How is it that celebs always seem so flawless on the red carpet – not only with regards to their beautiful makeup, but basically every part of exposed skin?
And have you ever noticed how much they *glow*?
Well, have we got some goss for you! It’s all thanks to some carefully blended body makeup says renowned Australian makeup artist Rae Morris.
“I use body makeup on every person I do on the red carpet. I’ve never seen a model walk down the Cannes or the Met Gala red carpets without some body makeup on them,” Morris revealed in our exclusive chat.
But that’s not all Morris has revealed; she’s given us the exact details on how you can create your own custom-blended body makeup at home, using products you probably already own. It’s simpler than it sounds and you just need two to three ingredients: a body oil and loose pigment, plus foundation if you’d like to add some coverage to your look.
Here’s how to create flawless-looking skin from head to toe:
#1 / Choose your oil and loose pigment
For a body oil, Morris recommends Weleda’s natural body oils range (we’re particularly big fans of the Weleda Pomegranate Regenerating Body Oil), or just straight-up coconut oil, and adds that both are great options for sensitive skin. If you’d like to be less oily, she recommends a Bioderma body cream.
As for choosing a loose pigment powder, look for one that’s shimmery to help illuminate your skin. Morris notes that a rose gold pigment like MAC Cosmetics Pigment in Melon is a universally-flattering options for all skin tones.
“Rose gold is such a great colour because it crosses more colour boundaries... So if you’re under the pump and you’re not sure [what pigment colour to choose], rose gold is a more forgiving colour,” says Morris.
#2 / Mix the pigment and oil
Morris likes using small bottles from Japanese retailer MUJI to shake her custom blends together and says that you can tailor the amount of pigment depending on what looking you’re going for.
For example, depending on the area Morris is using the oil on, Morris says she might use five pumps of oil and anything from a quarter of a teaspoon of pigment to a full teaspoon of pigment. “That’s why I love [this trick], because you can really mix it up - you can make it personal,” says Morris.
#3 / If you want coverage, add foundation
“If you want to take it a step further and even out the skin tone, put a couple of drops of foundation in,” says Morris.
“I haven’t seen it, but I think that’s exactly what the Kim Kardashian body makeup stuff is. It’s coverage, it’s oil and shine. I think it’s like a face and body foundation with maybe some dry oil and then some pigment,” says Morris.
4 / Apply the customised makeup to your body
Once you’ve mixed up your DIY body oil, you’re ready to apply it! Take a large fluffy blush and sweep it over the areas you’d like to add some sheen (or coverage, if you’ve added foundation).
When adding a glossy sheen to your legs, Morris warns not to put “too much on the thigh or inner thigh area if you don’t like that area to look bigger, as highlighter can make the area look bigger. So, I might do a soft mix for the whole body but I’ll just highlight down the shin and the centre of the leg; I won’t put it on the knees and elbows,” Morris explains.
Dry body brushing is another great way to improve the appearance of your skin, and we’ve got all the deets on what you need to know about it here.
Will you be trying out Rae Morris’s DIY body oil? Let us know in the comments.
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Isobel is BEAUTYcrew’s Junior Beauty Writer. When she's not busy hunting for the latest beauty news, you’ll find her arranging her skincare collection in search of the perfect “shelfie.” Isobel was previously an intern in the beauty department at ELLE Australia.