The best spas in London – because sometimes you want to get away from the world (and the people in it)

The best spas in London – because sometimes you want to get away from the world (and the people in it)


For a spot of respite in the busy city

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Whether you’re a visitor to the city or a resident in need of some time out from the hustle and bustle of the metropolitan madness, the best spas in London offer the perfect moment of respite.

From tension releasing massages and decongesting facials, to soothing watsu pools and detoxing steam rooms, there is nothing better than a pamper to ease the mind and soul.

Luckily the city has some spectacular options, here is our guide to the best spas in London…

Best spas in London: Akasha

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Why is it so amazing? After a rubbish night’s sleep and a hellish commute into London, it’s safe to say that my stress levels were above average before checking myself into Akasha. Thankfully, the spa itself is the polar opposite of the streets outside – calm, clean and quiet. As you descend the steps down into the spa, you instantly feel more at peace. The first thing you spot is the incredible pool, which sits at its centre that has alcoves coming off it that house the Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. But it’s also the netural-toned marble that seems to soothe the soul too. *Side note: you don’t actually have to be on the brink of a hissy fit to enjoy this cavernous spa. You could walk in happy as Larry and still come away the most relaxed you’ve ever been.* It’s got everything you need without being so overwhelmingly big that you don’t get lost and the minimalist decor doesn’t distract you from the sole purpose of being there – relaxation.

Standout treatment? Aromatherapy Associates offers a range of treatments to tackle lifestyle concerns like stress or lack of energy; I opted for the ‘We Relax’ Wellbeing Treatment as I felt I needed help in that department. The majority of the treatment involves a massage at whatever level of pressure you prefer, combined with AA’s Light or Deep Relax oil blend and, thankfully, I left feeling like I was walking on air. Five stars. £150 for 60 minutes

Where is it? Underneath Piccadilly Circus in the Hotel Café Royal, 50 Regent Street, W1. Who knew?!

Best spas in London: The House of Elemis

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Why is it so amazing? What looks to be a tiny little beauty shop, is in fact a three-story wonder emporium. On the ground floor, you can get your hands on all of Elemis’ brilliant products, whilst the first floor and basement is where you experience world-class facials and massages that soothe even the tensest people.

Standout treatment? Elemis’ Biotec facials are out of this world as they are bespoke to you and your skin’s needs. It comines ground-breaking technology and active ingredients to wake your skin up and bring energy back to your cells. Their Biotec Skin Resurfacer leaves skin smoother and softer. Is there any better feeling? No, is the answer. From £125 for 1hr.

Where is it? Walk down a warren of cobbled streets in the depths of Mayfair, and you’ll find the House of Elemis. 2 Lancashire Ct, Mayfair, London W1

Best spas in London: The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane

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Why is it so amazing? While the Four Seasons treatments are dreamy, the unique selling point is the spa itself, with everything from the cosy slippers and grapefruit water to the aesthetic, which renders the spa-visitor ultimate relaxed. The oriental rooms are flooded with natural light, and whether you’re unwinding in the Sky Suite, thermal rooms or bathing in the vitality pool, it’s easy to forget the millennial stresses outside. Did I mention that there is a Hammam suite?! Now that’s pure luxury – and an excellent Instagram opportunity. You will definitely leave with your chakras rebalanced.

Standout treatment? The Hyde Park Awakening and the Four Hands at Four Seasons are probably the spa’s signature treatments, but if (like me) you’re looking to properly de-stress, I’d recommend the hot stone massage. I had never had one before and a Four Seasons offering seemed like a great start, with the treatment offering a bespoke service, depending on pressure, oils and target areas. The hot stones (basalt) are incorporated into the deep massage strokes, relieving aches and pains, releasing tension and alleviating anxiety. If you suffer from insomnia or anxiety, this is the treatment for you. At the end of the treatment – I had to be woken up because I was that relaxed. You’re then taken to a fancy pod (decked out with YuYu hot water bottles, jewelled cushions and headphones) to unwind with a pot of herbal tea and a bowl of almonds. I might have fallen asleep again. From £165, for 60 mins.

Where is it? Perfectly placed, just off Hyde Park Corner and a short walk from the hustle and bustle of the city. The spa is located on the rooftop with the floor to ceiling windows offering panoramic city views of the scenes below from your own relaxing haven. Hamilton Pl, Park Ln, Mayfair, London W1

Best spas in London: Espa Life

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Why is it so amazing: There’s literally nothing about this spa that isn’t amazing. Oh Corinthia, how I do love thee. This place has everything you could possibly want and then some. Usually we think of spas as being light and airy, but the dark marble interiors and lack of daylight at this particular ESPA Life outpost really help you to close the door on the outside world and switch off. The treatment rooms, or ‘pods’ are spread out off one of the sprawling corridors and at times you feel like you have the whole spa to yourself. But the real jewel in the crown here is the thermal floor. Oh. My. There’s the usual must-have pool, steam room, plus the additional massage jets, heated loungers and ice fountain to cool you down. Plus, the separate women-only sauna and steam room in the changing rooms, and hair, nail and gym facilities to boot. And that’s before I’ve even mentioned the sauna, which is a glass box in the middle of the spa and honestly, a thing of beauty. Every little detail has been thought of and perfectly placed, to the point that I didn’t feel I needed to ‘look’ for anything (I’ve never seen such well-equipped changing rooms). It really is the perfect spa and, naturally, I’ve spent every day since my visit wanting to go back.
Standout treatment: Any of the ESPA facials, they’re all some of the best facials in London. You could pick one at random and you skin will love you for it. They are divine. From £140.
Where is it? In the unbelievably beautiful Corinthia London Hotel. You might not need a room to book in to the spa, but you’ll wish you had. Whitehall Place, Westminster, SW1

Best spas in London: Ushvani

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Why is it so amazing? This spa is understated luxury at its best, a little oasis of calm in the centre of London. Its ethos is the Malaysian Ushvani philosophy, guided by the principles of nurture, total well-being, relaxation and healthy indulgence. Inside, it translates into dark wood panelling, soft lighting, contemporary mandi baths and a lingering aroma of ginger, nutmeg and pandan leaves. Do make sure you arrive well before your treatment so you can make use of the facilities, because trust me you won’t want to wash away the oils in the hot water.

Standout treatment? If it’s your first time at the spa, then I recommend you try the house’s signature Malay massage, which starts, as all excellent massages do, with a consultation so you can truly have a bespoke experience. This is a bit of a different massage as it is a more gentle Asian approach then you might be used to, using long kneading strokes and soothing stretches rather than a more intense technique. But slow and steady wins the race, and you leave feeling deeply relied and de-stressed. At the end of the 90-minute treatment, I was taken to the spa’s special tea room to detox with comforting tea and nibble on candied ginger. 90 mins – £180 | 120 mins – £240

Where is it? Hidden away behind an oak door in the heart of Chelsea, it is a haven that guarantees the privacy of its prestigious clientele. 1 Cadogan Gardens, Chelsea, London SW3

Best spas in London: Bulgari Spa

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Why is it so amazing? The walls of the Bulgari Spa are paved with gold. Have we caught your attention? OK they’re not technically paved with gold, most likely painted with gold leaf, but still. If you haven’t got a holiday booked anytime soon, then I really must insist you get yourself a day pass to the Bulgari Spa instead. You can spend the whole day reclined on a chic daybed surrounded by white drapes, next to a swimming pool, reading your latest issue of Marie Claire, with the occasional visit to the steam room or dip into Watsu pool. You can while away hours here and really take the time to yourself.

Standout treatment? There are so many treatments on offer, by so many different brands that I honestly don’t think I can pick one. You could opt for a 111Skin cryotherapy energy facial – essentially a ice facial; a Jax Coco compress massage that utilieses the soothing and hydrating properties of coconut oil; an Ayurvedic-inspired Mauli signature surrender ritual; or how about a 24K gold rejuvenating facial? I mean the options are ENDLESS.

Where is it? For a spa this opulent, it can only be in once place: Knightsbridge. A stone’s throw away from Harrods on 171 Knightsbridge, London SW7

Best spas in London: Bamford Haybarn

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Why is it so amazing? Bamford Haybarn’s newest outpost at Brompton Cross is so calming, when you walk through the door it’s like your problems and stresses are checked in with your coat. Perhaps it’s the soothing colour palette – all white, beige and more white? Or the tinkling fountain that sits slap bang in the middle of the shop? Or maybe it’s the treatments or yoga classes that are offered at the back of the boutique? What ever it is, it’s working. I honestly challenge you to walk in and not have the following thoughts: ‘Gosh, I really need every single item in this boutique.’ and ‘Do you know, I think it’s time to redecorate and I’m going to forage for decor. It’ll look marvellous.’

Standout treatment? Their bSilent Body Treatment is utterly fantastic. They should rename is it bSleep Body Treatment, for you are so silent and calm that you quite literally drop off within minutes. They target pressure points all over to relieve stress and tension and after the 60 minutes you’ll feel like a new person. You’ll be so dazed, you’ll most likely drop a couple of hundred pounds in the boutique upstairs. £90 for 60 mins.

Where is it? In South Kensington surrounded by equally enticing boutiques. Brompton Cross, 104 Draycott Ave, Chelsea, London SW3

Best spas in London: Cloud Twelve

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Why is it so amazing? Cloud Twelve is a destination. It opened earlier this year as a lifestyle member’s club that definitely appeals to it’s West London neighbours. There are insane children’s facilities (I don’t have a child, nor am I one anymore, but I could totally appreciate that ball pit) on the ground floor for the yummy mummies and daddies, the brasserie on the first floor has a plant-based vegan menu and their hair and nail salon looks like the front room of a house on Portobello Road. However you really musn’t ignore its pièce de résistance: the wellness and beauty destination. On the first floor, tucked in a corner (you’d honestly miss it if you weren’t directed there) is the spa with six therapy rooms, a thermal suite including steam, sauna and salt room and quartz treatment beds from the Dolomites. On the top floor is where more magic takes place, this is where some of the city’s best wellness practitioners come and do weekly clinics – from acupuncture and reflexology to IV infusions and colonic irrigation.

Standout treatment? Any of their massages. The therapist who pummeled my back (in a good way) was so knowledgeable and talked me through everything that she was doing. She then chatted to me once it was all over about aftercare and other treatments that my knotty back might benefit from. From £140.

Where is it? Tucked down an old mews in Notting Hill at 2 – 5 Colville Mews, London W11.

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These hacks will keep your hair fresh between washes, and we’re in

These hacks will keep your hair fresh between washes, and we’re in


The dream.

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We all know the feeling – we’ve skipped our regular hair washing day and suddenly your tresses are so greasy that no hairstyle in the world is going to hide those tell-tale strings.

So what if we told you that there are a few simple ways to extend the time between hair washes?

Before you drown your hair in dry shampoo and hope for the best, take a look at this.

Blogger Jess Keys spoke to theeverygirl.com about how she keeps her hair looking fresh between washes, and we’re sold.

She revealed that she air-dries her hair as much as possible, and only uses hot tools on special occasions. But when it comes to extending that time between hair washes, what are her hacks?

Here’s what Jess said…

Blowdry the roots

‘When you wash your hair, let your hair air dry as much as possible, but, if you hit the roots (just the roots, because, you know, hair dryer = damage) with the blow-drier for a hot second and get your roots dry (we’re talking, like, just the top half-inch to inch of your hair) then it REALLY helps to combat grease. This really makes an incredible difference in setting your hair up to be less greasy.’

Use a shower cap

‘I don’t know why I just dismissed the idea of using a shower cap for the first 29-odd years of life. This really helps combat frizz, because even if my hair doesn’t get wet in the shower, it does get crazy from the steam.’

3. Dry shampoo before bed

‘Of course, you use it after to help soak up existing grease, but where dry shampoo truly shines is in its preventative effects – it’s great to spray on before you go to bed! You’ll wake up with more voluminous bedhead and it’s amazing.’

Happy hair washing! (Or not…)

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Google’s 2018 most searched beauty questions include queries about magnetic lashes & cat eyes

Google’s 2018 most searched beauty questions include queries about magnetic lashes & cat eyes


Interesting…

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By Rebecca Fearn.

Google has unveiled its 2018 trending topics that have been most searched for – and the beauty searches are pretty revealing.

This year, it’s been all about lashes. Google’s top three beauty-related searches all refer to lashes, from magnetic styles to removing individual falsies.

Also in the top ten are other questions about makeup, from how to do cat eye makeup to finding the right concealer and avoiding cakey makeup.

Skincare-wise, Google searchers are looking for answers about aloe vera and how to remove makeup without the dreaded makeup wipes.

Here’s what made the top ten list:

1. How to apply magnetic lashes

2. What is a lash lift

3. How to remove individual eyelashes

4. What hair color looks best on me

5. How to do a cat eye

6. How to take off makeup without makeup wipes

7. How to apply aloe vera

8. How to glue down eyebrows

9. How to fix cakey makeup

10. What concealer to use

Which beauty questions do you search for most? Tweet us at @marieclaireuk

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The surprising top 10 beauty trends for 2019, according to Pinterest

The surprising top 10 beauty trends for 2019, according to Pinterest


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By Rebecca Fearn.

Pinterest has released its annual Pinterest 100, which highlights the platform’s take on upcoming trends for the new year, according to search levels. Naturally, our eyes darted toward the beauty trends, which look as exciting as ever.

Pinterest declare 2019 to be the year of gloss and colour; certainly, the top ten trends seem to reflect this, with bold hair colour choices (lilac hues and natural greys) topping the list, and glossy lips and lids still as popular as ever.

Other trends include the return of spot-busting witch hazel, ‘baby bangs’ (short fringes) and a continuation in popularity of liquid exfoliants.

Check out the full list of the top ten here:

  • Grey hair: With searches for ‘going gray’ up 879%, we’re starting to embrace our natural greys and are interested in how to style the look.
  • Baby bangs: Searches for ‘cropped bangs’ is up 51%, so embrace the bold look and cut your fringe short.
  • Powder dip nails: Using a pigmented powder to lock in colour on the nails, powder dip is rapidly taking over from shellac and gels. As a search term, it’s up a whopping 442%.
  • Natural lash lifts: LVL has been huge this year, but beauty fans are finding ways to do natural lash lifts (up 52% in search) using ingredients such as grapeseed oil and aloe vera.
  • Witch Hazel: Witch hazel is up 305% in search, showing we’re turning back to the old-school skincare solution for spots and other woes.
  • Glossy makeup: From lips to lids, searches for glossy makeup are up 89%.
  • Bold lipstick: Searches for standout lip colour is up an incredible 467%, so embrace your fiery red lipstick.
  • Almond nails: Almond nails are up 97%, and are therefore the chosen nail shape of 2019.
  • Liquid Exfoliator: Up 58%, it’s clear liquid exfoliators are here to stay for the new year.
  • Lilac locks: The most incredible search increase in beauty goes to lilac hair, which is up 1077%. Hair dye at the ready…

In short, it’s time to embrace bold hair looks, glossy lashes, lips and lids, and old school skincare solutions. Happy 2019!

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The best beauty gadgets that really work

The best beauty gadgets that really work


The future’s bright, the future’s beauty

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Beauty has well and truly entered a brave new world where the best beauty gadgets are so high-tech, they have changed the way we use and apply our products.

The best beauty gadgets can now buzz, vibrate and oscillate, so that your cleansing, detoxifying and firming regime is improved to greater and more effective heights. They also create just the right amount of stress to causes your facial muscles to tense up and harbour wrinkles.

In the same way that you hit the gym to beat stress and strengthen your muscles (much like our favourite at-home anti-ageing facial exercises), you can now give your skin the same treatment with the best beauty gadgets that have completely revolutionised our skincare routines.

Dr Dennis Gross DRx SpectraLite FaceWare Pro, £430 Cult Beauty

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LED facials have become more and more the norm…for those with mega bucks. The thing is, light therapy is becoming more and more accessible, but still it counts as something that you probably wouldn’t have done that regularly. Now, with Dr Dennis Gross’ newest FaceWare Pro you can have regular LED treatments whilst watching the TV. Inspired by his in-clinic lasers, it’s medical grade and has blue light to fight acne and four grades of red light to smooth wrinkles, firm skin and help with discolouration. The best thing? Each ‘session’ lasts just three minutes.

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Neutrogena Visibly Clear Light Therapy Targeted Acne Spot Treatment, £29.99 LookFantastic

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This is kind of like the gadget that we’ve all been waiting for. Spots plague us all, whether that’s from adult acne, hormonal acne or just that irritating zit that appears out of nowhere randomly. So a handy (and well priced, let’s be honest) machine that can zap blemishes into oblivion is like a holy grail. The blue light targets the bad bacteria that causes spots and the red light that minimises the inflammation. You’ll never want to be apart from it.

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Yu Ling Jade Facial Roller, £22 Cult Beauty

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OK, so this might not exactly be a whizzy machine that was developed by clever people in a lab, but it is one hundred percent one of the best beauty gadgets. The jade roller has had one helluva year in 2018 and with good reason. It is a master de-puffer (especially if you keep it in the fridge or freezer for extra coolness) for the face and eye area. Excellent in the morning. It’s actually a delight to use.

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Oral-B Genius 9000, £89.99 Boots

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There are electric toothbrushes and then there’s the Oral-B Genius 9000. The only thing this toothbrush doesn’t do is transport you to the other side of the world. It is so advanced that it has position detection technology with the help of your phone so that you don’t miss any parts, automatic speed reduction so that you prevent gum damage and a travel case that charges.

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MZ Skin by Dr. Maryam Zamani Light-Therapy Golden Facial Treatment Device, £385

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Yes, this is the second LED face mask on the list, but this one has five lights. As above, it has the red and blue lights, but it also has green to reduce pigmentation, even out skin tone and brighten the complexion; yellow to reduce redness; and white to repair and reduce sensitivity. It’s the whole package.

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NU Skin’s ageLOC Lumi Spa, £183, nuskin.com

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It’s the first cleansing brush to use the optimum frequency of 15 hertz and a counter-rotating head to encourage skin cells to move. ‘This jogging movement causes your pores to open and close in order to push dirt out of them and encourages cells to produce the proteins needed to firm the skin,’ says Dr Helen Knaggs, Vice President of Global Research and Development at NU Skin.

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Beauty Science GloPro Microneedling Regeneration Tool, £199, Harrods

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Don’t be put off by the fact that it tackles worry lines by driving teeny holes into the upper layers of your skin with what looks like a paint roller covered in needles. This sends a signal to get extra collagen to the site of the damage and creates channels into your dermis to ensure your skincare absorbs 200 times more effectively.

Hayo’U Beauty Restorer de-stress tool, £35 FaceGym

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Made from pure jade crystal and applied with gentle stroking actions, this tool hugs the curves of your face and neck to increase blood circulation, buffs away dead skin and stimulates a variety of acupressure points. It encourages lympathic drainage in the face too, which can reduce puffy eyes. We totally get though that at first glance it can be confusing to figure out how to use it. Luckily on the FaceGym website there are demonstration videos.

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Like we said: the future’s bright.

The future’s beauty.

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15 hairstyles for square faces that’ll flatter your angles

15 hairstyles for square faces that’ll flatter your angles


A square face shape can be enhanced or disguised by the right hairstyle; here’s how to find the right one for you

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If you’re looking for hairstyles for square face shapes that flatter, rather than emphasise your angles, you’re in luck. The good news is that you’re in great celebrity company with a square face; the likes of Margot Robbie, Jennifer Hudson and Olivia Wilde all have that in common.

The term ‘square face’ doesn’t exactly sound appealing (and that’s coming from someone who falls into the square category), but the good news is that with a carefully chosen style your razor sharp jawline will look on point. The key is to go for the opposite of your face shape; while rounder faces work well with blunt cuts, sharp fringes and all-one-length cuts are a no-go zone for a square faced lady. You want rounded layers, soft fringing and, ideally, lots of texture to soften that jaw line.

‘Feathered layers are great for mimicking a more oval face shape and will be more flattering on the face,’ Sam Burnett, Creative Director and founder of Hare and Bone and KMS Style Council member, tells us. ‘Parting the hair on the side also takes away from square shapes.’

Read on to discover the top tips to master the chicest 2019 hairstyles for square faces.

How do you know if you have a square face shape?

First thing’s first, let’s make sure this guide is definitely for you. Square face shapes are characterised by a stronger, more angular jaw line and your forehead, cheekbones and jaw will all span the same width. If you look at your face head-on, the sides of your forehead and curve of your jawline should form an imaginary square. Tah dah.

Hairstyles for square faces with long hair

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‘The biggest thing to remember with long hair is that it needs to look healthy,’ says Sam. ‘There’s no point in having long unhealthy hair as the condition will always determine the length.’

Poker straight styles can be very unforgiving on a straight face shape, but that’s not to say straight locks are a write-off altogether – Jennifer Lopez and Heidi work this style on the reg. See the best hairstyles for long hair in our round up for more inspo.

Celebrity inspiration: Jennifer Lopez, Salma Hayek, Heidi Klum

Hairstyles for square faces with medium length hair

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‘Medium length hair looks great when it’s maintained well,’ Sam advises. ‘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.’ Once you’ve sussed out that you have a square face, browse our best celebrity hairstyles for medium-length hair straight to the salon.

Celebrity inspiration: Margot Robbie and Natalie Portman

Hairstyles for square faces with short hair

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‘Face shape isn’t key for hairstyles for short hair, but by creating layering, you ultimately affect the shape,’ says Sam. ‘For example round faces should opt for square layers and vice versa for square face shapes.’

You might presume that a pixie crop would make your face look too angular because there’s nothing to hide behind, but a short style on a square face can in fact be really flattering – see celebs like Zoe Kravitz and in our gallery of celebrities with square faces as proof. Meanwhile Olivia Wilde is queen of the square-faced lob, often opting for a waved style or half-up ‘do to flatter her angles.

Celebrity inspiration: Jennifer Hudson, Zoe Kravitz and Olivia Wilde

Hairstyles for square faces with bangs

When it comes to bangs on a square face, the key is to go for softer, feathered layering to soften your jawline. Adding slightly shorter layers around the forehead will contour your face, rounding it off a little more. Short-haired celebs like Jennifer Hudson opt for a feathered fringe to flatter their faces, while Heidi Klum’s side bangs soften her forehead.

Celebrity inspiration: Heidi Klum and Jennifer Hudson

Hairstyles for square faces with thin hair

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The key to making finer hair appear fuller and more bouncy is to add texture – it’s a no-brainer that curls look fuller than straight hair but if you are really craving a straight-haired look, use a volumising spray like KMS AddVolume, £17 at lookfantastic. ‘If you have fine hair, keep layers longer as over-layering will only make the hair appear thinner and sparser,’ Sam advises. Browse hairstyles for fine hair in our compilation of the best.

Celebrity inspriation: Natalie Portman

Hairstyles for square faces with thick hair

Thicker hair lends itself well to longer, rounded layers, as they draw the attention away from – you guessed it – the jaw. Curled or waved styles are best for adding volume and texture around the face.

Celebrity inspiration: Heidi Klum, Jennifer Hudson and Salma Hayek

Hairstyles for square faces with curly hair

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If you have naturally curly hair and a square face shape, great news – a curly texture is one of the best ways to take attention away from a naturally angular jawline and soften your overall face shape. Salma Hayek is known for choosing curly hairstyles that make the most of her hair type and face shape, while Natalie Portman uses curls to volumise her fine hair.

Celebrity inspiration: Salma Hayek and Natalie Portman

Hairstyles for square faces and big foreheads

The answer to taking attention away from a larger forehead is the obvious one – a fringe. Whether you go for a soft, feathered side fringe or a layered full fringe, some form of bangs is really flattering on a forehead that’s on the larger side.

Still undecided on which face shape is right for you? Scroll through our round up below to see the best celebrity hairstyles for square faces from the A-listers who are getting it right.

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Glitter make-up: how to look chic rather than a human disco ball

Glitter make-up: how to look chic rather than a human disco ball


Because there’s a fine line…

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Glitter makeup looks are the go-to beauty vibe for festivals, Christmas parties and New Year’s Eve. It’s unsurprising, as the trend just doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Every season models take to the catwalk covered in the stuff.

The thing is, a glitter makeup look can be bloody tricky; one false step and you could end up looking like an eight-year-old at a unicorn-themed birthday party.

Never fear, for all it takes is the right kit. Which, rather handily, we have rounded up for you below to help you nail your party makeup looks.

Glitter eyeliner

If you want to dip your toe into the trend, rather than jump in head first then a highly pigmented glitter liner might be just the thing for you. Line your lashes with Urban Decay’s Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner, it’s really easy to apply and next to a jet black mascara, it gives the most subtle nod to sparkle.

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner, £16 Fabled

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Loose glitter

The ever-popular MAC Glitter Pigments are sparkle-heaven and can be applied pretty much anywhere. However, this stuff is really finely milled so gets everywhere so be careful when opening up the cap. You have been warned.

MAC Glitter Pigments, £16.50 Look Fantastic

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The best way to apply it is either with a cotton bud dipped in Vaseline or dab a touch of NYX Professional Make-up Glitter Primer, £8 Cult Beauty to where you want the glitter to sit.

Add just a touch to your eyelids, the inner corners of the eye or along your lower lash line for an effortless way to add some glitz to your eyes.

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If you’re feeling super adventurous, why not get someone to blow a little bit into your parting or onto the lengths of your hair, à la Giambattista Valli?

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Glitter eyeshadow

For a more dramatic look, go all out with a glitter eyeshadow and coat your top eyelid in shine.

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You can either go for a shimmery powder, like Nars’ Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Lysithea (top tip: wet your brush first to ramp up the impact), a more cream texture, like Illamasqua’s Iconic Chromes that’s easy to blend.

Illamasqua Iconic Chromes, £22

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Or the easiest way to apply glitter ever: Stila’s Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow. The wand is much like your lip gloss or liquid lipstick applicator, which means that you literally cannot make a mistake with your placement. Just glide the slanted sponge over your lid and watch the transformation take place.

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow, £24 Cult Beauty

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When it comes to incorporating glitter into a make-up look, there really is something for everyone. Glitter is an adaptable and build-able make-up accessory that shouldn’t be something we fear or avoid – If used correctly, it can animate almost any make-up look.

So, with party season well underway, what better time to experiment?

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Meet the Marie Claire Hair Award winners for 2019

Meet the Marie Claire Hair Award winners for 2019


And the winners are…

At Marie Claire, we like to celebrate happy hair days. No more so than this year, when science is dominating the styling category, free-from products are booming and high quality haircare no longer just falls into the luxury category, as tech-driven products become increasingly available on the high street at every price.

Welcome to this year’s Hair Awards, where we applaud the game-changers that make those happy hair days a daily occurrence …

Wash & care

Best Colour Shampoo

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Lightening Shampoo, £6.99

A peroxide-free formula restores highlights to their former sun-kissed glory.

Highly commended: Redken Colour Extend Blondage Shampoo, £16.50

Best Colour Conditioner

OGX Fade-Defying + Orchid Oil Conditioner, £6.99

The moisturising double act of orchid extract and grape seed oil locks in shiny, multi-tonal colour.

Highly commended: Head & Shoulders Supreme Colour Protect Conditioner, £4.99

Best Hydrating Shampoo

Maui Moisture Revive & Hydrate + Shea Butter Shampoo, £8.99

Coconut milk and shea butter combat crispy ends.

Highly commended: John Masters Organics Shampoo For Dry Hair With Evening Primrose, £22

Best Hydrating Conditioner

Hask Orchid & White Truffle Moisture Rich Conditioner, £6.99

Protein and amino acid-rich ingredients pack a punch on overworked hair.

Highly commended: Maui Moisture Revive & Hydrate + Shea Butter Conditioner, £8.99

Best Volumising Shampoo

TRESemmé Pro Collection Collagen + Fullness Shampoo, £4.99

Star ingredient ‘peptide collagen’ beefs up spindly strands from root to tip.

Highly commended: Wella Professional Invigo Bodifying Shampoo With Cotton Extracts, £11.50

Best Volumising Conditioner

OGX Thick & Full Biotin & Collagen Conditioner, £6.99

A cursory glance at the label tells you this is everything to fine hair: biotin strengthens weak areas, while plumping collagen adds dimension for your fullest locks yet.

Best Shampoo for Damaged Hair

Pantene Pro-V Superfood Shampoo, £3.99

Full of antioxidants and lipids – it’s like a smoothie for traumatised tresses.

Highly commended: Kérastase Bain Extentioniste Length Strengthening Shampoo, £19.50

Best Conditioner for Damaged Hair

Pantene Pro-V Superfood 3 Minute Miracle, £3.99

Softens brittle ends without slicking down roots.

Highly commended: TIGI Copyright Custom Care Repair Conditioner, £18

Best Shampoo for Curly Hair

Bouclème Curl Cleanser, £15

Harsh foaming detergents can strip curly and Afro hair of moisture. Here, Argan oil, honey and aloe vera cocoon the cuticle.

Best Smoothing Shampoo

Fudge Professional Luminizer Moisture Boost Shampoo, £11.95

Plex technology stands up to frizz and dullness by smoothing down damaged cuticles, so they reflect light better.

Best Product for Afro Hair

Bouclème Intensive Moisture Treatment, £26

Wraps parched curls in nourishing marula, camellia and prickly pear oils.

Highly commended: Pantene Gold Series Intense Hydrating Oil, £7.99

Best Natural Haircare Range

Kérastase Aura Botanica, from £22.10

Who said natural had to be hippy? Up to 98 per cent natural-origin ingredients, like Samoan coconut oil, power up this luxury range.

Highly commended: Rahua, from £32

Best Intensive Hair Mask

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor, £4.99

Delivers replenishing Australian balm mint to fragile strands, without being a gloopy, lengthy affair.

Highly commended: Kérastase Masque Extentioniste Length Strengthening Mask, £31.70

Best Scalp Treatment

Hair Rituel By Sisley Revitalizing Fortifying Serum For The Scalp, £135

Minerals, vitamins and einkorn wheat extract make strands more resilient.

Highly commended: Charles Worthington Grow Strong Scalp Tonic, £7.99

Colour

Best DIY Colour Product

Clairol Nice ’N Easy Permanent Colour, £6.49

Colour safe in the knowledge that you’ll get a next to natural shade and reduce your chances of developing a hair colour allergy thanks to the ME+ molecule.

Highly commended: Phil Smith Be Gorgeous Root Touch Up Root Concealer Spray, £6

Best Creative Colour

Schwarzkopf Live Urban Metallics Intense Colour in Metallic Silver, £5.49

On average, there are 14.8k online searches for silver hair dye a month. This colour gives you a cool sheen, while nourishing with coconut oil.

Tools & Accessories

Best New Hair Tool

Dyson Airwrap Styler, £399.99

Believe the hype. This does everything your straighteners, hairdryer, rollers and brushes do – without heat damage.

Best Hair Accessory

Syd Hayes London #SydPin, £65

The ultimate grown-up hair accessory that takes a bun from ordinary to extraordinary.

Best Hairbrush

WetBrush Flex Dry Ombre, £11.99

When is a brush not a brush? When it looks like a cookie cutter and detangles like a dream.

Highly commended: Tangle Teezer The Wet Detangler, £11

Best Hair Dryer

Dyson Supersonic 23.75 Karat Gold Hair Dryer, £399.99

With gold-leaf embellishment and bladeless technology, it’s what we imagine Mariah Carey would use.

Highly commended: Parlux Alyon, £129.95

Best Curling Tong

Cloud Nine The Curling Wand, £99

The mineral-infused barrel + temperature control = kinder, shinier styling whatever your hair type.

Highly commended: Babyliss Curl Secret 2667U, £60

Best Hair Supplements

Viviscal Maximum Strength Hair Growth Supplements, £51.99

The clinically proven marine protein encourages healthy hair growth.

Highly commended: Philip Kingsley Root Complex (Nutritional Supplement), £38

Best Hair Extensions

Great Lengths GL Tapes, from £6.90

These lie flat against your scalp, so they’re invisible. Plus, you’ll be able to sleep for the eight weeks they’re in.

Highly commended: Beauty Works Double Hair Set Clip-In Extensions, £145.99

Best Straightener

ghd Platinum+, £175

After five years dedicated to testing, meet the world’s first hair straightener with predictive technology.

Highly commended: Cloud Nine The Original Iron, £139

Styling

Best hairspray

Schwarzkopf Professional Osis+ Session Label Super Dry Memory Net, £12.80

Ensures hair keeps its style even after brushing – just without the 80s ‘helmet effect’.

Best Straightening Product

KMS Moist Repair Revival Creme, £17.50

This hydrating styling cream coaxes unruly, coarse hair into sleek curtains.

Best Heat Protection Product

TRESemmé Heat Defence Spray, £5.50

Like a bulletproof vest for hot styling.

Highly commended: Cloud Nine Magical Quick Dry Potion, £18.95

Best Texturiser

Percy & Reed Beyond The Beach Texture Spray, £16

A salt spray that gives body minus tangles? You’re looking at it.

Highly commended: Pureology Shine Beach Waves Sugar Spray, £23.50

Best Dry Shampoo

Batiste Original Dry Shampoo, £2.99

Nothing beats this for mopping up second-day greasy roots. Oh, and there’s zero chalkiness, too.

Highly commended: Maria Nila Invisidry Shampoo, £18

Best Hair Oil

VO5 Nourishing Coconut Hot Oils, £4.99

We couldn’t be happier that this cult rescue remedy is back with a tropical twist.

Highly commended: Show Beauty Pure Treatment Oil, £50

Best Shine Product

Toni & Guy Picture Perfect Hair Gloss, £7.99

Creates the type of shine you normally only get from a professional blow-dry.

Highly commended: Charlotte Mensah Manketti Oil Finishing Mist, £38

Best Curl Enhancer

Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer, £22

Wheat protein expands when hair is wet, then retracts once dry to hold that perfect ‘s’-shaped curl.

Highly commended: Ouai Wave Spray, £22

Best Blow-dry Product

Living Proof Restore Smooth Blowout Concentrate, £26

As well as cutting your blow-dry time in half, it protects against heat and adds shine.

Highly commended: Color Wow Dream Coat Supernatural Sealant, £24

Best Volumiser

Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Body Booster Mousse, £5.99

Enriched with collagen, this takes limp hair to skyscraper heights.

Highly commended: Philip Kingsley Tricho Pro Volumising Protein Spray, £35

Best Split-End Treatment

System Professional Creative Care Perfect Ends, £31.45

Temporarily seals ends and protects against further damage.

Highly commended: Schwarzkopf Professional BC Peptide Repair Rescue Sealed Ends, £13.90

Best of the rest

Best New Hair Product

Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast, £25

This is really clever: special polymers inflate on contact with hair and make space between strands to create the illusion of gravity-defying volume.

Best Ethical Haircare

Green People, from £9.95

With an impressive list of environmental credentials, all you need to know is this brand is paraben-, chemical- and cruelty-free, and contains natural goodies like avocado and quinoa.

Best Men’s Grooming Product

Bulldog Skincare For Men Original Bamboo Razor, £12

With five steel blades it’s a no-brainer, but the eco bamboo handle sold it.

Highly commended: Redken Brews After Shave Balm, £18.50

The image makers

Best Celebrity Stylist: Chris Appleton

His creative vision has made him one of the most in-demand hairstylists globally. So, it’s hardly surprising that his client list reads like the who’s who of Hollywood.

Best Regional Hair Salon: Tabitha James Kraan Organic Hairdressing, Cotswolds

Kraan’s chic salon recycles 85 per cent of all waste and runs on 100 per cent energy from renewable sources.

Best Colourist: Josh Wood

The ‘king of colour’, Wood not only creates cutting- edge shades on his A-list clients, but this year he launched what is undeniably the world’s coolest home colour range.

Best London Hair Salon: Nicola Clarke at John Frieda

Known for creating the best blondes this side of Stockholm, Clarke now has a W1 salon, plus a squad of guest stylists including Sam McKnight.

Best Stylist: Luke Hersheson

Hersheson is famous for his ‘throw the rule book out’ techniques on clients such as Victoria Beckham and Keira Knightley. His book Great Hair Days & How To Have Them is our new beauty bible.

Here’s to another great year of hair heroes!

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High spec hair: The new-gen styles for 2019

High spec hair: The new-gen styles for 2019


From Glossy Afro Curls to the latest ‘glass’ hair trend, here’s our pick of the best hair ideas and innovations
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Cutting edge

‘Glass hair’, like K-beauty’s glass skin, is a term coined to describe a razor sharp cut – usually a bob – coupled with a mega-watt, reflective gleam. A clarifying wash is key to remove grease, dirt and any last remnants of product residue that can create a dull veil over strands. Then ramp up hydration with OGX Hydrate + Marula Oil Conditioner, £6.99. You can only really achieve a look like this with heat, so mist on SHOW Beauty’s Sheer Thermal Protect spray, £35, before blasting straight with the Babyliss Rose Blush 2200 hairdryer, £45.

Take your shine to the next level by smoothing down cuticles with the cool air setting- simultaneously, pull hair from the roots if pouffy ends are a problem. Then, smooth flyaways with the new ghd Platinum+ Styler, £175, sweeping it through your locks twice. Finish with a light-weight lotion like Colour Wow Dream Coat, £24, to keep your ‘do’ slick for the duration.

Photography by Jason Hetherington

Big bounce

It’s hard enough for any of us to achieve the hair we really want, but battling straggly strands and naturally limp roots too? It can feel like an impossible task. That is, until this year’s raft of styling products promising sky-high volume and one much-hyped power tool came along. Green People Clarifying Vitamin Shampoo, £13, nixes oily roots and build-up that weighs skinny strands down – but by using gentle botanicals, not harsh foaming agents. Then, apply L’Oreal Professional Source Essentielle Nourishing Cleansing Infusion Nourishing Balm, £22, through the ends.

Sprayed on to wet strands, Bumble and Bumble Full Potential Booster Spray, £40, reboots hair that is not as abundant as it used to be with protective ingredients that make it feel fuller. For limp roots, try Living Proof’s Full Dry Volume Blast, £25, to hoik everything up. Cost aside, Dyson’s Airwrap Styler, £399.99, attracts and wraps hair around the barrel, curling it for you and adding body. Seriously: tool of the year.

Photography by Jason Hetherington

The new blow dry

Full-bodied, swishy hair (NOT an 80s ‘power’ blowdry) is considered de rigueur these days. Better still, you can master it at home. Thickening sprays and mousses give the illusion of bulk. Both contain polymers that coat the hair and make it seem bigger, but also protect it and ensure the style lasts. For straight hair, go for a spray formula- distribute the Aveda Thickening Tonic, £22, evenly through damp hair from roots to ends. Or, rake an egg-sized dollop of mousse through it if you’re adding waves or curls – we rate Evo’s Macgyver Multi-Use Mousse, £17.50.

Need height? Wrap each section around a large round brush and aim your hairdryer at the roots. Finally, apply a light mist of hairspray. Oribe Thick Dry Finishing Spray, £38, does more than simply lock your style in place; it contains panthenol to swell the hair shaft. Plus, you can brush it out as you go so you’ll get lift but without any stickiness.

Photography by Jason Hetherington

Skincare for hair

More often than not when we talk about shiny hair, we’re really talking about straight hair – light-reflecting strands that hang in sleek curtains around the face. So it follows that the same moisturising steps we take to make our skin look dewy can also ramp up the sheen on poker-straight locks. Start with a hair serum. In the same way that a face serum targets specific concerns and absorbs beyond just the top layer, Pureology Style + Protect Shine Bright Taming Serum, £23.50, locks in frizz-fighting coriander seed oil while Virtue’s Perfect Ending Split End Serum, £19, seals down frayed cuticles.

Then layer hair oil on top, as it’s powered by some of the same nourishing ingredients normally found in face oils. New natural Japanese import Uka Hair Oil Windy Lady, £29.50, is non-greasy so ideal for fine hair while Kerastase Elixir Ultime L’Huile Rose, £41.40, contains a hydrating trio of marula, camellia and argan oils.

Photography by Jason Hetherington

Get kinky

Afro hair is making waves in fashion and beauty spaces – and frankly it’s about time. But more importantly, this once-marginalised hair type is set to become one of the most influential – so much so that the US market for black hair is estimated to reach approximately $2.5 billion (around £1.9 billion) in 2019. Cue haircare that specifically targets the needs of tight coils, which are the most porous and more damage-prone.

Knowing that Afro hair is more likely to drink up potentially drying chemicals, Boucleme only uses plant derived ingredients. The Curl Conditioner, £17, for example, is packed with omegas 3, 6 and 9 plus virgin coconut and argan oils to prevent breakage. Additionally, haircare founder Vernon Francois, whose clients include actress Lupita Nyong’o, has this tip for using his Pure-Fro Shampoo, £19.50: ‘Part hair into four sections and apply the shampoo on to dry hair as this ensures your scalp is cleansed but not dehydrated.’

Photography by Jason Hetherington

Blonde ambition

It’s official: Brits prefer blonde. Last year 42% of women who coloured their hair transformed their tresses to blonde, with 18% opting to go platinum. But as anyone who has gone to the light side will tell you, the biggest bugbear is unwanted brassy and yellow streaks.

The minerals and metals in hard water are the main culprits. Dyed blonde hair is more porous so high levels of copper, in particular, can kill your shade – one reason Clairol has included technology in its hair colours that encapsulates copper and prevents it from reacting with water and other free radicals. Think long-lasting colour and mirrorball shiny highlights.

Photography by Jason Hetherington

Play it safe

Sometimes you want to switch things up by changing your colour. Unless, of course, you fall into the rare one per cent of the world’s population who suffers from an allergy called paraphenylenediamine, or PPD, a chemical used in most commercial hair dyes. Clairol have come to the rescue with an innovative molecule called ME+ that reduces the risk of a reaction for those without an existing allergy.

Photography by Jason Hetherington

How? The ME+ molecule in the Clairol Nice’N Easy Permanent Colour range, £6.49, has a new shape that is harder for your immune system to recognise. ‘This molecule doesn’t fit so easily into the protective cells that can trigger an immune response,’ explains Dr. Casten Goebel, COTY’s toxicology expert. Expect the same glossy finish as your regular dye – minus the risk.

Pick up a copy of the January issue of Marie Claire on newstands now.

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BEAUTY BYTES: Alive Levine on swimming, Nigel Slater and how you can win £10,000

BEAUTY BYTES: Alive Levine on swimming, Nigel Slater and how you can win £10,000


In this edition of Beauty Bytes, I chatted with Radio 1 presenter and one third of the My Dad Wrote A Porno podcast, Alice Levine. She’s working with smartphone brand Huawei on its New Working Order campaign, to promote how Gen Z workers are increasingly moving away from the traditional 9-5. So as she pushed her bike on her way into work, we chatted on the phone about her job, being so pale she’s basically see-through and playing Hungry Hippos with Quentin Tarantino. KT- Digital Beauty Editor

KT: FROM AN OUTSIDER’S PERSPECTIVE, YOU HAVE AN INCREDIBLY VARIED CAREER; YOU DO A LOT. CAN YOU TALK ME THROUGH EVERYTHING THAT YOU CONSIDER WORK.

AL: Oh wow, yeah I mean it is varied, I guess everything is on a bit of a scene. I tend to do stuff that is in some way tongue in cheek or humorous or has a kind of wry side to it. So things involved with my job, I do a radio show with the BBC, I do a podcast called ‘My Dad Wrote a Porno’ which we do independently so we produce that as well.

KT: I’M OBSESSED BY THE WAY.

AL: Are you a Berlinker?

KT: OH ABSOLUTELY.

AL: Oh my god, they hide in plain sight.  I’m always so surprised when reputable journalists will put their name to it but maybe you’re off the record saying that. And then I do TV presenting, and I write things down sometimes, yeah shopping lists and things. Which is kind of why, I suppose, all of those things have come about via fashion projects or via something that I’ve wanted to author and be the kind of be the boss of, which is why the Huawei campaign really appealed because giving someone £10,000 bursary to start their passion project, that was something that just really rang true when I thought about all of the things I had started and how it really would’ve helped to kick something off. So yeah, it just felt like a natural combination but yeah I kind of always thought when I read those articles about people who have cool jobs, and its like every day is different and I’m like every day cant be different, there must be some days when you’re just in the office. But I think if you do have a job that has quite a few elements to it, then it does mean you get to flex different muscles and different parts of your brain, which I do like.

KT: OK AND HOW DO YOU JUGGLE IT ALL?

AL: Uhh, good question. Well I guess I always look at other people who have maybe more traditional jobs and I think gosh their weeks are so much more stressful and busy than mine. I still really like what I do so it doesn’t always really feel like I’m trying to juggle it, it feels like I want to be doing it. And I think somebody will say there’s maybe something a little bit unhealthy about too fine a line between what work and down time is. I often think that line is blurred because I end up working with friends, or end up doing something that I would’ve done for fun and then that turns into a job, and I think that’s why it doesn’t feel like I’m working all the time.

KT: WHAT’S THE WORST BEAUTY TREND YOU’VE EVER ATTEMPTED?

AL: Oh gosh, tanning. Because I’m so pale, I am basically like a new-born fish, you can see my heart through my chest, like I’m see-through, I’m so blue. And that hasn’t been the trendiest look for a while to kind look of ghostly, I sort of just look a bit anaemic I guess. Definitely in my early teens, I tried some bad tanning, now I know tanning is good now and I know you can do it well but I think I’ve been scarred by that. Also sometimes you should just embrace the English rose maybe.

KT: OK AND WHAT’S THE BEST BEAUTY PRODUCT RECOMMENDATION YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?

AL: Somebody recommended Glossier Cloud Paint and I really like their colours because I feel like they’re really subtle and they just make you look fresher and brighter. And they also do a sort of lipstick, but it’s almost like a lip balm but you can build it up so it’s not really harsh. What else?! Oh, have you tried that Dr Dennis Gross stuff?

KT: YES, HAVE YOU TRIED THE TANNING PADS? THEY’RE SO EASY TO USE AND IT MAKES YOU LOOK SUPER HEALTHY. AND YOU CAN’ GO WRONG WITH IT.

AL: Oh okay, well I’ve been using the Alpha Beta Peel pads for a month now and they’re insanely great, I just feel like they make my face look a lot brighter. Oh you know what, it’s such a treat but it’s so amazing and actually I eeked it out for about two years and I’m sure telling a beauty journalist that makes you want to jump out a window, but the Sisley Black Rose Mask.

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I basically weigh it out on sort of industrially delicate scales, and it’s just so gorgeous. Oh and I always use a Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge on my lips and my cheeks. I just love anything that makes you look a bit healthier and glowier, but doesn’t look like you’re wearing tons of makeup.

KT: WHAT IS YOUR ‘THE HOUSE IS BURNING, GRAB THE MOST IMPORTANT BEAUTY PRODUCT’?

AL: Okay first of all, we need to get some perspective. If the house is burning, you can always re-buy some face wash, that would be my first thought. I’d grab the passports, the family pictures, the cash and all of the necessary paperwork, then my Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser.

KT: WHAT ARE YOUR TOP THREE BEAUTY BRANDS THAT YOU ALWAYS RELY ON?

AL: Um, top three, I’m looking in my bag. Well I don’t really go to one brand for everything, but I have got a couple of products that I always go back to. I have this much-loved, bashed up Estée Lauder Genuine Glow Lips and Cheeks stick, the NARS Soft Matte concealer in a pot and the Rimmel London Exaggerate Eyeliner. I’ve used a lot of liquid eyeliners in my time to get the old 60s cat flick, and you’ll probably disagree with me and we can fight it out to the death, but I can’t fault it. It stays on, doesn’t smudge and has a beautifully thin nib so you can really define the flick, I mean I will hear a case for the brand but I’ve used them all.

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KT: YOU’RE KNOWN FOR WEARING BRIGHT LIPSTICK, WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE SHADE?

AL: So my current fave is Estée Lauder Pure Envy Defiant Coral. I’m still trying to find the perfect red though, I used to wear Dragon girl by NARS.

KT: I INTERVIEWED EMILIA CLARKE AND SHE WEARS THAT TOO! AND SHE’S THE MOTHER OF DRAGONS.

AL: Oh amazing! I just think when you’re really pale, it can make you look a bit vampirey, I tend to go for things with an orangey-red.

KT: HOW DO YOU LOOK AFTER YOUR SKIN?

AL: So I would love to say that I double cleanse every day and night, but I just don’t. If I’ve been on TV, I kind of have to because I have so much make-up on, but generally I would take my eye makeup off with the Bioderma Micellar Water. I do quite like sheet masks, because they feel really nice, especially at this time of year when my skin gets so dry.

KT: WHAT’S THE BEST TIP A PROFESSIONAL MAKE-UP ARTIST HAS EVER GIVEN YOU?

AL: Harry Gumwell, who does lots of lovely women’s make-up and mine sometimes, always puts a little bit of highlighter on the cupid’s bow and I always thought you’re never going to see that, but I actually think it makes a difference. I mean as somebody who only wears concealer most of the time, I’m obviously not going to that length day to day but I was yeah lovely little secret tip. Also cream-coloured liner on your water line to brighten your eyes. What else do they do, what else do these magicians do? Sometimes they ask me to do my own mascara which I find funny.

KT: AND DO YOU? 

AL: God no! I want them to do everything.

KT: YOU CYCLE TO WORK, IS THAT HOW YOU KEEP FIT?

AL: Yes, but I also really like outdoor swimming. Obviously at this time of year, it’s a little more bracing, but I love a lido or I actually got into pond swimming this summer. As in you know, suitable ponds not just popping up in peoples gardens. I try to go a couple times a week, I find it clears my head and makes me feel better.

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Just a pic of the little pool in my garden 😏. I read today that 1.4 million adults in Britain who suffer from depression & anxiety found swimming hugely beneficial to their mental wellbeing. Plus over 497,000 people have reduced (or no longer take) medication for their mental health condition as a result of swimming. I’ve personally found it incredibly powerful. Give it a go if you’ve been on the fence, don’t worry about the swimsuit bit, or the wet hair bit, or the can’t-go-fast bit. Just treat yourself to a splash 🌊 it’s really amazing how good it can make you feel (and this is from someone distinctly non-sporty). My friend Lucy took this picture, she really wasn’t keen at first on the whole swimming idea, and now, after just a few swims, she’s a TOTAL convert. This water was FREEZING but we both came out so full of beans with massive smiles on our faces. @swimengland for more info on pools, lessons, and the current rules on heavy petting 😂. #worldmentalhealthday Big shout out to @swimdemcrew too – well worth checking them out if you’re in London (no matter what your ability level), a great swimming community 🏊🏻‍♂️🏊🏻‍♂️🏊🏻‍♂️

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KT: WHAT IS YOUR SIGNATURE FRAGRANCE?

AL: I don’t have one, because perfume makes me feel nauseous. I’m a really controlling co-worker, because I ask my colleagues not to wear it to work. I had to ask my old producer jenny if she would basically not wear perfume to work and she was such a lover of perfume. So not only do I not wear it, but I force other people not to as well!

KT: WHAT ARE YOUR THREE MOST USED EMOJIS?

AL: Eye roll, the pukey one and the spaghetti one.

KT: WHAT’S YOUR PREFERRED ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE?

AL: I’m going to say a glass of pinot noir, red wine.

KT: WHICH TV SHOWS DO YOU BINGE WATCH?

AL: Broad City or Handmaidens’ Tale.

KT: WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT?

AL: OK this is so boring, but I’ve just discovered Nigel Slater on Instagram. He posts pictures of his house, which makes me kind of like such a voyeur so I’ve just been basically taking a virtual tour of his house.

KT: WHO HAVE YOU BEEN STAR STRUCK MEETING?

AL: Probably my first ever interview on Radio 1, which was Quentin Tarantino. It was that week that we shouted at Krishnan Guru-Murthy, and I was so scared. We’d planned to play Hungry Hippos with him so I was a bit like I’m not sure if this is going to go down well with him, so partly star struck and partly terrified.

KT: DID HE ACTUALLY DO IT?

AL: Yeah he actually took it home! We were going to take it back to the shop, because we had no budget, but he asked to take it home and we were like yeah sure, go for it. That’s £35 down the drain.

“For your chance to win a £10,000 creative bursary or Huawei Mate 20 Pro visit www.huaweinewworkingorder.co.uk by 10th December 2018” 

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