Over the years of interviewing some of the world’s most famous faces I’ve picked up some great beauty secrets along the way. I always keep an eye gel in the fridge since I worked with supermodel Linda Evangelista – she told me her trick of using an ice cube under her eyes was the fastest way to de-puff eye bags. Natalia Vodianova confided that she uses a super light skin peel overnight before any cover shoot so her skin looks glowing and polished, and Jennifer Aniston told me the secret to always being in good shape is to do 20 minutes of something active (weights, jogging, Yoga) daily. Elle Macpherson swears by using a body scrub every day (and if it’s good enough for The Body…) and the one skin secret that virtually every A-Lister from Liv Tyler to Kate Winslet share? They all love natural face oils – I now use one every night.For more celebrity beauty tips read I Want What She’s Got…
Geraldine Howard, co-founder of Aromatherapy Associates, is one of my favourite inspirational women. Following her battle with cancer she has launched the beautiful Inner Strength Bath & Shower Oil to help those going through a tough time to feel calmer, stronger and more balanced. Plus 10% from each sale is going to the Foundation ATK to help fund pioneering treatment.For three everyday oils Geraldine suggests:Frankincense to calm, de-stress and get you mentally back on track. Petitgrain to calm a racing mind when you’re feeling tired but wired. Grapefruit or bergamot for an instant aromatic ‘wake-up’ call.
For more of her great tips read Insider Access.
As the days get longer and the sun gets warmer, working out seems less of a chore. Do think about what inspires you; team sports or solo jogging? Loud and throbbing Zumba, or quiet and contemplative Yoga? And so on, because we need to find what suits our mind and body so it becomes a part of our life and not an on-going battle. Also, invest in a workout wardrobe that makes you feel fit for purpose, chuck out those baggy old leggings, and finally keep your IPod updated as the right music will increase the intensity and length of your workout.For other great get fit tips read Indoor Vs. Outdoor, our guide to the benefits of working out.
Deep clean with Elemis’ new Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm – used with a muslin cloth, it leaves skin incredibly soft, buffed and glowing.
Plump up dry skin with Sampar’s So Much To Dew Midnight Mask use the night before to ensure a seriously rosy glow the morning after.
Transform dull, pasty skin with L’Oreal’s brilliant peachy-toned CC Cream Anti-fatigue – use alone or under base for a seriously healthy look.
It’s a choice of either/or this spring, so make your decision now…
Go either clear and bright (think velvety matte) try Rimmel’s Lasting Finish in shade 20 OR Sixties-inspired caramel nude like Dior Addict in Incognito.
Go for the new hot neons, check out Ladbroke or Notting Hill Gate from the Nails Inc range OR keep it soft with the prettiest of pastels – Essie have a great selection.
A tan-free zone either opt for a chic contour with Benefit’s High Beam OR a pink flush of blush with bareMinerals READY blush.
Phyto Gloss in five colour enhancing shades (from platinum to chestnut), use post-shampoo for the shiniest hair possible – it’s amazing and it lasts about five washes.
Lancôme Teint Visionnaire combines the most perfect base in the bottle with a colour matched concealer in the lid.
Dior Vernis Nail Glow. This clever sheer gloss goes on to leave nails instantly looking super healthy and freshly French-manicured and all in just one coat. It’s genius.
Tip: ‘Use concealer before foundation, not after – you get a sheerer finish as you tend to use less base,’ Alex Babsky, make-up artist.