Feel confident without make-up
Alicia Keys has started a trend by attending red carpet events make-up free, with Nicole Richie quickly following her lead. But how do you go about pulling the au naturel look off when you don’t have the money to fork out on expensive skin products to make sure your face is glowing?
We’ve rounded up some expert tips on how you can go bare-faced without worrying about your complexion.
Emma Coleman, who works with clients all over the world to balance the wellbeing of their skin and also has her own skincare brand, has shared what ingredients to invest in to give your face a flawless finish naturally.
"Look out for these plant-derived ingredients which leave a beautiful, dewy sheen over skin and help you look smoother by reflecting light: Squalane, Evening Primrose and Apricot Seed extracts,” she told Cover Media, adding that skincare high in antioxidants are also a great help.
She lists Vitamin C, E and plant Polyphenols, which are known to protect skin from UVA light and free radical damage, as further ingredients to take note of when buying new products. Leafy green and dark berry extracts fit the bill here.
You can eat your way to a clear complexion too, and the U.K.'s leading beauty expert Sarah Jones has divulged her best foods for great skin – and a leafy green is top of the list!
“Spinach is loaded with antioxidants, so much so that can help reduce the onset of wrinkles if consumed regularly,” she explains. “Not only that but spinach can over time help to strengthen your skin tissue thanks to the fact that it can flush toxins out of your system.”
If you fancy something sweet get stuck into cherries, which are packed full of melatonin that stimulates cell growth to get rid of any dead ones.
Both beauty gurus have also devised their own natural face masks, with avocado and honey the main ingredients. Emma and Sarah suggest mashing up half an avocado with a tablespoon of honey, with Emma adding oats too. Then apply to your face, avoiding eyes, for around 10-15 minutes. It helps dry oily skin, acne prone skin and brightens things up in general, meaning cosmetics aren’t needed here!
“You can eat the other avocado half while you wait!” Emma jokes.