La vie en rose: pink shades for pretty eyes

Funmi Fetto
·3 min read

Years ago, if anyone had mentioned the words “pink eye” I would have immediately linked it to a case of conjunctivitis. But not now. In makeup terms, the pink eye is literally that – pink eyeshadow. Less intimidating than blues and greens, more exciting than your standard brown. Ah, but let’s not dismiss browns entirely. If a solid pink eye feels too infantile and fancy-dress for you, simply add a hint of bronze or brown to the top of your lid. The result is something infinitely more subtle.

1. NARS Soft Matte Complete Foundation £28, narscosmetics.co.uk
2. MAC Extra Dimension Eye Shadow in Explosive Chemistry £17.50, maccosmetics.co.uk
3. Milk Kush Fibre Brow Gel £21, cultbeauty.co.uk
4. Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Mono Eyeshadow in Bronze £27, harrods.com
5. Pat McGrath Labs, Luxe Lip Balm £24, selfridges.com

I can’t do without… An anti-blemish range that works for grown-ups and for teens

There is an analogy that reflects my relationship with Vichy. It’s like living next door to a lovely boy who you never paid much attention to because he was just, you know, there. Instead, you go through bad relationships convincing yourself they are all good ideas. Finally, you come to the realisation that the right one had been under your nose all along. Vichy’s packaging is not fancy, it’s not ‘hot’ and, yes, their names can be convoluted, but none of that matters because their formulations are extraordinary. They have many ranges targeting various skin issues, but as someone who suffered from acne for years and even now still finds my skin temperamental, I am particularly enamoured of the Normaderm range. The Daily Care moisturiser – lightweight, absorbs well, doesn’t clog pores and leaves you with a glow – has a multipronged approach. It is infused with salicylic acid that targets bacteria and exfoliates the skin, but also includes replenishing ingredients to boost hydration. And, my goodness, it works. Normaderm is, to all intents and purposes, an anti-blemish range, but don’t be fooled into thinking it’s just for teens. Thanks to the impact of modern stresses, environmental aggressors and mask-wearing, I’d say it has ‘grown-up’ written all over it. Vichy Normaderm Phytosolution Double Correction Daily Care, £18, lookfantastic.com

On my radar… Calm your skin, light a candle, get ready to glow

Feeling sensitive? Skin looking off-kilter could indicate a harsh skincare regime. Try Perricone’s new range. It calms, soothes and nourishes sensitised skins. Perricone MD, Hypoallergenic CBD Sensitive Skin Therapy, from £12, perriconemd.co.uk

Scents with sensibility The cult gender-neutral candle brand from LA has made its way over here. Cedar Stack – classic wood scents with spicy florals – feels perfect for now. Boy Smells candles, £36, spacenk.com

Drops of sunshine Dream of sunnier climes and no travel restrictions by adding these drops to your daily moisturiser. A sunless glow that works on all skin tones. Indeed Labs Nanobronze Bronzing Drops, £24.99, feelunique.com

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