It’s not your fault that your makeup doesn’t look the way that you want it to, did you ever stop and think that it may be something to do with your skincare instead? Perfect makeup starts with perfect, well, kind of perfect skin. So instead of trying to master complicated application techniques, or giving up hope in that new concealer that you were destined to own, it’s time to give these simple skin care solutions a try; they’ll improve your everyday look without overburdening your routine…
Problem: My Foundation Won’t Last!
There’s nothing worse than spending time creating the perfect base to find that by lunchtime, it’s completely disintegrated. Where? How? I know! Hydration is an essential factor for prolonging your makeup look (don’t forget your day cream!), but instead of relying on a primer to do all of the hard work for you, a simple boost of instant hydration will add a few hours onto your foundation’s longevity game.
We love: Vichy Mineral 89
Your foundation’s longevity will benefit from the super hydrating powers of Vichy’s Mineral 89. Part booster and part serum, this fast-absorbing gel uses the plumping powers of hyaluronic acid and 15 skin-replenishing minerals to restore a smooth, even canvas for your makeup.
Problem: Lipstick Dries Out My Lips!
Does your favourite lipstick tend to drag? As your lips are one of the most sensitive parts of your body and their stratum corneum (the outer layer of skin) is thinner than any other area of skin, they tend to get drier more quickly – even more so when you’re re-applying colour throughout the day. As part of your morning and evening skincare routine, cocoon your lips with a thick layer of lip balm and let it sink in for an instant moisture boost.
We love: PAYOT Hydra 24+ Lèvres – Moisturising and Protective Lip Balm
Whether your favourite lipstick finish is matte, satin or glossy, the PAYOT Hydra 24+ Lèvres Moisturising and Protective Lip Balm will provide your lips with a soft base and a smooth texture. Its shea-infused balm repairs, nourishes and conditions even the most chapped lips.
Problem: My Undereye Concealer Won’t Stop Creasing!
Solution: Eye Cream
Creasing, fine lines and puffiness… they’re all a pain when it comes to bare skin, let alone when you’re concealing. But if you don’t use a regular eye cream to hydrate this area of delicate skin, your base won’t appear as near as smooth or as soft it could. For best results, try a lightweight eye cream that’s not an emollient, as there may be too much moisture for the concealer to set. By choosing to use a gel rather than the cream, its quick-drying formula will be the perfect base for every type of concealer.
The soothing texture of the Decleor Harmonie Calm Relaxing Milky Gel-Cream For Eyes replenishes lost moisture around the eye area, whilst comforting skin and providing a soft, smooth base for concealer.
Problem: My Eyes Are Too Sensitive For Mascara!
When your eyes are sensitive, it can ruin both your day and your makeup. If it’s not the wind causing eyes to stream, its low tolerance mascara making your eyes itch. To avoid the risk of irritation, the La Roche-Posay Respectissime range is 100% allergy tested and gentle on reactive eyes.
Hypoallergenic and nickel-controlled to avoid contact dermatitis flare-ups, La Roche-Posay’s gentle Respectissime Extreme Volume Intense Mascara gives your lashes all of the exaggerating benefits of a high-end mascara but with the promise of no irritation.
Problem: My Marks Won’t Cover!
Solution: Colour Correcting
An even skin tone is very rare. Common areas of concern are pigmentation, dark circles, redness or dull areas. Tried and tested, the art of colour theory can instantly help to diffuse areas of concentrated colour for an instant lift.
We love: Vichy Dermablend Colour Correctors
Developed by the camouflaging experts at Vichy, Dermablend Colour Correctors target and blur away the skin repercussions of vitiligo, rosacea, acne and dark under eyes for up to 24 hours. Water-resistant and easy-to-blend, dependant on your concern choose yellow to brighten under eyes, purple to neutralise yellow tones, green to diffuse redness or apricot to disguise pigmentation.
Problem: My Hair Keeps Snapping!
Even if you don’t colour your hair, heat styling tools and daily brushing and tugging can cause your hair to become brittle and dry. Looking after your hair has never been more important, but if you haven’t got the time or the budget to indulge in weekly pamper treatments, oils are an everyday treat that your hair will soak up instant benefits from.
The nourishing boost of the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Oil is more intense than ever with the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Riche edition. The restorative combination of 7 oils instantly conditions and revives brittle, dry ends for a silky soft finish that smells incredible too!
Problem: My Pores Are Way Too Visible!
Solution: Targeted Treatments
Whether they’re on your forehead, nose, cheeks or chin, there are multiple ways to minimise pores and shrink their size. For oily skin, pores tend to be a regular thing, but sun exposure, ageing and a change in diet can make them a problematic occurrence for any skin type.
We love: Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner
Unlike most pore products on the market, the Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner doesn’t just disguise your pores it actively improves their appearance! The purifying active Fluidactiv® complex tightens dilated pores and productively reduces oil secretions.