It’s just typical isn’t it… I had a big photo shoot coming up recently, and what do you know, on the day of the shoot I woke up to find a massive spot, glowing like a beacon in the middle of my forehead. Disaster! Of course the great thing about photographers is that they can retouch out your blemishes and beauty blips, leaving you looking flawless.
Sadly, real life doesn’t come with clever retouching and flattering Instagram filters. And let’s be honest, we all have our beauty nightmares: the disastrous hairdo on party night, the bright orange fake-tan hands, the pasty complexion…
So this week I’m tackling your SOS calls. I’ve targeted five major beauty problems – the classic cosmetic horrors that plague us all, from sudden spots to greasy hair and dry lips. To help, I’ve come up with both instant rescue remedies and long-term recommendations, so you can avoid further beauty breakdowns.
The Problem: Pesky Spots
Quick Fix: Vichy Dermablend Ultra Corrective Cream Stick
This amazing cover-up stick really does camouflage your spots. You can use it as a concealer – dabbing it onto the problem area – or as a foundation, achieving natural-looking coverage for acne, birthmarks, age spots, blemishes and burns. You can even cover tattoos – it’s that effective! Gently apply with a brush and blend in, then set with powder.
Long Term Solution: La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+
Clinically proven to correct the appearance of spots, unclog blocked pores and refine the skin’s texture, this anti-blemish cream effectively treats oily and blemish-prone complexions, eliminating acne marks from the moment they start to form.
The Problem: Greasy Hair
Quick Fix: TIGI Rockaholic Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo has rescued my locks on many occasions. This one works a treat, soaking up excess oils and leaving grimy hair looking revived and smelling citrus-fresh. It will also help return volume when day-old hair starts to look flat. Simply spray in at the roots and ruffle through your hairdo.
Long Term Solution: Klorane Nettle Shampoo
Designed for oily hair – gives you more time between washes. The active nettle extract in this shampoo regularises the amount of oil produced by the scalp and slows its spread through the hair, while increasing bounce and volume. Which means your locks stay luscious for longer.
The Problem: Yellow, Brittle Nails
Quick Fix: Binky London Nail Polish in Raffles Red
The quick way to transform unsightly nails into glamorous talons is by applying a coat of colour – and this scarlet shade is a classic. Easy to apply and with minimal drying time, you’ll achieve a super shiny gel-finish with just one coat. Nailed it!
Long Term Solution: Guerlain Protective Base Coat
This is a real beauty must-have, especially if you’re a fan of bright polish, which can discolour your nails. The quick-drying solution creates a protective film, reducing the yellowing of nails, and the formula also strengthens the nail bed and encourages nail growth. Use it as a base every time you paint your nails or simply wear on its own, and you’ll see a visible improvement.
The Problem: Dry Lips
Quick Fix: Nuxe Baume Prodigieux Nutri-Protecting Lip Balm
This is the worst time of year for lips, thanks to the twin beauty evils of cold weather and central heating – both of which dehydrate the sensitive skin on your kisser. This rich balm soothes and moisturises lips, hydrating and nourishing the delicate skin. It also helps plump your lips, as well as adding a glossy wash of colour, so your pout will look and feel good.
Long Term Solution: Clarins Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm
This stuff is amazing! An intensive and super-concentrated, repairing lip balm, it tackles dry, chapped, cracked and flaky lips. Instantly rejuvenating and softening the skin, leaving you with a soft, kissable mouth.
The Problem: Sallow Skin
Quick Fix: Guerlain Meteorites Pearls
This is a real beauty classic that you’ll find in every make-up artist’s kit. Simply swirl your brush across the shimmering pearls and sweep over your face. The warming peach and illuminating champagne tones transform sallow skin, leaving it looking radiant and luminous. There are various shades, but I’d recommend ‘3 Medium’ as the best defence against a pale, pasty complexion. Plus the gorgeous scent and packaging make it a luxury to use!
Long Term Solution: Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum
I’m a total convert to this product. I’ve been using it over the winter months and it’s really helped brighten my skin. The lightweight, serum blends in instantly, leaving a healthy-looking, glowing complexion. The oil-free formula works wonders in reducing pigmentation and dark spots.
So no more pulling the curtains and retreating under the duvet when beauty disasters strike. Now you know just how easy it is to achieve a flawless look.
Until next week, stay gorgeous!