Glowing skin is in!

When it’s still cold and dark out, it can be really hard to get motivated but after having the worst breakout I’ve had on my skin for months, I got snuggled up in the (soon to be remodelled!) studio and spent hours researching skincare and reading the new must-have Skin Care book by Caroline Hirons (AKA the Skincare Queen) as I decided it was time to up the ante on my current routine.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that crafty makeup products control and, if necessary, hide skin issues (pass the powder and blotting paper.) And to be fair, makeup products these days are pretty far advanced to help with such issues. But - fact - it’s a good skincare routine that makes the difference.

As is the same with makeup however, the market is beyond saturated with brands and products and despite all my research, I still found myself thinking ‘how the heck do I actually choose?’ It would be almost impossible to try them all. But Caroline Hirons has actually tried most of them, so, I referred back to what I now call ‘The Skin Bible’ and I took her step-by-step process literally, learning more about the ingredients, what they do, how they work and so on.

The outcome of that is that I have now completely switched up my routine but I’m actually still using all of the same skincare products I already had! It turned out that I wasn’t using them correctly (and face wipes apparently are a no-no, soz!) With this new knowledge, I’ve also added in a few new little beauties which are turning my skin from dim to glowing from within. It’s also going to help me a lot more when I’m picking the right products to prep my client’s skin when I eventually get to paint faces and nails again!

But before I let you in on what I use, we’re probably all familiar with three basic steps to skincare; Cleanse, Tone and Moisturise. Well, I'm going to switch it up a wee bit to cover:

- Cleanse

- Exfoliate/acid toner

- Hydrate/moisturise

* A wee disclaimer! Everyone’s skin (and budget!) is different so like me, do your research and make sure that the products you invest in are right for your skin. Make sure to test them before using them too to check for reactions/allergies, as I did with the following products that I now know work well for me. I use all of these products but not all at once and also in a very specific order as part of my daily routine.

So, here we go, my skincare faves to get to glowing skin!


Cleansing is the first step to clean skin and it’s just as important in the morning as it is at night. Here is where wipes don’t cut it. You need to get in about the dirt. Use a white flannel for some seriously satisfying makeup removal proof!