Simona Antonović, leading Croatian make-up artist and official CHANEL make-up artist. Her work is on the pages of the most famous magazines, she is a regular make-up artist at the Paris Fashion Week, and she also runs her blog simonantonovic.com. Simona gives us some advice on skin preparation.
Do you have any tips for preparing the skin that is flakey or has pronounced texture?
For skin that is flakey or has a rough texture, but is not reactive, I recommend exfoliating with fruit acids and using a moisturizing mask on a weekly base. For everyday use, I recommend superior Biologique Recherche Lotion R50, and hydrating Novexpert booster.
What do you prefer - a lightweight foundation od high coverage foundation?
I always prefer light foundation, nobody likes visible powder, but perfect skin. If someone has more pronounced irregularities, I will use foundation as a concealer on larger surfaces, and apply it again to the areas that need camouflage.
Your top 5 products for the perfect skin?
Cream - La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream, primer - CHANEL LE BLANC DE CHANEL, liquid foundation - CHANEL VITALUMIERE AQUA, concealer - YSL Touche Eclat and RMS `UN 'Cover Up and setting powder - Make Up For Ever Ultra HD.
Favorite brush or sponge for applying liquid foundation?
Still a sponge - Beauty blender.
Some tips for covering dark circles?
The product that is multifunctional - has a yellow undertone, it is light and moisturizing and has corrective power - Lancome Maquicomplet Complete Coverage. The corrector neutralizes dark rings under the eyes and I apply it after the foundation.
What does your routine look like, and do you make out every day?
I put make-up on every day since I was twelve and this routine looks more or less the same - I adore the natural look. I use fingers to apply liquid foundation on my face, except on the forehead, I tap in concealer with my middle finger and I don’t use setting powder. I apply cream blush to my cheeks with my fingers and blend with a brush. I curl my lashes and apply brown mascara. Use pencil on my eyebrows and I just brush trough them. Lipstick or balm in a gentle neutral color is on the lips.