Jessica Laing receives a glowy makeover at the brand new BECCA Cosmetics counter in John Lewis, Newcastle.

As we head into the depths of winter, the change in temperature takes its toll on your skin. Mine is typical. When skin’s moisture levels plummet my poor parched pores react with a t-zone shinier (and often redder) than Rudolph’s nose. Fortunately, though, the team behind BECCA Cosmetics’ first North East counter know how to remedy this. Armed with some of the brand’s most coveted products they treated my skin to a mini makeover that not only kept oil at bay, but blurred away imperfections, smoothed everything out and left my skin looking perkier and more radiant than it’s been in weeks.

BECCA’s products, including illuminating primers, lip and cheek tints, creamy concealers and foundations, bronzers, blushers and world-famous pressed highlighters, play with light and shade to give skin an iridescent (non-sparkly) glow. A beachy, lit-from-within beam that screams out health and happiness. An authority on complexion, there’s a wide and impressive range of shades so all skin tones will find something for them in the collection, and a laid-back approach to application. Products take moments to apply – and can be done so with warm fingertips, as well as brushes. The counter currently offers three glow-giving services,  bringing out your ‘natural’ beauty, Perfect for women, like myself, who can’t stand the thought of masking their chops with layers of makeup.

A five-minute ‘Glow to Go’ appointment, I discovered, is fast, free and fabulous. Skin is prepped and primed before you meet your match in the foundation stakes. For me, it was the brand’s Ultimate Coverage 24-hour Foundation that fit the bill; oil-free and heavy-duty enough to conceal blemishes and keep grease to a minimum, but still light, breathable and moisturing enough to keep skin comfortably hydrated.

Once set with a light veil of loose powder (BECCA’s absorbs shine and gives the face a soft-focus glow), a dusting of bronzer on the high points of my face (where the sun would naturally hit) to warm things up and a rosy tint on the lips and cheeks, I was good to go, looking like a fresher, brighter and more glowy version of myself.

Also available, a 30-minute Easy-glowing Tutorial (£2o) or the hour-long Ultimate Glow-How (£45); a personalised, in-depth experience.


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