PGT tries a walk-in make-up consultancy on the high street

I dropped into Boots near the clock tower for an on the spot consultation to identify how their make-up works on my face.

Friday, 18th September 2015, 2:14 pm
Updated Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 1:39 pm

If anyone thinks that natural skincare is expensive or exclusive, remind them of a name that is easily recognisable; Liz Earle.

The brand is mainstream because its core products work well at affordable prices.

I dropped into Boots near the clock tower for an on the spot consultation to identify how their make-up works on my face.

I even overcame crippling brush envy while wondering if I'll ever own enough to justify a belt for storage.

My consultant, Aisling was friendly and chatty. She wore a clean ''˜no make-up' look that i liked and began by cleansing my face.

I chose the limited edition Jasmine Cream (£15.50) and noticed how the warm linen cloth was rotated so fresh pieces wiped my face, leaving it undeniably soft.

The next spritz of Instant Boost Skin Tonic (£14.50) had a pleasing cucumber and rose geranium smell.

I'm all for turning the clock back naturally, and the new Superskin Face Serum (£48) includes Persian silk tree extract to even skin tone, Rhubarb root extract to plump and smooth, and Pomegranate flowers for anti ageing.

To apply you gently press it into your skin. A dab of my favourite Neroli Superskin moisturiser followed (£39,) along with spot applications of Eye and Lip Treatment (£27.50).

With a pro handling the application side of things, you are also reminded that less is more.

Colour wise, we went for Signature Foundation in Ivory for an even matte cover that is very natural (£21).

Aisling then distributed tiny blobs of Light Reflecting Concealer in Fair under and over my eyes (£15.50).

With a fresh daytime look I normally skip blush or bronzer, but couldn't wait to see the blend and contour brushes in action, so relented and tried both.

Healthy Glow Cream Blush in Nude is nice (£16.50) but the Natural Glow Bronzer (£19.50) gave more warmth and had the fluffiest applicator.

My wings came next from a dark brown eye pencil (£11) smudged with a liner brush.

Best of all, the Lash Care Intensifying Mascara Base (£10.50) helped to curl and define my lashes before a coat of Brown Smudgeproof Mascara (£14.50).

Aisling finished the look with Sheer Lip Gloss (£13.50) in Mallow, another nude colour. My lashes stayed separate, feeling flexible and completely un-spidery but far fuller.

I will compare other natural mascaras against this high benchmark in the coming weeks.