Moisturising – Why it’s important and my recommendations.

Photo credit Lou Denim. Hair and Make-up Victoria Bond. Model Annie Budgen @ Milk.

Photo credit Lou Denim. Hair and Make-up Victoria Bond. Model Annie Budgen @ Milk.

Moisturising is a major part of any skin care routine. It is also key in prepping the base for make-up. You will never be able to get a gorgeous base if you don’t moisturise first. I have already talked about facial oils in another post. I tend to use oils and moisturisers together for maximum effect.

For work I use heavier moisturisers as I am looking to drench the skin and get rid of any dry patches. I am also using the moisturiser to thin out the foundation create highlights and make the skin look real. The foundation sinks into the skin with the moisturiser creating gorgeous seamless skin. I will talk more about foundation in a later post. I do adjust this for different skin types. You can generally feel if the skin require more or less moisture. If it’s sitting on top of the skin tissue of excess do give it time to absorb first. If it still feels tight add more. Get to know your skin although it will behave differently according to time of year, day, hormonal changes, illness, pregnancy.

When it comes to moisturisers as part of a skin care routine I opt for slightly lighter options. Combined with a facial oil I find this works well for most people. Long term overloading of the skin can cause little white spots known as milia. If you do notice you have these it maybe because your moisturiser is too heavy for your skin.

Un-moisturised skin will just become dry and tight and cause premature ageing over time. To get the most out of your moisturiser try to go for  one that also contains an SPF. So not only are you getting lots of loveliness into your skin you are also being protected from the suns harmful rays. I recommend wearing an SPF all year round.

Its kind of obvious what to do with dry skin but oily skin its not so. I have a theory that there is only one skin complaint and that’s dry skin. Its just that skin reacts in different ways to compensate for this. Some skin just becomes dry, tight and patchy but some skin will kick out oil to dry and compensate for the dryness. Thus people with oily skin tend to have dry patches as well. I always recommend treating oily skin as if it was dry it tends to do the trick! Try it let me know how you get on!

Moisturisers I love!

1. Sisleya Global Anti age by Sisley £269 Selfridges. This is the ultimate in luxury and my personal favourite I use this every morning! Its totally super duper its perfect for my skin not too heavy not too light. Smells divine worth the money if you have it!

2. Welda skin food £9.95 feel unique.com. This is what I’m using in my kit at the moment I love it. Its super thick and sorts out any dry skin patches. It makes the most beautiful base for make-up the highlights are fantastic! It’s so cheap it’s a must have! Oh it smells nice too models always ask what it is!!

3. Bioderma sensibio anti redness moisturiser £15 Escentual. This is super light weight so if you are prone to breakouts this could be the one for you. I tend to use this for grooming as it takes redness away which means I can put less base on! Which is much better for men.

4. Dr Hauschka rose day cream £28 Selfridges This is an old favourite of mine and always in my kit. Its made out of oils and lots of lovely ingredients. It nourishes the skin leaves gorgeous highlights and smells Moisture. it now comes in an extra rich formula that would-be perfect for winter!

How To Cleanse Effectively.

Photo credit Lou Denim. Hair and Make-up Victoria Bond @ Caren Model Annie Budgen.

Photo credit Lou Denim. Hair and Make-up Victoria Bond @ Caren Model Annie Budgen.

Cleansing the skin is a really important, this keeps the skin healthy and sets the stage for make-up. It’s really important to use the right cleanser for the job in hand and according to your skin type. I think the most common mistake is to use a cleanser that is too harsh. or worse than that using wipes! When people tell me they use wipes my whole body recoils in horror! Wipes are ok for  quick cleanse now and again, but used on a regular basis can be damaging to skin and worse still cause wrinkles. So girls if you want to stay youthful put them away for emergencies only.

Do try not to sleep in make-up. Night time is when the body repairs itself. So it’s best to make sure the skin can breath so it can renew. This is also important if you want to keep a fresh youthful complexion.

I also recommend using good quality cotton wool (I like Boots own brand). I always wet mine first so its gentler on the skin.

If you do wear heavy make-up or waterproof mascara I would recommend using an oil based cleanser specifically for eyes. This will just melt away makeup and cause less damage in the delicate eye are.

I will talk about deeper cleansing and exfoliating in another post.

The following cleansers are my personal favourites…

1. Bioderma Sensibibio H20 – £4.50 100ml Lloyds Pharmacy. This was always the make-up artists little secret as you could only buy it in Paris. But now it is widely available in the UK. This is always in my kit I panic if its not! It brilliant it’s gentle I don’t know anybody that is allergic to it. It’s good for all skins but perfect for sensitive or dry skin. Its also non rinse. I find its also great for makeup corrections and sharpening a cat eye flick. The downside its not great at removing big make-ups if I’m doing a beauty shoot I always have a Bobbi Brown make-up remover on hand. (see below)

2. Bobbi Brown Instant Long-Wear Make-up Remover £18 House of Fraser.  So if I’m doing a beauty shoot I will use this to remove the eye makeup. It’s still very gentle but it’s specifically for waterproof or long-wear make-up. Its still safe if you wear contact lenses! So I would recommend having this on hand for big make-ups and if you wear waterproof mascara.

3. Kiehls Supremely Gentle Eye Make-up Remover £11.41 Nordstrom. This is what I personally use to remove my make-up. Its super gentle and it doesn’t sting. I like the creamy formula. My skin always feels clean without a tight sensation.

4. Darphin Azahar Cleansing Micellar Water £23 darphin.co.uk. This is another go to cleanser for me. I use this on myself and it is also in my kit. Its again good for sensitive skin. It softens, refreshes and comforts skin. Pricey but worth it! Models always ask what this is as they like the feeling of it on their skin.

Keep it clean girls! VB.x

Facial Oils – My top four for super perfect skin!

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Photography Cameron James Wilson, Styled by Octavia Lilywhite, Hair and Make-up Victoria Bond @ Caren Agency model Rafaelly Xavier @ Zone models

I’m asked on nearly a daily basis how I create the skin in the above image. Well I’m going to give you the answer and its oils. People are frightened of oil as they think it will make their skin oily and cause spots. But I want to dispel that myth. Oil does quite the opposite as the skin is made of oil it finds it easier to absorb and process oil. Thus giving you gorgeous skin. Facial oils also tend to be made of more natural ingredients so much better for us all round.

I always give my models a little facial massage before I apply any make-up. Always work upwards and don’t be afraid to be firm. Skin enjoys being manipulated its this stimulation that gives it a glow. I do this myself twice a day when applying oil morning and night. Yes you can wear it under make-up it has a lovely effect on foundation and I find it’s the only way to get the skin to look real. No heavy cakey make-up on my models!

My top four Oils

1. Nude Pro Genius treatment  oil.I use this everyday on shoots and genius it certainly is. Made from a precise blend of 10 natural plant oils this oil turns around any skin in minutes. It also lasts quite along time due to the pipet. big thumbs up from me!  Available from Space NK £58.

2. Darphin 8-Flower Nectar – I use this oil on myself day and night. Its made from essences of eights precious flowers. The smell is sensational and relaxing especially last thing at night. skin is left supple, plump, radiant and I’m sure it helps keep wrinkles at bay! available online from Darphin.co.uk £94

3. Sisley Black Rose facial Oil– This oil is most suitable for either mature or very dry skin. Again rich in omega three with lots of nourishing properties. The smell is divine and a real treat. It also comes with a 30 day guarantee! It definitely works another favourite! Available at John Lewis £134

4. Decleor Neroli Super Serum – This is a good all rounder and suitable for all skin types but will pep up dull or dry skin. A beautiful smell and easily absorbed another amazing must have! Available online decleor.co.uk £44.

So don’t be scared give it a go let me know how you get on!

Get The Look – Eline Sports Luxe Shoot


Body
Rimmel Instant tan in golden- spray tan the whole body, use a powder puff to blend and buffer in. the last thing you want is a streaky body!
Face
Rimmel Instant tan gel matte – this I used on Elines face, to give her a bit of colour before foundation. I applied the gel with a foundation brush and gain made sure it was well blended.
Nails
Gosh Miss Grey nail varnish on fingers and toes – optional.
Mac Face and body in C4 (FB is my favourite foundation it gives the skin a great texture)
Laura Mercier camoflarge concealer in sc3 – mainly just for the under eye, but any redness etc that needs to be covered. Elines skin was pretty perfect! Remember the under eye goes from the inner corner of the eye to the outside of the eye. The inner corner of the eye can have a lot of darkness a bit of concealer here can really light up the eye area.
Eyes
Illamasqua brow cake – Gaze I just filled in the gaps with the powder.
Illamasqua cream eye shadow in nude on the eyelid.
Illamasqua cream eye shadow in Dual into the contour
Mac cream colour base in sepia with a sweep of Mac eyeshadow in gold mine over the top
Maybelline great lash Mascara in black two coats combed through with a fan brush.
Cheeks
Estee Lauder cream blush in tan – blended well just under the cheek bone for maximum lift.
Lips
Mac Lady Danger mixed with Mac impassioned lipstick applied not to perfectly after all the look is sports.
Stripes – Optional
Make Up Forever Greese in black and white applied with a finger.
On the shoot we had Glycerine mixed with water which we sprayed Eline with to create extra shine and sweat!
I didn’t use any powder as I wanted maximum shine, but if you do want do recreate this look I would advise powder on the t zone.
Let me know how you get on…..

New Work Eline – Sports Luxe


Photography Efi Zachou Styling Lucy Kebell Make Up Victoria Bond Hair Marc Ramos Model Eline @ Select. Just a couple of shots from a recent shoot. Let me know what you think? I will do step by step guide tomorrow of how to get Eline’s look.

Best Airport Buy’s

If you are off on your hols soon and want a list of best buys, like my friend Emma then read on.
1. Chanel Sublimage a total treat, really luxe but knock a naught off to your partner.
2. Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer, a nice alternative to foundation for your hols.
3. Mac Bronzer, to pump up the glow.
4. YSL touch eclat Y not this is a cult classic concealer, although I find it works better as a highlighter.
5. Dior show Mascara in waterproof to keep your lashes full by the pool.
6. Bobbi Brown long lasting cream eyeshadow in Burnished. These creams are fool proof and can be applied with a finger and they do last all day.
7. Lancome juicy tubes these gorg glosses are the epitomey of summer, and they tast great to. Go for any colour or better still get the mini multipack!