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This time of year may be a little grey and lifeless but it doesn’t mean that we need to look as bad as our surroundings! We may well feel a little blah and grey, but it’s oh so easy to hide with a bit of makeup. Admittedly the glow that we all crave comes from the combination of a good diet, exercise and a tailored skincare routine, but if, like me, you fancy a quick fix, it’s make-up to the rescue. Here’s how to get that au naturel winter glow – think of
All about that base
Less is more
For those days when you need a bit of extra oomph or staying
The Natural glow
I’ve lost count of how many tubes of the YSL Touché Eclat All in One Glow foundation (£33.50) I’ve gone through. If you love a light, natural looking base, it’s the product for you. This hydrating, light and glowy base feels comfortable on the skin and blends in seamlessly with your fingers. For such a lightweight foundation it last well – I can go from work to dinner or drinks, without touching up. The formula is buildable too, so if you need a little extra coverage, it has you covered!
Precision is key
When it comes to concealer, precision is key – cover what needs covering without masking the glow.
Bronze, blush and glow
A dash of bronzer will go a long way. Just a little touch of a natural looking shade (I love Benefit Hoola Light*, £26) just under the cheekbones, around the outside of the face and over the nose will warm up your complexion. It should make you look healthier – like you’ve been outdoors in the sun. (If you can remember what that looks like.)
A touch of blush on the cheeks will give a healthy flush. Look for something with a sheen, but not with chunks of glitter. Cream products always look natural and healthy, I’ve yet to find the perfect one for me, so I stick to a powder with a dash of glow, like the Rimmel Lasting Finish soft colour blush (£3.99).
Again, with highlighter less really is more. A light hand will go a long way. I love Benefit’s Watts Up* (£26) for a natural looking cream highlighter. This champagne coloured cream product glides onto the top of cheekbones and melts into the skin, leaving a radiant glow. If you’re more of a powder person the champagne-hued Urban Decay Afterglow highlighter in Sin (£21.50) used with a light hand gives a gorgeous and subtle glow.
Eyes wide awake
Struggling to keep your eyes open? Fake awake with brightening products and shimmery shades.
If you’re an oily eye lidded gal like me, opt for a brightening primer, like Urban Decay’s Primer Potion in Eden (£17.50) – it will make your eyes look awake and your eyeshadow last all day. Afterwards, apply a champagne shimmery shade over the top. A colour with similar undertones to your skin that catches the light, will enhance your eyes and make them look a little bigger. I love using Kiko Sparkling Holiday Eyeliner Pencil* (£4.90) – yes it’s an eyeliner, but it’s the perfect shade for me. Remember to run your bronzer along the crease of the eye to blend and add some natural-looking definition.
Curl your lashes before you apply a thin line of liquid liner along the roots of your lash line. Skip the first third and start the line two thirds in (where your lashes start to become thick) and take the line to the outer edge of your eye. This will look a little mental without mascara on but trust me! This thin line will make your lashes look thick. Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner in Trooper is my absolute favourite (£17.)
For mascara I’ve been loving the Estee Lauder Little Black Primer* (£21) and Sumptuous Knockout Mascara* (£26). The primer separates your lashes and adds a natural coloured base layer. The Sumptuous Knockout mascara adds heaps of volume and doesn’t budge, giving you long luscious lashes. I’m obsessed with this combination – it’s a pain to remove but looks incredible all day and all night.
Day to day I opt for a natural looking nude lipstick. If you apply a bit of gloss in the centre of the lip, it will make them look fuller. But some days you just need a bold lipstick to distract from the under-eye bags. Be as safe or as creative as you like with your lips.
This look has fast become my go to day to day. I can do it in under ten minutes if I need to and I always arrive at my desk looking healthy and awake – even if I don’t feel it. So the secret to that all naturel winter glow is light layer, light reflecting products and a steady hand. You really don’t need these exact products to create this look, just ones with a similar consistency or shade. How do you get that au naturel winter glow?
Photos of me courtesy of Laura Stafford-Smith