This is why people are getting seriously aggy with Beautyblender

This is why people are getting seriously aggy with Beautyblender


And it has nothing to do with the sponge…

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Everyone bloody loves a Beautyblender – the little sponges have changed the way we apply our make-up and we’ve even found alternative uses for them.

Beauty editors, make-up artists and the everyday woman cannot get enough and praise the brand for it’s innovation.

Until now.

Now, people ain’t happy with the brand and it’s newest launch – Bounce the brand’s first ever foundation.

It apparently has 24 hour wear – great. It apparently has a velveteen matte finish – wonderful. It’s apparently vegan/cruelty free – mazel tov. And apparently it’s got no parabens, sulfates, phthalares or oils in it – fabulous.

So far, so good.

The thing that everyone is ticked off about? Despite there being 32 shades – according to many Instagram users – this is not enough. Like so many brands before this one, the darker end of the shade spectrum seems to have been left out.

One user asked: ‘where are the rest of the shades?’, another said, ‘that’s a whole lot of white’, whilst one particularly angry comment said, ‘This shade range is garbage af.’

The foundation isn’t even available yet, the official launch date is 24th July in the US, but the initial reaction is probably the last thing Beautyblender was hoping for.

We’re not sure when the foundation will be available in the UK, but this launch seems to reignite the argument for cosmetic brands to cater to all skin tones.

What do you think?! Comment on our Facebook page.

 

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A definitive guide to the best beauty products spotted on Love Island

A definitive guide to the best beauty products spotted on Love Island


If they’re good enough for the villa, they’re good enough for us

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Ah, Love Island. Such a simple concept, but it’s safe to say it has well and truly captured the nation’s hearts.

As well as teaching us a thing or two about beauty, one thing we’re particularly interested is spying the products used by contestants – both supplied for them and those the girls have taken into the villa themselves.

Read on as we rank the best beauty products spotted on Love Island.

Dani and Georgia’s setting spray

MAC Prep + Prime Fix+, £19, John Lewis

In the scorching heat of the villa, having a refreshing setting spray is a no-brainer. The girls are often spotted spritzing their face with MAC’s bestselling Prep and Prime Fix+ spray, two bottles of which are pictured next to all those brushes.

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Georgia’s make-up applicator

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, £5.99, Boots

We know an orange Real Techniques sponge when we see one! Above, Georgia is getting that flawless foundation finish with what we’re sure is the Miracle Complexion applicator. We bet Sam and Nic Chapman are thrilled.

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Perfume

Jo Loves Perfume, £70-£115, Space NK

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There’s no mistaking that logo: you can spot a bottle of Jo Loves on the shelf, bottom left, while Kazimir Crossley gets ready for her date with Josh Denzel. We can’t quite spot the specific fragrance in question, but whether the girls have gone for a Pomelo or a White Rose and Lemon Leaves, there’s no question they’ve got great taste.

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Make-up remover

Nivea Daily Essentials 3-in-1 Micellar Water, £4.99, Boots

On the other side opposite the Jo Loves, that circular navy logo with a purple sticker is without doubt Nivea’s micellar water, whose gentle and non-greasy formula will work wonders on even the heaviest of eye make-up looks.

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Ellie’s eyeshadow palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette, £33.60, Fabled

We’d recognise a Naked Palette anywhere, and it looks like Ellie is a fan of the newest addition to the gang, Naked Heat. With every warm, copper shade you need for this season, it’s no wonder one made it into the Love Island villa.

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Georgia’s Eyeshadow

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish, £25.50, John Lewis

We all love a multi-use beauty product, and it appears so does Georgia Steel. Here’s little G applying MAC’s iconic Skinfinish to her lids in what we reckon is most likely bronze shade Glow With It.

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The villa hairdryer

Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer, £299.99, Boots

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Most famously used by Dani to separate and dry her lashes, and also by Jack for this innovative beauty hack, the famous Dyson Dryer has taken up residence in the Love Island villa. Famed for its technological brilliance and super fast digital motor, heat regulation that takes the temperature 20 times per second and its lightweight design, the contestants are getting the best of the best when it comes to tools.

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Sun cream and after sun

Solait Sun Cream, from £2.99, Superdrug

Covering all bases with a broad range of SPF levels and after sun formula, the bargain Solait range is supplied to the villa by Superdrug themselves. Although it’s handily stashed everywhere from the bathroom shelves to by the sun loungers and pool, we can’t help but think Dr Alex hasn’t actually noticed it.

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The girls’ straighteners

ghd White Platinum Styler, £148.50, Fabled

Considering how much time they’re spending in front of the camera(s), it makes total sense that the girls would get only the best when it comes to hair styling. The ghd Platinum straighteners take pride of place on the side, along with the Dyson Dryer. We’re calling it, this dressing room is the definition of heat styling goals.

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B. Pure Sensitive Micellar Wipes, £1.49, Superdrug

You’ll spot face wipes in pretty much any shot of the villa’s dressing room, as they’re used by almost everyone in the villa to take off all that make-up at the end of the evening (or just for a quick refresh before bedtime in the boys’ case).

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Invisibobble Clear 3 Pack, £4.99, ASOS

Love Island beauty products

Many of the villa residents, including Laura, Megan and even Eyal, have been spotted with an Invisibobble either in their hair or on their wrist. Just goes to show how popular the snag-free hair ties really are.

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Megan’s lip colour

Rimmel Stay Satin Liquid Lipstick, £5.99, Lookfantastic

When it comes to drugstore lipstick, Rimmel is up there with the best of ’em. Here Megan wears shade ‘Rad’, while Samira has been spotted wearing deep wine-red ‘Have a Cow’. The girls also use Satin’s sister formula, the Stay Matte liquid lipstick – dumped islander Rosie was partial to shade ‘Plum This Show’.

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Hairbrushes

The Wet Brush in Loving Lilac, £11.99, ASOS

A hairbrush is a holiday essential for most of us, and you couldn’t get much more iconic than the Wet Brush. Known as the go-to detangling brush for years now, you can spot the purple one tucked next to the Dyson dryer, along with a similar looking buy from Superdrug.

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Aussie Leave-In Conditioner Spray, £4.69, Boots

Tucked just behind the water bottle is the cream-and-purple spritz bottle we’d know from a mile off. With all the sunshine having a drying effect on their locks, we’re glad to see that some restorative Aussie goodness is in the villa.

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Lip balm

Carmex Moisture Tube, £2.69, Boots

That’s definitely a tube of iconic lip balm, Carmex, tucked in that make-up bag. The bargain balm is one of the nation’s favourites and, apparently, also the islanders. Great for soothing and smoothing sun-exposed lips.

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Rimmel Love Island Summer Tattoos, £2, Superdrug

Every contestant was emblazoned in golden temporary tattoos for the party welcoming then-new boy Sam Bird to the villa. They’re ideal for festival season, and at that bargain price you can’t go wrong.

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There’s no longer any need for you to do the beauty detective work, as we’ve done it for you.

Watch this space for updates on the beauty products this year’s islanders are using as we get them…

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These are big no-nos according to this celeb make-up artist

These are big no-nos according to this celeb make-up artist


Cut it out

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Let’s be completely honest with one another, how many times have you read an article or watched a clip on YouTube and a make-up artist has given you tips and tricks on how to do the perfect feline flick or how to apply your foundation correctly? Probably thousands right? And how many times have you managed to achieve that look? Less than 10? Yeah, me too.

Sometimes I wonder if it might just be easier if someone told me what not to do. Which is why when I got to sit down with Caroline Barnes, Max Factor’s UK Ambassador and celeb make-up artist, I ask her what her big make-up no-nos are.

This is what she had to say…

Don’t wear too much powder

‘If you wear too much powder on your skin it looks cakey and skin becomes more obvious. As you age skin gets drier, you get more fine lines and wrinkles – wearing a tonne of powder is only going to accentuate those things. Traditionally the powder brush is the biggest one in your kit, but actually you should downsize it to a blusher brush-size. Because, unless you have super oily skin, all you need to do is mattify your T-Zone – so between the brows, either side of your nose and under your chin. You want skin to look as natural as possible, which means you need a little bit of glow/shine to be seen in the right places.’

Don’t be lazy with make-up

‘What I mainly mean by this, is just doing eyeliner around the eyes to try and define the eyes. So many women take an eyeliner, mainly kohl, and think I won’t bother with my brows or lashes and my skin looks ok today, so I’ll just put some eyeliner around my eyes and smudge it in. It’s mainly older women, not so much savvy twenty-year-olds, but it puts a lot of colour around the roots of your lashes and without any mascara it actually shrinks your eyes and makes them look a bit piggy. People think they’re defining the eyes, which I understand because as we age we do lose definition in our features, so it’s natural to want to define them. But without adding in mascara, it goes all wrong.’

Don’t wear pink berry lipstick

This is so ageing I can’t tell you. Pink berry lipstick is so mumsy. I’m talking about those pink lipsticks that are a classic fuschia shade, with a bit of brown tone to it. It’s probably one of the bestselling lipsticks shades in the UK; it’s a classic English Rose colour, but if you have light-skin, with red undertones (like many of us do) then that actually brings out the ruddiness in your skin. To look healthy, polished and modern, you actually want a creamier texture to your skin, as it’s much more popular and flattering. If you look more contemporary, you therefore look younger.’

So there we have it. Avoiding these things will make you three times better at make-up.

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Best foundation? We’ve got you covered with these hero formulas

Best foundation? We’ve got you covered with these hero formulas


From luxury brands with celebrity followings to bargain high street steals, we’ve found the best foundation for every skin type.

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Finding the best foundation for your skin type and personal preferences can be tricky. Once you’ve found your perfect match though, you’ll never let it out of your sight.

Whatever your preferred formula, we’ve got you covered (literally).

Keep scrolling to find your new foundation match made in heaven.

Best foundation for oily skin

bareMinerals Original Foundation SPF 15, £27, Fabled

best foundaton for oily skin bareMinerals Original Foundation

If you suffer from oily skin, combat the shine with mattifying foundations that work to absorb the excess oil and stop shininess in its tracks. Powder foundations, like bareMinerals’ Original formula, are a particularly effective at this. It’s always worth looking for oil-free foundations so as not to exacerbate the oil problem, but the key is the term ‘non-comedogenic’, or non pore-clogging.

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Best foundation for dry skin

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, £33, Fabled

best foundation Nars Sheer Glow Foundation

Powders absorb excess oil, so it’s best to avoid these if you have dry skin as they can enhance rather than disguise its appearance. Always prep your skin with your best moisturiser for dry skin to ensure it gets a boost of hydration before you apply your make-up.

Instead, opt for a liquid foundation or one that contains hydrating agents such as hyaluronic acid, which holds 1,000 times its own weight in water. And if you like the matte look, try a liquid foundation that dries with a powder effect so as not to emphasise the appearance of dryness.

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Best foundation for full coverage

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Makeup, £32.50, Fabled

best foundation with full coverage Estee Lauder Double Wear

A strong contender for the world’s most famous foundation, Estée Lauder’s Double Wear is renowned for its full coverage and longevity, as well as offering a broad range of shades. It’s a fairly thick formula, but don’t let that put you off – it doesn’t feel heavy or go cakey on skin, and its staying power lasts for hours.

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Best foundation for combination skin

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick, £31, Fabled

best foundation for combination skin Bobbi Brown

The Skin Foundation Stick launched 25 years ago in 1992 and, since then, it’s gone on to become one of the best-selling foundations on the market. The reason it’s so good for combination skin in particular is that it adapts to your skin’s needs, with oil-absorbing minerals for shiny days and hydrating properties for when your skin is more on the dry side. Balancing combination skin problems is a thing of the past.

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Best drugstore foundation

L’Oreal Paris Infallible Total Cover Foundation, £9.99, Boots

best foundation drugstore L'Oreal

If we had to pick the budget foundation out of a line-up, this one would never be our first guess. Super full coverage with a flawless and slightly powdery finish, this bargain buy will blur pores, cover blemishes and even out your skin tone to perfection. Camera ready, anyone?

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Best foundation for mature skin

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation, £30, charlottetilbury.com

best foundation for mature skin Charlotte Tilbury

Ever the perfectionist, Charlotte Tilbury spent five years perfecting her magic formula so that it catered for every skin type out there – it’s a one-size-fits-all foundation, hence the name ‘Magic’. What makes it so good on mature skin is its collagen-boosting properties, which help plump and even out skin’s texture, mushroom extract to tighten the skin and Vitamin C and hyaluronic spheres, which reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

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For more tips and tricks on caring for mature skin, see our round up of the anti-ageing beauty products your regime needs.

Best foundation for dark skin

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r, £26, Harvey Nichols

best foundation for dark skin Fenty Beauty

Rhianna almost broke the entire internet when she released her eponymous make-up line – and boy, did it live up to the hype. The Pro Filt-r foundation spans an impressive range of 40 shades, with great options for dark skin tones, and its fluid formula with a soft matte finish caters to the foundation tastes of modern women everywhere. Ri-Ri, we take our hats off to you.

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Best foundation for pale skin

Make-up Forever Ultra HD Foundation, £30, Debenhams

best foundation for pale skin Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation

Known as one of the go-to artists for make-up artists who make up faces for the camera, this foundation is the ultimate complexion perfector with a number of great shades for fairer complexions. It’s got medium, buildable coverage and light-reflecting properties, making it the ultimate in creating a flawless base whatever the occasion. For other excellent options for the best foundation for pale skin, read our round up of the fairest shades.

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Best foundation for dewy skin

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, £42, John Lewis

best foundation Armani

We guarantee as soon as you try this foundation, you’ll fall head over heels in love with it. It’s so lightweight, that you’re able to see your skin’s natural texture and appearance (like if you have freckles, which is probably why Meghan Markle loves it so much), but it can be built up if you want more coverage. It’s such a beautiful formulation that Armani rarely touch it – the expression ‘If it ain’t broke…’ comes to mind.

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Best foundation powder

Huda Beauty Easy Bake Loose Powder, £28, Selfridges

The brand new baking powders from Huda Kattan’s eponymous line are a real treat. Pigment rich with a practically airbrushed finish, the dense formula controls shine throughout the day while simultaneously keeping your make-up in place – whether you’re into the baking method or not. Plus, they offer no flashback in photographs, meaning you’re camera ready at all times. Genius

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Best foundation for acne-prone skin

Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation, £54.59, Amazon

best foundation for acne prone skin Oxygenetix

This foundation by Oxygenetix is famous among acne-prone make-up lovers, because it not only covers up your acne well, it treats it too.

If you have problematic skin, another option is to opt for mineral make-up. These foundations are non-comodegenic, so they won’t clog your pores. Plus, if you have oily skin, the minerals will absorb any excess oil, giving you a fresh-faced look.

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Browse through our round-up of the best foundation on the market and find your perfect match.

Once you’ve found it, you’ll never look back.

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Four foolproof ways to step up your beauty game this summer

Four foolproof ways to step up your beauty game this summer


This summer your hair routine is about to get a whole lot easier. Dazzle in the heat with beachy waves and shine intensifying sprays and colour that won’t fade no matter how high temperatures soar.

Want to nail low-maintenance beauty waves? The key is freshly-washed hair and Moroccan Oil’s exciting new styling products for tousled hair and, thank goodness, not a pair of tongs in sight (who has time to tong hair?).

How to get super model hair this summer

The days of the ‘show-dry’ – aka the perfectly coiffed blow-dry – are over. Hairstyles now are more lived-in; in other words, soft, shiny and tousled. For summer 2018, interpret this as flat roots, haphazardly wavy mid-sections and ends that are left straight instead of neatly curled under.

‘The trick is to do a rough blow-dry, working with your natural texture, and using your fingers to loosen the spirals and create zig-zags,’ says Marc Francombe-Painter who styled the hair on this shoot.

Moroccanoil has, hands down, the best products for this type of easy breezy look. The Dry Texture Spray, £17.45, is salt-free, thereby avoiding the dehydrated crunchiness of some texturising sprays, while the Glimmer Shine, £19.95, adds sheen and protects against sun damage but still manages to be lightweight enough that it won’t kill the look on fine hair.

Photographer Jason Hetherington 

How to perfect lived in beach hair

The golden rule for summer hair? Fresh, soft layers with tousle-inducing products.

‘Prep the hair first with a good clarifying shampoo and hair nourishing conditioner,’ says Francombe-Painter, who created these looks on our model Tess. ‘Then, apply our favourite Moroccanoil Beach Wave Mousse, £17.45 which leaves hair with a windswept, sun-kissed texture that enhances the natural waves in your hair.

‘Top it off with a mist of curling spray as opposed to a dry shampoo, which can look powdery in sunlight.’ We love Curl Re Energizing Spray, £17.85.

Framcombe-Painter also suggests tweaking the ends with a matte cream like the Texture Clay, £16.35 to create the illusion of a day already spent on the beach.

Photographer: Jason Hetherington

Don’t forget your sun shield

As tempting as it is to bask in the sun, your hair needs as much protection as your skin.

Wear your hair in a ponytail, top-knot or bun to protect the scalp, however, tie loosely as this will put a lot of stress on the hair, particularly those who have afro-textured hair, fine strands or light-coloured locks, which can be more easily damaged.

If you go out between 10am and 4pm, make it a priority to wear a hat or headscarf and stay in the shade. Fortunately for us, hats were all over the summer runways.

After a day at the beach use Moroccanoil Mending Infusion,£26.85, a vitamin-fuelled, quinoa protein-packed formula that reduces visible signs of damaged hair — such as frayed ends, dryness and colour damage — while taming frizz and preventing further damage.

Photographer Jason Hetherington

Give your hair an aura of ocean 

Thanks to the latest raft of summery, bright fragrances – all of which feature a strong sunscreen-like note – anyone can smell like they’re lying on the sandy shores of Mauritius.

With its exotic notes of tiaré flower, ylang-ylang and coconut, By Killian’s Love The Way You Feel EDP, £185 for 50ml, instantly conjures up memories of applying Hawaiian Tropic as a teenager. As the name implies, you will love how you feel wearing it – like you’ve stepped out of the ocean and are warming your skin in the sun.

Meanwhile, L’Artisan Parfumer Batucada EDT, £105 for 100ml, features a burst of fresh lime, cachaça and mint combined with a dab of sun cream and sea salt.

Spritz it through your hair and walk into a mist whenever you need to escape the daily grind.

Consider your summer beauty regime, sorted.

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The best concealer for hiding dark circles and blemishes

The best concealer for hiding dark circles and blemishes


Hide dark under-eye circles and cover blemishes with our ten best concealers, designed to combat all manner of imperfections

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If you’re looking for the best way to get rid of dark circles under your eyes, or need something that can camouflage blemishes and redness, you need to invest in the best concealer you can get your hands on. Whatever your concealer needs, whether it’s dark circles, fine lines, blemishes or redness we’re sure to have the best concealer for you below.

Best under eye concealer

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, £27.50, John Lewis

best concealer Laura Mercier Secret Camoflauge

Under-eye concealers are the best way to combat dark circles and disguise any signs of late nights (or very early mornings). The best concealer for this delicate area will be feather-light but durable enough to combat shadows and conceal those pesky lines. Sounds like a tough job, but it’s nothing that our round up can’t handle. The best concealers for dark circles will even radiate light – keeping your eyes bright all day long. While on the hunt for a new concealer, look for products that are packed with moisturising properties. A truly indulgent formula will have vitamin A and D infusions to help fight the effects of dryness and encourage elasticity. An industry favourite for years, Laura Mercier’s Secret Camoflauge completely camouflages dark circles and blemishes. With two shades to match your undertone and your skin colour, you can create your own custom blend and thus the perfect coverage.

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Best concealer for acne

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, £18, Selfridges

best concealer MAC Pro Longwear Concealer

Much like the best under eye concealer, this one will even out your skin tone while covering any blemishes or redness. The only difference? You don’t want the brightening effect. When you’re aiming to hide redness or blemishes, you don’t want to attract attention to the area. Make sure to use one of the best acne treatments beforehand so it can get to work under your concealer. MAC’s new Pro Longwear Concealer  issuper lightweight and so it flows over any angry, raised areas easily before sinking into the skin. Use a pointed concealer brush to ‘scribble’ over any blemishes, using the warmth of your finger to gently blend the edges into the skin for the most subtle spot coverage ever.

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Best concealer for dark circles

Bobbi Brown Creamy Corrector, £19.50, Fabled

best concealer Bobbi Brown Corrector

Technically a corrector, we know, but the power of this little pot of pigmented cream is a firm favourite of so many in the office that we had to give it a mention. Colour matched as a concealer is to your skin tone, the pink or peach toned formula perfectly neutralises any dark under-eye shadows. The result? You look super awake and healthy – before you’ve applied any other products. It’s no wonder the brand calls it one of the ‘secrets of the universe’. Follow up with Bobbi’s Creamy Concealer to cover up the bisque or peach hues.

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Best concealer for acne scars

Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer, £20.99, Fabled

best concealer Amazing Cosmetics Concealer

First of all, those dark marks left after a spot aren’t classified as acne scars – you’ll need a highly pigmented concealer with brightening properties and a good glycolic toner to combat those. Deep, textured, pitted scars need something more heavy-duty, so look for something with a creamy, sturdy texture to completely fill and cover them. Amazing Cosmetics’ answer to the best concealer is highly concentrated, so you only need the tiniest dab to cover any acne scars. It works on dark circles, broken capillaries, redness and acne as well – just remember to blend with your finger to melt the slightly waxy texture into your skin.

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Best concealer for dry skin

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer, £39, Space NK

best concealer Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer

Dry skin benefits from all textures of concealer, they just need to be nourishing and glow-giving to nourish rather than enhance dry patches. Liquids will do this perfectly well, but also try out creams; they’ll be thicker and give better coverage, and a stick is perfect for blending and dotting along imperfections, whereas a cream concealer works well under the eyes to cover up any discolouration. On its own, Kevyn Aucoin’s Sensual Skin Finish is perfect for pressing onto spots, scars, birthmarks – just about anything can be disguised by this power pigment, which comes in a huge spectrum of light, olive and dark shades. For a formula that blends more easily, mix with a little moisturiser for a concealer, or more for a full coverage base. It’s a cult classic for a reason.

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Best concealer for oily skin

NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer, £24, Fabled

Once you’ve found the best foundation for oily skin, it’s time to pair it with a trusty concealer. Those with an oily skin type should typically should avid creamy or stick concealers and instead opt for liquid concealers. Not only does they easily build coverage, they’re also easy to apply and are less likely to crease thanks to their light texture. However, there are some great new oil-free cream concealers on the market, which help you stay free from shine all day long. NARS’ oil-free formula is every oily-skinned girl’s dream and it’s got seriously magic coverage and staying power. The soft-focus finish blurs away imperfections, it lasts for hours without creasing or caking, plus the inclusion of peptides, vitamins A, C & E, and hyaluronic acid mean your skin gets a treat underneath.

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Best concealer for mature skin

Clarins Instant Concealer, £22, John Lewis

best concealer Clarins Instant Concealer

The last thing mature skin needs is a cakey formula that’ll make fine lines look worse – opt for a nourishing liquid formula that’ll sink into the skin and give some luminosity. Smooth fine lines and banish shadows and imperfections while boosting radiance with Clarins Instant Concealer; lightweight and smoothing, this  concealer is a make-up bag must.

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Best concealer for dark skin

LA Girl PRO.conceal HD High Definition Concealer, £5, Beauty Bay

best concealer LA Girl

Most brands have only just started to take notice of their olive and dark-skinned clients and it’s about time. While it’s important to prioritise a formula that sits comfortably on your skin, blurs imperfections and does all the other tricks, those with darker skin need to pay careful attention to the actual pigment of the concealer; avoid anything that looks greyish, reddish or ashy and make sure it doesn’t oxidise or go lighter or darker throughout the day. LA Girl’s Pro.conceal works all over for blemishes, dark circles and fine lines, but we’re mostly impressed by the serious range of shades on offer. From Porcelain to Almond To Dark Cocoa, there really is something for everyone – and at a fiver, it’s a total steal.

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Best concealer brush

Although some people prefer to use the ‘wand’ or bristled tip of their concealer, a brush is recommended in order to ensure that you make the most of the product and get a nice, even finish with equal coverage. Size-wise, we suggest something like this Bobbi Brown Concealer Brush, or the classic MAC Concealer Brush. Alternatively, pat concealer into the under eye area with your ring finger – it’ll fit perfectly into the inner corner of your eye socket and under the lash line.

Our pick of the best under-eye concealers will help you achieve that flawless look – no matter what kind of night you had.

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New make-up, skincare and hair products we’re loving this month

New make-up, skincare and hair products we’re loving this month


We’ve tested all the new launches to bring you the best of the best

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The life of a beauty addict is rarely ever dull thanks to dozens of brand new makeup, skin and hair products launching every single week.

New launches always bring with them a lot of hype, and so it can be hard to tell whether that hype is actually warranted; nobody wants to splash the cash on something they’ll end up hating.

Fortunately for you, the Marie Claire online beauty team gets to test the lot of them way before they hit the shops, from the best mascara to the best moisturisers for dry skin.

We’ll be bringing you a break down of the best new releases you should be fighting to get your hands on before they sell out – which, trust us, they will do.

So, what’s good this month?

It wouldn’t be summer without stocking up on the best fake tan, and we’re loving the new launches from bronze intelligence St Tropez. As well as our favourite, the new Purity Bronzing Water Mousse, the brand has also launched a self-tanning face mist that’s perfect for building up your complexion while you sleep.

Meanwhile Chanel is taking centre stage when it comes to beauty innovations, having launched a mascara with the first ever 3D printed wand. The formula itself is also pretty genius, as it doesn’t require you to keep topping up the brush with more product.

And Estée Lauder has brought out its annual Bronze Goddess collection, containing everything you need to look, smell and feel like summer personified. From a Cooling Body Mist to their summer colour palettes, they’ve got you covered when it comes to seasonal beauty.

Keep scrolling for our curated edit of the best new makeup launches and hype-worthy skincare drops (and wave goodbye to your healthy bank balance in the process).

It’s time for a big beauty haul.

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Eyelash growth serums: what do they actually do?

Eyelash growth serums: what do they actually do?


Just another pointless beauty step? No.

eye lash serum

We all wish we had longer, fuller lashes; why do you think we go for treatments like LVL Lashes, spend years looking for the best false eyelashes and make our way through the list of best mascara to try and find a formula that answers all of our prayers?! There is another option, perhaps the route less travelled: eyelash growth serums.

You hear people talk about the wonder of these products – giving up their lash extensions completely – seemingly an impossible task for some – and crediting eyelash growth serums for their luscious lashes that flutter like butterfly wings. But if we’re going to add this little product into our routines we need to know exactly what eyelash growth serums do and how they work? And in order to understand how they work, you need to understand how your eyelashes work. To get to the bottom of this we spoke with Joanna Corcoran from RevitaLash – one of the original eyelash growth serum brands –  to find out more about our teeny tiny eye hairs.

eyelash growth serums

 

First things first, you need to know that your lashes have three stages of life – how fancy of them. Anagen – the growth phase, Catagen – the transition phase, and Telogen – the resting phase.

Eyelash growth serums – Anagen phase

‘During the anagen phase, the lashes are actively growing,’ explains Corcoran. ‘It lasts between 30 and 45 days. and only about 40 percent of the upper lashes and 15 percent of the lower lashes are growing at any one time. Each lash will grow to a specific length and then stop.’ (This explains why we don’t have to have regular lash trims.)

Eyelash growth serums – Catagen phase

By this point the lashes reach the catagen phase and the hair follicle shrinks. ‘If an eyelash falls out during this phase, it won’t grow back right away because the follicle needs to complete the catagen phase before it can move on to the next one. This phase lasts between two and three weeks.’

Eyelash growth serums – Telogen phase

The final stage is the resting phase, which can last more than 100 days before the lash falls out and a new one begins to grow. Don’t panic though, they won’t fall out at the same time and leave you with nothing, as Corcoran explains, ‘because each individual lash is in its own phase of the growing cycle, it’s normal for a few lashes to fall out most days. It typically takes between four and eight weeks to fully replace an eyelash.’

eyelash growth serums

 

OK so now you get that – where do eyelash growth serums come in?

How do eyelash growth serums work?

According to Corcoran, ‘the ingredients are combined in specific proportions to create a formula that contributes to the improved attractiveness, appearance, and beauty of your natural eyelashes.’ These ingredients basically work together to condition and strengthen lashes so they are less likely to break or fall out, boost the lashes with vitamins that protect them from external aggressors and condition and add shine.

How often should apply them?

Each serum will have its own directions, but generally it’s once a day – either in the morning or just before bed. After around 12 weeks you should see a marked difference to your lashes.

What happens if you stop using it?

If you run out or just simply keep forgetting to apply your eyelash growth serum, then your lashes will return to normal.

Like the sound of them? Well then here are the five that we recommend…

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Eyelash growth serums: what do they actually do?

Eyelash growth serums: what do they actually do?


Just another pointless beauty step? No.

eye lash serum

We all wish we had longer, fuller lashes; why do you think we go for treatments like LVL Lashes, spend years looking for the best false eyelashes and make our way through the list of best mascara to try and find a formula that answers all of our prayers?! There is another option, perhaps the route less travelled: eyelash growth serums.

You hear people talk about the wonder of these products – giving up their lash extensions completely – seemingly an impossible task for some – and crediting eyelash growth serums for their luscious lashes that flutter like butterfly wings. But if we’re going to add this little product into our routines we need to know exactly what eyelash growth serums do and how they work? And in order to understand how they work, you need to understand how your eyelashes work. To get to the bottom of this we spoke with Joanna Corcoran from RevitaLash – one of the original eyelash growth serum brands –  to find out more about our teeny tiny eye hairs.

eyelash growth serums

 

First things first, you need to know that your lashes have three stages of life – how fancy of them. Anagen – the growth phase, Catagen – the transition phase, and Telogen – the resting phase.

Eyelash growth serums – Anagen phase

‘During the anagen phase, the lashes are actively growing,’ explains Corcoran. ‘It lasts between 30 and 45 days. and only about 40 percent of the upper lashes and 15 percent of the lower lashes are growing at any one time. Each lash will grow to a specific length and then stop.’ (This explains why we don’t have to have regular lash trims.)

Eyelash growth serums – Catagen phase

By this point the lashes reach the catagen phase and the hair follicle shrinks. ‘If an eyelash falls out during this phase, it won’t grow back right away because the follicle needs to complete the catagen phase before it can move on to the next one. This phase lasts between two and three weeks.’

Eyelash growth serums – Telogen phase

The final stage is the resting phase, which can last more than 100 days before the lash falls out and a new one begins to grow. Don’t panic though, they won’t fall out at the same time and leave you with nothing, as Corcoran explains, ‘because each individual lash is in its own phase of the growing cycle, it’s normal for a few lashes to fall out most days. It typically takes between four and eight weeks to fully replace an eyelash.’

eyelash growth serums

 

OK so now you get that – where do eyelash growth serums come in?

How do eyelash growth serums work?

According to Corcoran, ‘the ingredients are combined in specific proportions to create a formula that contributes to the improved attractiveness, appearance, and beauty of your natural eyelashes.’ These ingredients basically work together to condition and strengthen lashes so they are less likely to break or fall out, boost the lashes with vitamins that protect them from external aggressors and condition and add shine.

How often should apply them?

Each serum will have its own directions, but generally it’s once a day – either in the morning or just before bed. After around 12 weeks you should see a marked difference to your lashes.

What happens if you stop using it?

If you run out or just simply keep forgetting to apply your eyelash growth serum, then your lashes will return to normal.

Like the sound of them? Well then here are the five that we recommend…

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13 of the best mineral make-up brands

13 of the best mineral make-up brands


Achieve a flawless finish while giving your skin exactly what it needs with the best mineral make-up available

Mineral make-up is changing the face of beauty, and it’s not just a phase. In fact, according to a lot of experts in the industry, mineral foundation is the best foundation to combat a slew of skin problems. Not only is it kind to sensitive skin, it’s also non-comodegenic. This means it doesn’t clog pores and lead to blemishes like others. It absorbs excess oil too. So, if you have oily skin, mineral foundation will be your saviour.

Over the years people have been drawn to the idea that mineral make-up is more natural and therefore kinder to and more comfortable on your skin. Hence its rise in popularity. And although many people think mineral make-up only includes powders, liquid formulas can be mineral too. If you have dry skin, but still want the goodness of a mineral foundation, get a liquid formula. Your skin will feel hydrated and dewy.

Theres’ also a range of beneficial properties to many of the formulations found today. If you suffer from redness or sallow skin, try a colour correcting mineral foundation. These also help combat sallowness and hyper-pigmentation. And if you’re looking for something that can battle fine lines, invest in one of the anti-ageing formulations.

Plus, there’s one to suit every budget. From purse-friendly options like M&S and the classic Lily Lo to more luxurious products on the market, like bareMinerals.

The Pressed Base compact from GloMinerals, £31, is another one we’ve saved space in our cosmetic cases for. Used by stars including Jennifer Lopez and Kristen Dunst, it’s touted as the best foundation, concealer and powder all-in-one. Give your face a quick swirl with it and you’ll see why. Similarly, Young Blood’s Mineral Liquid Foundation covers and protects in one. Dab it where needed and blend outwards for a natural finish. You’ll never turn back.

These foundations also make a great base for special occasions. Heading down the aisle soon and not sure what the best foundation for your wedding is? We recommend stocking up on Jane Ireland’s Pure Pressed Base. Thanks to its ability to give skin a smooth matte finish, it’s become a real favourite among brides. Apply full coverage in the morning and then touch-up throughout the day. Or is you fancy a personalised recommendation, you can’t beat Powder’s foundation quiz.

Shop our round-up of the best mineral make-up and find your perfect foundation…

Mineral Foundation MAC

MAC Mineralize SPF15 Cream Compact Foundation

mineral make-up

If you’re looking for a foundation that’s not too heavy, this lightweight cream compact from MAC really does the job.

Priced at £26.10, available at John Lewis

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bareMineral Foundation

bareMinerals Bareskin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation

 

mineral make-up

If powder seems too heavy for you, try bareMinerals Bareskin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation. It’s ultra lightweight and doubles up as a serum. Apply with fingers for a dewy look or use a face brush and buff it into your skin. This ultra-thin, skin-perfecting fluid provides seamless adjustable coverage, a natural finish and the look and feel of beautiful skin. Plus, the shade spectrum is amazing!

Priced at £27, available Fabled.com

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L’Oreal Mineral Foundation

L’oreal Paris True Match Minerals Powder Foundation

mineral make-upWith its dinky in-the-lid brush and small pot, L’Oréal’s True Match Minerals is a great option for on-the-go touch-ups. Put it in your hand bag to use on your morning commute. Then once you’re on the train, simply dip the brush in the pot and apply to your face using circular motions.

Priced at £14.99, available at Boots

Buy now

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