Great make-up doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Make-up artist Leonard Daly has a quick daily routine using pharmacy staples – including five brilliant beauty buys under a tenner …
As we all adjust to the new normal and some of us are getting back to work, it is useful to have a quick make-up routine that takes just a few minutes. And even if your office is only 10 metres from your bed, a morning routine helps in getting ready for your working day.
The one thing that most of us have in common is that we are not protecting our skin from blue light, also known as HEV (High Energy Visible) light, which we are exposed to so much more now that we are using our computers all the time. Because even if you plan on sitting at your computer for the day on calls, you still need to protect your skin. Initially the main concern with blue light was eyesight issues. But studies have shown that blue light from the sun causes melasma and hyperpigmentation of the face, so it is fair to assume that the same damage will be caused from technology. The majority of suncare products do not protect you from blue light damage so finding a sunscreen that uses iron oxide is best, as this creates a physical block to any damaging UV rays, such as La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-Light Invisible Fluid Sun Cream SPF50 (€14.99). Look out too for anti-pollution ingredients and vitamin C in skincare to help repair and reduce the damage caused by blue light.
A tinted moisturiser is the perfect texture to wear when you’re on video calls – they are mostly light-reflective meaning that your skin will look like glowing. Finding a proper shade range is difficult – most brands only cater for paler skin tones, and they need to do better. Boots’ No7 City Light Tinted Moisturiser is a really gorgeous texture and will cover more than you think it will ( €17.50). For a more comprehensive shade collection, BareMinerals Complexion Rescue has a beautiful texture (though almost double the price, at €32).
Using a good concealer is key when using a lighter formula foundation. Look to your local pharmacy for some really incredible concealers. Maybelline have some of the best concealers on the market; their Eraser Eye Concealer (€7.99) is magnificent, light in texture so will never crease in fine lines but covers any darkness. Apply directly onto any dark shadows and blend with your finger or the sponge applicator downwards towards your cheekbones, creating seamless coverage.
For any blemishes use a heavier consistency concealer like Rimmel’s Lasting Radiance Concealer (€5.99) for a long-lasting radiant cover; it also contains vitamin C so works along with your skincare routine. Once you have your base done, a quick swipe of blush gives your skin a youthful glow; I always tend to go to peach shades. Max Factor’s Crème Puff Blush (€7.33) is perfection: there are six shades that will work on most skintones and they blend really beautifully. I apply with my fingers for a more seamless blend but applying with a flat brush and patting it into the skin will work too.
Try a red lipstick for impact – summer doesn’t just have to mean pastels and pinks. With L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24h Lip Colour (€9.33) you only need to apply once – it tends to even be lunch-proof. My favourite is Red Infallible, a beautiful pillarbox red. Finally, mascara – most of us already have a firm favourite. But if you’re in the market for a bargain, I always recommend Maybelline’s Great Lash Mascara (€4.99 at Boots).
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