To start with, before I go crazy with the colour cosmetics, I prep my dry skin with a serum, a moisturiser, & a primer to make sure I have the best possible surface with which to work, followed by a little bit of green base & then foundation and concealer to act as the canvas for all the colour.
I’ve been trying out Sophyto‘s products (the first professional skin care line to be certified by the Soil Association), and loving how they make my difficult sensitive skin elastic and plump, with no breakouts. The price is good too. On Sunday I used Sophyto Tocotrienol Super Skin Concentrate £35 and their Omega Daily Moisturizer £29.25
I’m a big fan of GIORGIO ARMANI Fluid Master primer £34.00 to provide a good base for my makeup when I know I am going to be photographed. Because I am prone to red flushes under strong lighting because of my rosacea I blend a tiny bit of a green base into my skin, (Givenchy Acti’mine Wake-up Skin Make-up Base, £25).
My favourite concealer right now is Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Cover Stick £9.16. It’s medicated, very matt and is great for my chin, around the nose and stubborn blemishes. A perfect concealer for red carpets and being photographed as it lasts and lasts.
My foundation is always GIORGIO ARMANI Luminous Silk foundation £34, which blends beautifully, has great coverage but never looks powdery or dry. I used Sue Devitt Gel-to-Powder Blush in Malay Reef $20 (a really lovely healthy pink glow), and around my cheekbones and temples I used a touch of Chanel’s ÉCLAT LUMIÈRE Highlighter Face Pen £26 in 20 Beige Clair.
For my eyes I used Shavata Brow Perfector £19.50 to give shape and definition to my blonde eyebrows. Tom Ford’s gloriously pigmented, beautifully packaged & wincingly expensive at £62) Eye Color Quad’s are my absolute new favourite thing. (I used 08 Sahara Haze for lid, socket and lash line.)
I like a gel eyeliner for evenings and events, and New Cid’s i-Gel triplet £21.50 has a gorgeous Midnight Blue that goes on like a dream with Sephora‘s angled Eyeliner Brush that I picked up in Miami last November. (It’s also waterproof and stays out forever which is great for long nights.)
I used a tiny dash of Nars Larger than Life Eyeliner in Silver (limited edition unfort) in the inner corners of my eyes to open them out a bit, and Clinique‘s handy dandy Bottom Lash Mascara.£11. (No top lash mascara because I was wearing Flutter Eyes semi-permanent lash extensions)
I finished it all off with a slick of my favourite orange lipstick: MAC‘s Amplified Lipstick in Neon Orange.
In my clutch I carried very little – scent – Diptyque‘s blackcurrant & rose L’Ombre sur L’Eau in a brilliant pen shaped rollerball applicator, hankies, lipstick and eyeliner for touchups, and a tiny fresh breath spray called Sweet Breath which is much smaller than a box of mints and avoids the unattractive bovine appearance of gum-chewing.