How to make your beauty routine more sustainable and eco-friendly

How to make your beauty routine more sustainable and eco-friendly

Plus the brands that are doing their bit for the planet

It’s been a long time coming, but people are finally realising that it’s cool to give a crap about the planet we live on. From ethical fashion brands to upping our recycling, most of us are being a bit more conscious about our lifestyle choices and wastage.

‘As consumers, I think we’d all like to feel as though we’re helping make a change for the better; but sometimes it’s hard to know how to do that, and understand what impact a small change can really make,’ says Jo Chidley, founder of Beauty Kitchen.

‘For me, sustainability is a combination of things. It’s how we consciously develop and formulate products to the long term environmental impact they have.

‘We carefully consider the ethical sourcing, the packaging and the production and how we operate as a fully rounded sustainable business. Consumers want to know that as a sustainable business you truly care about them and the environment.’

With that in mind, keep reading to find out how you can gradually upgrade your skincare to be more planet-friendly.

What are some easy first steps you can take to make your beauty routine more sustainable?

Shop with a brand that follows environmentally friendly practices

From thoughtful packaging to sustainable ingredients, make sure they’ve covered the bases so all you have to do is decide on what products to try.

‘Consumers used to think that natural meant compromising on quality, smell, texture or all three,’ says Jo. But today, our products stand up against their synthetic counterparts and really do perform – proving that effective, natural and sustainable is possible.’

Ensure the brand is cruelty free and against animal testing

‘The leaping bunny is a guarantee that none of the products will have been tested on animals. If you can’t find it on the products, research!’ says Jo. ‘You’ll find brands are very good at telling you about all the work they’re doing to become more sustainable and eco-friendly, so if you still can’t find the answers you’re looking for, ask the brand directly.

‘We love to hear from our customers and will always answer questions and help arm them with the info they want whenever we can.’

Start with one product and take your time!

If you’re used to a certain routine it’s best to swap things out gradually to make your transition into a more sustainable routine all the more smooth. Start by buying just one sustainable product to incorporate into your routine, then gradually build it up.

What easy sustainable ingredient swaps can you make?

‘Understanding that we do not have an infinite resource of ingredients is an important part of the journey,’ Jo explains. ‘Look at Argan Oil – what was once a niche ingredient from Morocco is now a thriving industry. But how long can small communities work to meet demand? Trees and ingredients take time to grow and for us, it’s important to take our time and do things the right way.

‘Swapping from Argan Oil to Abyssinian Oil and using products that have marine extracts and algae in them is a great start. When these ingredients grow they turn carbon dioxide into oxygen and are truly effective on your skin.

‘You’ll get the same enjoyment from the products, but you’ll also be helping to ensure that those ingredients stick around for a lot longer as they’ll become more sustainable – and the cycle then becomes a totally renewable one.’

Beauty Kitchen Abyssinian Oil Concentrate, £12.50, Feelunique

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‘Here at Beauty Kitchen, we work tirelessly to ensure we’re doing things as well as we can – from the efficacy of our products, to the way we source ingredients right down to the packaging we use for each and every one of our products,’ Jo continues.

‘Being the most sustainable beauty company in the world is what I’m working towards.’

Other brands doing their green bit

As well as the brilliant Beauty Kitchen, there are other brands below who are working to reduce their ecological footprint, whether through recycling initiatives or using less harmful ingredients. Read more about them below.

REN has pledged to be a zero-waste brand by 2021, working towards 100% recyclable packaging, reusing ocean plastic and offering refillable services. They’ve also teamed up with Surfrider to clean up the world’s beaches, currently touring the UK.

Tata Harper‘s packaging is almost entirely reusable and recyclable glass, and everything is made on their 1,200 acre farm in Vermont, USA.

L’Occitane’s Teracycle Initiative will accept your used beauty products to be recycled (not just L’Occitane ones!). Simply take them to your nearest store and they’ll do the rest – as well as giving you 10% off your next shop.

WE ARE PARADOXX use no plastic in their packaging, instead opting for aluminium which, unlike plastic, can be recycled an infinite number of times. Using recycled aluminium requires only 8% of the energy used to make new aluminium.

Origins recycle their empties at counters, meaning consumers can take their empty Origins containers and the brand will ensure they are recycled. They also never use Styrofoam packaging or PVCs and  avoid using cartons where possible, but any that are used are FSC certified, post-consumer recycled fibre and made using wind and and hydro power. Cosmetic bags are made from 100% recycled materials, while shopping bags are 100% craft paper that is itself recyclable. Not bad, eh?

bareMinerals products are all free from chemical sunscreen, coal tar, formaldehyde, mineral oil, palm oil, parabens, peanuts, propylene glycol, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, triclocarban, and triclosan.

Beauty just got a whole lot cleaner.

For more tips and tricks head to our Hair & Beauty section

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The best cream blusher for your healthiest glow ever

The best cream blusher for your healthiest glow ever

Follow make-up artists everywhere and invest in a cream blusher to enhance (or create) killer cheekbones

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If you’re still attached to your favourite old powder formula, allow us convince you that a cream blusher might just be the best blusher.

The secret weapon of make-up artists and celebrities, a cream blusher is widely regarded as the most natural way to create a healthy glow. Easy to blend and long-lasting, a cream blusher is pretty much fool-proof to apply and perfect for giving that enviable no make-up make-up look.

A cream blusher layered onto a light BB cream, with just a dusting of setting powder over the top, is a standard make-up routine for supermodels. It’s a look that anyone can achieve, though, for healthy looking and radiant skin. And of course, most cream blushers will double up as a lip tint too, making them a great beauty investment.

Cream blusher also works particularly well on those with dry skin, as most formulas are made with hydrating ingredients. Start with a good foundation for dry skin, then perk up those cheeks with a dab of cream blusher.

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The new Insta Blush by Revlon is the perfect choice if you prefer a sheer finish and a hint of colour. It’s one of the best high street buys around, and for less than a tenner it’s serious bang for your buck.

Choose from the best of the best and invest in Burberry’s Lip and Cheek Bloom, or save your pennies and try a drug store solution – both will reveal luminous skin and become firm staples in your make-up bag, along with your best make-up brushes.

Compliment pale skin with a dusty rose, or amplify olive tones with a hot orange blush. Dab onto cheeks using a dense headed brush (or just your fingers), and admire how much more awake you look – even without the addition of any other make-up.

Have we got you totally convinced? Read on for tips and advice on how to use your cream blusher and discover the perfect version for your skin…

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Milk Makeup: what’s all the fuss about?

Milk Makeup: what’s all the fuss about?

The US’ most recent imports

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In this new franchise we ask: what’s all the fuss about? There are so many products and brands that enter stratospheric realms of popularity – going from zero to hero in what feels like a matter of weeks – think Drunk Elephant and Augustinus Bader. But why are they so popular? We’ve decided to investigate…

Milk Makeup – The Background

Milk Makeup is the incredibly fun, easy-to-use makeup and skincare line set up by Milk Studios – the NYC photography studio and creative agency. It was founded in 2015 by the studio’s Co-Founder Mazdack Rassi and his wife Beauty + Fashion Editor and E! News Correspondent Zanna Roberts Rassi, but only came to the UK earlier this year. But it landed on our shores with a bang. 17,000 joined Cult Beauty’s waitlist (their biggest ever brand waitlist to date), 4,575 shoppers visited their pop-up store in Covent Garden in two days and within the first 24 hours five products (Blur Stick, Cooling Stick, Matte Bronzer, Tattoo Stamp in Star and Eye Pigment After Party) sold out completely in the UK. It’s safe to say that people were excited and couldn’t wait to get their hands on the products.

What is it that sent the UK customers into such a craze? Well it might be that the brand is all about ease – their roll-up, multi-use sticks are a thing of genius; it might be that the brand is completely vegan, cruelty-free and free from parabens; or perhaps it because the unisex brand promotes self expression, telling their followers to #livetheirlook.

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Is it any good?

Now that the dust has settled and the brand has been available to buy for over two months, we highlight the products that we think should be in your makeup bag.

Milk Makeup Cooling Water, £20.50 Cult Beauty

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This little thing belongs in the fridge. It’s a cooling water that takes down puffiness and when you keep it in the fridge, we swear it doubles its power. It’s said to help boost hydration, but we’d stick to your normal serums for that. But if you’ve had a heavy night (whether that’s with your baby, a night out on the tiles or you just couldn’t sleep) this soothes and de-puffs your under eye area. Warning: it’s addictive.

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Milk Makeup Matte Bronzer, £20.50 Cult Beauty

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This is idiot-proof. It’s so blendable, that if you make a mistake you won’t have to start your makeup all over. It’s not orange at all so you’ll never look like you’ve been tangoed. You can literally draw it on wherever you want, no need for brushes or a mirror really. It’s like it was created for the ‘how to contour beginners set’.

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Milk Makeup Kush High Volume Mascara, £20.50 Cult Beauty

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The beauty of this mascara is that, whilst it give your lashes volume for days (thanks to the heart-shaped fibres that cling to the individual hairs), it contains CBD oil that conditions your lashes as well. Which means that every morning when you apply, you’re essentially putting a hydrating hair oil on your lashes too.

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Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek, £20.50 Cult Beauty

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Keep this in your handbag at all times. It’s perfect for the 4pm slump, when your body needs a coffee and your face needs a pick-me-up. It’s really hydrating, so if you have dry skin you’ll love it. It works beautifully on the lips and the cheeks too. So double the bang for your buck.

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Milk Makeup Eye Pigment, £20.50 Cult Beauty

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Good god you do not need a lot of this. Pop a tiny bit on the back of your hand then using a fluffy brush blend the pigment to get a diffused look. Alternatively if you want a bold, statement eye, whack it straight on your lids with your fingertips. You won’t be disappointed with any of the 10 shades.

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Milk Makeup Glitter Stick, £25.50 Cult Beauty

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This works majestically atop an eye pigment; use your fingertips to dab the glitter in or alternatively swipe across your cheekbones for a touch of glitter strobing for the ultimate glitter makeup look. It’s so easy to use and so not messy, it will change the way you do your festival makeup.

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Milk Makeup Flex Concealer, £23.75 Cult Beauty

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You know if you squeeze a marshmallow in your hands, it bounces back in shape? Well the team at Milk have utilised the elastic marshmallow root powder and bendable spheres, which move with the skin to create a concealer that doesn’t crack or split when you’re face creases with a smile. Clever hey?

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Is it worth the hype?

Whilst their skincare is easy to use and will be super handy when you travel, it really is the makeup that stands out for us. It’s fun, playful and allows you to experiment with colour without breaking the bank. We’re here for Milk Makeup.

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The best red lipstick for the ultimate statement lip

The best red lipstick for the ultimate statement lip

Add a touch of Hollywood glamour or vamp up your off-duty look in seconds

Best Red Lipstick

Red can be a tough shade to wear. Seriously though. One moment it’s on your lips, the next it’s smeared all over your face, nose and chin. So to make sure you’re wearing the best red lipstick out there is crucial.

First of all, it comes down to picking the right shade for your skin tone. The secret is to find one that completely works with your colouring, which is basically everything from the undertones of your skin, to your hair and eye colour.

It’’s undeniably the hardest part of finding a new lipstick, but these small things really do make a big difference when finding a shade of red that suits you.

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Blue-toned reds look cooler and more retro, whilst poppy orangey reds are warmer and look a little bit more modern. And those dark, very berry reds that you covet on the covers of magazines and backstage are totally achievable, too, when you know the right products and shades to buy.

For the ultimate classic cool-girl look make sure you team your new red lipstick with a natural nude eyeshadow and just a hint of mascara. Or try slicking on a feline black liquid eye-liner to look like a 1950s fashion icon. Whatever look you’re choosing to go for, add classic glamour and an air of elegance to any ensemble by picking the best red lipstick for your complexion and budget.

Still not convinced that red is for you? Why not give the subtle nude lipstick a try? Overwhelmed with the choices out there? Check out our round up of the best lipsticks that every capsule collection should contain.

There’s no denying that a good lipstick is a make-up bag staple, but do you know which shade should you be wearing? We’re here to help you find out. Keep scrolling for our top red recommendations…

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The best foundation for dry skin to fix a patchy, flaky complexion

The best foundation for dry skin to fix a patchy, flaky complexion

Dry skin with acne? Flaky skin? There’s a perfect foundation for it all…

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Dry skin is a bit of a catch 22: you may want to cover it up, but more often than not putting foundation on makes it appear all the more obvious. That’s where the best foundation for dry skin comes in.

Armed with the right formula, your foundation can deliver a hit of moisture to your skin while simultaneously disguising it under a veil of pigment. It’s all about knowing what to look for.

Keep scrolling to find your new complexion hero, whether your dry skin is flaky or acne-prone. Because crumbly make-up is just not the one, is it?

Best foundation for dry skin with full coverage

Hyaluronic acid and liquorice extract work together to hydrate and give luminosity to the skin, guaranteeing eight hours of comfortably nourished skin.

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Best drugstore foundation for dry skin

Revlon ColourStay Makeup, £12.99, Boots

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Specially formulated for skint that’s on the dry side, this one will balance your skin’s moisture levels throughout the day with a satin-y finish – the opposite of the dry and flaky texture you love to hate.

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Best foundation for dry sensitive skin

Cover FX Natural Finish Oil-Free Foundation, £34, House of Fraser

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This foundation has sheer but buildable coverage and is water based rather than oil-based, so won’t clog your pores. It contains moisturising Vitamin F Esters and peptides to keep skin soft without irritation but is formulated without parabens, fragrance or mineral oil.

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Best foundation for dry patchy skin

Bobbi Brown Extra SPF 25 Tinted Moisturising Balm, £40, Fabled

Argireline® peptide boosts skin’s natural collagen production, while clary sage ferment strengthens skin’s protective moisture barrier. Plus, although the formula seems more like a tinted moisturiser, the coverage is pretty buildable.

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Best foundation for dry skin with acne

Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation for Acne Control, £54.50, Amazon

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Containing 2% of sebum-busting salicylic acid, this acne treatment foundation hydrates while helping sensitive, spot-prone skin.

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Best long-lasting foundation for dry skin

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, £33, Fabled

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NARS’ cult favourite foundation gives the perfect amount of coverage, a gorgeous luminosity, plus it lasts for hours upon hours.

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See more of our favourite foundations for dry skin below.

Rest assured your dry skin worries are a thing of the past…

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Need a beauty product stat?! This beauty brand offers same day delivery

Need a beauty product stat?! This beauty brand offers same day delivery

For beauty emergencies

amazon find review

Amazon has launched it’s very own colour cosmetics range called Find. It has everything from eyeshadow palettes and highlighters, to lip glosses and chip resistant nail polish and it’s all available with Amazon Prime. So if you don’t have time to head to the shops, but desperately need a poppy-red lipstick for your night out then you can order it and have it delivered on the same day.

Offering up the products in a different way, they’re all sold in complimentary bundles. For example, if you needed that red lippie, then you’d get a matching red lip liner as well. There are also cheek bundles that include a highlight and contour stick duo and eye bundles that feature a jet black mascara and eyeliner, plus many more. Your credit card will be happy too, because the prices are all under £20.

Find Face Kit, £13.25 Amazon

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Find Lip Kit, £8.30 Amazon

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And whilst Amazon is not known as a traditional beauty brand, don’t write if off. Team Marie Claire put some of the products to the test and this is what we discovered…

Amazon Find Review

Find Eye Pencil

‘I never use pencil eye liners, but this might have converted me. It’s actually quite a creamy formula which glides onto your lash line or lids really easily, perfect for smudgy corners or a smokey eye. Not sure if I’ll ever ditch the liquid eyeliner completely, but it’s definitely something I’ll be keeping in my makeup bag.’ Jadie Troy-Pryde – Acting Social Media Editor

Find Blush

‘I really, really rate this blusher and have been using every day ever since I started testing the products a couple of weeks ago. It’s the perfect pink that mimics a natural flush really well. A small powder brush picks up the pigment so well, so you really don’t need too much, just a touch on the apples of your cheeks.’ Katie Thomas – Digital Beauty Editor

Find Stick Bronzer

‘The bronzer chubby stick is light and easy to blend, but in my opinion it’s more of a highlighter than a bronzer. The roll on stick is sheer, with so much shimmer that your skin actually sparkles after using it. It’s great for a darker holiday highlighter but for a genuine natural bronzer, it doesn’t do the trick for me.’ Jenny Proudfoot – Junior News Editor

Find Volumising Blue Mascara

‘Find’s blue mascara is my biggest surprise. I like the applicator, am impressed by volume (you get a full lash effect) and the blue shade really made the green in my eyes pop. It is however a very bright blue so I found my best results came from just using it on the bottom lashes and the tips of my top lashes.’ Jenny Proudfoot – Junior News Editor

Find Lip Liner

‘I wasn’t a fan of the Find lip liner I have to say. While I liked the shade and the roll up crayon format rather than a pencil, it didn’t sit well on my lips. It didn’t really blend and gave an overall cakey look.’ Lucy Abbersteen – Acting Digital Beauty Writer

Find Black Volumising Mascara

If you want a mascara that you can layer on without ending up with spidery lashes, this is for you. The wand comes with a big, thick brush that fans, lifts and lengthens in just a few quick swipes. It even manages to get to those pesky little lashes on the inner corners.’ Jadie Troy-Pryde – Acting Social Media Editor

Find Stick Blush

‘I love a chubby stick and Find’s offering has a lot of my essential requirements – it’s light, blends easily and the warm pink shade is very flattering. My only issue is the shimmer excess which in my opinion makes it look sparkly and unnatural.’ Jenny Proudfoot – Junior News Editor

Find Stick Highlighter

‘So very easy to use, quite lightweight creamy formula and easy to blend the edges with your fingertips. The lightest shade is great for pale skin as a lot of highlighters aren’t quite bright enough to do the job, but this one leaves a really nice dewy glow – a bit like moonshine.’ Lucy Abbersteen – Acting Digital Beauty Writer

Find Bronzer

‘Thoughts: the bronzer, part of the Sunkissed Duo, looked good with it’s slick, no fuss packaging. The product went on smoothly and easily blends, so good for on the go. I prefer more of a matte bronzer as it had some shimmery flecks in it – but would be a great addition to your summer beauty kit.’ Holly Rains – Online Editor

Find Eyeshadow Quad Palette

‘I cannot complain about the eye shadow quad. Each shade was super wearable, blended well together and lasted well throughout the day. An excellent addition to my make-up kit.’ Katie Thomas – Digital Beauty Editor

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A guide to Meghan Markle’s favourite beauty products

A guide to Meghan Markle’s favourite beauty products

When it comes to hair and make-up, the Duchess of Sussex has excellent taste

There’s no denying that Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, is pretty darn beautiful. From her perfect hair to that jawline, the woman looks great whatever the weather.

You may not have been blessed with her genes, but fortunately you can get a slice of the Markle lifestyle by shopping some of her favourite beauty products.

Read on for the make-up, hair and skincare favourites of the soon-to-be mum.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara, £8.99, Boots

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Meghan’s former make-up artist touted a high street buy as the mum-to-be’s go-to mascara. ‘Meghan actually introduced me to a drugstore mascara, Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara,’ she told HELLO!. ‘I keep it stocked in my kit now at all times thanks to her!

‘[It] really helps to amplify your lashes and polish off the entire look. It’s great for full volume and lengthening, the formula is super hydrating. I love how it builds and that price point is accessible for all budgets.’

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Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria, £24, John Lewis

Inspired by Victoria Beckham, no less, Meghan’s go-to lipstick shade was created by beauty mogul, Charlotte Tilbury. The perfect balance of pink and brown nude, it’s reportedly the shade she wore for the royal engagement photocall, and is now surely at least as popular as the iconic Pillow Talk shade.

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Laura Mercier Illuminating Foundation Primer, £30, John Lewis

‘I don’t wear foundation unless I’m filming so this is what I put on every day after moisturiser to give my skin a dewy glow. It’s not sparkly, it’s true to its name… “Illuminating”, she told Beauty Banter. The primer comes in two shades, a slightly pink pearlescent formula and bronze for a summery glow.

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NARS Orgasm Blush, £24, Fabled

In a recently resurfaced interview with Beauty Banter, Meghan tipped NARS’ Orgasm as one of her five can’t-live-without products due to its ‘perfect rosy flush tone that brightens the face.’ The pinky, peachy blush with golden undertones is one of the most universally flattering blush shades on the market, so it’s really no wonder Ms Markle is a fan.

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Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, £42, John Lewis

Meghan favours a glowy, healthy formula and has one specific foundation rule. ‘Every time I’d do her make-up, she’d say “Can we just make sure my freckles are peeking through? I don’t want a ton of foundation,” her former MUA Lydia Sellers told Refinery 29.

Although she doesn’t wear loads and loads of the stuff, Armani Luminous Silk was always Sellers’ go-to to perfect Meghan’s skin. Well-loved in the celebrity world, this one counts the likes of Kim Kardashian, Cate Blanchett and Rashida Jones as its fans. A medium thickness liquid formula, it leaves skin with a healthy glow and has buildable coverage.

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YSL Touche Éclat Complexion Highlighter, £25, Fabled

Six of these iconic pens are sold every minute (or one every ten seconds), so it’s not a huge surprise Meghan Markle is also a fan. ‘It blends, it’s compact and if you’ve worked a 17-hour day and have nothing else on, you will still look relatively alive. Relatively,’ she told Beauty Banter.

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Diorshow Iconic High Definition Lash Curler Mascara, £27, Boots

‘My favourite mascara is Diorshow Iconic,’ Meghan told Allure back in 2014, noting that she first discovered a lot of her favourite products on the set of Suits. This one is great for super lifted, eye-catching jet black lashes to really make your peepers pop.

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Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner, £22, Boots

‘I use Chanel Cassis Eyeliner on my upper lash line and water line, and the touch of shimmer powder adds a brightness and sparkle,’ Meghan said in her Beauty Banter interview. ‘Even if I have no make-up on, I am likely to apply concealer and a bit of shimmer in the corners of my eye.’ Cassis is a rich purple liner, as Meghan rightly recommends, is great for tightlining and defining the eye.

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Make-Up For Ever HD Powder, £26, Feelunique

A photo-ready look requires a photo finish powder, and Meghan says she loves Make-Up For Ever’s – ‘It lets your skin look shiny and fresh, but not greasy-shiny,’ she told Allure.

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Eucerin Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm, £9 Boots

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Daniel Martin, Meghan’s friend and make-up artist who created her wedding make-up look, has said that the way to creating a natural, healthy glow (which MM does VERY well) it starts with before make-up. ‘A lot of my highlighting is done with skin-care,’ he explains. ‘Before highlighters, you would do highlighting with Aquaphor, it will give you that same texture, especially in a photo when applied to the high points of the face.’

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Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment, £21.50, John Lewis

‘I have searched high and low and tried every kind of lip balm but this is the very best. Soft, kissable, buttery lips. I swear by it,’ she told Beauty Banter. And we have to agree – the smooth balm comes in a range of gorgeous tints and has the added benefit of SPF. Not too sticky, not too matte.

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Meghan Markle skincare

Kate Somerville Quench Hydrating Serum, £63, Space NK

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When asked what she moisturised her face with, Meghan touted Kate Somerville’s Quench serum as her fave. ‘I’ve been going to Kate’s clinic in LA for facials for years, and now that I live in Toronto for work, I still use the products to maintain that glow that her products give,’ she said in the Beauty Banter interview. Considering she’s always glowing, we reckon the duchess is still a fan.

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Nivea Body Q10 Firming Lotion, £4.79, Boots

‘I use this religiously,’ the former Suits star told Beauty Banter. ‘It’s honestly my favourite lotion on the market, it’s so affordable, and makes my skin look and feel amazing. I would buy a case of this at a time if I could find it,’ she added.

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Dr Bronner Organic Lavender Castile Liquid Soap, £7.69, Fabled

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Dr Bronner’s 18-in-1 ‘magic soaps’ are loved by beauty addicts all over – including the Duchess of Sussex. ‘I love the smell and it lasts for such a long time. (The almond scent is quite nice too if your prefer something warm and sweet). I alternate between the two,’ she told Beauty Banter.

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Meghan Markle hair products

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, £41, Space NK

Meghan’s hair never looks limp or lifeless; it’s always bouncy, and that’s probably down to this guy. ‘When my hair is feeling a little weighted, Suanne, my hair artist on set, has me bend forward and she sprays a little Oribe Dry Texurizing Spray, and then has me “flip back hard” to give my hair a little extra bounce,’ she said in an inteivew with Birchbox.

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Kerastase Nutritive Masquintense for Thick Hair, £31.70, Lookfantastic

According to Beauty Banter, Meghan says that she ‘religiously’ uses both ‘Masquintense and the Oleo Relax line’. The Masquintense treatment mask comes in two separate versions for both thick and fine hair (we reckon Meg uses the former), for when your locks need a repairing deep moisture boost.

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Needless to say, Meghan Markle’s beauty judgments are pretty solid.

We wonder if her beauty routine will change much once she’s given birth?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best drugstore eyeliner

Bourjois Couture Waterproof Clubbing Eyeliner, £3.74 Fabled

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

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Best eyeliner pencil

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Smokey Pencil, £17, Amazon

best eyeliners pencil Elizabeth Arden Smokey Pencil

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

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Best waterproof eyeliner

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

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

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Best eyeliner pen

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

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

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Best gel eyeliner

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

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

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

Happy smokey eye-ing.

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Beautiful beauty looks spotted at London Fashion Week AW19

Beautiful beauty looks spotted at London Fashion Week AW19

Feast your eyes on the hair and make-up of dreams

London Fashion Week beauty looks

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… No not Christmas, Fashion Month.

Much like their fashion counterparts, the beauty looks of the shows set the precedent for the year ahead. New York Fashion Week was over in the blink of an eye, so now it’s London’s turn to show present us with the biggest hair and make-up trends 2019 will bring.

So far we’ve seen nods to the Golden Age inspired by 1950s fashion, glitter and gold leaf, heavy heavy blusher and barnets worthy of the great Dolly Parton.

At Ashish, enormous wigs were coiffed and blow dried into huge voluminous styles complete with bejewelled barrettes, while in the make-up department different coloured glitter was applied to the lips and eyes, catching the light at every turn. It was seriously extra and we loved it.

Meanwhile at Halpern, bright chroma eyeshadow was applied to the lids before layering cracked gold leaf over the top for a seriously cool look.

Hair was kept pretty natural, apart from a few marcel waves to frame the golden eyes in a nod to 1920s fashion.

If we had to pick out one specific, wearable trend, it’d be the ponytail, which has appeared several times this season as the understated yet chic hairstyle of the day. But season after season emphasis is placed on individuality – sometimes models are even asked what look they would like.

Keep scrolling for the hottest hair and make-up ideas to take from the runway into real life (mostly).

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Beyoncé’s make-up artist gave me SUCH brilliant tips, I’m basically now a pro

Beyoncé’s make-up artist gave me SUCH brilliant tips, I’m basically now a pro

Luckily, I wrote them all down for you…

Sir John, Beyoncé’s make-up artist, started work at 18 on the make-up counter with Mac. Later he was on Pat McGrath’s team working backstage at various fashion weeks, before assisting Charlotte Tilbury, who then introduced him to Queen B. From there it’s all gone a bit crazy. One of his career highlights was when Beyoncé was performing at Coachella and the crowd oogled at the fact that when she wiped her face on a white towel, not a speck of make-up transferred: ‘I call that Teflon make-up’ he says.
When I met him recently, he gave me such amazing tips that I barely had time to breathe, because I was ferociously taking notes. So here they are – Sir John’s tips on how to nail your base, choose the right shades and basically smash your make-up routine…

Base – skin is aspirational

‘For truly beautiful skin increase your heart rate for at least 30 mins a day as it helps with skin turnover. Put your moisturiser on just before you start your base, because you want to put foundation on damp skin. Only apply primer to your t-zone, because that’s the area your foundation lifts from. Always have two foundations – a darker one for summer and a lighter shade for the winter. Take a look at where you do your makeup. Natural light is always better, so if you do it in a bathroom with no light, it’s going to look so different in the real world. Step into the light to see exactly how much coverage you need. You really don’t need to lacquer and conceal everything; embrace you dark circles and veins. And definitely don’t cover freckles – they are hot. You also need two concealers – one for spots, one for dark circles. When you’re doing you’re concealer, beware of the deep V that YouTubers tell you to create under your eyes. It’s way too much product. Don’t use powder. Normal skin is not matte. If you have healthy skin, you don’t need powder. However, if you want to use a bit of powder under your eyes, never use pressed powder. It’s too heavy and dry and will age you. Always go with loose.’

Cheeks – highlighter should stay on your cheekbones

‘Always go for a cool tone bronzer; it’ll stop you looking orange. Highlighters should only be applied to the side of your face. Tap it into your cheekbones, but stop when you get to the eye. You don’t want to see your highlighter from the front – you want that to be a matte blush. Use your lipstick as blusher. Dab a bit on the back of your hand and use a fluffy brush to apply. We don’t contour, we sculpt.’

Eyes & Lips – add a Pritt stick to your make-up bag

‘No matter what your skin tone is, you can wear any colour on your eyes. Don’t use a tinted eyeshadow primer, use a sheer, invisible one so that you can see your natural eyelid colour. The best brow gel in the world is Pritt stick and a toothbrush. It lasts all day and you can still draw on top. A perfectly modern look is to just pop a bit of foundation on and then a red lip. A blue based red lipstick makes your teeth look whiter.’

Tools – don’t hold your brush like a pencil

‘Don’t use foundation brushes, they don’t create a seamless look. Use a Beauty Blender. If you make mistakes with your bronzer or blush, your Beauty Blender that you used to apply your foundation is like your magic eraser. Use a fluffy eye shadow brush to buff in your concealer. A stiff brush won’t blend properly. Fluffier and bigger brushes are more diffused natural look. The tighter the brush the fuller the application. Don’t hold your brush like a pencil hold it at the base for a lighter touch.’

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