Last week I was on a shoot and whenever I’m sat in a makeup artist’s chair I make it my business to have a good snoop over their kit and pick their brain about their favourite products. I love looking at the extensive array of intricate tools and rainbow smorgasbord of colours. Makeup artists have extremely valuable knowledge on what products actually work – they use them everyday, often in highly pressurised situations, so what they have in their kit has to be good. I have a tendency to look a little sallow, I never sunbathe and have yellow undertones in my skin – which can leave me looking like Lisa Simpson. My vampiric complexion is relatively line free, and hopefully the ageing process will be kind to me as a result of lurking in the shadows every summer like an albino bat. However sometimes the yellow tones can leave me looking downright cadaverous – never good. I’m always looking for makeup that will brighten my skin and detract from the yellow tinge.
On the shoot I was recommended Clinque Airbrush Concealer, which is the business – it lightens the darkness around the eyes subtly and effectively. It has a similar consistency to Touche Éclat by YSL, but is much better in my opinion. I find that Touche Èclat makes me look ashen and drawn, where as the Airbrush Concealer counterbalances the grey shadows and actually delivers on it’s promises, also it’s cheaper than the YSL product so it’s a double win. Another new product that promises to brighten and vivify tired skin is Ambient Lighting Powder by Hourglass, which claims to create the effect candle light on the skin. These are lofty promises and at first I was somewhat sceptical of this product, but after getting a makeup artist’s seal of approval I decided to give it a go. I’ve plumped for the Luminous Light shade, I think this product is brilliant – it’s got a beautiful, silky texture that glides onto the skin. It’s flecked with microscopic shimmer which gives the skin a pleasing, soft focus glow – I was concerned that it would be too glittery, but it’s actually very subtle and can be brushed all over the face. Ambient Lighting Powder is a pretty expensive product, but I think it’s well worth the money. As well as Clinque’s Airbush Concealer in Fair and Hourglass’s Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light, I’ve used Benefit Hoola bronzer, Charlotte Tilbury’s Swish and Pop blusher in Cheek to Chic and Light Wonder foundation in 2 Fair, Bobbi Brown’s Espresso Eyeshadow on my eyebrows, and Lancome Hypnôse Mascara.