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Funmi Fetto

The expert behind new beauty bible Palette shares her top tips

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The world of beauty is far from foolproof - but Glamour Executive Editor and Beauty Director, and Observer Beauty Columnist, Funmi Fetto, knows her salt. Now she’s putting her industry expertise on paper with Palette, the ultimate beauty bible for women of colour – who have too long been left out of the beauty conversation. We talked to her about her personal approach to skin care and makeup, to point you towards the lesser-known beauty hacks that could turn your regime around.

SKIN “A liquid exfoliator will refine your skin, help with hyperpigmentation, and your makeup will go on a million times better. It makes ALL the difference. Sun care is EVERYTHING, and a decent facial like QMS – their facials are one of the best I’ve had. REN is phenomenal too – one of the few ‘natural’ brands that are also highly efficacious. The AHA Tonic and masks are amazing.”

HYDRATION “Oily skin still needs hydration. I spent years foregoing moisturisers, using harsh products to strip the overproduction of oil in my skin but ironically it ended up being totally counterproductive. I layer different serums that have water-like textures. I say layering – as opposed to a single thick blanket of cream – is the most effective way to keep skin hydrated. Sisley’s Black Rose Mask is super hydrating and softening, you’ll see a difference straight away.”

FOUNDATION “There is no magic answer to finding your perfect colour match – you just have to try lots of different products to see what works. Try using foundations that go on like serum, or a foundation with a good level of coverage and a skin-like finish. NARS Radiant Longwear Foundation gives such amazing dewy skin.”

SPEED CHEATS “Brows really do frame the face and make all the difference. A good clear gel helps – BBB London’s is brilliant. Having my brows microbladed has saved me hours. I speed things up with products even the cack-handed can use in seconds – like the Bobbi Brown Art Stick. I also love NARS blushers – a teeny bit of Exhibit A will completely lift your skin.”

TRICKS “Drinking lots of water makes a huge difference. I find even my lipstick goes on better when I am really hydrated. I add a touch of concealer to red liquid lipstick – it produces a really good wearable shade of pink. I also crush powder highlighters and mix in with my foundation before applying. The glow is off the scale.”

TRENDS “So many trends are cyclical and, in many ways, not new but just applied in a different way. Rather than slavishly following trends I think it is always best to be individual but experimental. That way your look is always evolving while still remaining true to you. Day to night? It’s never that complicated – I simply put more on!”

Palette: The Beauty Bible for Women of Colour by Funmi Fetto, published by Coronet on 3 October, £25

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