Fresh from making up Victoria Beckham that morning, Valeria Ferreira met with Bazaar to share some of the secrets she usually reserves for her A-list clientele (her other London-based regulars include Jenna Coleman, Lily James and Rosamund Pike). As the La Mer UK make-up artist ambassador, Ferreira’s approach is very much skin first, make-up-with-skincare-benefits second. With the impending threat of silly season hitting our faces with the booze bloat, breakouts and tired eyes, we asked her how to party-proof our skin and mask those inevitable signs of having toogood a time. Try this strategy throughout December to cheat a fresh face.
Steam it out
“To help clear any breakouts from all the indulgence I do facial steaming at home. Personally I put loads of herbs in hot water, like eucalyptus, rose petals and lemongrass – but you could just do eucalyptus which is also good for your respiratory tract. But what really benefits your skin is simply the steam. You want the pores to open and all the dirt to come out. Do the steam after cleansing, and then splash the face with cold water to close the pores. And if you want, then do an ice-cold mask.”