Five ways to inject some fun into your summer make up routine

Five ways to inject some fun into your summer make up routine


Get creative with your beauty this summer. Lose any make-up inhibitions and switch things up for a new and fresh look. Whether it’s statement glitter or adding a colourful lip into the mix, get into one of these Spring Summer 2019 make up trends.

HOT PINK

For spring/summer 2019, colourful eyeshadow was seen everywhere. From Valentino to Halpern and from washes of highly pigmented colour to painterly abstract shapes, this is the perfect alternative to a bold lip (with no reapplication needed).

Spring Summer 2019 Make Up Trends

How to do a pink eyeshadow look

  1. Start by applying a base primer to the lid of the eye. Try Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, £21
  2. Apply your chosen colour and blend out all the edges for a soft and diffused look. Try  Pat McGrath MTHERSHIP SUBVERSIVE LA VIE EN ROSE PALETTE in Rose Risqué, £50
  3. Coat your lashes for extra impact. Try Le Volume Révolution de Chanel Mascara, £28

Top tip: The base primer creates the perfect canvas for colour.

FAUX FRECKLES & BONZER

Celebrate beautiful freckles and 70s sun kissed skin by accentuating yours.

Spring Summer 2019 Make Up Trends

How to create the perfect faux freckles

  1. Sweep bronzing make-up across the high points for the face. Try Soleil tan de Chanel, £40
  2. Accentuate freckles with fine eyeliner brush across the bridge of the nose and outwards. Try Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in medium brown and dark brown, £19

Top tip: Soften marks by dagging a finger over them to create a natural effect.

POLISHED SKIN & VIRGIN BROWS

Minimal make-up and maximum radiance combined with bushy brows is the perfect combo for a heat wave.

Spring Summer 2019 Make Up Trends

How to get polished skin:

  1. Exfoliate your face for a polished glow. Try Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant, £17.50
  2. Apply a radiance booster. Try Caudalie Beauty Elixir, £12 for 30ml
  3. Slather on an SPF.  Try Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF30 Moisturiser, £17.50
  4. Apply an concealer if you need extra coverage.  Try Glossier Stretch Concealer
  5. Brush brows upwards to create an eye opening effect.  Try Benefit 24 Hour Brow, £21.50

Top tip: Fill in any gaps with an eyebrow pen just follow the natural line of hair growth. Suqqu framing eyebrow liquid pen creates hair like strokes.

GRAPHIC GLITTER

Bring the WOW factor to any summer festival with graphic and glittered eye makeup.

Spring Summer 2019 Make Up Trends

How to do graphic glitter eye make-up:

  1. Apply glitter primer to your eye lid in your desired shape. Try NXY Professional Makeup Glitter Primer, £8
  2. Pat on a selection of coloured glitters over the primer with a synthetic flat eye shadow brush.
  3. Use a selection of colours and tones to give a 3D effect.

Top tip: Remove any glitter fall out with Boots Microporous tape.

Spring Summer 2019 Make Up Trends: STATEMENT LIPS

Turn up the heat this season with neon, bright corals, fiery reds and hot pinks. For an easy way to play with colour, try painting on a bright lip.

Spring Summer 2019 Make Up Trends

How to do statement lip make up:

  1. Prime and condition your lips. Try Clinique moisture Surge Lip Hydro-Plump Treatment, £16
  2. Apply a creamy lipstick formula with high sheen. Try Mac Lustre Lipstick in Neon Orange, £17.50

Top tip: Keep the rest of your look paired back to make the most of the bold lip.

 

Spring Summer 2019 Make Up Trends by:

Photography: Dan Williams

Fashion: Madeleine Bowden

Make up: Sophie Higginson using CHANEL Vision d’Asie: Lumiére et Contraste and CHANEL Hydra Beauty Camellia Water Cream

Hair: Emma Day using Bumble and Bumble

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Pumpkin is the must have ingredient for glowy, bright and even toned skin

Pumpkin is the must have ingredient for glowy, bright and even toned skin


So much more than a scary decoration

Whilst typically thought of as an autumnal vegetable used in warming soups and a scary Halloween decoration, pumpkin is actually one heck of a skincare ingredient.

High in vitamins A, C and E, it works wonders at reducing and smoothing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, as well as fading dark spots. And as it’s made up of alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), it works much like glycolic and lactic acids to break down and remove dead skin cells, which as a result speeds up cell turnover to reveal brighter looking skin.

See? Wonder ingredient.

Here’s our roundup of the 10 best products containing pumpkin…

Frances Prescott Tri-Balm, £46 Cult Beauty

pumpkin skincare

Whilst it might sound strange for one product to be both cleanser and exfoliator, as well as a moisturiser, this multi-tasker is in fact all three. Add water to it and it emulsifies, removing make-up and dirt, let it sit on the skin and allow the pumpkin enzymes to gently nibble away at any dead skin cells, and leave it on all day for a plump, freshly cleansed glow thanks to the rich, nourishing ingredients, like sweet almond and mandarin peel oil.

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Emma Hardie Moisture Boost Vit + C Cream, £49 Look Fantastic

pumpkin skincare

Dull skin’s worst enemy. The combination of vitamins B3 and C, as well as red algae, pumpkin enzymes, shea butter and grapeseed oil brighten skin, whilst encouraging collagen production, calming the appearance of dark spots and ridding the skin’s surface of glow-preventing, dead dulling cells.

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Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment, £72 Cult Beauty

pumpkin skincare

This is a punchy treatment that has been nicknamed ‘The Hollywood 2-minute facial’ and two minutes is really all you need. The LA-based facialist combines both physical and enzyme exfoliators (our trusty pumpkin, papaya and pineapple) to help reveal super glowy skin.

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Neal’s Yard Remedies Geranium and Orange Hand Lotion, £13 John Lewis

pumpkin skincare

Skincare doesn’t stop at your face. This delicious hand lotion contains pumpkin seed oil, which brightens and firms the skin on your hands. Keep next to your sink.

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Mádara Superseed Soothing Hydration Organic Facial Oil, £42.50 Look Fantastic

pumpkin skincare

Who doesn’t want to skin that screams radiant energy?! There are a total of nine different dry oils inside this face oil, including our favourite pumpkin. Together they help to reveal a brighter, more even complexion that deserves to shown off. Add into your daily moisturiser or use alone.

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Pai Pomegranate & Pumpkin Stretch Mark System, £50 John Lewis

pumpkin skincare

Fight stretch marks with this two-pronged attack. Use the cream in the morning, which pushes water into the skin to promote elasticity, and the oil in the evening, which helps work on skin suppleness. Both are laced with pumpkin extract to encourage sluggish cell turnover.

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Votary Super Seed Facial Oil, £70 Net-A-Porter

pumpkin skincare

This natural face oil tackles redness, irritation and loss of elasticity and plumpness, which makes it perfect for dry, sensitive or hormonal skin. The pumpkin plays a big part in all that by refining the skin’s texture and kick starting cell turnover.

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Lancer Skincare The Method: Polish, £62.18 Look Fantastic

pumpkin skincare

From the man behind Beyoncé, Margot Robbie, Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian’s complexions, comes The Method. A simplified routine that promises to deliver. Inside The Polish you’ll find pumpkin and pomegranate extracts, which help to banish any uneven texture. The A-List option.

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Summer Fridays Overtime Mask, £39 Cult Beauty

pumpkin skincare

Summer Fridays are known for creating instant cult products, and this one is no different. Called Overtime, because it’s perfect for those times when you’ve been busy and have neglected your skin slightly. Apply a thick layer onto clean, dry skin and work it in for 60 seconds before leaving it for 10 minutes. Goodbye lacklustre skin, hello glow.

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Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask, £46 Cult Beauty

pumpkin skincare

If you’re partial to a Spiced Pumpkin Latte from Starbucks around Christmas time, then you will love the way this smells. You’ll also love the way that the AHAs and pumpkin enzymes cut through surface debris and dead skin to reveal skin that reflects light like never before.

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It’s time to take pumpkin more seriously.

Invest in this vegetable now.

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I'm a seasoned festival-goer and this is my essential beauty packing list

I'm a seasoned festival-goer and this is my essential beauty packing list


In Partnership with Boots

The festival season has officially hit. Glastonbury kicked us off a couple of weeks ago. Portaloos, outrageous outfits (festival fashion is definitely its own genre) and warm cider – this, to me, is the real start to the British summer.

In order to truly nail a festival, your beauty bags needs to been on point. It has taken me some time to perfect, but I now think that I have created the ultimate beauty packing list. It’s all down to the essentials that you can’t live without and the ones that, despite your initial thoughts, should be left at home. You need hard working space-saving, multi-use products; make-up that makes you stand out and skincare that saves your skin from total disarray.

Here’s my roundup of ‘what to pack’ for a festival…

Biodegradable face wipes

I don’t think I could make it through a festival without these beauties. As my usual double cleanse is off the cards, I turn to these at the end of the day so that I’m not sleeping in my make-up. The key here though, is to make sure that they’re completely biodegradable. Simple’s wipes are brilliant at ridding my skin of every last scrap of make-up, even the best waterproof mascara, and I can rest easy knowing that I am not adding to landfill, because they break down in just 42 days. That’s better than grapefruit, melon and onion peels.

Simple Kind To Skin Biodegradable Cleansing Wipes, £4.39 Boots

simple biodegradable wipes

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Mirror

I cannot tell you how many times friends have forgotten a mirror and ended up using mine. How on earth do you expect to do your make-up in the evenings and assess the damage in the morning? Don’t rely on the tiny one in your eyeshadow palette, opt for stand alone one. A total essential.

Folding Travel Mirror, £6 Boots

festival beauty mirror

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Under-eye patches

Probably not one you will have thought of, but trust me when I say these will provide sweet relief in the mornings. Festivals rarely provide a good night’s sleep – noisy neighbours, boiling hot tents, staying up to watch the sunrise or maybe just skipping sleep completely to keep the party going… Cooling and hydrating under-eye patches are heaven sent for puffy, dark-circled eyes.

Soap & Glory Puffy Eye Attack Under-Eye Brightening Hydrogel Patches, £3.50 Boots

undereye patches

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CC cream

I really don’t like wearing too much complexion make-up when I’m at festivals. Firstly, I like to let my skin breathe as much as possible, but also because I’m not able to thoroughly cleanse my skin every night I hate the idea of adding to that. HOWEVER, I am no fool. I know that after a couple of days in a field, when more often than not my morning cuppa has been a cider and I’ve failed to get to bed before 3am the whole time, my skin is going to look slightly worse for ware. Enter IT Cosmetics illuminating cc cream. Nothing camouflages redness and blemishes better in this time of need. It’s full coverage, so at a festival I’ll only use a small amount and apply it those bits that need a bit of TLC.

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Illumination SPF50+, £31 Boots

it cosmetics cc cream

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Colourful eyeliner

You can guarantee that everyone you see will be covered in glitter (it’s synonymous with festivals after all), but I think it’s better to stand out from the crowd. Not only because it’s more imaginative, but because it’s much kinder to the planet. So I like to apply a bright eyeliner to my eyelid and Fenty Beauty’s new liquid eyeliners are exactly the right amount of neon.

Fenty Beauty Baecae Vivid Liquid Eyeliner Trio, £27 Boots

Fenty neon eyeliners

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Lip & cheek duo

When I’m looking peaky and pale, I always have a rosy blusher with me to fake a natural flush and make myself look a little more human and less walking dead. Ideally, it would be one that I could use on my lips too so that I don’t have to carry an extra product with me. Smashbox’s Beverly Hill Blush is the ideal shade to bring me back to life.

Smashbox L.A. Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Colour, £26 Boots

smashbox lip and cheek

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Hyaluronic acid serum

Booze doesn’t just dehydrate your insides, it does the same to skin too. As soon as I wake up, I can feel how parched my skin is, which is why hyaluronic acid is key. Ever since I discovered L’Oreal Paris’ replumping ampoules I’ve been obsessed, because they’re perfect for travel. You only have to pack the number of ampoules for the number of days.

L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Filler Replumping Ampoules £19.99 Boots

loreal hyaluronic acid ampoules

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Moisturiser

This might sound obvious, but by god do not forget this. Your skin will thank you. I like to take Embryolisse with me – it’s a cult beauty product, because it isn’t too heavy, rids the skin of dry, flaky patches and sinks in quickly. It’s loved by make-up artists for weddings and backstage. Plus it can be used on the face and body, so another multi-use product.

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré Nourishing Moisturiser, £20 Boots

embryolisse

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Dry Shampoo

I don’t need to remind you of this do I?! Leave your shampoo and conditioner at home, embrace the dirt and give your hair a break. This Colab one has UV protection and doesn’t leave a white residue – ideal.

Colab Dry Shampoo Active, £2.33 Boots

colab dry shampoo

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Supplements

Specifically, rehydration salts. When you’re hungover, you’ve got to replace the salts you lost the night before getting tiddly. First thing in the morning is great, just before you go to bed is even better. If you manage to do on the night, you’ll be my hero.

Rehydration Treatment, £2.39 for 6 sachets Boots

festival rehydration salts

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Suncream

Pack this along with gallons of positive thoughts. Annoyingly, the British weather isn’t exactly reliable. I have been to so many festivals where it rain from the moment I enter through the gates, to the moment I pass through them again when I leave. But sometimes, sometimes, the weather holds out for us and is gloriously sunny. POTENTIALLY ADD SOMETHING HERE ABOUT GLASTONBURY AS ITS MEANT TO BE SUNNY. On these rare occasions, you need your suncream. But I wouldn’t bother packing a big bottle – we must remain realistic – so this pocket sized Nivea SPF30 is perfect.

Nivea Sun Suncream Pocket Size Lotion SPF30, £3 Boots

nivea suncream pocket size

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Hand sanitizer

If you haven’t packed this, you should probably just go straight home. You musn’t, under any circumstances, forget this. I cannot express this strongly enough. Keep it on you at all times. If you haven’t been to a festival before, then nothing can quite prepare you for the loo situation, but at least with this to hand you will feel some what in control. Sort of.

Carex Moisture Plus Hand Gel, £1 Boots

festival antibacterial hand gel

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And that is how you pack for a festival.

Mic drop.

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Sunburn: how to avoid and treat it for the smarter way to tan

Sunburn: how to avoid and treat it for the smarter way to tan


When the sun manages to get the better of you…

sunburn

Sunburn is officially the worst. Not only does it hurt like hell (warm showers are certainly out of the question), but it looks bloody unsightly.

Nothing ruins a beautiful outfit quite like roaring red shoulders and unsightly tan lines. Whilst the best aftersun will help soothe and calm the inflammation and try to prevent peeling, it isn’t going to get rid of the burn, nor solve it overnight.

Here are some steps you can take straight away to ease the pain…

How to treat sunburn

Step 1: Get out of the sun straight away. Find a nice shady spot or even go inside.

Step 2: Cool down your skin. Either have a cold shower (but don’t put it on full blast, keep the pressure low), a cool bath or dampen a towel with cold water and drape it over the area. When drying off, be sure not to drag your towel across your skin, gently pat the area dry. Then apply your after sun. Aloe Vera also does wonders at soothing painful skin, so as well as your aftersun, stock up on some that as well. We like the below.

Sukin Aloe Vera Gel, £7.95 Look Fantastic

sunburn aloe vera

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Herbivore After Sun Soothing Aloe Mist, £18 Cult Beauty

sunburn aloe vera

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Step 3: Keep hydrated and drink plenty of water.

Step 4: If you’re in severe pain, take paracetamol and ibuprofen to take down some of the inflammation.

Step 5: Keep the affected area completely covered until it starts to feel better, but avoid wearing anything too tight and constricting.

Sunburn myths

If you burn regularly, it might be that you’re falling foul to the sunburn myths that are damaging your skin. Here we debunk them with the help of Dr Daniel Glass from The Dermatology Clinic London.

MYTH: You won’t burn in the shade

FACT: ‘A common error that many make is believing that they cannot burn in the shade, so resort to lying under an umbrella or tree when they need a ‘break’ from the sun. However, this is far from the truth as you can burn even when under a shade, due to UV radiation reflected off nearby surfaces. It is important to understand that it is not necessarily the visible sunlight that damages your skin, but the UV radiation. Even though we cannot see or feel them, UV radiation reflect off benign surfaces like sand, water, and even snow, which means that you can still get sunburnt even in the shade.

For this reason, it is always important to ensure you are well protected from the sun with the best sun cream, even when in the shade.’

MYTH: The odd sunburn won’t hurt

FACT: ‘Getting sunburnt doesn’t mean you will definitely develop skin cancer, but getting sunburn especially when you are young massively increases the risk of skin cancer. For example recent research based on almost 100,000 people showed that one sunburn between the age of 15 and 25 increased the risk of melanoma skin cancer by over 50% and 4 episodes of sunburn more than doubles your risk of developing melanoma. For this reason, it’s a good idea to think very carefully about taking extra measures to protect your skin, especially if you have been sunburnt in the past.’

MYTH: You can’t burn when it’s cloudy

FACT: ‘Not only can you burn when it’s cloudy – you might get an even worse sunburn, as it is unlikely you will realise how powerful the UV rays are. People are often a lot more relaxed about sun cream application when the weather is overcast, and the clouds are more prominent than the sun, but what they fail to realise is that 80% of the sun’s rays can pass through clouds, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.That’s why it’s important that apply your sun cream every 2 hours or after swimming and sport, even on cloudier days.’

MYTH: If you have dark skin, you don’t need sun cream

FACT: ‘Make no mistake, whether you have dark or pale skin, your skin can get damaged from the sun and you’re putting yourself at risk of skin cancer. Although less common than in caucasian skin, melanoma can occur in black or Asian skin. A naturally high level of the pigment melanin does of course add some protection from the sun, but it does not mean that sun burn cannot happen, especially with excessive exposure.’

MYTH: If you wear a high factor sun cream you do not need to reapply frequently

FACT: ‘No sun cream is 100% effective, even those which claim to give you an all-day protection, so you should make sure you re apply frequently and stay out of the sun during the hottest times of the day. Spending hours baking in the sun is not good for your skin, even if you apply a high protection sun cream as the cream will only delay not prevent DNA damage in your skin. When selecting a sun cream, make sure you are using the right one for your skin type which has both UVA and UVB protection.’

 

 

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Whether you want a colour refresh or complete change, these are the best hair salons for colour

Whether you want a colour refresh or complete change, these are the best hair salons for colour


Your colour in very safe hands with this lot

best hair salons for colour

Most of us can hold our hands up and say that we’ve experienced some sort of dye disaster in our lifetime. It may be the more expensive option, but putting your trust in one of the best hair salons for colour (and their expert colourists) is without question the safest option for great-looking hair.

Whether you’re looking for a crazy colour transformation, refresh existing colour or need a bit of blonde maintenance, there’s an expert in the city just waiting to fix your locks up. Keep reading for the Marie Claire approved salons for colour across the capital. Just want a cut and styling session? All of the below are excellent for a new ‘do, but check out our guide to the overall best hair salons in London next for more recommendations.

Windle London

best hair salons for colour Windle and Moodie

One of the best London salons you’ll find, newly-rebranded Windle London is based right in the heart of the capital’s West End, tucked just around the corner from Seven Dials. Founded by Paul Windle, who started his career at Vidal Sassoon before becoming principal of their hairdressing school, the small and chic salon has been going for over 30 years. As well as all being super hard working and precise in their colouring – Pia in particular is meticulous – the whole team of colourists and stylists has a lovely, friendly family feel to it. Having your hair washed and head massaged in a darkened room is a game-changer; you’ll leave feeling super relaxed and in good spirits after every visit. Head here for the best blow dries that last for days, too.

Where is it?

41-45 Shorts Gardens, Seven Dials, London WC2H 9AP

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Percy and Reed

best hair salons for colour Percy and Reed

At Percy & Reed salons (one in East London and one up West) they do things a little differently. Rather than having a colourist tend to your balayage, then a stylist getting to grips with your cut, each member of the team is fully trained in both. This means that no matter who you end up with, you’re with them from the moment you sit down in their chair at the beginning of your appointment right to the very end, so they really listen to you. Because they know that the cut and colour are integral to achieving the exact look you’re after. They’ll ask about hair history, condition, type, lifestyle, you name it. If you’ve got inspo pictures, show them. If you fell in love with a girl’s colour who passed you on the street six weeks ago, describe it. If you’re completely unsure about exactly what you want, trust them. Because founders Paul Percival and Adam Reed still work closely at fashion weeks and on shoots, the salon is often flooded with trend-led colour treatments and new approaches that are not to be missed.

Where is it?

Percy & Reed West is based at 157C Great Portland Street, W1W 6QS, while East is at 1 Fournier Street, E1 6QE.

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Words by Katie Thomas

Zoë Irwin at John Frieda

best salons for colour Zoe Irwin John Frieda

Described as ‘the Stella McCartney of the hairdressing’ world, Zoë’s CV top line speaks for itself: ghd UK Brand Ambassador, Wella Professionals UK Colour Trend Expert, and now Creative Director of John Frieda’s Aldford Street salon in the heart of Mayfair. Zoe is known for having an eagle eye for spotting hair trends before anyone else. The woman is scrupulous when it comes to colour – you’ll probably be happy with your hair before she is, but that’s a good thing – and she won’t rest until your hair is perfect, whether you’re after trend-led blonde balayage or a natural-looking rich, warm brunette. Bonus: she’s super chilled and all-round lovely to be around.

Where is it?

4 Aldford Street, Mayfair, London W1K 2AE

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Larry King

best hair salons for colour Larry King

Best for: Refreshing colour

Based around the concept of ‘a social life for your hair’, Larry King’s flagship salon isn’t even three years old yet but has made huge waves in the hair industry, with tonnes of A-listers flocking to Kensington to get their hair did. The man himself has hand-picked a team of expert colourists with decades of expertise and dab-handedness in balayage, beachy blondes, experimental hues, the works. Don’t have time to sit in a salon chair for half a day? We hear you. Fortunately the salon offers Redken’s genius new treatment menu, express Blow Dry with Benefits. In a smudge more time than it takes to get a blow-dry, you can add a pop of colour, neutralise any brassy tones, blend out your greys or add shine with a clear gloss using Shades EQ. If you’re growing out highlights, the treatment can soften the look so that it’s more of a gentle balayage. Or, go all-out and add peach or lilac tones to change up your look before a holiday or festival. The treament lasts for eight washes and, best of all, you’ll be in and out in less than 90 minutes.

Where is it?

34-36 Harrington Road, South Kensington, London SW7 3ND

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Nicola Clarke at John Frieda

best salons for colour

Best for: Classic blonde

Think of a seriously famous blonde – Kate Moss, Madonna, Cate Blanchet, Kate Winslet – and Nicola Clarke probably does her hair. In the beauty industry she’s about as synonymous with blondes as red buses are to London. Awarded Best London Salon at our 2019 Hair Awards, Nicola is based at John Frieda’s super luxe Margaret Street salon, a seriously chic space. She has decades of experience and her status as a legendary colourist spans the globe, with an artistic eye for colour that’s almost unrivalled. And who wouldn’t want their hair coloured by the same person who looks after one of the biggest supermodels of all time?

Where is it?

58-59 Margaret Street, London W1W 8SN

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Bleach London

best hair salons for colour Bleach

Best for: Every colour on the spectrum

Bursting onto the scene in 2010, Bleach has since transformed into the one-stop-shop for all things colour. And we’re not just talking your regular blondes, reds and brunettes; they’re the pros when it comes to experimental shades. Baby blues, pastel pinks, a complete multi-coloured rainbow – the choice is yours. First and foremost, the stylists are at the top of their game. Head to their Instagram @bleachlondon and you’ll see there’s nothing they can’t do, whether you want all-over highlighter yellow or a super natural blonde balayage. They also specialise in diplights; regular highlights that start an inch from the root for a blended look that’s perfect for anyone who wants their colour to look lived-in, or can’t commit to touch-ups every six weeks. Jada at the Soho branch is a wizard when it comes to mermaid hair (check out the before and after pictures below if you don’t believe us).

best salons for colour

At your patch test, they’ll snip off a tiny lock of your hair to test how it reacts to the colour, to ensure they can give you the unicorn mane of your dreams. Yes, it’s possible to take the leap from brunette to blonde in one sitting, but at Bleach their priority is getting you there without ruining your hair – they can take you from bottle copper to soft peach without sacrificing your hair health. No straw-like hair here – their two-part plex treatment ensures every strand is silky soft and healthy when you walk out of the salon. All their products are completely vegan and cruelty-free, so when your super-cool colour needs a top up, head to Boots and pick up a bottle of your favourite shade from their range.

Where is it?

You’ll find Bleach Salons in Dalston (42 Kingsland Road, E8 4AA), Brixton (195 Ferndale Road, SW9 8BA) and Soho (2 Berwick Street, W1F 0DR).

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Words by Jadie Troy-Pride

Josh Wood Atelier

best hair salons for colour

The man behind the hair of Kylie and Elle Macpherson (to name but a few famous clients), Josh Wood is the man behind some of the fashion week catwalk’s biggest and best hair looks; you’ll always find him backstage putting his creative talents to work. He recently launched his own hair colouring line which you’ve probably seen around and, FYI, they’ll be doing in-store color consultations in the new look Boots store. But if you want the best results, put your faith in Josh and his ‘dream team’ in the Notting Hill salon, for a wealth of knowledge and a colour experience that’s tailored specifically to you and your look. They can do anything from ‘oil slick’ colour to candy floss pink, as well as perfectly blended classic shades.

Where is it?

6 Lansdowne Mews, Notting Hill, London W11 3AN

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STIL Salon

best hair salons for colour STIL

Best for: Cool cuts and Scandi blonde

Founded by super cool Scandinavian Christel Lundqvist – three times winner of British Colour Technician of the Year award – STIL offers a super bespoke colouring experience that will simultaneously fuel your Pinterest obsession with Scandi interiors. Christel’s famous-faced clients have included the likes of Pink, Ellie Goulding and Pixie Lott, and her expertise has been drafted in to create all over the world. If effortlessly chic hair is your bag, this Notting Hill gem should be high on your salon hit list because, really, there’s nothing effortless about perfect ‘lived-in’ hair.

Where is it?

2 Chepstow Road, Notting Hill, London W2 5BH

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Time for a colour change-up? We think so too…

For more great hair features, head to our Hair & Beauty section at the top of the page

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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 eyeliner. From Brigitte Bardot and Audrey Hepburn, to Amy Winehouse and Alexa Chung 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.

Sometimes it’s pretty tricky to nail, which is why tutorials like the below from Lisa Eldridge are so good to use when applying the best eyeliner.

 

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

Chanel Le Crayon Khôl, £20 Harrods

 

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We know it’s quite boujie to take a Chanel khôl liner out of your makeup bag, but it is such a brilliantly simple but effective product. The colour payoff is excellent, it smudges enough to create a cooler-than-cool smokey eye, but not enough that it’ll end up down your cheeks by lunch. Worth it. It totally deserves a plane on this best eyeliner list.

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Best waterproof eyeliner

NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner, £18 Fabled

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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, £16 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, £17.55 Fabled

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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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Not a splurger? These are the best drugstore foundations to grab at Boots or Superdrug

Not a splurger? These are the best drugstore foundations to grab at Boots or Superdrug


Because a great complexion doesn’t have to cost the earth

best drugstore foundations 2019

If spending a tonne of money on make-up isn’t your thing, it’s high time you wised up on the best drugstore foundations.

These days more affordable make-up formulas are so good that they can rival their designer counterparts; a tenner is more than enough to settle you with a great foundation.

Keep reading for the bargain beauty bases you need to know about if you’re not quite prepared to splurge (you’re welcome!).

Best drugstore foundations with full coverage

e.l.f. Flawless Foundation, £7.50, Boots

A relatively new brand to the UK, e.l.f.’s Flawless Finish formula is a go-to for beauty junkies on a budget all over the world. It’s super buildable, meaning you can get excellent coverage when you need it and a lighter finish on the days you want something more toned down. Either way, you’ll have a super healthy-looking and smooth complexion.

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Best drugstore foundations for dry skin

L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Foundation, £11.99, Amazon

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Best drugstore foundations for oily skin

L’Oreal Paris Infallible Matte Foundation, £8, Fabled

This is the holy grail of matte foundations for oily skin. It covers up blemishes, has full coverage and stays matte even on the oiliest of skin types. No sliding off your face with this one, folks.

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Best dewy drugstore foundation

Sleek MakeUP Vitality Foundation, £8.99, Boots

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Although it’s oil-free, Sleek’s lightweight foundation is packed with hydrating ingredients like bamboo, water lily and lotus flower extract, to keep your skin soft, supple and dewy while you wear it; build it up for that healthy glow. It’s available in 24 different shades, spanning a pretty broad range. Not bad for £8.99, hey?

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Best drugstore powder foundation

NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder Foundation, £11.50, Boots

best drugstore foundation powder NYXIt says it on the tin: Matte but not flat is exactly what you’re after if a lasting shine-free complexion is your bag, and NYX delivers on that front. Good coverage with a smooth non-cakey finish, it ticks all the boxes.

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Keep scrolling for a few more of the best drugstore foundation formulas we ever did see…

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7 of the best buys for skin that glows in all the good ways

7 of the best buys for skin that glows in all the good ways


If experts are asked one thing time and time again, it’s how to achieve a dewy, easy glow look using skincare and makeup.

If radiant, luminous-looking skin is your quest but you’re worried about having oily, combination or acne-prone skin, don’t – there’s a solution to suit all skin tones and skin types.

From classic contouring – using powder and liquid bronzers suitable for all skin tones – to the hero highlighters and ‘blend-it-yourself’ bronzers, it’s never been easier to create a natural-looking, sun kissed glow all year round.

The key trick is to avoid product that contains thick glitter (unless disco is your bag) chalky powders that leave a cakey residue or flat, dull-looking shades layered on top of a liquid.

When it comes to application – be sure to use a sponge (like the Brushworks Wonder Sponge) to blend liquids or failing that, apply with your fingertips to warm product for a natural-looking finish minus any faff. Use a fan brush for highlighter powders or a bronzer brush for a sunkissed feel.

To celebrate the start of summer, Fabled by Marie Claire have a limited edition gift with every purchase too. Simply spend £100 and get the below beauty bundle FREE – it’s worth £182! Shop fast though, they will sell out.

Whether you prefer bronzers, glow drops, skincare-loaded serums, radiance-boosting setting powders or baked highlighters – Fabled by Marie Claire has rounded up the 7 very best selling glow-getters for you and your kit – as rated by you and reviewed by experts:

YOUR GO-TO GLOW KIT

1. BEST SOLID HIGHLIGHTER: Illamasqua Beyond Powder in Risque, £24 Fabled

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CELEBRITY FAN: Florence Welch

EXPERT TIP – Cruelty-free brand Illamasqua’s baked highlighter powders are a global best seller, adding strobe-like radiance when applied to the high points of the face (cheekbones, brow bones and down the centre of the nose).

Those with fair skin should use champagne or pale gold highlighters with purple undertones that shift beautifully in the light (think Daze). Medium or olive tones suit peachy gold finishes like Dare, and bronze or rose gold looks gorgeous on darker skin (try Risque).

Why not dampen a So Eco Shading Brush and apply pigment to eyelids for a high shine, long-lasting eye shadow finish too.

2. BEST LONG-LASTING FAKE TAN: He Shi Express Liquid Tan, £21 Fabled

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CELEBRITY FAN: Love Island’s Caroline Flack

EXPERT TIP – Do NOT moisturise before use. Instead exfoliate and apply to clean, dry skin for a golden glow that lasts a seriously impressive 10 days.

3. BEST GLOW BASE: bareMinerals Skinlongevity Vital Power Infusion, £48 Fabled

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CELEBRITY FANS: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Letitia Wright

EXPERT TIP – When it comes to applying this nourishing serum, follow these simple steps for optimum results:

1: Wash and exfoliate skin

2. Using a thin serum? Apply 1 drop to each section of your face. If you’re using a richer serum – like bareMineral’s vegan formula – then warm 2-4 drops in your hands before applying.

3. Tap skin gently for up to one minute until serum is absorbed

4. Apply morning and night, adding an SPF moisturiser or overnight cream as desired.

4. BEST MULTI-TASKING GLOW: Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer, £30 Fabled

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CELEBRITY FAN: Kim Kardashian

EXPERT TIP – Packed with Niacinamide and Hyaluronic Acid, the benefits of this cult buy are three-fold – providing 24-hour hydration, upping moisture by a whopping 127% and locking foundation on for a truly impressive, long-lasting finish – making it the ultimate travel companion. Use as a hydration-booster on long haul flights, applying two pumps to fingertips and smooth over face.

5. BEST BRONZER FOR DARKER SKIN TONES: Nars Bronzing Powder in Laguna, £31 Fabled

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CELEBRITY FAN: Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle

EXPERT TIP – If powders aren’t your thing, you’ll love this iconic liquid glow. The consistency means it’s super easy to build depth, meaning it works well on darker skin tones. Either wear bare where the sun naturally hits (cheekbones, cupid’s bow and nose) or blended into makeup for an all-over healthy glow. Finish with Urban Decay’s iconic All-Nighter Setting Spray for up to 16-hours worth of coverage.

6. BEST ALL-DAY, EVERYDAY GLOW: Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow, £29 Fabled

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CELEBRITY FAN: Jennifer Lopez

EXPERT TIP – Unlike some powders this global bestseller locks makeup in place for 12 hours whilst retaining a natural, luminous-looking finish. A perfect fit for ‘big day beauty’ and photos (think soft-focus effect minus any caking) this is a must for anyone who has ever wondered ‘How do I create a natural makeup look that photographs well?’ Extend the lifespan of yours by sprinkling powder into the product lid, using a powder brush to pick up product and desaturating it against the back of your hand for more even distribution.

7. BEST ‘ON-THE-GO’ GLOW Lancôme Custom Glow Drops, £26 Fabled

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CELEBRITY FAN: Millie Mackintosh

EXPERT TIP – Blend with your favourite foundation for a custom-made (non-comedogenic) glow look – or add to your handbag for fast and foolproof strobing, highlighting and on-the-go glow.

Want to get your hands on the above limited edition glow-kit, PLUS even more summer beauty must-haves, below – for FREE?

Spend £100 and get this SEVENTEEN-strong beauty bundle – worth £182 – for FREE! Available while stocks last, see Fabled.com for details.

So what are you waiting for?

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What is bakuchiol, and how does it work? These are the products to stock up on

What is bakuchiol, and how does it work? These are the products to stock up on


Scared of using retinol? Listen up

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If you follow any beauty-related Instagram accounts then you’ve probably seen the word bakuchiol popping up all over the place. It’s kind of a big deal.

That said, you may not be clued in on what it actually does, or why people are raving about it. That’s where your Marie Claire skincare experts come in with our handy need-to-know guy on the skincare ingredient of the moment.

Keep reading to find out more about the ingredient that might just knock retinol off the top spot…

What is bakuchiol?

‘It’s an ayurvedic treatment from Asia that is a naturally-found alternative to retinol, extracted from the seeds of a Babchi plant found in Asia,’ explains Mark Curry, co-founder of skincare brand The Inkey List. ‘Like retinol or vitamin A, it reduces the appearance of wrinkles and uneven skin by stimulating the regeneration of skin cells.’ So, smoother, more even complexions all round.

Bakuchiol can reduce inflammation, improve elasticity and help stimulate collagen, so it’s a pretty impressive little ingredient.

Can everybody use it, we hear you ask? That’s where it’s different to our much-loved retinol: everybody can use it without fear of irritation. ‘It’s suitable for all skin types, even the most sensitive, including pre and post-pregnancy women who should not be using retinol.’

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We’re excited to introduce our Oil and Water Double Cleanser and Bakuchiol Moisturiser, available now on @feelunique . Plant derived, and with antioxidant properties, our Bakuchiol Moisturiser is a natural Retinol alternative. It helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and even skin tone. Formulated with the Omega-3 packed Sacha Inchi Oil and Squalane it also works to hydrate and nourish the skin. Can be used AM and PM. . A 2 in 1 daily cleanser, our Oil and Water Double Cleanser is formulated with naturally derived Sea Buckthorn and Sweet Almond oil, to gently remove make-up and skins impurities. Added Panthenol works to help improve skins moisturise levels for a non-drying and thorough cleanse. . Which one are you most excited to try?🖤 . #theinkeylist

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When to apply bakuchiol

This will depend entirely on the form you buy your bakuchiol, as it’s available in both serum and moisturiser options, but usually you’d apply after cleansing and toning your skin. Our guide to the order you should apply skincare products will help you work out where your bakuchiol buy best fits into your skincare regime (and clear up some confusion around all those other products).

Liking the sound of it so far? Keep scrolling for Marie Claire‘s favourite products containing the ingredient of the moment.

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I’m a seasoned festival-goer and this is my essential beauty packing list


The must-haves and the oh-my-goodness-leave-that-at-homes

With Glastonbury coming to a close today, the festival season has officially hit. Portaloos, outrageous outfits (festival fashion is definitely its own genre) and warm cider – this, to me, is the real start to the British summer.

In order to truly nail a festival, your beauty bags needs to been on point. It has taken me some time to perfect, but I now think that I have created the ultimate beauty packing list. It’s all down to the essentials that you can’t live without and the ones that, despite your initial thoughts, should be left at home. You need hard working space-saving, multi-use products; make-up that makes you stand out and skincare that saves your skin from total disarray.

Here’s my roundup of ‘what to pack’ for a festival…

Biodegradable face wipes

I don’t think I could make it through a festival without these beauties. As my usual double cleanse is off the cards, I turn to these at the end of the day so that I’m not sleeping in my make-up. The key here though, is to make sure that they’re completely biodegradable. Simple’s wipes are brilliant at ridding my skin of every last scrap of make-up, even waterproof mascara, and I can rest easy knowing that I am not adding to landfill, because they break down in just 42 days. That’s better than grapefruit, melon and onion peels.

Simple Kind To Skin Biodegradable Cleansing Wipes, £4.39 Boots

Mirror

I cannot tell you how many times friends have forgotten a mirror and ended up using mine. How on earth do you expect to do your make-up in the evenings and assess the damage in the morning? Don’t rely on the tiny one in your eyeshadow palette, opt for stand alone one. A total essential.

Folding Travel Mirror, £6 Boots

Under-eye patches

Probably not one you will have thought of, but trust me when I say these will provide sweet relief in the mornings. Festivals rarely provide a good night’s sleep – noisy neighbours, boiling hot tents, staying up to watch the sunrise or maybe just skipping sleep completely to keep the party going… Cooling and hydrating under-eye patches are heaven sent for puffy, dark-circled eyes.

Soap & Glory Puffy Eye Attack Under-Eye Brightening Hydrogel Patches, £3.50 Boots

CC cream

I really don’t like wearing too much complexion make-up when I’m at festivals. Firstly, I like to let my skin breathe as much as possible, but also because I’m not able to thoroughly cleanse my skin every night I hate the idea of adding to that. HOWEVER, I am no fool. I know that after a couple of days in a field, when more often than not my morning cuppa has been a cider and I’ve failed to get to bed before 3am the whole time, my skin is going to look slightly worse for ware. Enter IT Cosmetics illuminating cc cream. Nothing camouflages redness and blemishes better in this time of need. It’s full coverage, so at a festival I’ll only use a small amount and apply it those bits that need a bit of TLC.

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Illumination SPF50+, £31 Boots

Colourful eyeliner

You can guarantee that everyone you see will be covered in glitter (it’s synonymous with festivals after all), but for those times when I don’t want to blend in with the crowd or, if I’m honest just cannot be bothered, I’ll apply a bright eyeliner to my eyelid and be on my way. Fenty Beauty’s new liquid eyeliners are exactly the right amount of neon.

Fenty Beauty Baecae Vivid Liquid Eyeliner Trio, £27 Boots

Lip & cheek duo

When I’m looking peaky and pale, I always have a rosy blusher with me to fake a natural flush and make myself look a little more human and less walking dead. Ideally, it would be one that I could use on my lips too so that I don’t have to carry an extra product with me. Smashbox’s Beverly Hill Blush is the ideal shade to bring me back to life.

Smashbox L.A. Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Colour, £26 Boots

Hyaluronic acid serum

Booze doesn’t just dehydrate your insides, it does the same to skin too. As soon as I wake up, I can feel how parched my skin is, which is why hyaluronic acid is key. Ever since I discovered L’Oreal Paris’ replumping ampoules I’ve been obsessed, because they’re perfect for travel. You only have to pack the number of ampoules for the number of days.

L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Filler Replumping Ampoules £19.99 Boots

Moisturiser

This might sound obvious, but by god do not forget this. Your skin will thank you. I like to take Embryolisse with me – it’s a cult beauty product, because it isn’t too heavy, rids the skin of dry, flaky patches and sinks in quickly. It’s loved by make-up artists for weddings and backstage. Plus it can be used on the face and body, so another multi-use product.

Embyolisse Lait-Crème Concentré Nourishing Moisturiser, £20 Boots

Dry Shampoo

I don’t need to remind you of this do I?! Leave your shampoo and conditioner at home, embrace the dirt and give your hair a break. This Colab one has UV protection and doesn’t leave a white residue – ideal.

Colab Dry Shampoo Active, £2.33 Boots

Supplements

Specifically, rehydration salts. When you’re hungover, you’ve got to replace the salts you lost the night before getting tiddly. First thing in the morning is great, just before you go to bed is even better. If you manage to do on the night, you’ll be my hero.

Rehydration Treatment, £2.39 for 6 sachets Boots

Suncream

Pack this along with gallons of positive thoughts. Annoyingly, the British weather isn’t exactly reliable. I have been to so many festivals where it rain from the moment I enter through the gates, to the moment I pass through them again when I leave. But sometimes, sometimes, the weather holds out for us and is gloriously sunny. POTENTIALLY ADD SOMETHING HERE ABOUT GLASTONBURY AS ITS MEANT TO BE SUNNY. On these rare occasions, you need your suncream. BBut I wouldn’t bother packing a big bottle – we must remain realistic – so this pocket sized Nivea SPF30 is perfect.

Nivea Sun Suncream Pocket Size Lotion SPF30, £3 Boots

Hand sanitizer

If you haven’t packed this, you should probably just go straight home. You musn’t, under any circumstances, forget this. I cannot express this strongly enough. Keep it on you at all times. If you haven’t been to a festival before, then nothing can quite prepare you for the loo situation, but at least with this to hand you will feel some what in control. Sort of.

Carex Moisture Plus Hand Gel, £1 Boots

Glitter

Every year I tell myself not to take glitter – partly because of how bad it is for the planet and partly because I wish I was more imaginative. Badly applied glitter is the beauty equivalent to a flower crown: basic. However, I always get sucked into the whole rigmarole and end up packing a few pots, just in case. Luckily, brands are more clued up with being sustainable and there are now loads of biodegradable options, which means I can pack the pots guilt-free.

 

 

 

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