You can now get your perfect foundation match with the latest environmentally friendly, vegan foundation sticks from Lush.
The new ‘egg’ foundation – The Slap Stick – is the latest beauty trial to come to Lush. But don’t worry, the egg-shape is purely aesthetical as the product is 100% vegan!
The Slap Stick is cruelty-free, packaged in wax instead of harmful plastic and comes with its own recyclable cardboard box that can be re-sealed to protect your product in-between uses.
Following in the steps of Fenty Beauty, Lush is expanding the variety of inclusive beauty products. The Slap Stick will come in forty different shades – including warm, cool and neutral undertones. Each ’egg’ is also packed with a combination of skin loving ingredients – amazingly 45% Indonesian coconut oil, and Moroccan argan oil to provide glowing moisture that blends effortlessly.
The handy solid ‘egg’ form means a little goes a long way. It can be built up for your desired coverage. Or, for a lighter feel it can be applied with sponges or fingers for any blemishes. The ingredients are rich but the result isn’t heavy, making it perfect for every day use.
But the best part is that Lush is giving 10% of its profits from the coconut oil to funding literary classes and a dentist on the island of Nias in Indonesia. The argan oil it uses is also harvested by a women’s co-operative in Morocco. So you can apply your makeup guilt free!
Rowena Bird, Lush Co-founder and product inventor, explained the motivations for this environmentally friendly product, ‘Making foundation, a staple in many people’s daily routine, solid, is a major leap forward to reducing plastic packaging without compromising on quality or effect’.
The sticks are set to launch on June 29, but you’ll need to grab them quick! The range will only be available to purchase online in the space of a one-month bracket at £16.95.
‘I’ve relied on the same corrector for over 10 years’
For as long as I can remember, I’ve had dark circles under my eyes.
The whole surrounding area is slightly darker than the rest of my face, and there is a fingerprint’s worth of purplish shadow under each eye. It doesn’t matter whether I’ve had three or 12 hours of sleep, they’re always there.
As my natural skin tone is very fair (my specialist subject is the best foundation for pale skin), my dark circles stand out all the more against such a light backdrop.
Alright, so there are worse problems to have – but it does mean I look tired all the time IRL. That’s why I’ve relied on the same corrector for over 10 years.
I do my make-up on the train to work every day, and am often asked for the name of the magical product I’m using under my eyes; my favourite was the woman who described it as ‘the thing that made you look so awake just now’.
The product in question is Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Corrector, described by the brand as one of her ‘secrets of the universe’ (I’ll say). If I was allowed to wear only one make-up item for the rest of my life, it’d be this.
The shade-matched formula has a hint of pink or peach, depending on your skin’s undertones, to neutralise and correct any darker blue or purple patches.
And with a huge spectrum of more than 20 shades on offer, both very fair and dark skin tones are catered for.
The brand recommends you follow up with their concealer to cover up the pink pigment, but there is so little in the fairest shade that I usually skip it. Skin tones darker than mine should probably follow this step, though.
I go through a pot of this about every three months, which means my corrector useage works out as 21p a day, so this is truly a worthwhile investment if you have dark circles like mine.
Other correctors are out there, but I’m yet to find one that’s tempted me to stray.
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 either grab a brush cleanser, like Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Brush Gel, £7.50, or 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.
Just because you have fair skin doesn’t mean you can’t get a summer glow
The best bronzers can lift a face within seconds. If you are tired, pale or just generally feeling a little shitty a good application of bronzer has the ability to transform. But make sure you get it right. It can be tricky to find the best bronzer – there’s a chance you could get it very wrong and end up looking like a cast member of TOWIE. A lot of factors have to be taken into account. Whether you want shimmer or not. Does a red undertone suit your skin tone. And your skin type – dry, combination or oily. All of these things will effect how your bronzer looks on the skin. Thank goodness we’re here to help…
Best bronzers for pale skin
You might think a bronzer on pale skin will look too garish, but there’s a whole host of new products on the market that are catered for lighter skin tones. The key is to go no more than one or two shades darker than your natural complexion. You should also choose a formula with pink, peachy or golden undertones. The result? Skin that looks sun-kissed rather than an odd shade of orange.
Best bronzers for medium and olive skin
For those of you with warmer skin tones you’re in luck, because you can choose to go subtle with your bronzer or really pack it on. Be wary of formulas that are too shimmery though, as this can make you look washed out. If you want a touch of shimmer, make sure the particles are super fine. If you’ve got olive undertones, try copper shades. And if you’ve got yellow undertones, go with more golden and peachy options.
Best bronzers for darker skin
Deeper skin tones can benefit from the best bronzer too. Go for ones with reddish copper tones – Glossier’s new Cloud Paint shade Dawn works beautiful on black skin – and gold-flecked brown formulas. They’ll illuminate your skin while giving it a subtle sculpt.
Speaking of sculpting – the best contour kits are perfect for creating that defined contoured look – but if you prefer something a little more subtle, try adding contour with a light shade of bronzer.
BB creams are the essence of any make-up bag, but that’s only if you get it right. Shop our pick of the best all-rounders, now
Everyone is on the hunt for the best base. Nailing this means that the rest of your look will be on point. One of the best bases on offer is the bb cream. The best bb cream can be found somewhere around the tinted moisturisers, but they do very different things…
What is BB Cream?
BB cream was the starting point for our obsession with all things Asian skincare. Known in Asia as a Beauty Balm, or occasionally, a Blemish Balm, the best BB cream is essentially a one-product-does-everything kind of thing. You’ll find super-hydrating ingredients like shea butter or hyaluronic acid, normally a broad spectrum SPF, and other skin loving ingredients like antioxidants. Plus, of course, a touch of pigment to even out your skin tone without looking like you’re wearing a heavy foundation. Consider them a tinted moisturiser, and then some.
In fact over the last five years they’ve become so popular that they have become a staple product in many make-up bags. A BB cream serves your skin best when it’s incorporated into your routine.
Although BB Creams found their market in Korea, it was actually formulated the first time round in Germany in the 1960’s by Dr. Christine Schrammek, a dermatologist who needed a product to bridge make-up and skincare for her patients after they had a peel or cosmetic surgery.
But when did western markets get in on the action? They rose to prominence in 2012 and now the Blemish balms are a part of our everyday arsenal – almost every brand will offer BB Cream options and in plenty of shades.
But it doesn’t stop there. Spotting a prime marketing opportunity, many of our favourite brands have taken the alphabet theme and run with it. Now you’ll find the best CC cream and DD cream to suit you, and an array of BB creams for every skin type – whether your skin is dry, oily or a combination of both.
Best BB cream for oily skin
Look for ingredients like salicylic acid, which is known for its ability to break down the bond that holds dead skin cells together and traps oil. Also try BB creams that contain retinol to promote skin cell renewal.
And don’t underestimate the power of hyaluronic acid – it sounds counter-intuitive, aiming for ingredients that hydrate your skin, but if your skin is hydrated it won’t try to compensate with oil.
Best BB cream for dry skin
Once again, hyaluronic acid will be your best friend. It’s able to hold 1,000 times its weight in water, making it a great hydrator. Look for humectant ingredients too, as they attract from your environment and draw it into your skin.
Now that you’re armed with the knowledge, find your best BB cream in our edit…
Two new beauties for the collection. Gotta catch ’em all.
Hello my name is Katie and I am a Glossier-aholic. (Hi, Katie.)
I try desperately to fight it, but I keep getting pulled back in. The trouble is Glossier keep feeding my addiction. I go through periods of thinking that I’ve finally beat it and then they drop six eye shadows and a new mascara. And I’m back to square one.
And now, a mere five weeks since I applied my first coat of Lash Slick, they’ve brought out two new shades of Cloud Paint. And of course I want them both.
Dawn and Storm, the two new shades that launch today, take the Cloud Paint collection up to six.
Dawn is a ‘sunny coral, like you spent a restful weekend on a yacht.’ Coral was exacty what was missing – this colour looks stunning on darker skin tones. It will make your cheeks pop.
Storm is a ‘warm rose shade that leaves a flushed-from-the-cold look on cheeks.’ You know that look when you’ve been on a long hike in Autumn, and you come in from the cold, catch yourself in the mirror and think ‘Damn, I am looking really bloody healthy right now.’ Yeah, this is that in a tube.
I want both, of course I do, because if my name is Katie and I am a Glossier-aholic.
Charlotte Tilbury has been awarded one of the highest accolades in the United Kingdom. The famed make-up artist and founder of Charlotte Tilbury Beauty will receive an MBE for her services to the beauty and cosmetics industry as part of the Queen‘s Birthday Honours List 2018.
MBEs, which stands for Member of the Order of the British Empire, are awarded to those who the honours committee deem to have achieved something special. These nominations are then approved by the Prime Minister’s office. So you know, it’s kind of a big deal.
It’s no shock to be honest, Tilbury has been working at the forefront of the beauty industry for over two decades. She has worked on over 400 editorial and advertising campaigns, won countless industry awards – including Fashion Creator at the British Fashion Awards – and of course, she launched her hugely successful eponymous cosmetics line. *Side note – the Marie Claire beauty team believe she should be awarded an MBE for her eye shadow quads alone.*
Her brand, which launched in 2013, has gone from strength to strength and continues to create bestselling products across the globe. It’s one of the fastest growing beauty brands, whilst still remaining independent.
‘I feel incredibly honoured and very proud to receive an MBE in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List,’ Tilbury says. ‘To be recognised for my services to the beauty industry as both a makeup artist and entrepreneur is an amazing personal accolade which means so much to me. I have been fortunate enough to work at the forefront of the beauty industry for over two decades which has allowed me to share my vision with the world, changing the way women, from 18-80, perceive themselves through the use of makeup. I have always been passionate about empowering women and helping them to feel confident and the most beautiful versions of themselves through the power of beauty, it inspired my philosophy ‘Give a woman the right makeup and she can conquer the world! There are so many people I want to express my thanks and gratitude towards. From my wonderful industry peers who have supported me throughout my 25+ year career and who I have built such close relationships with, to my incredible team of limitless thinkers who helped me to create and continue to push the boundaries with my award-winning brand and of course my amazing family, who I couldn’t have done any of this without. I always say it takes a team to build a dream, and this is a dream come true for me.’
Congratulations from all the team at Marie Claire.
NYX makes some of the best highlighters you’ll get your hands on for under a tenner, available in rosy blush and bronze finishes. Don’t be put off by the blue shade – it adds a bright, silvery, ethereal glow that’s out of this world. Collect them all!
When it comes to the best highlighter palettes, Hourglass users are rarely (read: never) disappointed. Their Amibent Lighting Palette gives skin a gleam in different blushing shades and makes it instantly look five times healthier, whatever the weather. Dust all over for a radiant glow or apply to cheekbones to make your whole face pop.
Iconic London Illuminator Drops, £33, House of Fraser
Iconic’s highlighting drops are, well, pretty iconic in the beauty community. Liquid highlighter is great because it’s so versatile: for a seriously extra chrome glow, apply these drops straight onto skin; or mix a drop with your best foundation or moisturiser for an overall healthy finish to your skin.
BURBERRY Fresh Glow Stick in Nude Radiance, £25, Fabled
Developed with the help of legendary make-up artist Wendy Rowe, you can see why this is the perfect stick for highlighting dozens of models backstage at fashion week; it’s super-quick and easy to use and creates a natural-looking radiance in seconds. The colour finish is a creamy, butter like shade, making it perfect for fairer skin tones.
Instagrammble brand Glossier, brought to you by blogger extraordinaire Emily Weiss, has completely taken off since its UK launch. Their Haloscope stick highlighters contain a sheen, crystal-enriched highlighting formula as well as a solid balm core to up your skin’s sheen. Plus, the stick formula makes them handbag-friendly for on the go glow ups.
Ask anyone what their favourite Nars product is and the majority of people will either say Laguna Bronzer or Orgasm Blush. These popular complexion enhancers have been make-up bag staples for what feels like forever. A couple of years ago, all eyes were on Laguna and the new Liquid Bronzer and Body Tint. But now, the spotlight is on Orgasm. Because today Nars launches three new extensions to the bestselling blush.
This was teased incessantly on Instagram and we have to be honest, it’s the one we’ve been most excited about. The famous suits-all-skin-tones pink shade works beautifully on the lips, plus it gives the most stunning wash of colour, whilst hydrating the hell out of them.
Whilst this is technically a ‘loose powder’ we don’t recommend using it all over your face – you’re likely to rather ill. However, we implore you to dust over your eyelids and cheekbones to highlight. Not only will it at a little ‘something’ to your look, it will diffuse any imperfections and blur like any good Instagram filter. Winner.
How to go from fine to full in a matter of minutes
Our brow preferences couldn’t have changed more over the last decade. Gone are the super-sparse brows of the nineties; instead, we’re beefing them up using the best eyebrow makeup money can buy.
But not everyone was blessed with thick, full, Delevingne-esque eyebrows and, sadly, the majority of us have to fake it in the brow department.
While microblading treatments have rapidly gained popularity over the last few years, we wouldn’t blame you if you’re reluctant to spend a few hundred quid on getting your brows filled in. The best eyebrow makeup is a much cheaper solution when looking how to get thicker eyebrows.
From velvety soft pencils that’ll fill your eyebrows in stroke-by-stroke, to thickening pomades and growth-enhancing serums, the world’s your oyster when it comes to formulas and shades.
So where do you start when choosing the best brow makeup?
If you like a thick, dark and defined brow shape, choose a pomade like Anastasia Beverley Hills Dip Brow Pomade. It’s a bestseller for a reason, it’s long lasting and gives you perfectly shaped arches.
If you prefer a more natural look, try a clear brow gel (we, like the rest of the world, love Glossier). These will fix your brows in place without it looking like your wearing any product at all.
When choosing a colour, the key is to always go for a duskier, earthier shade of your hair colour – very warm or orange-toned brows look too ‘done’ and unnatural-looking. And ideally, stay within a two shade range – no more than one shade lighter or darker than your current hair colour.
Once you’re clued up on the best eyebrow shapes for your face shape, read on for the Marie Claire approved eyebrow products you can find on UK beauty shelves.
How to fill in eyebrows
Brow beginners may be unsure of how to fill in your eyebrows without them looking too obvious. ‘I map out the brows with three dots and then fill in to create the perfect shape,’ says Tonya Crookes, celebrity brow artist and founder of The Browgal. ‘To find the point at which your brows should start, draw an imaginary line from the corner of your nose, directly upwards.
Courtesy of The Browgal
‘Next, draw a line from the corner of the nose, through the pupil to find the highest point of the brow. The end of the brow should fall in line with the corner of the nose and the outside edge of the eye. Your pencil should be sharp to create hair-like strokes.’
Clarins Perfect Eyes & Brows Palette, £29.75 John Lewis
This kit has everything you could need for perfectly perky brows – three different shades, so that the colour won’t look flat, a wax for shaping, a highlighting powder for the brow bone, a brush, a spoolie and that all important pair of mini tweezers.
There’s a reason so many people love this brow pencil – the formula is slightly waxy so not only does it fill in colour, but the angled tip shapes brows as you draw. Comes in four colours that suit all hair colours.
If you haven’t tried this AMAZING eyebrow gel – where have you been? Glossier’s UK launch was one of the biggest we’ve seen and this is one of the heroes. Eyebrow gels can either be used for the natural look (this comes in clear) or to beef up an already groomed brow.
Benefit are the queens of the brow. When they saw a gap in the market – they didn’t just launch a brow product, they launched a whole collection dedicated to the little sliver of hair above our eyes. This eyebrow powder is exactly what it says on the tin – foolproof. Where do your apply the lighter shade? Well just take a look at the handy guide…