Glow with the flow this season
Edel Coffey finds the best products to help your skin shimmer, rather than shine, through day and night.
This autumn’s trends veer wildly between the stark, colourful drama of 1970sinspired make-up and the bare minimalism of the 1990s. This new minimalism looks simple, but achieving a dewy, youthful look without looking shiny is more difficult than you might think.
A good, even base is a great start, which means putting in the work when it comes to cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising, I’m afraid.
Start with a gentle cleanser such as Trilogy’s Sensitive Skin Very Gentle Cleansing Cream (€25.95) or Johnson’s Refreshing Cleansing Lotion (€5).
Follow with a scrub (once a week) such as Neutrogena’s Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Daily Scrub (¤5.49), which smells refreshingly zesty, if a little strong. For those with oily skin, achieving a dewy look might seem like the holy grail but last month Vichy launched NormaDerm Tri-Activ Anti- Imperfection Hydrating Care (€17.50, left), which promises more luminous skin for oily complexions.
Clarins has introduced a new illuminating anti-ageing Comfort Cream which boosts radiance and diminishing hyperpigmentation (dark spots) at a price (€73). L’Oréal's Studio Secrets Anti-Dull Skin Primer (€19.49) gives a flawless base to build your look on while targeting dull skin. The pink hue revives pale and washed-out complexions.
L’Oréal also does a Smoothing Resurfacing Primer (€19.49) for more uneven skin tones but beware of using too much as it might sit in your wrinkles.
Benefit has just launched a new product called Girl Meets Pearl (€33.50). This goldenpink cream comes in a twistup tube that dispenses the correct amount of product. It is gentle and feminine but not too obvious.
Next week, No7 relaunches its Instant Radiance Foundation (€17.25), and the new formula includes soft violet pearls to add radiance
When it comes to the rest of your body, get overall radiance by using a light dry oil such as Nuxe’s Huile Prodigieuse (€17) or the newly launched Coco Mademoiselle Velvet Body Oil Spray (€45) by Chanel. If these products are out of your price range, try Johnson’s Baby Oil. Celebrity make-up artist Jo Gillingwater (who has worked with the likes of Cameron Diaz and Kate Moss) swears by it and uses it to achieve a dewy sheen.