Rococo paintings, especially the delicate portraits of women in opulent gowns, are not en vogue these days; maybe they are too sweet, too playful for our modern taste. But what I love about them is not only all the intricate details – ribbons, lace, corsage – of the dresses, but the women’s beautiful faces. Look at their rosy cheeks, the flawless teint, the glow! Isn’t it exactly what we all strive for, especially after these long winter months, when our skin looks tired.
And while we are all craving some sunshine to give our faces that natural, sun-kissed glow, there are some great beauty products to look like a glowing Rococo beauty. These are our favourite little helpers to give your skin that healthy glow.
Biotherm Wonder Mud
It takes only 3 minutes twice a week for this masque, and your skin will feel newborn. It’s a powerful cleanser against the build-up of city grime, make-up and toxins, using mineral clay and algae to beat dullness and help skin breathe again. Pores are visibly reduced after just a few weeks’ of use, and it also helps against impurities.
La Mer The Renewal Oil
The first facial oil by La Mer, it’s an anti-aging product made with eucalyptus and sesame oils, along with the same sea kelp-infused formula found in all of La Mer’s products. It is much lighter than other oil products (it’s also very expensive). I apply either a few drops directly to the skin as a serum, or add a few drops into my moisturizing cream. It smoothes the skin and softens wrinkles and fine lines.
Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Circle Perfector
The under-eye treatment works wonders against dark circles. It’s a concealer and eye cream in one that instantly brightens under-eye darkness and offers sheer coverage. An added bonus is the strong SPF 30 sun protection, which is so important for this sensitive area of the skin prone to wrinkles.
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Illuminating
This, too, is a perfect blend of skincare and make-up. It hydrates and provides a luminant glow thanks to a hint of shimmering color. It comes in five shades, all of them with SPF 20 sunscreen.
Kiehl’s Turmeric and Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque
This invigorating masque recharges your skin’s youthful glow, instantly brightening dull, tired skin and restoring its healthy, rosy appearance. It’s rich in antioxidants, made with cranberry and turmeric extract and micronized cranberry seeds for gentle exfoliation.
YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat
YSL has created a foundation with stimulating ruscus extract, an energizing, anti-fatigue formula. It gives weightless, buildable coverage with the most natural finish for healthy-looking, glowing skin. Use it with a primer or just on top of your moisturizer.