Charlotte Tilbury (UK)

How To Have Great Skin For Your Debs

How To Have Great Skin For Your Debs

Skin woes are a struggle at the best of times, but in the run up to the debs it can be especially frustrating and upsetting.

If you’re looking for something to enhance and complement your routine to make sure that you have great skin for your debs, here are some great additions.

Add Some Vitamin C To Brighten Skin

Usually when we talk about our skin requiring vitamins, we think of the vitamin D found in sunshine. While Vitamin D is definitely important for maintaining healthy skin, Vitamin C is actually used to brighten dull skin. It smooths out uneven areas of your skin to provide a naturally radiant glow, making it the perfect addition to your skincare routine ahead of the debs.

Beauty budgeter: PIXI Vitamin C Tonic, €11

The Pixi Vitamin C Tonic helps refreshes the skin. It provides the perfect healthy glow to any skin type as it contains probiotics, which help strengthen the skin’s natural barrier. Willow bark and fruit extract help exfoliate for a smooth finish.

Treat yourself: Nip and Fab Vitamin C Range, from €8.30

Nip and Fab have recently released an entire range of products dedicated to enhancing your skin’s natural glow.

Use the NIP+FAB Vitamin C Fix Face Mask, €8.30, the night before the debs as the revitalising sheet mask is drenched in a brightening blend of actives designed to visibly transform grey, sallow and fatigued skin with an instant boost of radiance-boosting hydration.

Luxury line: Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum, €74

The C-Frima Day Serum might be pricey but the combination of vitamins, antioxidants and enzymes work together to fight blemishes and marks on the skin and leave you with a clear base.

Banish Dark Circles

Dark circles or puffy bags under the eyes occur easily. Even if you’re planning on rocking a dramatic dark eye it’s really not necessary for that darkness to extend to the bags under your eyes! To banish any signs of tiredness in the run up to your debs try out these products designed to reduce exhausted looking eyes.

Beauty Budgeter: The Ordinary Caffeine Solution, €6.42

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution works wonders for puffy eyes. In a similar way to drinking coffee to reduce fatigue, the caffeine in this solution reduces the physical signs of fatigue around the eyes. 

Treat Yourself: Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream, €18

The Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream refreshes and soothes the areas around the eye resulting in smoother, softer and brighter skin. Easy to apply, this product improves the appearance of dark circles or bags beneath your eyes.

Luxury Line: MAC Fast Response Eye Cream, €24

This fast response eye cream is perfect if you’ve had a few late nights in the run up to your debs. It dramatically minimises dark circles and soothes the skin.

Deep Clean Pores

One of the biggest skincare mistakes that people make is assuming that they have blackheads instead of blocked pores. It’s totally normal BTW! Everyone has them, some people’s pores are just a bit larger and noticeable.

Give your pores a good deeps cleanse before the debs to achieve flawless looking skin – just don’t do it the night before as clay masks can often draw impurities to the surface causing a break out. Start masking a few weeks before the debs and do a final one 5 days before it. Use a sheet-mask the night before instead.

Beauty Budgeter: Formula 10.0.6 Pores Be Pure, €8.50

Packed with antioxidants, Pores Be Pure works to cleanse the skin, eliminating blemishes and unblocking pores. Drawing out toxins and impurities, the fast action mud mask reduces the appearance of enlarged pores leaving you with a clear, smooth complexion

Treat Yourself: PIXI Glow Mud Mask, €20

The mineral-rich treatment absorbs oil, draws out impurities, fights breakouts, and provides an energising boost to your complexion.Enriched with purifying Kaolin and Sea Salt and balancing Ginseng and Aloe Vera, the clay mask revitalises your skin for a glowing complexion

Luxury Line: Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment Mask, €49

Combat large pores the Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment Mask; an innovative facial treatment that tackles blemishes, breakouts and ingrown hairs, whilst visibly tightening skin’s texture and pores. Enriched with a skin-loving blend of ingredients including Glycolic, Salicylic and Lactic Acids leaves skin feeling refreshed and cleansed, the treatment offers noticeable results after just one use.

FYI: it comes in a mini size for €18!


Include an SPF Moisturizer

Depending on how sensitive your skin is it might be a good idea to add a moisturizer with SPF in it to your morning routine. We know the gloriously sunny days are few and far between in Ireland but even minimal exposure to sunlight can damage your skin. The last thing you want to do is turn up to your debs looking like a tomato.

Beauty Budgeter: Formula 10.0.6 Picture Perfect Day, €8.30

The Picture Perfect Day Moisturiser is light and easily blends into your skin allowing you to apply make up on top without greasy residue.

Treat Yourself: Neutrogena Hydro Boost City Shield SPF Moisturiser, €14.38

This Neutrogena Moisturiser hydrates the skin while also helping to protect it from the sun’s harmful rays. The lotion blends easily and quickly into the skin without leaving a sticky feel.

Luxury Line: Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Aqua Gel, €31 

This Aqua Gel from Kiehl’s is perfect for protecting your skin without having to layer on dollops of greasy sun cream. The lightweight gel is perfect for anyone with naturally oily skin.

The Key Ingredient To Great Skin For Your Debs

We know it’s super boring and you’ve probably heard it a million times, but one of the best ways to drastically improve your skin is to up your water intake. There’s no point doing this 2 days before your debs though. Start drinking at least 2 litres of water a day in the weeks leading up to the debs.

Another key ingredient to good skin is salmon!

Head over to our debs section for more!

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Sophie Coffey

I’m a self-confessed shopaholic with a severe bookshop obsession. I have always been interested in a career in writing (hopefully you can catch me in at mentioned bookshops). I love dancing and swimming as ways to relax, but don’t enjoy strenuous activities (the only time I’ll be caught running is if someone’s chasing me!)

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