Finding the perfect concealer to hide under-eye dark circles has been a mission for many – but the good news, as The Daily Mail has revealed, is that Reddit users have done the hard work for us and found the very best.
In a thread written by beauty addicts who’ve tried just about everything, it’s been revealed that the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is a winning formula beloved by all.
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The concealer, priced at £24, has been a favourite at the brand since its launch years ago, and gained more popularity when it added more shades later on.
It’s known for its super blendable, creamy texture and light-reflecting properties, which make it the perfect under-eye brightener. The Radiant Creamy Concealer now comes in 22 shades for a range of skin tones, and continues to garner rave reviews from customers on beauty retails sites such as Cult Beauty and Sephora.
Reddit users consistently commented that the concealer was a brilliant product in their thread, with one even saying it is ‘the best thing that has ever happened to me.’
Another wrote: ‘It blends in smoothly to make undereye circles and acne disappear, and wears down slowly without looking patchy/crumbly like the RCC can. It’s the best concealer I’ve used by far [sic]’
The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer definitely get the Marie Claire seal of approval, but you can check out which other concealers we love in our best concealer round up.
You can buy the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer at retailers including Cult Beauty, Feel Unique and John Lewis.
Unless you’re a dab hand with the old vented brush, blow dry bars are pretty essential to have in one’s little black book of beauty.
Whether it’s a big night out, New Year’s Eve party or wedding that you’re attending, a good blow dry is just the ticket every single time. From cool girl beach waves, big bouncy K-Middy vibes or a volumised straight ‘do, these blow dry spots covers all bases.
So without further ado, let’s run through the best blow dries London has to offer for a spot of pampering in the capital. You and your hair deserve it.
Tucked just off the West End is this absolute gem of a salon and its cracking blow dries. The team is lovely (Paul Windle himself is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met), down-to-earth and hard working. All of the stylists are incredibly good at their craft and will spend as long on your hair as necessary to make sure that it’s nothing short of perfect when you leave the salon. They’ve thought of every little detail here – having your hair washed in a dimly lit, spa-like room makes a head massage all the more relaxing, and you’ll be offered a hot towel for your neck if a conditioning treatment is applied. Every time I’ve been my style lasted two or three days, and that’s what I call a great blow dry.
How much is it?
From £45, dependent on stylist
Just a stone’s throw from Covent Garden at 41-45 Shorts Gardens, Seven Dials, WC2H 9AP
Legendary Luke Hersheson himself is one of our 2019 Hair Award Winners, so you can expect big things from a visit to the flagship salon on Berners Street in the heart of Fitzrovia. Blow dry styling is available in 15-45 minute options, depending on the thickness of your hair and whether you want it washed beforehand, and you’re spoilt for choice with style options. As well as their excellent hair services, under the Hershesons roof you’ll also find Sunday Riley facials, Ministry of Wax and DryBy nails. So while you’re there you can get your new year’s party mani sorted, too.
How much is it?
From £34 (express wash-free is £17)
The Berners flagship has captured our hearts, but you’ll also find a Hershesons salon in Harvey Nichols, as well as blow dry bars in Topshop Oxford Circus, One New Change and Harvey Nichols Beauty Lounge in London, and Selfridges in both London and Birmingham.
Wind your way through the third floor of Selfridges and you’ll come face to face with one of Daniel Galvin’s chicest spots. Wash stations are complete with foot rests, so you can literally put your feet up while having your hair done, and it’s tucked out of the way enough that you forget you’re in the middle of one of the capitals biggest department stores. Whether you want big and bouncy or soft and understated, they’ve got it all covered – I can personally recommend Dan for an ace blow dry that’s styled perfectly for your face shape and lasts (as well as a cut beforehand, if you’re in need).
How much is it?
From £35, dependent on stylist
Marylebone is home to their flagship salon, as well as operating out of Selfridges London (above), Kensington and at the Corinthia Hotel, home to one of the best London spas.
When it comes to blow dry bars with Instagrammable decors, Duck & Dry is the top of the London hit list. The bars are relaxing surroundings are great spaces to chill out in – think pink interiors offset with teal accessories and a whole lot of plants – and the blow dries are rather good too. Choose from their menu of styles for a speedy service, whether you’re in need of beach waves or a vintage ‘Va Va Voom’, or try one of their updos for something even more sophis. This one’s a great choice for a social too; get the gals together and sip on prosecco while you have your hair done with one of their group packages.
How much is it?
From £30, dependent on style
Those Instagrammable stairs can be found in the Oxford Circus bar, with Duck & Dry locations also in Chelsea, Spitalfields and Soho.
A new year is fast approaching, so naturally 2019 make-up trends is the buzzword on everyone’s lips right now.
Love them or loathe them, beauty trends have a pretty big impact on the world of make-up. So even if you don’t follow the crowd, you can expect the below trends to filter into drugstores and beauty counters all all over the world next year.
With all that in mind, we decided to grill some of our favourite beauty brains to get their thoughts on what the most popular 2019 make-up trends will be.
Intrigued? Keep reading to find out their guesses (and when you’re done here, check out our experts’ 2019 hair trends predictions too).
Charlotte Tilbury, Brand Founder and Pro MUA
‘Gorgeous, glowing skin is never not on trend, but next year it’s all about goddess spa-cleansed skin; think of that “just-stepped-out-of-a-facial” feeling with a replenished, restored and refreshed complexion. I’ve always believed that the key to a beautiful painting lies within creating a beautiful canvas, and that taking care of your skin with every day rituals is essential.
‘I have created a NEW miracle ‘spa-in-a-jar’ duo so everyone can double cleanse with the supernatural powers of a goddess, for perfect spa-cleansed skin at home! My Goddess Skin Ritual is all about bringing those backstage secrets to everyone in an educational, easy cleansing ritual with innovative, hard-working super- natural ingredients. First comes the citrus oil, second comes the charcoal – then it’s fresh, glowing, clean skin with a sparkle!’
Charlotte’s Goddess Cleansing Ritual launches in the UK on 26th December
Amy Conway, Bobbi Brown Senior PRO Artist
The Sun-Kissed Sweep
‘A gorgeous new take on bronzer application as we move away from the heavy contoured cheekbones and into a healthier-looking bronze skin! This is the kind of trend that we love because it’s super wearable, easy to do and instantly makes us look more youthful.
‘The sun-kissed sweep is achieved by taking a matte bronzer across the cheeks and nose, focusing on the apple of the cheeks as opposed to the cheekbones. Then layer a cream highlighter on top to create that candle light glow.’
‘I can see an influx of colour coming onto the make-up scene for SS19. I predict a pastel palette for the eye and strong lip with not much else, just gorgeous balmy skin and natural groomed brows. 2018 was an experimental year for make-up and lots of colour was introduced, not only on the runway but also for everyday women. It’s less of a thing now to wear colour instead of neutrals, though I love how the jewel-toned shades of emerald for the eye have become a major trend on social media!
‘Next year will we will be following on from this with a beautiful makeup colour story… I see an array of fresh rosy pinks, mint pastel greens and baby yellow for the eye. My favourite look would be a pink glaze on the eye with a velvet matte oxblood lip. Divine!’
Caroline Barnes, Max Factor UK Ambassador
‘Just like the red lip trend took at least a couple of years before all your friends and colleagues adopted the look, the same goes for colour. Many of us have been sporting a neutral style make-up for a while now and bright, bold tones have been edging their way into our make-up bags but only as statement, one-off color blocking.
‘Next year color clash make-up will be a big trend. Think bright orange-based reds matched with soft blended lilac eyes, or peppermint liner matched with diffused sugar pink cheek and lips. The combinations are endless but, most importantly, colour is back with a splash and must be enjoyed to the max – with absolutely no age limits.’
Thea Green, Nails Inc Founder
‘We’re hugely backing Gen Z Yellow as the colour for SS19. Bright, happy and zesty, whilst the millennial pink fatigue has really set in, this colour feels fresh and current for the new season.
‘We’re introducing a highly pigmented, sunshine yellow nail paired with a unique pigment bubble jelly shot for a hint of this trend. Our Gen Z nail colour works for every skin tone and is already the favourite nail shade of the entire Nails inc office for next season.’
‘Viewing make-up elements as an accessory is the way to approach vibrant colour for SS19. Colour works so well when it stands on its own so keeping the skin clean and fresh is key to pulling it off. M·A·C Chromalines (£17) are an easy to paint formula that allows you to express whatever you’re feeling. Become your own artist and mix them together for any colour on the spectrum.
‘It’s about being empowered through colour so choose your hue according to your mood, whether it’s a calming pastel or energy driven primary colour. Give the look a modern lived in feel through smudging, blurring and applying your colours with fingers. Play it bold and keep it bright.’
Which of these 2019 makeup trends is your favourite? Let us know on social at @marieclaireuk
There’s no doubt in our minds that, generally speaking, consumers are much more in the know about their skincare than about 10 years ago.
Thanks to there being a world of information at our fingertips through the internet and social media, it’s much easier to learn about your skin type and learn more about specific ingredients like retinol and glycolic acid, for example.
This is also reflected in our shopping habits; Face the Future has looked into the most popular products of 2018 and a clear trend has emerged: dermatology-based skincare has very much come out on top.
‘With sales up across the board, it’s the clinically-backed, derm-approved brands that are doing the best – hence a nod towards the shift in consumers becoming far savvier when it comes to their skincare,’ the brand tells us. ‘The Face the Future customer is fluent in ingredients, knows what to apply and when, and steers clear from faddy skincare.’
Keep reading to find out which best-selling derm skincare products made the top 10 list.
This year has seen the beauty industry boom like never before – and 2019 is set to be another successful year in terms of skincare trends, makeup looks and buzzing beauty lingo. With this in mind, we reveal the hottest beauty brands of the moment that we can’t wait to see more of in the new year. From skincare to hair, body and makeup, here’s a who’s who of beauty brands to keep an eye out for in 2019…
Disciple Skincare Instagram
Designed in order to aid stressed out skin that needs a little extra help, Disciple was launched by psychotherapist Charlotte Ferguson. Ferguson’s aim was to create formulas that not only help on the skin’s surface, but that use adaptogens to improve the body internally, too. The ‘clean’ line is fairly priced, and features some unique, refreshing formulas that are set to take the skincare industry by storm in 2019. Our favourites are the Night Shift Oil Cleanser, which removes makeup like a dream, and the upcoming CBD oil, released in January.
Developed by Professor Augustinus Bader, an expert in stem cell research, this name-sake brand uses a patented Trigger Factor Complex in its formulas. Targeting skin that has signs of ageing and environmental damage, ‘The Cream’ and its rich counterpart have become so revered, stars such as Demi Moore, Diane Kruger and Dakota Johnson are reportedly now fans. We can’t wait to see where this small but perfectly formed skincare brand goes in 2019.
Move over K-beauty and J-beauty; 2019 is going to be the year of A-beauty and all things Scandi. With this in mind, it comes as no surprise that Finnish brand Lumene has launched in the UK and has received a storm of praise. Lumene personifies the Finnish approach to beauty where skincare comes first. With its glow-boosting antioxidant formulas and super sheer bases, it’s the ultimate brand to go Scandi chic in 2019. Our top picks? The Lumene Nordic C [Valo] Glow Boost Essence and Invisible Illumination line.
There are so many reasons to love The Soap Co., and not just because their products are brilliant and smell amazing (the Geranium & Rhubarb collection is INSANE). The brand is dedicated to helping others, with all of their products handcrafted in the UK by people who are blind, disabled or otherwise disadvantaged. In addition, their packaging is largely environmentally friendly. For example, the bottles each product is packaged in are made from old milk bottles that have a 45% lower environmental impact than regular PET bottles. This is the ultimate feel good brand of 2019.
Combining the worlds of nature and science, Wildsmith Skin was created in order to offer skincare addicts an ethical range that actually delivers. Inspired by the natural wonder of the arboretum in the woodlands of Heckfield Place (planted by William Walker Wildsmith, hence the brand’s name), this curated line of skincare must-haves features seven products including a beautiful cleansing balm and a luxe hydrating oil.
Created by former acne sufferer Nicolas Travis, Allies of Skin is dedicated to providing skincare solutions for all skin types, including blemish-prone skin. The luxurious formulas are packaged in chic, user-friendly packaging, and target a whole host of issues such as dehydration, stress and dullness. The overnight masks are particularly effective, with the Bright Future Sleeping Facial a firm favourite already.
Dizziak was created by Loretta De Feo, a former beauty journalist for Stylist, who was fed up with the lack of truly effective deep, nourishing conditioners for afro hair that were available to buy. Born from this frustration came her brand Dizziak, which consists of deeply hydrating hair products that don’t rely on super harsh chemicals. As well as boasting effective formulas, the brand also has some of the most Instagram-friendly packaging in beauty right now.
Using a type of manuka honey native to New Zealand, this Kiwi brand is all about glow, and delivering a unique luminous complexion. As well as honey, their formulas also utilise bee venom to stimulate collagen and elastin production. Try the Face Masque for an instant boost when skin is struggling.
Flower Beauty sounding familiar? That’s because this affordable makeup brand is the brainchild of beloved actress Drew Barrymore, who has just launched her line in the UK at Superdrug. Believing beauty should be accessible to all no matter the budget, Barrymore’s collection is awash with colourful palettes, flattering lip shades and buildable bases. If it’s good enough for Drew…
“We have plans to launch a skin-care brand in 2019 — which is also independent of Huda Beauty with its own brand identity — which is a really exciting challenge for us,” she told the publication.
Unfortunately for us, that’s all we know as of yet as the beauty expert kept schtum about any details, including what kind of products she will be launching or when in 2019 we should expect this new venture.
Naomi Campbell is the new face of Nars Cosmetics, it has been announced.
The beauty brand took to Instagram yesterday to tell their millions of fans the exciting news, writing:
“Naomi is a living icon and brings such strong personality to the camera,” says François Nars on the new face of NARS Spring 2019 campaigns, @naomi. “She and I are like family. I have known her since the very beginning of her career. From the start, I have admired her, her beauty, and her style.”
The first campaign featuring Naomi sees the model wearing beautiful highlighted eye makeup, long lashes and a naturally glossy lip. The makeup was done by James Kaliardos, a makeup artist who has worked on numerous campaigns such as this one.
This campaign was shot for the new Radiance Repowered range, Vogue reports. There will also be new foundation shades coming, a ‘Skin Deep Eye Palette’ and the ‘Super Radiant Booster’. There will also be a new Orgasm campaign in 2019, which the star will be fronting.
Naomi follows in the footsteps of Bella Hadid, who fronted NARS campaigns in 2017. Other stars who have represented the brand include Tilda Swinton, Charlotte Rampling and Aya Jones.
Seduction is all about sensuousness and it’s a subtle art – here’s how to own it
With Baby It’s Cold Outside still ringing in our ears, this chilly weather has to be good for making romantic connections. After all, who doesn’t want someone to snuggle up with when the mercury plummets?
When you’re looking for the magic to happen, heightened sensuality is the way to attract a partner. But how?
Subtlety is the ace card as our pointers reveal. And, with this in mind, we’re taking beauty and style inspiration from our latest #GirlCrush, Dutch model Birgit Kos. The new face of BOSS The Scent, she’s effortlessly sensuous in this ad with Jamie Dornan.
We’ve all experienced the thrill of spotting someone who walks tall and exudes confidence, so mirror that everywhere you go. Good poise is hot – stand straight, chin lifted and sashay like you’re on your own personal catwalk a la Birgit Kos.
Nothing radiates inner confidence like a fresh-faced beauty look that’s natural, yet polished. And for style, the minimalist look wins hands down. Go for a demure, elegant maxi with a deep V back that reveals just a hint of bare, scented skin. Throw on an edgy leather jacket for a nonchalant finish and there’ll be no danger of looking like you’ve tried too hard.
Scent is incredibly powerful…
Smell triggers the limbic area of our brain that’s responsible for emotion, which is why it plays such an important part in attracting a mate. From hormones to pheromones and scents, the science is subtle and can be highly seductive.
A fragrance Like BOSS the Scent, which is packed with aphrodisiacal notes will ignite desire, without your partner quite knowing what’s going on. A blend of feminine top notes of honeyed peach and freesia, delicate heart notes of oriental osmanthus and base notes of warm, roasted cocoa, it’s tantalisingly addictive.
With a seductive scent at your fingertips, you also need to know how to use it. Pulse points play a pivotal role in increasing the intensity of a fragrance, so spritz your neck or décolletage for immediate impact and your wrists where the scent will unfold slowly – resist rubbing them together as it’ll bruise the fragrance.
We rarely stop to think about our voices but if you’ve ever prepped for an interview or public speaking, you’ll know how important it is to engage your listener. You might be nervous in front of The Most Gorgeous Person in the Room but slow down your speech and let them hang on every word. Don’t forget smiles and laughter are very beguiling… after all, who doesn’t want to be with someone who’s having fun
We all know that certain foods, such as oysters, have aphrodisiacal qualities. When you’re out at social gatherings, try offering a mouthwatering nibble or a snifter of something delicious. Not only will it be a conversation opener but it will allow for that all-important eye contact and trigger a pleasant taste sensation that will be associated with… yours truly.
The last sense to be engaged – for obvious reasons – touch needs to be super subtle. Sitting close to or brushing lightly against the object of your affections will deliver two hits in one because you’ll awaken the nerve endings on his or her skin and leave a subtle trail of seductive scent – just be prepared for the follow-up…
We pressed some of the biggest names in hair to cast their votes for THE key trend for the year ahead
A new year is almost upon us and so at MC HQ we’re (unsurprisingly) already thinking about 2019 hair trends.
But predicting the next big thing requires a fair bit of expertise and so, with some of the world’s biggest names in hairstyling on speed dial we asked the beauty brains to cast their votes for the hair year ahead.
Between them they’ve decades of experience and an extremely famous celebrity client roster – including Victoria Beckham, Sienna Miller, Kim Kardashian and more – so you know they’re, well, in the know.
So if you’re in need of a change-up to your look and are wondering what the biggest 2019 hair colour trends, haircuts and styles will be, this is the place to get the lowdown. Keep reading for the hair ideas you need for the new year.
Jen Atkin, founder of OUAI
The shaggy cut
‘I think the 90s shaggy haircut will be making a comeback this upcoming year. Feathered ends and layers add body, movement and look great with on girls with wavy or straight hair. It also makes it easy to style, whether you’re rocking your natural texture or adding some bends using a flat iron or curling iron. Spritz hair with OUAI Wave Spray to give your hair natural wave & body without the crunchiness.
‘I’m also loving a a fringe – but I’m warning you, it’s a full-time job. If you’re thinking about getting bangs, make sure your stylist tailors them according to your face shape. There are so many different types of fringes, so you want to make sure whatever you get fits your face and also your daily routine. Also, asking your stylist to show you how to style them on the regular will save you so much time getting ready every day.’
Luke Hersheson, Creative Director at Hershesons
The mid-length cut
‘2019 is all about ‘The Middy’, a mid-length cut that stops just below your shoulders. The middy has a weight to it – it feels as though you have long hair and it’s just about long enough that you can still tie up should you want to. The length is so important; if it stops at the shoulders it can feel Stepford, but coming in just a little bit longer still keeps the look cool and chic.
‘There is something very polished and glamorous about the perfect mid-length hair that skims the shoulder. Just think of Olivia Palermo and Emily Weiss. This is a look that requires regular trims to maintain that precise length; just a couple of centimetres longer and it can become dowdy.’
Adam Reed, ghd Global Ambassador
‘We are definitely going to see a shift in blurring the lines between stereotypical feminine and masculine haircuts – these lines are going to be almost totally blurred if not pretty much gone in 2019. This is largely driven by social media and the ability to share more and be more inclusive.
‘Men are having more feminine, soft and gorgeous lines and women are having tougher and more structured blunt cuts. Take for example the glass hair trend which was support by the Kardashians. This blunt and sharp bob was something that may have previously been seen to be more masculine but worn with the right clothes and makeup is totally feminine and gorgeous. I think it’s reflective of the 90s bit with a modern twist.
‘The evolution of both products and textures also allows us support fluidity too with packaging being less gender focused of stereotypical.’
Patrick Wilson, ghd Creative Artist
The seventies fringe
‘A fringe is always so personal, but next year is going to be all about the brow-skimming fringe with a seventies vibe, as seen at Gucci and Marc Jacobs. Take reference from the seventies and go slightly stronger and longer with your fringe; don’t try to hide the fringe, make the most if it! Keep it looking heavy, like it’s supposed to be there.
‘With a heavy fringe you need it to look healthy, shiny and glossy. Use a mousse (like ghd Total Volume Foam to add volume and fullness) and always blow-dry the fringe using a good hairdryer and a round brush. This will give your fringe the perfect shape, plus shine and gloss. Don’t spray hairspray directly onto the fringe! Spray it onto the brush and then brush it through for a very soft hold.
‘For thicker hair, smooth and straighten your fringe using the ghd Platinum+ Styler; pull it down through the fringe to straighten and shine – and you can use it to change the shape of the fringe. You can add a beautiful 70s inspired flick at the end or curl it under, depending on how you pull the styler through the hair.’
Francesca Dixon, Senior Colourist at HARI’s
‘Aubergine is one of my favourite colour hues for SS19 and a trend that I predict is going to be requested all festival season next year. Dark plum hues are beautiful on brunette bases and can also be incorporated into balayage and highlights with light lilac tones for a pop of fun.
‘An alternative aubergine colour option for blondes is Lilac Hue Roots which can be applied to bleach tints. You achieve this look by leaving the root slightly longer allowing the colour to melt from lilac into ice blonde ends.’
Which hair trend for next year is your favourite? Let us know on social at @marieclaireuk
From Rihanna to Rosie Huntington Whiteley, if you’re a big celebrity, chances are you have your own beauty line. So it comes as no surprise that Jennifer Lopez has confirmed she is set to release a skincare range.
The seemingly ageless icon has finally tapped into the portion of her fan base (practically everyone) who are dying to know how she keeps her skin looking so youthful.
During an event in New York where she was promoting her newest film Second Act, the star addressed rumours she would be delving deep into the world of beauty. Speaking pretty matter-of-factly, Jen explained to moderator Yari Blanco:
“I will be coming out with a skin-care line. I’ve been working on it for a long time because I don’t want to put [just] anything out.”
“I get that question a lot, especially as I get older,” the actor said.
“I want it to be something that encompasses all the things I’ve learned and all the secrets I have. And it doesn’t have anything to do with needles.”
“It’s going to be something that works… That’s what you can count on when my name is on something.”
This is the first time JLo will have experimented with skincare but not beauty, having previously released a number of fragrances in the past. She also recently collaborated with INGLOT to launch a curated line of glow-enhancing makeup.
She will join an elite range of celebrity women who have got involved with the beauty industry as of late. Most notably has been Rihanna, who has been phenomenally successful in her foray into makeup with her Fenty line. Other famous faces who have beauty lines or have collaborated with brand include Victoria Beckham, Rosie Huntington Whiteley and Kylie Jenner.