Karen Alder speaks to us

Karen Alder speaks to us

What's your favourite look for this season? Any tips on how we can achieve this?

I love a Snow Queen glow this winter, it’s an ethereal and shimmering skin finish with really pared down eyes and lips. To achieve this look follow my simple tips:

STEP 1: Hydration is key for this look and as the temperatures drop, skin needn’t get drier. Skip foundation and apply St.Tropez Naturals Radiance Self Tan for Face to infuse the skin with moisture and vitamins whilst adding a subtle base glow that gently blurs imperfections

STEP 2: Groomed brows are a must, use a brow shaping gel to define your natural brow and add hold without being heavy or obvious

STEP 2: For a shimmering wintery finish take a fan brush and contour and define the cheekbones with St.Tropez Bronzing Rocks – with an almost iridescent quality they ensure the skin gleams

STEP 4: The St.Tropez Bronzing Rocks can also be used along the eye socket line to make the eyes really pop, blend upwards with a brush for a seamless shine

STEP 5: Lashing of mascara completes the eyes. Curl lashes and then take time to build up mascara using a fine wand for the fluff factor

STEP 6: For warmth, apply a dab of rose gold crème blush to the apples of the cheeks blending carefully for a natural flush

STEP 7: Most importantly, add an icy edge to the look using the St.Tropez Violet Skin Illuminator. Apply to the cheekbones and inner eye corners, the stunning violet hue glimmers and enhances any skin tone
What three beauty products couldn't you live without?

St Tropez Naturals Radiance Self Tan for the face. I apply this at night so I wake up with a beautiful luminous glow and it doubles up as a great moisturiser.

All things Clarisonic - these gizmo’s really work and give your skin a mini work out.

MAC Haute and Naughty Mascara . I love the double wand , you can have natural fluffy lashes for the day and build up the drama at night.
What is your ultimate beauty tip?

Its so hard to get this down to one...

Firstly, be happy in your own skin , this sounds like a cliché but its true , we look the most beautiful when we are happy with ourselves.

Secondly, I would say keep your skin clean and glowing hence my love of St.Tropez – a gentle glow always makes you feel better and brightens any look. When I had my first spray tan, I couldn’t believe the boost it gave me, I was more body confident and felt beautiful
If you only had two minutes to do your make-up in the morning, what would be the regime?

I only ever have two minutes to do my make up in the morning so here goes...

St.Tropez Naturals Radiance for Face – a moisturiser with luminosity particles so that it doubles up as a great base product. Conceal any dark circles and breakouts with Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage. Groom brows with Suqqu eyebrow pen and lock down with Becca’s eyebrow gel. A pat of St.Tropez Radiance Mousse on the cheeks and finally a slick of Lucas Paw Paw treatment on my lips. I promise I do it in two minutes….

What new beauty trends can we expect in the New Year?

I love the fact that make up and hair is so expressive and free at the moment - its the right time to play, I’m loving the idea of skin looking like its in soft focus with dreamy dolly like eyes and pastel/ tangerine lips or on the other side of the spectrum, this Jet Set look that is coming through, it’s a gorgeous ladylike look with an immaculate dark tan and expensive looking hair.

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