I don’t know about you guys, but my skin is grim at the moment – a mix of looking pasty, a bit sallow and oh so lacklustre. I’m taking vitamins and minerals by the truckload but I still can’t get my skin back to it’s summer state – cue a lineup of makeup treats to make me look like a human once more.
The first thing I recommend you run out and buy is the Clarins Instant Smooth Self-Tanning (£14.40) – this stuff is, in a word, DREAMY. I would probably buy it from Escentual.com though as they’re always cheaper, just a heads up. This is a lot like my favourite Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Primer in that it smoothes the skin and helps to even texture, but with the added bonus of an instant caramel hue that does wonders for a lifeless, red or uneven skin tone and a soft, caramel tint that develops after an hour or two. This will definitely not give you that oompa loompa vibe, I promise. Even if you’re really fair this is pretty amazing stuff, it kind of just adds a beautiful subtle sunkissed glow to the skin, but you could build it up for more of a gradual tan. It’s honestly one of the best products I’ve ever tried, I can’t rave about it enough – it’s also amazing post-holiday if you slap on the factor 50 on your face and have a ghostly complexion which doesn’t match your body.
Next on my list is a similar product, the Origins VitaZing Energy Boosting Moisturiser (£28) is basically a holiday in a bottle – it instantly adds a gorgeous glow to the skin with its tinted ways but it’s not a tanner like the above. It has a very sheer tint, I’m talking very very sheer, more of a glow than a BB cream for example – but it really evens out the skin, minimises redness and other imperfections and generally perks up the skin. This is maybe my third tube and I just love it. I consider myself quite pale and I never have any problems with it looking orange on me, but I guess if you’re very porcelain you could just mix it in with your moisturiser. Simple as.
Another product that I just adore for giving my complexion a boost is the 17 Skin Wow! 3-Way Highlighter (£5.99), one of the best highlighter products I’ve come across. This has a lovely warm pearl tint to it, so it’s really flattering when applied – you can use it all over, mix it in with moisturiser or foundation or just tap it on cheekbones etc. to emphasise. I tend to apply a little all over and it wakes up my complexion in an instant and promises dreamy skin.
To conceal any signs of a late night, I love the Clarins Instant Concealer (£16) – it’s creamy and doesn’t cling to dry eyes and I feel like it really brightens and lifts my face. It blends beautifully and does more than just your average concealer, helping to minimise imperfections and just make my eyes look awake and bright. It’s one of the best concealers I’ve tried for the under-eye area, and you get quite a lot of product in that tube.
Finally, nothing wakes me up like the Kevyn Aucoin Creamy Glow Blushers (£21), seen here in Liquifuschia. These are probably my favourite cream blushers as they blend seamlessly and make such a big difference to my complexion, sculpting my face and adding definition, as well as transforming my makeup. I have a couple of these and every shade is perfect. A must have, in my humble opinion.
Do you have any hero products for waking up winter skin?
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