It’s that time of year when we all start thinking about, or counting down to, the season ahead – Summer! Now getting to where we want to be by the time that mercury rises can take time, so in the meantime we’ve got a few tricks up our beauty sleeve to keep every girl looking at her very best!
First you need great skincare.
The best way to get looking like you’re in the best shape you can be is by buffing, exfoliating, polishing and moisturising your skin. Luckily, super brand Shiseido has some great cheats to get you looking smooth and neat in time for the sun.
The hero body product at Shiseido has got to be the Advanced Body Creator. It’s a light, cooling, non-sticky body gel that refines body contours, leaving skin feeling smooth, firm and moisturised. What’s more, fat breakdown is activated while reducing that ghastly ‘orange peel’ appearance of cellulite for smooth, toned contours. Perfect for prepping for those short shorts you can’t resist!
Shiseido’s top tips:
-Improve the circulation and reduce the appearance of cellulite by massaging your skin with a body brush every morning and night with the Advanced Body Creator. Start from the ankles for the legs and from the wrists for the arms. Continue massaging until the gel is absorbed. Remember your insides to and drink 2 liters of water every day.
-Scrub away the past with the Refining Body Exfoliator for smoother, brighter skin. This also helps your skincare routine to work as effectively as possible as it allows it to work on fresh, new skin.
-Give your body a luxurious treat with the Firming Body Cream. A must for getting those refined contours as well as hydration to the skin surface.
-The Japanese bathing ritual ‘ofuro’ is known to keep body and mind healthy. Try it today using the Smoothing Cleansing Milk. This will leave skin feeling nourished and refreshed meaning you feel as great as you look!
Next is Bronzing. We all look and feel better when we have a little colour and what better way to get some than to fake it! The Guerlain Terracotta Range has some gorgeous products to help you get that ‘natural’ glow, as well as prolonging your tan when you actually do catch some sun!
Here’s Guerlain’s top tips for a long lasting, seamless looking tan
- Exfoliate 2 – 3 times week before tannning to ensure you are always tanning fresh skin.
- Use a pre tan booster, these products boost melanin production for a quicker, deeper and longer lasting tan. Anything from the Guerlain Terracotta range with the tan booster complex is ideal. Our favourite products to fake it with are the Guerlain Terracotta Teint d’Ailleur tinted moisturiser followed by the Guerlain Terracotta tan boosting bronzer – tantastic!
- Always moisturise after you tan, especially the face as this helps to maintain it. Guerlain Teint d’Ailleur is the best healthy glow moisturiser as well as being a tan extender. We also love the Guerlain Terracotta Huile du Voyageur Body Oil to add a subtle sheen to the skin while nourishing and even adding a gorgeous scent! Finish this with the Guerlain Terracotta Eau Sous Le Vent moisturising mist for evenings out to deliciously scent the skin and boost the tan.
Now add the finishing touch.
If you fancy going slightly more Au Natural for the warmer months bareMinerals is the brand for you. Enhancing your features and complimenting any complexion we’ve got some insider tips on how to achieve the perfect glow from their National Make Up Artist, Sarah Jane Froom.
First start by buffing bareMinerals Original Foundation all over your complexion in circular motions using the Full Flawless Face Brush. This will even out skin tone and neutralise any redness. bareMinerals foundation is water resistant so great for hot weather and also contains an extra SPF15 so you’ll be well protected from the sun.
For a sun-kissed glow follow with bareMinerals A Little Sun All Over Face Color. Buff onto the outside contours of your complexion following your natural bone structure and add a dot on your nose and chin. Sweep across your forehead where the sun would naturally kiss the face. Now use what’s left on your brush down onto neck and decolletage so you get a perfectly even glow.
One final thing to remember is that bareMinerals SPF30 Sunscreen that comes in mineral form so it can be buffed over make-up and topped up throughout the day. It comes in 3 different shades to suit your skin tone too!
And there you have it, you’re ready to bare all…well maybe not all but you won’t have to think twice about dazzling passersby with your favourite features!
Get ready to glow with our favourite selection of beauty cheats.