Beauty Clinic: Add a drop of instant sun
Q. I want to give my skin a summer glow but I can’t find a tinted moisturiser that suits my skin tone. Is there anything you can suggest? A. We are big fans of what we call ‘sun drops’, essentially tinted concentrate that you mix with your moisturiser to boost the colour. We blend it in the palm of one hand, adding a drop at a time. It’s a simple effective way to customise your moisturiser (no reason why shouldn't add a drop to your foundation, if you wish.)
One of our longterm favourite products is Dr Hauschka Translucent Bronzing Tint/£28.50 for 30ml (www.naturisimo.com). As well as giving you a shot of sheer colour, this German natural cosmetic company say it will soften signs of small red blood vessels, scars, uneven pigmentation and other blemishes. You can also blend it with facial oil.
Another tried and trusted product is Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster/£19 for 15ml. This teeny little bottle is actually a self-tan product so you can get your skin to your desired colour then just keep it topped up. (We have been adding a dollop of facial self-tan to moisturiser for decades, literally, and more recently the beauty industry caught up!)
Also, we are pretty keen on This Works Energy Bank Sun Flash/£28 for 30ml, which adds a dose of multi-vitamins, hyaluronic acid plus caffeine and chicory root to perk up your skin along with the shot of colour. Pretty genius, we think.
Finally, as a Beauty Steal, we are impressed by Danish brand GOSH Lumi Drops, just £5.99 at www.superdrug.com (once you can get through the corset-tight plastic packaging…) It’s designed as a highlighter but we added it to moisturiser for a luminous tinted – totally sheer - finish, which looked pretty.