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Beating The January Beauty Blues

Make-Up Artist Bobbi Brown Reveals Her Hints For Getting Your Skin Back On Track For 2011. crack

No matter how many detox juices you’re glugging or treadmills you’re pounding, that elusive healthy New Year glow always seems beyond reach.

In the cold weather, all you get is dull skin, red nose and runny eyes, so it’s little wonder the nation practically hibernates throughout January.

Make-up artist Bobbi Brown says it’s an annual occurrence: “Like clockwork, after I’ve gone to the last of the festive parties and the decorations have been stowed away, I catch my reflection in the mirror and just look ‘blah’!” she admits.

“My skin looks a little dull and red in places, and I’m not as bright-eyed as I usually am. I’ve got a serious case of the winter beauty doldrums.”

Symptoms sound familiar? Bobbi has all the tonics and tricks you need to combat the January beauty blues.

• Problem: Dry, flaky lips

• Bobbi’s solution: “Forget about the ‘exfoliate with an old toothbrush’ trick. Ouch!

“Instead, soothe and protect lips by applying an extra emollient eye cream then gently slough off the dry, dead skin cells with a damp washcloth.

“Keep lip balm in your handbag and apply every time your lips feel remotely dry.”

Try: Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick Sheer Tint, £17 (Boots).

• Problem: Make-up rubs off every time you blow your nose

• Bobbi’s solution:
“Lengthen the life of your foundation by using a velour puff to apply sheer powder around your nose and mouth.

“The puff will help to really ‘set’ the make-up, versus a brush, which just imparts a light, all-over shine blotting application – not something you need at this time of year.”

Try: Laura Mercier Velour Puff, £10

• Problem: Skin looks washed out

• Bobbi’s solution: “Break out the bronzer. First pick your perfect formulation - powder is a good option for most skin types and should be dusted on with a big fluffy brush for a seamless look.

“Cream is ideal for dry skin, and gel’s a good choice for oily skin. For a fresh-faced look for winter, add a touch of blush onto the apples of your cheeks. I think pink, from pale pink to rose, flatters all complexions because it’s the colour our cheeks turn when we’re naturally flushed.”

Try: Jemma Kidd Contour & Flush Creme Blush Duo, £18 (

• Problem: Puffy under-eyes

• Bobbi’s solution: “Go with two shades of a yellow-based concealer to help counteract the dark circles.

“Dab a concealer that’s one shade darker than your foundation directly onto the puffiness to help visually recede them.

“Apply concealer that’s one shade lighter and brighter than your foundation under the puffy area to bring attention to the flatter, smoother skin there. Blend both concealers with a fingertip and set the area with loose powder.”

Try: Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit, £23

• Problem: Powder looks cakey and unnatural

• Bobbi’s solution: “If you have dry skin, chances are it is even drier in the winter, so you can skip powder altogether.

“Women with oily skin don’t need to use as much powder as they do during warmer months so I suggest applying it just to the areas where skin tends to be extra oily, like forehead, cheeks, nose and chin.

“Consider blotting paper, which absorbs excess oil without looking dry and cakey and can be used before and after make-up application.”

Try: Shiseido Oil-Control Blotting Paper, £14 for 100 sheets (0207 313 4774).
• Problem: Dry rough patches

• Bobbi’s solution:
“Exfoliate. An exfoliating cleanser can be used daily by most skin types to encourage cell turnover and the removal of dry, dead flaky cells, which can seriously impede a perfect make-up application.

“Extremely dry and sensitive skins might want to use exfoliating cleansers only a few times a week. If your patches are extra stubborn try a manual exfoliator, which contain beads or scrubs, once or twice a week.”

Try: Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser, £18

• Problem: Eye make-up keeps running in the cold

• Bobbi’s solution: “Prime lids with a sheer face powder to absorb any excess oil, which can cause make-up to smudge and smear. Dust a little over the concealer under your eyes too - its emolliency can also cause make-up slippage.

“Switch to waterproof mascara and opt for a long-wearing, water-resistant eyeliner.”

Try: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil, £15

• Problem: Usual foundation doesn’t look right

• Bobbi’s solution: “It’s more than likely your skin is fairer this time of year so you may need to switch to a foundation that’s one or two shades lighter than your usual product.

“Foundation can look cakey, streaky, and obvious on dry skin. Changing to a moisturising formula will help ensure an even, natural-looking application.”

Try: Paul & Joe
Foundation Primer,