Bare faced chic
Published 09/12/2013 | 22:35
When Adele stepped out on Saturday night looking enviably radiant with a fresh, ever-so-subtle make-up look we couldn't help but marvel at her gorgeous, pale peachy glow.
Glow is the holy grail of beauty. We all want it, but while for some of us it's god-given, for others it takes more work (my naturally grey-tinged English-Scottish pallor can account for that).
Said glow is even harder to achieve in the winter when our summer tans have faded, diets have likely become less fresh and central heating is on full whack, sucking the moisture from our skin and leaving it dehydrated and sad.
While it's easy to turn to your old friend Mr Fake Tan for a little boost, Adele is the perfect example as to why you should pop him back in the cupboard and work with what you've got.
As well as upping your water intake to combat that central heating damage, start by using a gentle facial exfoliator once or twice a week to remove any dead, dry skin cells that could be clouding your radiance. Try Elemis' Papaya Enzyme Peel , which is non-granular and uses fruit enzyme action of papaya and pineapple.
Incorporating a facial oil into your nightly skincare routine will help keep skin looking plump, fresh and hydrated. We love Liz Earle's Superskin Concentrate and Superfacialist by Una Brennan's Rose Miracle Makeover Facial Oil - just mix a couple of drops with your normal moisturiser at night so that it can get to work while you sleep.
When it comes to make-up, the key is to listen to your natural complexion and keep it delicate and dewy with light layers.
Begin with a primer like Clinique's Superprimer to create the perfect canvas. If you are at the lower end of the pale spectrum, or are lucky enough to have clear skin, opt for a tinted moisturiser as opposed a foundation. Our favourites are Laura Mercier's Broad Spectrum tinted moisturiser which adds a touch of warmth to a porcelain pallor without masking it, and By Terry's Hyaluronic Face Glow .
If you require more coverage, try a foundation like Chanel's Vitalumiere , which is packed with moisturisers and light-reflecting particles to give you a real glow.
Though adding a light touch of bronzer may be tempting, don't! Instead try this trick from MAC's senior artist Rebecca Butterworth:
"In winter we need a bit of colour, but go for a face powder two to three shades darker than your skin tone rather than a bronzer. Face powders tend to look less orange, and work better during the cold weather as they're a cooler tone and always shimmer free."
It may be similarly tempting to go hell for leather with the blusher but try and hold back. A light sweep of Nars's Orgasm blush will suffice. This gold-flecked peachy-pink has the ability to suit all skin tones so will be just as welcome in your make-up bag come July as it is in January.
Keep eyes simple with just a slick of mascara. The same goes for lips, where a colourless lip balm is all you need to ensure they look plump and flake-free.