I used to be an Estée Lauder Double Wear user for as long as I can remember, hiding behind the thick creamy formula that was my alter ego. I wouldn’t say I had terrible skin, but I had certainly experienced my fair share of problems with acne (which I eventually decided to treat with Roaccutane under the supervision of my doctor). I also suffer from Melasma, a common skin problem that causes discoloured pigmentation on the face (also commonly known as the Pregnancy Mask). Whilst the exact cause is unknown, there are factors that seem to contribute to it including pregnancy, hormonal drugs such as the contraceptive pill, and very occasionally medical conditions affecting hormone levels. Exposure to sunshine and the use of sun-beds usually worsen the effects of Melasma. As a result, even though my skin wasn’t terrible in the grand scheme of things, I didn’t feel pretty and wanted to hide.
So, what changed? To be honest, I eventually grew tired of wearing a cosmetic mask. I yearned for simplicity and good natural products that would be kind to my skin. I must admit, I still don’t like to be completely makeup free, but I adore an au naturel look, especially when I am on holiday lying by the pool. After years of searching for great products that really work and give great results whilst protecting your skin and don’t cost a bomb, I think I have finally cracked it. Follow my simple holiday makeup guide to get a flawless holiday ready skin for your next trip.
How to hydrate and prime your skin: I’ve recently come across Vanderohe No.1 Nourishing Face Serum, from £33, which I use to hydrate my skin and act as a primer. Made from a blend of the world’s highest-grade organic, cold-pressed oils, it is 100% enriched with organic and wild-harvested essential oils. It is silky on application and fast-absorbing. I have noticed an improvement in my skin’s texture which seems to have become more resilient and self-repairing. By that I mean, when I do get the occasional spot, they don’t seem to leave behind unpleasant marks like before and they clear up a lot quicker. My skin tone is also a lot more even. I guess it must be all that organic goodness.
How to protect your skin from the sun: Being an Aussie and even more so, one with Melasma, I am militant about sun care. I firmly believe in protecting your skin wherever possible. Not only are the effects of sun damage unsightly, they can be fatally harmful. I always look for a very high SPF (50+). But, SPF alone isn’t enough to protect you. The simple way it was once explained to me was, you have two types of sun rays: ageing and burning rays. Whilst SPF protects you from burning rays, it doesn’t protect you from ageing rays. That’s why you need to look at the UVA star rating included on sun care products (or the PA rating on European products). I go for the highest rating; ultra (five stars). Tip: have you ever worn an SPF 30+ or an SPF 50+ and still gotten burnt? Chances are that it didn’t have a high UVA rating. They work simultaneously, you can’t have one without the other! I like No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED BB Facial Sun Protection SPF 50, £15. Remember to reapply every 4 hours (and possibly more frequently when in blazing sunshine or swimming).
How to stop your face sliding all over the place. It’s pretty much unrealistic to expect a product with sun cream in it to not give you a slightly greasy feeling, even if it is a dry touch formula. So, I like to set my BB cream to take away any shine. I prefer Australia’s number one mineral makeup, Nude by Nature. I love that their products are formulated with 100% natural ingredients, and are free from nasty synthetics and preservatives. I use their Radiant Loose Powder Foundation, £25. The loose powder provides sheer to full coverage (you decide), whilst allowing my skin to easily breath.
Safely look like a bronzed goddess. It is possible to be safely sun-kissed and to have a yearlong glow. I am not shy of a bronzer that is complementary to my skin tone (in other words I go for more of a realistic bronzed look than a tango-fantastic look). I opt for a bareMinerals Invisible Bronze Powder Bronzer, £25, with a mineral powder base. Because mineral makeup doesn’t include parabens, fragrance, talc, preservatives, oil, or other harsh chemicals, they’re ideal for sensitive or breakout-prone skin types that often become irritated with heavier formulas. Tip: in summer I use my bronzer in place of a blush. I work it along my cheekbones with my blush brush, and then over the bridge of my nose, my forehead, a little on my chin, and my décolletage with my powder brush to give a healthy glow.
Illuminate your features (optional). I’ve only recently discovered highlighters. They basically attract light, creating the illusion of brightness and depth, giving that glowing from within look. By using it to subtly contour alongside my bronzer I am able to make my features pop. Sticking with Nude by Nature’s natural range, I really like their Touch of Glow Highlight Stick, £18. Tip: I generally use it along my cheekbones and the bridge of my nose.
Flutter worthy lashes. Truth be told, I have very short and straight lashes. They are quite unremarkable in every way. I am a huge fan of Mink and Russian Volume Lashes. I actually use a combination of the two. I prefer to go for the shorter length lashes and to go for a full look that is natural. These are perfect for when you are on holiday as they don’t require any mascara! Well for the average person, but if you are me and have very short eyelashes, you will still need to pop some mascara on your bottom lashes. When I am on holiday and in and out of the water, I go for a waterproof mascara so it stays put all day. I’m a fan of No7 Extreme Length Waterproof Mascara, £13. And if you are lucky enough not to require lash extensions, then you can just pop a coat of this mascara on instead.
I hope these tips help you to create a fuss-free beautiful natural look for your next holiday.
Until next time, safe travels.
*This is not an endorsed post, although though I was gifted Vanderohe No.1 Nourishing Face Serum. It also does contain some affiliate links, which means at no extra cost to you, I will earn a small commission if you choose to make a purchase. All opinions are honest and are my own.
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