Natural, Long Lasting Makeup

By  |  0 Comments

Make-up Artist, Candice Mac Nicol shares her insider tips and product recommendations on how to achieve natural, long lasting makeup…


I recently had the pleasure of doing an impromptu shoot with the lovely Kyla from Ice Models before she jets off to Mumbai for 2 months of work!

Kyla seems to be a large portion of my portfolio and rightfully so; not only lovely to work with, Kyla has a face I could throw makeup at and she’d still look amazing!

Vaughan wanted to do something very loose and natural for Kyla; most of her lingerie pics are very glamourous…she tends to exude luxury and glamour! So we found some modern underwear pieces and headed to the beach.


I was recently gifted with a big box of goodies from Kanebo Sensai, and included in this smorgasbord of beauty was a range of Sensai Fluid Finish Lasting Velvet foundations.

I’d yet to use this on a shoot and I was interested to see the results. After cleansing and moisturising Kyla’s skin, I applied Bioderma Sebium Mat as a primer. I didn’t want to powder Kyla too much, but I didn’t want her to shine in the bright sunlight either.

Using both this primer and the Sensai foundation (which has a semi matte finish) I achieved exactly the finish and longevity I was looking for.

I used YSL Touche Eclat to conceal and lift under her eyes and to highlight the cheekbones. I also used a little on the bow of her lips to add definition.  I contoured Kyla using MAC Pro Sculpting Cream in Coffee Walnut.

These creams are my new favourite for contouring as they blend beautifully and offer a cool shadow on the face (often you see models with a very red contour which looks unnatural).

I stained her cheeks using Benefit’s Benetint and a stipling brush.

Photo credit: