Waterproof mascara that’ll stay put through rain, sweat and tears

Waterproof mascara that’ll stay put through rain, sweat and tears

Not all waterproof mascaras are created equal, but rest assured that these are the best

best waterproof mascara

I love mascara. In a toss up against good eyebrow products, it would probably come out on top as my favourite make-up bag product. And when it comes to waterproof mascara I won’t go on holiday, brave a funeral or step foot in a gym without it.

These days, the best waterproof mascara is just as good (if not better) than your run-of-the-mill smudgeable one. While waterproof formulas of days gone by didn’t always make your lashes look anything exceptional, in 2018 they can lengthen, curl and volumise just as well as the best mascara.

Lash tinting is another great option for holidays but waterproof mascara is much more affordable, so rifle through our hand-picked favourites below to find the right one for you. You might never look back.

Rimmel Day 2 Night Waterproof Mascara, £7.99, Boots

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Everyone loves an offer. I mean BOGOF gives us life, no? Well check this one out – two mascaras for the price of one. One for daytime that lengthens and one for the night that volumises. And both of them are waterproof. Mic. Drop.

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MAC In Extreme Dimension Waterproof Mascara, £20, John Lewis

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Who better to ask for a formula that’s good enough for make-up artists than Make-up Art Cosmetics themselves? Think In Extreme Dimension mascara, but waterproof: expert definition that withstands the smudging effects of day-to-day life in an ultra-black, eye-enhancing formula. Cheers, MAC.

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Max Factor False Lash Effect Waterproof Mascara, £8.20, Feelunique

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We love Max Factor False Lash Effect, you love Max Factor False Lash Effect, we all love Max Factor False Lash Effect. Guess what: you’re gonna love the waterproof version too.

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Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara, £19.50, Fabled

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Clinique is renowned for excellent mascaras (bottom lash, anyone?) and their waterproof one also has a brilliant reputation; it’s the go-to in my family for funerals, which says it all really. It won’t flake down your face and it’s available in brown if you prefer a softer colour than black.

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Benefit BADgal Waterproof Mascara, £19.50, Cult Beauty

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Our favourite Benefit BADgal mascara also has a waterproof counterpart, and it’’s long-wearing, smudge-proof and volumising. What more could you ask for, really?

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Dior DIORSHOW Waterproof Mascara, £27, John Lewis

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A couple of coats of DIORSHOW mascara gives bold, glossy and dramatic lashes. The waterproof version is just as amazing and lasts all day if you’re hitting up the beach, spending the day in the pool or your own wedding. Naturally, there’s a blacker-than-black shade but there’s also very wearable rich brown that looks super natural.

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Lancôme Monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara, £21, Feelunique

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If you’ve tried Lancôme’s new Monsieur Big mascara and loved it – fat, volumised lashes that pack a punch – then we’ve got some good news for you: It’s also available in an equally punchy waterproof version. Hurrah!

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Bobbi Brown No Smudge Mascara, £25, John Lewis

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This one is cited by many as their every day mascara because it’s particularly good for slightly sensitive watery eyes. It amps up lashes so well that you wouldn’t know it’s waterproof, but it really does work wonders when it comes to withstanding water, sweat, tears… etc.

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Waterproof mascara remover

Last but not least, you’ll need something that actually has the power to remove these moisture-resistant formulae, because warm water ain’t gonna cut it. Our two top buys are Lancôme Bi-Facil, £21.50 at Fabled, or La Roche-Posay Respectissime for Sensitive Eyes, £11 at Boots. No waterproof mascara is a match for these potent potions. If you’re looking for something with a smaller price tag though, try out Simple’s Kind to Eyes Eye Make-up Remover, £3.80 at Boots.

We defy you not to find a waterproof mascara you’ll fall in love with in our pick above.

Words by Lucy Abbersteen and Katie Thomas

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Moisturiser for oily skin that will remedy excess shininess

Moisturiser for oily skin that will remedy excess shininess

Because non-greasy, non pore-clogging moisturisers DO exist and we have the proof

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The best moisturiser for oily skin may seem counter-intuitive, but believe it or not, oily skin can still get dehydrated. You’ll need a different set of ingredients to someone with dry or flaky skin.

Although your skin is overdoing it on the oil front, it still needs some hydration to maintain skin barrier health. ‘Many anti-acne products dry out skin, so it is important to rehydrate it to prevent overproduction of sebum to combat the dryness,’ consultant dermatologist Dr Sharon Wong says.

Be sure to also tailor your skincare routine to your skin type: take your pick from our best cleansers and fighting shine will become a whole lot simpler. Then for make-up, add one of our best foundations for oily skin to your beauty routine.

So what should you look for when buying products? ‘Avoid heavy moisturisers and opt for oil-free creams or serums instead,’ says Dr Wong. With this in mind, we’ve sourced different types of moisturiser for oily skin below.

Best moisturiser for oily skin and open pores

Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Minimising Lotion, £29.50, John Lewis

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Enlarged pores are unlikely to completely shrink down – their size is down to a combination of things like skin type and genetics – but there are some steps you can take to minimise them. Some moisturisers can help to encourage pores to shrink a little; Kiehl’s lightweight lotion is one such formula, containing Amazonian white clay, that reduces the appearance of pores without simply drying the life out of your skin. If your pores are very large it may be worth looking into microdermabrasion if you’re keen to reduce their noticeability for the long-term.

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Best moisturiser for oily skin with SPF

Dermalogica mediBac clearing™ Oil Free Matte SPF 30, £44.50, John Lewis

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It can be a real struggle to find a moisturiser with a good SPF that’s simultaneously not too greasy or heavy – which SPF notoriously can be. Fortunately, there are a few carefully formulated moisturisers that both benefit oily skin and protect it from sun damage. Dermalogica is known to cater for the needs of oily-skinned people, and their mattifying SPF 30 lotion works to mop up excess oil, while also shielding against sun damage. No more oily sun cream problems.

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Best tinted moisturiser for oily skin

Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions BB Cream SPF40, £24, Fabled

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Clinique’s BB cream is oil free and has the added benefit of SPF 40. But what’s particularly great about thisone is that it’s both mattifying and buildable, meaning you can cover your blemishes.

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Best moisturiser for oily sensitive skin

Tata Harper Clarifying Moisturiser, £96, Net-A-Porter

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Trust us when we say the price tag is totally worth it here. 100% natural and made with 40 high-performance ingredients, the lightweight formula works to clarify the surface layers of your skin, which is why it’s so great for oily complexions. If you are looking for something on the more affordable side though, keep your eye out for Simple’s offering in our gallery below.

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Still want more moisturiser offerings? Scroll though our gallery below for more brilliant buys.

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The best facials in London for relaxation or complexion perfection

The best facials in London for relaxation or complexion perfection

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Whether you’re living and working in the city full time, or are need of a bit of downtime, the best facials in London are a must to have on your radar.

They’re a great way to take things up a gear from your best face masks for more intensive results, so we’ve scoured the city from east to west to bring you the definitive guide to the top facialists and treatment options in the city.

For several weeks I’ve made it my life’s mission to find the best facials in London, whether the end goal is clearer skin, a brighter and firmer complexion, or simply de-stressing the mind. But a girl only has one face and one skin type, so I enlisted the help of the most reliable guinea pigs I know – the MC digital team.

Getting monthly facials would be the dream, but in reality it’s a treat you save up for. So consider these the ones worth stashing your pennies away for when it’s time to treat yo-self. You deserve it.

ESPA Optimal Skin Health Facial

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‘The first thing you need to know about this seriously relaxing facial – and boy, is it a good one – is that included in the price is an an hour of chill in the  ESPA Life at Corinthia facilities beforehand.  That’s steam room, sauna, chill, the works. I had to double check that my booking confirmation email wasn’t too good to be true. As someone who really struggles to switch off, this alone makes it incredibly good value as you’re already significantly calmed going in to the facial. I could just pack up and end the review there, but I won’t.

‘What comes next in one of the treatment pods is a thorough skin analysis under a UV lamp, then a delicous-smelling combination of triple cleanse, steaming and extraction (that you barely even notice because you are too zen), followed by a treatment mask. It’s a facial, so there’s facial massage and lymphatic drainage involved, but you’re also treated a bit of massage on the head, neck, shoulders, arms and hands, as well as exfoliation of the latter two.

You know when you remember having the facial, but you were so relaxed that you sort of don’t at the same time, because you were off floating on a cloud somewhere? Yeah. That. I’m already experiencing ESPA Life withdrawal syndrome and I desperately need to go back for another fix.’ – Lucy Abbersteen, Digital Beauty Writer

How much is it?

£140 for 60 minutes, or £190 for 90 minutes, at Corinthia London

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Sisley Signature Facial

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‘I had always heard excellent things about Sisley Paris, so when an opportunity arose to try out their signature facial at Claridge’s, I leapt at the chance. I’d recommend arriving a little early in order to make the most of the stunning changing room (it’s literally an Instagram gold mine) and to spend some time reclining with a coffee in your fluffy robe and plush slippers. But that was nothing compared to the 60 minutes of pure relaxation that followed. I’m generally quite an uptight person, but this treatment switched me off in seconds.

‘Sisley is renowned for its scientific approach, using only the finest natural ingredients, and after deciding that my treatment should focus on hydration, my facialist went about choosing the right plant extracts and essential oils for my skin. Then came my signature facial, catered specifically to my skin and its needs. Lavender, rosemary, sage, geranium – you name an essential oil, it went on my skin in the form of gentle cleansers, serums and scrubs.

‘The highlight was the nourishing mask – which was quite literally bandaged to my face – and while it sunk in, I was treated to a surprise foot massage. It was pure luxury and I left the spa considerably more relaxed, not to mention, my skin was GLOWING.

‘For me, this kind of facial is ideal. It wasn’t hugely informative and it wasn’t a skin consultation; but that’s not why I went, nor is it what I personally look for in a facial. I don’t need someone to tell me about my skin, I just need to relax and feel pampered, something it offers in spades. If you want to know the ins and the outs of your complexion or try off the wall methods and violent extractions, this isn’t the treatment for you. But if like me, you want to lie on a warm bed and switch off for an hour as an expert facialist calms your senses and nourishes your skin with the most luxurious oils, look no further. Can I go and have another one now?’ – Jenny Proudfoot, Junior Digital News Editor

How much is it?

£120 for 60 minutes, or £165 for 90 minutes, at Claridge’s

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Omorovicza Illuminating Facial

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For the uninitiated, Omorovicza are skincare Dons. Conceived in Budapest, and harnessing the infamous ‘healing’ powers of Hungary’s thermal waters, Omorovicza’s products and facials (I’m looking at you Elemental Emulsion and your everlasting wait list…) have been a mainstay in my otherwise ever-evolving beauty routine. They look great, smell great, work great and never once have they made my unruly skin breakout.

Tucked away in the heart of the Liberty store, the Omorovicza Treatment Rooms act like little slices of Budapest; they’re peaceful, dimly lit (no one wants a facial with a side order of fluorescent strip lighting) and smell incredible thanks to the unique blends that subtly flood the air.

After an initial skin consultation (I wanted hydration and glow), I opted for the Illumination facial, which all sounded very Harry Potter so I was there for it. I was so thoroughly relaxed, that the many varied elements of the facial merged into one hour of facial bliss, but the signature element consists of a gentle copper peel (don’t be alarmed by the slight tingle, my skin showed no sign of redness after it finished) and an energising facial massage that I was convinced made my skin more buoyant. And of course, plentiful spritzes of the cult Queen of Hungary Mist in-between.

After a quick hit of SPF for the journey home, the facial was over. My skin looked dewy, plumped and yes, GLOWY. With no sign of irritation or redness, this facial is a goer for pre-event skin boosting. Omorovicza, I bow down. – Holly Rains, Digital Editor

How much is it?

£125 for 60 minutes at Liberty London, redeemable against Omorovicza products on the day

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Kate Kerr Advanced Brightening Facial

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Facial legend Kate Kerr and her right-hand woman Michelle (who I met with) are based out of Mondrian London, overlooking the Thames. It should be noted from the get-go that this is a thorough skincare session, so if you are looking purely for relaxation there is much more to this facial than that. Michelle and I discussed my complexion in great depth, and then she got stuck in. After serious deep cleansing, she hand picked treatment masks to target my skin’s congestion and brighten the overall tone. She then got down to business, really paying attention to every area of my face when it came to extraction, not just the nose and chin.

‘The treatment rooms are very chic and minimal, and there’s zen music playing for the whole duration of your treatment – not too tinny, not too over the top and not too ‘pinky-plonky’ – which I find really helps me to zone out while someone is sorting out my face. If you want your skin thoroughly analysed, complexion cleaned up to look healthier and brighter, and a bespoke skincare routine at the end of it to boot, this one is for you. You’ll understand your skin so much more when you leave and I can’t recommend Michelle enough, both as a facialist and to chat to!’ – Lucy Abbersteen, Digital Beauty Writer

How much is it?

From £150, or £230 with Kate Kerr herself, Mondrian London

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Eve Lom Ultimate Cleanse Facial

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‘If blackheads are your biggest skin woe, this treatment is one of the big guns when it comes to giving skin a deep-clean. My now-husband’s nose REALLY needed clearing before our wedding day, so he was the perfect candidate to put Eve Lom’s Ultimate Cleanse to the test. It’s pretty unique as the treatment involves applying hot paraffin wax onto the skin to heat the skin, which in turn really opens up your pores, so that the therapist can get all of the built-up gunk out. And they really, really layer the wax on. At first, it feels pretty peculiar, unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before, but the warmth from is calming and therepeutic. The wax is essentially painted on with a brush in rhythmic motions and it feels like pure heaven.

‘Once your skin is ready (aka warmed to perfection) your pores are basically the most open they’ll ever be, which means the therapist has easy access to all the nastiness. If you think about how much pressure you usually have to apply to remove blackheads, it’s the opposite after the wax – next to no pressure is needed. To ensure the skin stays warm, the therapist rips the wax off bit by bit, only working on small areas at a time. It’s called the ultimate cleanse and it’s exactly that. If anyone needs a full on skin clean (and those men who don’t do anything to their skin really do), this is IT.’ – Katie Thomas, Digital Beauty Editor

How much is it?

£100 for 60 minutes, Sanderson London

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Decléor Anti-Pollution Facial

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‘As with all Decleor treatments, this facial started with a back diagnostic (bear with me). This involves the therapist looking at your back to reveal why your skin is behaving in a certain way, by gently stimulating pressure and reflex points. This revealed that I was stressed and hormonal, as my lower back was quite hot (I was in fact about to come on my period). I honestly found it fascinating as I believe the way to great skin is understanding how it behaves. This was followed by cleansing, a lymphatic drainage massage to remove toxins and pollution and replenish moisture. The rest is tailored to your skin concerns, and as mine was congested, I had a purifying mask and scrub to remove dead skin cells.

‘My skin obviously felt amazing afterwards – glowing and smooth – but what I loved is that it’s an overall super relaxing experience. Whilst Decleor products are working hard tonight the damaging effects of pollution, the therapist massages everything from my face to my shoulders and limbs, really releasing tension. Because how can your face glow if the rest of your body is strained?’ – Penny Goldstone, Digital Fashion Editor

How much is it?

£75 for 75 minutes at the Decléor Day Boutique and Day Spa, also nationwide

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Elemis BIOTEC Radiance Renew Facial

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‘After chatting with my ELEMIS therapist about my skin woes over a piping hot cup of tea, she sat me down in front of a machine that scanned and analysed my face to discover what my problem issues were. Once she had a better idea of what my skin needed, she then told me that the Biotec Radiance Renew Facial was the ideal one as it was designed to even out your skin tone, restore radiance and reduce dark circles (all things that were issues I flagged in our consultation). It included a facial massage, ultrasonic peeling technology – this electronic spatula that weirdly feels like they’re shaving your face, but miraculously does away with any dead skin – and their radiance activator packed with anti-oxidants, hyaluronic acid and peptides that had me glowing for days afterwards. The entire session finished off with a cooling gel mask.

‘Although it was of course super relaxing, I really loved that the main focus was on helping me get the best skin I could – both during the session and in the future once I’d left. It really felt like a mixture between a pampering session and a consultation with a skin expert, so it’s perfect for those who want to get serious and nail their skincare routine. Also the ultrasonic peeling was kind of intimidating at first (it hums like crazy and stings a little) but it did absolute wonders.

‘I literally have never glowed like that in my life and I was coming off a pretty dark, hungover weekend. I really loved that they not only took my issues into consideration, my therapist really took the time to help me boost my at-home regimen – as I had relatively dry skin, she recommended I start oil cleansing and then gave me a small card at the end with a proposed skincare routine moving forwards. Just so great.’ – Megan C. Hills, Digital Lifestyle Writer

How much is it?

£110 for 60 minutes, or £160 for 90 minutes, at the House of Elemis

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Sunday Riley Ice Lift Facial

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‘There are three reasons why you should go and get a Sunday Riley facial at Hershesons salon. 1) Because you walk out with skin so happy, bouncy and glowy that it’s practically singing. 2) Because this is the only place in the world (yah huh) where you can get a Sunday Riley treatment. 3) Because of Iris.

‘It’s not often that I tell people to go for a facial because of the therapist. Typically, my recommendations are results-based. Don’t get me wrong this facial gives good – no, GREAT – results, but I have to tell you that Iris had me at hello. She asked me about every product that I use, wanted to know the brand name, how often I use them and when. She does this because she wants to know what your skin is used to and what it can and can’t handle.

‘The facial itself is part relaxation – the cleansing, the mask, the lymphatic facial massage, the hilarious chatter with Iris, and part punch – a combination of red light LED and cryotherapy. Don’t worry at all about the LED, which boosts collagen – you can’t feel a thing, and while that’s going on Iris is at the bottom of the giant bed relieving all of the tension from your toes.

‘But the cryotherapy, the cryotherapy took my breath away. Not because it was painful, because it’s so damn cold and my body does this funny thing when it’s super cold – it’s like it’s confused and forgets how to work. I’ve done cryotherapy chambers before and the same thing happened then, I couldn’t regulate my breath. I had to close my eyes and tell myself to breathe in and breathe out. But don’t panic, because Iris is there the whole time making you laugh and making you feel so comfortable.

‘Once she’s finished blasting your face with sub–zero air, give your face a little touch, you won’t believe how cold it is. But that chilliness fights signs of inflammation, so it’s all good. Iris then applies your favourite Sunday Riley products and you’re good to go. When you sit up, you’ll notice the change. You’re a little pinker (in a good way) and a little tighter. And you’ll be smiling, because Iris is by your side.’ – Katie Thomas, Digital Beauty Editor

How much is it?

£120 for 1 hour at Hershesons London

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Su-Man’s Signature Facial

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‘Su-Mans facial is legendary’ – that’s the opening line on the about section of Su-Man’s website. Punchy? Yes. Hyperbole? Absolutely not. In fact, it’s  impossible not to verge on hyperbole territory when talking about this facial. ‘This was a life changing experience,’ ‘Su-Man has magical hands/is a wizard’ – all words that have left my mouth after having this treatment.

That’s it for me now. I keep thinking, ‘How will I ever go to a “normal” facial ever again?’ I’m truly done for. I now refer to time BS and AS (before Su-Man and after Su-Man). It’s 2018 AS, and I worship at the altar of Su-Man.

Su-Man’s background is in Shiatsu, dance and pilates. So as you’d imagine, the facial is peppered with targeted massage and relaxation tailored to your individual needs. After my neck and shoulders were worked on  – all the tension builds up to your neck and jawline – my ears were massaged to stimulate lymphatic drainage, using the most beautiful products. From the watermelon-based gel cleanser to the mask that made me crave chocolate cake, it was all divine.

Su-Man gives you a mirror to marvel at the results yourself. It’s like time stops still. And, if you’re anything like me and hate looking in the mirror, you’ll take the mirror with reservation. But anyway, there you sit, mirror in hand and you really look at yourself. Like, REALLY look at yourself. Part of the Su-Man philosophy is not only looking good but FEELING good. Maybe it was her super calming and caring nature rubbing off on me, or maybe it was because she told me my skin is great, but looking in the mirror I think, okay, I look alright. Actually, scratch that, I look good.

On the day of my great awakening, I did a double take after walking past my bathroom mirror. Hang on, does my jaw look more defined? I stroke my jawline to make sure it’s real.

Later I’m sitting at the dinner table and my hand grazes my chin. ‘What has she done to my face?’, I think to myself. ‘Maybe she IS a wizard?’

Can a facial be a life changing experience? I think so… – Sunil Makan, Associate Editor

How much is it?

£250 at Agua Spa, Sanderson London; call 020 7300 1414 to book now

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The best CC creams to help conceal, correct and even things out

The best CC creams to help conceal, correct and even things out

Because sometimes you want something a little more sheer, without compromising on that flawless finish

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Finding the best complexion product can be tricky. The waters have become somewhat muddied. There’s the best BB cream (blemish balms that blend and cover with a smooth finish), best CC cream and the lesser known DD cream.

We love CCs, not only because they colour correct for a clearer canvas, but because in warmer months we much prefer the lighter coverage.

Hailing from the Korean beauty world, you’ll find within them a whole host of skin loving vitamins, plumping peptides and potent, radiance-boosting complexes. CC creams have you covered. Literally.

Worried about replacing your best foundation? Think again. Both IT Cosmetic and Erborian have best-selling, award-winning formulas that people are so loyal too they regularly sell out at retailers – it’s no wonder their cult followings are so committed.

Consider your research, researched, and shop our edit of the best buys below.

Best cc cream

iT Cosmetics CC Cream Your Skin But Better CC+ SPF 50+ Cream, £30 Selfridges

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The founder of IT Cosmetics, Jamie Kern Lima, created this CC cream to help her feel confident. She herself suffers from rosacea, so worked closely with plastic surgeons and dermatologists to develop the perfect formula to mask redness. And boy, does it. The brand is centered on creating problem-solving products and this is a great example – it’s a sell-out for good reason. They launched CC+ Illumination earlier in the year, if you fancy something a little glowier and now there’s a CC+ Oil-Free Matte if you have oily skin. The thing to remember about all of them, is that a little goes a long way. Use the smallest amount and buff in with their Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection Brush, £35. We really do think that this is the best cc cream on the market.

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Best CC cream for oily skin

La Roche-Posay Rosaliac CC Cream, £15, Boots

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CC creams tend to be might lighter than their sister BB, making them a better suitor for oily skin that gets clogged easily or is prone to breakouts. With a super smooth texture and broad-spectrum sun protection, La Roche-Posay is a lightweight cream is an ideal base for summer. It also contains beneficial emollients like shea butter, and antioxidants like Vitamin E to help protect and nourish your skin. So long, redness.

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Best drugstore CC cream

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream, £9.99, Lookfantastic

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We’re loyal to our beauty counter and designer buys, but few things can compare to picking up a great formula for just shy of a tenner. Parisian drugstore brand Bourjois has your complexion needs covered with their colour-correcting pigment combination of apricot to target anti-fatigue, green to correct redness and white to brighten dark spots. Bang for your buck.

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Best CC cream for dry skin

Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream SPF 30, £30, Fabled

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A moisture surge is exactly what dry and or flaky skin types need to improve that skin texture as well as your comfort levels – there’s nothing worse than that tight-faced feeling that’s only worsened by wearing make-up. Clinique’s is thicker and more hydrating than a lot of other options, providing medium coverage; if you’re reluctant to pass up on your best foundation for dry skin, you’ll love this.

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Best CC cream for mature skin

Estée Lauder Revitalise Supreme Anti-Ageing CC Crème, £44, Fabled

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This formula is deeply nourishing, helping to soften the appearance of ageing skin while keeping it moisturised. It’s comfortable to wear alone or as a colour-correcting base for make-up, as it melts into the skin really well, along with these other anti-ageing beauty products.

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Best Korean CC cream

Erborian CC Crème, £38, Fabled

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This clever little CC cream is straight out of SoKo, blends beautifully and comes with an SPF of 25. Even more clever, though, is that it goes on pearly white and adapts to your skin tone to perfectly colour correct your base and provide the perfect. Dore is best for medium to dark skin tones, while clair is better for paler skin tones.

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Still not convinced enough to make the switch? Keep scrolling for a few of our other favourites.

You’ll be a CC convert in no time…

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Beauty advent calendars that are 100x better than chocolate

Beauty advent calendars that are 100x better than chocolate

Skincare > confectionery

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As far as the beauty desk is concerned, beauty advent calendars are the best bit about Christmas.

Getting a make-up or skincare treat every day of December is the best way to get us in the festive spirit (along with scoffing all of the mince pies, of course).

So before you resort to buying another standard chocolate advent calendar, give your taste buds a rest and scope out the best beauty offerings here.

Keep checking back for the latest updates and be sure to mark the launch dates in your calendars, because these are all guaranteed to sell out.

M&S Beauty Advent Calendar 2018

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The M&S beauty hall is one of the unsung heroes of the beauty world, featuring a treasure trove of brands such as Skyn Iceland, Pixi, Philip Kingsley and more, and so their beauty advent calendar is a thing to behold. You’ll find all of the best brands stocked at M&S, handpicked by their beauty team. It’s no surprise that, year after year, this is one of the most Googled advent calendars out there.

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When is it available?

6th November 2018

Harrods Advent Calendar 2018

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Having only launched its first last year, Harrods is already one of the most popular beauty advent calendars out there. This year the brand has more than doubled the amount of beautifully illustrated calendars available, so you’re much more likely to be in with a chance to get your hands on the coveted beauty hall ahead of Christmas. Think Sunday Riley, NARS, Tata Harper, 111Skin and more…

How much is it?


When is it available?

1st October

Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar 2018

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Searches for the 2018 Liberty beauty advent calendar began as far back as the 25th of January, so it’s without a doubt one of the most popular calendars on the beauty market. This year’s is packed with treats you’ll find lining the beauty halls of Liberty London, including Lixir, Hair by Sam McKnight, Surratt and Votary. And for the first time, the calendar is being made available to USA customers too – meaning there’s all the more reason to shop it quickly come October.

How much is it?


When is it available?

25th October

Selfridges Beauty Lovers Selection Box Advent Calendar

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From Lime Crime to Illamasqua, Caudalie and Ouai, this beauty box is crammed with all sorts of make-up, skincare and hair products that you’d find lining the walls of Selfridge’s impressive beauty hall. And considering it’s worth £245, you’re getting some serious bang for your buck here.

How much is it?


When is it available?


No7 Beauty Advent Calendar 2018

beauty advent calendars No7

One of the most hotly anticipated annual beauty advent calendars is No7, and this year’s could possibly be their best offering yet. Containing a capsule collection of mini anti-ageing beauty products, nail polishes, make-up and beauty tools, this is serious value for money.

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19th October; join the waiting list now

The Body Shop Beauty Advent Calendars 2018

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‘Freddie’ Advent Calendar

The Body Shop is back with three different advent calendars for 2018; Freddie (above), Dani, £65 for £121 worth of products, and Olivia, £45 for £85 worth of product. As well as the advent calendars, this year there’s also a Vegan ‘Count Down To New Year’, with little gifts for each day between Christmas and New Year’s Day. We’ll take any excuse to make the advent calendar fun last as long as possible.

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L’Occitane Beauty Advent Calendars 2018

beauty advent calendars L'Occitane

Straight out of Provence, L’Occitane’s gifts will put a smile on any skincare lover’s face every day of December; there are two available, the classic, above, and the luxury version priced at £89. Joyeux Noël.

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When is it available?

20th September 2018

Lookfantastic Beauty Advent Calendar 2018

beauty advent calendar Lookfantastic

Beauty e-tailer Lookfantastic stocks some of the biggest names in beauty, so it’s no surprise that their advent calendar contains some killer brands. From Caudalie to ESPA, This Works and Aromatherapy Associates, you’ll be well stocked up in beauty for the winter. What’s more, the box can be reused as a vanity unit to store your beloved beauty products so it’s for life, not just for Christmas.

How much is it?


When is it available?

1st October; available to pre-order from 7th September

ELEMIS 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar

beauty advent calendars Elemis

Worth over £345, ELEMIS’ seasonal offering contains 25 drawers of skincare treats, from old favourites to new skincare saviours. Plus, on Christmas morning, you’ll get a full size of their Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, one of the best moisturisers on the beauty market. What’s more, you can sign up for early access to ensure you’re one of the first to get your hands on it.

How much is it?


When is it available?

1st October 2018, exclusively to ELEMIS.com

Feelunique The Little Beauty Parcel

beauty advent calendars Feelunique

Beauty e-tailers always get it right, and 2018’s offering from Feelunique is no different; packed with top beauty brands like REN, Make Up For Ever, KMS and Sol de Janiero, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to opening 24 doors all the way up to Christmas.

How much is it?


When is it available?

15th October 2018


bareMinerals Out of This World Advent Calendar

beauty advent calendar bareMinerals

Known as one of the best clean beauty brands in the business, this year’s bareMinerals calendar really is out of this world. Containing some of their best mineral products, from loose powder eyeshadows to blush, mascara and lip colours, you’re well kitted out for the new season.

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When is it available?

September, exclusive to bareMinerals boutiques and website

Jo Loves Advent Calendar 2018

beauty advent calendars Jo Loves

Fans of Jo Malone herself will be thrilled to hear that this year Jo Loves is launching their first ever advent calendar – and it’s a. After discovering the Jo Loves fragrances, on Christmas day you’ll unwrap a ticket that’s redeemable towards a full-size fragrance of your choice.

How much is it?


When is it available?

23rd October

Kiehl’s Advent Calendar 2018

beauty advent calendars Kiehls

With a black and gold colour scheme, this couldn’t look more festive if it tried and makes a great addition to any home for December. Packed with much-loved Kiehl’s goodies, this one is a real treat for fans of Creme de Corps or Midnight Recovery Concentrate.

How much is it?


When is it available?

1st October, exclusive to Selfridges

Fenwick Beauty Advent Calendar 2018

Pakced with a whopping £475 worth of product, this one is, frankly, a steal. There’s classic favourites, like a single-wick Neom candle and NARS Orgasm Blush, plus new bits like Pixi’s Retinol Tonic, this is the perfect mix of old and new for a beauty lover. The box is complete with a beautiful festive illustration by designer Brett Ryder, making it a perfect home accessory too.

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John Lewis Beauty Advent Calendar 2018

beauty advent calendars John Lewis

Department store beauty calendars are always a win as, instead of just one brand, you get to test out several. Brimming with the very best finds from the beauty counters, you’ll find the likes of Charlotte Tilbury, Lancôme and Acqua di Parma. But it doesn’t stop there, folks: There’s also a 15-minute bespoke facial at ELEMIS and massage/aroma experience at Aveda for you to enjoy, too. What more could you ask for this Christmas?

How much is it?


When is it available?

Week beginning 4th September 2018

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Beauty Universe Calendar

beauty advent calendar Charlotte Tilbury

After the success of last year’s Naughty and Nice magic box, Charlotte Tilbury is back with another jam-packed box of festive treats for 2018. In her classic wine-red and rose gold packaging, this one’s sure to be a sell out.

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When is it available?

4th October 2018

Diptyque Calandrier de L’Avent

beauty advent calendars Diptyque

A discovery of the brand’s hero products, Diptyque’s advent calendar is the best gift for the scent-lover in your life (or, you know, for yourself). Any boujie fragrance fan would be thrilled to receive this ahead of the festive season; expect a Christmas home fragrance bundle of joy.

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When is it available?

15th October 2018

24 Days of Clinique

beauty advent calendars Clinique

A whole host of miniature Clinique fun lies behind the doors of the 24 Days calendar, including long-time heroes like the Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion and relative newcomers like the Pep-Start moisturiser. What’s not to love?

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When is it available?

14th September, exclusive to Selfridges

Molton Brown Opulent Infusions Advent Calendar

beauty advent calendars Molton Brown


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When is it available?

21st October 2018

Decléor Breathtaking Countdown Advent Calendar

beauty advent calendars Decleor

You’ll find them in spas all over the country, so you know Decléor is a real treat for anyone who needs a bit of skincare and TLC during the festive season. With 24 miniature products, you’ll be able to reset your skin, body and mind this December.

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When is it available?

September 2018

Liz Earle’s 12 Days of Christmas

beauty advent calendars Liz Earle

Liz Earle is one of those universally-loved skincare brands that will go down a treat in just about any skincare lover’s home at Christmastime. Featuring 12 mini-sized versions of the brand’s best sellers, they’re great for travel or for testing out products before you buy the full size.

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When is it available?

End of September

Soap & Glory Advent Calendars

beauty advent calendars Boots Soap and Glory

If it’s fun, vintage vibes you’re after with your advent calendar, Soap & Glory is the way to go. Snap up 24 mini products, including classics like Hand Food and Scrub of Your Life, all for just £40. Totally worth it.

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When is it available?

17th September 2018

Susanne Kaufmann Advent Calendar

beauty advent calendars Susanne Kaufmann

From bath oils to body products, salts and even festive teas, Susanne Kaufmann’s 24-day advent calendar is a treat for both the eyes and the senses. An all-gold version will also be available exclusive to Net-a-Porter for £160, should you be feeling a little more fancy.

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When is it available?

October 2018

Birchbox Advent Calendar 2018

beauty advent calendars Birchbox

Known for being a great way to discover and test out new beauty brands, Birchbox’s advent calendar is no different. Because why not grab yourself some Benefit, Rituals and OPI ahead of Christmas day?

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When is it available?

3rd October 2018

NYX Advent Calendar 2018

beauty advent calendars NYX

Drugstore make-up addicts will love getting their hands on this NYX number, jam-packed with beauty gifts galore and complete with quirky illustrations for a fun take on the Christmas period. We need it.

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When is it available?

10th October 2018

One thing’s for sure, December will be a beauty-packed month with these beauty advent calendars on the scene…

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The best moisturiser for combination skin to balance oil and dryness levels

The best moisturiser for combination skin to balance oil and dryness levels

The day cream buys that’ll harmonise your skin’s two biggest ailments

moisturiser for combination skin

The best moisturiser for combination skin is an elusive species, but it does exist.

The key is to nourish the skin without overwhelming it to the point of breakouts; you want an ounce of the key moisturising ingredients but so many that they’ll clog your pores to high heaven.

The classic defining features of combo skin are an oily t-zone and chin along with dry cheeks; however you may be here because you have predominantly oily skin with the occasional bout of dryness (or vice versa).

Kep reading to find your perfect moisturiser match – and when you’re done here, be sure to bookmark the best foundation for combination skin too.

Best moisturiser for combination skin with SPF

Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Ultra Sheer Daily Defense SPF 30, £29, Amazon

best moisturiser for combination skin with SPF


Getting the balance between deep moisture without being too heavy for oilier complexions just right is Paula’s Choice’s Daily Defense. When it comes to picking the best SPF moisturisers, the key is to seek out a formula that offers broad spectrum protection; that is to say it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. This one won’t leave you looking even shinier than you were before, plus it’s fragrance-free so won’t worsen any existing sensitivity.

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Best drugstore moisturiser for combination skin

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+, £16, Boots

best moisturiser for combination skin drugstore

Its reputation precedes it as one of the best moisturisers on the block for oily skins, but LRP’s Effaclar Duo+ is also great for combination types. Helping to unclog pores and prevent further congestion, it’s still a moisturiser and so will help tackle those tight or flaky patches too, plus you’ll find it in just about every high street drugstore under the sun. No claggy feelings or shininess here: we love it.

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Consider your combination skin needs fulfilled with our edit of the best moisturisers for your skin type.

Read on for more of Team Marie Claire‘s hero picks for combination skin.

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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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The best foundation for combination skin to balance oily and dry types

The best foundation for combination skin to balance oily and dry types

Air con might not be your friend, but these foundations are

moisturiser for combination skin

Finding the best foundation for combination skin is no easy business.

When it comes to picking a base, you need something that won’t exacerbate oil levels to the point of greasiness, but also won’t make dry patches even worse – all while leaving you with a flawless finish, of course. Doesn’t sound like that much to ask, does it?

Short of mixing both the best foundation for dry and oily skins, it may have seemed like an impossible task for the regular consumer – until now that is.

The ever-evolving world of beauty science has come so far that, fortunately, foundation formulas can (and will) target more than one specific skin concern. There are even formulas that adapt to your skin throughout the day for optimal results, like Bobbi Brown’s Skin Foundation Stick and Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic foundation, which took five years to develop.

Read on for our combo skin tested guide to the best foundation for combination skin below.

Best drugstore foundation for combination skin

Revlon ColourStay Makeup for Combination/Oily Skin, £12.99, Boots

best foundation for combination skin

If your skin is on the oily side of combination, this is a great buy for you, as the velvety finish will really balance out that overactive T-zone. It’s oil free and also contains salicylic acid, a pore-decongesting, anti-inflammatory ingredient that helps with the fight against greasy skin.

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Best full coverage foundation for combination skin

MAC Studio Fix Fluid, £24.50, John Lewis

best foundation for combination skin MAC

Although its main selling points are that it’s oil-free and controls skin’s oil levels, MAC’s Studio Fix foundation is actually suitable for all skin types. The lightweight, matte formula is buildable and blends really easily, meaning you can go as heavy as you like with your coverage. It’s really no wonder it’s well known for being a make-up artist kit bag staple.

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Want even more options for the best foundation for combination skin?

Keep scrolling more of our favourite foundations that get the balance right.

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