Hiding Those Imperfections – Makeup Tips & Tricks

Hiding Those Imperfections – Makeup Tips & Tricks

Be prepared for some raw photos! I’m sharing all the imperfections that I have on my face with you here. I’m finding it harder and harder to take makeup-free photos as the years go by. I know I felt more confident showing a makeup-free face here four years ago!

I’ve been kindly gifted a couple of new items to try from one of my favourite makeup brands Look Fabulous Forever. I hade run out of my Hydration Hold Serum and was desperate to get some more, so I’m really happy about that.

Hiding the lines and redness

So today I’m sharing tips and tricks that work for me that might just work for you too. I don’t wear or prepare my face every day like this. If I’m taking outfit shots then I will be wearing it all (anything to look better in those photos!) If I’m staying in I like to be makeup free, And depending on time if I’m going out, I always do my best to look my best.

I'm finding it harder and harder to take makeup free photos as the years go by


Here are the three new items that I was gifted. Hydration Hold, I wouldn’t be without this now. Colour Radiance Neutraliser – I wanted something to get rid of some red blemishes plus the pesky broken vein that I have on my nose. I’ve had it lasered twice and it’s still not gone. I use concealer on the redness but it’s not quite covering.

A new Instant Bright Highlighter. I’ve chosen this to use under my eyes to help conceal the lines.

So here’s that makeup-free face! A bright red spot (broken vein) on the nose, lip lines, a deep dent straight up the forehead! Some pigmentation plus darker skin on the eyelids and some nice jowls forming around the chin. What more could a girl want eh?



1. Hydration Hold Serum
This moisture-boosting silky serum is formulated with a high concentration of active ingredients for an intensely hydrating treatment that will make older skin feel and look comfortable and full of health.
2. Smooth Like Silk Face Prime
Our face prime does two things. It fills open pores and fine lines (with the help of aloe vera and silica) to leave your skin soft, matte and younger-looking.
3. Smooth Out Eye Prime
eye primer prepares your lids for makeup by neutralising any discolouration and forming a beautifully smooth base
4. Never Feather Lip Prime
lip primer seals the edges of the lips to stop lipstick bleeding into fine lines around the mouth



The first item I apply is the Smooth Like Silk Face Prime. This is great for before applying foundation, it stops the foundation seeping into the fine lines . It’s clear so you can’t see it on.

Then I apply Never Feather Lip Prime. This is great for providing a barrier and stop pencil or lipstick sinking into the lip lines. It takes a minute or so to dry. I carry on to the next step while it’s drying.


One thing I would like to say about any brand that I’m using is that when I’m concealing any of these impurities that I have, I use a shade lighter than my foundation. Light brings out the depth and just works so much better than my actual skin tone. So give that a try at some point if you haven’t before.

The Instant Bright Highlighter Pen is very light and not heavy at all. The light reflecting particles work well. Best used over foundation, but once I patted in with my fingertip I can say I’m pleased with it. Excuse the mad woman look! Trying to do this without a mirror in front of a camera is tricky!


1. Colour Balance Neutraliser
If you’re eager for a professional finish to your makeup, when foundation and concealer aren't quite enough, try our Neutraliser.
2. Bring Back Brow Shape
Brow Shape is unique. With its ultra-fine brush you can “create” individual brow hairs,

I’m applying the Colour Balance neutraliser. I’m surprised at how bright it is! I applied around the nostrils and a pinkish blemish on my cheek too and once patted with my finger tip I find it hides my veins around the nose well. I have to apply it twice to that pesky broken vein on my nose though!

Now the lip prime has set, I’m adding my Look Fabulous Forever Cover to Cover Conceal. I use the flat brush from the LFF brand too. It’s brilliant for applying. I pat the flat brush to my lips and I find this really helps hide those lip lines.

A brush of the concealer into that deep line on the forehead. I hate it! the concealer really helps though. I mean’t to say. I would normally apply this after foundation. I’m not using foundation here so you can see what the product is like.

I patted in some concealer over the green Colour Balance Neutraliser after. It’s definitely helped hide the redness. The concealer over the top finishes the job nicely


1. No Shimmer Eye Shade - Cream
Our eye shadow is completely matte, because shimmery shadows draw attention to a crepey lid.
2. Enduring Summer Bronze
Our bronze is a tinted powder that brightens the face whatever the climate
3. Cover To Cover Conceal
Our concealer is a godsend for any areas needing a little extra help: blemishes, age spots, broken veins or darkness around the eyes.

Getting rid of dark eyelids

I absolutely love the LFF Eye Prime. It really helps conceal my darkened older skin. It helps stop eyeshadow creasing too. This has lasted for ages but I will be getting this on repeat. I apply with the wand and pat in again with my fingertip.

Just a touch – in the corner

Just before applying any shadow to my eyes I always use an off white shadow just in the inner corner of my eye. It really brightens them and makes your eyes pop! I use a non-sparkly one though. A matt eyeshadow like this one I’m using.

My favourite find of 2018 was the Look Fabulous Forever Bring Back Brow Shape. There’s barely a day that I don’t use it but as the finest of eyeliners to help look like I do actually have some eyelashes. I wear it on it’s own or I sweep some dark eyeshadow over the top.

It’s actually for sparse eyebrows. I have applied some above to mine but I don’t think I really need it. The brush is super fine and if your brows need filling in and you want them to look natural then this could be perfect for you. Look at the difference in colour from the left eye to the right. The Eye Prime really does work.



This last trick that I’m sharing I learned on a makeup shoot with Look Fabulous Forever last year. Use a blusher brush with some bronzer under your chin and along the jawline. Not heavy of course, just a light dusting. I’m surprised how this works but it does!

Happy with my base, I would normally go about adding the rest of my makeup. The only difference being that I would conceal after foundation. I know a lot of makeup artists recommend before but I find my way works better for me.

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  1. October 23, 2019 / 4:00 pm

    Thanks for the tip of using a lighter color concealer.

  2. October 20, 2019 / 12:21 pm

    Laurie, you really have beautiful skin even in your makeup free photo. It is true that we are our own worst critics! I am starting to notice my jowls sagging a bit now and I think that is the one thing I dislike most! I really notice it in photos more than I do in the mirror. And in the past few years with the premenopause hormones gone crazy, I get terrible acne or rosacea outbreaks (I am not sure which it is). It is uncomfortable, itchy, and very unsightly so I need to find ways to cover the redness and the bumps. Although, I am currently documenting the effects of flax oil for my skin and will be sharing a post about that in a few weeks. Thanks for sharing your makeup tips and linking up!


  3. October 18, 2019 / 12:42 pm

    You have really great skin! Thanks for sharing your tips.

  4. October 16, 2019 / 5:49 pm

    I think your skin looks great even without make up Laurie but I know how you feel. It’s hard to get used to our aging faces when we feel so much younger on the inside! These products sound great and your tips were helpful! I am so happy you shared this on our Style Six link up!

  5. Wendy
    February 26, 2019 / 8:52 am

    I think you look gorgeous with or without it! I don’t wear make up, only when I’m extremely sleep deprived and look like a zombie! These are great tips though xx #dreamteam

    • laurie
      February 26, 2019 / 10:51 pm

      Thanks Wendy. Glad you enjoyed reading. I hope you return for more xx

  6. February 24, 2019 / 12:57 pm

    Laurie, I know that Gail loves the moisturiser from Trish. I have not tried her products yet. I must give them a go. Thanks for linking.

    • laurie
      February 26, 2019 / 10:47 pm

      Yes. The moisturiser is good. I really like the Deeply Dreamy night cream xx

  7. February 23, 2019 / 6:57 am

    I haven’t started wearing much makeup, but I have noticed that I need a much better moisturizer as I age. Plus I’ve added a night serum to my routine so I can rejuvenate while I sleep. #DreamTeam

    • laurie
      February 23, 2019 / 3:35 pm

      The best advise I can give you regarding your moisturiser Heather is to make sure there’s good SPF added. The higher the better. xx

  8. February 23, 2019 / 3:59 am

    I feel too that the concealer is my best friend now. o) I like Color Balance Neutraliser. I think, this product can help a lot. I didn’t use makeup for years, but now it makes me more confident. I like your decent makeup. It looks perfect. You are a pro, Laurie. o)


    • laurie
      February 23, 2019 / 3:49 pm

      Thanks Anna. I hope you found this post helpful xx

  9. Marilyn
    February 22, 2019 / 11:17 pm

    Congratulations! Your post was my Most Clicked at #OverTheMoon this week. Visit me on Sunday evening and to see your feature! I invite you to leave more links to be shared and commented upon. Please be sure to leave your link number or post title so we can be sure to visit!

    • laurie
      February 23, 2019 / 3:50 pm

      I’m so pleased to hear this Marilyn! xx

  10. February 21, 2019 / 4:24 pm

    Thanks so much for partying with us at the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty 31! Shared ♥

    • laurie
      February 23, 2019 / 3:52 pm

      Thanks for hosting xx

  11. February 21, 2019 / 12:32 pm

    I’m entering the stage of life where I have to actually “conceal” things and I have the brow wrinkle too that I hate. Thanks for sharing these makeup tips and the items you are using. Thanks for linking up with us at #OMHGWW and hope to see you next week!

    • laurie
      February 23, 2019 / 3:54 pm

      Thanks Alice. What we have to do at our age eh? Just takes that little bit longer xx

    • laurie
      February 23, 2019 / 4:03 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the post Alice xx

  12. February 20, 2019 / 6:11 pm

    Half of the joy of makeup is being able to conceal and cover those blemishes. You always look so great. I love how you’ve talked through the stages x #MixItUp

    • laurie
      February 21, 2019 / 12:15 am

      Thanks so much Rosie. Not the prettiest of looks here but I’m super pleased with the Colour Balance Neutraliser xx

  13. February 19, 2019 / 10:36 pm

    I enjoyed reading about your make up routine. Great tips here! Thanks for sharing with Thursday Favorite Things! I’ll be featuring you this week. Angelina @ Petite Haus

    • laurie
      February 23, 2019 / 4:07 pm

      Thanks so much, Angelina xx

  14. February 19, 2019 / 9:19 pm

    Great to read, usually too lazy to use full makeup and am eye only kind of a girl, but well there are those times we just want a little extra help, usually with those nasty dark circles under my eyes in my case…. #dreamteam

    • laurie
      February 23, 2019 / 4:10 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the post Isabel. Thanks for stopping by xx

  15. February 19, 2019 / 1:11 pm

    I’ve never been that bothered about using make up, but the older I get the more I’m realising I need at least a little! 😉
    Thanks for sharing with #pocolo

    • laurie
      February 23, 2019 / 4:11 pm

      Hope this post was helpful to you then Morgan xx

  16. February 18, 2019 / 9:59 pm

    For someone who has better skin then me, you are awfully hard on yourself. But I think most women are their own worst critics. You gave some great tips too…

    • laurie
      February 23, 2019 / 4:19 pm

      Thanks Christine. Hope you find any of these tips helpful xx

  17. February 15, 2019 / 1:06 pm

    This is a nice post showcasing the beauty products that you are using. There’s so many out there that it always make it difficult to choose which ones will do the job. I don’t wear a lot of make up but always up for a good ol concealer!

    Maureen |

    • laurie
      February 23, 2019 / 4:20 pm

      Good to find the ones that work too isn’t it Maureen xx

  18. February 15, 2019 / 12:03 pm

    Rally helpful post, you look lovely by the way X #pocolo

    • laurie
      February 23, 2019 / 4:21 pm

      Thank you so much Sam. Thanks for stopping by xx

  19. February 15, 2019 / 9:27 am

    You have some really good tips here I am going to have to try out. I don’t wear make up often these days or very much due to dry, temperamental skin. I tend to stick to mineral foundation too. #pocolo

    • laurie
      February 23, 2019 / 4:23 pm

      Thanks Tracey. I’ve not really tried mineral foundation yet but looking into trying xx

    • laurie
      February 15, 2019 / 7:01 am

      Thanks, Maria. The LFF brand has made its way into my daily makeup bag. I get on with these products so well. xx

  20. Sylvia Sharman
    February 14, 2019 / 12:06 pm

    Please unsubscribe me.

    • laurie
      February 23, 2019 / 3:42 pm

      Just click on the subscribe box Sylvia. You will be able to do it from there xx

  21. February 14, 2019 / 10:38 am

    You look well Laurie. x The renovations are going okay I hope. Thanks for joining the #chicandstylish #linkup Jacqui Mummabstylish

    • laurie
      February 15, 2019 / 7:01 am

      Thanks Jacqui xx

  22. February 13, 2019 / 8:27 pm

    You always look striking and attractive, Laurie! Thank you for sharing your makeup routine. I have very fair, delicate skin and have rosacea and I get occasional zaps of BBL – broad band light laser treatments and they have worked so well – I should send you a pic.. They also remove pigmentation. I have always kept out of the sun, which is so hard living in Australia with no ozone layer.. anyway, I think you look fab!! Donna 🧚🏻‍♀️❤️🙏 donnadoesdresses.com

    • laurie
      February 15, 2019 / 7:02 am

      Thanks Donna. I bet you need extra high SPF! I’ve had laser and found it to be very good xx

  23. February 13, 2019 / 6:59 pm

    Well that’s very brave of you. But it’s not as bad as you say it is. I think you still have a good teint without make up. I lasered my gains too years ago but it didn’t help at all. Especially around the nose it’s awful. Thank you for your tips!

    • laurie
      February 15, 2019 / 7:04 am

      Thanks, Nancy. I’m desperate to get rid of that broken vein! I hate it! The first zap I had got rid of it completely but it returned and I swear it’s getting bigger! xx

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