Dull, grey skin? Check. Sun kissed cheeks a distant memory? Check. Pigmentation and wrinkles running amock? Check. If you are anything like me, winter months are a challenge makeup wise. There’s less sun and the light is harsher than in spring and summer, making it particularly unkind to older skins. Help is at hand though. I have discovered a few heroine products that perk up winter skin and give it at least a hint of a glow. If you decide to give ’em a try, I’d love to know how you got on…
1. Hourglass Illusion | £50
I was tipped off about this moisturising foundation by beauty guru Caroline Hirons. It has medium-to-high coverage and initially feels quite heavy. Like Caroline, I prefer to use fingers rather than a brush with this and the heat from my hands helps it to sink in. I wear Nude, but there are 12 shades to choose from. This miracle-worker contains a form of hyaluronic acid and claims to plump and tighten skin while filling in deep wrinkles over the course of a day. I’m not sure about that, but I do love the ‘pearlescent pigments’ (no dreaded glitter, just the suggestion of dewiness) which give skin luminosity. It has a SPF of 15. Hourglass Illusion is the best foundation I’ve ever used – and from a foundation addict, that really is saying something. Even at £50, I’ll be buying again.
2. Glossier Cloud Paint | £15
This stuff is great for cheeks and lips too (though Glossier doesn’t say that). Powder blushers can be too matt, especially in winter when you want a flushy not blushy look to perk things up. Cloud Paint’s gel cream formula hits the spot perfectly. It comes in four shades, is designed to be applied with fingers and is super-easy to build. I use Dusk, but I’ve seen the other shades on friends and The Daughter Still at Home and they are all very healthy-looking. Cloud Paint is ideal for on-the-go touch-ups and a little goes a long way. It’s still matt, but looks incredibly natural rather than powdery.
3. Benefit Dandelion Twinkle | £24.50
I’m a big fan of Benefit, but was doubtful about how flattering something with ‘Twinkle’ in the title would be on older skin. During the day at least, I am a sparkle-free zone. Then I tried this Champagne-pink highlighting powder and was sold. Apparently, you can use it all over your face, but I use a mid-size fluffy brush (the brush it comes with is fine, I just prefer a bigger brush) to stroke the power onto the top of my cheekbones and down the center of my nose. I use a smaller, fine tipped brush to add a sprinkle of twinkle to the inner corner of my eyes, under the arches of my brows and to the curve of my cupid’s bow. Dandelion Twinkle catches the light in a very prettily and brightens up your face without any danger of blinging white stripes.
4. Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look In A Palette Beauty Glow | £49
Palettes can be hit and miss, with a few of the products often being ‘fillers’ you never really use. Charlotte Tilbury’s approach is always practical though, so it should come as no surprise that all of the seven powders are winners. Sure there are some I use more than others, but I’ve taken the Beauty Glow palette on holiday and needed only foundation, mascara and brow pencil to do a full face of makeup. It contains three eye colours, two cheek colours, a bronzer and a highlighter, all in rose and gold shades designed to give you a glow whatever your skin tone. The packaging is really robust and the mirror is big. I particularly enjoy using the smooth-as-silk Enhance Eye Colour to give my eyelids a soft-focus sheen.
5. Autograph Hydrating Concealer | £12.50
The concealer in the main pic for this post is actually the Autograph Serum Concealer, but M&S have been re-vamping their makeup range and have discontinued it. The lovely lady who runs the cosmetics and skin care department in my local branch recommended the Hydrating Concealer as a replacement and it’s even better than the serum version. I use it under my eyes and blend it out to the corners to give my skin a lift. It doesn’t cake or highlight the lines around my eyes and, most importantly, doesn’t make my eyes run. I have devilishly sensitive eyes that stream for hours if they’re not happy. There are only two shades (I have the light/medium), but it’s sheer so you should easily find a good match. If you haven’t tried M&S make-up you are missing a trick. It’s cruelty free — perfect if you struggle to find treats for beauty-loving vegetarians and vegans. Look out for M&S’ frequent 3 for 2 offers.