Anyone who suffers from pigmentation will know that it’s the beauty industry’s nemesis. You can’t simply moisturise, plump it with filler or, in many cases, even cover it with make-up. I know, because it’s my nemesis, too.
If you just want to brighten your skin, I can point you in the direction of Vichy LiftActiv Vitamin C Brightening Skin Corrector (£28, boots.com), because it is potent and effective. However, in despair of my seriously pigmented, patchy skin, I had a Dermamelan Peel treatment (£1,500, cadoganclinic.com). After a mask is applied at the clinic, you go home and hide for 12 hours while it gets to work. The next morning you wake to redness, swelling and cold fear as you see a face that looks as though it has been on a sunbed for the past week.
You will flake, you will be sore and you will curse the maintenance cream that you must apply twice a day for a month if you are to both rid yourself of existing pigmentation and prevent your melanin cells from producing any more. Then one day – after about a month – you will look in the mirror and see clear, even-toned skin that makes you understand what it means to be glowing. It is a high-commitment treatment, but it transformed my skin – and my self-esteem.
Glossy eyes are back, with catwalks at Victoria Beckham and Prabal Gurung (above) featuring the trend. According to a Pinterest report, saves for glossy eyes are up 137 per cent since last year. Take your look metallic with Butter London Glazen Eye Gloss in Frosted (top right, £15, feelunique.com), slide into sultry with the gold-flecked Kevyn Aucoin The Exotique Diamond Eye Gloss in Galaxy (£31, spacenk.com) – or go neutral with 3INA The Eye Gloss 500 (£9.95, 3ina.com).
This week we’re…
…spritzing on Diptyque’s new Fleur de Peau eau de parfum (£115, diptyqueparis.co.uk). Inspired by the brand’s first-ever scent L’Eau, which this year celebrates its 50th birthday, Fleur de Peau is a twist on a classic musk. It’s a blend of iris, pink pepper and Turkish rose and smells intoxicatingly like warm, naked skin.
Put in some legwork
Now that it is officially British Summer Time, boots and bobbly tights be gone as we look forward to the return of power shorts and bare legs for summer (see Saint Laurent and Balmain). To ensure our pins look nothing short of perfect, check out African Botanics Marula Shimmering Gold Oil (£70, cultbeauty.co.uk), which leaves a lustrous sheen and the sweet smell of vanilla.