Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Naked Beauty

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Naked Beauty

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Byline: Jasmine Gardner

BARE-FACED CHIC What nobody wants in January is to look as if they're going out -- or indeed that they have been out the night before. This is the month to stay home and look fresh-faced. For skin and make-up that means scrubbing up.

It is no coincidence that on the catwalks a slew of designers have showcased nude make-up looks to offset their collections for this season -- in A/W 11 it was Marc by Marc Jacobs, Balmain, Burberry Prorsum and Versace, while for S/S 12 Ralph Lauren, Roland Mouret, Oscar de la Renta, Andrew GN and Diane Von Furstenburg all added to the trend.

Of course, the look takes a lot of effort. "Unless your skin is in perfect condition you won't be able to pull off the natural look," says Georgie Hamed, make-up artist and director of Lost in Beauty boutique in Primrose Hill.

She recommends starting this month with a deep cleansing, exfoliating facial (try a Debbie Thomas's DNA Skin Treatment 1, at Hari's Brompton Road, [pounds sterling]185/75 mins, harissalon.com/debbie-thomas-facialist.cfm).

Then add to your home routine with a twice-weekly exfoliation (Ren Micro Polish Cleanser, [pounds sterling]20, renskincare.com or Laura Mercier face polish, [pounds sterling]24.50, urbanretreat.co.uk) and a resurfacing mask (Oskia Renaissance Mask, [pounds sterling]48.50, oskiaskincare.com) once a week to brighten skin.

"Invest in a good eye cream," Hamed adds. She recommends Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream ([pounds sterling]49, caudalie.com/uk).

Sadly, while MAC cosmetics responded brilliantly to the catwalk trends by launching its Naturally 2012 collection this month with a host of nude lip, cheek and eye shades, it has kept the launch to the US.

Bobbi Brown steps in instead, answering two trends at once with her Neons and Nudes collection for spring 2012 out this month. The Ultra Nude Eye Palette ([pounds sterling]39), Uber Beige Lip Colour (bottom left,[pounds sterling]18) and Nude Peach and Nude Pink blushers ([pounds sterling]18 each, bobbibrown. …

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