How to choose a wedding make-up artist according to a pro MUA

How to choose a wedding make-up artist according to a pro MUA

The four fail-safe tips you need to get it right

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While some brides prefer to do their own make-up, the majority will rely on a wedding make-up artist for their big day.

But with so many out there, there’s almost too much choice and it can be hard to navigate the sea of make-up artists to find the perfect one to suit your taste and what you have in mind for your big day. (Plus, they’ve got to know what they’re doing.)

Weddings are a massive milestone event, so it’s essential that you choose right – that’s why we sought out the best of the best to advise you on the matter.

Below Amy Conway, Bobbi Brown PRO Artist, shares her top four tips for picking out that all important bridal MUA. Whatever your wedding budget, these are the secrets to success…

Do your research

‘When it comes to choosing your wedding make-up artist, find a style that you love. All make-up artists have that signature style, whether it’s glowing skin or stand out eyes, so meet with a make-up artist who creates the looks you love and reflects your own individual style.’

It’s totally acceptable to Instagram stalk!

‘Nowadays, Instagram can be a portfolio for make-up artists so you can see their previous bridal work. If you’re scrolling and just loving everything you see – meet with them! You can also use this as a tool to pick out your favourite looks that the make-up artist has created.’

Follow Amy on Instagram at @bbpro_amyconway

Calm is key

‘Go for someone that makes you feel calm, it’s a great trait to look out for when choosing your makeup artist. They would have played a part in a wedding morning many times before, so their job is to not only make you feel and look amazing, but to also keep you calm while they have you in their hot seat.

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‘I’ve had many brides through recommendations, but what’s beautiful about it is that you get to know their families and friendship circles well.

For a bride, it feels like you know that make-up artist a little more too, which just allows you to be comfortable with them and will make the wedding morning go even more smoothly.’

With these tips under your belt, you’re sure to find your perfect professional make-up match.

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A love letter to truly the best product out there for bouncy hair…

A love letter to truly the best product out there for bouncy hair…

‘After using it is the only time my hair has resembles anything remotely like Kate Middleton’s’

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer

As a beauty journalist, I try product after product after product after (you get the idea) and so few things are a constant in my bathroom or make-up bag.

That said, there are some products that I always ensure are in stock – Bobbi Brown Creamy Corrector, Windle and Moodie Invisible Day & Night Cream and Origins Super Spot Remover are a few of my must-haves at all times.

Continuing this theme, there is one conditioning treatment I always make sure is in my shower to nourish and tame my unruly, frizzy hair. In terms of the best hair conditioners, this is The One.

After using this product is the only time my hair has resembles anything remotely like Kate Middleton’s. It’s super bouncy without that weighed down, heavy feeling that using multiple styling products would leave, because it’s applied to wet hair before shampooing, so any excess not absorbed by the hair is washed away.

I am, of course, talking about the one and only Elasticizer by legendary hair stylist and trichologist, Philip Kingsley. And, given that one is sold every two minutes, I’m certainly not alone in my opinion of how great it is.

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer, £18.50 for 75ml, Fabled

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer


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Containing hair-loving castor oil and olive oil, elastin to add elasticity and bounce, and glycerin to keep moisture in the hair and reduce frizz, it’s a cocktail of the most effective ingredients your locks need and love.

It was originally created for Audrey Hepburn about 40 years ago to remedy the damage to her hair caused by years of on-set styling, so you can be sure it’s a good one.

If you’re wondering why you haven’t tried it yet (I certainly am), it’s never too late. Snap up the 75ml to try today, before upgrading to the bumper litre size once you’ve fallen in love with it. Which you will do.

If it’s good enough for Holly Golightly herself…

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Ella Eyre: on the celebrity that stole her sunglasses, taming curls and deep fried Camembert

Ella Eyre: on the celebrity that stole her sunglasses, taming curls and deep fried Camembert

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We’re back with another Beauty Bytes and this time I grilled Ella Eyre about what food she likes to eat when she thinks ‘fuck the calories’, which hair products she uses to make sure those beautiful curls are on point and which celeb stole her sunglasses and left her completely speechless.


EE: The worst trend was probably lots of kohl eyeliner, you know what I mean? I used to love doing really dark makeup and I think it’s just because as a kid there were so many things I wanted to experiment with, so I got into really like dark gothic makeup. Basically, kohl eyeliner. I don’t know if it’s because my eyes are set weirdly, but it was really hard to maintain and I would always end up having to re-do the eyeliner or cleaning under my eye, because it looked like I’d been crying. So I’d say that was definitely the worst one, because I’d always end up looking like I’d been in a fight and that wasn’t the desired effect.


EE: I always used to do a feline flick and perfecting that is as tricky as a Latin GCSE exam. It’s so hard. So, my makeup artist used to use a really cheap, rubbish eyeliner first to draw it on, and then use this Mac eyeliner on top. I can’t remember what it’s called, but it’s a liquid black eyeliner that’s like cement. You can’t get it off, like if you make a mistake it’s game over for the day.


EE: It’s a tiny black tube and you dip the applicator in. It’s so solid that it doesn’t come off. So the best advice I was ever given was to use the really shit eyeliner first, get it right, and then cement it. And you don’t have to reapply your eyeliner at any point; I can go out all night and it stays.

Mac Liquilast Liner, £17 Selfridges

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EE: It’s amazing, but don’t make a mistake because you’ll be rubbing your eyes for two hours. *laughs*


EE: Yeah has to be an oil!


EE: I really like the Complexion Rescue from Bare Minerals. I got given it once and as I don’t like to wear a lot of makeup, this is the perfect combination of moisturising, toning and concealing without feeling like you’ve got too much on.

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream, £22.40 Look Fantastic

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EE: My beauty secret is having a morning and night skincare routine. I’ve always been quite lucky with my skin and haven’t really paid that much attention to it. But as I’ve got older, having a morning and night routine and sticking to it religiously, means I have very few bad skin days. I just have to keep my skin hydrated. If I can do that, I really don’t need to wear much makeup.


EE:  Most of my products are Kiehl’s to be honest. I love the Calendula range – I use the Foaming Face Wash and then the toner. I’ve recently discovered their Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence so I use that and then I use the Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate, the Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado and the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream. In the evening it’s a bit simpler – I just take my make-up off and wash my face, then I just put on the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Oil or an overnight mask.


EE: Definitely Kiehl’s, Bobbi Brown and Aveda.


EE: I love the Mac Mineralize Skinfinish – a powdered highlighter – Esteé Lauder Double Wear Concealer, Bobbi Brown Eyebrow Shaper and I don’t think this is a brand, but have you heard of a shop called Pax?


EE: Yes they have a beauty section that has loads of random products. They have this lip gel, which is basically the glossiest lip gloss you’ve ever seen in your life. It’s like you permanently have jelly on your lips. I really love that wet look.


EE: Good question, I actually kind of avoid it, because I hate having to maintain it and then also having to take it off. The one that I’ve got is the Lancôme one.


EE: Yeah it could be.


EE: I’m quite flexible, but I like to do at least a minimum of three to four sessions per week. My favourite is Barry’s Boot Camp. I went through a stage of doing like five Barry’s a week, but then my muscles started to tense up so I’ve started doing hot yoga, so I alternate between the two now.


EE: Either Fierce Grace or Free Tribes in Crouch End.


EE: Oh my God! Moisturise. If I don’t have enough time to do all of my creams then I’d just shove on the Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream with the SPF and then I’m good to go. And then I’d just put a bit of concealer under my eyes, then highlighter and I’m happy.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream SPF30, £26 Space NK

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EE: Thank you. Curly hair is unruly at the best at time, but you don’t have to do a lot to it. The less you do to it the better it behaves. I try not to wash it every day, I’ll wash it every other day or ever two days. I’ll use shampoo and conditioner, either Aveda or Kerastase,  and put a treatment in as I dye my hair too, so I use a colour preserving

*’I’m turning right mate! Sorry I’m driving and someone just cut me up!’*

So yeah, I’d wash my hair, put a colour treatment in – maybe overnight, maybe not – and then, if I don’t do a treatment, I’d put leave-in conditioner and let it dry naturally.


EE: Yeah it can, and I find it reacts really well when I leave the conditioner in it because the curls are a bit more enhanced. If I’m having trouble getting definition in my curls then I’d use the Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer – it defines my curls perfectly.

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EE: I’ve got quite a few. I would say my favourite over the past couple of years is the Balenciaga Rosa Botanica. I also like the Flora Botanica from Balenciaga and I also like the Miu Miu one with the red lid and blue bottle.


EE: *laughs* Definitely the laughing crying face. And do you know the one with a person pumping up their hair?


EE: So that one, a little sassy emoji, I love it. And then probably, a food emoji like sushi.


EE: I do love an Aperol Spritz.


EE: I just started reading Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race, by Reni Eddo-Lodge.


EE: I’ve only just started it but it’s absolutely fascinating, I’m getting really into it. I tried to give it to all of my white friends, but they’re not really into the title. My friends a journalist and she said it’s a good recommendation.


EE: I would say Ramen.


EE: You know what I love, Homeburger, have you ever heard of it?


EE: It’s one of those new boujis burger places, like a Gourmet Burger Kitchen, but not. They only do delivery and all their packaging is recycled. I love it. And they do these onion shards where they just grate onions into the deep fat fryer. They also have deep fried Camembert balls with a cranberry jam And the most amazing buttermilk chicken burger.


EE: Yeah, you can have that one.


EE: I’ve got one. It’s on the back of my left shoulder and I got it when I was in San Franscico. Me and my bassist had a day off and just decided to go and get a tattoo. My Nan had died that year, her name was Mary and she was Maltese and a Catholic.


EE: I got it in her handwriting as well. I don’t thing I’ll get anymore though, I thought I’d get the bug but I’m over it.


EE: No. It took like 20 minutes. I don’t think it’s great in terms of line definition, but for the sentiment I really like that it’s simple. I don’t need anymore.


EE: I was going to say Love Island, but it was shit this year.  Last year’s one was so good.


EE: Yeah, I’m with you on that for sure, but I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to Love Island. But okay, say Love Island, because I do love it.


EE: I’m going to say Chrissy Teigan and Blake Lively. I like strong independent women with their own personalities and I live for that.


EE: Something to do with my hair if they’re like “can I touch it?” And I’m like “no!” Its not the ideal ice breaker like being stroked by a man I haven’t met before.


EE: There was this one time at V Festival where Pharrell was playing and he came out of his dressing room to go on stage. He looked in my direction and I was on the other side of the artist area, and I said to my hair stylist ‘Is that Pharrell walking in my direction?!’ And she was like ‘shit I think so.’ And he came over and he was like ‘Hey, can I look at your glasses?’ I had no words, I just didn’t understand the scenario. I was like 1.) Why was Pharell anywhere near me and 2.) Why does he want to look at my fucking Ray Bans? It was bizarre. Surely he knows what Ray Bans are! He had his stylist there and he said ‘these are the ones that I want’ and she was like ‘Ok’. I told him he could have mine! I don’t think he knew I was an artist or if he just liked my glasses.


EE: I do! I really love Imarni Nails, she’s done my nails a couple of times over the years and I really love some the designs that she’s done. I also love Michelle Humphries – she’s amazing, she’s insane! So yeah, I like to go as wacky as possible but I don’t like it to be too long because I like to cook, so just a bit of an extension you know.



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These are the must-have skincare items you need for good skin

These are the must-have skincare items you need for good skin

A simple step-by-step

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Welcome back to our Marie Claire Masters series, a regular beauty franchise that celebrates and utilizes the expertise of women who are bossing it in their fields. Each month these Masters will educate, demonstrate and impart some of their industry wisdom to you the dedicated Marie Claire reader. From current trends and hot topics to how tos and how not tos, these beauty whizz kids are at our beckon call. So get reading, you never know what you tips you might pick up. KT – Digital Beauty Editor

Hello, I’m Paula Begoun, founder of the skincare line Paula’s Choice, and I’m back with my next column as the Marie Claire Skincare Master. In my columns I will de-bunk skin myths, let you in on skincare secrets and tell you exactly which ingredients the skincare industry is currently obsessed with and why.

Knowing the right products to use and putting together a brilliant skincare routine can be a daunting task. The sheer number of options, figuring out what you need for daytime versus nighttime, determining order of application, and how many products you should be using is just confusing. I’ve done the hard work for you. I’ve compiled the list for you. These are the products you need to use to achieve beautiful short and long-term results no matter your age or skin type.

Skincare routine in order of application

Step 1: Cleanser

Everyone needs to start with a gentle, water-soluble cleanser. If you wear heavy makeup and sunscreen, use a makeup remover and follow with your gentle cleanser.

Step 2: Exfoliator

Next, apply a leave-on AHA (5% to 10%) or BHA exfoliant (0.5 %to 2%) every day or every other day based on how your skin responds. This is a game-changing step to resurface and smooth skin in ways no other product can.

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid, £26 Look Fantastic

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Step 3: Moisturiser with SPF

Every morning, the last step is a daytime moisturiser with an SPF 30 or greater. Sunscream is not optional. You cannot prevent aging or have even-toned, radiant skin without protecting it year-round from sun damage, which is really about daylight damage.

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4. In the evening, after repeating steps one and two (cleansing and exfoliating), apply a nighttime moisturiser loaded with skin-restoring ingredients and antioxidants. It can even be use around your eyes.

Skincare routine for your skin type:

It’s so important that the texture of your products suits your skin type.

Skincare routine for oily skin

If you have oily, blemish-prone skin, only use products with a liquid, gel, or light serum texture to nourish and repair skin and prevent clogged pores.

Skincare routine for dry skin

If you have dry skin use richer, softening creams.

Skincare routine for combination skin

If you have normal to combination skin use thin lotions or light creams.

You also might want to add products to the above routine depending on your skincare concerns. For example, if you have acne, rosacea, extremely dry or oily skin, advanced signs of sun damage such as skin pigmentation, a rough uneven dull surface etc. This is fine, as long as the basis of the skincare routine follows the above steps.

If the skin around your eyes is drier the skin on your face, add an eye cream. If you’re using liquid or light serums on your face they might not be soothing enough if your eye area is very dry. During the day don’t forget to apply suncream around your eyes and wear sunglasses when outdoors.

Skincare routine – things to avoid

Jar packaging

Well formulated products should contain lots of antioxidants, replenishing and skin-restoring ingredients. Almost all of these vitally important ingredients break down with ongoing exposure to air. Every time you use a product in a jar, you take the lid off and expose it.

Fragrances products

Whether the fragrance is from plant extracts, essential oils or it’s synthetic, fragrance causes irritation, which is awful for your skin. Scary, but true. Even if you don’t see or feel the irritation on skin’s surface, the damage is silently occurring below and will lead to skin problems and signs of aging in the years ahead.

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Harsh or abrasive scrubs

These are your really rough facial scrubs. They cause micro-tears in skin and breakdown the skin’s surface protection, making skin more susceptible to environmental damage. Stick to you fruit enzymes and chemical exfoliants.

Stick to this routine and watch your skin go from strength to strength.


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Urban Decay is discontinuing the Naked Palette and we are devastated

Urban Decay is discontinuing the Naked Palette and we are devastated


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It is a sad fact of life that beauty products are discontinued all the time. But we didn’t this news coming at all.

In a shock move from the brand, Urban Decay has announced that the original Naked Palette is being discontinued. Truly one of the best eyeshadow palettes there has ever been, the beauty world is pretty devastated.

‘Today the world mourns Urban Decay’s beloved Naked Palette, the product that revolutionised neutral eyeshadows,’ a statement from Urban Decay reads. ‘A little bit naughty, often dramatic, and always in the press, the innovative game-changer and category creator will be laid to rest after eight years, without a smudge of regret.

‘Passionate Naked collectors – and pretty much anyone with eyes – will remember Naked as the beauty product that changed their lids forever. It was beautiful and mythical and millions of superfans, from misfits to moms to models, will miss Naked from Virgin to Gunmetal.’

So big is the loss that the brand says they’re holding a funeral in Newport Beach, California, which can be viewed on YouTube.

Heart. Felt.

They’ve been reduced down from £39 to £27.65 on the Urban Decay site, so now’s your last chance to snap up one of the iconic palettes before they’re gone for good.

The story behind the palette’s creation is a pretty great one; U.D. founder Wende Zomnir asked her development team to choose the eyeshadow shades they couldn’t live without. The collection of nude shades then went on to form the first ever Naked palette and the rest, as they say, is history.

RIP, Naked. RIP.

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So this is what you’ll find in a make-up artist’s own make-up bag

So this is what you’ll find in a make-up artist’s own make-up bag

A few wildcards

We’re always speaking to make-up artists and asking them to recommend products to help us take on the latest trends and recreate celebrity looks. But the mark of a really good product, the seal of approval if you will, is whether a make-up artist uses it on themselves. Think about it – they have access to the most incredible cosmetics from all over the world and they are constantly testing them out, so the products that they use on their own faces day-to-day must be the best, no? We asked three make-up artists what we would find if we raided their make-up bags. This is what we found out…

What’s in Katie Jane Hughes make-up bag?

‘In my kit and my own personal make-up bag, you will find Weleda Skinfood. I use it for giving skin a gorgeous gleam or use it for any dry spots that won’t exfoliate away. I also sometimes use it as an eyelid gloss. It’s definitely my desert island product.

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I prep my skin with Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Defense, £35 Boots before makeup, as it brightens and evens out as well as helping protect against blue light, pollution and sun exposure. Glossier Haloscope, £18 is probably my favorite highlighter ever, as it makes a real life dewyness on the skin, that doesn’t dry or look powdery or cakey. Nars Power Matte Lipsticks, £19.55 John Lewis are great as you can mix them, blend them and use them on lips and cheeks if you want. And Ardell Stroke A Bow, £7.99 Amazon, is my fave eyebrow product, as you can create little brow flicks that mimic real hair.’


What’s in Cher Webb – our very own Marie Claire Make-Up Master – make-up bag?

‘There’s A LOT in my personal make-up bag. Here’s the complete list:

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What’s in Caroline Barnes make-up bag?

‘I will always love Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick, £42 Cult Beauty, which is shaped a bit like a prism. It is the most incredible stick foundation you will ever use. For years I used the Bobbi Brown foundation skin, but I find it too oil now. The Hourglass one, on the other hand, goes on like a dream. You can apply a little bit for sheerly or pop a bit more on for high coverage. I use Cover FX Contour Kit, £40 Fabled on top – there are four different kits for the various skin tones. Each kit has four cream colours – one of them is a highlighter and the three others are darker shades, which I mix for on the go touch-ups. I also cannot get enough of the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, £34 Cult Beauty. I really love tubing mascaras, as I really hate it when mascaras transfer onto your eyelids and with these that just doesn’t happen. The DHC Perfect Pro Double Protection Mascara, £15.90 Look Fantastic is amazing. The perfect summer lipstick is Pink Brandy, a coral by Max Factor, £7.99 Boots. And I use My Kit Co brushes by James Molloy to apply everything.’

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So there you go, an insight into the best make-up products from the people in the know. Incidentally, the MC team revealed the insides of their make-up bags too.
*Adds it all to shopping basket immediately.*

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What’s in our makeup bags? Team Marie Claire reveal their beauty must-haves

What’s in our makeup bags? Team Marie Claire reveal their beauty must-haves

Top picks from inside our handbags.

By Rebecca Fearn.

Inspired by Into The Gloss’ foray into its own staff’s daily makeup bags, we asked Marie Claire digital staffers to bring in their everyday makeup bags (the ones they carry with them in their handbags) to take a peek inside. Prepare for a beauty shopping list as long as your forearm…

Holly Rains, Digital Editor

“I would like to say my makeup bag is full of essentials that can get me from DESK TO DANCE FLOOR, but that would be a lie. I would need a bigger bag. A way bigger bag. Instead, this is a compilation of things I think might come in useful for my face at some point and more importantly, look shiny when I take them out to use on the tube. Such as the new Hourglass Extreme Lash Mascara that is great for fluttery lashes and my YSL powder foundation which is is in fact a necessity because I’m shiny as hell all year round.

Other hero products that lie within are… my Maybelline Brow Satin Eyebrow Pencil in Dark Brown that if discontinued, will make me weep from my eyebrow-less eyes, my Byredo Elevator Music Perfume Pour Cheveux (hair perfume), my Mavala Nailactan Cream that is legit THE best product for getting your nails to grow. Not in shot, a rogue piece of chewing gum that will definitely get an outing before the year is out”.

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Jenny Proudfoot, Digital Junior News Editor

“I don’t usually have time to do my make-up before work as the news needs to be up first thing, so I tend to carry my essential beauty products around with me in case I get a spare couple of minutes to beautify. Foundation, blusher, bronzer, mascara, lip balm and a brow powder are my necessities, although I misplaced a couple of them before the photo was taken! The out of shot staples that I always carry are a MAC eyeshadow in Brown Down, a Chanel Kabuki brush and a Pawpaw balm, and for perfume, I’ve been carrying around the Jo Malone Basil and Neroli mini cologne spray for the past few weeks – I’m obsessed with it. Maybe more golden than them all though, is my can of Caudalie grape water spray – from those hungover commutes to needing a pre-meeting wake up, it’s a dream.

But as a secret curly girl, my Jenny Proudfoot hero product has to be hair cream, with my invisible day and night cream by Windle & Moodie saving my life every day – especially given the recent humidity! It is the only thing that has stopped me from looking like Monica from Friends in the episode when they go to Barbados”.

Katie Thomas, Digital Beauty Editor

“I don’t wear much make-up, at least I always say I don’t wear a lot of make-up, as I prefer the natural look. But when looking at what I use every day – maybe I actually do wear a lot. Huh. Once I’ve done my skincare, I’ll cover my skin in Vita Liberata Beauty Blur Skin Tone Optimiser – not only does it give my usually pale skin a boost of colour, but it has a slight sheen to it, which makes me look glowy. I am so aware of the dark circles under my eyes – no amount of eye cream or sleep will change them, they’re hereditary – so using my ring finger I tap in Vichy Dermablend Hello Colour Corrector to take down the blueness. I then apply my Clarins Instant Concealer with the iT Cosmetics Airbrush Concealer Brush. Fun fact: in all my years in the beauty industry I am yet to find a concealer better than this one. I challenge a brand to try and come between me and this little bottle of joy.

If I’m feeling up to it, I’ll use these nudey-pink Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks on my eyes, but that’s really only if I can be arsed. Otherwise it’s lashings of Givenchy Base Mascara Perfecto, followed by Max Factor MasterpieceMax Mascara – the best I’ve tried in a long time. I fill my brows in slightly with Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Brow Pencil, then top it off with Givenchy’s Mister Brow Groom in Transparent. Once that’s done, I’ll take down any shine under my eyes, around my nose and on my forehead with Glossier Wowder. I recently discovered Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush in Soft Copper and it has changed my life. Using my fingertips, I apply it to the tops of my cheekbones. It melts into my dry skin. I finish off with a dusting of Chanel’s Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Multi–Colour Powder on my temples and jawline. It takes a lot to look this natural”.

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Rebecca Fearn, Freelance Contributor

“Do I have too much stuff in my daily beauty bag? Absolutely, it contributes to my bad back and weird angled shoulders most. But I would always rather be overstocked than short of something in time of need – plus, I work in the beauty industry, so I just can’t help myself.

I always make sure I have practical things like my Slip Silk Hair Bands which are great for a last minute Psycle class or if I decide to stay at my boyfriend’s and want to keep my hair looking OK the next morning. I love a mist (hence why I have two from Tatcha and La Mer) and have a penchant for mini brushes, as you can probably tell. My three in this shot are by Tom Ford, Charlotte Tilbury and Chanel. My Aesop hand cream and Omorovicza lip balm (the best in the world) come with me everywhere, and I always try to have a nude and red lipstick handy. I know that sounds boujee, but I never know what I’ll be wearing/how I’ll be feeling. The two here are Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk and Tom Ford’s Wild Ginger. Other noteworthy inclusions: my Trinny London stack, Tilbury palette, Jillian Dempsey tint, Malin + Goetz Neroli oil (my favourite neroli of all time) and Ouai hair companions. Phew”.

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Lucy Abbersteen, Digital Beauty Writer

“Although I rarely re-apply, I do my make-up in about 10 minutes on the train to work, so the Glossier pink pouch is pretty much always in my bag. (I have tried getting up earlier to apply it, but girl loves as much time in bed as possible in the mornings). The contents chop and change as I’m always testing new things for work, but there are some products that are a constant for me. Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara is my ride or die – I like to have a lot of length and volume, but I can’t stand when a mascara clumps all my lashes together. This separates out each one and makes them really black and noticeable, so it’s an every day use for me as my lashes are so fair. Then for a long-lasting liner I’ll often use a SUQQU gel or Elizabeth Arden Smoky pencil.

I hate the expression, but NARS Powermatte Pigments were a game-changer for me. I can’t keep lipstick on but even these stay put for most of the day without any fade so I almost always have one in my bag. I love a Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution for rich colour pay off, too. Need I say anything about Glossier Boy Brow? It just doesn’t make my brows look “over done” and full of product, but it does hold them in place and make them look fuller (which I need as I’m still recovering from the over-plucking era).

In terms of base, Bobbi Brown Corrector is another everyday use (I wrote about how much I love it here). It gets rid of my dark dark circles and instantly makes me look more awake to the point that I don’t really need foundation. If I do, I’m obsessed with Armani Luminous Silk. I’m also loving Tom Ford’s Sheer Cheek duo for that subtle wash of colour, while RMS Magic Luminizer is one of the best highlighters I’ve ever come across. And lastly Benefit’s Hoola Light is great at adding warmth to fair skin tones like me”.

Penny Goldstone, Digital Fashion Editor

“I probably don’t have that much in my make-up bag compared to most people, but that’s because I’ve really whittled it down to the absolute basics. I’ve tried many beauty trends but in the end I always go back to my tried-and-tested formula. From start to finish, it takes me about two minutes in total to apply (and I leave my bag at home, I hate carrying make-up with me!). There is the foundation, YSL Touche Eclat which transforms my skin in what I’d like it to be naturally: dewy and glowing. It’s very lightweight but easily buildable on those days you need more coverage.

At the moment I’m using Laura Mercier bronzer as I’ma  bit more tanned, then a touch of NARS Orgasm blush – I’ve used this for years and it really is the most flattering shade. Bobbi Brown’s eyebrow gel is the only one I’ve found that doesn’t cake your brows WAG style. Then the two final essentials, a fine eyeliner (I use Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire) and black mascara, though I’m not precious about the last one, I usually use whatever I have in the cupboard”.

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Consider your make-up inspo fix, fixed.

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The best clarifying shampoo: the haircare step you’re missing

The best clarifying shampoo: the haircare step you’re missing

It’s time to hit the reset button on your locks

best clarifying shampoo

The best clarifying shampoo is the haircare step that you’re missing and you don’t even know it. But bag the right one and it will change your hair routine forever.

Everyone should use a clarifying shampoo from time to time. They work to remove product build-up, hard water minerals, excess oil and grease and environmental pollutants from hair (to name but a few).

These are the times that you should use the best clarifying shampoo:

  • before you colour you hair: if the colour is going to penetrate into the hair shaft, nothing can stand in its way, like dirt and product build up
  • before using the best hair mask: same as above, if you want the super nourishing ingredients to get to work, you need to rid the area of crap
  • if you live in a city: much like your skin, your hair is unfortunately subjected to pollution particles, which means your locks will look lifeless and dull. The best clarifying shampoo will rectify that

If you get the right one, it can be the best shampoo for dry hair, thick hair, fine hair, greasy hair… the list seems endless. So how do you go about finding the right one for your hair type?

How often should you use clarifying shampoo?

A little of this depends on your hair type. It’s recommended that if you have particularly dry hair, you shouldn’t use a clarifying shampoo more than a couple of times a month. Hair that is super curly also doesn’t require regular clarifying.

For all other hair types, using a clarifying shampoo once a week as part of your haircare routine keeps your hair from having that ‘weighed down’ feeling that you get from showering regularly in hard water or using too much product.

Best clarifying shampoo for fine hair

TRESemmé Cleanse & Replenish Deep Cleansing Shampoo, £2.75, Amazon

best clarifying shampoo TRESemme

If you have fine hair, you may worry that the harshness of a clarifying shampoo will wreak havoc upon your locks – but there’s no need to panic as it can be the best shampoo for greasy hair or limp, fine hair.

Opt for one of the more gentle formulas, like TRESemmé’s, which can be used a couple of times a week and is great at removing product residue from finer hair. It’s also serious bang for its buck, coming in at less than a fiver for 900ml. What more could you ask for?

Living Proof’s Full Shampoo is another excellent clarifying option here, specially designed for hair that’s a bit limp and lifeless. Give your hair a deep cleanse while simultaneously adding a bit of ‘oomph’.

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Best clarifying shampoo for colour treated hair

Ion Defence Clarifying Shampoo, £30.07, Amazon

best clarifying shampoo Ion

The eternal struggle with coloured hair is that you want to give your hair a good, deep clean, but equally you don’t want to strip any of the colour from your locks. What’s a girl to do?

About 75% of the time, clarifying shampoo shouldn’t be used on colour hair as it will strip some of the colour. No doubt you want to prolong your colour for as long as possible rather than wash it down the drain. But there are some formulas that are gentle enough to be used on dyed hair.

Even better some have been specifically designed to balance the needs of clarifying needs and coloured hair. Ion Colour Defence Clarifying Shampoo is one of the best on the market, working to seal in your colour while giving it a gentle but thorough cleanse. Because the last thing you want is to undo all the hard work of your colourist.

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Best clarifying shampoo for curly hair

Oribe The Cleanse Clarifying Shampoo, £40, Net-A-Porter

best clarifying shampoo Oribe

Loved by supermodels and stylists alike, Orbie is a brand with hella hair authority. Their clarifying shampoo is packed with naturally detoxing ingredients such as eucalyptus, green tea and sea kelp extract to cleanse the hair and leave it feeling fresh. What makes it one of the greatest curly hair products is that it won’t strip the natural essential oils of your locks, meaning your curls will keep their shape and bounce post-washing. Nobody ever dreamed of having limp and lifeless looking curls. Curlies should also try out the best sulphate free shampoo, too.

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Best clarifying shampoo for dry hair

Moroccanoil CLARIFY Clarifying Shampoo, £18.95, Amazon

best clarifying shampoo

If you suffer with very dry hair, we wouldn’t blame you for worrying that a clarifying shampoo would only make the situation worse, but limiting your clarifying washes to a couple of times a month will give your hair enough of a deep clean, without leaving it looking and feeling like a haystack.

Never fear, because nourishing heroes Moroccanoil are on hand with a clarifying formula specifically for your hair type. Their CLARIFY Shampoo not only gives hair a thorough clean, removing all sorts of impurities, but it also contains argan and avocado oils to keep the hair soft and smooth.

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Scroll through our round up below to find the perfect clarifying shampoo for your hair type.

Product build-up, be gone…

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Chanel is launching ‘Boy de Chanel’: a makeup range for men

Chanel is launching ‘Boy de Chanel’: a makeup range for men


Credit: Chanel // @fyi_beauty Instagram

Words by Rebecca Fearn

Chanel is launching a makeup range for men, which features a foundation, eyebrow pencil and lip balm.

The line, aptly named ‘Boy de Chanel’ was unveiled on fyi_beauty’s Instagram: a page dedicated to sharing up-and-coming beauty news.

South Korean actor Lee Dong-Wook is fronting the campaign for Boy de Chanel, which is expected to launch in Korea in November and globally from January 2019.

While many are thrilled Chanel is embracing inclusivity with this new line, others are confused as to why makeup needs to be gendered, asking why men and women cannot both use the same range.

Speaking to Cosmopolitan, male beauty blogger Jake-Jamie shared his thoughts on the new collection:

“I think it’s amazing that brands like Chanel are bringing makeup for men to the forefront of people’s minds, however I personally prefer a genderless approach to makeup. I just wish we lived in a world whereby gender boxes didn’t exist.”

He continued:

“Why does it have to be a boy’s eyebrow pencil? It’s just an eyebrow pencil! Having said that, I do understand that not all men are as open about wearing makeup as perhaps I am, and this could give them the confidence to purchase makeup without feeling ashamed of doing so.”

Jake-Jamie also told the publication he believed in an ideal world, “beauty brands would simply create a new product for all sexes and promote the launch via the use of both male and female models, in campaigns and at point of sale.”

We like the sound of that!

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Teeth bonding: the fast and cheaper way to get a white, straight smile

Teeth bonding: the fast and cheaper way to get a white, straight smile

Say cheese.

teeth bonding

As Brits, our teeth have a bad reputation, whilst the Americans tend to be blessed with bright, white, straight smiles. Lucky buggers. Perhaps that’s why we’re so obsessed with teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry and treatments like Invisalign. The latest offering from doctors is teeth bonding.

We spoke to quite possibly the most glamourous dentist in London, Dr Rhona Eskander, about exactly what teeth bonding is.

What is teeth bonding?

Teeth bonding is a cosmetic technique that gives the appearance of a straighter, whiter smile, by shaping and moulding a type of dental material, in this case, on your teeth. It can be used as a cosmetic solution to chipped, gapped teeth and staining. It’s different to porcelain veneers, which can take more than two visits, composite resin teeth bonding can be completed in one appointment. It also doesn’t involve damage or cutting down of the teeth.

Who is a good candidate for teeth bonding?

Teeth bonding isn’t for everyone. If your smile is crooked as the result of an over- or under-bite, this treatment won’t be able to correct it. Teeth bonding is more for people who have healthy teeth, but aren’t exactly thrilled with the way they look. It’s a cosmetic solution.

What happens in your teeth bonding appointment?

The most incredible thing about teeth bonding is that you can, in some cases, walk in with your old teeth and walk out with a whole new smile.

‘The treatment itself often starts with the removal of some surface enamel, allowing the dentist to best shape the composite resin,’ Dr Eskander explains. ‘This is followed by the application of the bonding agent. However in most cases we do not cut down the teeth at all.’

After this your dentist will then add the composite resin, cure it with a special light and finish by polishing your teeth. Ét voila, a Hollywood smile.

What’s the aftercare for teeth bonding?

You have to go for regular check ups, as the bonding can chip and stain. You should be wary of eating anything too hard – avoid Toblerone that’s been kept in the fridge.

Teeth bonding before and after

The before and after shots are unbelievable. Follow Dr Eskander’s Instagram for more transformations.

What are the differences between teeth bonding and veneers?

‘Veneers are made of ceramic and you have to cut down the tooth surface to fit them,’ Dr Eskander explains. ‘They do last longer, but the prep is more destructive. If the bonding chips, you can easily repair, whereas you’d need a whole new veneer replacement. Veneers are also much more expensive.’

How much does teeth bonding cost?

Dr Eskander charges from £200 per tooth, but remember you don’t need to have every tooth done, because as she says ‘you really only see the front four teeth anyway.’

Where should you go for teeth bonding?

We really must insist that you visit Dr Eskander at SW1 Dental (41-43 Great Peter St, Westminster, London SW1).

You’ll be blown away by how fabulous she is.

Plus she has perfect teeth, so you know you’re in good hands.

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