MA Beauty Insider: Three Simple Steps for a Celestial Complexion

Saturday, February 22, 2014
Donna Macdonald, GoLocalWorcester Beauty Expert

The night sky is still brooding and winter dark but you can get your skin ethereal and spring-rosy starting right now. Get a head start here:


A smooth light-reflective surface is necessary for carefree makeup application but dry winds and frigid temperatures may have left you with a dull ashy surface. Remake it with gentle exfoliation. For ultimate polish, try a mask or a grainy scrub. You choose which, as long as the goal is to remove dead cells and flakes and reveal skin as soft as…well, a gentle spring breeze.

Freeman Feeling Beautiful Facial Peel-Off Cucumber Mask peels away greyness and brings back springtime freshness. For more information or to purchase, click here.


Next up – a hydrating cream to sink into your newly refined skin and bring it back to life. Use gentle pressure and massage it all over, including throat and décolleté. No more winter-weariness – you’ll exhale a sigh of comfort and relief at last.

MAC Strobe Cream is fully loaded with starry iridescent particles to bring back the light. Click here for more information or to buy.


Now that you’ve got great skin again, don’t go full throttle on cover-up. Let a neutral airy foundation give you a light-gathering natural look. Nobody does illumination better than Laura Mercier. Its tinted moisturizer is a cult classic with a colossal following. It creates an unbiased canvas that simply put, looks as renewed as the longed-for spring landscape. Add a creamy blush in a twinkling color to extend the light-giving glow.

Winter may have more dark nights in store for us and spring may still be a dream away, but creating a heavenly complexion knows no season. Bring on the light.


Donna Macdonald is a freelance writer who enjoys covering topics of interest to women, especially fragrance, style, beauty. She has also written marketing material for a women's book that hit the New York Times Bestseller list and netted her an up close and personal discussion on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Donna currently writes her own personal blog, where she also writes about issues close to a woman's heart. Donna believes that when a woman finds beauty in the world, she will find beauty in herself.

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