My day in beauty with celebrity facialist Michaella Bolder

Michaella Bolder is one of the most in-demand facialists, tanners and skin finishers in the international beauty industry, counting Dame Helen Mirren, Elle MacPherson and Salma Hayek as just some of her celeb clients. I was desperate to find out what her own personal beauty must-haves are...

“My day to day routine always starts with a cup of hot water and lemon while I run through my emails and messages," Michaella told me. "My beauty routine will be a swift cleanse, serum application, day cream with a mix of oil (for my dry skin in winter) finished with a drop of SPF. I always leave five minutes or so in between product applications to allow each product to work without overloading layers.”

“My handbag will always have a tube of PawPaw or Eight Hour Cream for any skin emergencies, and a nourishing lip balm.”

Michaella's skin picks

Cleanser: Sunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquility
Toner: Alpha H Liquid Gold (3 times a week)
Moisturiser: Augustinus Badar - Rich Cream
Serum: Vichy Mineral 89
Eye cream: Chanel Hydra Beauty Gel Yeux
Mask: Sisley Black Rose
Hand cream: L’Occitane Hand Cream
Other: Time Bomb Youth Juice Oil


“Sisley Black Rose Mask is the legend of all masks! I even use it as my day cream when my skin needs an extra boost.”

“Time Bomb Youth Juice has the lightest and kindest consistency that is easily absorbed to replace lost oils from within the skin.”

Michaella’s top skin tip
“Facial massage is a daily essential to encourage blood circulation, stimulate lymph drainage and enhance product absorption, along with many more natural benefits.”

  1. Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Gel Yeux, €59
  2. Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask, €120
  3. Time Bomb Youth Juice Oil, €52.50

Michaella's make-up picks

Foundation: YSL BB cream in Medium
Primer: Clarins Instant Smooth
Mascara: Bobbi Brown Everything Mascara
Liner: Stila Smudge Pot In Brown
Palette/eyeshadow: e.l.f Cosmetics Mad for Matte
Powder: Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Concealer: IT Cosmetics CC Cream
Blush: NARS Orgasm


“IT Cosmetics CC Cream has a superb coverage and a flawless finish, great for under eye concealer.”

“Clarins Instant Smooth Primer is ultra lightweight leaving a reflective veil on the surface of the skin.”

  1. E.L.F Cosmetics Mad for Matte Palette, €17.45
  2. IT Cosmetics CC Cream, €39
  3. Clarins Instant Smooth Primer, €30

Michaella’s top make-up tip
“Great skin means flawless make-up so focus on your skincare routine, always ensure you have ample hydration in your skin and finish off with an illuminator to give your skin that extra glow.”

Michaella's hair picks

Shampoo: Kerastase Cristalliste Shampoo
Conditioner: Kerastase Cristalliste Conditioner
Texture spray: Moroccan Oil Dry Texture Spray
Brushes: ghd Ceramic Vented Brush
Tools: ghd Curve Soft Curl Tong & Dyson Hair Dryer
Volume mousse: Bamboo Weightless Whipped Mouse


“My Dyson Hair Dryer keeps my fly away hairs smooth and dries my hair super fast. And my Bamboo Whipped Mousse smells lovely and effortlessly gives my hair the Volume boosts it needs.”

  1. Kerastase Cristalliste Bain Cristal, €22.45
  2. Alterna Bamboo Whipped Mousse, €28.45
  3. Dyson Hair Dryer, €399.99

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