Looking for that effortless, flawless, glowing-skin look? If you’re anything like us, you were a bit scared when the bare-faced chic look became the beauty world’s hottest ticket for autumn/winter.
It might look simple but, as anyone who’s tried it knows, it does require a bit more effort than just waltzing out of the door makeup free. Darn it! Never fear though, you might not have Charlotte Tilbury on speed dial but we’ve tracked down ten little wonders that will help you get your look bang up to date right now and pay skin-dividends for seasons to come. You’re welcome!
1 – The Inside Out Hydrator
How many times have you heard beauty insiders wax lyrical about drinking water? There’s definitely no substitute for the clear stuff but make it work harder for your skin by popping in Phytomer’s skin-strengthening Oligomer sachets. Meaning ‘Little Sea’ this powder contains around 104 trace elements, including calcium and magnesium to promote relaxation. Keeping skin hydrated has never been so easy!
2 – The Blissful Beauty Sleep Booster
Ah beauty sleep, it really is your skin’s best friend. Tell-tale signs of tiredness can really throw a spanner in the works when you’re trying to tone down the makeup. Try Dr Hauschka Moor Lavender Calming Bath Essence; not only is lavender renowned for its relaxing properties, but you can add a few drops of this little elixir to a basin of water when you wash off your cleanser and its antibacterial properties will help tone your skin and prevent blemishes. Top skin tip!
3 – The Wonder Moisturiser
Keeping skin fresh and dewy is essential for the bare-faced flawless skin look. Not only does this powerful moisturiser help skin glow, but replenishing the skin’s moisture barrier also helps it protect itself against pimple-inducing bacteria, and ageing pollution. Slathering on Alpha H’s cream helps drench skin with much-needed moisture and leaves the complexion silky soft.
4 – The Gentle Skin Scrub
If anything’s going to scupper perfect blemish free skin it’s dry or flaky patches – but be careful before you go crazy with a heavy duty scrub. Products with abrasive particles can tear or damage delicate skin. Try this treat from Trilogy instead – a blend of jojoba microspheres and active honey enzymes work together to gently loosen and dissolve flakes and debris on your skin’s surface. If your skin is prone to irritation, press it lightly onto your complexion without rubbing.
5 – The Blemish Buster
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that as soon as you want to look your beautiful best, a spot will appear. Attempting an at-home facial is tempting but limit it to this super-duper little treatment. Packed with bacteria-busting salicylic acid, tea tree and parsley, it helps reduce redness, combat swelling and clear unsightly facial blemishes. Result!
6 – The Eye Brightener
Eyeliner has officially been banished, so with little more than a slick of mascara to hide behind, it’s time to make sure those peepers look super bright and perky. Step forward Yes To’s freshening gel. Ultra-gentle, it tackles the dreaded appearance of puffy eyes and helps get rid of dark circles. Hurrah!
7 – The Barely-There Foundation
Rumour has it that A-list fans of the barely-there look aren’t bothering with foundation at all (Gwyneth and Cheryl, we salute you!) but if you need a smidgen of something between you and bareness then embrace Ren’s award-winning BB cream. It provides a light, even coverage that wont cake your pores and its easily blendable formula won’t leave tell-tale tide lines. It even has an SPF, so you can brave the no foundation trend without the worry of premature ageing.
8 – The Bold Brows
When everything else is pared back, your brows take centre stage. Put your best brow forward with this brow kit, which comes in two shades to suit all eyebrows. It has everything to make sure they’re beautifully groomed – tweezers for catching any pesky stray hairs and a palette that lets you fill in your brows and give them definition – the bigger the better.
9 – The Natural Blush
With the flawless skin look, you’re aiming for sun-warmed rather than in-the-pink, and this powder palette will work wonders to even out your skin tone. Dust lightly over the cheekbones and blend outwards. As a rule of thumb, select a powder bronzer that’s one to two shades darker than your natural skin tone.
10 – The Final Flourish – Stay-Put Powder
This shimmering skin saver might look a little sparkly at first glance but, trust us, this mineral primer works on all skin tones to help stop the oil your skin makes throughout the day causing makeup slippage. Enriched with natural minerals, it’s also giving your skin a little TLC.