The best eyeliners money can buy in pencil, liquid and gel form

The best eyeliners money can buy in pencil, liquid and gel form

These bad boys are an absolute essential for a cat eye or smokey eye

best eyeliners

Few beauty products hold cult status in the same way as the best eyeliners. From Brigitte Bardot to Audrey Hepburn, just about every beauty muse from recent history wore eyeliner as part of their signature look.

It’s a make-up bag staple all over the world and, combined with the best mascara and best eyeshadow palettes, is essential in creating red carpet-worthy eye make-up looks.

Keep scrolling to shop our edit of the best liquid, pencil, gel and pen choices below.

Best drugstore eyeliner

Bourjois Couture Waterproof Clubbing Eyeliner, £3.74 Fabled

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Considering this eyeliner comes in under four quid, it’s a total steal for how good it is. The colour is a true, inky black stays put. (Don’t worry, you don’t have to go clubbing to wear it.)

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Best eyeliner pencil

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Smokey Pencil, £17, Amazon

best eyeliners pencil Elizabeth Arden Smokey Pencil

The super soft, powder formula and built-in smudger makes Elizabeth Arden’s pencils super easy to apply and blend out for the ultimate evening eye. Call it smokey eye in pencil form, if you will.

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Best waterproof eyeliner

NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner, £19, Fabled

best eyeliners NARS

Described as ‘budge proof’, NARS’ Long Wear liner is exactly that. Each of the pencils is richly pigmented for a true colour pay off that lasts a whole working day or night out (none of this watery, transparent business). If you’re fed up of reapplying eyeliner to your waterline a few times a day, this one is for you.

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Best eyeliner pen

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, £14.50, Fabled

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Smudge proof, sweat proof, heck, we’d go as far as to say that Stila’s waterproof liner is actually life proof, and without a doubt one of the best liquid eyeliner formulas ever made. Inky, dense black and with a super sharp felt tip,you’ll find no smudging or printing on to your upper lids here.

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Best gel eyeliner

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, £19.50, Fabled

best eyeliners Bobbi Brown Gel

Fun fact: Bobbi Brown first decided to create a gel liner when she had none to hand ahead of a photo shoot; instead, she applied waterproof mascara using a cotton bud without the fuzzy head. It did not budge one bit, and so the Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner was born. Today it’s still one of the brand’s best sellers with a velvety finish, and is available in all sorts of shades as well as classic black.

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Want to shop even more of the best eyeliners? We’ve charted five more hero buys below.

Happy smokey eye-ing.

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Introducing the nominees for Marie Claire’s Prix d’Excellence de la Beauté awards

Introducing the nominees for Marie Claire’s Prix d’Excellence de la Beauté awards

Marie Claire Prix Awards

It’s that time again: Marie Claire’s Prix d’Excellence de la Beauté awards are open for business.

Innovation in the beauty world is happening at a furious pace, and we’re proud to be at the cutting edge of all the biggest developments. Now in it’s 33rd year, our annual beauty awards present you with the most amazing products in the world.

The winners will be chosen by our panel of beauty experts: Lisa Oxenham, Marie Claire‘s beauty and style director, beauty presenter Nadine Baggott, award-winning beauty journalist Alice Hart Davies, beauty director and entrepreneur Alessandra Steinerr, and beauty columnist and Editor of Weekend – The Times Lesley Thomas.

Winners will be announced at our fabulous Claridges ceremony on the 25th February and in the April issue; read on for the nominees for each category. Can you spot any of your favourites?


Marie Claire Prix Awards

Shiseido Essential Energy Moisturizing Cream

Olay Eyes Pro Retinol Eye Treatment

REN Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex Synchronized Recovery

Marie Claire Prix Awards

The Body Shop Roots of Strength Firming Shaping Serum

Skinceuticals Glycol 10 Renew Overnight

Murad Rapid Age Spot Correcting Serum

Elemis Pro-Collagen Overnight Matrix

Marie Claire Prix Awards

Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Moisturising Reviving Eye Mask

Neutrogena Radiance Boost Hydrogel Recovery Mask

La Mer The Moisurising Cool Gel Cream

Marie Claire Prix Awards

Bobbi Brown Remedies Skin Brightener

Rituals The Rituals of Namaste range

Ultrasun Face Fluid SPF 50+ Brightening Anti-Spot and Anti-Pollution

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Defense Radiant Tint Protective Moisturiser SPF 30

Marie Claire Prix Awards

Kiehl’s Powerful Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate

Sanctuary Spa One Minute Daily Glow Mask

Sisley Sisleÿa L’Intégral Firming Concentrated Serum

Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum

Marie Claire Prix Awards

Origins High Potency Night-a-Mins Resurfacing Cream

BALANCE ME Vitamin C Serum

No7 Laboratories Line Correcting Booster Serum

Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly Anti-Pollution

Marie Claire Prix Awards

Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Liquid Essence

Guerlain Abeille Royale Bee Glow

L’Occitane Immortelle Reset Serum


Marie Claire Prix Awards

Givenchy Le Rouge Liquide

The Organic Pharmacy Make-up range

Max Factor Miracle Glow Duo

Marie Claire Prix Awards

Glossier Lash Slick

Revlon Colourstay Exactify Liquid Liner

Laura Mercier Blush Colour Infusion

Maybelline New York Total Temptation Mascara

Marie Clarie Prix Awards

Benefit Bad Gal Bang

Dior Backstage range

Nars Climax Mascara

Marie Claire Prix Awards

Clarins Water Lip Stain

L’Oreal Paris Unlimited Pro-Volume Bendable Mascara

Shiseido Make-up Line

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter


Marie Claire Prix Awards

Espa Fitness Shower Oil

St Tropez Self Tan Purity Water Mousse

Love Beauty and Planet Shower Gel


Marie Claire Prix Awards

Pantene Pro-V Repair & Protect Shampoo

Aveda Invati Advanced Scalp Revitalizer

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Essence Absolue Overnight Serum

Wella Professionals Indigo Nutri-Enrich Range

Marie Claire Prix Awards

Hask Orchid and White Truffle Moisture Rich Shampoo and Conditioner

Ouai Anti-Frizz Sheets

Kérastase Bain Resistance Extentioniste Range

Schwarzkopf got2b Twisted Curl-Intensity Styling Spray

Marie Claire Prix Awards

Tresemmé Biotin + Repair 7

Moroccanoil Colour Complete At-Home Products

Redken All Soft Mega Sheet Mask

Marie Claire Prix Awards

ghd Platinum+

Charles Worthington Grow Strong Regime

Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast

Roll on the 25th of February…

Spotted a favourite in the line-up? Let us know who your winners are at @marieclaireuk

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14 of the best hairstyles for oval faces, according to hair experts

14 of the best hairstyles for oval faces, according to hair experts

When it comes to oval-faced styles, these are the best of the best

Looking for the right hairstyles for oval faces? Look no further because, if you’re oval-faced, this is the definitive edit of the perfect cut for your face shape.

The good news is that an oval face is the most versatile when it comes to the hairstyles you can pull off. You’ve been blessed with the easiest face shape to cater for at the salon.’This face shape works with almost any type of short hair cut from super short, to chin length or shoulder length,’ says Charlotte Mensah, award-winning hair stylist and natural afro hair expert.

‘The most important consideration to take into account is the individuals’ natural texture,’ adds Sam Burnett, KMS Style Council member and Owner and Creative Director at Hare & Bone. This will determine the style, shape and length.’

And you’re in seriously good company when it comes to celebrities with oval faces; see the best hairstyles for oval faces 2019 has to offer courtesy of our favourite celebrities.

How do you know if you have an oval face shape?

First thing’s first, how do you identify an oval face shape?

They’re fairly similar to round faces in that they have a softer jawline, but the key difference is that they are longer than they are wide – i.e. the distance from your forehead to your chin will be significantly longer than the width of your face. Also, your forehead will probably be wider than your chin.

Hairstyles for oval faces with long hair

Hairstyles for oval faces 2019 Blake Lively


One thing you’ll notice time and time again with long-haired celebs is that their hair is always in tip top condition. ‘The biggest thing to remember with long hair is that it needs to look healthy, says Sam. ‘There is no point in having long unhealthy hair as the condition will always determine the length.’ Charlotte adds, ‘With natural Afro hair, long sections throughout the crown give you the ability to create a look that suits your fashion sense and lifestyle need.’

Celebrity inspiration: Meghan Markle, Naomi Campbell and Blake Lively

Hairstyles for oval faces with medium length hair

A blunt medium style is without doubt one of the hottest hairstyles of the moment. ‘Medium length hair looks great when it’s maintained well; think fuller, blunt styles with no layering,’ says Sam. ‘If an individuals’ hair is prone to frizz then it’s best to keep the hair on the longer side of medium – the longer and heavier the hair, the more controlled it will be.’

Celebrity inspiration: Olivia Munn and Kate Middleton

Hairstyles for oval faces with short hair

Hairstyles for oval faces Jennifer Lawrence

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As your face shape is so versatile, you can work just about any short style – lob, bob, pixie crop, the possibilities are endless. And when it comes to Afro hair, ‘the tapered, natural hair is perfect for women who want a short style with options,’ says Charlotte.

Celebrity inspiration: Luipta Nyong’o, Jennifer Lawrence and Carey Mulligan

Hairstyles for oval faces with thin hair

The key with thinner hair is not to over-layer your style. ‘If you have fine hair, keep layers longer as over layering will only make the hair appear thinner and sparser,’ advises Sam. Look to stars like Keira Knightley for inspiration on working finer hair, or Jennifer Lawrence’s wispy pixie cut.

Celebrity inspiration: Jennifer Lawrence

Hairstyles for oval faces with thick hair

Hairstyles for oval faces Rihanna

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Naturally thick hair is great as it often doesn’t require adding an awful lot of volume or texture with heat styling, particularly if curly, wavy or cut with layers. Kim Kardashian often wears her thick hair in a ‘wet look’ style, which makes hair appear thinner, while Kate Middleton chooses to sport big and bouncy curls at the end of her hair.

Celebrity inspiraton: Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and Kate Middleton

Hairstyles for oval faces with curly hair

With naturally curly hair, avoid lots of short layers as this will increase your hair’s volume and cause it to grow outwards rather than down with its length. In terms of celeb inspiration, Rihanna’s hair is often seen in a full head of curls, and she’s no stranger to a big, textured ponytail. Meanwhile hair royalty Kate Middleton often chooses loose and bouncy curls.

Celebrity inspiraton: Rihanna and Kate Middleton

Hairstyles for oval faces with bangs

Hairstyles for oval faces

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The beauty of an oval face is that a full fringe won’t make your face look too rounded; Jessica Biel works choppy bangs and wavy locks perfectly. And, when she had her pixie crop a few years back, J-Law’s feathered bangs were a perfect example of how to work a wispy fringe with an oval face.

Celebrity inspiraton: Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Biel

Hairstyles for oval faces and big foreheads

Longer oval faces may have a more prominent forehead which, as explained above, can be disguised under a full or side feathery fringe.

Scroll through the below gallery as we chart the best oval-faced celebs and their Hollywood hairstyles.

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The best primer for radiance, blurring, UV protection and keeping make-up in place

The best primer for radiance, blurring, UV protection and keeping make-up in place

Because it’s the one buy you need for truly flawless skin…

best primer

A quick poll of the office tells us that you’re probably one of two types of people: either you wouldn’t be caught dead applying your best foundation without putting on your best primer first, or you just cannot be bothered with it.

For those who can’t be arsed with one, perhaps we might be able to convince you? When you’ve spent time applying your make-up just so, wouldn’t you quite like it if it stuck around all day? Because some of the best primers offer 24-hour staying power. Whilst you mind not need the full 24 hours, you can’t really argue with that promise.

As for those who might fancy a new primer to play with, read on to find one that best suits your needs.

What is a primer?

In case you’re not already well-versed in why they exist; they ‘prime’ the skin and create the perfect canvas for your make-up, while simultaneously keeping it on your face for as long as possible.

But depending on the formula, a primer can also soak up excess oil, blur the appearance of pores, smooth out bumpy skin, neutralise redness and even protect your skin from sun damage. Not bad eh?! We’re yet to find a concern that the right primer won’t fix…

Best primer for oily skin

Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation Primer, £30 Fabled

best primer laura mercier

Hailed as one of the best primers for oily skin that money can buy, Laura Mercier’s Foundation Primer (Oil Free) is a classic in many a beauty lover’s make-up bag, offering maximum priming power, sans oil. The water-based, gel primer blurs the skin’s texture to create a kind of ‘airbrushed’ finish, while also protecting the skin against environmental damage by acting as a vitamin-enriched antioxidant barrier.

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Best primer for dry skin

Estée Lauder Double Wear Flawless Hydrating Primer SPF45, £28 Fabled

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As well as applying the best moisturiser for dry skin, you need a primer that stops your make-up drying your skin out throughout the day. There’s nothing worse than spotting a dry, flaky patch when you pop to the loo half way though the day. This ultra soothing primer will keep your hydration levels up and has the added bonus of a high SPF, so you’re essentially getting two products in one. Yay.

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Best primer for acne prone skin

bareMinerals Remedy Mattifying Prep Gel, £14.70 Fabled

best primer bareminerals

If you have blemishes, you actually benefit from using a primer the most. Why?  Because not only will a primer help to create a smooth base on any bumpy areas, but find one that contains spot-busting ingredients, like this one, and you’re also treating the issue throughout the day too. This one also mattifies any annoying oiliness that so often comes hand-in-hand with spots.

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Best cruelty-free primer

Cover FX Anti Aging Primer, £30 Fabled

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If you only use cruelty-free and vegan beauty products the Cover FX is an excellent brand to have on your radar. The products are hardworking and the ingredients completely clean. Their range of primers are also incredible, including this nourishing Anti Aging number.

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Best primer for sensitive skin

Too Faced Hangover Primer, £27, Cult Beauty

best primer Too Faced

If you have sensitive skin, you know the drill: you want to avoid anything that can irritate. So you’re after a formula that’s silicone, fragrance and alcohol-free wherever possible. Unfortunately, this can take a little trial and error, as what irritates one person’s skin could be another’s complexion saviour. Patch tests are key before slathering it all over your face. This one is a super-light solution, so not gloopy or pore-clogging and non-irritating. Hooray!

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Best drugstore primer

The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer, £5.50 Beauty Expert

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‘High-spreadability’ is the key phrase here. This serum-like primer glides onto the skin and makes make-up blending so much easier. Foundation and concealer will melt into skin, rather than accumulating. Can also be worn alone as it creates the most beautiful blank canvas. If you have dry skin, you’ll love using this.

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Best primer for pores

Benefit The POREfessional, £27.50, Fabled

best primer porefessional

Enlarged pores are a nightmare. If you have them, then you probably avoid magnified mirrors at all costs. Those giant craters stand between you and your flawless base and something must be done about them. Spoiler: Your pores will never completely ‘close’ – they are not doors. They also won’t disappear. Sorry. However, with a cracking skincare routine and the right primer you can reduce the appearance.

Your best buy here is one of the most famous primers in the world, Benefit’s POREfessional Face Primer – the clue’s in the name. This little beauty makes short work of minimising the appearance of enlarged pores with its lightweight and velvety formula. It kind of blurs everything – a bit like your favourite Insta filter.

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Best mattifying primer

Smashbox Photo Finish Iconic Primer Stick, £22 Fabled

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A mattifing primer does wonders if you have oily skin – especially around the t-zone area. This genius primer stick by Smashbox, arguably the most notable brand synonymous with primers, can be used under your foundation in the areas you feel you need it most and then over the top of make-up when you feel you need a top of matte.

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Best illuminating primer

Nars Radiance Primer SPF35, £28 Fabled

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Not only does this keep your makeup in place for as long as you’re awake, it also give you the most beautiful glowy sheen. It brings life back into skin. Whether you’ve had one hell of a heavy night or you’re a seasoned sufferer of dull-skin-syndrome, then this will instantly give you that much needed radiance boost.

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Best primer with an SPF

Giorgio Armani Maestro UV Skin Defense Primer, £42 Look Fantastic

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If you struggle with introducing an extra SPF step into your routine in the mornings, then why not look to your primer as a way of getting it in? This Armani number goes on like silk, but turns to velvet when it dries down. Make-up stays put and you stay protected.

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Best eyelid primer

Urban Decay Original Eyeshadow Primer, £17.50, Fabled

best primer eyeshadow Urban Decay

Of course, the world of primers doesn’t stop at your face – eyeshadow, lip and even mascara primers are equally as essential in our opinion. Once you’ve put all the hard work into creating a smokey eye or steely metallic shadow look you want it to last no?! Well duh. For this you need a concentrated formula that will stop unwanted smudging and creasing. Urban Decay’s Primer Potion is a firm favourite of beauty editors and bloggers all over the globe . Once you’ve tried the original formula, look out for the extensive shade range tailored to specific eyeshadow looks.

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So there you have it, the best primer for your skin type, solved.

Consider your skin priming needs well and truly fixed.

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The best cleanser that’ll make you actually look forward to washing your face

The best cleanser that’ll make you actually look forward to washing your face

Right this way for the cleanest skin of your life

face cleanser

I would go out on a limb and say that finding (and using) the best cleanser for your complexion is the most important skincare step. Washing away the day’s grime and removing make-up are both essential for healthy skin, and any products that follow need to be applied to a clean face.

Whether you prefer a cream cleanser, thick balm, lightweight gel or nourishing cleansing oil, there’s one to suit your skin’s needs (and those of your bank balance, too).

Armed with a hot flannel and these bad boys and we defy you not to look forward to washing your face.

Best micellar water

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water, £4.99, Boots

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Of all of the micellar waters out there (and boy, are there a lot of ’em), Garnier’s is both exceptional and insanely good value. It’s free of alcohol and perfume, making it a great choice for even sensitive skin, and makes light work of lifting away your best mascara and long-wearing eyeliner. Piece of cake. Yes micellar water is wonderful stuff but please, please, please don’t use it as your sole cleanser; It’s an excellent make-up remover and first step, but should always be followed with a proper cleansing face wash unless you’re on-the-go.

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Best cleanser for acne prone skin

La Roche-Posay Effaclar H Hydrating Cleansing Cream, £12, Lookfantastic

best cleanser La Roche Posay

This particular cleanser is very gentle and soothing on the skin, with clever anti-friction technology so as not to further irritate skin that’s already a bit unhappy, which makes it a good starting place for blemish or acne-prone skin. Dr Justine Kluk often recommends this cleanser to acne patients in her clinic, so you know it’s a good’un.

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Best cleanser for oily skin

Avène Cleanance Cleansing Gel, £7.50, Boots

best cleanser for oily skin Avene

A gentle soap-free cleansing gel that works to refresh the skin and normalise oil levels, this one can be used all over the body – great if you struggle with back acne too.

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Best cleanser for dry skin

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, £24, Fabled

best cleanser for dry skin Clinique

This deliciously thick balm does exactly what it says on the tub, taking the day’s make-up, SPF and oil off in a few easy sweeps, turning into an oil upon massaging that then rinses off easily with warm water. It’s a reliable cult favourite cleanser for good reason, and won’t strip your already dry skin of all its moisture. We love it.

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Best cleanser for combination skin

Kate Somerville Exfolikate Cleanser, £16, Space NK

best cleanser Kate Somerville

ExfoliKate is particularly effective here as it tackles both characteristics of combination skin – the AHAs, lactic and glycolic acid, break down dead and dry skin cells while also removing excess oil for a softer, more radiant complexion. The brand has just launched into its first physical store space at Space NK, so be sure to pop down and check out the products IRL.

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Best cleansing oil

Shiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil, £32, Fabled

best cleanser oil Shiseido

This oil is seriously lightweight and dissolves make-up SO easily, rinsing away as a milk upon contact with warm water. But perhaps even better is that it doesn’t leave you with blurry eyes after you’ve used it, something that’s common with an oil cleanser.

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Best cleanser for sensitive skin

Simple Cleansing Oil, £6.99, Boots

best cleanser for sensitive skin Simple Cleansing Oil

Simple is a household name when it comes to products for sensitive skin. Made from 100% grape seed oil, this cleanser is gentle and nourishing; massage into dry skin, rinse with a little water and wash all impurities down the plughole. As ever there are no artificial colours or perfumes involved, so your sensitive skin is in good hands.

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Best cleanser for blackheads

Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser, £14, Beauty Bay

best cleanser Mario Badescu

Mario Badescu is loved by many a spot-prone skin sufferer, and this cleanser is suited to anyone with oily skin that’s easily congested. It contains wonder exfoliating ingredient salicylic acid that breaks down those pesky plugs of dead skin and oil, reducing their appearance over time.

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Best cleanser brush

Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Skin Cleansing System, £120, Fabled

best cleanser Clarisonic

A face cleanser brush takes your daily face wash to the next level. Using one of these in your skincare routine will leave your skin feeling smoother and will give your pores a much deeper clean than just using your hands or cotton pads. The best, like Clarisonic’s Mia 2 Cleansing System, are designed to be gentle enough for every day use, though if you have sensitive skin that’s easily irritated, it’s best to use every other day should you feel a bit wary about overdoing it with the scrubbing. The Mia 2 has two different speeds depending on your skin’s sensitivity, a pulsing timer option, and a handy travel case (we’re also big fans of it’s little sister, the Clarisonic Mia Fit Device).

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Keep scrolling for more of our hero cleanser buys.

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The best curling wands and tons for beautiful waves and curls

The best curling wands and tons for beautiful waves and curls

Transform straight hair into wavy locks, or tame the frizziest naturally curly hair

best curling wands

They say that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but we reckon the best curling wands could be the millennial alternative. For those with naturally poker-straight locks they’re a look-transforming tool, while for curly-haired girls they can tame tousled tresses and fight frizzy hair.

While the best hair straighteners often double as a curler, wands are your hot ticket to harder-to-achieve hair looks. Whether you’re inspired by retro styling or the much sought-after relaxed waves, these are the best curling wands that will get you the results.

The choice look on the catwalk pretty much every year is the beach babe wave; making its return time and time again, it’s the perfect style whatever the weather. Curling wands are your best bet for this on-trend hairstyle, because they won’t leave your hair in tight ringlets. Instead, lush looking loose waves will be yours – see our round up of curly hairstyles for more inspo.

Size-wise, large barrel curlers are the way to go if you’’re after gorgeous, super-smooth bouncy waves. Brand-wise, ghd and Cloud Nine are high up there on our wish list and well worth the investment for their long lasting benefits and salon -worthy finish.

If you’’re looking for something equally effective in the curling department, but without the heavier price tag, look to Revlon, TRESemmé and BaByliss – their pro stylers can be snapped up for under £100.

Worried the heat will damage your healthy locks? Try T3. Their cleverly designed ceramic barrel actually locks in moisture, leaving you with glossy, frizz-free hair.

If you’re confident in hairstyling then opt for a grip-free curling wand. But if you’re looking for easy-to-achieve, fuss-free waves, or you’re a beginner when it comes to curling and waving, then the best curling wands with a firm clamp are the way to go.

Straight locks, be gone; it’s time to say hello to big and bouncy hair.

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The best hair dryers to help you nail the at-home blow dry

The best hair dryers to help you nail the at-home blow dry

Aka how to have a good hair day, every day

best hair dryers

They’re a tool that can make or break a hairstyle, so it’s important that the one you rely on is of the best hair dryers that money can buy.

The truth is that while most hair dryers look very similar, they weren’t all created equal, and some will be better suited to your hair type than others.

Before we continue, is it worth us going over the basics? We think so. We spoke to Ghd’s Global Ambassador, Adam Reed to ask: ‘how do you blow dry your hair properly?’

How to blow dry hair according to an expert

First thing’s first, resist the temptation to reach for the brush before you dry, as you should never brush your hair while it’s wet. Adam advises that your hair is actually 85% dry before you start styling it with your dryer.

‘Style your hair on a medium setting and only use the hotter setting for the finishing touches,’ he says. ‘Once you’re done styling, seal the hair using the cool setting for a super-smooth look.’

And, we hate to break it to you, but you’ve probably been drying your hair wrong your whole life. ‘Many women move the dryer back and forth, up and down each section of the hair, or just hold the dryer in one place – that’s wrong!’ says Adam.

‘Continually follow the brush, with the nozzle of the dryer facing in the direction of the brush.’ And the bigger the brush, the better the finish and bounce.

Best hair dryers for curly hair

ghd Air Hair Dryer, £99, Fabled

best hair dryers ghd Air Dryer

When it comes to the world of straightening, we can’t not mention ghd. They’re no doubt the first name that springs to mind when you think ‘straight hair experts’.

Ghd claim that the ‘Air’ is the ‘best blow-dry of your life’, and we’re not going to argue. Maintaining their incredible reputation for salon-worthy styling, they’ve built all of the power and ionic technology into their hair dryer to make sure you get the best results every time, alongside long-lasting healthy hair effects.

The secret to precise, sleek styling is the wide nozzle that comes with the dryer – don’t forget to angle the dryer downwards to maximise its straight styling power.

Among the miracle workers we’ve featured on our list is the ghd hair dryer, which in just a few short years has become every bit as iconic and commonplace as their best hair straightener, the classic IV gold styler.

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Best hair dryers for frizzy hair

T3 Cura Luxe Dryer, £235, Beauty Bay

best hair dryers T3

The latest innovation from T3 features five heat settings, an auto-stop function and a ‘cool shot’ function for locking down your style. It’s surprisingly lightweight for such a technologically advanced tool; the digital IonAir technology helps boost shine and minimise frizz levels for much smoother hair overall. If drying your hair easily results in a frizz-bomb situation, this one is for you (plus, the black and rose gold combination is seriously Instagrammable).

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Best hair dryers with diffuser

Cloud Nine The Airshot Hair Dryer, £99, Fabled

best hair dryers with diffusers Cloud Nine Airshot


Diffusers are popular choice for smoother hair as they distribute the air and heat evenly around your locks. It’s ultimately better than. Most hair dryer brands now have the option of buying a separate diffuser, but Cloud Nine’s Airshot dryer comes with two separate nozzles, including a big ol’ diffuser.

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Best hair dryers for fine hair

BaByliss SalonLight 2100 Hair Dryer 5568BU, £30, Debenhams

Best Hair Dryers Babyliss

Fine hair doesn’t require as much time to dry as other hair types, but if you’ve got a lot of it it can still be a bit of a task. You need a dryer that doesn’t turn your locks into a haystack, but dries ’em quick.

Enter BaByliss SalonLight 2100 dryer, the model that puts an end to arm-aching hair drying. It’s got a lighter body and longer cable to improve the practicalities of drying and, most importantly, dries hair faster for your convenience. Because who needs hair drying slowing them up in the mornings?

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Best hair dryer for thick hair

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, £299.99, John Lewis


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No doubt you’re heard all about the Dyson; it’s arguably the most famous hair dryer in the world. When the Dyson Supersonic first launched, we told you everything you need to know about it. Yes, it’s the most expensive hair dryer on the list, but it just so happens to be the smartest hair dryer on the list. If you have the money it really is worth it. Professionals, experts and beauty editors are obsessed with it. Read our full review.

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Best travel hair dryer

BaByliss Travel Pro Dryer, £40, Beauty Expert

best hair dryers Babyliss Travel pro

Granted you probably care less about your hair’s appearance on holiday, where you spend most of your time looking like a pineapple with it scrunched atop your head. A girl has more important things to worry about, like soaking up the local culture or getting bronzed on the beach.

But while you’re not so focused on the actual styling of your hair, you still want it dry before you leave your Airbnb. We’re all aware of how much space hair dryers take up, but the new travel dryer from Babyliss is a smaller version without compromising on any power – so it’s just as good as taking your full-sized one.

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Whether you struggle with fine hair or frizz, damaged hair or curls, you’re now equipped with the right dryer for you.

Arm yourself with your heat protection spray and one of the best hair dryers from our round up, and you’ll never have a bad hair day again.

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The best blow dry bars and blow dries London has to offer

The best blow dry bars and blow dries London has to offer

Party hair, don’t care

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.

Windle and Moodie

blow dry bars London Windle and Moodie

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


blow dry bars London Hershesons

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.

29-32 Berners Street, Fitzrovia W1T 3LR

Daniel Galvin

blow dry bars London Daniel Galvin

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.

3rd floor, Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB

Duck & Dry

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.

28 Market Place, Fitzrovia, W1W 8AW

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Mineral make-up: 13 of the best beauty buys available now

Mineral make-up: 13 of the best beauty buys available now

Achieve a flawless finish while giving your skin exactly what it needs with the best mineral make-up available

Mineral make-up is changing the face of beauty and it’s not just a phase. In fact, according to a lot of experts in the industry, it’s the best foundation to combat a slew of skin problems. Not only is it kind to sensitive skin but it’s also non-comodegenic; this means it doesn’t clog pores and lead to blemishes like others. It absorbs excess oil too. So, if you have oily skin, mineral foundation will be your saviour.

Over the years people have been drawn to the idea that mineral make-up powders are more natural and therefore kinder to/more comfortable on your skin. Although many people think mineral make-up only includes powders, liquid formulas can be mineral too. If you have dry skin, but still want the goodness of a mineral foundation, get a liquid formula. Your skin will feel hydrated and dewy.

Theres’ also a range of beneficial properties to many of the formulations found today. If you suffer from redness or sallow skin, try a colour correcting mineral foundation. These can also help combat sallowness and hyper-pigmentation. And if you’re looking for something that can battle fine lines, invest in one of the anti-ageing formulations.

These foundations also make a great base for special occasions. Heading down the aisle soon and not sure what the best foundation for your wedding is? We recommend stocking up on Jane Ireland’s Pure Pressed Base. Thanks to its ability to give skin a smooth matte finish, it’s become a real favourite among brides. Apply full coverage in the morning and then touch-up throughout the day.

Shop our round-up of the best mineral make-up and find your perfect foundation below…

Mineral Foundation MAC

MAC Mineralize SPF15 Cream Compact Foundation, £27, John Lewis

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If you’re looking for a foundation that’s not too heavy, this lightweight cream compact from MAC really does the job.

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bareMineral Foundation

bareMinerals Bareskin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation, £27, Fabled


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If powder seems too heavy for you, try bareMinerals Bareskin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation. It’s ultra lightweight and doubles up as a serum. Apply with fingers for a dewy look or use a face brush and buff it into your skin. This ultra-thin, skin-perfecting fluid provides seamless adjustable coverage, a natural finish and the look and feel of beautiful skin. Plus, the shade spectrum is amazing.

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L’Oreal Mineral Foundation

L’oreal Paris True Match Minerals Powder Foundation, £14.99, Boots

mineral make-upWith its dinky in-the-lid brush and small pot, L’Oréal’s True Match Minerals is a great option for on-the-go touch-ups. Put it in your hand bag to use on your morning commute. Then once you’re on the train, simply dip the brush in the pot and apply to your face using circular motions.

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Keep reading as we chart 10 more of the best mineral make-up formulas available to buy now.

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The Best Winter Fragrances of 2018: from Chanel and Tom Ford to Diptyque and Jo Malone

The Best Winter Fragrances of 2018: from Chanel and Tom Ford to Diptyque and Jo Malone

Warm yourselves with these scents

If you’re a lover fragrance and also happen to be super organised, then it’s very likely that you’ll have a fragrance wardrobe. Much like your typical closet, where you have clothes that are more suited to specific seasons, in your fragrance wardrobe fresher, more floral notes feel more summery and rich, warming scents are typically reserved for winter fragrances.

If you feel like you’re not totally au fait with fragrance, which by the way is nothing to be embarrassed about for it is a confusing and overwhelming, yet completely personal subject, then head over to our Marie Claire Perfume Directory, a one-stop-shop for everything fragrance related. If you’re not yet at the wardrobe stage, and just want to find a beautiful scent for all year round, then take a look at our round-up of the best perfumes for women.

The Marie Claire Perfume Directory


So as we head well and truly into winter, delve into the heart of winter with our edit of the ultimate warming fragrances.

Jo Malone White Moss & Snowdrop, £96 for 100ml Net-A-Porter

best winter fragrances

Every winter Jo Malone create a fragrance just for the festive period and it somehow always captures the scent of Christmas. This year is no different. Even though we have no idea what white moss or snow drops actually smell like, the combination of the two with the addition of cardamon and amber is exactly what the Yuletide smells like. The perfect scent to be worn with a deep red velvet dress.

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Prada La Femme Velvet Edition, £295 for 100ml Harrods

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You would be led to believe that this Prada fragrance is meant for earlier in the year because of its top note of mandarin and base note of tuberose – both very popular in summery fragrances. However, the middle note of Frangipani flower and Ylang Ylang add a depth that means it works well on colder nights too. Plus velvet is the fabric of the season.

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Byrdeo Eleventh Hour, £160 for 100ml Space NK

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As soon as you spray Byredo’s Eleventh Hour, you can smell the wild fig straight away. It clings to your skin and lasts throughout the day. You’ll also pick up on a slight aroma of rum. It’s sweet, but there’s a pepperiness to it as well. You’ll love it if you like Jo Malone’s Pomegranate Noir.

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MiN New York Plush, £220 for 75ml Harrods

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At first this perfume smells really spicy and masculine, which is down to the clove bud and galbanum, but give it a bit of time and it dries down to becomes really floral, thanks to the jasmine, iris and orange blossom. Give it even more time on the skin and suddenly you’ll get aromas of musky and vanilla. It’s a super sophisticated fragrance that takes you on a bit of an olfactory journey.

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Tom Daxon Midnight Saffron, £155 for 100ml Liberty London

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This is an evening scent through and through – not only because of its name, but because the lavender note is strong so it immediately puts you into that cosy, nighttime feeling. Douse yourself in it, put your best cashmere jumper on, and watch a good film with a cup of hot chocolate.

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Ouai Rue St Honorè, £46 for 50ml Cult Beauty

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On dark wintery days, this fragrance will be that burst of light that you’re in desperate need of. After the initial notes of violet, gardenia and ylang ylang settle down, the musk comes through for a sophisticated edge. If you love the smell of Ouai’s hair products, then you’ll recognise the scent immediately.

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AllSaints Sunset Riot, £49 for 100ml

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This winter sees the launch of the first ever fragrances from high street giant, All Saints. There are three in total, each one is unisex and a reflection of the brands contemporary vision. Our favourite is Sunset Riot, a not-too sweet amber fragrance, with notes of orange flower and cedar wood. But it’s the pink peppercorn that makes this scent addictive.

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Le Labo Tonka 25, £180 for 100ml John Lewis

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All hail Tonka 25 – the first new fragrance from Le Labo in three years. It’s dark and seductive and you will fall in love with it straight away. Think of it as Santal 33’s wintery cousin.

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Tom Ford Lost Cherry, £219 for 50ml Selfridges

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If you like a sweet perfume, then look no further than Tom Ford’s latest fragrance. It’s pure play – from the cheeky name, to the rich fruity scent that comes from the black cherry and cherry liquer.

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Chanel N°5 Red Edition, £130 for 100ml John Lewis

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There’s nothing different about the juice – it’s classic N°5 with a festive twist. If you already have the normal bottle, we still think this is a great investment. Just look at it. You need this one too. If you’re new to the perfume, what a great way to be introduced. It’s an incomparable scent that reeks of sophistication.

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Diptyque Trente-Quatre Boulevard Saint Germain, £105 for 100ml Space NK

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This fragrance was created to capture the scent of the original Diptyque boutique in Paris on the Boulevard Saint Germain. How on earth was that done? They’ve taken notes of spice and amber, to reflect the aroma of the brand’s fragrances and candles that could be found in store,  and wood, which in a nod to the wooden furnishings.  It’s a complete scent explosion.

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If you’d rather not part with the money at the moment, then these would make a fine addition to your Xmas list.

You’re never too old for a Xmas list.

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