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It's time to control shine and keeps skin velvety

My swift untagging skills on Facebook are second to none. Not for vanity per se; I just don't think anyone needs to be exposed to my oil slick forehead beaming like a rescue beacon, guiding lost seamen to safety. Generally, I keep the shine under control with a combination of adept powdering and extreme vigilance. But towards the end of a long night it's easy to let things slip.

The epiphany came in conversation with Terry Barber, the renowned MAC director of make-up artistry who's worked with the likes of Grace Jones and Naomi Campbell. "Flat, one-dimensional dark skin is so dated and 80s," Terry explains. "And I constantly see women using layers of heavy face powder to hide any hint of shine which oxidises and darkens when it's mixed with the natural surface oils. At the end of the day, you're left covered in dark powder - the 'chocolate truffle' effect I call it."

Thankfully, Terry has a few ingenious ways for darker skins to keep that perfect coverage without losing the natural healthy glow. "Using a primer will anchor your base to your skin. Follow with light coverage foundation, but apply sparingly where you need it and finish with a sweep of blusher. Your real skin texture should always show through, so use a duo-fibre brush to blend everything in seamlessly," he says.

By the time we wrap up our chat, my mid-morning shine has already started to encroach. I reach for the powder - but Terry says to ditch it entirely. "We always use blotting powder rather than face powder on catwalks and shoots. It controls shine and keeps skin velvety without adding any extra colour or product. It's my absolute shine-proof essential," he adds.

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