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Dramatic, smokey eyes or bright-red lips may steal all the attention, but the real star of any good make-up look is a smooth, flawless base.

To show us how to prep your face for the Cannes red carpet, professional make-up artist Liz Pugh demonstrated her top tips on Telegraph beauty editor Katy Young. “If there’s one thing I took away from this tutorial, it’s how much you need to focus on your skin,” Young says. “You can’t do a red-carpet look without investing in your skin first. Picking the right moisturiser and foundation is key.”

To start Katy off in the right direction, Pugh first applied the Lancôme Hydra Zen Neurocalm Moisturiser to nourish the skin and get rid of any dryness. Then she applied the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer. “Primer is really important if you want the makeup to last all day,” she says. “It allows you to use less powder, which is better for the many camera flashes you’ll encounter on the red carpet.”

Next she used the Smashbox Foundation Brush to apply the Yves Saint Laurent Fusion Foundation. “I love the YSL Fusion Foundation,” Pugh tells Young. “It will just give you a good base to start off with. It’s good to use a brush so you can get a more even finish and you can build it up where you need it.”

After that, she used the Clinique Airbrush Concealer, applying it lightly under the eyes and around the nose, covering any imperfections or dark patches.

From there, Pugh moved on to the Benefit High Beam Complexion Enhancer. “We all want dewy, glowy skin, so this is great on top of the cheekbones and a bit on the cupid’s bow. If you’re doing any flash photography, keep it away from the nose and the T-zone.”

Next she used the Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm to add a rosy glow to the cheeks. “I love these Clinique Chubby sticks,” she says. “They’re like big, thick crayons.”

Finally, she used a bit of Clarins Loose Mineral Powder on the T-zone using the Smashbox Cheek and Face Brush. “The camera flashes tend to make that area look like a mirror without powder – so that’s the only area I’d want to keep matte.”

To see the overall beauty look, watch the full tutorial video – and get more detailed instructions on eyes and lips with these additional videos. And to buy all the products used, visit

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Beauty products

• Lancôme Hydra Zen Neurocalm Moisturiser

• Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

• Benefit High Beam Luminescent Complexion Enhancer

• Yves Saint Laurent Fusion Foundation

• Clinique Airbrush Concealer

• Clarins Loose Mineral Powder

• Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm

• Smashbox Foundation Brush

• Smashbox Cheek and Face Brush

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Written by Ali Gray