The perfect post-holiday glow in a box, Laura Geller's {Portofino Collection} is a gorgeous, four-piece edit of complexion, lip and eye enhancers (and a dual-ended sponge applicator), to lend skin a beautiful (believable) gleam that's guaranteed to garner no end of 'have you been on holiday?' compliments.

My skin was prepped with my usual, just-tinted moisturiser and a little bit of Laura Geller's {Real Deal Concealer} to cover up blemishes and disguise my dark-dark (Friday) circles. I then used the largest end of the applicator to 'outline' my face with the {Baked Body Frosting} in 'Tahitian Glow' - superficially about 5000 shades too deep for my pasty white visage, but in reality, sufficiently sheer and buildable to create a tailored 'tan'.

Once I'd done a bit of subtle sculpting, I used the {Kabuki Brush} to dust and buff 'Frosting' all over my face and neck - layering gradually to achieve a degree of bronze I'm comfortable with (not much). I then used the little end of the applicator to apply Baked Highligter to the inner corners of each eye, along the 'high points' of my (non-existent) cheekbones, brow bones and cupid's bow - this powder highlighter is gorgeous - utterly buttery, non-glittery and just the right amount pearlescent to lend skin a healthy, lit-from-within lustre.

I curled my eyelashes and applied Style Lash Intense Lengthening Mascara to the tops and bottoms. The tapered wand coats every lash with jet black, glossy pigment - separating as it elongates to achieve a natural-looking set of fluttering fringes - perfect for daytime, I would add an extra coat to amp things up for evening.

For lips - I applied a slick of Colour Drenched {Lip Gloss} in 'Ginger' - a gold-toned peachy pink that's completely non-sticky and comfortable to wear. It's ideal for 'your lips but better' effect - creating the illusion of a plumper pout thanks to the subtle sheen and light-reflective pigments.

And there you have it! A 'bella donna' beauty look, without so much as a smidge of Italian ancestry.

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