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Whether it’s golden highlights, boldly bronzed or a delicate sheen, skin was a-glow on the Fall/Winter 2013 catwalks. Taking summer skin into the fall isn’t difficult, as make-up artist, Dani Guinsberg, Founder and Director of The Session School, reveals. While eyes and lips undoubtedly took centre stage one the F/W 2013 runway, what tied it all together was gorgeous, post-summer skin. From a halo of gold at Burberry Prorsum that simply said “post-summer holiday glow” and a hint of “Studio 54” bronziness at Donna Karan, teamed with dark, smoky eyes and sculpted cheekbones to a healthy, catch-the-light complexion at Victoria Beckham, you can ease your way into fall without swapping sun-kissed for pale. Do Your Prep I’m a great believer in prepping skin. It may take an extra few minutes, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating! Skin that is well-prepped always looks 10 times better than skin that hasn’t. Start by cleansing skin thoroughly with a gentle but effective all-round cleansing water – my favorite is Bioderma Sensibio H20, £14.49 - definitely a cult favorite amongst make-up artists and models. Cleansing not only rids skin of excess oil and make-up residue, but it balances the skin’s pH, essential for a healthy complexion. If you want to “go with the glow”, this skincare step is a must. Make Some Refinements If you still have a hint of tan, be it faux or real, using a gentle exfoliator will keep skin looking brighter, more even-toned and enhance your natural glow. One of my favourite exfoliators is Sophyto Dual Action Exfoliating Treatment, £19.50, which contains amethyst powder, Barbados cherry and pineapple enzymes, all of which combine to refine skin without needing of abrasive scrubs. Apply it to cleansed skin, remove and then moisturise. It creates the perfect even surface for make-up application.

All About Oil Treat après-summer skin to some real TLC and invest in facial oil. Brilliant for maintaining a tan and for ensuring skin is super-hydrated, all you need is a few drops. Massage into skin before you apply moisturiser to enhance bronzed skin. My absolute favourite is Liz Earle’s Superskin Concentrate, from £20. Just a few drops lightly pressed into the skin preps skin for moisturiser and make-up.

Prime Time Using a tinted primer under your base will ensure skin looks fresh and retains a glow all year round. I love Givenchy’s Acti’mine Wake-Up Skin Make-Up Base, £25.00, which comes in a variety of shades that can perk-up sallow skin or play down redness, depending on what you need. Or try Revlon PhotoReady Face Perfecting Primer, £11.99, which can be worn instead of foundation, if you want a very natural, bare-faced effect. Blend primer carefully, paying particular attention to your nose, chin and forehead.

Swap Your BB for a CC Now that summer’s over, boost hydration and even out skin tone with a CC Cream. CCs are formulated with colour-adapting pigments that work smartly to combat uneven pigmentation which can be an issue when you’ve been in the sun, no matter how careful you’ve been with your SPF. If skin needs the double-whammy of brightening and anti-aging ingredients, skin guru Ole Henriksen’s Perfect Truth CC Cream, £29, tackles both with Vitamin C (it smells deliciously orangey!) to perk-up dull skin and antioxidants, including ferulic acid, to repair and rejuvenate.

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Eclectic Issue Zero FW13  

Eclectic is a bi-annual magazine that centers around the themes of the site (www.eclectic-society.com) fashion, beauty and culture – with an...

Eclectic Issue Zero FW13  

Eclectic is a bi-annual magazine that centers around the themes of the site (www.eclectic-society.com) fashion, beauty and culture – with an...

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