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Your skin is like the canvas of an artwork – once you master the foundation to your creation, anything is possible. Follow my STEP-BY-STEP tutorial on how to create the ultimate Super Model skin with the right key products it’s seriously the easiest thing you will learn this year!)

I believe that once you learn how to master the curves of your facial features the rest will come with ease. Knowing where to accentuate with highlights and carve with contours teaches you what your face needs, or doesn’t need, which ultimately will help make you look your best. It’s not rocket science, it’s just a few simple steps, bought together by a closely edited family of products to help make your job easier.






Step 1

Prep your skin with a hydrating moisturiser or serum so that skin looks fresh and plump. Foundation will blend easier for a more seamless finish with skin is prepped correctly. I use La Mer Revitalizing Hydrating Serum as it instantly hydrates all skin types and is a super light weight fluid that doesn’t congest the skin under makeup.








Step 2

Choosing a foundation that mirrors your well-hydrated skin is imperative to creating the perfect canvas. Foundation should blend in to the skin, evening-out skin tone without looking like you are wearing a mask. The key is to blend with your fingers so the skin and foundation become one. Ellis Faas Skin Veil Foundation will give you a versatile coverage allowing you to build where need be or blend out where you don’t.






becca-cosmetics-mineral-bronzing-duende_Maxmade Step 3

Choosing the right bronzer and it’s finish is key. It’s all about what I like to call ‘a velvet-like finish.’ Having a slight shimmer will help to blend seamlessly, but not too shinny/shimmery, otherwise your contours will look muddy. My go-to bronzer is Becca Cosmetics Mineral Bronzer in Duende. The key to using this product to it’s full capacity and getting the ultimate contouring, is to cut through your contours with a brush (I used Napoleon Reflective Contour Brush) on a slight upward angel.  This helps create a sharp edge on one side (always the lower side of the brush) that blends out softly on the up side. This is what I call the ‘define and blend’ technique. It will give you the depth while still remaining soft. Less is always more. Tip; Always take a step back from the mirror to get a better perspective before applying more.






Step 4

Highlighting the high-points of your face is what elevates the face, lifting it up. This is one of the most anti-aging tricks in the book. Using a brush as delicate as a fan (Napoleon Fan Brush), allows you to control the amount of product that goes down giving you a more radiant finish. I brushed MAC ‘Limited edition’ Mineralise Skinfinish Finish in Perfect Topping across the cheekbones, down the ridge of the nose, across the cupids bow of the lips and the inner corners of the eyes.



  1. Marina says:

    Hi Max,

    Love your work!

    Just wanted to know what kind of brow products you used on the models brows? Just in general what do you recommend?

    Thank you!

  2. max says:

    Hi Marina! Thank your or your kind words. I used Alison Jade Brow Palette to fill brows. If I remember correctly I
    brushed through MAC’s Boy Girl Brow Gel -a warm golden beige tinted gel- to set and give the brow a warm hue. Hope
    this helps?
    x MM

  3. Esther says:

    Hi Max I love reading about all your tips thank you for sharing them with us. What is your all time fave highlighter? Both powder and cream? Xx

  4. max says:

    Hi Honey! I love the NARS Copacabana and the “Illuminate” in the Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate as far as creams. Powder I use the “Glow” in the Charlotte Tilbury Film Star Bronze and Glow Palette. Both the Tom Ford and Charlotte Tilbury 2 for 1 are a bronzer & illuminator combo options xMM

  5. Mikayla says:

    Hi Max,
    I love reading about all of your tips and tricks and I love your work! I’m a natural redhead, and makeup is a difficult task for me when it comes to brows, lipstick colors, & contouring. Do you have any tips or tricks I could use to finally grasp a daily look?

  6. max says:

    Thank you for your kind words. Im glad you have gotten something out of my madness. I think the keep to any red heads makeup is getting the base right and finding a bronzer or something to give you skin some contrast or shape. I did this amazing tutorial for Byrdie.com – check it out on my Facebook! lots of love xxMM

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