No matter your skin type, there are always ways to help improve your skin and cover up any unwanted blemishes.

Man For Himself has come up with some top tips (with no apps necessary!) and advice on the best products to help try and fake a flawless complexion.

 

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MOISTURISER

Moisturising your skin should be one of the most important parts of your grooming routine.

Our skin is vulnerable to so many elements, on a daily basis, where moisture is sucked out of our skin without us even knowing it. With a lack of moisture, our skin can look blotchy and lacklustre.

So, make sure you prep your skin by moisturising your face, every day – preferably day and night. You might have to try a few to find what works for your skin. Man For Himself has tried and tested the L’Oreal Men Expert Pure Power Active Moisturiser and it has become a firm favourite.

Man For Himself tends to go for a light and less creamy moisturiser, such as Korres Borage Men’s Cream, which is great for anyone with slightly oily skin.

CC CREAMS

A CC cream acts as ‘colour correcting’ which basically helps balance out the tone of your skin, as well as brightening it.

It is important when choosing a CC cream that you find the right colour for your skin. There are plenty out there and you can ask at a counter or you can request a sample so you can try before you buy.

Most CC creams aren’t too heavy and shouldn’t feel like wearing thick makeup.

Two of which Man For Himself has tried are the FORMEN Brightening CC Cream and Kiehl’s Ultra Light UV Defense CC Cream. Kiehl’s is particularly great as it contains an SPF.

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CONCEALER

If you aren’t used to wearing makeup, don’t be scared by concealer. It is simply used to cover up areas that we feel need to be hidden.

It can be used on a variety of things; blemishes, uneven skin tone, and dark circles. (NB: Just be careful when using it on blemishes. It shouldn’t be used on acne as it can prevent healing.)

You don’t need to cake concealer onto skin, you just need to pick out key areas. These tend to be under the eyes, on the forehead, and the chin.

Make sure you find a concealer that works with your skin tone.

Three concealers that Man For Himself recommends are:

FILTER EFFECT

Filter effect products will literally make your skin appear as if it has a filter on it. It will smooth the skin and provide a matte finish.

The LAB SERIES Instant Filter Moisturizer is one of the best examples of these and is a hero product at MFH HQ. This is for those guys out there who have particularly shiny skin, or for those who are conscious of their lines and bumps that you want to hide.

Menaji also have a really good product called Liquid Powder Shine Eliminator and it works well for a bit of skin prep before any photos. We can guarantee no hint of shine with this one.

 

 

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PRIMER/PORE MINIMISER

A primer is used to prep and prime the skin. It will help minimise pores and create a base for other products to sit on top.

Primers are great for anyone who likes to wear a foundation or powder as they will take to the skin better than without a primer.

You can also use primers on their own. They will matify the skin and give that flawless effect.

Lab Series is a favourite at MFH HQ and their Power Pore Anti Shine & Pore Treatment does exactly what it says on the tin and is a perfect primer. It is silky and goes onto the skin with ease.

MFH can also recommend BECCA Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector and BECCA Anti-Fatigue Under Eye Primer.

BLOTTING POWDER

Blotting powders tend to be clear and invisible. They are used to blot onto the skin and remove any trace of unwanted shine. This shine usually comes from an overproduction of sebum.

Dab a blotting powder on with a small sponge or brush. You might see a slight whiteness from the powder, but work it in and it will instantly remove any shine.

If you want to add a bit of colour, we can recommend Menaji Hi-Def Anti-Shine. This comes in a variety of tones. It is really light and doesn’t feel cakey. FORMEN Invisible Blotting Powder all works wonders.

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BRONZING GEL

If your skin is looking a little pale and dull, and a bronzing gel is perfect for adding a bit of colour and depth. It is also the perfect way to fake that healthy glow as most bronzing gels contain a bit of iridescence.

For those of you who don’t like to wear much on their skin, you can even wear this on its own after moisturising.

Man For Himself uses the Tom Ford Bronzing Gel which you just need to smile, find your cheekbones, and blend in.

Top tip: Mix a bit of moisturiser in your hand with your bronzing gel, for even coverage. Rub into your neck and your ears.

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