Six beauty buys for looking brighter on your next Zoom …
Many of are enjoying wearing less make-up, but some things definitely help to detract from the bad hair. Everyone I know is wearing bit of tan or bronzer at the moment for Zoom meetings – not to look brown (as that would suggest you’ve been sunbathing instead of working), but just to look healthier. Perhaps it’s all the extra grey hair, too – a bit more colour in your face can definitely help offset that. I tend to add a few drops of (1) Isle of Paradise Tanning Drops (€24.99) to moisturiser or, even better, night cream in order to wake up looking less tired.
A touch of bronzer is hard to beat, if you find the right one; too dark and your skin will just look muddy. I’ve been trying out Chanel’s new Les Beiges Summer of Glow range, which just launched last week. The Beiges range has always been the crème de la crème if you want to look naturally healthy rather than fake brown. If you’ve never tried the Healthy Glow Illuminating Powder (from €50), I’d really recommend it for now: I know it’s an investment, but it lasts for ages, and gives a far more natural shade than most bronzers can dream of creating. And a new formula for summer, (2) Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream, is a coconut oil-based gel/cream that buffs into skin smoothly for a natural, skin-blurring finish.
Nars are reliably good at bronzers, too (around €38), and they now have a range of matte ones. For an affordable alternative, try (3) IsaDora’s fragrance-free bronzing powder golden bronze (€17.95 at pharmacies online). There are new bronzing powders launching all over the place for summer, some of them very expensively. Bear in mind, though, that bronzing powders are basically like wearing talc on your face all day – yes even designer ones in big fancy golden cases have talc as the main ingredient – so, lovely as they look, they’re honestly not doing your skin any favours. Make sure you remove them thoroughly as soon as you can, and definitely at the end of the day.
If you’d rather not bronze but still want glowy skin, go for something like (4) Clarins SOS Primer (€31), a lovely golden lotion; I find a liquid like this, tapped high on cheekbones, makes skin look somehow more polished and gleaming, and a little goes a long way. It can be a good alternative to foundation – just add a bit of concealer and you’re done. And a bit of blush always makes a big difference, even if you haven’t been outside all day: (5) Sleek MakeUp blushes are a bargain €5.99 at Boots (try the rose gold, similar to Nars’ Bumpy Ride).
Finally, we’ve been gravitating towards lip colours that make us look healthier and a bit pulled together, but not too “done”; liquid mattes are off the cards for the moment. (6) The Chanel Rouge Coco Flash lip colours (with an expanded range of 12 new shades launching May 29, including) are soft and balmy but with plenty of pigment, so they glide on, moisturise your lips and wake up your face. My existing favourite is just-pink-enough with a hint of raspberry, Bohème, but from the new ones I’d go straight for celebratory red-orange Shake, paired with Rhythm, an inky blue nail colour from the collection of six to mix and match.
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