Farewell Suzie Abel
You don’t have to be a sun worshipper to achieve a healthy golden colour for the face and body, says SUZIE ABEL in her final column for EDP Norfolk
Jarrold beauty expert’s final contribution...
WHETHER you are sun lover or not, layers have to be shed and flesh has to be bared in order to stay cool in high summer but this skin - hidden away in winter - can often have an unhealthy pallor and be desperately in need of attention.
The answer is simple. There are oodles of effective selftanning products out there that are really easy to apply, as long as you follow a few simple rules. Whether it’s the face or the body always exfoliate and moisturise the day before application. This will ensure that there are no rough areas which could lead to a patchy result, and the skin will be silky smooth.
Make sure that when applying the self-tan the skin is free from face creams, body lotions and fragrances. For the face, avoid the hairline, eyebrows, ears and the eye area and similarly, be careful when applying to the knees, elbows and ankles. I would thoroughly recommend Sienna-X Q10 Bronzing Mousse, one of the award winning products from this professionally recommended luxury tanning range, with natural ingredients and Vitamin E.
Also, the team will tell you that I am never without my Clarins Delicious Self-Tan which I simply use like a body lotion and it smells and looks like liquid chocolate! Their Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster is great too and quite the easiest way to give the face a natural glow, but gradually. All you need to do is mix three drops with your day or night cream – simple.
If self-tan is a step too far for you, you can still go from lacklustre to luminous by using a tinted moisturiser, bronzer or highlighter. A few tips before you start though:
A tinted moisturiser is just that – a sheer wash of colour designed to give the face a healthy glow. Don’t expect heavy coverage or spoil the effect with a face powder.
Don’t use a bronzer as a blusher – on the apples of the cheeks – but as a light dusting over the face. Always use a medium to large brush, never a small one, and build gently to the required level. Otherwise the effect could be more Tango Man than bronzed goddess! A highlighter helps to contour the face and makes the features stand out. Use on the top of the cheekbones, centre of the nose, and brow bone.
Charlotte Tilbury’s Unisex Healthy Glow is an excellent example of an easy-to-use tinted moisturiser for both you and the man in your life. This magic complexion-morphing potion hydrates and leaves the skin with a healthy radiance. Another product I’m never without is their FilmStar Bronze & Glow – a fabulous contour palette with a dual purpose. The bronzer is a blend of pearl and pigment to contour the face and the highlighter has a golden base to capture and reflect light, giving a candle-lit effect. Hoola from Benefit is a real cult product and perfect for the sunkissed look if you like a matte effect, and a new fave of mine that I have only just discovered is MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle – a shimmery peachy powder to highlight the face.
Do give these products a try and when you get complimented on your tan, you can pretend you have just spent three weeks in the Bahamas (on just a few pounds!)