If you're ever in need of some fresh inspo in the make-up department, you will find it by the bucket load courtesy of @sirjohn. MUA to everyone from Beyoncé to Gabrielle Union, Sir John's artistry is a celebration of make-up: pops of bold lipstick; splashes of neon liner and bright eyeshadows fill his coveted IG page, alongside myriad practical tips and tricks to nail your base. So, who better to sit down with than the L’Oreal Paris Creative Director and chat all things make-up ? Below, the biggest tips, tricks, trends and game-changing advice to know...
Favourite make-up hack
'My favourite hack is to apply liner and use a very small cotton bud to create a very small wing to create as much symmetry as you need.'
Biggest make-up trends to know
'For me, it's all about contrasting elements and textures in make-up, so [using] shine on the skin and then matte lips.
Something else that I think will come up next month will be burnt blush: super warm terracotta, washes of colour across the higher cheeks. It's a rosy tone that starts underneath the eyes and cascades across the bridge of the nose, a little bit on the chin and the forehead.
And finally, having fun with elongating liners. Liners that are haphazard, whimsical, elongated or abbreviated even – it will be a massive trend but maybe we wont see that for some time.'
The best piece of make-up advice
'My one piece of advice would be to make sure you aren’t wearing lashes that are too big for your eyes or face. I would also say to make sure that you find a concealer that makes you spot on for days that you don’t want to wear any foundation – the L’Oreal Paris True Match Eye-Cream-In-A-Concealer is a great option due to it’s wide range of shades and the addition of hyaluronic acid gives it that lightweight feel so you wont get any creases under your eyes.'
The most underrated product
'My most underrated product is a matte SPF, as it won’t change the texture of your make-up in the summer.
The second would be a luminiser – something to give your skin a brilliant shine in all the right places that always makes your face look really dimensional, and a favourite is the L’Oreal Paris Glow Mon Amour Highlighting Drops.'
Best summer switch-up
'Add in a bronzer that will withstand the heat. I’ve been using the new L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24hr Bronzer and thanks to the microbe technology the pigments hold up against heat, sweat, transfer… you name it.'