How to wear glitter makeup in four easy looks

How to wear glitter makeup in four easy looks


New season, new make-up. And what could be prettier than flecks of glitter in muted tones of rose, pewter and gold?

Looking for the best new ways to wear glitter? Below Amber Anderson showcases the beauty trend of the season.

The glitter eyeshadow that suits everyone 

A smattering of lilac, fuchsia, maroon and mauve glitter are giving the smokey eye a run for its money this season. ‘A cream shadow makes a great base for a matching glitter shade,’ says Amber Anderson’s make-up artist Gina Kane. Dab Dior Backstage Eye Primer £24, Boots, over your lids and around the eyes for a sheer but adhesive base.

For Maximum glitter, Kane dusted Danessa Myricks Metals Constellation Glitter in Fairy Tale, £15, and Ben Nye Sparklers Loose Glitters in Fuchsia and Silver Prism, £8.99 each, over the top.

PRO TIP: ‘First apply loose powder where you don’t want the glitter to go – like the tops of your cheekbones,’ says Kane.

‘This ensures easy removal of any over spill as you can simply flick it away with a small flat brush. Then tip your head back and drop glitter over your face with a powder brush, keeping your eyes shut.’

 

Photographer by Jason Hetherington

How to wear face shimmer 

‘Glitter is a statement, so just go for it,’ says Kane. For a look that’ll withstand a night on the dance floor, apply a primer like Sisley Instant Eclat Instant Glow Primer, £60, Selfridges, on the areas you want the glitter to go.

Then, using a blending brush, press the flecks on top. We love NYX Face and Body Glitter in Crystal, £6, Boots. Finish with two coats of Urban Decay Trouble Maker Mascara, £16.60, Fabled.

‘For Glittery lips, my favourite shade is pewter because it’s pretty rather than disco,’ says Kane. Use Dior Ultra Glow in Tiara, £26, or for more intensity, pat on silver glitter and lock it in with a layer of Lipcote £3.69, Boots.

PRO TIP: Only use cosmetic glitter that’s made up of circular spheres and won’t scratch your skin. To balance out a glitter lip, Kane suggests creating strong couture brows using a chocolate pencil, such as Dior Sourcils Poudre Eyebrow Pencil in Dark Brown, £21, Boots.

Photographer by Jason Hetherington

How to enhance your cheeks with glitter

‘Anyone that wears highlighter, can wear glitter,’ says Kane. ‘If you’re a fan of gleaming, glossy cheekbones then sparkle is just the next step.’ Gold is a failsafe shade because it’s warm and suits most skin tones.

lThen all you have to consider is the placement. Smudge Lucas Papaw Ointment across the temples, sweeping it down onto the cheekbones and then tap The Gypsy Shrine Iridescent Eclipse Glitter, £6.50, on top with your ring finger.

‘The flat holographic pieces are slightly larger to catch the light. Plus it’s easier to remove than finer flecks of glitter,’ adds Kane.

PRO TIP: Glitter is fiddly on the cheeks so Kane suggests pressing sticky tape anywhere you don’t want the glitter to sit.

 

Photography by Jason Hetherington

 

Photography by Jason Hetherington

Embellish your body

 

Photography by Jason Hetherington

‘Initially, people think of glam rock images when they think of glitter, but it can be more like playful fairy dust,’ says Kane. Make Up Forever Glitter in White Violet, £11.50, leaves skin with a provocative pale sheen.

Dust lightly with a large soft brush across your shoulders, in the round of your back or decollete. ‘I applied it quickly and spontaneously so it looked like Amber did it herself,’ says Kane.

PRO TIP: To keep glitter in place on your body, use a balmy cream like Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream, £28, or sunscreen if you’re going to a day time festival.

Consider your crash course in glitter make-up complete.

Read more make-up tips in out Beauty section at marieclaire.co.uk/beauty

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Oily skin? This is how to get beautiful dewy and glowy skin, without the shine

Oily skin? This is how to get beautiful dewy and glowy skin, without the shine


how to get glowy skin if you have oily skin

When you have oily skin, the last thing you want is to look shiny. You spend most of your time trying to mattifying the heck out of your complexion. You use the best moisturiser for oily skin, followed by the best foundation for oily skin and then you keep a pack of blotting papers in your handbag at all times to absorb any irritating oil throughout the day. However, there is nothing more deseriable that super healthy skin that glows. It’s important to know the difference between beautiful-lit-from-within-glow and an shiny, oily sheen. So how do you get glowy skin if you have oily skin?

Caroline Barnes, make-up artist and Max Factor UK Ambassador, gave us her tips on how to get that enviable glow whilst steering clear of grease-town.

How do you get glowy skin, if you have oily skin?

‘The beauty and point of highlighting is that it amplifies your bone structure and makes your face look more beautiful – it lifts everything. And if you’re tired and drained, boosting the glow to your face doesn’t just make you look younger, but also fresher.’

The first step is to use the best primer for your skin type, in this case you’ll want a matte primer and you want to apply it onto your t-zone.

Barnes recommends applying your foundation as normal and then using a powder illuminator, not a creamy texture. ‘Remember, this is important’ Barnes explains, ‘if you have oily skin you should only use powders not creams or oil textures.’ She uses Hourglass Amber Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette on her clients, because it’s the only formulation of powder that looks like a cream and gives the most beautiful glow.

Hourglass Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette, £59 SpaceNK

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‘You must be very careful to not highlight the entire face,’ Barnes warns. For example, if you’re worried about dull skin and want to use something that helps with radiance, like Mac’s Strobe Cream, then mix it in with your foundation and then mattify with powder on the t-zone to get rid of ugly areas of shine.

Mac Strobe Cream, £25 Look Fantastic

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And that’s it.

That’s how to get glowy skin, if you have oily skin.

 

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The Face Prep Tricks That Will Help Your Base Last, Even If You’re Sweaty

The Face Prep Tricks That Will Help Your Base Last, Even If You’re Sweaty


Ace of base

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Welcome to our Marie Claire Masters series, a regular beauty franchise that celebrates and utilizes the expertise of women who are bossing it in their fields. Each month these Masters will educate, demonstrate and impart some of their industry wisdom to you the dedicated Marie Claire reader. From current trends and hot topics to how tos and how not tos, these beauty whizz kids are at our beckon call. So get reading, you never know what you tips you might pick up. KT – Digital Beauty Editor

Hi, I’m Cher Webb, I’m a professional make-up artist. I’ve worked backstage at some of the most exciting fashion shows and have worked on many, many photoshoots. I am the new Marie Claire Make-up Master and every month I’ll be letting you in on some of make-up secrets; things that I have picked up along the way.
One of the HOTTEST topics of the moment is how to keep your base super-durable and long wearing in the heat.
This is one of the warmest and longest UK summers and without a doubt the most humid. Here are some tips on how to keep that shine at bay and how to boss that base.

PREP SET GO!

Beauty is skin deep and prepping the face for every eventuality is key to a long wearing flawless base. Lock in your foundation with the best primer that is most suited to your skin type and one that will bring out the best in your complexion.
If you are looking for an all over primer that does everything and works on all skin types try the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, £30.
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This unique smoothing formula blurs imperfections whilst protecting the skin from the environment. An all round beauty staple! If you are looking to absorb oil and reduce redness try the MAC Prep and Prime Skin, £22.50. A total winner, this will lock your base in place.
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Givenchy Mister Mat, £29 is an invisible magic gel that leaves a light flawless veil, that’s also brilliant at absorbing shine and creating the perfect canvas for makeup.
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LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS

I love low maintenance bases, here are some of the best foundations that are heat proof and shine proof. The game changers that I pull out of the bag for red carpet, destination brides and everyday flawless babes…
  1. MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Foundation, £27.50, has up to 36 hours long wear! Say whaaat!!?? Nothing will budge this bad boy! This formula is seamless and lightweight and there’s no need for powder touch ups. A strong contender in my makeup kit and my personal makeup bag.

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  1. Estee Lauder Double Wear, £33.50 is a global all star! With it’s 24 hour staying power, zero transfer and a medium buildable coverage.

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  1. YSL All Hours Foundation, £33.50 is an absolute game changer with it’s gorgeous matte hybrid finish. It’s enriched with a signature skincare complex, so it’s got your back when it comes to the shine and heat.

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FIX UP LOOK SHARP

Fixing sprays or make-up setting sprays are a new obsession of mine. You have to try the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray, £24. One quick spritz of this magic mist to complete your makeup regime, giving up to 16 hours of wear, winning.
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I also like to take it back to the classics with blotting papers… little mini God-sends. So easy and effective, just lightly press the paper onto the t-zone area and upper lip – any excess oil and sweat from the face will be instantly absorbed without removing any makeup. And you are left feeling really refreshed – genius!

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How to apply foundation like a pro in four simple steps

How to apply foundation like a pro in four simple steps


Because you HAVE to nail the first step

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Nailing your base is arguably the most important part of you make-up application. Bugger that bit up and it’s all down hill from there. Even if you’re armed with all of the best foundation for your skin type and the best make-up brushes you can find. Which is why when we got the opportunity to ask a make-up artist anything, we wanted to know how to apply foundation like a pro.

Caroline Barnes, the Max Factor UK Ambassador, told us this…

How to apply foundation – step 1:

Make sure your face is bathed in light. Ideally daylight, but if you can’t, make sure you have some sort of light directed straight to the face.

How to apply foundation – step 2:

Hydrate your skin. I don’t just mean putting your day cream on in the morning. I mean making sure your skin is hydrated enough that the skin actually feels a little tacky, because this means that it’s ready for makeup- it will adhere better and last longer. This is key.

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How to apply foundation – step 3:

Use your hands to apply you foundation, like you would the best moisturiser. If you like a natural look, only use a small amount. If you like a lot of coverage, use  more. When people ask me how to apply foundation, I always say the best way is with your hands. They’re essential. The help migrate the foundation onto your skin to make it look natural.

Max Factor Radiant Lift Foundation, £14.99 Boots

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How to apply foundation – step 4:

Finally, buff it all our with a foundation buffing brush. Work from the centre of the face out. This will diffuse the colour and make sure you have equal amount of product all over your face.

Clinique Buff Brush, £28 John Lewis

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So there you have it.

Now you will never, ever get it wrong again.

You are most welcome.

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Wedding hair: how to avoid looking like a basic bride

Wedding hair: how to avoid looking like a basic bride


You won’t find a chignon here, friends

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I’m getting married in September and whilst there are some traditions that I’m sticking to – white dress, dad giving me away, throwing the bouquet – there are some things that I just don’t want. I don’t want a cake – no one really likes it and nobody looks back on a wedding and thinks, ‘my favourite part was when they cut a cake with a random sword.’ I don’t want to pose like a prat with my bridesmaids for clichéd wedding pictures. And I really, really don’t want basic bitch wedding hair.

Stay with me.

Every wedding magazine I pick up has image after image of women with the most boring, unimaginative hairstyles I’ve ever clapped eyes on. I’ve been scrolling through Instagram and groaning at the lack of really chic ‘dos’. And Pinterest isn’t any better.

Don’t get me wrong, I am fully aware that not every hair stylist in the land does these boring half-up-half-down-lets-shove-in-some-diamante wedding hair looks. But I am amazed at the seemingly utter lack of alternative choices. It’s as if people get engaged, start planning a wedding and all sense of style goes out the window.

When Prince Harry married Meghan Markle (or the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as we now know them), she had two looks on the day. The simple low bun, with a few rouge tendrils by Serge Normant, followed by a fun, loose up-do by George Northwood. Northwood’s more relaxed and – let’s be frank – cooler option was the one people got more excited about. He is the king of cool girl hair after all. That’s what I want. I want my wedding hair to look modern, yet smart and I’d really like to avoid looking basic.

So with less than two months to go, I decided that I needed to take things into my own hands. If I was going to segue past the traditional wedding hair, I needed to approach it in a different way.

I thought to myself, which hair salon is the antithesis of wedding hair? There was only one salon that came to mind: Bleach London.

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If you don’t know Bleach London – it’s a salon that specialises in colour. But bold colour. Co-founded by Alex Brownsell, who counts Harry Styles, Georgia May Jagger, Pixie Geldof and Cara Delevingne as clients, and Sam Teasdale, the salon has become the go-to spot in London for hair that’s a little bit different. What better place to visit when looking for alternative wedding hair do for your big day?!

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So off I went. I met Emma, the senior stylist, at their Dalston salon (they also have outposts in Soho and Brixton) and we started chatting about different looks. I explained that whilst I didn’t want to look boring, I also didn’t want to look back at pictures and think I’d taken a temporary leave of my senses with anything too wild. I’d chosen early on against wearing a veil, as I thought it made me look too angelic (a look that I very rarely associate with myself), and was considering a headpiece – as long as there was no sign of diamante detailing. I was pretty much open to trying a few different options and after showing her my dress (which I won’t post on here, obvs) we came up with three possible looks. In order not to go too left-field, we decided to take what’s mostly requested by bridal clients and update them. So in keeping with that, we went with the following: an updo, a headpiece and flowers.

Wedding hair piece

Ask anyone to describe ‘cool girl hair’ and chances are they’ll describe a mash-up of Kate Moss’ infamous second-day, blonde mop with sea-salty surfer hair. It’s hair that look effortless and is always worn down. So this was a pretty good place for us to start. I’m pretty lucky in the fact that I have a natural wave to my hair that looks quite beachy already – I actually really like the way that my ends gather to form slight rat tails. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, I’ll admit. But we wanted to elevate it with a headpiece. You really have to trawl through page after page on Google until you get to a headpiece that doesn’t look like all the others you’ve just seen on Etsy. When I found Alexandra Harper’s bridal collection I knew that we had found a winner. The geometric flowers couldn’t be more different to the dainty, little diamonds headbands that I keep seeing everywhere.

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Wedding hair updo

When you search for wedding hair, the majority of results include either an updo or a braid – neither particularly inspiring. So we decided to combine the two, with a modern twist. We went for a half up, half down, plait extravaganza. If you’re going to go with a braid – make it a different one. Emma plaited along my parting and then tied it off using my own hair. She then popped a few more smaller ones around the head.

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Wedding hair with flowers

I had toyed with the idea of wearing a flower crown, but as much as I love them, even I can admit that they have been so overdone. And the basic bitches have taken them for their own. As we started to discuss how we could interpret this look, the image that kept popping into my mind was the beauty look from Rodarte’s SS18 couture show.

wedding hairAnd because we were at Bleach, we couldn’t not do a bit of colour. Emma used one of their new Watercolours, which are made from beetroot, to give me a hint of pink. They come out in one wash – so there’s no long-standing commitment needed.

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I personally think we nailed the non-basic-bride wedding hair. Don’t you?

If you want to book in to see Emma, or any of the Bleach London stylists, for your wedding call 020 7275 9500.

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Summer’s 5 biggest body crazes you need to know about now

Summer’s 5 biggest body crazes you need to know about now


From freezing your fat to brainy workouts and releasing your chakras, these are the next level body hacks along with the behind the scenes making of the Marie Claire July shoot.

This summer is all about super intelligent bodies – these are the latest tips and treatments you need to try…

How to boost your body care

Body products have, until now, been geared towards pampering, not performance. But with the arrival of high-tech ingredients usually saved for our complexions, this category has evolved and now rivals the brightening, plumping and moisturising effects of our face serums as well as tackling issues such as cellulite.

Cerave Moisturising Cream, £14.50, contains hyaluronic acid, a moisture-boosting molecule that can hold 1,000 times its weight in water and delivers hydration for the whole body without the greasy residue of a rich body cream. Like facial exfoliators, body scrubs now come in less abrasive formulas – Ren’s Smart Renewal Body Serum, £35, uses fruit AHAs to tone and buff dry skin and works brilliantly on keratosis pilaris (those rough bumps on the tops of your arms).

If age spots and uneven tone are a concern, choose a lotion that protects against hyperpigmentation like Clarins Renew-Plus Body Serum, £41, or Skin Laundry’s Rejuvenating Anti-Ageing Neck and Chest sheet mask, £14, which brightens and hydrates one of our most vulnerable areas.

Meanwhile, products designed to diminish cellulite often contain caffeine for a temporary tightening effect. Yes, it’s pricey but Sisley’s Cellulinov Intensive Anti-Cellulite Body Care, £155, which also contains red algae, is one of the best formulas we’ve come across to firm up slack skin – both for instant gratification and in the long term with continued use.

And although your stretch marks won’t disappear altogether, retinoids and collagen stimulators can make a difference to their appearance. Try StriVectin Intensive Concentrate for Stretch Marks and Wrinkles, £120, as it uses oligopeptides to pump collagen back into the damaged skin.

Photographer Jason Hetherington

Everything you need to know about going with the flow

A fit body is about feeling strong physically, but also on an emotional, mental and energetic level. ‘Blockages in the flow of energy throughout your body (or chakras) can manifest as aches and pains, constipation and digestive issues caused by stress, anger and negative thinking,’ says David Peter, a traditional Chinese medicine specialist.

‘Thankfully, they can be cleared allowing energy, blood and fluid to flow again, restoring your body’s equilibrium.’ Peter recommends practising yoga and Qi Gong, as both focus on moving stagnant energy through and out of the body.

The needles used in acupuncture are also believed to help. ‘But the simplest, time-tested trick is to tap the centre of the chest,’ explains Peter. ‘This will dissipate energy helping to release emotional tension and elevate your mood.’

Bear in mind, too, that a diet free from processed foods is a great way to restore vitality. ‘Food has its own energy field, especially organic produce, which is grown as close as possible to the way nature intended. Microwaved food and those doused in pesticides, on the other hand, have literally no energy field,’ explains Peter.

Finally, spending time in nature is a great way to restore and harmonise your energy. ‘Trees and plants all have strong, healing vibrations that can help fine-tune your body’s own energy pathways,’ he says.

Photographer: Jason Hetherington

Clever ways to boost your brain

A fan of smartphone brain teasers? Then you will love the latest bio-body hack to hit the UK, The FitLight Trainer system.

Wireless lights are used as targets, which you activate or deactivate, depending on your training routine – the end goal being to improve hand–eye co-ordination, strength, speed and stamina. ‘It works on your reaction time, training your brain and body to work in sync,’ explains celebrity trainer Dalton Wong, founder of 22 Training.

‘Reaction Training wakes up and stimulates the brain first and then gets the nervous system and muscles jacked up and ready to go. It’s like a caffeine shot to your body, and it’s fun. Plus you make that mind and muscle connection – you think about your breath and your movement, both of which are key to an efficient workout.’

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Why you should be deep-freezing your fat

This year’s biggest body enhancer is Whole Body Cryotherapy – a body-shocking treatment that promises skin vitality, stress relief, a metabolism boost and better sleep.

What’s the catch?

For three minutes you stand in a chamber of frigid liquid nitrogen at -140 degrees celsius. Trust us, it is worth it. As your body is tricked into thinking it is going to freeze to death, your ‘fight or flight’ response kicks in – all of which means your circulation is boosted and you metabolism speeds up while the body fights to keep warm (how does burning 800 calories in the eight hours post-treatment sound as an incentive?). ‘

‘Once you’re back at room temperature, the extra-oxygenated blood circulates back through the body to relieve pain, eliminate toxins, boost cell renewal and trigger an anti-inflammatory response,’ says Dr Yannis Alexandrides, plastic surgeon and founder of 111 Harley Street and 111CRYO.

‘Increasing the flow of blood and oxygen around the body also assists in the elimination of excess lactic acid and aids with muscular recovery after a workout.’

At £95 a session, it comes with a hefty price tag but this cure-all treatment (at minimum effort) is a groundbreaker.

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The best ways to maximise your immunity

As soon as the sun makes an appearance, so does our gym kit. But low levels of vitamin D, combined with a lack of fresh air and movement over the past few months, means your body is likely to be at its weakest point of the year so you need to rebuild your system first.

Start off with a good dose of vitamin C – 65 to 90 mg is the daily recommended amount for an adult. One of the most noticeable effects of vitamin C deficiency is that skin becomes dry and lacks tone but a supplement such as Altrient C, £35.99, has the ability to regenerate collagen. As well as ramping up its suppleness and elasticity, collagen makes up the walls of those blood vessels, which carry oxygen, water and other nutrients to the skin.

Other superfoods for this time of year include artichokes and beetroot to detoxify the liver; plus mushrooms for their fibre and thyroid-balancing selenium.

Finally, stress causes minerals to become depleted at a rapid rate. Magnesium levels, in particular, suffer – consequently so does your sleep. As magnesium can be absorbed directly through the skin, try bathing in Dead Sea Spa Magik Bath Salts, £4.29, before bed.

Conversely, instead of chugging on energy drinks to feel more awake, add a pinch of salt to your drinking water.

This floods your system with natural electrolytes and allows your body to work at peak performance. Win-win.

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How to remove fake tan: it’s an artform

How to remove fake tan: it’s an artform


Because who wants streaky, patchy post-fake tan skin? Exactly.

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We’ve all had to remove fake tan before. Whether it be a fake tan disaster – obvious, tell-tale lines on your wrists, ankles that look so orange you’d be mistaken for an Oompa Loompa or fingers that are so multi-tonal you consider wearing gloves to work (in July) – or when you 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 of 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. 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. This super product, which launched last year and sold out in three hours, is the first of its kind to market. 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. (There’s a reason you’re told not to use oil-based products after getting a spray tan; because oil breaks down DHA.) This will soften the tan and using a remover mitt in circular motions 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’r ea 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.

Buy Now: ModelCo Exfoliate Double Sided Body Wipes, £6 Boots

How to remove fake tan from clothes

Getting fake tan stains on your favourite, goes-with-everything, white shirt or smartest 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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How to get your legs summer ready in 7 simple steps

How to get your legs summer ready in 7 simple steps


Because they are essential to any summer look

OK, so it’s now warm enough for us to forgo tights and opt for shorter hemlines if we so desire, but there’s a big issue that comes with this new freedom. Legs that have seen better days. You see it isn’t just bears and small rodents that go into hibernation over the winter months, so to do regular tans and strict hair-removal regimes. What’s needed is an easy step-by-step of how to get legs summer-ready. Luckily, that’s exactly what we’ve created here for you.

With the help of leg-expert Kate Shapland, creator of Legology – the beauty brand created as a high performance solution to cellulite and heavy legs – we’ve come up with the simple way to ensure that you won’t get caught out on sunny days this summer.

Step 1: Body Scrub

Sanctuary Spa Salt Scrub, £13 Boots

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‘Skin which has been covered for months doesn’t look its best,’ Shapland explains. ‘Legs are usually a bit dry and dull, and even if you’ve religiously exfoliated and moisturised throughout winter, the expanse of bare skin from ankle to knee can demand an extra dollop of confidence to pull off.’ And so the first step is to buff away any dead skin. Not only will this create a clean, smooth surface, it will help boost circulation and get rid of any dullness. Dullness comes because dead skin can’t reflect light, do you want to get rid asap. ‘You need a power buffer – something super-crunchy that will send a rush of nutrient-rich blood to the skin’s surface to give it tone and colour, and plants plenty of suppleness back in there.’ You can beat Sanctuary Spa’s Salt Scrub, but we also love Espa’s Invigorating Salt Scrub, £38. If you don’t think either of these are for you, you could choose the best body scrub for your skin type.

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Step 2: Dry Body Brush

Mio The Body Brush, £14.5o Cult Beauty

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This is one of those things that we, as beauty editors, repeatedly tell people to do because the benefits are phenomenal. But this is also one of those things, that in all honesty not many people can be arsed to do. However, we are going to preach about it again in the hope that this time you will take note and segue it into your routine. In a recent BBC documentary, The Truth About…Looking Good, it was revealed that the best way to treat and get rid of cellulite is dry body brushing. Brushing from the ankles upwards in the direction of the heart in quick, swift motions boosts circulation and helps lymphatic drainage. Trapped fluid emphasizes cellulite and makes legs feel heavy, but by brushing twice a day you decrease fluid retention and toxins are drained away. This Mio Body Brush has additional nodules, which help to massage on a deeper level.

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Step 3: Moisturiser

Kiehl’s Creme de Corps, £18.50 John Lewis

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If you want supple and smooth legs, you have to moisturise and you have to do it on the reg. This is not a step you want to skip. Nothing will leave legs in a better condition that super duper hydrated skin. Shapland recommends steering clear of oils, because not only do they sit on top of skin and don’t sink in as well as a moisturiser, but they’re also unflattering. ‘It’s the shine – the only acceptable area for sheen on your legs is a line down the shins because it helps make this area look longer and narrower.  All over shine gives you barrel legs in the same way that gloss volumises a lip.’ Kiehl’s Creme de Corps is a cult classic. It’s been around for years and it just does the job so well. It also sinks in quickly, so you don’t have to wait around for long before putting your clothes on.

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Step 4: Hair Removal

Venus ComfortGlide Spa Breeze Razor, £7.99 Boots

 

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The thing about hair removal is a person typically falls into one of a few camps – laser, epilating, waxing or shaving. Laser can be pricey, epilating could be compared to a Medieval torture technique and waxing is for those with a high pain threshold. Which leaves shaving. Shaving is simple, pain-free and more importantly, purse-friendly. You really can’t go wrong with a Venus razor. They’ve been reliable since we were teenagers and they just keep getting better – this razor has two moisture bars either side of the three blades meaning that whilst you get a closer shave, your skin is treated to a nourishing boost of shea butter. Sometimes the most simple options are the best.

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Step 5: Cellulite Treatment

Remodelage treatment, from £180 at Grace Belgravia

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‘Cellulite is not a life sentence,’ says Martine de Richeville, creator of the body treatment Remodelage, which helps to detox, refine and tone. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a relaxing-you-might-fall-asleep-during massage. It’s not. It’s a deep-tissue technique that incorporates the specially created 8 shaped motion and it pinches. Like a lot. But don’t be put off, because the therapist needs to get down into the lower levels to reach the older fat deposits. By doing this, it allows for better circulation to the area, which in turn reduces excess fat in the tissue. Not only does it tone the silhouette (which is excellent if you suffer from saddlebags at the top of your thighs), but it rather cleverly helps to filter the metabolic waste and flushes out toxins, so your digestion improves too. Shapland completely agrees that massage is vital to getting killer legs, ‘If it’s good, it won’t be comfortable, but your legs will look less puffy & feel lighter; so book a course of sessions.’

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Step 6: Gym Class

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Nothing will prep your legs for summer better than exercise. We know, snooze. But Shapland suggests we embrace exercise: ‘Get up and cross the office to speak to someone instead of
emailing them, take the stairs at a run, do a handstand – anything that promotes circulation and maintains flow.’ Whilst a HIIT session or a spin class is a brilliant full body workout, there are now more and more classes that are specifically aimed at toning. From your classic Legs, Bums and Tums class to Barre-style workouts that combine traditional ballet positions with repetitive movements from Pilates, you’ll find something similar in most gyms. Virgin Active just launched a new Barre class that’s said to strengthen, lengthen, tone and tighten. If that isn’t incentive, we don’t know what is. GymBox has a hilarious class called Thunder, which don’t worry, does the opposite to giving you thunder thighs. It’s a class that uses the old 90s Thigh Masters (remember them?!) to work on toning quads and glutes. There’s plenty out there, so there’s really no excuse.

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Step 7: Tan

Legology Sun-Lite Sheer Lingerie for Legs, £38 Space NK

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‘One of the biggest mistakes women make with their legs through the summer is with self-tan, because inevitably it’s too dark,’ explains Shapland. ‘Too many of us make this mistake at the start of the summer when we’re desperate to improve the look of skin too quickly.’ Even if you have the best fake tan or follow our fake tan tips, it should still be incredibly subtle. Still unsure? ‘You’re aiming for the kind of sun kissed shade skin develops after a long hot weekend, when skin has just ‘turned’, not full on tropical tan.’ For those with pale skin, something like the Legology’s Sheer Lingerie For Legs will work perfectly. Think of it as like the best cc cream – it makes your legs look better, rather than completely changing their colour. If you can’t give up the darker shade, then we recommend leg make-up products like Becca Luminous Body Perfecting Mousse and Vita Liberata tktktktktkt

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So there you have it. Your complete guide to getting your legs ready for the summer.

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