Makeup Artists Swear by These 10 Tightening Face Creams for Noticeable Results

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Every great makeup artist knows that the key to a radiant, glowing base is properly prepped skin. That's right, no matter how good your foundation is, if you really want it to look its best, it's all about focusing on your complexion. Now, we know that it can sometimes seem as if there are a million and one products to apply before your makeup, from serums to primers and eye creams, but sometimes a simple yet effective moisturiser is all you need (alongside your favourite SPF, of course).

In fact, lots of celebrity makeup artists swear by skin-tightening face creams to help give the stars that plump, lifted look. If you're curious to know which creams they keep in their kits, then you're in luck, as we asked some of the most sought-after makeup artists in the industry to share their top picks. From luxury moisturisers to high-quality drugstore favourites, there are lots of incredible options for you to choose from. We even asked each makeup artist for their top application tips and tricks, so you know exactly how to get the most out of the products.

The best thing about these creams is that you don't need to spend hours prepping your skin before makeup, so they're an easy addition to your daily skincare routine. Keep on scrolling for all the information you need on the best skin-tightening creams, and get ready to glow like never before.

Paris-Based Makeup Artist Andreea Ali

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"I know most people start applying their face cream from the centre and then spread outwards, but I like to do the exact opposite, and here’s why: Most of us have dry cheeks since the skin doesn't produce as much sebum there as it does other places like the T-zone. Therefore, applying most of the product to the cheeks and sides of your forehead will give you more hydration exactly where you need it," says Paris-based makeup artist and expert Andreea Ali.

London-Based Makeup Artist Nikki Wolff

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When applying serums and moisturisers on your face and neck, makeup artist and expert Nikki Wolff advises, "Smooth upward and outward. Any extra moments you can spend on massaging during your application, your skin will thank you for. Remember to be gentle around the eyes and pay the jawline and lymph area (at the sides of the neck) extra attention."

New York–Based Makeup Artist Morgane Martini

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"I've become a huge fan of applying retinol-infused skincare products, as they've made a night-and-day improvement to my skin texture and making my complexion smoother and plumper," says New-York-based makeup artist and expert Morgane Martini. 

London-Based Makeup Artist Mira Parmar

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"When applying moisturiser before makeup, I like to give the product enough time to sink into the skin," says makeup artist Mira Parmar. "I also like to dampen the skin with a facial mist which helps to lock in moisture for extra hydration."

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Junior Beauty Editor

Grace Lindsay is the junior beauty editor at Who What Wear UK. At the age of 18 she decided to train as a makeup artist before going on to study english and media at Goldsmiths University. It was during that time that she explored her love for journalism by interning at a small beauty start-up based in Shoreditch. Since then, she has worked at a number of publications including Marie Claire and Hello!, where her love for all things beauty continued to grow. 


As Who What Wear UK's junior beauty editor, she covers everything from the latest hair trends to the stand-out makeup products of the season.