Vanja Ljubić, editor-in-chief, Storybook magazine
Make-up artist Pat McGrath taught me that fingers are the best tool for applying makeup, from lipsticks to eyeshadow because modern textures in contact with skin give incredible effects. A few years ago, I was a guest at a beauty conference in Barcelona, where Pat McGrath was a speaker, and her work fascinates me. Now I need only a couple of minutes and I mainly use my fingers, except for the liner which is always in contrast, sharp and precise. But I also learned something from nature - a moderate dose of sun, salted strands of hair and organic olive and coconut oil make miracles, at least to in the way I see myself. After a few days on the island I feel free. And something I learned from Simona, on our many shoots together is that YSL Touche Eclat is the ally of every night bird.
Hana Bartolović, journalist, Journal.hr
Tip # 1, of course, is taking make-up off before bedtime, no matter how turbulent the previous night was. For years, I have become a true believer in double cleaning, because only pure skin can receive all the benefits of skin care. I also discovered that cosmeceutical products, such as Skintegra – a Croatian skin care brand, is great for my mixed, dehydrated and sensitive skin.
A good foundation makes wonders for the overall make up look. I like to hydrate the face well before applying foundation. When I want more coverage, I apply concealer after foundation and let it rest on the face a minute before it dries down - it becomes denser and provides better overlap. I am always in a hurry and I like the multifunctional products I put 'on the go', such as lip pens, which can also serve as a blush.
Vedrana Čarapović Propadalo, lifestyle editor
When it comes to beauty, I have to admit that for the past few years I've been paying more attention to skin care. As I am in my business surrounded by professionals from different beauty sectors, I'm lucky to get a lot of tricks and tips from them. What I'm trying to keep in mind is the hydration of the skin, and above all I am trying to get enough fluids into my body and stay (as much as possible considering the tempo we live) on a healthy diet, because they are all factors that affect the appearance of the skin.
I stick to the fact that at least once a week I do a peel, and I don’t go to bed without proper skin care. I also tap my skin after leaving the shower, unlike the rough scrubbing motion. One of the tricks that works is certainly applying a little foundation on the lips before applying intense color lipstick and putting a bit of subtle shine in the corners and ends of the eye to make it look fresh. When it comes to under eye bags and tiredness that need prompt solving, there is a chemical peel for home use from Dermalogica that really works, just 7 minutes a week. And in the periods when I decide to be more consistent, every night before going to be, I massage my face with circular movements for a few minutes. I heard that it really slows down the appearance of wrinkles, so we'll see if I'm right in a couple of years :)
Tina Bačić, Editor-in-Chief, Super1
The skin must breathe in the night and only one step in cleansing the face is not enough. These are the two tips I got recently, and I've been good about that since then. Face milk only superficially cleanses the skin, so after that I make a gentle slight peeling of the face, and I no longer use night creams. I only apply serum on my face before bedtime and that's it. I also try to apply the products properly, not superficially and in a hurry, especially in the winter when the skin is even more in need of products. I dedicate enough time to my skincare routine.
The products I use are Dr. Hauschka cleansing milk, Dr. Hauschka Face Cleanser, L'Aventure and Primitivance Face oil, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream and Dermalogica Intensive Eye Cream.
A brighter tone beneath the eyebrow, at the tip of the nose, cheekbones and above the lips opens the face. Healthy glow on the face can only be achieved with a balm like Elizabeth Arden Eight hour cream, and lipsticks will look most naturally when applied with fingers. These are all the little things I've learned from make-up artists and trough working with them on sets. I also learned that less is more. For a translucent look, I use M.A.C Face & Body Foundation, Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer, M.A.C blush Desert Rose and Kiehl’s Butterstick Lip Treatment Pop of Peony.
Ana Pavić, Editor-in-Chief, Buro 24/7
Thanks to my work, I had the honor of meeting a number of beauty professionals, from whom I learned a lot about skin care and make up. Nevertheless, the most valuable advice I received is from my mother: never go to bed without a clean face. Removing makeup before bed is the most important step in skin care and you should not skip it, no matter what. I clean my face with Bioderma micellar solution, CHANEL's cleansing milk and end it with Nikel, a Croatian skincare brand, rose toner. Then hydration and serums follow.
Another important thing you must not forget is a protective factor at all times of the year. Today every brand has a BB cream or a foundation with a SPF sign. I would recommend CHANEL Sheer Healthy Glow Foundation that is lightweight and has SPF 30 protection.
Nives Bokor, Editor-in-Chief, Grazia
The best advice I received regarding skincare is probably known to many women, but it has just become a routine for me - when you put skin care products on your face, do not forget your neck and neckline! I have somehow sorted them into the body care, but in fact they need the same treatment as the face if we do not want any creases and sagginess later in life.
The best make-up advice is definitely that skin prep is half of the work. Hydrated skin, creams, serums, primers ... The better I prepare the skin, the better the make-up looks. Not even the best of foundations and make-up can cover up neglected skin.