I used to think the most important thing about a flawless makeup application was, well, a flawless makeup application. While I wish I had been enlightened much sooner (and pounds of bronzer earlier- eek), it wasn’t until I began working as a beauty editor-regularly talking with and observing makeup artists-that I realized skincare and skin prep is pretty much the first commandment of an amazing makeup look. If you’re not prepping your skin properly, your makeup probably won’t be all that great either.
To prove my point, celebrity makeup artist and Elemis glow expert Katie Jane Hughes recently stopped by the Who What Wear headquarters to give me the ultimate scoop on creating a glittering, glowing summer skin-and-makeup look. Take one glance at her Instagram (worshipped by a whopping 293K followers), and you’ll know she’s the perfect woman for the job. Not only does she regularly bless models like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Ashley Graham with her mesmerizing makeup talents, but she’s also beloved for creating some of the coolest eye and lip looks on the World Wide Web and regularly shares her getting-ready process on social media. A notable constant? Glowing, lusciously dewy skin.