Whenever I'm talking to anyone about makeup I always stress that it (makeup) can only work as hard as the base you provide it with. By this I mean, exfoliate that skin, treat those spots and hydrate those puffy eyes. Makeup is pretty darn good at transforming different looks, but that's not how I believe it is best represented. A sassy lip can definitely give a massive edge to your LBD and a smokey eye to those leather pants, but I feel makeup is at its best when it is studiously used to accentuate your natural beauty. And what's more natural than glowey skin. Here are my top picks for fuss free quality skin care that will give you that ultimate adonis skin we all crave...
Aplha Beta Peel Pads by Dr Dennis Gross
Think of this as an at home two-step anti-aging facil peel that reduces fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, blemishes, pigmentation and redness, and most of all, provides your skin with the best microexfoliation (without recovery time) that you will ever have. It is the instant pick me up party prep for the skin and leaves you looking like you've had a couple of hours rest rather than a brutal day in the office. These peel pads are jam packed with Alpha Beta Acids and if you're a peel pad junky like myself and your skin has grown accustomed to them over time, why not turn it up a notch with the Extra Strengths.
Tip: I choose to use the individual travel packets for a treatment on-the-go and they also ensure that they will never dry out!
Purity Cleanser by Philosophy
If you like a fuss free skin regime like me, then you've got to get your mitts on this almighty cleanser. Hailing itself as the best cleanser in the world from the likes of UK Vogue, Purity is formulated to gently but thoroughly cleanse, tone and and hydrate your skin in one simple step. As a user of an amazing, but stubborn mascara, this is the only cleanser that melts away all my face and eye makeup leaving me without a panda eye in sight! There's also nothing detergent smelling about this cleanser, instead indulge your skin in something that literally smells "pure".
Tip: For users of long wear makeup, try double cleansing. Think of the first step as removing your makeup and the second as your thorough cleanse.
Face Finishing Moisturiser by Perricone MD
Don't be fooled by this moisturisers consistency. This medium in weight moisturiser packs a punch of hydration, increases radiance, restores the appearance of youth and beauty and provides antioxidant protection. This delicate rose scented product is formulated with Perricone's three powerful anti-aging sciences: Alpha Lipoic Acid, DMAE and Vitamin C Ester which all help in decreasing the both first signs and progressive fine lines.
Tip: Use Perricone MD's Cold Plasma as your serum for the ultimate skin treatment.
Beauty Flash Balm by Clairins
This cult product is an exceptional beauty booster which immediately eliminates all signs of fatigue, brightens lacklustre skin and makes skin appear well rested and smooth. Not so much a balmy product as the name indicates, this cream can be applied as a 15 minute mask or used under makeup (as I do) as a perfect primer.
Tip: I apply a bit of Beauty Flash in the morning then a touch of my Mac primer through the t-zone for a perfect prepped canvas for my makeup.
Summer Glow Body Lotion by Dove
I absolutely love a milky complexion...but not on me...but, I also hate an orange one. This gradual tanner contains the perfect balance of keeping your body beautifully moisturised whilst boosting it with that subtle sun kissed glow that you can control. It's a real favourite for its easy application, budget price tag and fantastic results.