We have already seen the essential ‘glow-getter’ beauty products that give us that coveted glowing finish. But what about the treatments that first prepare our skin and enhance our complexion? Make-up artist Kim O ‘Sullivan recommends several preparatory options to get us there.
La Mer The Perfecting Treatment, €180
A total gamechanger of a balm that is incredible mixed in with liquid foundation or tinted moisturiser. It hydrates, brightens, soothes, blurs out imperfections, primes, and can also be used as a mask at night.
BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream, €29
A hybrid of BB, CC and hydrating tinted balm with SPF that is clinically proven to increase skin hydration by a whopping 215% in one week. Its reflective properties, fused with the moisture element, result in natural looking, lightweight, fabulously dewy skin. Perfect for the gym/school runs or “no make-up” days.
Pixi Glow Tonic, €23.50
A lotion to use night and day that exfoliates and eradicates dull, dead skin cells, thanks to the 5% glycolic acid. It’s also gentle, as it contains aloe vera and ginseng to sooth and calm. This cult tonic will even out skin tone for a brighter, clearer complexion.
THE PREP PRODUCTS
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water, €24
Priming benefits, hydration and sheer radiance – all in one spritz. Primer water is free of silicone, alcohol and oil, but it’s packed with revitalising electrolytes to wake up skin and restore moisture – like a supercharged energy drink for your face. Creates the sheerest canvas for make-up application and hydrates skin for hours, shine free.
Make-up artist and brow expert Kim O’Sullivan is the founder of The Dublin Make-up Academy, thedublinmakeupacademy.com.