There's an overload of choice when it comes to beauty products and finding the right ones for your complexion and skin tone can be overwhelming and confusing. So how do you choose? As a make-up artist, I have worked with a multitude of products on myriad skin types, and there are certain products that shine as my tried and tested must-haves. Paring things back to basics, I'm here to help you navigate your way through this tumultuous world of cosmetics - here are my top five worthy of investing in.
1. A good retinol
Your number one investment should be your skin. The one product I find most beneficial is a retinol, such as JAN MARINI Age Intervention Retinol Plus MD. Introducing this hero product to your daily beauty routine will help to keep the tell-tale signs of ageing at bay by significantly improving fine lines, wrinkles and reducing pigmentation.
2. Quality SPF
To compliment the benefits you'll see from using a retinol cream and defend the skin against harmful UV radiation, invest in SPF 50+ broad spectrum protection for your face. This will help maintain the integrity of your skin while protecting it from the harsh Australian sun. Even if you think you don't catch the sun, trust me - you do. I like UltraCeuticals Ultra UV Protective Daily Shield Mineral Defence SPF 50+. This product contains 100 per cent mineral sunscreens.
3. The perfect foundation
A good foundation is key. La Prairie Skin Caviar concealer/foundation SPF 15 encompasses everything you need to create flawless skin at home. With a cleverly designed bottle, the matching concealer is hidden in the lid. This luxury foundation gives natural coverage while hydrating for an all-day "just the right amount of dewy" finish.
4. A touch of bronze
Take the time to find a bronzer that best suits your skin tone and invest in it! You shouldn't be able to tell that you're wearing bronzer, it should simply add a "just been kissed by the sun" warmth to the skin. A good go-to for a soft, warm glow is Chanel Soliel Tan De Chanel, a light cream-gel bronzer with a beautiful velvety finish.
5. Kissable Lips
Keeping your lips hydrated is essential for a polished, healthy look, and this is where investing goes a really long way. Many lip products ironically contain ingredients that will actually dry your lips out further, so be aware of what you're putting on your smackers. My go-to is By Terry Baume de Rose SPF 15. The formula provides UV protection as well as smoothing and hydrating, and the delicate rose scent adds a luxurious touch.