Tired? Don’t Lash on the Foundation – Do These Four Things Instead

Beauty editor SARAH HALLIWELL on the products you need to wake your skin up …


Ever have days when you put on make-up and it looks all wrong? It’s the same feeling I sometimes have after a store makeover – everything looks too much, too obvious, and somehow makes you look even more tired than you are. I can’t be the only person to get home and take it all straight off. When you’re feeling pasty, washed out and grey around the eyes (or just a bit late-forties), the instinct is to pile on more foundation, and that’s not always the best idea, however good the product is. The new foundation launches for spring all focus on lightness and brightness – Laura Mercier’s Flawless Lumière, Lancôme’s Teint Idole Ultrawear Nude, Boots HydraLuminous, Nars Sheer Glow. But on days when you’re struggling to wake your face up, try taking it back to basics rather than painting more on.


First, a good serum to keep skin hydrated and healthy-looking (I love Tata Harper’s Boosted Contouring Serum but it is expensive; something like The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid serum, €5.99, is a good (bargain) alternative, and its Caffeine for around the eyes is the skincare equivalent of drinking a double espresso.

Then concealer just where you need it (I’m still sticking with my trusty Trish McEvoy Correct & Even (so good for dark shadows on the inner eye area, where it all gets a bit aubergine), and Charlotte Tilbury’s excellent Magic Concealer.

Next add a bit of light powder over the T-zone (I use Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder, with its brilliant double-ended brush) to avoid a shiny nose.

And, crucially, some light-reflecting glowy stuff high on the cheekbones – Bobbi Brown’s All Over Glow is one of my favourites but was a limited edition, annoyingly; instead try Chanel’s Multi-Use Glow Sticks (€42) which are AMAZING for this – simply swipe down cheekbones for invisible face sculpting. They are translucent, so you can’t do it wrong, making them are ideal for days when you want to look better but can’t really be bothered to do much (i.e. most days).


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