Gone are the days of heavily powdered skin and Insta-brows, it’s all about natural glowing skin with dewy pops of colour and groomed brows. And no-one does it better or more effortlessly in my book than Elle Mcnamara of @bambidoesbeauty, who I recently caught up with to ask a few burning questions that I have no doubt we are all wondering! Just scroll down…
[ Elle Mcnamara ]
What do your morning and evening skincare routines look like, and any special skincare treatments you might do throughout the week? “My morning and evening skincare routines are pretty much the same. The only difference is if I’ve been wearing makeup throughout the day I will take a lot more care in double cleansing to make sure all the makeup is removed!My routine starts in the shower with the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser, followed by Soap and Glory greatest scrub of all which has salicylic acid in it as well as micro particles to buff away dead skin. Once I’m out the shower I use an acid (usually Pixi’s Glow Peel Pads which are 20% glycol) which refreshes my skin once again and helps maintain my skins glow. Then I’ll go onto serum which varies from Glossier’s Super Bounce / Pure to Beauty Pie’s Lumiboost Spot Correcting Serum (both give you a nice dewy glow) followed by a combo which I’m loving at the moment, Glossier’s Priming Moisturiser mixed in with Sarah Chapman’s Overnight Facial Oil to achieve a lovely radiance to my skin. Sarah Chapman is Victoria Beckham’s go to facialist and now I know why – her products are fantastic especially if you love the dewy look! The only treatments I might add in to my skincare routine is when my skin is feeling blemished, dull and congested I will use The Body Shop’s Himalayan Charcoal Mask, this immediately calms my skin and helps soothe and soften it. I also like The Ordinary’s aha & bha acid treatment for when my skin’s looking dull and needs a 10mins fix!”
If we opened your makeup bag, what would we find? “You would find a lot of highlighters! My go to brand for highlighting is Becca Cosmetics. There is literally no other brand that makes a better highlighter for me. No glitter, just a real sheen that makes it look so natural. I use their liquid shimmering skin perfector in shade pearl as well as their first light priming filter and their under eye corrector. Other than that I like to focus on the base so I have my Rimmel Instant Tan in there (lasts ages and I’m yet to find a tan that is as good – no orange tone at all!) I switch between Laura Mercier’s Illuminating Tinted Moisturiser and Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Gel Cream. Although I rarely wear eye makeup, when I do I use L’Oreal Waterproof False Lash Wings Mascara which is utterly brilliant for a feline cat eye type look.”
What products do you use on your gorgeously long hair? “I adore Bumble & Bumble’s Sunday Shampoo which clarifies my hair and leaves it really lightweight (I have thick hair so can get weighed down with some shampoos). I also love Bleach London Reincarnation Mask for when my hair needs looking after! I’ve never used hair oils before I discovered Ouai. I use their hair oil when my hair’s damp and it leaves no residue just a lovely scent and softness.”
If you could only have 3 makeup or skincare products, what would they be? “Pixi’s Glow Peel Pads, The Body Shop Vitamin E Face Mist, Madame LA LA West Coast Bronzing Serum – it treats your skin whilst tanning!”.
Say hi to Elle on Instagram at @bambidoesbeauty, isn’t she just a beauty!