How to Fake Flawless Skin in Every Photo, According to Nadia Fairfax
Apparently, today is International Selfie Day. (Well, depending on who you ask—we've found at least four different dates floating around the Interwebs.) Either way, we're celebrating this almost-holiday by hitting up one of our favourite fashion bloggers, Nadia Fairfax, for her tried-and-true tips on nailing perfect skin in every. Single. Snap.
Fairfax—she of this year’s winning Melbourne Cup hairstyle—is a pro when it comes to perfecting polished selfies that never feel contrived. (A lot harder than it sounds.) Turns out, this understated approach says a lot about her beliefs in using makeup to complement, not correct, your natural beauty: “Makeup should highlight your beauty, not completely change the way you look.” Word. Ahead, we've compiled Fairfax's top 5 tips for faking flawless skin in every photo.
Keep scrolling for her selfie secrets!
"The secret to always having perfect skin in a photo, is looking after it when you’re not taking photos!
My skincare routine is always the same, pre-shoot or otherwise. I wash my face morning and evening with Cosmedix’s Benefit Clean ($53) and use Purity Detox Scrub ($68) once a week for a deeper cleanse. Next I apply Elizabeth Arden’s Superstart Skin Renewal Booster ($85)—it’s a skin-healing product that also makes the rest of my products work much harder. When I have the occasional blemish, I rely on Dr. Aspect’s Multi B Plus Serum ($121) to combat it. Hydration-wise, my everyday moisturiser is The Clinic’s The Moisturiser ($80), and I do Prevage’s Anti-Aging Wrinkle Smoother ($99) just under my eyes. I also spritz Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir ($55) on my skin throughout the day—it’s a real pick-me-up!"
"I am lucky enough to work with makeup artists a lot, especially if I am shooting an editorial, but if I don’t have their magic hands to help me, I’ll do something simple.
I love a naturally dewy look–never matte—so I start with Chanel’s Vita Lumière Satin Smoothing Fluid Makeup SPF 15 ($86). (If I’m not shooting, I'll just do a BB cream.) I dust Nars’ Bronzer ($56) just across my cheeks and forehead. Sometimes I dab cream blush on my cheeks and lips for a little colour. Next, I’ll do brows with an eyebrow pencil. I fill those bad boys in—the stronger the better for me—then brush them up. It’s all about the Brooke Shields look! I finish off with Benefit's BadGal Lash Volumizing Mascara ($34), usually in brown for a more natural feel."
"I carry pretty much everything in my handbag in case of emergency touch-ups. I am the worst. I'll have foundation, bronzer, blush, mascara and an eyebrow pencil and brush. You never know where you will end up or who you will meet! If I get a surprise blemish (which can be a frequent occurrence), the secret is not to put too much makeup on it. Doing this just draws your attention there."
What do you think of Nadia's selfie tips? Will you be taking an honorary selfie today? Sound off in the comments below!
Opening photo: Fairfax Journal