How to Get Radiant Skin with YSL Products

Ever wondered whether expensive skincare products are really worth it? Well, Bianca Downward, National Education Manager from Yves Saint Laurant Beauty, shows us her simple skincare routine for sensitive skin.

About the Author

Having spent many years within the cosmetic floor and boutique make up retailers, Bianca continued her growth within the industry, working with industry leaders and global powerhouse brands. Furthering her studies, she enabled herself to work within a teaching role throughout Make Up Academies in Australia and overseas. Bianca is now the National Education Manager for Yves Saint Laurent Beauty Australia.

I don't know about you, but I want to remain forever youthful in my appearance.

The message of looking after my skin was instilled into me from a very young age. My mother always stressed the importance of a good skin care routine and I am glad I listened to her. 

Growing up, I always had a love for makeup and all things glamorous, and started my makeup career at the early age of 17.

With an extensive background in makeup, from customer-focused, front line retail to backstage fashion shows, I decided it was time to expand my knowledge and refocus my professional life on education.

After 14 years within the industry, I have now settled into my career as the National Education Manager for Yves Saint Laurent Beauty Australia.

And now I'm here to share an easy skincare routine with some of my favourite YSL products. This routine leaves the skin feeling plumper, firmer and more hydrated than before, giving the skin a glowy and youthful appearance.

I have sensitive, acne prone skin and I'm going to show you how to prep skin before makeup.


The YSL Products You'll Need...


How do I prep sensitive skin for makeup?

In this routine I am going to take you through how to achieve a radiant, even complexion prior to makeup application.

This is a little different to a regular skin prep and routine: we’ll not only cover what you should be doing the day of your application, but also the night before.

Throughout this routine we’re going to target skin luminosity, radiance and texture to give the skin a glowy and youthful appearance.

I would recommend utilising this routine on a daily basis to achieve a radiant even complexion all year round.

Step 1: A Powerful Night Serum 

Let’s start with Yves Saint Laurent Pure Shots Night Reboot serum. I love this serum; it’s key in achieving an even skin texture.

Night Reboot should be applied in the evening. Pump a pearl-sized amount into the palm of your hands and massage it into the skin to boost circulation.

Yves Saint Laurent Pure Shots Night Reboot contains 3.4 % Glycolic Acid, which will provide a gentle, non-manual exfoliation to the skin. Due to the Glycolic Acid, which can create sensitivity to UV rays, I recommend wearing an SPF during the day.

The beauty of this product is that it provides skin protection as well as skin renewal through moonlight cactus flower, which gently protects & nourishes new skin cells that are produced after the exfoliation process. Yves Saint Laurent Pure Shots Night Reboot is a bi phase exfoliator in oil.

It feels weightless on the skin and has a subtle scent thanks to its naturally-derived ingredients. It’s also refillable – so not only is it powerful and effective, it’s also sustainable.


Step 2: Some Serious Hydration

Now that you’ve set your skin up for success with Night Reboot, it’s time to hydrate and comfort the skin with the Yves Saint Laurent Pure Shots Hydra Bounce Essence-In-Lotion.

Take a pearl-sized amount and massage into the palms of your hands. Gently press the lotion into the skin using a rolling motion.

The orange blossom and Vitamin E will give an instant hydrated and soothing feel to the skin.

Thanks to its micro-droplet technology, the lotion is able to penetrate deeper into the skin, which will only enhance serums and creams layered over the top.


Step 3: Lift your Luminosity

Next, let’s boost the skin’s luminosity using our Yves Saint Laurent Pure Shots Light Up serum.

Take a pearl-sized amount into the palm of your hands and press gently into the skin.

Containing Marshmallow and Vitamin Cg, the Yves Saint Laurent Pure Shots Light Up serum truly gives an instant glow and luminosity to the skin.

It provides an immediate brightening effect and truly evens out your complexion. What more could you ask for?

Step 4: Plump Up Cream

Let's lock it all in and add some bounce to the skin. “Obsessed” is an understatement when it comes to our Yves Saint Laurent Pure Shots Perfect Plumper Cream.

The unique, soufflé-like texture melts between your fingertips and is ready for application.

Utilising the decanting tool that comes with the cream, take a pearl-sized amount and massage into your fingertips. Gently massage into the face, neck and décolletage to lock in the perfect amount of hydration.

The beauty of Yves Saint Laurent Pure Shots Perfect Plumper Cream is that not only is it luxurious and hydrating, it’s also anti-ageing as it helps to prevent the first signs of ageing.


Step 5: Illuminating Concealer 

Now your skin is prepped and glowing. But you need to pop out and you want to amp it up a little more. It's okay: my essential YSL Beauty on-the-go products have got you. Let's add more radiance using our Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat - Radiant Touch pen.

One click and you will look like you’ve had 8 hours sleep; what's not to love about that?

Add Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat - Radiant Touch to the high points of your face & to any dark shadows you want to brighten.

The anti-fatigue complex and light-reflecting pigments diffuse and bounce light off the skin for the ultimate glow.


Step 6: Lip Shine

Now let's finish it off with our iconic Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick.

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick is going to add nourishing comfort to the lips thanks to its sensorial oils, such as macadamia butter for smooth comfort, pomegranate extract for antioxidants & Hyaluronic Acid to bind water and boost hydration.

It also boasts a beautiful mango scent: sounds good enough to eat, right?

Apply on the lips to your heart’s content and don’t forget to add a touch to the apples of your cheeks for a fresh pop of colour.


Bianca’s Beauty Tips:

  • Look after your skin. Now, I know that might not sound revolutionary, but it's so very true. Looking after your skin is a key player in how makeup is going to sit and how gracefully we age.

  • Less is more. This rings true for both the skincare & makeup category. All you need is staple products with effective key ingredients. Don't over complicate it. Same goes with makeup; when using quality products a little goes a long way. So I think it's important to invest in high quality cosmetics & skincare.




Is Yves skincare good for sensitive skin?

Everyone with sensitive skin has different sensitivities and reactions. The products in this routine are gentle and hydrating, so they will be excellent for many sensitive skin types.

However, if you have a specific sensitivity to fragrance or any other ingredients listed, it’s best to consult with your doctor or dermatologist before incorporating new skincare into your routine. 


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