So this is what you’ll find in a make-up artist’s own make-up bag

So this is what you’ll find in a make-up artist’s own make-up bag

A few wildcards

We’re always speaking to make-up artists and asking them to recommend products to help us take on the latest trends and recreate celebrity looks. But the mark of a really good product, the seal of approval if you will, is whether a make-up artist uses it on themselves. Think about it – they have access to the most incredible cosmetics from all over the world and they are constantly testing them out, so the products that they use on their own faces day-to-day must be the best, no? We asked three make-up artists what we would find if we raided their make-up bags. This is what we found out…

What’s in Katie Jane Hughes make-up bag?

‘In my kit and my own personal make-up bag, you will find Weleda Skinfood. I use it for giving skin a gorgeous gleam or use it for any dry spots that won’t exfoliate away. I also sometimes use it as an eyelid gloss. It’s definitely my desert island product.

Weleda Skin Food, £9,57 Amazon

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I prep my skin with Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Defense, £35 Boots before makeup, as it brightens and evens out as well as helping protect against blue light, pollution and sun exposure. Glossier Haloscope, £18 is probably my favorite highlighter ever, as it makes a real life dewyness on the skin, that doesn’t dry or look powdery or cakey. Nars Power Matte Lipsticks, £19.55 John Lewis are great as you can mix them, blend them and use them on lips and cheeks if you want. And Ardell Stroke A Bow, £7.99 Amazon, is my fave eyebrow product, as you can create little brow flicks that mimic real hair.’


What’s in Cher Webb – our very own Marie Claire Make-Up Master – make-up bag?

‘There’s A LOT in my personal make-up bag. Here’s the complete list:

Givenchy Les Saisons Healthy Glow Powder, £37 Harrods

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What’s in Caroline Barnes make-up bag?

‘I will always love Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick, £42 Cult Beauty, which is shaped a bit like a prism. It is the most incredible stick foundation you will ever use. For years I used the Bobbi Brown foundation skin, but I find it too oil now. The Hourglass one, on the other hand, goes on like a dream. You can apply a little bit for sheerly or pop a bit more on for high coverage. I use Cover FX Contour Kit, £40 Fabled on top – there are four different kits for the various skin tones. Each kit has four cream colours – one of them is a highlighter and the three others are darker shades, which I mix for on the go touch-ups. I also cannot get enough of the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, £34 Cult Beauty. I really love tubing mascaras, as I really hate it when mascaras transfer onto your eyelids and with these that just doesn’t happen. The DHC Perfect Pro Double Protection Mascara, £15.90 Look Fantastic is amazing. The perfect summer lipstick is Pink Brandy, a coral by Max Factor, £7.99 Boots. And I use My Kit Co brushes by James Molloy to apply everything.’

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So there you go, an insight into the best make-up products from the people in the know. Incidentally, the MC team revealed the insides of their make-up bags too.
*Adds it all to shopping basket immediately.*

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The best Australian beauty brands

The best Australian beauty brands

Charting the rise of A-beauty

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By Rebecca Fearn

With K-beauty leading the industry for several years now, it’s been difficult to imagine any other continent shaking up beauty in a big way. However, with an influx of exciting new brands and the staying power of several long-standing heroes, Australian beauty brands are doing just that.

I have to be honest and say I may be a little biased: my boyfriend is Aussie, I’m currently planning a two-week trip there in October and I’ve always been fascinated by the country. But the popularity of this trend speaks for itself, and it seems like it’s not just me who’s into it. A keyword search shows the term “Australian Beauty Brands” is up 86% year on year, while the number of beauty insiders talking about brands from the land down under has skyrocketed.

Australian brands, too have began to understand their new appeal. Stephanie Michel, co-founder of Insta-famous Aussie skincare brand Sand & Sky, explains:

“Customers are more and more conscious of what they put on their skin and they now know that natural skincare products can deliver on promises if they are made of the best ingredients. Australia is a powerhouse of amazing and unique botanical ingredients, all at our fingertips here”.

Her co-founder Sarah Hamilton agrees that “Australian beauty is really taking off, and it’s all down to the amazing Australian environment which produces incredibly powerful ingredients”.

The Australian attitude to beauty is increasingly relevant to us Brits, too. “The secret to beauty from an Australian perspective is take care of yourself by using the right products for you and as natural as possible”, says Sarah. With the rising demand for clean, free-from products, A-beauty is meeting our modern needs.

From Dr Roebuck’s and Sand & Sky to Aesop and Becca, the relaxed yet results-driven Aussie approach to beauty has never been cooler. Keep scrolling for the coolest A-brands around…

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How to get thicker eyebrows in six simple steps

How to get thicker eyebrows in six simple steps

Move over, Cara D…

The big brow trend isn’t going anywhere any time soon, so how to get thicker eyebrows is the question on everyone’s lips. So, what do you need to know?

First things first, step away from the tweezers. There’s grooming your eyebrows to find the perfect shape for your face, and then there’s plucking your eyebrows within an inch of their lives.

Whether you’re a tweezer user, waxer or threader, you may want to reconsider the strength of light you use when you’re grooming your brows. According to experts, brows are best tended to in soft dull lighting – too much light encourages you to over pluck.

When it comes to the best tools for the job, we love Rubis’ Classic Slant Tweezers (£21.50, Cult Beauty), which can extract even the thinnest and shortest hairs. These are literally used to make Rolex watches, so you know they’re good.

Keep scrolling for the best tips on how to get thicker eyebrows.

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How to get thicker eyebrows with Vaseline

In order for your hair to grow, it needs to be in an environment that promotes hair growth. This means your skin needs to be well hydrated and nourished.

Enter Vaseline (£2.99, Boots). Known to create a sealing barrier, this jelly also locks in moisture to help speed up your skin’s natural recovery process.

In fact, rumour has it thatt Marilyn Monroe used to employ Vaseline as her skin saviour and ended up with quite long facial hair; proof that it helps hair grow.

Simply clean and dry the area and apply Vaseline over your brows three to four times a day.

How to get thicker eyebrows with oil

Organic Raw Virgin Coconut Oil, £8.08, Amazon

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Oil promotes hair growth much like Vaseline, by creating a barrier that locks in moisture. But, it also increases circulation while stimulating cellular metabolism. This, in turn, promotes hair growth. Any oil can be used, so try olive oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, even castor oil. Simply apply on your brows before you go to bed and let it go to work.

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How to get thicker eyebrows using eyebrow growth serum

If you want to get really clinical, apply a brow growth serum daily. Elizabeth Arden’s Brow Enhancing Serum (£90, Lookfantastic)contains an exclusive triple peptide complex, boosted by vitamins, botanicals and hair conditioners, to support your hair’s natural renewal cycle. Within two weeks, you’ll notice a difference in the amount and strength of your brow hair.

Similarly, RapidBrow Enhancing Serum (£29.82, Amazon) is boosted with a unique blend of fortifying proteins, stimulating peptides and nourishing ingredients designed to help condition, restore and repair the appearance of your eyebrows in 60 days.

How to get thicker eyebrows with make-up

First things first, work out the best eyebrow shape for your face. Then, outline with an eyebrow pencil, like Benefit’s Precisely My Brow (£17.45, Fabled), by drawing a line underneath your brow. Using the same pencil, fill in sparse areas with small hair-like flicks.

Then, use an angled brush and a similarly coloured pressed powder to define the shape of your brows. Try to not fill in the inside corners of your brows too much, or make the end points too harsh.

Finally, brush through with a spoolie to pick up any excess powder, blend lines and create a natural look. Help define with a concealer on the underneath of your arch.

Read our guide to the best eyebrow makeup for more of the best products for the job.

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How to grow out your eyebrows

Brows grow in a three to four month cycle, so step away from the tweezers for at least 12 weeks. It might feel a bit weird at first, but stick it out.

Groom them daily with a spoolie to promote growth in the right direction. Then, after 12 weeks, you can pluck the ones that aren’t anywhere near your brow line. But leave any that are close to that area alone – even if you think you’ll pull them out later.

Your brow hairs will then start to come in strong around the four month mark.

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What’s in our makeup bags? Team Marie Claire reveal their beauty must-haves

What’s in our makeup bags? Team Marie Claire reveal their beauty must-haves

Top picks from inside our handbags.

By Rebecca Fearn.

Inspired by Into The Gloss’ foray into its own staff’s daily makeup bags, we asked Marie Claire digital staffers to bring in their everyday makeup bags (the ones they carry with them in their handbags) to take a peek inside. Prepare for a beauty shopping list as long as your forearm…

Holly Rains, Digital Editor

“I would like to say my makeup bag is full of essentials that can get me from DESK TO DANCE FLOOR, but that would be a lie. I would need a bigger bag. A way bigger bag. Instead, this is a compilation of things I think might come in useful for my face at some point and more importantly, look shiny when I take them out to use on the tube. Such as the new Hourglass Extreme Lash Mascara that is great for fluttery lashes and my YSL powder foundation which is is in fact a necessity because I’m shiny as hell all year round.

Other hero products that lie within are… my Maybelline Brow Satin Eyebrow Pencil in Dark Brown that if discontinued, will make me weep from my eyebrow-less eyes, my Byredo Elevator Music Perfume Pour Cheveux (hair perfume), my Mavala Nailactan Cream that is legit THE best product for getting your nails to grow. Not in shot, a rogue piece of chewing gum that will definitely get an outing before the year is out”.

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Jenny Proudfoot, Digital Junior News Editor

“I don’t usually have time to do my make-up before work as the news needs to be up first thing, so I tend to carry my essential beauty products around with me in case I get a spare couple of minutes to beautify. Foundation, blusher, bronzer, mascara, lip balm and a brow powder are my necessities, although I misplaced a couple of them before the photo was taken! The out of shot staples that I always carry are a MAC eyeshadow in Brown Down, a Chanel Kabuki brush and a Pawpaw balm, and for perfume, I’ve been carrying around the Jo Malone Basil and Neroli mini cologne spray for the past few weeks – I’m obsessed with it. Maybe more golden than them all though, is my can of Caudalie grape water spray – from those hungover commutes to needing a pre-meeting wake up, it’s a dream.

But as a secret curly girl, my Jenny Proudfoot hero product has to be hair cream, with my invisible day and night cream by Windle & Moodie saving my life every day – especially given the recent humidity! It is the only thing that has stopped me from looking like Monica from Friends in the episode when they go to Barbados”.

Katie Thomas, Digital Beauty Editor

“I don’t wear much make-up, at least I always say I don’t wear a lot of make-up, as I prefer the natural look. But when looking at what I use every day – maybe I actually do wear a lot. Huh. Once I’ve done my skincare, I’ll cover my skin in Vita Liberata Beauty Blur Skin Tone Optimiser – not only does it give my usually pale skin a boost of colour, but it has a slight sheen to it, which makes me look glowy. I am so aware of the dark circles under my eyes – no amount of eye cream or sleep will change them, they’re hereditary – so using my ring finger I tap in Vichy Dermablend Hello Colour Corrector to take down the blueness. I then apply my Clarins Instant Concealer with the iT Cosmetics Airbrush Concealer Brush. Fun fact: in all my years in the beauty industry I am yet to find a concealer better than this one. I challenge a brand to try and come between me and this little bottle of joy.

If I’m feeling up to it, I’ll use these nudey-pink Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks on my eyes, but that’s really only if I can be arsed. Otherwise it’s lashings of Givenchy Base Mascara Perfecto, followed by Max Factor MasterpieceMax Mascara – the best I’ve tried in a long time. I fill my brows in slightly with Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Brow Pencil, then top it off with Givenchy’s Mister Brow Groom in Transparent. Once that’s done, I’ll take down any shine under my eyes, around my nose and on my forehead with Glossier Wowder. I recently discovered Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush in Soft Copper and it has changed my life. Using my fingertips, I apply it to the tops of my cheekbones. It melts into my dry skin. I finish off with a dusting of Chanel’s Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Multi–Colour Powder on my temples and jawline. It takes a lot to look this natural”.

Follow Katie on Instagram for all things beauty & chic interiors.

Rebecca Fearn, Freelance Contributor

“Do I have too much stuff in my daily beauty bag? Absolutely, it contributes to my bad back and weird angled shoulders most. But I would always rather be overstocked than short of something in time of need – plus, I work in the beauty industry, so I just can’t help myself.

I always make sure I have practical things like my Slip Silk Hair Bands which are great for a last minute Psycle class or if I decide to stay at my boyfriend’s and want to keep my hair looking OK the next morning. I love a mist (hence why I have two from Tatcha and La Mer) and have a penchant for mini brushes, as you can probably tell. My three in this shot are by Tom Ford, Charlotte Tilbury and Chanel. My Aesop hand cream and Omorovicza lip balm (the best in the world) come with me everywhere, and I always try to have a nude and red lipstick handy. I know that sounds boujee, but I never know what I’ll be wearing/how I’ll be feeling. The two here are Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk and Tom Ford’s Wild Ginger. Other noteworthy inclusions: my Trinny London stack, Tilbury palette, Jillian Dempsey tint, Malin + Goetz Neroli oil (my favourite neroli of all time) and Ouai hair companions. Phew”.

Follow Rebecca on Instagram for beauty inspo & the occasional sausage dog.

Lucy Abbersteen, Digital Beauty Writer

“Although I rarely re-apply, I do my make-up in about 10 minutes on the train to work, so the Glossier pink pouch is pretty much always in my bag. (I have tried getting up earlier to apply it, but girl loves as much time in bed as possible in the mornings). The contents chop and change as I’m always testing new things for work, but there are some products that are a constant for me. Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara is my ride or die – I like to have a lot of length and volume, but I can’t stand when a mascara clumps all my lashes together. This separates out each one and makes them really black and noticeable, so it’s an every day use for me as my lashes are so fair. Then for a long-lasting liner I’ll often use a SUQQU gel or Elizabeth Arden Smoky pencil.

I hate the expression, but NARS Powermatte Pigments were a game-changer for me. I can’t keep lipstick on but even these stay put for most of the day without any fade so I almost always have one in my bag. I love a Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution for rich colour pay off, too. Need I say anything about Glossier Boy Brow? It just doesn’t make my brows look “over done” and full of product, but it does hold them in place and make them look fuller (which I need as I’m still recovering from the over-plucking era).

In terms of base, Bobbi Brown Corrector is another everyday use (I wrote about how much I love it here). It gets rid of my dark dark circles and instantly makes me look more awake to the point that I don’t really need foundation. If I do, I’m obsessed with Armani Luminous Silk. I’m also loving Tom Ford’s Sheer Cheek duo for that subtle wash of colour, while RMS Magic Luminizer is one of the best highlighters I’ve ever come across. And lastly Benefit’s Hoola Light is great at adding warmth to fair skin tones like me”.

Penny Goldstone, Digital Fashion Editor

“I probably don’t have that much in my make-up bag compared to most people, but that’s because I’ve really whittled it down to the absolute basics. I’ve tried many beauty trends but in the end I always go back to my tried-and-tested formula. From start to finish, it takes me about two minutes in total to apply (and I leave my bag at home, I hate carrying make-up with me!). There is the foundation, YSL Touche Eclat which transforms my skin in what I’d like it to be naturally: dewy and glowing. It’s very lightweight but easily buildable on those days you need more coverage.

At the moment I’m using Laura Mercier bronzer as I’ma  bit more tanned, then a touch of NARS Orgasm blush – I’ve used this for years and it really is the most flattering shade. Bobbi Brown’s eyebrow gel is the only one I’ve found that doesn’t cake your brows WAG style. Then the two final essentials, a fine eyeliner (I use Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire) and black mascara, though I’m not precious about the last one, I usually use whatever I have in the cupboard”.

Follow Penny on Instagram for polished outfit pics & style tips.

Consider your make-up inspo fix, fixed.

Want to get in on the make-up bag fun? Tweet us your pics at @marieclaireuk

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Chanel is launching ‘Boy de Chanel’: a makeup range for men

Chanel is launching ‘Boy de Chanel’: a makeup range for men


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Words by Rebecca Fearn

Chanel is launching a makeup range for men, which features a foundation, eyebrow pencil and lip balm.

The line, aptly named ‘Boy de Chanel’ was unveiled on fyi_beauty’s Instagram: a page dedicated to sharing up-and-coming beauty news.

South Korean actor Lee Dong-Wook is fronting the campaign for Boy de Chanel, which is expected to launch in Korea in November and globally from January 2019.

While many are thrilled Chanel is embracing inclusivity with this new line, others are confused as to why makeup needs to be gendered, asking why men and women cannot both use the same range.

Speaking to Cosmopolitan, male beauty blogger Jake-Jamie shared his thoughts on the new collection:

“I think it’s amazing that brands like Chanel are bringing makeup for men to the forefront of people’s minds, however I personally prefer a genderless approach to makeup. I just wish we lived in a world whereby gender boxes didn’t exist.”

He continued:

“Why does it have to be a boy’s eyebrow pencil? It’s just an eyebrow pencil! Having said that, I do understand that not all men are as open about wearing makeup as perhaps I am, and this could give them the confidence to purchase makeup without feeling ashamed of doing so.”

Jake-Jamie also told the publication he believed in an ideal world, “beauty brands would simply create a new product for all sexes and promote the launch via the use of both male and female models, in campaigns and at point of sale.”

We like the sound of that!

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The best liquid lipsticks for all-day wear

The best liquid lipsticks for all-day wear

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By Rebecca Fearn.

Liquid lipsticks have been a hit ever since they rose to prominence in the beauty industry several years ago. With their long-lasting formulas, range of finishes and never-ending selection of statement shades, they’re a great, modern way to wear lipstick.

From new high-shine vinyl formulas from Buxom and demi-matte options from Huda Beauty to old classics from brands such as Stila and Kat Von D, we’re all about these wearable, luxurious liquid lipsticks.

Browse our edit of the very best liquid lipsticks here…

Not sure which shade is best for you? Read our guide on how to find the right lipstick colour for your skin tone.

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The best foundation for combination skin to balance oily and dry types

The best foundation for combination skin to balance oily and dry types

Air con might not be your friend, but these foundations are

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Finding the best foundation for combination skin is no easy business.

When it comes to picking a base, you need something that won’t exacerbate oil levels to the point of greasiness, but also won’t make dry patches even worse – all while leaving you with a flawless finish, of course. Doesn’t sound like that much to ask, does it?

Short of mixing both the best foundation for dry and oily skins, it may have seemed like an impossible task for the regular consumer – until now that is.

The ever-evolving world of beauty science has come so far that, fortunately, foundation formulas can (and will) target more than one specific skin concern. There are even formulas that adapt to your skin throughout the day for optimal results, like Bobbi Brown’s Skin Foundation Stick and Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic foundation, which took five years to develop.

Read on for our combo skin tested guide to the best foundation for combination skin below.

Best drugstore foundation for combination skin

Revlon ColourStay Makeup for Combination/Oily Skin, £12.99, Boots

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If your skin is on the oily side of combination, this is a great buy for you, as the velvety finish will really balance out that overactive T-zone. It’s oil free and also contains salicylic acid, a pore-decongesting, anti-inflammatory ingredient that helps with the fight against greasy skin.

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Best full coverage foundation for combination skin

MAC Studio Fix Fluid, £24.50, John Lewis

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Although its main selling points are that it’s oil-free and controls skin’s oil levels, MAC’s Studio Fix foundation is actually suitable for all skin types. The lightweight, matte formula is buildable and blends really easily, meaning you can go as heavy as you like with your coverage. It’s really no wonder it’s well known for being a make-up artist kit bag staple.

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Want even more options for the best foundation for combination skin?

Keep scrolling more of our favourite foundations that get the balance right.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hourglass Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette, £59 SpaceNK

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

Mac Strobe Cream, £25 Look Fantastic

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And that’s it.

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


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

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

Ace of base

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

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


Beauty is skin deep and prepping the face for every eventuality is key to a long wearing flawless base. Lock in your foundation with the best primer that is most suited to your skin type and one that will bring out the best in your complexion.
If you are looking for an all over primer that does everything and works on all skin types try the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, £30.
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This unique smoothing formula blurs imperfections whilst protecting the skin from the environment. An all round beauty staple! If you are looking to absorb oil and reduce redness try the MAC Prep and Prime Skin, £22.50. A total winner, this will lock your base in place.
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Givenchy Mister Mat, £29 is an invisible magic gel that leaves a light flawless veil, that’s also brilliant at absorbing shine and creating the perfect canvas for makeup.
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I love low maintenance bases, here are some of the best foundations that are heat proof and shine proof. The game changers that I pull out of the bag for red carpet, destination brides and everyday flawless babes…
  1. MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Foundation, £27.50, has up to 36 hours long wear! Say whaaat!!?? Nothing will budge this bad boy! This formula is seamless and lightweight and there’s no need for powder touch ups. A strong contender in my makeup kit and my personal makeup bag.

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

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

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

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How to apply foundation like a pro in four simple steps

How to apply foundation like a pro in four simple steps

Because you HAVE to nail the first step

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

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

How to apply foundation – step 1:

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

How to apply foundation – step 2:

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

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturiser, £12.99 Boots

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How to apply foundation – step 3:

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

Max Factor Radiant Lift Foundation, £14.99 Boots

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How to apply foundation – step 4:

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

Clinique Buff Brush, £28 John Lewis

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So there you have it.

Now you will never, ever get it wrong again.

You are most welcome.

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