So, now winter is over and it’s time to come out of hibernation it’s no surprise that I’m feeling like my complexion is a little bit dull and lifeless at the moment. If your skin is also in need of a surge of energy try following these tips to achieve a gorgeous glow.
A good exfoliator can liven up dull, tired skin. Use an exfoliator at least once a week to get rid of any dead skin cells and reveal a healthier, more radiant complexion. Clinique 7 Day Scrub (£17) is a great one for buffing away the dullness. The fine grains and creamy base remove excess oil whilst polishing simultaneously. For the organic shopper, try Neal’s Yard Rehydrating Rose Facial Polish (£14.80), gently exfoliates whilst restoring moisture and revitalising tired looking skin.
As a foundation base apply an illuminating serum or moisturiser. Illuminating or “radiant” skincare products contain light reflecting particles which will give your skin a pearlescent, luminous complexion, but the best bit is that it softens flaws making your skin appear smoother, silkier and glossier. For a subtle glow try No.7 Instant Radiance Beauty Balm (£16), the pearly pink particles illuminate your skin giving a healthy glow; this one is great for the brow bone and cheekbones. You could also mix a tiny amount of illuminating lotion with your foundation for a subtler, every day look.
For stubborn dark circles around the eyes which tend to make us all look like we are suffering from a permanent hangover, invest in a good light reflecting concealer. Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Eclat (£24.50) is my absolute makeup bag must have, what on earth did we do before it?! Use it on its own or mix a little in with your usual concealer; applying a small amount to the inner corner of the eye socket really helps to brighten up your eyes for a more refreshed look.
Sometimes a radiant lotion can give you a little too much shine, particularly if you have oily or combination skin. If so, a puff of powder can make all the difference. I have a couple of favourites, NARS Sparkling Pressed powder (£22) in particular; it’s infused with a luxurious fine gold shimmer for subtle illumination, the refined powder mattifies any oiliness so I that ooze radiance without looking too shiny. Another favourite is Korres Wild Rose Compact Powder (£21) which has a smooth velvety texture and a subtle brightening finish.
With so many bronzers available it’s hard to know which one to go for, I recommend powder bronzers applied with a large powder or bronzing brush. Firstly, decide if you want a matte finish or a sun kissed glow, a matte finish can give a more realistic colour but only a light dusting is needed as it can layer up to a heavy coverage quickly and be careful with shimmery bronzers as they can sometimes be a bit too dazzling. I use MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (£18.50) which is a perfect blend of metallic mineral pigments which give a radiant glow; it comes in 10 different shades so there is a colour to suit everyone. Use a densely packed and soft bristled brush to apply your bronzer; this will give a soft and even finish. Brush over the brow, nose and cheekbones, the key is to apply to the areas which naturally catch the sun. Blending is key, so gently build up the colour for your desired effect and check the results in as natural light as possible to get a true idea of the colour.
Finish your makeup as desired but don’t forget a subtle hint of lip shimmer as a final finishing touch, natural peachy and pinky shades work best.