Three new beauty buys have just dropped … add them together and you’ve got yourself an Oh-I-Wake-Up-This-Gorgeous new look – helpfully modelled by actress Olivia Munn (above).
For Blemish-Free Skin: Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel
The first step to being an au naturel beauty is having skin so great that you don’t need to wear much makeup at all. You might have seen my recent post on the Best New Buys for Problem Skin. When I was filming this video, I hadn’t yet heard about this wonder of a Clinique product, so it totally deserves a rave here.
An upgrade of the Spot Treatment Gel (which was already pretty amazing, by the way), this new formulation contains salicylic acid to dissolve dead skin surface cells (and thus prevent breakouts), as well as ingredients to control oil production and calm down redness.
I’ve used it to blitz big angry spots (it does so within a day or two), as well as to smooth over larger, pimple-prone areas as a preventative measure – and it has most definitely decreased my overall congestion and spot count, while not drying out or inflaming my sensitive skin one bit.
In conclusion: a winner.
For a Fresh, Dewy Complexion: Clarins HydraQuench Tinted Moisturiser SPF15
The good ol’ tinted moisturiser has lost some love lately, with the BB and CC creams being the shiny new kids on the base block. But if it’s a supple, satiny skin look you’re after (and who wouldn’t want that?), a tinted moisturiser is usually your best bet – after all, it doesn’t try to do too many things, mostly just hydrate and even out skintone, thanks to a sprinkling of pigments in the formula.
This new Clarins buy is, like the aforementioned Clinique gel, also an upgrade of a former best-seller – it’s basically the same glowy goodness in a tube, but the clever white coats in the Clarins lab have been able to fit double the molecular weight of hyaluronic acid in, meaning it’s even more moisturising, and beautiful to wear than before.
For Natural-Look Definition: Nars Contour Blush
Contouring is one of the oldest tricks in the beauty book. It’s how makeup artists carve definition into facial features – by blending a slightly-darker-than-your-skintone shade of powder beneath your cheekbones, around the hairline, under the jawline and down the sides of the nose, you can create a tauter-looking face. However … and it’s a big however here … those mere non-makeup-artist mortals among us can all too easily end up looking more stripy than sharp when we try to contour.
That’s why this new Nars palette is so great – it’s contouring for dummies. Featuring both a contouring and highlighting powder (the latter is for dusting along the upper cheekbones, bridge of nose, browbones – basically anywhere you want to pop), there are three duos to choose from, for light, medium and dark skins.
But that’s not the best thing about it – the powder is sheer, which makes for a beautifully natural effect, as well as for goof-proof application. Although it’s easy enough to build up if you want to go for more extreme definition, as long as you blend really well.
For best effect, follow with a pop of peachy blush on the apples of the cheeks – it will give you a pretty flush that sets off your au naturel look perfectly.