Skies are bluer, the days are longer and it’s Bank holiday season… so let’s celebrate by delving into the make up bag of our in-house beauty expert, Lucia Ferrari, as well as some great tips from the brilliant makeup artist Caroline Barnes!
Caroline’s easy to replicate makeup looks are hugely popular on YouTube and Instagram and she’s also worked with red carpet stars such as Lily James and Kylie Minogue. She is renowned for how she uses skincare and makeup as a catalyst for positivity and confidence boosting. Her approach is not always less is more, but you’ll always come away feeling and looking a million dollars.
Invest in a really good SPF
One you’ll actually enjoy putting on. The consistency is key, ideally not too gloopy. I love the Australian brand Ultra Violette Queen Screen Luminising Sun Serum SPF 50+, £36. It’s super sheer and is great under makeup. I can see why it sells out.
Warm up your skin tone a tiny bit with a light application self tan.
A couple of drops of something like James Read H20 Gradual Tan Drops Face, £30, are ideal because the colour is super light. Plus it’s not remotely drying on the skin. You don’t want to look suntanned. It’s more to even out skin tone and get rid of any redness and leave you looking a bit more healthy and glowing.
Try one of the new lighter skin tints instead of your usual foundation.
I really like the new Max Factor Miracle Pure Skin Improving Foundation, £13.99. It’s a mix of skincare (hyaluronic acid and collagen boosting vitamin C) with a really lovely, buildable, glowy coverage. It doesn’t look like you’ve got makeup on and has a fine weightless texture.
In Spring and Summer, I change from using a shimmery bronzer which I use during the grey
Winter months to a matt one. I think it’s much more flattering on the skin. It doesn’t make you look too shimmery in the sunshine! My favourite matt bronzers are Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Bronzer, £39 and Dior Forever Natural Bronze, £40
I love adding a watermelon shade, as it’s so pretty and flattering with a lightly bronzed skin. The new Rose Inc Blush Divine Radiant Lip & Cheek Colour hydration 5 creams are beautiful. I love the colour Anemone. £23
With over 25 years’ experience as a beauty journalist working for titles including the Daily Mail, Harpers Bazaar and London’s ES magazine, Lucia is the go-to beauty guru. Passionate about skincare, makeup and the latest tweakments, her many Insta followers love her honest, knowledgeable and of the moment beauty posts and videos.