All Mey'd up

I met make-up artist and Lancome’s creative director Aaron de Mey (pictured) for the first time recently and was instantly charmed.

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When the slim-suited New Zealander found out I’d arrived 25 minutes early for my appointment, he invited me to join him on his lunch break and let me pick chips off his plate. I’ve never heard anyone speak so lovingly about make-up, but when I asked him what he’d do to my face, he just looked at me and said, ‘Nothing. Nope. I’ll have you as you are.’ Awwww…

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His tips for flawless skin were so good, I might have to try them anyway:

‘Create flawless skin using just concealer. Learning to perfect without foundation or all-over base gives skin life.’

‘The right concealer should exactly match your skin tone or be one shade lighter. Spending enough time finding the perfect one should be your first step.’

‘Bear in mind skin changes colour with the seasons so concealer palettes with two or more shades are useful because they allow you to get the perfect match every time.’

‘Make sure skin is very well moisturised before you start. The key to great make-up is great skin care.’

‘Using your ring finger – it’s the gentlest – dab concealer under your eyes, in the corners and on eyelids to smooth and brighten that area.’

‘For everywhere else, apply concealer using a lip brush or the tiniest brush you can find. Fluff the product around your nose, at the corners of your mouth and over blemishes until everything looks even.’

‘Mix some concealer with a little, little of your favourite lip balm and dab it along your eye sockets, at the very top of cheekbones and on the brow bone. This blankets out the even tone and makes you look polished.’

Finally, a tip from me: it’s got to be worth looking out for the concealer Aaron’s developing with Lancome, though it won’t be on counter for a while. In the meantime try Laura Mercier Secret Camoulflage, £25, or Yves St Laurent Concealer, £18.

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