love Your Highlighter

    Love Your Highlighter
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    Highlighters are your best friend when it comes to achieving that soft focus makeup look. There are so many that you can choose from, but it's best to go for one that has smaller particles of shimmer to avoid looking too sparkly. The Benefit Watt's Up Highlighter is a champagne shade that adds a beautiful radiance to the skin without looking over the top. It glides onto the skin as a cream and settles as a long-lasting powder to ensure you look your best all day.
  • 5.Add A Little Colour

    Add A Little Colour
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    When it comes to soft focus makeup, don't forget that your skin needs a little colour to add depth and dimension. The RMS Buriti Bronzer is suitable for all skin shades as it can be added little by little to be built up to your desired shade. It adds a hint of warmth and shimmer to your skin, and when placed just under the cheekbones, adds shape to your face.
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