The best hair straighteners for just about any type of hair

The best hair straighteners for just about any type of hair


Want frizz free, super sleek hair? You’re in need of the best straighteners that money can buy

Best Hair Straighteners 2017

If you battle frizz on a daily basis, the best hair straighteners are absolutely essential to your beauty arsenal – along with one of the best hair dryers and a hair serum, of course.

The perfect pair of straightening irons will transform your hair from frizzy to super sleek, über curly to poker straight, in a matter of minutes.

No doubt you’re here because your current pair of straighteners are knackered, or you’re fairly new to the hair iron game and want to treat yourself to the best hair straighteners the market. Or, you want to put your curling tongs to bed and switch your signature style up for a straighter look.

So how do you pick the perfect pair for your hair type? Keep scrolling for all the intel…

Best hair straightener brush

DAFNI Hair Straightening Brush, £120, John Lewis

Best Hair Straighteners DAFNI Go Straight Brush

These days, quite a women prefer to use a heated ceramic hair straightening brush over a classic pair of the best straighteners. These do exactly what they say on the tin, straightening your hair into the glossy, smooth locks of your dreams with just a few strokes of a brush.

We love DAFNI’s Go Straight Hair Straightening Brush, which heats up to a hair-safer temperature of 185 degrees and leaves your tresses super glossy and sleek after using.

The most practical advantage of hair straightening brushes? As well as being easier to use, by using a brush you’re far less likely to burn yourself (because how many of us have grabbed the wrong bit of our straighteners/clamped down on our ear before?)

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Best hair straighteners for curling

BaByliss Boutique Salon Control 235 Hair Straightener, £80, Fabled

With a rounded barrel and smooth ceramic plates, these multitasking straighteners are ideal whatever style you’re hoping to create. Just don’t forget your heat protection spray.

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Best hair straighteners for curly hair

ghd V Gold Max Styler, £135, Fabled

best hair straighteners ghd V Gold Max

Admittedly we’re stating the obvious here – but straightening curls takes a lot more time and effort than transforming slight waves into poker straight hair.

The keys to turning curly hair into poker straight perfection are: 1) section, section, section and 2), choose a pair with wide, flat plates. Hair straightening heroes ghd offer both thin and wide versions of their classic styler, the latter of which is perfect for flattening out super curly sections one by one. Slow and steady does it.

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Best hair straighteners for short hair

Cloud Nine The Micro Iron, £64, Fabled

 

Shorter hair requires smaller tools, and so this Cloud Nine pair, which are just six inches long, are ideal for getting hold of shorter layers and styling them. They might be small, but they certainly don’t compromise on effectiveness.

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Best hair straighteners under £50

Nicky Clarke Desired Hair Straighteners, £47.99, Amazon

best hair straighteners Nicky Clarke

For a less-expensive buy, this pair by Nicky Clarke does the job and does it well. Featuring black pearl plates, tourmaline technology for smooth, frizz-free hair and a three-metre cable to boot, they’re a great buy for anyone who doesn’t want to break the bank.

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Best hair straightener cream

Bumble and Bumble Straight Blow Dry, £24, Fabled

best hair straighteners 2018

Before you tackle your mane with the straighteners, the first thing you’ll want to do is create a smooth, frizz-free base when you dry your hair. Bumble and Bumble’s blow dry cream specifically designed for straight hair is a winner here, smoothing and sleek-ing out your hair with a heat activated formula that loosens hair’s natural curve. It’s an essential first step if poker straight hair is your goal.

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Ready to trade in your old straighteners for a shiny new pair?

Scroll through our round up of the very best hair straighteners money can buy.

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Best eye cream to combat wrinkles, puffy eyes and dark circles

Best eye cream to combat wrinkles, puffy eyes and dark circles


We’ve put them to the test and here’s our select edit of the best eye creams out there. It’s time to wave goodbye to tired eyes, banish bags and beat puffiness for good…

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Trying to find the best eye cream for you can be an overwhelming, and frankly exhausting, experience.

How do you know what concern to target? How often should you use one, and what’s the right way to apply?

Don’t panic though, we’ve scoured the beauty halls and trialled an almighty selection of the latest offerings to bring you a select edit of the best out there. So you can rest assured that your hard earned pennies are only spent on the ones that really work.

If you’re dubious about the necessity of an eye cream in your regime, consider this – the skin around your peepers is around 40% thinner than the rest of your face, which is why it’s so important to use a cream tailored to the area. It’s this delicacy that makes your eyes prone to crêpe-ness and crows feet long before the rest of your face follows suit.

International Facialist Abigail James explains: ‘the eye area is the most expressionate area of the face, meaning it’s the first place that fine lines appear.’ Not only is skin thinner but research has shown it’s also subjected to ‘repetitive stress from micro-eye movements’ – AKA blinking, which we do on average over 28,000 a day.

Keep scrolling to see our edit of the best eye cream for every concern and, remember: when it comes to application, pat, don’t rub.

Best eye cream for wrinkles

Murad Renewing Eye Cream, £52, Fabled

best eye cream Murad Renewing Eye Cream

For a two-pronged attack on fine lines try Murad’s Renewing Eye Cream. The anti-ageing powerhouse retinol (otherwise known as Vitamin A) combines with powerful peptides that help strengthen the paper-thin skin around your peepers so skin looks firmer and wrinkles are noticeably reduced.

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Best eye cream for dark circles

Dr Dennis Gross C + Collagen Brighten & Firm Eye Cream, £69, Selfridges

Best eye cream Dr Dennis Gross

If dark under eye circles are the result of lifestyle factors like lack of sleep or a poor diet (rather than pigmentation or skin structure), then the good news is you can do something about them. New York based Derm Dr Dennis Gross advises ‘choosing an eye cream that contains caffeine to help decrease puffiness and Vitamin-C to help brighten the under eye area.’ The C + Collagen Brighten & Firm Eye Cream does both. We’re sold.

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Best anti-ageing eye cream

Zelens Triple Action Advanced Eye Cream, £80, Fabled

best eye cream Zelens Triple Action Advanced

Founded by cosmetic surgeon and skin expert Dr Marco Lens, Zelens is the go-to for skin worthy of the red carpet. The smoothing Triple-Action eye cream targets crow’s feet, fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes with a potent, botanical-enriched formula containing marine collagen and hyaluronic acid.

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Best eye cream for sensitive skin

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Eye Cream, £11.25, Boots

Best eye cream La Roche Posay

From La Roche Posay comes a recipe for relief suitable for even the most sensitive skin with Toleriane Ultra Eyes. The gentle, fragrance free formula is perfect for the delicate eye area and instantly relieves soreness and irritation. Keep one handy if you suffer from flare-ups as this lightweight lotion has been granted a coveted Allergy-UK seal of approval.

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Best eye cream for puffiness

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG, £5.80, Cult Beauty

Best eye cream The Ordinary

From cult beauty brand The Ordinary comes a true game-changer in the battle against puffiness. The potent Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG is like rehab for tired, swollen eyes. Testament to its efficacy is the speed it’s flying off the shelves, at some 50,000 units per month. Get it before it’s gone.

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Best hydrating eye cream

Skinceuticals Eye Balm, £66.65, Amazon

Best eye cream skinceuticals

If the skin around your eyes is so dry it drinks up every lotion you’ve tried and ends up looking cakey under makeup you need this. The rich and creamy balm formula absorbs quickly, targeting visible dehydration while aloe vera and vitamin E help nourish even the thirstiest of under eyes.

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If you’re still looking for ‘the one’, keep scrolling for some of our other favourites.

We’re certain you won’t leave here empty-handed…

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The best foundation for oily skin to keep you shine-free all day

The best foundation for oily skin to keep you shine-free all day


Feeling like an oily mess come lunchtime is never ideal, but these will ensure you stay matte all the day long

Is that midday shine your beauty nemesis? Do you battle with breakouts? If you haven’t got the best foundation for oily skin in your arsenal already, then look no further. 

Dr Ross Perry, cosmetic doctor and managing director of Cosmedics Skin Clinics, has words of caution when it comes to pairing oily, acne-prone skin with makeup. ‘Before thinking about makeup, review your skin regime. Getting one of the best face cleansers and a moisturiser for oily skin is key, so experiment to see what suits your skin.

‘Don’t be tempted to ditch the moisturiser as your skin still needs hydration, but choose a formulation which suits oily skin,’ he continues. ‘Exfoliate regularly to remove excess sebum as well as dead skin cells. Sleep, drink water, and eat your fruit and veg – do everything you can to improve your skin from within, making you less reliant on foundation.’

First up: prep responsibly. ‘Try one of the best primers that’s a mattifying water-based gel underneath your foundation to tackle oiliness and absorb shine, hiding pores and leaving skin looking and feeling smoother,’ says Dr Ross. 

Next, evaluate what exactly you want from your foundation. A full-coverage formula will mask hyper pigmentation from previous breakouts, while something designed to mattify will keep your skin shine-free all day. Oilier skin types often get along well with powder-based foundations like BareMinerals, while a liquid will glide on seamlessly whilst strategically locking in oil. 

No foundation will keep you matte until the end of time, so choose a powder foundation that’ll help fight shine throughout the day. “It’s tempting to load on lots of powder to absorb the oil, but this approach can tend to leave the skin looking chalky,” warns Dr Ross. “Choose a matte, translucent, loose powder and apply with a brush to avoid it looking too heavy.  For day-time touch-ups, oil blotting sheets are a handbag hero.”

Now that we’ve got all the facts covered, allow us to help you find the best foundation for oily skin for you, and finally keep that shine under control.

Best foundation for oily skin with full coverage 

Giorgio Armani Power Fabric, £42, John Lewis

This lasts for hours and hours, offers great SPF protection, conceals pretty much every blemish and dark circle and locks down any excess sebum production. It’s a total all-rounder and an absolute must for oily skin.

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Best foundation for oily skin with large pores

Surratt Beauty Surreal Skin Foundation Wand, £62, Net-A-Porter

best foundation for oily skin Surratt

This handy all-in-one foundation brushes on seamlessly, minimising pores and fine lines – and it’s perfect for just chucking in your bag.

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Best foundation for oily skin with acne

Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup, £28, Fabled

This lightweight, oil-free formula conceals blemishes whilst actively tackling them and preventing them from returning. Plus, its cooling sensation and skin-soothing ingredients help calm flare-ups and inflammation.

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Best long lasting foundation for oily skin

NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation, £35, Fabled

best foundation for oily skin NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

If you think long-wear foundation sucks the life out of skin, meet NARS’ game-chaning Natural Radiant Foundation. This gem has it all: desk-to-drinks staying power, a glowy finish sans shine, extracts of raspberry, apple and watermelon to boost elasticity and mineral powders that mimic your complexion’s most natural hues. We’re unofficially calling it ‘dream skin bottled’.

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Best foundation for oily mature skin

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation, £34, John Lewis

best foundation for oily skin mature Bobbi Brown Long Wear

The oil-free formula is super hydrating without leaving you looking overly shiny, as well as the benefit of SPF 15 – which you still need during the winter months. Think youthful, radiant skin in a bottle.

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Best liquid foundation for oily skin

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Makeup, £33.50, Fabled

 

best foundation for oily skin Estee Lauder Double Wear

Double Wear is pretty full coverage, making it perfect for anyone who wants a completely flawless base – but it can be easily lightened up when mixed with a dot of moisturiser. What’s more, it mattifies skin and lasts all day and into the night, without smudging or needing any touch-ups at all.

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Best matte foundation for oily skin

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Oil Free Photo Edition Foundation, £35, John Lewis

 

Perfectly matte thanks to its oil-free formula, this one packs some major pigment whilst still remaining lightweight.

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Best powder foundation for oily skin

bareMinerals Original SPF15 Foundation, £27, Fabled

 

best foundation for oily skin bareMinerals Original

Nothing really beats a powder foundation when it comes to oil control, and BareMinerals’ is a timeless favourite for a reason – the mineral formula is completely non-comedogenic, so there’s no risk of pores becoming blocked.

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Your oily-skin foundation woes are officially fixed.

Shininess, be gone…

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What is Olaplex hair treatment and how does it work?

What is Olaplex hair treatment and how does it work?


We break down one of the biggest buzz-words in beauty.

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The Olaplex hair treatment is the one of the biggest advances in hair technology for years – but does it really live up to the hype when it comes to repairing damaged and brittle hair?

Kim Kardashian reportedly swears by the Olaplex hair treatment (it’s apparently how she goes to platinum and back again without wrecking her tresses), saying: ‘When your hair is really damaged, if you sleep in that, it really works. I notice a huge difference.’

Olaplex hair treatment Kim Kardashian

But what do the experts think? We spoke to two top stylists and a trichologist to get the low-down on the beauty buzzword.

What is Olaplex?

Olaplex was founded by Dean Christal, who teamed up with scientist Dr Craid Hawker and Dr Eric Pressly to cook up a new molecule that works from inside the hair strands to strengthen and repair damaged locks where the structure has broken down.

Nicola Clarke, Creative Colour Director at Color Wow and John Frieda Salons elaborates for us. ‘For colourists, the biggest game-changer in hair colour is Olaplex. It maximises the strength of hair by reconnecting broken disulphide sulphur bonds in the hair, which gives hair a thicker look and healthier and stronger feeling,’ she explains.

‘The hair bonds break when hair is coloured and subject to regular heat and chemical treatments. It allows you to rebuild the strength, structure and integrity of hair and it is compatible with all hair types.’

When should Olaplex hair treatment be used?

For best results, it’s important to use it during a colour treatment, rather than after it.

This is where some of the confusion around the hair treatment comes in – the Olaplex hair treatment is not a cure-all for dry or damaged hair. It is a scientifically-developed treatment that works on hair condition from within, as opposed to a conditioner that improves only the superficial condition of damaged tresses.

Trevor Sorbie Manchester’s Creative Director, Vincent Allenby clarifies: ‘Olaplex is invaluable in maintaining the disulphide bonds within the hair structure during the colour process. These bonds are normally broken down during the colour process and can sometimes result in breakage and candyfloss results mainly in high lift situations such as balayage, highlights or lift tints. It’s a must for anyone heading lighter.’

Olaplex is also split into three stages – and when you use each one differs.

Stage 1 –

Olaplex Number One goes on your hair whilst you’re getting your hair coloured. It is mixed in with the hair colour and applied directly onto the hair.

Stage 2 –

Olaplex Number Two is applied when you’re at the back wash sink. Once the hair dye has been rinsed, it’s applied to the hair and left on for around 20 minutes, then rinsed out. A little bit like a deep conditioning hair mask.

Stage 3 –

Olaplex Number Three is your turn. It’s an at-home treatment that you use once a week. Pop it onto damp hair, comb it through so that it reaches every strand and then leave for at least ten minutes. Do it for as long as you can – make like Kim K and leave it in whilst you sleep. Then wash out afterwards.

Does Olaplex hair treatment really work?

With such rave reviews and celebrity endorsements, does this treatment mean we don’t need to worry about over bleaching and styling our hair any more? Not exactly. We asked trichologist Sally-Ann Tarver for her thoughts on the process.

As a hair expert, Tarver has had both personal and professional experience of the Olaplex treatment. ‘Olaplex is a brilliant product, I actually purchased my own to take to my colourist and have used it for my last three sets of highlights. My personal experience of it is that my hair feels stronger after colouring than it normally would.’ So if you’re partial to a blonde hairstyle, and regularly get your hair bleached it’s a winning choice. Incidentally, if you want to tone down brassiness ensure to use one of the best purple shampoo.

But she does warn that it’s not a miracle fix for damaged hair: ‘My professional experience of it is that it cannot rewrite the rules of chemical processing. Unfortunately using Olaplex does not mean hair can be bleached multiple times without disintegrating.’

Olaplex before and after

If you’re worried about the condition of your hair, next time you’re headed to the salon for a lightening colour treatment, ask your stylist whether Olaplex might be an option for you.

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The best moisturiser for dry skin that’ll give you the softest complexion

The best moisturiser for dry skin that’ll give you the softest complexion


Find your new dry skin saviour

best moisturiser for dry skin
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Michael Kors show, Fall Winter 2017, New York Fashion Week, USA – 15 Feb 2017

There are moisturisers and then there is the best moisturiser for dry skin – because yes, they differ from regular lotions, especially when it comes to the best moisturisers for oily skin. Packed with things like hyaluronic acid (which can hold 1,000 times its weight in water) and fortifying hydrators, moisturisers for dry skin don’t just inject your skin with the hydration it needs.

These clever formulas also attract moisture from the environment and draw it deep into your dermis as well as defend your skin’s protective barrier against environmental aggressors such as pollution, which then works at locking in any moisture. ‘Choose a good quality light moisturiser that soaks in readily, rather than just sitting on the surface of the skin,’ advises Dr Ross Perry, cosmetic doctor and managing director of Cosmedics Skin Clinics.

But there’s more to keeping your skin hydrated than simply applying moisturiser. One of the common causes of dry patches is due to dead cells adhering to your skin, so invest in a good face cleanser containing ingredients like salicylic acid, then chemically or physically exfoliate to break down the bonds that hold those dead skin cells together. Then, when it comes to putting your moisturiser on, you know it’s going to sink in to your skin and be as effective as it can possibly be. Finish off with one of the best foundations for dry skin and your complexion will stay healthy and glowing throughout the day.

Scroll through for our round-up of the best moisturiser for dry skin and find one that suits your skin, budget and lifestyle…

Best moisturiser for dry skin on face

Simple Kind To Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturiser, £4.29, Boots

best moisturiser for dry skin Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturiser

Simple’s Kind To Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturiser wins hands down as our best budget dry skin product, not even breaking the £5 barrier. Simple does exactly what it promises, delivering a light, fragrance-free cream that gives intense moisture, without making skin greasy. Your skin will be smooth, soft and you can splash out on another beauty buy to boot, thanks to its cheap as chips price tag.

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Best moisturiser for dry skin on body

E45 Cream for Dry Skin & Eczema, £4.40, Boots

best moisturiser for dry skin E45

Not just for nappies, E45 has earned its place in every sensible person’s bathroom cupboard – and for good reason. Treating dryness, flakiness, eczema, itches, sunburn and psoriasis, it really does fix a myriad of skin woes.

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Best moisturiser for dry skin on legs

Aveeno Moisturising Creamy Oil, £7.69, Boots

best moisturiser for dry skin Aveeno

Aveeno’s ultra-rich formula injects a shot of moisture to any rough, scaly patches your pins might be affected with. Eczema-sufferers should also reach for this one; the colloidal oats soothe any inflammation and help repair broken skin.

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Best moisturiser for dry skin on hands

L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream, £19, John Lewis

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This has won too many awards to keep count, really, and we have zero doubts as to why. Shea butter is heralded for its ability to nourish and cocoon dry skin, and the inclusion of it in this hero hand cream (along with honey, and almond and coconut oils) means that dry hands are a thing of the past. It really is one of the best hand creams, ever.

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Best moisturiser for dry ageing skin

Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream SPF 30, £82, Fabled

best moisturiser for dry skinElemis’ Pro-Collagen Marine Cream is backed by impressive scientific evidence which shows that after just two weeks of use, wrinkles can be reduced by up to 78%, thanks to its hero ingredient, the marine extract Padina Pavonica, which mimics the skin’s own function. We’re no scientists, but the light gel-like cream sinks in quickly, skin feels firmer and instantly more supple on application.

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Best moisturiser for dry sensitive skin

Hylamide Sensitive Fix Booster Serum, £18, Fabled

best moisturiser for dry skin

The combo of dry skin that also happens to be sensitive is a killer. This pared-down vial from cult-status brand Hylamide will not only fix dry, tired skin, but it’ll be sure to reduce redness and other indicators of sensitivity.

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Dry, sore skin? Be gone.

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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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So, what exactly is balayage and why do we love it so much?

So, what exactly is balayage and why do we love it so much?


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Balayage has been around for a while, but this timeless technique is creeping its way back into being one of the most popular hair colour requests in salons today. We’ve spoken to the experts to get some professional insight into the booming hair trend, balayage.

What is balayage?

Balayage is a French word meaning to sweep or to paint. ‘It’s a freehand hair colouring technique that gives a really blended natural look with no harsh or obvious regrowth lines,’ advises royal and celebrity hairdresser, Richard Ward.

Balayage allows for a sun-kissed natural looking hair colour, similar to what nature gives us as children, with softer, less noticeable re-growth. The principal idea being less is more when creating a natural, multi-tonal finish. The technique uses patches of light and shade to create multiple dimensions to the colour.

It’s a great method if you want to refresh your colour but don’t want to go for a bold colour overhaul.

Chrissy Teigan balayage

How is balayage applied?

Balayage is painted on the surface of the hair strand and not saturated through the section until the very tips. This ensures a smooth, blended stroke of colour. It can also be called a freehand technique because no foil or meche are used to create the highlights.

How long does it take to do balayage?

The depth of balayage can vary so much from a ‘few small highlights that will only take a matter of minutes to a full on, triple process look that can take up to 3 hours,’ says Josh Wood, founder of Josh Wood Atelier and Redken Global Colour Creative Director. Though it can take quite a long time to do a multi-tonal, layered balayage compared to regular colour the benefit of the application means you will be able to leave longer between your next colour appointment. If you want a few balayage babylights this may take as little as 45 minutes.

What sets it apart from traditional hair colouring?

Balayage is quite different to traditional highlights because no foil is used and the colour is painted on freehand. The finished result is ‘less uniform than typical highlights’ says Richard Ward. If you’ve ever been worried about having stripey colour after a visit to the hairdressers, balayage is a sure way to avoid that harsh contrast between colours – especially if you’re going blonder.

The colour created is totally bespoke to you and can even be placed in a way to compliment or distract attention away from certain features on the face.

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What’s making it so popular recently?

Ten years ago balayage wasn’t the colouring phenomenon it is today, it’s quite a specific method of colouring that hasn’t been widely taught in the UK until recently. Balayage ‘is especially popular with celebrities and is a classic look for the red carpet’ says Richard Ward. After spotting it on celebrities like Gisele, Chrissy Teigen and Jessica Alba, there has been a surge in interest for the technique as people are requesting the look.

Some celebrities who love balayage include Olivia Palermo, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian and Amber Heard.

Jessica Alba balayage

Does it require a lot of maintenance?

‘Typically balayage requires far less maintenance than traditional colour because it grows out beautifully and there are no strong regrowth lines,’ says Richard Ward. It also means you can wait for longer between appointments so it’s ‘the perfect technique for a modern, busy woman.’

‘If you want to make your balayage last as long as possible, opt for a babylight – it’s the most subtle type of colour you can go for’ advises Josh Wood. Investing in some good quality colour care styling products is also advisable to keep your colour looking fresh for longer.

If your colour turns brassy after a while you can ‘refresh it without going for a full top up with a toner or gloss to give your shine back.’ says Wood.

Jennifer Lopez balayage

Is it suitable for all hair types/lengths?

It works on both light and dark hair depending on how much lighter you want to go and all hair textures. Whether it’s straight, wavy or curly the colour will still work well and look great.

‘Balayage works on all hair lengths apart from on very short or cropped hair,’ advises international hair colourist Jack Howard.

The technique is particularly popular amongst celebrities with long, textured hair as it creates a beautiful, beachy style.

Gisele Bundchen balayage

 

How long does balayage last?

One of the biggest perks of balayage is that “it doesn’t require as much upkeep as traditional colour” advises Josh Wood. The blended finish means you can leave longer between your salon appointments, depending on the style of balayage you go for you can leave up to 4 months between top-ups.

What’s the difference between ombre and balayage?

Balayage is a totally blended hair look, there are no lines or blocks of colour and the graduation between shades is much more subtle. Some lengths of the hair are kept darker for a seamless colour finish.

Ombre hair has a more defined contrast between the roots and tips of the hair with colour starting mid-way down the strands. Ombre colour ‘is a more noticeable, statement look compared to Balayage,’ says Richard Ward. Want to know more? Check out our round-up if want to find out more about ombre.

Does balayage work on grey hair?

Balayage works for all colours but ‘the only thing is it won’t cover grey hair,’ advises Josh Wood, ‘it will only help blend in the grey to disguise it so if you want full coverage for greys it might not be the right choice for you.’

What makes it timeless?

Balayage creates a totally bespoke, personalised colour finish. Healthy, natural looking hair will always be ‘in’ which is why the technique has remained popular for so many years. Depending on what you’re looking for the finish can be subtle or quite bold. It’s the ability to completely tailor the colour effect that makes this such a popular colour choice.

Contact Jack Howard via twitter @jackhoward_srh

Contact Richard Ward via twitter @richardwardhair

Contact Josh Wood via twitter @joshwoodcolour

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The best hair straighteners for just about any type of hair

The best hair straighteners for just about any type of hair


Want frizz free, super sleek hair? You’re in need of the best straighteners that money can buy

Best Hair Straighteners 2017

If you battle frizz on a daily basis, the best hair straighteners is absolutely essential to your beauty arsenal – along with one of the best hair dryers and a hair serum, of course. The perfect pair of straightening irons will transform your hair from frizzy to super sleek, über curly to poker straight, in a matter of minutes.

No doubt you’re here because your current pair of straighteners are knackered, or you’re fairly new to the hair iron game and want to treat yourself to the best hair straighteners the market. Or, you want to put your curling tongs to bed and switch your signature style up for a straighter look.

So how do you pick the perfect pair for your hair type? Fortunately we’ve got the intel on the greatest straighteners currently on the UK market. Since we know electricals can get a little pricey, it’s worth giving our Black Friday beauty deals roundup a look for some bargains. And if you want to try an alternative to a pair of the best hair straighteners, read on for other straightening treatments below.

The best hair straightener brush

DAFNI Go Straight Brush, £99.95, John Lewis

Best Hair Straighteners DAFNI Go Straight Brush

These days, quite a women prefer to use a heated ceramic hair straightening brush over a classic pair of the best straighteners. These do exactly what they say on the tin, straightening your hair into the glossy, smooth locks of your dreams with just a few strokes of a brush.

We love DAFNI’s Go Straight Hair Straightening Brush, which heats up to a hair-safer temperature of 185 degrees and leaves your tresses super glossy and sleek after using.

The most practical advantage of hair straightening brushes? As well as being easier to use, by using a brush you’re far less likely to burn yourself (because how many of us have grabbed the wrong bit of our straighteners/clamped down on our ear before?)

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The best hair straighteners for curly hair

ghd V Gold Max Styler, £135, Fabled

best hair straighteners ghd V Gold Max Admittedly we’re stating the obvious here – but straightening curls takes a lot more time and effort than transforming slight waves into poker straight hair.

The keys to turning curly hair into poker straight perfection are 1) section, section, section, and 2) choose a pair with wide flat iron. Hair straightening heroes ghd offer both thin and wide versions of their classic styler, the latter of which is perfect for flattening out super curly sections one by one. Slow and steady does it.

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The best hair straightener cream

Bumble and Bumble Straight Blow Dry, £23, Fabled

best hair straighteners 2017

Before you tackle your mane with the straighteners, the first thing you’ll want to do is create a smooth, frizz-free base when you dry your hair. Bumble and Bumble’s blow dry cream specifically designed for straight hair is a winner here, smoothing and sleek-ing out your hair with a heat activated formula that loosens hair’s natural curve. It’s an essential first step if poker straight hair is your goal.

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Paul Mitchell Straight Works, £19.25, HQhair

best hair straighteners Paul Mitchell

Another hero formula favoured by bloggers and beauty journalists alike (but that won’t break the bank) is Paul Mitchell’s Straight Works, which adds illuminating shine to your hair while smoothing out its waves and curls. The salon level treatment gel will leave you with the lustrous straight locks of your dreams, and its also paraben-free and vegan haircare.

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What is permanent hair straightening?

Of course, if you want a longer-term solution than just plugging in your ghds every day, there are other ways to straighten your hair.

Permanent hair straightening is a salvation for those with even the most rebellious curls, kinks and frizz – but how much maintenance is really involved, and how long do the results last? Mathew Soobroy, Senior Manager & Smoothing Expert at Charles Worthington, advised us on how it works.

Permanent hair straightening products

L’Oréal Professionnel X-Tenso Moisturist Hair Straightener Set, £44, Amazon

best hair straighteners 2018 LOreal X-TensoThe professional straightening service works by applying product to the hair (Matthew uses L’Oréal Professionnel X-Tenso Moisturist), followed by a straightening process which locks the formula into the hair molecule. The result is healthier looking, straight hair.

It lasts for up to 60 days, but depends on the texture of the hair, the natural curl and how quickly your hair grows. You can also choose the degree of straightness you desire, from just eliminating frizz to completely straightening out curls using different strengths of solution and adjusting processing timing.

It’s therefore suitable for all hair types – from thin and straight to natural thick curls. Your natural curls will come back over time once the straightening procedure has grown out of the hair.

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The best mascara formulas to lengthen, curl and volumise

The best mascara formulas to lengthen, curl and volumise


When it comes to mascara, these are the best in the business…

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Ah, mascara. Without a doubt the one item we’d hail as a ‘can’t-live-without’ in a beauty version of Desert Island Discs. There’s just something about giving your lashes a bit of oomph with the best mascara that no other cosmetic can quite match (not even your best liquid eyeliner).

Whether you’ve got stubborn, straight lashes, unbearably short ones, or you just want to add a bit of volume to your eyelashes, we’ve tried and tested a job lot of the best mascara formulas and narrowed it down to a few choice buys every woman should have in her beauty arsenal.

Most recently, Glossier launched their first mascara, which is exactly as fabulous as it sounds.

Walk this way for a tour through the best mascaras on the market, old and new, for just about every lash type, and keep your eye out for our Prix Beauty Award winner. We’re sure you’ll leave here with a new beauty best friend…

Best waterproof mascara

Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara, £18, Fabled

best mascara Clinique High Impact Waterproof MascaraClinique’s waterproof mascara accompanies many to weddings, funerals and other important occasions during which crying might occur – because it just will not budge until you take to it with a good eye make-up remover. It has staying power we can only liken to that of a determined customer who camps outside department stores ahead of the Boxing Day sales. Adding just the right amount of length and volume, sensitive-eyed girls will also love it for smudge-free days. One of the best waterproof mascaras you’ll ever try.

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Best mascara for length

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara, £23, Fabled

best mascara Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara

When it comes to the best mascara for a lengthening job, this is a super pigmented game-changer. The thicker brush combs through your lashes to build the length volume of each, unlike a lot of volumising mascaras which clump lashes together for a bolder lash look. The result? Spidery, jet black lashes that are the best finishing touch to any eye make-up look – but especially a smokey eye.

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Best mascara for volume

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, £19, Selfridgesbest mascara Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

A mascara called ‘Better Than Sex’ has got a lot to answer for and, fortunately for Too Faced, this one does. We’re talking standout lashes that are both thick and lengthy. What’s more, the helix-shaped wand is great at reaching into those tiny inner corner lashes and bumping up the outer ones. Great for nights out with your best eyeshadow, but is it really better than sex? We’ll let you decide on that one…

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Best mascara for short lashes

Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes , £23, charlottetilbury.com

best mascara Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes Mascara

Fed up of using several different mascaras to lengthen, volumise, and darken respectively, Charlotte Tilbury wanted to bring an ‘all in one’ mascara to the masses. And, being Charlotte Tilbury, she did exactly that. The cleverly designed brush catches hold of even the shortest, finest lashes, pushing them up and outwards to enhance your eyes to the max. When it comes to the best mascara for short lashes, always go for Full Fat.

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Best mascara for straight lashes

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara, £18.50, Fabled

best mascara Benefit Roller Lash

When Benefit announced they were creating a new mascara, nobody believed it was possible for them to top their best seller, They’re Real. But oh, how we ate our words. Benefit created a groundbreaking brush which hooks onto your lashes (don’t panic, it doesn’t hurt) to ensure they meet their maximum curl and length potential. It’ll coax even the stubbornest straight lashes into a lifting curl that makes your eyes pop. Frankly we wouldn’t be without it.

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Best mascara for sensitive eyes

No7 Extreme Lash Sensitive Eyes Mascara, £13, Boots

best mascara No7

It is a truth universally acknowledged that sensitive eyes water and, unfortunately, streaming eyes lead to under-eye smudge for mascara users. Homegrown brand No 7 tends to go in hand with sensitive skin sufferers, and their mascara is the solution to many a weepy-eyed girl’s woes thanks to its uber gentle formula. Plus who doesn’t love a high street price point, really?

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Best mascara for length and volume

Dior DiorShow Mascara, £25.50, John Lewis

best mascara Dior DiorShow MascaraLegendary make-up artist Pat McGrath helped create this punch-packing mascara little over ten years ago during fashion week, where she resorted to applying it with a toothbrush on models for proper fluttery lashes. And so it was that DiorShow, the inky-black mascara of dreams, was born. It’s about as close as you’ll get to dramatic lashes without buying a pair of falsies (and a hell of a lot easier to apply, too), so it’s really no wonder that it’s such a crowd-pleaser.

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Best smudge-proof mascara

Blinc Tubing Mascara, £22.20, blincinc.com

best mascara Blinc Mascara

Not all mascara formulas are created equal. As well as your traditional, run-of-the-mill fibre mascara there are also tubing formulas, which are a whole different ball game. The slogan says it all: ‘Stop painting your lashes… Tube them.’

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Check out a few more of our fave lash-enhancers, from budget to bank-breaking (but worth it), below.

Your eyes will never have looked better.

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