Milan Fashion Week Beauty Survival Kit

As Milan Fashion Week kicks off, Sam reveals the beauty must-have’s she’s taking with her, and popping on her must-buy list while travelling around the Italian capital. Known as the glamour city of the world, and with all the extravagant after-parties, trying to keep up doesn’t have to be a mean feat, especially with this power kit. 


Cream-To-Powder Blush

Kiko Cosmetics Rebel Bouncy Blush, £9.90 are a must! The give me that perfect ‘flushed’ look without looking overly rosey. I love the creamy formula which when blended turns into a powder.

> Kiko Cosmetics Rebel Bouncy Blush, £9.90


Sparkly Smoke

Glitter fabulous eyes are must for all the OTT after-parties. Diego Dalla Palma’s Illusion Eyeshadows, £17.65, are amazing for a light wash of colour, or built up to a seriously smokey sparkle. 


Hair Recovery Mask

By week three of fashion month my hairs taken a bit of a beating so a good recovery mask to sleep in is essential. This Davines Minu Hair Mask, £17.75, is perfect for coloured hair as it brightens and illuminates once it’s washed out.


Sexy Red Lip

How do you glamourise your look in 60 seconds? A killer red lip! Mesaudo Milano Top Model Matte Lipstick in Eva, £6.95 is the perfect shade of red lipstick, so will suit all skintones.


Va Va Voom Hairspray 

All the Milanese woman have blow dries to die for, mine always falls flat come 12pm, but then I discovered this Italian Previa Volumizing Hairspray, £24, it gives me body, volume and lasts day and night. Now I know their secret.

> Milan’s hottest hairspray, facial treatment and red lippie


The DIY Facial

My skin is tight, angry and seriously dry after the flight. So in my hotel room I treat myself to a little DIY facial with Collistar Gycolic Acid, £30.50. It takes off the top layer of dead skin to reveal a brighter, glowier complexion. 


Second Skin Foundation

I don’t like to go too heavy with my foundation, especially when my skins looking tired. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Compact Foundation, £36.50 has a sheer to medium coverage, so just creates a soft-focus light veil over my skin.


Golden Goddess Bronzer 

A sweep of Gucci Face Golden Glow Bronzer, £39, not only gives you a gorgeous flush of bronze, but the micro fine particles give my skin an almost airbrushed finish. 

> Prada Candy Florale, £29 for 20ml


Prada Goes Mini

A pocket size perfume is a must for travelling, especially when it’s Prada. This mini Candy Florale, £29 for 20ml, is an Eau De Toliette so perfect for day or night. 

> Santa Maria Novella Rose Water, £32


Refreshing Spritz

One mist of Santa Maria Novella Rose Water, £32, over or under make-up is all I need to feel refreshed. The rose scent is really calming on both my skin and for my mood, I decant the big bottle into a portable spray, and don’t travel anywhere without it.


Samantha Freedman