How to create a good foundation for make-up!




Step 1 Primer

Step 2 Smooth on foundation with fingers (brushes tend to waste product in John’s opinion.

Step 3 Use Nars concealer to cover any blemishes or uneven pigmentation.

Step 4 Use master touch concealer only on dark circles avoiding any puffy areas.

Sometimes I think we can get a bit stuck in a make-up rut. I have been wearing the same foundation and concealer for the last couple of years so I thought it was about time to have a make-over. I find that if I go into one of the department stores I feel overwhelmed. There is just too much choice and if you go to one particular brand, and let’s be honest the sales assistants are normally on commission, I don’t think you get completely impartial advice.

For my role as mother of the groom and to look my best for the photos I booked an appointment to visit my favourite make-up artist John Gustafson, I wrote about my last session with John here.  John is a make-up artist to the stars and works at Fenwick of Bond Street where he helps transform us mere mortals from frumpy to fabulous with his magic brushes. You can book a consultation here, however you do have to be patient as his waiting list tends to be very long.

John is entertaining and non judgemental as well as a genius with make-up so morning spent in his company was a delight. Plus I left with some very sound advice on skin care and tips on how to apply make-up, especially foundation and concealer.

Above are the basic products John recommended to create a glowing canvas on which to add colour. I adore the Guerlain meteorites. It gives such a softly simmering glow to the skin that radiant would not be an exaggeration.

Next post I will share the eyeshadows, blushers and lipsticks that John recommended. See you again soon.



  1. 27th August 2014 / 00:29

    Every woman needs a “John” in her life. I am a big believer in having your make-up re-evaluated by a competent professional every few years, particularly as we age. Primers are so important. I use Laura Mercier’s in strategic spots. I prefer Laura’s tinted moisturizer to using foundation. Sadly, Max Factor, the last word in Hollywood glam for so many years, started phasing out its sales in the US about five years ago. It’s still selling well in the UK and Japan.

    When is the wedding? I can’t wait to see what you will be wearing? I know it will wonderful and the hat will be equally fabulous??

    Cheers, M-T

    • 27th August 2014 / 08:11

      Hi Marie-Therese
      Wedding was Sunday. Waiting for photos to come through. Hope to publish next week.

  2. Rita
    27th August 2014 / 13:29

    I didn’t realize Max Factor was available anywhere, it would be great if they decided to re-introduce it in the USA!

  3. stylecrone
    28th August 2014 / 14:25

    I’m going to give the Guerlain primer a try. Thanks Josephine!

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