From Pixie Lott and Cheryl Cole to Kylie Minogue and Kelly Rowland, Caroline Barnes is the international make-up artist who paints the faces of some the biggest celebs on the planet. And, when she’s not mixing with the A-list, she can be found sorting the beauty workhorses from the show ponies over on her Speed Beauty YouTube chanel.
It’s safe to say what she doesn’t know about beauty really isn’t worth knowing. Here Caroline exclusively reveals to WH her ultimate skincare tips, along with the products she relies on to get the job done.
Caroline’s skincare rules to live by
1.Be aware of your skin’s needs on a daily basis
‘This helps me to decide what to use. As I have dry skin, it’s all about hydration and re-generation. I want my skin to look as good as it can for my age and I’m fortunate enough to learn from some amazing brand owners and industry experts.’
2. Use a Vitamin C, Retinol and SPF
‘Vitamin C in the morning, retinol at night and daily SPF. I do this religiously. In between, I’ll use hydration masks and exfoliate at least twice a week. I try different products at varying price points so I always have a queue of things to use, but I make sure I give each product enough time to see results so that I able to do it justice when talking about it.’
REN Clean Screen Mineral SPF30 Mattifying Broad Spectrum Face Sunscreen 50ml
Heliocare 360° Gel Oil Free SPF 50 – 50ml
Ultrasun Face Very High SPF50+ Anti-Ageing Tinted Formula 50ml
No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Sun Protection Stick SPF50
3. Invest in actives
‘I have very bad sun damage, due to being advised to sit in the sun without protection to cure my acne when I was younger. So aside from the use of vitamin C and retinol, I use other products intermittently. My skin gets lazy and lacks lustre so I need to keep stimulating it with active ingredients. AHAs are brilliant for brightening and smoothing my complexion, helping it to really glow. I’m also battling gravity so any products that can boost my collagen levels are given a high priority.’
The 10 products Caroline Barnes swears by
1. Skinceuticals CE Ferulic Serum
‘This is the holy grail of Vitamin C and has made a huge difference to the brightness of my skin. Vitamin C is a powerful anti-oxidant that helps to repair damaged skin cells. Because it’s a potent ingredient, my skin can get by many vitamin C products, but this one is perfect. It’s now a staple in my skincare routine.’