Donna White is a national newspaper and magazine journalist, blogger, and mum to Brodie, aged seven, and five-year-old Blake.

Her beauty regime used to consist of soap and water, followed by a quick swipe of lip gloss. Since entering her 40s she admits Mother Nature needs just a bit more of a helping hand. You can find her general ramblings over at

The nights are fair drawing in, aren’t they?

No sooner are the kids back at school and the paddling pool put away, than I start to notice temperatures dropping quicker than the leaves from the trees.

But while the evenings start to get darker, my complexion certainly doesn’t.

In fact, at this time of year, the colour in my cheeks gradually goes until I’m left looking like Casper the Friendly Ghost once Winter arrives.

That’s why I like to stock up on a good foundation or tinted moisturiser – something which won’t turn me orange, but keeps me from fading away.

My only hesitation with Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturiser (£22.50 for 30ml was the fact that my combination skin can look shiny with too much moisture. I didn’t need to worry. This gave great coverage and stayed matte for most of the day. The bottle was a bit on the small side, but a little really does go a long way. I used shade 3, which is slightly darker than my natural tone, but once blended in gave me a sunkissed glow. The SPF15 also provides good protection for the Autumn/Winter sun.

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H (£28.50 for 30ml promises to be retouch-free, with a flawless finish. I’m not sure it lives up to that hype, as my face appeared shiny after about six hours and I had to put a little more on. But I loved the velvety soft feel of this on my skin, and the smell was pleasant without being overpowering. I got a rosy-cheeked look from shade 4, which I liked as it was healthy without appearing too much like fake tan.

I’ve never had the confidence that a powder foundation would stay on, never mind give decent coverage. But bareMinerals ORIGINAL SPF15 Foundation (£25 for 8g made a noticeable difference yet didn’t feel like I was wearing anything at all. The biggest bonus was that it didn’t sit in the fine lines around my eyes – which some foundations are prone to doing. Although you do need a decent make-up brush to put it on.

A new season also dictates a new lipstick for me, and I love Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipstick (£7.99 for the way it glides on so smoothly, and contains shea, avocado and aloe butters, as well as anti-oxidant white tea, to keep lips healthy and prevent Winter chapping. Dusky Rose proved the perfect Autumnal reddish brown shade for me, with a light sheen – but there’s a wide variety of shades to suit all colourings.
Parenting tip: Skincare can be extended to the kids as well. My boys have a tendency to get dry and sometimes cracking skin when they’re running around in colder temperatures. So I like to put a couple of drops of coconut oil in their bath to moisturise them – and make them smell scrummy too!