Highlighters can morph from barely there to dazzling.
Highlighters can morph from barely there to dazzling, depending on the dip of a brush. If you want a subtle highlight, go for finely milled powders with just a hint of shimmer. For a finish that gives more oomph, try spritzing your make-up brush with setting spray before dipping it and applying.
This week I try … a spa manicure
The lowdown I am back in a favourite Sydney beauty haunt, renamed Door No. 18, for a deliciously relaxing manicure. This is surely one of the quickest ways to lift my mood: choose a favourite nail polish shade, have nails shaped and buffed to perfection, follow it with an invigorating dry
Charlotte Tilbury Brightening
Youth Glow, $76. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, $64.
exfoliation and tension-releasing arm and hand massage. The colour I have chosen is a winter favourite – a variation of grey with a touch of taupe, mysteriously named O.P.I Infinite Shine in Coconuts Over OPI, with claims of 10-day longevity. Of course I will be topping up every two to three days with a matching topcoat to keep the polish looking fresh.
Pain factor Pure pleasure from start to finish.
Downtime Forty-five minutes.
Results I am at day eight and my nails still look pristine, with a soft squoval shape (a combination of square and oval).
Mecca Cosmetica Enlightened Lit from Within Powder, $48
Where to get it Sydney: Door No. 18 Day Spa, doornumber18.com. Cost: $70. Melbourne: La Face Beauty Clinic, lafacebeauty.com.au. Cost: $80 for one hour.
At home O.P.I Infinite Shine in Coconuts Over OPI, $23, opi.net.au.
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This fabulous Lancôme peeling concentrate works best during the skin-regenerating overnight hours. It is a clever blend of glycolic acid, for exfoliation, and argan and rose oil for hydration. Just mix it into your night cream, apply, then sleep. Lancôme Absolue Precious Cells Rose Drop Night Peeling Concentrate, Main photograph by Cybele Malinowski. Fashion editor: Penny McCarthy. Make-up: Charlie Kielty using Nars at Mecca Cosmetica. Ha $215, lancome.com.au.
Lancôme Absolue Precious Cells Rose Drop Night Peeling Concentrate.
What can I do about in-grown hairs? My therapist friend Jocelyn Petroni recommends using a body exfoliator every second day when the hairs are just about to protrude from the skin. If this is not enough and breakouts persist, apply a fruit acid serum every day. Try Ultraceuticals Even Skin Tones Serum, $99, davidjones.com.au.
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