These bad boys are an absolute essential for a cat eye or smokey eye
Few beauty products hold cult status in the same way as the best eyeliner. From Brigitte Bardot and Audrey Hepburn, to Amy Winehouse and Alexa Chung just about every beauty muse from recent history wore eyeliner as part of their signature look.
We know it’s quite boujie to take a Chanel khôl liner out of your makeup bag, but it is such a brilliantly simple but effective product. The colour payoff is excellent, it smudges enough to create a cooler-than-cool smokey eye, but not enough that it’ll end up down your cheeks by lunch. Worth it. It totally deserves a plane on this best eyeliner list.
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.
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.
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.
A relatively new brand to the UK, e.l.f.’s Flawless Finish formula is a go-to for beauty junkies on a budget all over the world. It’s super buildable, meaning you can get excellent coverage when you need it and a lighter finish on the days you want something more toned down. Either way, you’ll have a super healthy-looking and smooth complexion.
Although it’s oil-free, Sleek’s lightweight foundation is packed with hydrating ingredients like bamboo, water lily and lotus flower extract, to keep your skin soft, supple and dewy while you wear it; build it up for that healthy glow. It’s available in 24 different shades, spanning a pretty broad range. Not bad for £8.99, hey?
It says it on the tin: Matte but not flat is exactly what you’re after if a lasting shine-free complexion is your bag, and NYX delivers on that front. Good coverage with a smooth non-cakey finish, it ticks all the boxes.
If experts are asked one thing time and time again, it’s how to achieve a dewy, easy glow look using skincare and makeup.
If radiant, luminous-looking skin is your quest but you’re worried about having oily, combination or acne-prone skin, don’t – there’s a solution to suit all skin tones and skin types.
From classic contouring – using powder and liquid bronzers suitable for all skin tones – to the hero highlighters and ‘blend-it-yourself’ bronzers, it’s never been easier to create a natural-looking, sun kissed glow all year round.
The key trick is to avoid product that contains thick glitter (unless disco is your bag) chalky powders that leave a cakey residue or flat, dull-looking shades layered on top of a liquid.
When it comes to application – be sure to use a sponge (like the Brushworks Wonder Sponge) to blend liquids or failing that, apply with your fingertips to warm product for a natural-looking finish minus any faff. Use a fan brush for highlighter powders or a bronzer brush for a sunkissed feel.
To celebrate the start of summer, Fabled by Marie Claire have a limited edition gift with every purchase too. Simply spend £100 and get the below beauty bundle FREE – it’s worth £182! Shop fast though, they will sell out.
Whether you prefer bronzers, glow drops, skincare-loaded serums, radiance-boosting setting powders or baked highlighters – Fabled by Marie Claire has rounded up the 7 very best selling glow-getters for you and your kit – as rated by you and reviewed by experts:
EXPERT TIP – Cruelty-free brand Illamasqua’s baked highlighter powders are a global best seller, adding strobe-like radiance when applied to the high points of the face (cheekbones, brow bones and down the centre of the nose).
Those with fair skin should use champagne or pale gold highlighters with purple undertones that shift beautifully in the light (think Daze). Medium or olive tones suit peachy gold finishes like Dare, and bronze or rose gold looks gorgeous on darker skin (try Risque).
Why not dampen a So Eco Shading Brush and apply pigment to eyelids for a high shine, long-lasting eye shadow finish too.
EXPERT TIP – Packed with Niacinamide and Hyaluronic Acid, the benefits of this cult buy are three-fold – providing 24-hour hydration, upping moisture by a whopping 127% and locking foundation on for a truly impressive, long-lasting finish – making it the ultimate travel companion. Use as a hydration-booster on long haul flights, applying two pumps to fingertips and smooth over face.
EXPERT TIP – If powders aren’t your thing, you’ll love this iconic liquid glow. The consistency means it’s super easy to build depth, meaning it works well on darker skin tones. Either wear bare where the sun naturally hits (cheekbones, cupid’s bow and nose) or blended into makeup for an all-over healthy glow. Finish with Urban Decay’s iconic All-Nighter Setting Spray for up to 16-hours worth of coverage.
EXPERT TIP – Unlike some powders this global bestseller locks makeup in place for 12 hours whilst retaining a natural, luminous-looking finish. A perfect fit for ‘big day beauty’ and photos (think soft-focus effect minus any caking) this is a must for anyone who has ever wondered ‘How do I create a natural makeup look that photographs well?’ Extend the lifespan of yours by sprinkling powder into the product lid, using a powder brush to pick up product and desaturating it against the back of your hand for more even distribution.
Do you want to put your mouth in a suction cup? Because we certainly don’t. Can you imagine putting something over your lips that sucks all the blood to the surface to make them appear swollen? Grim. But lip pencil can only take you so far, and we’re not quite ready to lie on the surgeon’s table and get lip fillers. So, the obvious solution? To find the best lip plumpers out there.
Blame it on the models of the moment or call it the Kylie Jenner effect, either way, a plump pout is on almost everyone’s wish list. And according to Instagram, people will go to any lengths to make their lips look bigger.
Take, for example, one beauty blogger’s recent dabble with wasabi. After noticing that her lips tingled when they touched wasabi, she decided to do a tutorial about how to make your lips plumper by rubbing them with… you guessed it, wasabi.
Problem is, when we tried it, it didn’t last quite long enough. So back to the drawing board we went.
Luckily, these days, there are so many lip plumping products on the market that you can play around until you find the right one for your skin type. Some use ingredients like glycerin, to help hold more moisture on your lips, while others spice up your life with things like cinnamon oil, which mixes with the natural compounds in your skin to create an almost irritated effect (that fortunately doesn’t hurt).
It’s all about shopping around to find the right one for you, and trust us, once you’ve found it, you’ll never let it go.
So before you resort to something you may regret in the near future, try one of the best lip plumpers from our round up of the ones that actually work.
Not all waterproof mascaras are created equal, but rest assured that these are the best
Mascara – an absolute essential in any make-up bag. It frames the face and accentuates your eyes – a desert island beauty product. But if you’re alone on a desert island, a normal mascara is just not going to cut it, you need the best waterproof mascara. It’s going to be hot, so you’ll sweat a lot. It’s going to be lonely, so you might shed a few tears. And you’ll be on the beach, so you’ll probably kill some time swimming. The best mascara will see you through all three.
These days, the best waterproof mascara is just as good (if not better) than your run-of-the-mill smudgeable one. While waterproof formulas of days gone by didn’t always make your lashes look anything exceptional, in 2019 they can lengthen, curl and volumise just as well as the best mascara.
Lash tinting is another great option for holidays, but waterproof mascara is much more affordable, so rifle through our hand-picked favourites below to find the right one for you. You might never use the regular stuff again.
Who better to ask for a formula that’s good enough for make-up artists than Make-up Art Cosmetics themselves? Think In Extreme Dimension mascara, but waterproof: expert definition that withstands the smudging effects of day-to-day life in an ultra-black, eye-enhancing formula. Cheers, MAC.
Clinique is renowned for excellent mascaras (bottom lash, anyone?) and their waterproof one also has a brilliant reputation; it’s the go-to in my family for funerals, which says it all really. It won’t flake down your face and it’s available in brown if you prefer a softer colour than black.
As it’s World Oceans Day tomorrow, we want to encourage everyone to do their bit for our seas, not to mention the rest of the planet.
Ever since that final episode of Blue Planet II aired in December 2017, we have known just how horrific the extent of the devastation that plastics has on planet, especially our oceans. According to Global Citizen, by late 2018 88% of those who had seen it had changed their relationship with plastic completely. They went on to call the episode, ‘a key moment sparking the war on plastics.’
So, does this mean that we are nailing our recycling routines? Apparently not, according to research carried out by Garnier 56% of Brits don’t recycle their bathroom products. It’s thought to be partly down to us being used to having two bins in our kitchen, that it’s almost second nature to separate our recyclable goods. But the other issue is the complexity of bathroom products; a hand soap bottle and an eyeshadow palette are slightly more confusing that the plastic container your mushrooms come in. ‘Beauty product packaging is often composed of a variety of types of material,’ explains Stephen Clarke, Head of Communications at TerraCycle Europe. ‘For example — mirrored glass, cardboard sleeves, paper inserts, expanded plastic foam and more have been known to be used in cosmetics packaging– sometimes all in one item.’ This makes recycling them incredibly difficult.
‘120 billion units of packaging are produced every year by the global cosmetics industry,’ explains Clarke. ‘Of these, very few plastic waste items generated in the bathroom are accepted by most public kerbside recycling programmes. Most common beauty products and packaging contribute to the world’s growing plastic waste problem and, without adequate recovery solutions, are tracked for landfills, burned, buried, or simply littered where waste management is insufficient. Many plastic waste items find their way into oceans and waterways, compounding the problem with environmental hazards.’
We need to make sure that where we can, we are recycling our beauty products properly. Below is our guide to what can be recycled and what should just be thrown in the normal bin. When in doubt, throw it out. This is important, says Clarke, because ‘beauty products and packaging that cannot be recycled through the public system will not only be diverted towards landfill or incineration anyway, they slow down the system and have the potential to contaminate bales of secondary material. This is important because we must improve the system to create a circular economy for plastics.’
How to recycle your beauty products
So many beauty products, like fragrances and new make-up products, come wrapped in cellophane. Annoyingly, this cannot be recycled and should be put in your normal bin.
Plastic bottles, like shampoos, conditioners and shower gels, are accepted by most recycling programmes. However, make sure that you have emptied and cleaned them out first. You can also leave the lids on as these can be recycled, unless it’s a trigger head or a pump. These will need to go in your normal bin. If you haven’t completely finished your conditioner, do NOT pour it down the sink. Instead, get out as much as possible and put it in your normal bin. (The same goes with any product that you have a little left of.)
Yes, hairsprays and deodorants can be recycled in most household collection schemes. But do make sure they’ve been completely finished before recycling them.
Annoyingly, these are too complicated to recycle. However, TerraCycle has partnered with Garnier to create a free recycling programme for beauty packaging, and these can be taken to one of their allocated drop-off locations. Find your nearest one here. They will also take sheets masks and their wrappers, face wipes and their packets, trigger sprays, pumps, pipettes, roll-on deodorants.
Hooray, as long as these have been emptied and cleaned then these are free to be popped in your recycling bin.
This is an interesting one, as they have come under quite a bit criticism for being as bad for the environment as face wipes, but in actual fact these can be recycled with your food waste. So after taking your make-up off, take them straight into the kitchen to throw away.
If they still work, check with your local charity shop if they’ll take them. If they’re broken, then they can be recycled at a specific centre. To find your local one, click here.
Nail varnish, fragrance bottles, make-up brushes
These can’t be recycled, so should just be placed in the normal waste bin.
Toothbrushes and toothpaste
Don’t put these in your recycling, there are special drop-off locations (that can be found here) that have been set up by TerraCycle and Colgate.
What else can you do?
TerraCycle has also paired with brands like Kiehl’s, L’Occitane and The Body Shop. Theses brands are accepting old beauty containers and will recycle them on your behalf. There are often freebies and discounts if you do it this way.
Get your hands on a TerraCycle Zero Waste Box – they send an empty box to your house, you fill it with your beauty empties (shampoo bottles and caps, conditioner bottles and caps, hair gel tubes and caps, non-pressurised hair spray bottles, hair paste plastic jars and caps, lip balm tubes, face soap dispensers and tubes, lotion bottles, lotion tubes, lotion dispensers and jars, non-pressurised shaving foam tubes, lip gloss tubes, mascara tubes, eye liner pencils and cases, eye shadow tubes, concealer tubes and sticks) and then send it back to them to recycle it all.
Buy products that are packaged in highly recycled materials, like PET bottles
Buy from brands that offer a refillable service or reusable packaging
Ren has a company-wide goal of being completely zero waste by 2021. That’s only two years away. It currently has 100% recyclable packaging, refillable solutions and bottles made from reclaimed ocean plastic.
In their most recent beauty campaign, Liberty launched Conscious Beauty. Throughout, there has been a drop-off point, where you could take your packaging to be collected and recycled. They also championed all of their brands that are doing what they can to be more sustainable.
From tomorrow until 2nd July, Neal’s Yard will have an in-house recycling scheme. You will be able to take some of the trickiest items to recycle to one of their stores, this will include sample sachets, superfood pouches, facial wipe packages, pumps and atomisers. You will then receive 10% off their next purchase.
The Body Shop, renowned for its ethical trading initiatives, has teamed up with tech business Plastics For Change and Hasiru Dala, a local Indian NGO and social enterprise, to buy 250 tonnes of plastic collected by waste pickers in Bangalore this year, which will rise to 500 tonnes in 2020. This recycled plastic will be used to create the bottle of their haircare ranges. There are also recycling points in store.
Yesterday saw the launch of Selfridges Project Ocean Beauty Booth, which sees them pledge to ensure that at least 50% of their products are better for humans and the planet by 2022. As part of the initiative, they will have people on hand to help teach customers how to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic waste in their bathrooms.
If that wasn’t enough, here are some products to get your hands on that are ……..
Fake tanning is an art form. It takes practice, but with the right paint (the best fake tan), the right tools (fake tan mitt) and the right technique (our fake tan tips and tricks below) you can nail your at-home glow.
Fake tan tips & tricks
We sat down with tanning guru, James Harknett (who incidentally offers the best spray tan in London) to help us create this comprehensive guide.
‘Gradual, buildup tans are a great way to start, because they contain far less tanning agent than a mousse or lotion.
If you have a fair skin tone and you freckle in the sun, then a red-based tan will complement your colour,’ he advises. ‘Olive skin tones and those who tan well on holiday should choose a green base.’
So now you know which formula to opt for, here are your fake tan tips & tricks for faking it.
Tip 1: Exfoliate
It may sound obvious, but keeping your skin in good condition will help your cause when it comes to hitting the fake tan bottle. To avoid a patchy fake tan, you need to gently scrub skin before beforehand to lift any dead skin cells and reveal revitalised, ready-to-tan skin beneath.
Tanning pro Harknett says: ‘Wrists, ankles, elbows and knees are prime areas prone to colour grabbing and will easily turn too dark so you should always apply less tan to these areas. And make sure you exfoliate them first to keep the colour even.’
If you’re wondering how to remove fake tan, once your tan starts to fade then you can also exfoliate to get your natural skin tone back.
Tip 2: Moisturise
Be sure to slather your body top-to-toe in moisturiser before you fake tan, but do remember to let it fully sink in before you begin applying your self tan. You won’t get the best results if your skin is still slightly tacky. Pay particular attention to wrists, elbows, ankles, knees and feet as these areas can get dry and need extra moisture.
Moisturise every day when you step out the shower because patchy, dry skin just wont respond well to a faux glow and it’ll make it easier when you come to the bottle bronzing.
You should also moisturise every day after you’ve fake tanned, as it’ll make it last longer. Harknett always recommends the below to all of his spray tan clients.
Orange-tinted palms and grubby-looking fingernails are the tell-tale sign that you’ve been cheating that golden glow. The best way to avoid this look is to get into the habit of applying fake tan wearing latex gloves. Yes, it may feel a little strange at first, but after a few applications it will become second nature.
Once you’re covered all over, take the gloves off and use cotton wool pads to apply a small amount of tan to the back of each hand. As much as orange hands are a no-no, so are bright white.
Tip 4: Invest in a back brush
Unless your other half is a dedicated co-pilot during every fake tan venture, tanning your back can seem like an impossible mission. Investing in a back spatula or roller will help you to reach those nooks and crannies that are easily missed and difficult to reach, meaning a much more even and realistic tan.
The last thing you want to do when fake tanning your face is end up with an uneven colour and a horrible tide mark along your hairline and eyebrows. Dotting a small amount of Vaseline along your brows and next to your hair line means that any slip of the hand when applying will prevent dodgy marks appearing in these areas.
When the professionals want to ensure a tan is perfectly applied and avoid any sign of patchiness, they don a buffing mitt and gently dab away at any build up of tan to spread it evenly and avoid varying shades. These are generally cheap to buy and easy to use so get buffing.
In an ideal world we would have unlimited time to let our fake tan completely dry, but in reality it’s always much more rushed that we’d like. The number one rule of dressing after tanning is to wear dark, loose clothing to avoid marking any wardrobe favourites. We recommend a loose black dress and bare legs in summer, then in winter go for baggy, wide-legged trousers and a loose matching top.
Tip 8: Polish and reapply
Now your tan has developed and you’re happy with the results, the work doesnt stop there. Stay glowing for longer by maintaining a strict routine of gentle exfoliation and lots more moisturising. And if you can feel the flawless fake tan starting to fade, then simply top up.
So there you have it – you’ll be a glow pro in no time.
For those times when you can’t make it to the beach
As the warmer weather slowly creeps in, we’re plucking up the courage to show a little skin off, whether that’s with shorter sleeves or the odd flash of ankle. And so our minds have turned to the best fake tan.
But the world of self-tanning can seem like a minefield if you don’t know what you’re doing, and while the best bronzer helps with a hint of colour, sometimes it just doesn’t cut the mustard. You need to get your hands on the best fake tan. Don’t panic – if you follow our foolproof fake tan tips, you’ll have an enviable golden glow in no time.
Types of fake tan
Instant tans come with the benefit of immediate results – there’ll be a guide colour, meaning you can see where you have and haven’t already bronzed up. This is very handy if you’re a novice and new to the whole tanning world. If you’re a seasoned expert and fake tan is second nature to you, then you’ll feel comfortable with a mousse tans that are quick-drying formulas, so don’t give you much time to work with.
Then there are gradual tan moisturisers, which as it says on the bottle gradually give you a boost of colour. Use daily and you can control how dark you go. The at-home spray-on tans fix you up in a matter of seconds, just remember to use a mitt! Or, if you’re pushed for time and want to easily integrate fake tanning into your daily routine, look to an in-shower tan à-la San Tropez.
The darkest fake tans will contain around 18 per cent DHA (dihydroxyacetone), which is the ingredient that gives you that tan. So, if you’re fairer skinned it’s better to aim for levels that are between two and five per cent, so that you don’t look like you’ve overdone it.
If you want a deeper shade, layer up these formulas. Trust us, you’ll get more of a golden glow by doing this than you will by simply reaching for a darker fake tan.
The world of fake tan is ever-evolving, and exciting brands, like James Read’s eponymous label, are constantly changing the way we tan. His Sleep Mask Tan, a genius product that (as you might have guessed) tans your skin while you sleep and is a firm favourite of Team Marie Claire’s, now comes in a retinol version.
New-gen tanning products come with some pretty revolutionary benefits, like customising your own shade. More and more brands now offer tanning drops, which you can add to your face or body moisturiser, that mean you are in complete control of how much tanning agent you apply to your skin. This makes it easier than ever to develop a formula that compliments your own natural colouring, so you don’t end up like an extra on TOWIE.
The art of fake doesn’t just lie in the application – it’s also super important that you know how to remove fake tan properly. There’s NOTHING worse than a patchy fake tan job, so it’s important to know when and how to get rid. Also, if it all goes Pete Tong, then you have a easy way out. And whatever you do, don’t throw your used tanning mitt in the washing machine when you’re done. Even if you wash your mitt on its own, the next load of washing you do will come out the wrong colour. Just buy a new one.
Fake tanning your face isn’t the same process as your body. The skin on your face requires a completely different formula as it’s far more delicate and sensitive, so you want a specialised tan with no harsh ingredients. There’s a whole host of specially developed fake tans for the face, but we tend to like skincare brands that do tinted products, like Elemis Total Glow Bronzing Face Moisturiser. Alternatively, go for a good bronzer to fake it instead.
St Tropez Self Tan Purity Body Mousse transforms into a mousse as soon as it comes into contact with your skin, it’s really hydrating and gives a really natural colour to the skin – nothing too drastic here.
Gradual tan is the popular choice for lots of people as you can pop it on in the morning, like your normal body moisturiser, but throughout the day you get glowier. You can’t go wrong with this Omorovicza one – the skincare brand sticks to its origins of looking after skin, so whilst you tan you’re also helping improve tone and suppleness.
Still struggling in your quest to find the best mascara for you? You might have missed a trick in that you’ve never tried tubing mascaras before.
These are different from traditional formulas in the way they coat your lashes. Normal mascaras coat your lashes in pigment to darken and lengthen; but tubing formulas wrap polymers around your lashes, coating them in ‘tubes’ of the black stuff. Think of it as a life-proof jacket for your lashes.
If you’re forever finding flakes under your eye or printed on your brow bone, listen up. Like a less heavy-duty version of the best waterproof mascara, tubing mascaras won’t come off until they’re eased off with hot water and a damp flannel.
But if they’re so great, why doesn’t everyone use them? Generally speaking the ‘wrapping’ process is great for lengthening, but traditional pigmented formulas are better for piling on the volume.
That said, they still come in handy if you want to set super volumised, thick lashes in place. Load up on a thickening or volumising mascara, then apply a coat of tubing formula over the top to ‘set’ your lashes and stop any smudging over the course of the day.
Without further ado, let us talk you through some of the greatest tubing mascara buys on the beauty market right now.
This is the holy grail of tubing mascaras, favoured by make-up aficionados and beauty editors everywhere. As well as proving to have excellent lengthening power, it forces even the straightest lashes into an upward curl, making your eyes appear bigger. Think separated, long lashes with an anti-gravity lift.
One of the original tubing mascaras, blinc advised women to ‘stop painting your lashes… tube them!’ It’s great for sensitive eyes or those prone to watering at the most inconvenient of times, and as promised, doesn’t come off until you apply hot water and pressure.
MAC’s Extended Play is an uber-black, life-proof, lengthening formula for the perfect spider-like lashes. It catches onto even the shortest, downward facing lashes and lifts them up to make your eyes appear brighter and more open overall.
If you use them, even if it’s just one, then it’s absolutely essential that you understand how to clean make-up brushes properly.
Let’s be completely honest with one another, the chances are you probably can’t be arsed to clean out your beauty toolkit. But, as Australian model Anthea Page reiterated with photographic evidence last year, you should never skip washing your make-up brushes. Ensuring you have clean make-up brushes helps you avoid a whole host of skin problems – including infections.
The best make-up brushes deserve proper love and care, so we’ve broken down everything you need to know about cleaning them, from exactly how you should clean your tools to how often they need a wash. We’re sure you’ll know how to clean make-up brushes with your eyes shut in no time.
How often should you clean make-up brushes?
This will vary a little depending on how often you use your make-up brushes. If you use them on a daily basis, then you’re going to need to clean them more than if you use them a couple of times a week. But no matter how often you use them, brushes are a breeding ground for bacteria. We say give them a deep clean at least once a week, and ideally use a cleaning spray between uses to freshen them up.
And, as any professional make-up artist will tell you, if you use your make-up brushes on other people they must be cleaned after every single use to avoid the spread of skin conditions or infections.
How to clean make-up brushes at home
Cleaning your make-up brushes is a lot easier than you might think – it can be done in the comfort of your own home (specifically, your bathroom). Start by rinsing under running water to get some of the excess make-up out of the brush. Then work ordinary shampoo into the damp brush head, and rinse. Hold your brushes downwards when rinsing so that all of the excess oil and old make-up washes straight down the sink. Once you’ve rinsed the brush head until the water runs clear, squeeze the excess out from the brush. Allow your brushes to dry naturally by sitting them over the edge of a table or shelf. It’s as simple as that.
Alternatively, ace brush brand Real Techniques have two products that make the above that little bit easier – the Brush Cleansing Gel and Brush Cleansing Palette.