I’ve often looked at Megan Markle’s flawless skin and wondered how her skin looks so glowy all of the time. Her former make-up artist has revealed the foundation behind her gorgeous complexion. Lydia Selleres worked as Markle’s make-up artist for two years. In that time, she revealed that the actress was ‘in-the-know’ about beauty, and when it came to her base products she knew what she liked – and what she didn’t. “Every time I’d do her make-up, she’d say, ‘Can we just make sure my freckles are peeking through? I don’t want a ton of foundation,’”. With that in mind, the make-up artist would always opt for Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation, as the formula could easily be sheered out with a Beautyblender.
The medium coverage foundation is available in 24 shades and having tried it, I can tell you it lives up to the hype. As it does does cost €49.00, I tend to keep this foundation as my ‘going out’ foundation!
This is the type of base that results in people commenting on your glowing skin and asking what foundation you’re using. Another advantage of this base is the fact you can apply one layer for daytime but it’s completely buildable so you can use it for a night time look too.
Roz Purcell launched her debut cookbook in February 2018 ‘Natural Born Feeder’, a healthy living and nutrition book. To mark the launch of her book ‘Natural Born Feeder’, Roz opened a pop up shop on Baggot Street, which raised €11K for Capuchin Day Centre for Homeless People. She also runs a successful blog where she posts lots of healthy and tasty recipes. Roz has also been one of Ireland’s high profile models over the last decade.
Roz took time out of her very busy schedule to find out the secrets to her amazing skin and what’s in her make-up bag.
Sara: What is your skincare routine and what products do you like to use?
Roz: My Skincare regime is pretty minimal! My only golden rule is to rule is to remove my make-up every night – I will never fall asleep with it on. I take my make-up off with water wipes or bio miracle. At night, I use Image MD reconstructive cream and in the morning I wear Image daily SPF.
Sara: What is your favourite product?
Roz: Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, my lips get chapped very easily, especially as this weather is so changeable. It is like a protective layer and makes them nice and glossy and plump.
Sara: What make-up products are you currently using and loving?
Roz: From years of getting my make-up done, I’ve formed a collection of products I feel really work for my skin and suit my colouring and skin type.
For my foundation, I love Charlotte Tilbury foundation in Light Wonder, it’s really light and works really well for my skin.
I always use a MAC cream blush in ‘Lady blush’ for my cheeks and lips.
For my lips I usually just opt for gloss and I love Mother Pucker from Soap and Glory and I line my lips with a neutral lip pencil from MAC in Whirl.
For my eyes, I love Inglot gel pots for eyeliner, they stay put all day and night! I really like MAC eyeshadow in copper tone which I love for every day wear. I use YSL false lash effect mascara as it gives really thick lashes. I use MAC Lingering pencil for my eyebrows.
Roz feels that good make-up brushes are essential and her personal favourite brushes are from Callanberry, ‘They don’t shed, they are amazing’, says Roz.
Roz uses Chanel mousse pot as a bronzer and also favours Chanel as her powder.
Sara: Have you any make-up tips that you have picked throughout your modelling career?
Roz: Invest in a good set of make-up brushes, as it all about blending when it comes to good make-up application.
Sara: What is your favourite make-up product that you couldn’t live without?
Roz: It has to be Chanel Bronzing mousse. It gives you such a healthy glow without covering your skin. It’s super natural.
Sara: What is your desert island product?
Roz: Definitely Sun Protection Factor (SPF). I use Image daily for a nice glow too.
Sara: What is your favourite beauty treatment?
Roz: Microdermabrasion. I get a treatment when I feel my skin is tired and need a pick up, it really clears out my skin from a build-up of make-up and makes a huge difference.
Sara: Any last bit of advice?
Roz: Practice a look that works best for you, not for a celebrity you like, we are all different and it’s important to get to know your face and what colours work with your skin etc. Make-up is to enhance your features not cover them!
As the human body ages, there is a loss of subcutaneous fat that can lead to fine lines and wrinkles. One of the other contributing factors is sun exposure that leads to skin discoloration and fine wrinkles. I have put together a list of non-surgical anti-ageing treatments that can be used to keep your skin looking young and healthy.
1. Dermal Fillers
Fillers can give effective and immediate results to plump up an area that has lost volume. It can fill in deep folds under the skin, create fuller lips and cheeks. It can create an appearance of a fuller skin.
Traditionally, collagen was used for dermal fillers, but Hyaluronic Acid (Restylane, Juvederm) is more popular now as it occurs naturally in the body.
2. Muscle Relaxers
Botulinum toxin (Botox, Dysport) temporary paralyzes the muscles, appearing to give a smooth appearance to the fine lines and wrinkles. It doesn’t really help improve the skin tone or texture. It works best on the upper third part of the face especially around the eyes and forehead.
4. Fat Melting
Using Deoxycholic acid (Kybella) injection helps the fat break down and absorb into the body. This is used to target the sagging fat under the chin.
These procedures can give your skin a smoother appearance with reduced fine lines and wrinkles. It is basically a method of removing the top layer of skin in a controlled manner.
1. Chemical Peel Treatments
The exfoliating chemical is applied directly to the skin. It causes the skin to shed resulting in fresher skin cells. When using a higher concentration of chemicals, it emulates a skin wound causing the body to increase collagen production. The new skin is tighter and helps reduce fine lines, small scars, skin discoloration, and sun damage. Popular beauty brands make lower concentrations of glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, and trichloracetic acid that can be purchased easily online or at beauty stores to be used at home. Some people can get adverse reactions, so it is advisable if you are using over 20% to go to a recognised clinic.
Dermal rollers boost collagen production.
Jade facial roller reduces inflammation and boosts collagen production. They have been known to be used in ancient China. The jade stone is believed to have natural healing properties. Recent beauty trends have shown a renewed interest in the jade and rose quartz rollers. The recommended usage is to roll your face after applying night cream and serums on a clean face.
Microneedling face roller system has small needles that cause micro-tears in the system, leading the body to promote collagen production to heal the area.
This is the process of gently scraping off the top layer of skin that contain dead skin cells so that the underneath brighter complexion can be removed.
This is the process of removing the top layer of skin using crystals or diamond tipped wand to exfoliate the skin. Similar to chemical peels, it helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin texture.
1. Laser Procedures
This procedure is used to improve the overall wellness of the skin, targeting fine lines, skin tone, and texture. The damage caused by lasers promote collagen promotion that helps plump up the skin. The laser procedures can be used to target the skin at varying depths, depending on the desired result.
2. IPl & other heat-based treatments
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) uses intense light to heat the epidermis and dermis to stimulate collagen production. It requires a series of treatments that show gradual improvement. It is best for improving skin tone and texture.
Other heat-based treatments include the use of:
3.Radio-frequency (Thermage) can smoothen, tighten and improve the appearance of skin. It is an expensive procedure which can last a couple of years.
4.Ultrasound (Ultherapy, HIFU) can help lift and tighten skin.
5. Jett plasma uses plasma to stimulate and contract the skin, causing tightening and lifting
5. Personal LED anti-ageing device
LED light therapy offers a lot of benefits and their effect varies based on the varying coloured lights and their varying wavelengths. There are also handheld LED-based devices that can be used at home. It is painless and requires minimal to no recovery time.
Infrared helps reduce inflammation, accelerate healing and promote circulation.
Amber helps build collagen and elastin.
Red helps reduce inflammation and promotes circulation.
Blue destroys acne bacteria, preventing new breakouts while treating existing ones They require multiple treatment sessions before you see start seeing results.