Tips for applying makeup without a mirror

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There are days when we all find ourselves doing our makeup on the run. Whether you’re sitting in the back of a cab or someone’s hogging the bathroom, it is sometimes essential to apply your face sans mirror. It’s tricky, but not impossible. The secret is to use your fingertips and go by touch. L’Oréal national makeup artist Lisa Matson says the key is to use products that can be easily applied. “Whatever you do, avoid products that need blending unless you really know your face and your makeup,” she says. Pick subtle colours of peaches and pinks – any shade light enough that if you’re too heavy-handed, it can easily be corrected. Here are our top tips:

makeup without a mirror

1. L’Oreal Skin Perfection Magic Touch Instant Blur, $35. 2. Clarins Eclat Minute Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base, $64. 3. Estée Lauder DayWear Clear Difference BB Cream, $83. 4. L’Oreal Nude Magique Blue Cream, $30.


If you’re prone to oily skin, your first port of call should be blotting paper, like MAC’s Blot Film, $26, which instantly absorbs excess oil and shine. Next use a BB or CC cream; these act as a moisturiser and are sheer enough to melt into the face. “With a BB cream you won’t have blending issues like you might encounter with a thicker foundation,” Matson says. And because you generally use your fingertips to apply a BB cream, you’ll be able to feel where it’s going, so it won’t end up patchy.

makeup without a mirror

1. Clarins Multi-Blush Cream Blush in Rosewood, $54. 2. Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm in Plumped Up Peony, $57. 3. Smashbox O-Glow, $48.


Applying blush is the easy part. All you need to do is smile so the apples of your cheeks stand out; that way you’ll know exactly where to put it. Once you’ve got bit of blush on your brush, make sure to give it a tap on your hand to remove the excess powder – the last thing you want is two doll-like round patches on your face. A crème blush is the perfect option as the creamy texture will effortlessly blend into your skin. Matson also advises trying “a pink or orange-based lip colour that can work great as a stand-in blush.”


1. Art Deco Clear Lash and Brow Gel, $18. 2. Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Gloss Stick in Sea Breeze, $39. 3. The Collective Work the Colour Eyeshadow Pencil in Vintage Blush, $13. 4. Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Metal, $14.


Now we won’t lie; the eyes are a challenge. But with the right product you can achieve near-perfection. If you use a black eyeliner on your top lid, swap to a softer brown liner and apply it in the waterline of your lower lid as you’ll be able to follow your lash line easily. As for eye-shadow, use a crème base in a light shade you can sweep over your lid with your fingertips. Or try a shadow pencil, which gives you more control than a brush. A swipe of clear mascara will also tame unruly brows.


1. Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm, $18. 2. Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Dusty Pink, $50. 3. L’Oréal Glam Shine Balmy Gloss, $20. 4. Maybelline NY Baby Lips Electro Lip Balms in Pink Shock, $4.30.


If you’ve got your heart set on a bold red lip – think again. Unless you are a master of applying a bright lipstick without a mirror we wouldn’t suggest even trying. It might not be as eye-catching but a high gloss in a neutral tone is probably all you should attempt because it won’t matter if you don’t get it exactly right.