The Beauty Update
As I write this it's warm and balmy, when you read this it's probably cold and windy. Either way, I can't keep up with the changes in temperature dictating my wardrobe when my pasty legs need covering up not baring. But having been caught out once too often, I have my own speedy beauty routine worked out.
My secret is body make-up; applied as and where needed to bare arms and legs (even just ankles if I’m wearing sandals) and simply washed off that night. It tides over a patchy, fading tan, brightens and plumps up pale, dull skin and hides any number of lumps, bumps and bruises. But it has to be done well, which is why I mix up my own concoction of a light body lotion (like Caudalie’s Nourishing Body Lotion ), a bit of bronzing gel (I love Garnier’s Wash Off Shimmering Tan ) and even some skin illuminator for glow (try St.Tropez Illuminators ) to create my own perfect ‘second skin’.‘Don’t use an oily or rich body lotion first – it makes the colour streak,’ explains tanning pro, James Harknett. ‘If you want a really flawless finish, first use a face primer on bare skin so the bronzing gel just glides on. Then you can finish with some bronzing powder on the tops of the arms and down the front of the shins and some shimmer on collar bones and tops of the shoulders.’ Click here for my make-up tanning kit .
TIP: Use a self-tanning mitt to really buff tan make-up and wash-off bronzing gels and lotions into the skin. It gives a beautiful velvety matte finish that’s long lasting and stays put.
You Need to Know This...
Back stage at any fashion show you’ll find every top hair dressers real secret weapon; dry shampoo. We may use it to eke out another day before we reach for the shampoo but for the pros it’s the quickest styling product to get volume, guts and texture into hair - especially when it’s squeaky clean and flat. For my tips and tricks on all the different ways to use it to make your hair look fabulous fast, click here to read The Real Secret to Sexy Hair .
3 Steps to Summer-Ready Hands & Nails
1 Whatever you use on your face, use what’s left over on your fingers on the backs of each hand. That includes masks, peels, serums, even daily sun protection as the skin here is thinner so shows ageing and damage faster.
2 A long, elegant almond-shape nails are hot for this summer (think shorter Rihanna), and keep them strong and healthy by regularly rubbing in nail oil try Dr. LeWinn’s Renunail or even almond oil like Weleda , it works even over polish.
3 New nudes (think all shades of foundation) or hot neon’s are big now – either way make colour last with a final coat of Dior’s Gel top coat .
We all love an expert beauty tip, or getting the low down on what really works from those in the know, which is why we are starting our new This Works for Me column. From beauty editors to make-up artists, celebrities to top facialists, we will be finding out exactly what the pros use, love and really rate. And to launch it we have the beauty lowdown from the super glamorous Louise Redknapp. From her mum-on-the-school-run essentials to her secret skin booster, she shares all her beauty secrets to getting that healthy, glowing and glossy look. Click here to read This Works for Me: Louise Redknapp’s Beauty Essentials .
Daniel Sandler Radiant Sheen . Love, love, love this gorgeous quartet of skin flattering shimmers. Use individually or blended together and dust over brow bones and high on cheek bones.
Lancôme Hypnôse Star Eyes Palette . With five perfectly themed colours, this is the one eye palette where you’ll wear all of it – plus I love the three clever applicators; it’s all you need for creating the perfect catwalk eye.
Dr Sebagh Serum Repair . If not already a serum convert, then slot this little beauty into your daily routine (under or mixed with a face cream) – it plumps up dry skin fast, making it my pre-party skin saver.
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