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Be honest – we’ve all wanted to look like the women in magazines from time to time. While I’m generally more of a fan of the ‘natural’ look and think there is such a thing as too perfect, I’ve always been curious about how all those Hollywood actresses manage to look so good all the damn time. Of course, Photoshop is a very real thing and widely used in the industry, but you can’t photoshop someone on live TV or face to face, so there had to be something else. And guys? I think I’ve found it.

When I first got the opportunity to try out the Temptu airbrush makeup system, I was dubious, to say the least. I thought there was no way in hell it would a) take years off my appearance, making me bright and youthful or b) cover up imperfections and make me look red carpet ready. How wrong was I? (Answer: Very.)

If you’re a bit of a novice when it comes to make-up like me, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s a DVD tutorial which explains the whole deal – which, by the way, you don’t need a degree in rocket science to put together. You hold the “brush” in your hand, turn on the power and go in circular motions.

Admittedly, my beans were slightly freaked when I couldn’t feel anything coming out. I thought the damn thing was broken since it just feels like air is hitting your skin. Guess what? That’s why they call it an airbrush, doofus. The foundation is actually being applied, you just can’t tell because it’s that light. After? FLAWLESSNESS. After that, you can pop in the blusher and get your rosy cheeks on in the same way and by the time you finish, you’d better hurry downstairs and not keep your limo driver waiting. (Get it? You’re Hollywood-bound.)

With the few liquid and cream foundations I’ve used in the past, I’ve found that they always tend to clog the lines and pores on your face – that’s one of the main reasons I don’t use it. With the Temptu system, however, the results were freakishly perfect. I looked like I was in a magazine – and I don’t mean Hobos Weekly.

I almost didn’t recognise myself upon looking in the mirror. My skin was like porcelain and all the little bumps, imperfections and visible pores were just gone. As were the bags under my eyes – which is a big thing, considering I feel like I always look like I’ve done a few rounds with Mike Tyson (is he still relevant? My sports knowledge is limited). Basically, I looked Photoshopped. But in real life.

Whaaaat? Homegirl's ready for the Oscars!

For those of you who don’t think looking Photoshopped is a good thing, think again. The Temptu system didn’t make me look fake or overly done up, but rather made me seem sort of… naturally flawless, if I may be so bold. It’s all a trick, sure – but no one else has to know that.

The extra great thing about this system is that the make-up used is suitable for sensitive skin and proven to be hypoallergenic – great for those like me who break out at the smallest disturbance to my skin’s natural balance.

While the Temptu system may seem a bit pricey for some ($225 will get you the basic system and foundation), it lasts for ages and is definite baller status, especially if you’re trying to look Hollywood fly on the daily. In addition, the pods used with the system come in a 2-3 month supply each, so the price really does even out in the end.

If you’ve ever wanted to know what it feels like to be a movie star but don’t want to stop eating cupcakes for breakfast or have stalkers in your bushes, get on the Temptu train and haul ass down to Target or anywhere else there are people with eyes (so, generally anywhere). Bet you if you look down, a red carpet will be under your feet.

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