While her underpainting may have caught the attention of a younger audience, Phillips is keen to extol the virtues of make-up tricks that work at any age. Her three-dot concealer trick is one such tip, and calls for strategically placed cover-up placed under the inner corner of the eye, under the outer corner of the eye and finally, next to your nostril. Blending these three together with a small, fluffy complexion brush creates a triangle of light that adds imperceptible illumination to the face, while also covering any dark circles.
“Everybody needs concealer in those three spots, no matter how old you are,” she insists. “Using concealer as a highlighter is a great way to sculpt and define your face which means you need less contour. It lifts and sculpts naturally.” While any concealer will work, Phillips is a fan of L’Oreal Paris’s Infallible 24hr More Than Concealer, “It’s not overly drying or cakey but is very creamy. It ticks all the boxes,” she adds.
Radiant, glowing skin is clearly a Phillips speciality, but she’s enthusiastic about any tricks that add a youthful freshness to the face. “A lot of people ask me about freckles because I do a lot of faux freckles,” she says. “The key to doing the prettiest, most natural ones is using two to three different shades of brown, because real freckles aren’t one uniform shade.” To create the most natural smattering, the key is to know when to stop: dot a few spots over the bridge of your nose and then just a few where the sun hits your face on your cheeks, and that’s it. Once applied, tap in gently with your ring finger to lightly smudge the edges. Phillips likes using a thin pencil, like L’Oreal Paris’s Superliner Le Khol, while Refy’s three brow colour pencils make shade selection easy.