Words by Patsy O’Neill
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Winter’s coming so don’t let pasty, dry chapped skin ruin your make-up.
We asked Holly’s make-up artist Patsy O’Neill for a fail-proof routine.
Stage 1: Moisturiser
Skin preparation is more important than ever in winter when the elements are working against us. An excellent moisturiser is crucial. I love Aussie brand Sukin, Sensitive Sensitive Face Moisturiser with Vitamin E, Cocoa and Shea Butters, £7.95. This moisturiser hydrates and soothes delicate skin, and is super fast-absorbing. I also adore Emma Lewisham, Illuminating Brighten Your Day Crème, £68, as a great option for everyday use. It’s enriched with plumping vegan Saccharide Isomerate that hydrates the skin for longer, improving the skin barrier and elasticity. Powerful Vitamins C and E promote a luminous glow, while regenerating AHA and BHA extracts soften and restore.
Stage 2: Foundation
Inika, Baked Mineral Foundation, £38, with 12 shades to choose from, this foundation compact blends with ease, giving an even coverage of mineral makeup. The lightweight formula starts with a sheer, veil-like coverage and gradually builds, allowing for the perfect natural base. The formulation contains Earth-derived minerals that reflect light, resulting in a smooth satin finish. Magnolia Bark extract helps to reduce skin redness and improves hydration. It’s been a staple in my kit bag and personal make up bag for a few years now. My best advice is to buy two shades, as we tend to warm up in tone as the summer months creep in. I can oscillate between shades Nurture & Trust.
Stage 3: Lips, Cheeks and Eyes
Seeds of Colour have come up with this 3in1, hydrating, multi-use Natural Colour Balm, £21 which can be used on your cheeks, lips and eyelids. With a few shades to choose from you can build it up to create a stronger look. I’m personally always drawn to a berry shade but for this look I’ve chosen their Rose Pink shade. This product works as hard to hydrate your skin in cold climates as it does on the beach.
Holly’s wearing this in the photo below, along with the eyeshadow palette from number 8 on this list!
Stage 4: Mascara
I love Beauty Pie, Uber Volume Boost Mascara, £25 (£9,08 with Beauty Pie membership) in black or brown. This is a classic black mascara that has a great brown alternative for a less intense look. E.L.F., Lash Extending Mascara, £4 is a great high street alternative, as it does exactly what it says…extends. The wand is a perfect shape for a quick, even application.
Stage 5: Lip Colour
I’m a big fan of the new lipsticks from Beauty Pie, ‘The Unlipstick’ lip sheers & Keep This™ Case, £32 (members get discounts). These lipsticks give the look of just-blotted lipstick, with a sheer, matte, creamy moisturising finish meaning they are easy to apply wherever you are — no mirror needed. With refillable packaging too it’s a bonus for the environment, what’s not to love.
Makeup Artist and Beauty Consultant