Beauty SOS: How To Brighten Up Dull Skin

01 May 2013 by

Beauty SOS: How To Brighten Up Dull Skin >>

Ella Catliff of La Petite Anglaise

'The make up product I'd recommend is [a href=",default,pd.html" target="_blank">bareMinerals powder foundation[/a], £25. I've used it religiously for three years and it looks great on and can be dusted for a super light coverage or built up for more but never looks cakey. Also, perhaps more importantly, it's completely natural and doesn't clog your skin so if you don't have the energy to take it off after a big night out it doesn't matter.'

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Gucci Westman, Revlon Creative Director

'I recommend the [a href="" target="_blank">SkinLights[/a] - you succeed in getting a nice luminous finish and look more polished. It gives your skin a porcelain like finish and your makeup looks more complete. I suggest applying directly to skin and avoid the t-zone and forehead. I like to apply it to the cheeks, bridge of nose, tear ducts, cupids bow, chin and collar bones. You can also mix it with a moisturiser and make it a bit sheerer.'

Rebecca Butterworth, MAC Senior Artist

'Don't underestimate the power of a highlighter to lift dull skin. Use [a href="" target="_blank">M∙A∙C Cream Colour Base[/a] in 'Pearl' on light to medium skins ('Improper Copper' Cream Colour Base on medium to dark skin tones both RRP £14.50). Using your ring finger place the highlighter on the tops of the cheekbones, cupids bow of the lips, brow bones and the inner corner of the eye. You're guaranteed to look refreshed, well rested and radiant.'

Lisa Eldridge, Make Up Artist

'Don’t pile on the foundation, it never sits right on parched skin. Instead apply only where needed (usually around the centre of the face, nose, chin etc) and apply a light reflective concealer to shadowy areas under the eyes and around the mouth. I love [a href="" target="_blank">Clinique’s Air Brush Concealer pen[/a], £17, as it evens the skin out and bounces light in to the face beautifully.'

Lauren Murdoch-Smith, Grazia's Beauty Editor

'When I’m suffering from a bad case of dull skin, I have two go-to products that never fail to deliver luminous, healthy, radiant skin. I use a good amount of [a href="" target="_blank">Stila’s One Step illuminate[/a], Skin Tone Illuminating Serum, £24 all over which instantly brightens skin. Then if I need a dab of tinted moisturiser I follow with [a href="" target="_blank">Estee Lauder’s Brush-On Illuminator in Light[/a], £23 to highlight any dull zones or add radiance. My dream, duo team.'

Millie Cotton of It's A LDN Thing

'Many a late London night leads to tired puffy eyes with darks rings the next morning and I’m all for a quick fix. Whilst a brief detour to Starbucks might cure me mentally, the visual evidence of exhaustion need a little more work. [a href="" target="_blank">Garnier’s 2-in-1 Tinted Roll-on[/a], £10.49, is the perfect solution. The silver ball cools the underneath of your eyes on application, rehydrating and refreshing your skin in the process, as well as covering those dark circles with a mineral pigment formula.'

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Daniel Sandler, Make Up Artist

'Apply a [a href="" target="_blank">radiance enhancing liquid foundation[/a], all over face and neck- this will help your complexion look fresh and alive. Then pop a little cream bronzer onto cheekbones, bridge of nose, eye lids and along hairline to create a healthy, sun-kissed finish. You can then contrast this by applying a delicate pale shimmer onto eye lids, highest part of cheekbones, down the length of the nose and inner eye corner. This will instantly enliven tired-looking skin.'

Late nights, stress or recovering from a particularly harsh winter can leave skin looking dull, grey and a little less than vibrant. Even if you're still feeling sluggish on the inside, our team of experts and beauty bloggers have opened their make up bags to reveal their tips and tricks for always looking fresh as a daisy.

- By Daniela Morosini of Couture and Crumpets


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