Glam, groomed & glowing
Kazia Pelka’s guide to fresher foundation and longer lashes
‘Heavy foundation can highlight problems’
Q I’ve lost the last of my summer glow, can I A fix it with foundation? As tempting as it is to pile on the make-up when skin looks pale in the colder months, I’ve never loved heavy foundation. I think it highlights problems rather than hides them, especially fine lines and dryness. Youthful skin reflects light and looks dewy, so if that’s the effect you’re going for, choose lighter formulations and use as little as you can get away with.
Here are my tips…
● Think of foundation as a tool for a more even skin tone rather than concealing imperfections. Apply sparingly, then use concealer on blemishes, shadows or redness.
● Foundation designed for mature skin will address fine lines and lack of radiance – or look for something lightweight, light-reflecting and fluid. Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation, £30, is sheer, moisturising and comes in 22 shades.
● Fingers help work your foundation into your skin, but for a more ‘finished’ effect, blend well with a brush or sponge.
● Primers do everything from boosting radiance to controlling oil, depending which you choose. They also prep skin for make-up, allowing you to use less foundation – all the better for a lighter look. Just apply after skincare. Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow Face Primer, £38.50, reflects light for a flattering glow.
QEveryone seems to be talking about vitamin C, but what is so good about it?
AI’m often asked which ingredients make the biggest difference to the skin. Vitamin C is definitely on my list and is easy to introduce in the form of a serum. Applied topically, vitamin C has antioxidant properties, brightens the complexion, fades age spots and helps to build and strengthen collagen, reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles and leading to stronger, firmer-looking skin.
There are many on the market, but the rule of thumb is to choose one that contains L-ascorbic acid (pure vitamin C) at a concentration of 10 to 20%. Air and light can degrade the product, so it should come in air-tight packaging with minimal exposure to light (often in brown glass). As with any active ingredient, if you have sensitive skin you might want to introduce it gradually, as it can tingle. HIGH SPEC Skinceuticals C E Ferulic serum, £135, is pricey but lasts a long time. CHEAPER CHOICE The Ordinary Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F, £14.90, contains a derivative of vitamin C, so it’s not quite as potent, but still effective.