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At the American Music Awards on Sunday night, Cardi B walked the red carpet in a polarising gold Schiaparelli mask and black tulle veil. Like Kim Kardashian at the Met Gala however, there was no skimping on skincare and makeup. According to celebrity makeup artist Erika La’ Pearl who painted the artist’s face for the evening (and kept it flawless by the way), the base was prepared using a five part skincare routine with Algenist.

The routine was in a bid to target anti-aging, de-puffing (who doesn’t love that) and preparing a dewy base for longer lasting makeup. The dream come party season. While the suggested product itself could set your credit card way back, the techniques themselves could be adopted for your own pre-makeup routine.

Below, La’ Pearl talks GRAZIA through every step.

Start by applying the new Algenist Blue Algae Vitamin C™ Skinclarity Brightening Serum for a dewy base. “I am loving Algenist products! I especially love the new Algenist Blue Algae Vitamin C™ Skinclarity Brightening Serum, it’s great for brightening the complexion,” says Erica. This next generation brightening serum is infused with Algenist’s exclusive pure, potent Vitamin C made from spirulina, a blue green algae, to help enhance skin’s tone and texture.

Follow with Algenist Triple Algae Eye Renewal Balm, a multi-tasking 360° targeted eye treatment that combines powerful triple algae with Algenist’s proprietary, patented Alguronic Acid to help reduce dark under eye circles, bags, puffiness, lines, wrinkles, and crow’s feet. “I also love the Algenist Triple Algae Eye Renewal Balm. It really helps moisturise while reducing puffiness before priming the rest of the skin,” says Erica.

Next hydrate the skin with Algenist Algae Niacinamide Moisture Veil , a lightweight liquid moisturiser formulated with a powerful combination of Alguronic Acid and Niacinamide that helps reduce the look of surface oil and shine, while optimising skin’s hydration levels and helping preserve skin barrier integrity.

Then apply Algenist GENIUS Anti-Aging Cream, a rich, replenishing moisturiser infused with vegan collagen, nourishing algae and reparative microalgae oil that combats lines and wrinkles to visibly firm, smooth, brighten, hydrate, and nourish skin. Although it’s rich, Erica notes, “it’s a great moisturiser that leaves the skin super soft, but not greasy and can be used under makeup!”

Don’t forget about the lips! Finish with the Algenist GENIUS Liquid Collagen Lip, a moisturising lip treatment made with Algenist’s Vegan Collagen. It visibly restores lip fullness and contours for younger looking lips in as few as 10 days. “I love this for its plumping effect. It’s the perfect base for all other lip products.”