Expert Trend: Your picture perfect

In December you’re a smart phone click away from a photo opportunity at any given moment. The good news is, all it takes is a few tweaks to your beauty routine to ensure you never take a bad shot.

Enhance your eyes

The single most important trick is to make sure your eyes pop. For extra punch, fill eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil and team with a deep black mascara – and if you have time, smoky eye make-up will frame your eyes and make them standout. Sleepless nights giving you dark circles? Invest in a light reflecting under eye cream like Olay Regenerist Luminous Dark Circle Correcting Eye Swirl RRP £29.99, an instant fix for under eye darkness.

Photoshop your skin

Don’t rely on photo filters to ensure your skin is flash-proof, keep your skin exfoliated to keep blemishes at bay and blur imperfections with a light reflecting skin cream. Double cleansing during December will fend off breakouts caused by stress and lack of sleep. Massage into skin with a hot cloth for extra glow. Olay’s 2 in 1 Hydration + Purifying Cleansing Facewash RRP £2.99 contains soothing aloe vera and cucumber extract. During December, update your usual face cream for one with line blurring qualities - we love Olay 2 in 1 Hydration + Flawless Blur RRP£9.99. Finally, opt for a slightly heavier coverage foundation to ensure a flawless complexion for those impromptu camera moments.

Shine proof your hair

With everyone’s social media feed in full action during the festive period, good hair days are a must. No one wants to be slave to their hair, so stick to one thing: shine. If you’re tresses look well dressed, even if you don’t have time to style you will still look groomed. ‘Shiny locks are all about maintaining a glossy foundation, which means upgrading your haircare to one with shine enhancing properties and applying treatments once a week for an extra boost. If baby hairs and frizz are tamed then you’ll always look on-point and occasion appropriate, even if you don’t have time for an up-do,’ explains Editor Annabel Jones. Try Pantene Smart Pro-V Repair and Protect Conditioner RRP £3.00 each. Or try the newly reformulated Head & Shoulders 3Action Smooth & Silky shampoo and conditioner RRP £4.99- for beautiful hair AND scalp.
Hot hint: Hair stylist Ben Cooke says parting your hair in the middle will frame the face for a symmetrical photo-friendly look.

Give your teeth a sparkle

If there’s ever a time to upgrade from your humble toothpaste to one with super powers, this is it. When your smile is on show, don’t get caught with red wined stains teeth. If you know there’s a camera about, stick to white foods as much as possible. The easiest tip is to use a toothpaste with exfoliating properties that will remove surface stains and leave teeth with a protective film against further staining. Oral B Pro Expert Paste RRP £3.50 has a grainy texture with whitening properties that mimics the paste used by hygienists’.

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