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Luminous Lady

I’m feeling like my complexion is so dull at the moment and it defo needs a brightening boost. If your skin needs a surge of energy follow these tips to achieve a gorgeous glow.

Dull skin can instantly be livened up by a good exfoliator. Try and use a facial exfoliator once or twice a week to banish any dead skin cells and reveal a healthy, more radiant, natural complexion.

Follow with a light moisturiser over your face and neck and leave for a few minutes to sink in.

Next, apply an illuminating lotion before your foundation. There are loads of different types of these about, they contain light reflecting particles that will give your skin a pearlescent, radiant complexion, but the best bit is that it softens flaws making your skin appear smoother, silkier and glossier.

You could also mix a tiny amount of illuminating lotion with your foundation for a subtler, every day look. Or just apply it to your cheekbones as a highlighter if you don’t fancy an all over J-Lo Glow.

For those drab, dark circles I just can’t seem to get rid of I apply a bit of my usual concealer mixed with a dash of Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat. What can I say? It’s a timeless classic and we all need one in our makeup kit. You can use it anywhere and I often apply a teeny bit in between my eyebrows where I am prone to some unightly frown lines. It’s my botox alternative!

I find that some illuminating lotions tend to throw out a bit too much gloss so I like to fix my makeup with a light powder. I have a couple of faves, Chanel Poudre Douce is fab, it contains light reflecting pigments so I ooze radiance without looking too shiny. I have also just discovered Korres Wild Rose Compact Powder which has the velvetiest finish and a really subtle brightening quality. Find out more by checking out my top buys.

Finish off your makeup with your fave bronzer or blusher, do your eyes as normal and add lashings of lipgloss.

Laura U

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Top Buys – Blusher

Here are Laura U’s top blushers. Find her step by step guide to getting blushed up here.

Bloom Sheer Colour Cream £11.50 – can be used on lips and eyes too!

The Body Shop Lip and Cheek Stain £9.50 – another mulitasker.

Bobbi Brown Blush in Peony £15.60 – from the ne collection, this is matte and natural looking.

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Hot Flush

Valentine’s day is fast approaching ladies so you’d better start perfecting that date makeup so you’re looking hot to trot! Try these top tips for extra flirty flushed cheeks.

• Apply your base makeup as normal making sure you have a flawless canvass on which to work your magic. Hold off on applying any finishing powder until you have chosen your blush.

• Blusher can come in many forms now such as crème, compact powder, loose powder, liquid stain and mousse. If you are using a ‘wet’ blusher (anything which isn’t powder), then apply this before your finishing powder.

• Stains are fab for super staying power, I use a foam sponge to apply mine, this helps you build up and blend the colour gradually and also saves any unsightly finger stains!

Crèmes are good for that fresh faced, dewy look. Some have better staying power than others but I often apply mine using my fingers and then dust a light layer of powder blusher over the top to fix it.

Powders are great for achieving a natural blend of colours, I like compacts with more than one colour so I can mix and match depending on the look I want.

• If you’re applying a powder blusher then dust finishing powder over your base makeup to absorb any excess oil and apply your blusher to the apples of your cheeks using a soft, natural bristled, rounded blusher brush.

• Pick up the blush onto your brush and then tap gently to remove any excess, the trick is to gradually build up the colour so you don’t end up overdoing it!
Flash that smile to reveal the apples of your cheeks (this is good practice for your date later!), and gently apply the blusher in a circular motion blending up your cheekbone towards your hairline.

• If you are wondering what the best colour to use is then here are my guidelines to suit your skin tone:

Fair Skin: Pale rose, apricots, soft pinks
Medium Skin: peach, corals, pinky rose, soft dusky tones and can also take a subtle amount of hot pink.
Dark and Olive Skin: oranges, berry pinks, dusky rose, and bright blushers.

Laura U

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