Glam, groomed & glow­ing

Kazia Pelka’s guide to fresher foun­da­tion and longer lashes

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‘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.

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