Beauty by Rose: Skincare Secrets

Make-up can hide a multitude of sins, but I think it’s nicer when make-up is used to enhance and not to cover.

For me, a huge part of getting my make-up right is ensuring that I take care of my skin. Taking a few extra steps to pamper myself before bed can result in a much fresher canvas for make-up in the morning.

In keeping with our current I’mPerfection collection, here’s what I use on my skin so that my make-up can celebrate my features without covering them…


I like to double cleanse in the evenings, a tip I picked up from following Newby Hands – Beauty Director at Large for Harper’s Bazaar – on Twitter. Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish is divine and is gentle enough to remove eye make-up, too. The first cleanse will remove any traces of make-up, allowing the second cleanse to really penetrate the skin.

Using a muslin cloth (included) is fantastic for helping to remove your make-up and lightly exfoliate the skin, whereas a flannel (try Emma Hardie’s) may be best if you would prefer to buff and polish the skin.


Next comes toner. For me, toner is one of those things that I can take or leave. Benefits of using toner include that lovely fresh, cool feeling that comes from a toner and improved appearance of pores. My favourite is Guerlain’s Super-Aqua Lotion because it really hydrates and plumps my skin.


Serum is my favourite part of the skincare regime. It is a concentrated formula that sinks into the skin and works from the underneath. Of all the steps to take, this is the one that benefits my complexion most! After toner, apply your chosen serum, taking the time to massage and press it into the skin. You can find many serums that are specifically for the eyes – these are wonderful for helping to combat dark circles and puffiness which means less concealer the next morning. Everyday I use Clarins HydraQuench serum because I have quite dry skin, but I’ll also mix in a bit of L’Occitane’s Brightening Essence to generally give my skin an air of radiance.


For that instantly soothing, hydrating boost, find a moisturiser that suits your skin type. Applied after serum, take the time to massage it into the skin. I normally use Caudalie’s face and eye creams and once a week I mix some of Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream into my moisturiser and leave it on as an overnight mask.

These are all habits and products that work for me but the key to great skin is finding what works for you! If you want your make-up to look beautiful, give it the chance to shine by taking pride in your skincare.

Until next time! Rose x

*Please note: all of the products listed are my personal favourites and are not in any way endorsed by Illamasqua.

Govinder Rayt

Govinder Rayt

Writer and expert