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Go professional: start with primer

The idea of being primed, contoured, buffed and preened to precision fascinates me. When I watch makeup artists do their thing, transforming the textures and shapes of their faces with brushes and tools, I am in awe.

Those who know the skills involved in creating beauty illusions such as ‘cheekbones’ via a makeup palette are amazing. It’s not easy to blend creams and powders, or to even know the orders they are supposed to come.

One can spend hours watching tutorials online, a world where words such as ‘luminous’, ‘flawless’ and ‘high definition’ are used regularly. This world can seem intimidating on the surface. But I enjoy a dabble. I’m starting with trying out a primer. It acts as a barrier between your pores and flaws and the heaviness of makeup. It helps foundation to ‘stick’ and last longer, and is brightening.

I’ve delved into the makeup aisle at Hema again – the Dutch chain store you often find at stations has an unexpected wealth of super beauty products at affordable prices. I’m using its CC Primer Anti-Dullness, which evens skin tone and adds a warm peachy lift to my face.

£4.50, hemashop.com

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