If anyone knows good skin, it’s Mia Hawkswell. The celebrity makeup artist has not only fine-tuned the art of foundation, but knows how to make coverage go the distance (v. important in the selfie era). So, say after a Spritz or two, you still look flawless and fabulous and ready to go viral – no filter required. So how does one prevent the ill-fated cake and stay filter-worthy all day long?

From expert priming to perfect painting, Mia shares her five top tips for a photo(shop) finish – without the help of Clarendon and friends.

A little Mia magic on model Annabella Barber

1/ Prepare skin adequately… Hydration and prime. Allow products to absorb before applying the following step. A light mist of Revlon PhotoReady Prep, Set, Refresh Mist preps the skin beautifully.

2/ Apply REVLON Insta-filter foundation in small amounts on areas of face. Try the middle of forehead, and each cheek plane. Then go back and buff in, using a mixture of circular motions and dabbing. The circular motions will move the foundation, while dabbing the foundation will give you a beautiful flawless ‘photoshop’ finish.

3/ From here you’ll be able to see where you need more coverage. Add a little more in that area in the same way as Step 2. Dabbing will concentrate the foundation for more coverage. I like to apply in this way to avoid using too much product, resulting in a ‘makeup / product-heavy finish ‘

4/ allow foundation to sit for a bit, buff again if needed, SET... This is such an important step to finalise your look for longevity and freshness.

5/ Find your light! Catch the natural daylight to take your best selfie, ever! Get up close to the window and turn till your cheek catches the light.

Shop the look

Revlon PhotoReady Prep, Set, Refresh Mist, $22. shop now

REVLON Insta-filter foundation, $35. shop now

thoughts?