‘I always apply primer before my foundation, but between my nose and cheeks always end up cakey – what am I doing wrong?’ – Teresa
The first thing to check to prevent this problem from happening would be – are you exfoliating enough? I.e. if you have a build-up of dry skin, then the foundation will grab more in this area so try doubling the amount of times you exfoliate as this may solve the problem.
My next piece of advice would be to try changing your application technique i.e. whether you are using a powder or a cream foundation, are you applying to this area first and therefore it is a bit of a thicker layer, in which case, just try switching application to the other areas first and then blend over this area afterwards.
Thirdly, you may need to change your primer. Some primers give a smoother, more plump, almost peachy feeling and allow foundation to float more over the top of the skin. A perfect one that does this would be the Mally Original Primer or the Bareminerals Primer.
You also may find that a course of peeling might help to refine this area of skin and prevent makeup clogging so take a look at the Beauty Edit, showing one of our key trends which is all about peeling to refine and smooth the skin.
‘With the restrictions on in cabin allowance for long haul flights on lotions, balms, and creams etc., what do you recommend to keep hydrated (apart from drinking water)?’ – Carol
This is a great question. Firstly, try and layer up your skincare before the flight by using a really good exfoliator like Ole Henrickson’s Power Peel and then going to bed with layers of oil and serums, and a moisturising mask on top such as Gatineau’s Melatogenine. The aim here is to plump the skin up with as much moisture as possible before the long haul flight.
Change your make-up routine if you want to wear make-up. My favourite would be Bareminerals Complexion Rescue which is super-hydrating and still gives coverage and I would put this in your cabin bag so that you can apply it before you land as well. Try to avoid powders and finishing products as these will just further potentially dry your skin out. During the flight, either take one specific face product like one of Gatineau’s Serums and keep pressing onto the skin over the top of make-up, or if you want one product that’s more multitasking then take SBC Collagen Gel in the 100ml size and you can use this for your eyes, face, neck, hands and arms.
My top five 100ml or under recommendations would be:
- Ultrasun Anti Ageing SPF 50 Day Cream or a 100ml size of their Family Formula SPF30 or 50. The reason being, in case you lose your luggage or there is a delay, whether you are landing for skiing or a sunshine holiday, you need SPF straight away and you can then easily whip it out of your bag, especially if there are going to be delays such as your room not being ready
- Ultrasun Protection Lip or Gail Hayman Lip Lift because your lips dry out on the flight and it really becomes uncomfortable so it is imperative to keep applying these
- Complexion Rescue – a hydrating tint so that you can feel and look glamorous
- A Gatineau Serum
- Tee Tree wipes. These could be used to wipe over the face on the plane if required but they are brilliant mainly as hand wipes and for the back of the neck and under the arms if the cabin gets stuffy. Before you land, you can literally go and give yourself a body wipe all over and it’s like you’ve just had a shower. If someone is coughing and sneezing next to you, literally hold them under your nose and inhale and use them to keep surrounding yourself with Tea Tree. They are also essential when you land to help keep biting insects at bay
Make sure if you are travelling with someone that they are using their full liquid allowance because if they are not (like my husband) I would add to that list L’Occitane Foot Cream, which has arnica in it to massage on your feet and ankles and up your calves, and when on the flight I would double it up as a hand cream. Mascara – whilst not essential it does make you feel good. A Percy and Reed Dry Shampoo or Dry Volumising Spray to give your hair some oomph when you land. Also for a long haul flight I would take a fabulous moisturiser that’s all about hydration such as Decleor HydraFloral or Floramare Day & Night Cream and a mini deodorant. If you have a child, get them to carry your fragrance, otherwise take a solid fragrance which won’t count as a liquid. My list could go on but if you could get someone to squeeze in your tea tree oil, then do, although with the wipes now this is not 100% essential.
I hope this has given you some tips and I look forward to hearing from some of my followers what their tips would be.
‘I am 52 female, use Decleor Iris Night Balm, but feel I need some lifting around the jaw face area, Which cream would you recommend’ – Frances
If you want to keep using the Iris Night Time Balm I would add Prolagene Gel to your regime and use it in the morning underneath your moisturiser. If your skin is thirsty, you may be able to use the Prolagene Gel also underneath the Night Balm. Alternatively you could change to the whole Prolegene Lift Regime. Once you see the results of this, you could always alternate the balm in when required i.e. one night a week or for one week a month to get the best of both worlds.
I love getting these questions, and don’t forget to join me at 8pm on Wednesdays for my AYBNI show where you can get hold of me on a weekly basis with my partner in crime, Will, and I can answer so many more questions for you.