A natural look is the make up holy grail in my book. I love when people look like themselves, just more polished. Years ago I assumed people on TV or models got their make up done professionally all the time and sadly I soon found out that this isn't the case. I do my own make up and have winced when I don't think it looks great on screen.

I'm always looking for tips and tricks to improve my make up and caught up with Emma Farrell to both detox my make up and also have a lesson on how to improve my technique for a natural look.

After going through the two massive bags of make up I arrived with she seriously lightened the load and made me chuck the stale foundations, the mountains of shimmery too dark bronzers and also pointed out that I was missing key products.

Starting with Primer - this is Nars primer - I had been using way too much of this. A smaller amount properly worked into my skin felt much nicer.

Next up Emma pointed out that I rarely used an eyeshadow primer or neutral shade all over the lid. She used Mac eyeshadow in Brule.

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Step by step she did one side of my face and I did the other under her watchful eye. It was actually a bit terrifying and Everything looks different in proper make up artist mirrors with those amazing (yet terrifying) lights.

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She made notes along the way of products I needed to buy.

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She focused on eyes initially going using a Clarins Palette I already owned. (The Clarins Mineral Palette in Odyssey)

Once the eyes were done she instructed me to take a cotton pad and really properly clean under the eye. A really simple step but one I had neglected to do.

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We moved onto brows and I actually used the darker shadow from the Clarins palette which actually made it a multi-purpose product.

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Moving onto foundation she used Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation which I already had in True Nude.

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When it came to concealing under the eye she recommended I invest in Clarins Instant camouflage concealer in number 1, the palest shade (of course!) It's a massive tube so should last ages.

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Using my Flawless contour brush she applied Flormar bronzer for contour along the cheekbone rather than under as I would normally do.

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Lip wise she just suggested a light gloss and then we were done.

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EFCreative is in Ringsend, Dublin 4.

Emma is nominated for an Image magazine Beauty of Business Award & you can find more about and vote for her : http://bob.image.ie/

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