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Monday Morning Hack: Cheat Your Way To Bright Skin With My Secret Recipe


Skin still feeling a bit dry, flat and dull? Well, here’s a little prescription to brightening up your week with these ‘life giving’ products to make your tired face a thing of the past!

Slept in? Stayed out? Or simply, the full moon keeping you up?

Not to worry.

If your skin has the blues from the cold snap in weather (again!?), stress or just too much of the good life, then I’m here to brighten up your week with a recipe of hero products that can be layered together or substituted into your regular routine to turn up the lights on your skin, pronto!

These products are my go-to beauties to mastering luminosity on my private makeup clients as much as my editorial shoots. It’s also the must-haves I recommend to help my clients glow when I’m not there to cheat their way to a radiant work mode complexion – no expertise required!

I’m gonna keep this one short and sweet and let the products do all the talking.

Layer on or use individually – these guys will work as hard as you do. 


Step 1: 
Cinch Face Cheat(er) Cream Moisture + Glow

I mean, the name says it all, right? This fab little discovery is now my go-to priming moisturiser for that instant glow factor. It has a fine pearlescent pigment that makes the skin look LIT, while minimising the appearance of pores.

The formula is also infused with SUPEROX-C™ to fight the appearance of wrinkles while boosting luminosity. This cream will help to keep skin moisturised for 72 hours while prepping and priming skin for makeup application – a beauty (and morning routine) game changer.


Step 2 – Edible Beauty Luminous Angel Drops

Oddly enough, there is nothing better for an oily complexion than face oil. Oily skin is usually super dehydrated, and so these gorgeous drops will regulate your oil production throughout the day. What’s better than some sheen and glow to boost dull and drier skin types?

Think of these as another part of your pre-makeup skin care routine that instantly hydrates, nourishes and leaves skin popping with the most delicate illuminating, pearlescent pigment that may inspire you to skip the foundation all together.



Step 3: Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk

It’s no secret that this is my hero foundation for its super-versatile use, which you can be built up in areas that need extra coverage, or blended out where you want a lighter touch. With 30 shades to choose from, this foundation is genuinely for every skin. Using exclusive Micro–fil™ technology to sculpt and brighten, this buildable coverage formula improves texture and blurs imperfections.

I love the original radiant matte finish, which seriously reveals any woman’s inner light (even on her darker days).




Step 4: Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter

What makes a great foundation awesome? A complexion booster, of course! Dabbed under your eyes, swiped across the top of your cheekbones or dabbed on your forehead to diffuse, blur, brighten and highlight skin, think if it as your Smooth tool on Facetune – and choose a shade lighter than your natural skin colour to really sculpt and brighten your face.




Step 5: Mecca Max Banana Bake Skin Filter

I know I harp on about this pressed powder at any opportunity  – but do you want to reduce shine, fight redness and start your day with that glowing effect on your face? Of course you do! So look no further than this yellow-toned wonder to smooth away any imperfections IRL. You may want to keep this one a secret… but if you’re anything like me, you’ll want to let the cat out of the bag (or not).  





Words: Alina B / Product Review-Hair & Makeup: Max May / Special thanks to my girl Ksenija

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