Sunday Herald Sun - Body and Soul - - BEAUTY BAG -

For­get last win­ter’s vel­vety matt skin – the new win­ter skin is light-dif­fused and dewy. Imag­ine per­fectly con­cealed skin, but with a re­flec­tive qual­ity, like you just got caught in a light mist­ing of rain. It re­minds me of the look MAC make-up artist Sam Cor­rey cre­ated for the Sev­enth Won­der­land show at Rose­mount Aus­tralian Fashion Week. “I wanted the girls to look as though they’d been drenched in ther­a­peu­tic wa­ters, not the sun,” said Cor­rey.

Skin can get dull and slug­gish in win­ter, so how do we cap­ture ra­di­ance? First we need to over­haul our skin­care regime to get skin glow­ing. “Dewi­ness ul­ti­mately comes from hy­dra­tion,” says Laura Pritchard, Guinot man­ag­ing di­rec­tor. She ad­vises switch­ing to a milky, cream-based cleanser and adding hy­dra­tion-tar­geted prod­ucts such as serums un­der your mois­turiser. Next, add a hy­drat­ing mask for in­stant dewi­ness and an il­lu­mi­nat­ing fluid un­der your foun­da­tion for an an­gelic fi­nale.

This sea­son, skin­care prod­ucts are burst­ing with ra­di­ance-boost­ing, light-dif­fus­ing qual­i­ties. So try these for su­per-hy­drated skin with cov­etable, snow-kissed bright­ness.

1 Revlon

Age De­fy­ing Spa Face Il­lu­mi­na­tor,

$29.95, 1800 025 488 This gives an in­stant sheer glaze to skin. The ap­pli­ca­tor brush is firm and smooth, so doesn’t leave pesky brush marks and it gets into nooks and cran­nies. It gives a flat­ter­ing, light-dif­fused, bare-skinned glow on its own, but it’s also ex­cel­lent over foun­da­tion for high­lights.

2 Chanel

Hy­dra­max+ Ac­tive Mois­ture

Mask, $79, (02) 9900 2949 Pop a luxe mois­tur­is­ing mask on weekly in win­ter and your skin will thank you. One of the best is from Chanel’s new Hy­dra­max+ Ac­tive range. You only leave it on for 10 min­utes and your skin will truly be soft and glow­ing af­ter­wards. It helps re­store the nat­u­ral skin bar­rier with cot­ton­seed oil ex­tract and pro­tects against de­hy­dra­tion with rose wax.

3 Clar­ins

White Plus Whiten­ing Soft

Aqua-Milk, $70, (02) 9663 4277 My win­ter se­cret is swap­ping my zingy sum­mer toner for a soft­en­ing milk like this. Soak a cot­ton pad in this silky lo­tion and wipe over your face for a sup­ple fin­ish to skin. It gives a rosy glow with rasp­berry and vi­ta­min C and bright­ens skin to snow-white per­fec­tion with al­chemilla ex­tract.

4 An­tipodes

Grape­seed But­ter Cleanser,

$46,­tipodesna­ Your best in­vest­ment for di­vine skin this win­ter is this co­coon­ing, but­tery cleanser. The or­ganic co­coa but­ter for­mula is packed with an­tiox­i­dants from vi­nanza grape, an ex­tract from sauvi­gnon blanc grape­seeds from New Zealand’s Marl­bor­ough re­gion. Mas­sage in, re­move with a warm wash­cloth and your skin will lit­er­ally bounce with soft­ness.

5 Napoleon

Perdis Auto Pi­lot Napoleon Com­plex Skin Re­newal Serum, $79, (02)

8595 0911 Napoleon Perdis knows com­plex­ion per­fec­tion be­gins with skin, so he’s cre­ated a so­phis­ti­cated serum with Aussie berry ex­tracts, tripep­tides and ac­tive sugar mol­e­cules to brighten and re­pair. “Now you can prep your base like never be­fore,” says Perdis. 6 Guinot

Ra­di­ance Re­newal Cream, $126, 1300 300 954, Add a re­ju­ve­nat­ing vi­ta­min C prod­uct to your skin­care regime in the slug­gish win­ter months. It’s an enor­mous en­ergy boost for skin and stim­u­lates elastin pro­duc­tion. This light, lus­cious cream is su­per hy­drat­ing and gives sur­face ra­di­ance with the “peel­ing” ef­fect of vi­ta­min C.

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