How to dye your own hair at home – because so much can go wrong

How to dye your own hair at home – because so much can go wrong


These tips and tricks will make sure it looks like you’ve just come from the salon, every time

Not everyone has the time to visit the hair salon, let alone sit in the stylists hair for a good three to four hours whilst you get your hair dyed. Sometimes colour in a box is the only option, which is why it’s super important to know how to dye your own hair properly.

Whether you’re after dip dyeombre hair, balayage or a full head of colour, there are rules to follow.

There’s a reason why being a ‘hair colourist’ is an actual profession – it’s all about getting the right formula to get the exact shade you want – so if you are thinking about drastically changing your colour, we’d recommend visiting a specialist with a few hair colour ideas in hand.

But, if you’re thinking about covering up your greys, going a few shades darker or adding blonde highlights to frame your face, here a few tips and tricks will help you get salon results at home.

How to dye your own hair at home

1. Buy two boxes.

Imagine getting halfway and realising you’ve run out. If your hair is past your shoulders, or short and thick, we recommend you will need two boxes to cover your full head.

2. Do a patch test.

You have no idea whether you’re skin is going to react to the chemicals from the hair dye or not, so you must always do a patch test. It’s better to find out now, rather than later…

3. Do a strand test

We know you’re excited about change, but you need to do this properly. You need to check that your current hair colour reacts well with the formula, because if the change resembles something more like swamp water, you won’t be so happy. (Keep scrolling with our tips on exactly how to do both a patch and strand test.)

3. Keep your hairline clean.

Swipe some lip balm along your hairline where you don’t want any dye to go. This will stop it from dying your skin, which can take days to get off. It’s one of the biggest tips on how to dye your hair.

4. Brush your hair.

Make sure your hair is untangled before you begin, even the smallest knot can cause a big problem.

5. Section your hair.

Professionals always section hair into four parts – down the middle, and then from ear to ear across the crown. Dye the front sections first because these are the most visible, so need the full processing time.

6. Don’t use the bottle.

Yes, that’s what’s normally provided in the box, but squeezing dye straight onto your hair won’t give you a salon finish. Instead, play colourist and use a mixing bowl and a colour brush to apply the dye.

7. Use a toothbrush.

If you just want to add some highlights, use a clean toothbrush or mascara wand and apply where the sun would normally lighten your hair (i.e, around your face and on the tips). This will give you natural looking highlights.

8. Start from the top.

Always start at your roots when dyeing your whole head a different colour – this area will need longer to develop the colour – then comb through to the ends.

9. Wash your hair properly.

Don’t shampoo immediately after dyeing your hair, just rinse out with water initially. When you do shampoo your hair, make sure it’s sulphate-free Sulphates cause your hair shaft to swell and encourage the colour to leach out.

The best hair dye

Josh Wood Colour Permanent Hair Dye, £10, Boots

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Hair connoisseur Josh Wood released his own line of professional haircare for consumers to use at-home. The range includes shampoos, conditioners, root touch-up brushes and a ‘colour shot’ toning mask. The hair dye is exceptional, easily blending through your whole head of hair to cover all outgrown roots without painstakingly combing through paper-thin layers. It’s easy to use, with the results you’d get in the chair. Going that one step further, you can pop onto his website, answer a few questions about your hair’s needs and you’ll be directed to the products that you need. And you can even pop onto YouTube for extra tips and tricks from the man himself.

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If you’re feeling adventurous and, rather than muted brunette, you would rather bright yellow or punchy blue tresses, then there really is no other brand to consider. Bleach London are the kings & queens of alternative colour and their completely vegan range is available in Boots for the deliciously low price of £tktkt. Incidentally, these are the colours that are used in their salons as well. With names like Awkward Peach, The Big Pink and Washed Up Mermaid these colours aren’t for the feint-harted, but you might just be tempted once you take a look at their Instagram…

Bleach London Washed Up Mermaid Super Cool Colour, £6 Boots

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How to do a patch test

Here are Josh Wood’s tips on how to do a patch test:

1. Mix a coin-sized amount of the colour activator and the colour together in a bowl.

2. Use a cotton bud to apply a small amount behind your ear.

3. Leave it on for 48 hours, you shouldn’t even notice it’s there. Try not to wash it off within this time frame.

4. Tip: It’s very important to fasten the caps on the bottles tightly after you have opened them for the patch test. If you do not, the products may oxidise, and the active ingredients will not work.

5. If you have any signs of reaction to the patch test, wash it off immediately and do not use the colour.

6. If you show no signs of reaction to the dye, go ahead and use the colour as instructed.

How to do a strand test

You may have heard of a strand test, but still be asking yourself, what the heck is it? A strand test is a preliminary test of the hair. It determines its suitability for processing, aka dyeing. Here’s how to do a strand test:

Do a strand test on a section of hair about 1/4 inch thick (choose from underneath so you can hide it) to see if your hair will pick up the colour you’re aiming for.

1. Put on protective gloves.

2. Choose a strand of hair to test.

3. Separate the rest of your hair away using plastic clips so that the strand does not touch the rest of the hair after the hair colour is applied. Then dye that strand.

4. Wait 24 hours to make sure you are happy with the hair colour results.

5. If you are happy with the colour, go forth and dye away.

How to dye your hair blonde

It’s a lot easier to go a darker colour because you’re adding pigment to your hair.; with blonde, it’s more difficult because you’re taking pigment out. Firstly, you should have an idea of the blonde hairstyles you like the look of. Secondly, read up on everything you need to know about going blonde.

The key to getting a great blonde shade is to work with the natural colour on the parting to allow for an organic texture that doesn’t look stripy. If your hair is naturally a more ashy tone, go for an ashy blonde. Similarly if your roots have a touch of redness, go for a champagne hue.

And remember, you might have to dye your hair more than once to get the blonde you want. The best thing you can do for your hair is have an Olaplex hair treatment to improve the quality of hair in between these sessions, as this will stop it form going brittle, and to use one of the best purple shampoos when washing your hair.

How to dye your hair silver

Many of the same rules apply to dyeing your hair silver, or any other lighter colours like pink and blue. The key is to ensure your hair is bleached beforehand. Once this is done, you can then apply your silver rinse.

First, don’t wash your hair for 48 hours. The natural oil will help protect your scalp against any bleaching irritation. Apply a purple toner first to take out any yellowness from your bleached hair. Then, apply your dye as per the steps above. Once you have the desired colour, maintain it by shampooing with the best sulphate-free shampoo.

 

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How to remove fake tan (probably the most important life lesson of all)

How to remove fake tan (probably the most important life lesson of all)


Because it can go wrong SO easily

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We’ve all had to remove fake tan before. Whether it be a tanning disaster – obvious tell-tale lines on your wrists, stripes that make you look like a tiger or fingers that are so multi-tonal you consider wearing gloves to work (in July). Or you might just need to get rid of a patchy four-day-old tan. The art of fake tan removal is something that everyone should know.

Even if you’ve invested in the best fake tan out there, and you’ve swotted up on all the fake tan tips we could possibly give you, chances are you’re not going to get it right 100% of the time. But don’t worry you are not alone.

Luckily there are ways to remove a terracotta disaster and give yourself a more naturally sun-kissed glow. We spoke to Jules Von Hep, fake tan guru and founder of Isle of Paradise, who gave us all the tips and tricks on how to remove fake tan.

How to remove fake tan

‘Don’t panic scrub. You’ll end up taking the tan off in patches and it’ll become a snowballing effect,’ Jules warns.

Instead, try using a light body polish (choose from the best body scrubs) mixed with a tiny amount of bath or massage oil and repeat this a couple of times for an even all-over fade. (Oil breaks down the DHA in tanning fluid – a good thing to remember if you’ve just had a cracking spray tan. Don’t moisturise your body with anything containing oils, use a body cream instead.)

Alternatively, make a trip down to your local swimming pool if you don’t mind being a bit stripey in public (yes, really). ‘Go swimming,’ Jules recommends. ‘The chlorine will break down the tan. In the showers afterwards, take a pair of exfoliating gloves and work in circular motions. Steam rooms and saunas will soften the tan, too.’

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If it’s all gone to pot and you need to get rid of your tan straight away, then look no further than Bondi Sands Self Tan Eraser. When this super product first launched it sold out in three hours which goes to show how many of us want to know how to remove fake tan. It can be used on old tans or freshly applied bronze. Simply pump onto skin, smooth over the area you want to diffuse, leave for five minutes, then wipe away with a damp cloth. It’s that easy.

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How to remove fake tan streaks

If your self-tanning session has turned into a streaky mess, don’t panic. The easiest way to wave goodbye to mismatched colours on your limbs is to run a bath and fill it up with a bath oil, which will soften the tan. Whilst you’re in there, use a remover mitt in circular motions – it will ensure that any stubborn patches are evenly removed.

How to remove fake tan from hands and feet

Orange, patchy hands and blotchy feet are often the biggest giveaway that you’ve been hitting bottle, but luckily there’s a kitchen cupboard staple could be the answer to your prayers.

Add two tablespoons of baking soda to some water and mix to create a paste. Then rub this it over your hands or feet, leaving it on for a few minutes and ensuring you haven’t missed any particularly bad creases before washing it off.

How to remove fake tan patches before applying more

If you’re a regular, self-confessed tanning addict who can’t go a day without a bit of colour, then it’s actually so important that you are removing your old tan before applying your new one. Jules, being the clever chap that he is, created Isle of Paradise Over It Magic Self-Tan Eraser, which works best on three-day old tan. It contains glycolic acid to exfoliate skin. Mist your entire body, until skin is saturated, wait five minutes, then jump in the shower and buff it off with a sponge or a flannel.

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How to remove fake tan quickly

Vaguely remember hearing something about lemons and brushing it off as an old wives tale? Turns out there’s something in it. ‘The old faithful combination of lemons and sugar mixed together will work to an extent but you really need a mitt or glove to get deeper,’ Jules advises.

It’s also worth investing in ModelCo’s Exfoliate Double Sided Body Wipes – they’re an essential item in the at-home tanning kit. First you use the granulated exfoliating side, which breaks down the tan, then the smooth side for the final bit of removal.

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How to remove fake tan from clothes

Getting fake tan stains on your favourite, goes-with-everything, white shirt or your super spenny The White Company bedsheets can be an absolute nightmare. You need to try and remove the stain while it is still wet.

Reversing the fabric and running it under cold water will help to loosen the product, but try not to rub it as you could end up smearing it and making it far worse. Instead, mix warm water and some detergent and sponge onto the affected area, repeating until the stain has disappeared.

So there we have it. We have just solved all future fake tan disasters from happening.

Well perhaps not all. There’ll always be one…

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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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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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Your essential five day party hair guide for the festive season: a must-read

Your essential five day party hair guide for the festive season: a must-read


Essential reading

‘Tis the season of the party. Yes there are presents to be wrapped and carols to be sung, but there are also many, many parties to be attended. Which means that you your party makeup and party hairstyles need to be on point. However, this can prove tricky when you have an event every night of the week.

Thankfully, Adam Reed – ghd brand ambassador and co-founder of one of the best hair salons in London Percy & Reed – has come up with a five-day hair plan to get you from party to party. ‘If you’re partying all five nights of the working week, you’ll want a different look for every night without having to spend much time styling your hair,’ he explains. ‘Your hair plan is just as important as your outfits.’

Day 1 – Get a blowdry

Reed suggests getting a blowdry to set the foundation for the week ahead. ‘Starting the week with a good blowdry will create a base that will last all week as you won’t have time to wash and blowdry your hair mid-week and those extra 30 minutes in bed each day can take priority.’ Book in on your lunch break, or on your way to your first party.

Day 2 – Tong your hair

On the second day, your blowdry should still be going strong, so you’ll just need to joozh. Reed recommends adding in a few loose waves, ‘Tong sections of your hair using the ghd Curve Soft Curl Tong. I would wrap your hair around the tong, facing away from the face, then massage the roots and brush through the curls using your fingers.’

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Day 3 – Texturise

You’re about halfway through now, so your hair will most likely be a little flat, so it’s time to refresh. You want to add texture and volume to the roots, so spritz around the crown with a texturising spray. ‘This will add instant glamorous volume and a more beachy texture than the day before.’

Percy & Reed Big, Bold & Beautiful Dry Instant Volumising Spray, £15 John Lewis

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Day 4 – Straighten

You’re on event four, your hair is most likely looking a bit greasy now, so Reed says don’t fight it, work with what you’ve got: ‘disguise greasy roots by creating a super sleek, straight look with a statement centre parting. Straighten you hair, then tuck behind ears and smooth down.’

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Day 5 – Pop in a ponytail

You’re on the final day, so you’re either falling asleep as you walk or dangerously hungover. Make things easy for yourself and go for a simple ponytail. Reed says, ‘This strong party look actually holds better on hair that isn’t super clean.’ Pull hair into a high, tight ponytail, then tie it off with a pretty ribbon. This will draw focus and attention away from the front of your hair.

So there we have it, your five-day party hair plan. On the sixth day we recommend binge-watching Xmas films on your sofa.

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Homemade face mask recipes for every skin type

Homemade face mask recipes for every skin type


Time to open up your pantry

Homemade face mask

While the best sheet mask and best face masks can work wonders for your skin, sometimes you don’t have the time or money to go treat yourself to such luxuries. We get it. Enter, homemade face mask recipes that actually work.

Once upon a time, most of the things in your pantry were Cleopatra’s preferred weapons in her beauty arsenal. Seeing as she was considered a ‘woman of surpassing beauty’ and the pioneer of treatments, following her suit and embracing the world of natural recipes seems only, well, natural.

Need to quench your skin’s thirst, combat spots, get glowing skin or make your pores appear smaller? Grab your mixing bowl and try one of these homemade face mask recipes…

Homemade facemask for acne prone skin

1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon – helps stop bacteria in its tracks thanks to its anti-microbial properties.

1 tablespoon of honey – naturally antibacterial

1 teaspoon of baking soda – known for its exfoliating abilities and midl antiseptic properties.

1 tablespoon of green tea powder (such as matcha) – an antioxidant powerhouse that also acts as an anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory agent.

Combine all of your ingredients in a bowl and mix together until you get a smooth, even consistency. Rub the paste over your face in circular motions and then leave it on for 10 -15 minutes. Runs off with tepid water, using a soft washcloth to promote exfoliation.

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Homemade face mask for dry skin

1/2 ripe avocado – packed with antioxidant carotenoids to protect your skin and moisturising monounsaturated fatty acids, know to help maintain moisture in the epidermal layer of your skin.

1/2 ripe banana – rich in powerful antioxidants to protect your skin from free radicals like pollution, as well as amino acids, known to help maintain skin elasticity and potassium to hydrate your skin.

1 teaspoon of plain organic yoghurt – chock full of lactic and alpha hydroxy acids able to dissolve dead skin cells, calcium to facilitate skin renewal and zinc, known for its anti-inflammatory properties and sebum regulation.

1 teaspoon of honey – extremely moisturising thank stop its humectant properties, which draw in moisture from your environment.

Mash your avocado and banana until it’s a smooth paste, then add your yoghurt and honey and mix together until it forms a paste. Apply your mask to your face, leaving it for ten minutes, before rinsing off with tepid water.

 

Homemade face mask for blackheads

2 tablespoons of brown sugar – naturally inhibits bacterial growth and is a source of glycol acid, known to break down the protein that keeps deda skin cells hanging onto your skin as well as boost new cell production.

2 tablespoons of olive oil – cleanses the skin while softening the outer layer to help with the exfoliation process.

1 teaspoon of honey – know for its powerful moisturising, anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties.

Combine all of your ingredients in a bowl and mix together until you get a smooth, even consistency. Once ready, rub your scrub over your face in gentle circular motions. Remember, you don’t want to tear your skin, so take your time and exfoliate gently.

Homemade face mask for glowing skin

3 tablespoons of ground rolled oats – has anti-inflammatory properties to stop any irritation from the lemon juice.

1 tablespoon of honey – known for its moisturising properties to plump your skin.

1/2 teaspoon of turmeric – has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to slow down cell damage and can help reduce pigmentation.

1 teaspoon of lemon juice – rich in Vitamin C, which reduces the amount of melanin produced to give you brighter looking skin.

Combine all of your ingredients in a bowl and mix together until you get a smooth, even consistency. Apply the mask to your face and leave on for 15 – 20 minutes before rinsing off with tepid water and a muslin cloth to get rid of any yellowing.

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Homemade face mask for pores

1 egg white – contains astringent properties that help tighten your pores.

1 teaspoon of lemon juice – known for its exfoliating action thanks to the levels of citric acid.

Whisk your egg white until it becomes thick and fluffy, adding your lemon juice slowly as you whisk. Apply the mask with a makeup brush (a flat foundation brush works best). Leave the mask to dry completely – it should take around 5-10 minutes and your skin will feel tight. Remove by rinsing with tepid water.

Homemade face mask for sensitive skin

2 tablespoon of ground rolled oats – contains a cleansing agent called saponins and has anti-inflammatory properties.

1 tablespoon of plain organic yoghurt – gently exfoliates the top layer of your skin without causing redness.

1 tablespoon of honey – known for its ability to reduce redness, fight bacteria, moisturise and reduce inflammation.

Combine all of your ingredients in a bowl and mix together until you get a smooth, even paste. Apply all over your face and leave for 10 -15 minutes. Rinse off with tepid water, working the paste off in circular motions and then pat dry with a towel. Work any residue into your face in gentle, circular motions.

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Party makeup: two grown up glow looks for your Christmas party

Party makeup: two grown up glow looks for your Christmas party


Because we don’t all want to look like we fell into a bath tub of sequins

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The Christmas season is upon us and December a mere two weeks away. Have you bought your presents (Christmas beauty gift sets are always a good shout)? Have you been practising your party hairstyles? What on earth are you going to say to your mother-in-law over the Christmas table? There’s so much to think about, but luckily you don’t have to worry about your beauty look, because I have created two stunning party makeup looks that will work at any festive occasion this year. You are welcome.

When you think of Christmas party beauty looks, what’s the first thing that pops into your head? Glitter makeup, right? I totally get it – you’re planning on wearing a sequinned jumpsuit that you had to fight a girl in Zara for, and you want your eyelids to match. However, not everyone is keen on looking like a walking, talking disco ball. I’m here to show you how to wear sparkle in the grown-up way.

Party makeup look: Glow Getter

Sparkle, shine, glimmer, sheen, all of these words basically refer to the same effect: glow. If I had a pound for every time someone asked us how to get beautiful, glowy skin I wouldn’t be writing this article, I would be sat in my palace made of solid gold, counting my diamonds. Alas, here I am.

Glowy, vibrant skin is the perfect party makeup look, as it goes with everything and makes you look really healthy.

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‘Glow skin always starts, unsurprisingly, with skin,’ explains Ruby Hammer, the international makeup artist who helped me create these looks. ‘You have to begin by really prepping the skin with a good routine, as you want to glow naturally, and then accentuate with makeup.’

Here’s how to get the look:

Step 1: Skincare

Cleanse skin with a micellar cleansing water on a cotton pad. Follow with a serum – the best face serum for this look is a super hydrating one that will plump the skin and promote hydration. Apply an eye cream around the eye socket and tap in. Depending on your skin type, you might want to follow with a moisturiser if you’re on the drier side.

Step 2: Primer

The ‘lit-from-within’ look requires products with light reflecting properties and the easiest way to start that is with an illuminating primer. Using a Beauty Blender tap the primer onto the brow bone, nose, cupid’s bow and top of cheekbones.

Step 3: Foundation

You don’t want the sheen to be lost by applying a heavy duty foundation, so try and opt for a sheer base. Using the same part of the beauty blender that you used for the primer (it’ll still have some of the gleam on it) apply your foundation to the centre of your face and buff outwards.

Step 4: Define Features

‘You will just look greasy, if you only apply glow on the face,’ Ruby warns. ‘So it’s really important that you define your features.’ Touch up any blemishes or dark circles with concealer. For the eyes she recommends opting for a neutral eyeshadow and matching eyeliner (don’t wing the liner, just trace your lash line) and a slick of black mascara on both sets of lashes. Follow this with a touch of matte bronzer on the cheeks and a natural pinky lip.

Step 5: Glow Again

Using a finely milled shimmery powder, touch up the glint on your face with a brush.

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Party makeup look: A Touch Of Frost

If you’re feeling slightly more adventurous and are game to let your eyes do the talking, then this molten metal eyeshadow look is really easy to do and provides just enough drama to draw attention.

It has a very similar effect to 3D glitter, without the rigmarole.

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‘Keep your skin looking fresh,’ suggests Ruby. ‘But really allow your eyes to be the focal point.’

Here’s how to do it in three simple steps:

Step 1: Base

Do your base as you would normally (any foundation will work with this look) but instead of using an illuminating primer, use a blusher to bring colour to your cheeks.

Step 2: Glint Those Eyes

Wet a dense eyeshadow brush, then dab it into a silver shimmery eye shadow before applying it to the very inner corners of your top eyelid. Then blend outwards. Using a clear lipgloss diffuse the colour across your lid. This will add an extra level of sheen to the eye and will give the most stunning illusion.

Step 3: Holographic

Avon have this amazing lipstick called Epic Transformers in HolograFX. It creates this really cool iridescent look to your lip. Don’t worry though, it’s super subtle, so your eyes remain the focus.

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Both looks were inspired by the Molton Metal and Divine Dream collections from the Avon Winter Edit.

Makeup by Ruby Hammer; Photography by John Rowley

These are the products we used…

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Make-up made easy in six simple steps by a world class, legendary make-up artist

Make-up made easy in six simple steps by a world class, legendary make-up artist


Who else better to ask for tips?!

There are make-up artists, and then there’s Val Garland. You may not know her by name, but you will know her work; Mario Testino, Kate Moss, Lady Gaga, Alexander McQueen, countless fashion weeks. You name it, she’s done it. There are very few faces in the fashion and film industries that haven’t been painted by this make-up guru.

She also happens to be L’Oreal Paris’ Make-up Director – helping to develop product, as well as her boundary-pushing artistry. She says her aim when designing beauty images, is to create something ‘I would want to hang it up on my wall.’

In celebration of the launch of her book, Validated (which is out now and would make one heck of a great Christmas present for fashion lovers), we sat down with her and demanded that she share some of her knowledge with us.

Here are her go-to tricks that make make-up that much easier:

The Feline Flick

‘Always do your liner looking down into a mirror. For the complete novice, you want to start with your flick. The best way to sort out your flick is to take a pencil, or a business card or some tape, and go from the corner of your nose to the edge of your eye, and that will give you a good diagonal. Draw a little tick along that line. I like to use a felt tip pen to do my own eyeliner – it’s quite idiot proof. Then, draw another line from the top of the tick to the centre of the eye. Next fill in that negative space. Then draw a thin line from the inner eye out to meet the centre. Then the secret is to match the other eye with the same angle. Every single person can do one eye great, and one not-so-great. So always do your not-so-great eye first.’

The Highlighter

‘If you want that super high shine gleam, then you want a powder highlighter that’s not going to move. If you’d rather something a bit more subtle, then the L’Oréal Paris Glow Drops are great. You take a tiny drop of that and using a fluffy brush buff it into the high points of your face. If you’re really scared of highlighter and looking too shiny, once you’ve finished your base take a little bit of moisturiser and just tap it in with your fingertips.’

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The Concealer

‘When you have big bags under your eyes, you want to draw attention away from them. A lot of people make a mistake by choosing a light colour of concealer, in the hope that it will hide the bags. But invariably it makes the area just look grey. So the secret to camouflaging a good under eye area is to use a peach coloured concealer, because eye bags are green-blue so you want to bring the red back a bit. Use this first, and then put your base over the top. Concealer placement is also very important. Instead of applying concealer right up close to your lash line, you should be placing it more on the bottom of the socket line. You’re using concealer to reflect light up into the eye.’

The Lipstick

‘Applying lipstick is so easy. I think lipsticks are so fantastic today that you can just go straight from the bullet. You can soften the look by going over it with your fingertips, so there isn’t a harsh line. What I sometimes do with models is just apply lipstick onto the lower lip, and then get them to press their lips together, and then you’re half way there.’

The Eyeshadow

‘It totally depends what sort of effect you want to achieve, but I think if you’re unsure of how to apply eyeshadow the best way is to use a soft eyeliner or creamy eyeshadow pencil and buff it out. That way you get the ease of the buffing of the cream, and then it will set and won’t move. And you’re done.’

The Lashes

‘Everyone should curl their eyelashes. Everyone.’

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Charlotte Tilbury’s Party Takeover: 5 looks to master for the holiday season

Charlotte Tilbury’s Party Takeover: 5 looks to master for the holiday season


It’s time to shine…

Christmas is the perfect opportunity to up the ante, so we asked celebrity make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury to create five stand out looks especially for Marie Claire. Prepare to wow.

Glitter Ball

Whether you want high-octane glitz or just a hint of sparkle, this look is playful, easy-to-do and will take your party look from zero to hero. ‘Start off with a flawless canvas,’ says make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury. Here, she used her Magic Away Concealer, £24   and Light Wonder Foundation, £32. You’ll also want to apply concealer to your lids and under-eye area to give the glitter something to adhere to,’ adds Tilbury who shared her exclusive pro tips on this shoot.

‘Then, pat the loose, chunky flecks over the top with your ring finger, working fast, before they sets. Finish with one coat of mascara, applied just at the roots, to keep it looking modern.’ Try  Sleek Glitterfest Biodegradable Glitter in Silver, £5.49, and Yves Saint Laurent The Curler Mascara in Black, £26.

Photography by Jason Hetherington

Guilty Secrets

Chocolate and gold: The winning make-up combination for every skin tone. But the festive season gives us license to be more adventurous, so take yourself out of your beauty comfort zone and use metallics to pump up the drama. You’ll need to start with a glossy complexion, so give dull skin a light-bulb moment with Charlotte Tilbury’s Bar of Gold Palette, £49, which delivers a metallic sheen to cheekbones, nose and cupid’s bow.

For sculpted eyes, sweep Chanel’s Longwear Powder Eyeshadow in Chocolate Brown, £26, over lids before dabbing sparkly Tom Ford’s Shadow Extreme in TFX2 Gold, £30, onto the inner corners. ‘The key is to blend, blend, blend with a make-up brush so the two tones meld seamlessly,’ says Tilbury. To enhance the mouth, she swiped her Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown, £24, onto model Veridiana’s lips.

Photography by Jason Hetherington

Mad About Matte

Whatever else you wear, red lipstick will have you party-ready in seconds. This season’s top lip tip? Focus on the finish. Shiny can look OTT, but a velvety matte stamp is both chic and cool. Plus it’s all the more doable now that lipstick formulas are flexible and soft, rather than chalky and dense. ‘If you want to re-shape and re-size your lips and Cupid’s Bow, stencil first with a “stealth liner”,’ says Tilbury.

‘Trace the natural outline of your lips, correct any asymmetrical unevenness, then enhance the roundness by going slightly outside the lip line.’ Try Tilbury’s Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Kiss n Tell, £16, and then press Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick in Tell Laura, £24, straight from the bullet onto your mouth.

Photography by Jason Hetherington

Back to Black

Smoky eyes are elegant, mysterious and face lifting but can also be unnecessarily complicated and time-consuming to create. Tilbury’s technique involves just two products. Start off with a cream base such as BareMinerals’ Gen Nude Eyeshadow + Primer in Exposed, £19 to encourage anything you apply on top to stay put.

Then, use a small brush to create a chunky, feline shaped line of black shadow and sweep it down on to the lower lashline. Add a slick of black eyeliner for more intensity. We love Charlotte Tilbury’s Smoke shade from The Sophisticate Palette, £39, and the Classic Eye Pencil in Audrey, £16 – both are dark and matte. Mascara (try Legendary Lashes Volume 2, £25), brushed up brows, nude blush and flushed lips are just dressy enough.

Photography by Jason Hetherington

Pink Power

Christmas is a time to get creative with colour but, instead of a rainbow palette, just stick to one shade. Tilbury chose millennial pink – unexpected, yes, but boy does it work. Step one: create a sheer makeup base. ‘I like to massage the skin with my Magic Cream, £70, to stimulate lymphatic drainage and boost circulation,’ she says.

Next up is a sweep of the Hollywood Beauty Light Wand, £29, over the tops of cheekbones, the tip of the nose and the inner corner of the eyes. ‘It gives this amazing spotlight sheen,’ says Tilbury. Add a light wash of rosy-coloured cream shadow to your lids – try Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow 16H Hold Waterproof in Rose Illusion, £20. Then apply Charlotte Tilbury Kissing Lipsticks in Velvet Underground, £24. Skip mascara, this look is impactful and fresher without it.

Photography by Jason Hetherington

Which one of Charlotte’s looks is your favourite? Let us know at @marieclaireuk.

For more make-up tips, tutorials and product recommendations, head to our beauty section at the top of the page.

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5 anti-ageing facial exercises you can do at home

5 anti-ageing facial exercises you can do at home


If it’s good enough for Meghan Markle…

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It’s hailed as a non-invasive alternative to Botox and surgery, with Meghan Markle reportedly a huge fan, but how exactly do anti-ageing facial exercises help banish fine lines, sagging and wrinkles?

‘These work the hypodermis or the lower layer of the skin, the dermis or the middle layer and the epidermis or the upper layer,” says face yoga expert Danielle Collins.

‘By working all these layers correctly it will increase the blood circulation, allowing more oxygen and more nourishment to reach the cells of the skin. The result is a clear, healthy complexion with a beautiful glow which has less toxins and has a better ability to absorb moisture.’

Very similar to facial massages you can do at home, the anti-ageing facial exercises technique is also designed to stimulate collagen and elastin production in the middle layer of the skin giving you a smoother, more supple, tighter-looking skin.

Danielle recommends that you do your anti-ageing facial exercises for 20 minutes, six times a week. It may seem like a lot, but you’ll see results quickly. ‘Everyone has different faces so the time it takes to see changes varies from person to person,’ says Danielle. ‘As a general rule you will start to see more of a long term improvement in your face and neck after two weeks.

‘After two to four months, you will notice you have less fine lines and less tension and people will notice you look healthier and more energised. Within 6-9 months people have reported that they look and feel many years younger and feel more relaxed within themselves.’

Below are five anti-ageing facial exercises from The Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method to get you started. Be sure to use something with a bit of slip, something like the best face serum, or even better a really good face oil.

If you fall in love with it, follow Danielle on Instagram for more anti-ageing facial exercises.

Anti-ageing facial exercises: The V

Good For: Drooping eyelids, crow’s feet, eye bags and puffiness.
Alternative To: Botox and eye surgery.

Step 1: Press both middle fingers together at the inner corner of the eyebrows, then with the index fingers, apply pressure to the outer corners of the eyebrows.

Step 2: Look to the ceiling, and raise the lower eyelids upwards to make a strong squint, and then relax.

Step 3: Repeat six more times and finish by squeezing eyes shut tightly for 10 seconds.

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Anti-ageing facial exercises: The Smile Smoother

Good For: Cheek lines and sagging skin.
Alternative To:
Lower face lift and fillers.

Step 1: Hide the teeth with the lips to make an ‘O’ shape with the mouth.

Step 2: Smile widely while keeping the teeth hidden and repeat six times.

Step 3: Next, hold the smile shape while placing one index finger on the chin. Then start to move the jaw up and down as the head tilts gently back. Relax and repeat twice more.

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Anti-ageing facial exercises: Smooth the brow

Good For: Horizontal forehead lines.
Alternative To
:
Botox.

Step 1:
Place both hands on the forehead facing inwards and spread all of the fingers out between the eyebrows and hairline.

Step 2: Gently sweep the fingers outwards across the forehead, applying light pressure to tighten the skin.

Step 3: Relax and repeat 10 times.

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Anti-ageing facial exercises: The flirty eyes

Good For: Deep eye hollows and drooping eye brows.
Alternative To:
Eyebrow lift.

Step 1: Place an index finger under each eye, pointing towards the nose.

Step 2: Hide the teeth and tease the top lip and bottom lip away from each other at the the mouth.

Step 3: Flutter the upper eyelids while gazing at the ceiling for 30 seconds.

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Anti-ageing facial exercises: The giraffe

Good For: Lines and loose skin on the neck.
Alternative To:
Neck lift and jowl lift.

Step 1:
Looking straight ahead, place the finger tips at the bottom of the neck and lightly stroke the skin downwards with the head tilted back.

Step 2: Bring the head back down to the chest and repeat twice more.

Step 3: Finally, jut the lower lip out as far as possible to pull the corners of the mouth down and place finger tips on the collarbone with the chin pointed upwards. Hold for four deep breaths.

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Learn how to do these five facial exercises in our exclusive video below, plus there’s one extra face-toning yoga move in there, just for you…

Are you a fan of face yoga? Let us know by tweeting us at at @marieclaireuk

Time to flex those face muscles.

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