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Before & After: Laura Geller’s Portofino Collection

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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Verity Ann Douglas

Verity Ann Douglas

Content Editor

Verity is our Content Editor and a Cult Beauty veteran. Currently on maternity leave, raising Cult Beauty’s honorary ‘word nerd’, Tabitha, she speaks fluent ‘beauty’ and loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm (and cleanser and candles… ad infinitum). Nothing can stop her from quoting Nancy Mitford, treating herself to yet another Bella Freud candle for her desk or buying that pilgrim-esque collared or heavily fringed outfit she’s been eyeing. You can trust her to debunk widespread beauty myths and dispense invaluable advice with ease…