Spring Clean your make up bag and beauty routine with uber make up artist Lou Dartford. Lou is incredibly well informed when it comes to organic, clean and green make up. She's written this brilliant article with lots of golden top tips and new product advice, to help you to achieve glowing, radiant skin as we head into spring and summer.
At last, spring is here, giving everyone a little more hope and bounce to their step. The crocuses popping up are a very welcome sight; after the depths of winter we can all feel a little jaded, especially in our appearance. Central heating, cold winds and too much builder’s tea (definitely speaking for myself here..) can take their toll on our complexions, leaving us feeling lacklustre and tired looking. Dehydration can make finelines become more apparent and dark circles are also commonplace in the winter season. No wonder we can’t wait for the longer warmer days.
Sometimes when our skin isn’t going quite to plan, the temptation of heavier foundations can lead us into more trouble. It is true that in winter, skin can benefit from richer skincare formulations, however heavier make-up products can make skin concerns look worse, they can also exacerbate issues. Spring means a fresh start, so first thing’s first. Ditch any full coverage foundations for lighter textures. I see so many women wearing heavy faces of make-up and they don’t need it, in fact it is not doing them any favours.
I always use something lightweight, even if someone is suffering from acne for example. This will even out the skin tone, without masking any natural radiance from areas of the face that are in good condition. Inika’s Organic Liquid Foundation is a great texture to try as it enhances skin and has buildable coverage, which is a great option. The newest addition to my kit is Kjaer Weis’ Cream Foundations, these give a nice coverage but can also be lightened up with a moisturiser. In fact any foundation can – mix in some of your regular cream and voila, instant tinted moisturiser. I then go in with a concealer and add extra coverage just where needed, for example under the eyes and blemishes. Keeping it minimal means that more of the natural texture of the skin is kept, and ultimately the complexion looks fresher. W3LL PEOPLE Bio Correct Multi-action Concealer is brilliant. It is full of lots of skin friendly ingredients too so will actually help what you are trying to conceal.
If your skin isn’t quite in the condition you’d like it to be, give it a helping hand with a skin brightener or a primer. I love Vapour Organic Beauty’s Soft Focus Skin Perfector primer; use it on it’s own or under make-up to nourish and protect skin but also to brighten and blur lines and other things we might not be so keen on. Twelve’s Ideal Moisture Level Serum is also amazing under make-up and is perfect for boosting hydration in anyone still suffering the effects of winter weather and central heating.
Blusher is your best friend when it comes to giving a spring look. Cream versions are my favourite as they give that glow from within effect. Also brilliant if you literally have two minutes to do your make-up, they’ll brighten instantly. Juice Beauty’s cream blushers are great with four very wearable colours.
A fresh new lip colour is such an easy way to shake up your look for the new season. Have a look at Burt’s Bees’ new lipsticks – with 18 shades there is no excuse not to find one that suits you! Wear it as a tint if you’re a bit colour shy, even just a hint of colour on the lips can lift everything.
Give the rest of your beauty regime a spring clean too, it doesn’t have to mean an expensive overhaul though. Simply taking a few things out and adding a few things in can make a big difference. As the seasons change, the elements become kinder on our skin so it makes sense to change things up.
An exfoliator is a welcome addition to any skin at any time of year, however spring seems like an apt time to add one in, revealing new skin and all. Choose according to your skin type but a long standing favourite of mine is Pai’s Kukui & Jojoba Bead skin Brightening Exfoliator. A mask is also great to perk up a winter-weathered complexion. Nuori’s Supreme Moisture Mask is literally a drink for the skin, use it as an overnight treatment to feel a lot more supple in the morning. Oils are fantastic for the skin and can be used all year round; go for a lighter texture as the temperature starts to rise. My current favourite is Vanderohe’s No 1 Nourishing Face Serum; packed full of organic and wild crafted goodness, it made a huge difference to my skin.
Changing up your beauty routine is a great way to give your skin a boost, but switch things in one at a time. If you change everything at once you won’t know what is working for you and what isn’t. What one skin likes, another might not – beauty is definitely not one size fits all. Give things a chance too, these days everyone wants quick fixes but it can actually take a few weeks to see the difference in a new skin regime. Take your time, listen to your skin and you’ll soon have that spring glow about you.
Here are links to some of the products Lou recommends for naturally glowing and radiant skin:
Inika's Liquid Mineral Foundation: www.inikaorganic.com
Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation: www.contentbeautywellbeing.com
W3LL People Bio Correct Concealer: www.contentbeautywellbeing.com
Nuori Supreme Moisture Mask: www.contentbeautywellbeing.com
Vapour's Soft Focus Skin Primer: www.vapourbeauty.com
Twelve Beauty's Ideal Moisture Level Serum: www.twelvebeauty.com
Juice Beauty: www.juicebeauty.com
Lastly, here's a link to Lou's website for more information about the lady herself. She really is amazing and highly recommended: