It is my philosophy that perfect make up begins with even better skincare. With the Duchess of Cambridge in front of the cameras, the public, and at events, Kate probably wants her skin to look flawless all the time, and somehow, she always manages it. Let me, the skincare junkie, take you on a journey of how to get the perfect base for your make up regardless of you skin type or condition, and show you some of my favourite products, and some alledged favourites of Kate, along the way.
The journey to amazing skin and make up begins with a routine morning and evening, no more and no less. The most important rules to stick to are – #1 Never overwash, even if you do suffer from oily or acne prone skin, and #2 Always remove your make up at night, no matter how tedious it may feel and how tired you might be. If you can stick to those two rules, you are well on your way.
I’ve become a big fan of micellaire waters over the past few months to remove make up and some of the most popular ones around are the Taaj Micellaire Water and Bioderma Micellaire Water, with Bioderma being a firm favourite for me. They work by dissolving the make up, even waterproof mascara, and lessening the need to pull around delicate areas like the eyes. They can even be used as toners after cleansing to remove any stubborn make up that just won’t seem to budge! Micellaire waters tend to be available for different skin types as well, with Bioderma in particular catering for those with sensitive or oily skin.
Cleansing is essential morning and evening. Always remember to look at the ingredients and steer away from those with too many words that you can’t pronounce as they may strip your skin of its natual, essential oils. The type of cleanser is entirely up to you, but I prefer cream cleansers as they don’t feel very harsh on the skin and are usually very nourishing. Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish is known for being one of the best cream cleansing routines around (and an apparent favourite of Kate) but you can also try Clarin’s, or Avene’s Extremely Gentle Cleanser. Toning isn’t an essential but if you’re someone who just uses a cleanser to remove make up then maybe consider slipping in this step as an extra, just to make sure you’ve got rid of any last traces.
Sometimes, people with oily or acne-prone skin are hesitant to moisturise for the fear of injecting more oil and moisture into their skin but it’s important. If you do have oily skin, look for mattifying moisturisers and sensitive skinned people, look for those that are fragrance free and calming. Those with dry skin, look for hydrating products but be aware that some can make you look shiny if you’re not careful. One of the most popular products and one that goes back generations is Olay’s Beauty Fluid – it’s something I use, my mother used, her mother used, and her mother before her, and it comes in different formulations for different skin types so if you can find it, give it a go.
Every so often, indulge in a face mask suitable for your skin type – REN are notorious for good masks ranging from hydrating through to detox ones. A second thing to do every so often is use a face scrub such as St Ive’s Apricot Scrub or Clinique’s 7 Day Scrub Cream. A face scrub will get right down into the pores and remove any dead skin cells that are just sitting there, and will reveal a brighter complextion.
What are you waiting for?! Determine your skin type, establish a good routine, and let your natural, beautiful Duchess-like skin shine through and provide the PERFECT base for your make up!