As a paid beauty junkie, writing about the virtues of a cabinet full of lotions and potions for six years at various magazines, I’m often asked what makes it into my own make-up bag (read various overstuffed trunks).
Well, my answer varies vastly depending on a/ the time of year and b/ my mood (AW10 shall herein be known as the ‘purple eye’ period). My current summer, daytime routine is light, natural and minimum-fuss (impending motherhood will do that do a gal), with the options of a strong lip (always Tom Ford) if I want to ramp things up a bit come dusk.
The foundation of my kit (forgive the pun) for summer is a hard-working tinted moisturiser. Come June I always switch for something lighter; not only because I hate the feeling of something heavy on my pores in the heat, but because frankly, I like summer’s sun-dappled skin and hiding it under a mask of foundation seems like a waste.
This post was prompted by a trip to Boots and the nostalgic rediscovery of my first tinted moisturiser – Nivea tinted moisturiser day cream.
The school-girl friendly price of £4 was probably the deciding factor for my first foray age 15, but now I can appreciate its other virtues. It’s got Vitamin E and UVA/UVB – big ticks for summer hydration and protection, and although it promises ‘light reflective pigments’ I like the fact it has a matt texture, not chalky, but by no means a shimmery finish. Freckles shine through and because it’s a Nivea moisturiser at the end of the day, it sinks in perfectly and gives really even, blemish-blurring coverage. Not bad for £4 huh?
I’ve also used all of the below for 2-3 year stints at some point or another, and all have their virtues, it just depends on your wallet:
Watermelon lightweight tinted moisturiser, Korres (£19) – I’m easily pleased on the olfactory front and the watermelon scent had me at the first squeeze of the tube. It comes in three shades, with a medium level of colour coverage. The mineral-oil free/paraben-free formula leaves pores to breathe naturally and besides the summery scent, the watermelon extract naturally embues vitamins and amino acids galore to give parched summer skin a bit of TLC.
Moonflower tinting fluid, Madara ecocosmetics
(£20.99). I love this niche Latvian brand, the tinted fluid comes in two shades and smells of cut grass with half a herb garden thrown in for good measure. The sheer, super-light formula disappears instantly into skin, is organic, paraben-free and feels like it’s doing nothing but good for my skin.
You Rebel, Benefit (£23.50)– I started using this at 21. I’m not sure how they do it but the colour seems to work on any skin tone and just ‘adapts’ to fit. It’s got vitamins A and E, Aloe and an added SPF 15 to boot.