This JANUARY, cheer yourself up and BRIGHTEN your day with these ILLUMINATING beauty ideas…
1 Lit from within Support your skin from the inside out. “Eat zinc-rich foods, such as salmon, pumpkin seeds, chickpeas and garlic, and good fats, like flaxseed and oily fish, plus hyaluronic acid-rich foods like root veg, greens and beans, and avoid sugar, which makes collagen bonds less elastic,” advises nutritionist Zoe Palmer-Wright. Solgar’s Collagen Hyaluronic Acid Complex (€39.76) contains a specific type of collagen that is easy to absorb and highly concentrated, to support the outer layer of the skin, as well as joint health.
2 Customise your care Look to concentrated formulas and a “blend your own” approach. Bareminerals’ Brilliant Future Serum, €52, is full of vitamin C for radiance, as is Kiehl’s Corrective Brightening & Smoothing Moisture Treatment, €53 at Arnotts, from January 14. Bobbi Brown Remedies target everything from rehydration to calming; try the limited-edition starter set (€30) to see what works best for you.
3 Superfood skincare is set to be big this year, with turmeric and kale featuring large, as wellness takes precedence over the idea of “combating” ageing. Chanel’s Blue Serum (€95, from January 13) combines ingredients from the world’s “blue zones”, identified in studies into longevity: so Costa Rican green coffee and Sardinian olive oil are among the actives in this brightening serum.
1 Shake it up Lancôme Juicy Shakers are a fun way to wear lipstick, containing lots of oils to moisturise lips plus glossy colour in eight new shades, developed with creative director Lisa Eldridge, including this zingy pink. €22, from January 25.
2 Wear red This year, there’s a big focus on red, and new formulas such as Bobbi Brown’s Red Hot Luxe Lip Colours (€32.50), in eight perfect variations of red, are impossible to ignore. Other reds we’re getting out of bed for are Chanel’s Rouge Red nail colour (€25, from January 27), and any of the great-value L’Oréal Color Riche reds (palette of six shades, €14.99, at Boots), which are flattering, lasting and smell like sweets.
3 Get your blush on MAC’s Strobe cream has long been the gold standard for a liquid highlighters: the new peach, silver and gold tinted versions are now available, though we still love the original, now called Pinklite (€34). This is how catwalk skin always looks so gleaming; MAC’s Terry Barber advises using it as a blush for that “lit from within” rosy glow. Nars is justly famous for creating flattering skin-flushes, too, and the Misconduct blush shade for spring (€31) is effortlessly pretty.