Now your skin is all glowy and fresh. Next is the base – use a luminous primer followed by foundation. We love BeneFit Porefessional Pearl Primer, (sephora.com.au, $25) matched with Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation (mecca.com.au, $70). And now for the glimmering dolphin finish: highlighter in hand (we love Nars The Multiple in Copacabana; mecca.com.au, $62), add to the high points on your face, that is the brow bone, temples, top of the cheeks, bridge of the nose and the chin and then blend.
Try Chanel Le Lift Crème de Nuit (davidjones.com.au, $225) which is all about hydrating skin while you sleep.
Our lips need some serious TLC right now. Wearing masks and breathing in trapped air can leave them parched and flaking, so the first thing to address is dry skin. A great way to do this is to exfoliate with a sugar-based scrub that polishes and buffs away dead skin cells gently. Keeping a soothing lip balm on your desk, beside your bed and in your handbag means lips will never be stressed. Check that your current lip balm is up to scratch and avoid scented versions as these can be drying.
Get the look There are lots of great lip balms. Three favourites that we have placed in easy-to-reach spots include Ultra Violette Sheen Screen Hydrating Lip Balm SPF 50 (sephora.com.au, $25) it’s the perfect glovebox accessory as it hydrates while protecting from damaging UV rays. Deskside It’s Drunk Elephant Lippe Balm (mecca.com.au, $29) to moisturise and volumise and bedside it’s the lush Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask (sephora.com.au, $28).
Try Fresh Sugar Lip Polish (sephora.com.au, $32). It exfoliates and conditions lips at the same time.
With mask-wearing now a way of life, this is a great opportunity to play up your eyes. This can be as simple as wearing a coloured eyeliner – for brown eyes, blues are brilliant, violet or plum for green/hazel eyes and for blue eyes, orange, bronze, gold or earthy browns. Run the liner along the inner rim of the eye or over the top lashes and below the bottom lashes, keeping it tight to the lash and blend. For a bolder look try a putty-coloured smoky eye that suits all eye shades and dazzle at the supermarket or next Zoom meeting.
Get the look Armed with your beauty tools go as soft or as hard as you like. Use a lid primer such as Clinique All About Shadow Primer for Eyes, (clinique.com.au, $37) to provide a good base for the eyeshadow. Next, if you want quick coverage, take a creamy eyeshadow stick such as Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Color in Intense Moonlight (mecca.com.au, $46) and line around your lash line, top and bottom. For a more finished look, use an eyeshadow brush, working up the colour slowly from the base of the lash line to the crease and then work the colour under the lower lashes. For the final touch, two coats of mascara, try brown or navy to change things up.
Try the universally flattering M.A.C Foiled Shadow in Sunphoria (maccosmetics.com.au, $35).
Summer is the perfect time to invest in a new floral fragrance. These are great mood lifters – for you and those around you – and with social distancing this is more important than ever.
Get the look Some of our favourites include Dior Miss Dior Rose N’Roses (sephora.com.au, $198), with an abundance of rose notes and a hint of bergamot zest; Byredo Rose of No Man’s Land (mecca.com.au, $335), a tribute to World War I nurses, it has earthy and sweet rose notes (five per cent of sales goes to Doctors Without Borders); and Jo Malone Red Roses Cologne (jomalone.com.au, $204), a light blend of seven roses, violet leaves and a spritz of lemon.
Try Tom Ford Rose Prick eau de parfum (davidjones.com.au, $480). This full-bodied floral, inspired by Tom Ford’s rose garden, has top notes of Sichuan pepper and turmeric; heart notes of Bulgarian, Turkish and May roses and base notes of patchouli and tonka bean. It’s seriously delicious – as is the dusty pink bottle.
Do manicures and pedicures need to match? You can match toes and fingers if you like … or not, as the mood takes you. The golden rule, however, is to keep your nails short and squoval (square with a rounded edge). Nail polish is the ultimate change-it-up accessory; you can go bold and bright or keep it subtle.
Eye-catching colour combinations include fiery red (Essie Nail Polish in Forever Yummy; adorebeauty.com.au, $15) and pink (Sienna in Peace; sienna.co, $25); standout black (O.P.I Lincoln Park After Dark: myer.com.au, $20) and clotted cream (O.P.I My Vampire Is Buff; myer.com.au, $20); taupe.
Get the look Cut your nails short with clippers, file them into a square shape, then round the edges. Squeeze lemon juice into a bowl of warm water and soak nails for three minutes to clean and brighten them. Scrub nails and gently push back the cuticles with a thumbnail. Next, apply cuticle oil and wipe nails with nail polish remover. Then apply two coats, plus a topcoat every two days to make the polish last.
Try The perfect nail polish duo: O.P.I Nail Envy Strength + Colour in Samoan Sand; myer.com.au, $35) and steel grey (Chanel Le Vernis in Washed Denim; davidjones.com.au, $41).
This article appears in Sunday Life magazine within the Sun-Herald and the Sunday Age on sale October 4.
Beauty director, Daily Life