Elsa McAlonan’s Beauty Upgrades: Lip ink crayons for a barely-there summer make-up look
- Elsa McAlonan reveals best lip ink crayons for barely-there look this summer
- She shares how Reece Witherspoon keeps her skin clear without breaking bank
- Elsa then rounds up the very best self tanning serums you can use at every age
WHAT’S NOW & HOW TO DO IT: LIP INKS
No wonder we all love lip ink crayons. They take up next to no room in your make-up bag and add just enough colour to lips for that barely-there summer make-up look, writes Elsa McAlonan (Stock image)
No wonder we all love lip ink crayons. They take up next to no room in your make-up bag and add just enough colour to lips for that barely-there summer make-up look.
New ones include Maybelline’s Superstay Ink Crayon, a twist-up crayon with a handy built-in sharpener.
Rodial Suede Lips is especially creamy.
The new Giorgio Armani Colour Sketcher has a silky formula that can be used on lips and cheeks.
And the summer collection of NARS Satin Lip Pencils now comes in 18 shades and glides on like a dream.
RACE YOU THERE
ASDA has become the latest super-market to launch a range of perfumes, following in the fragrant footsteps of Lidl and Aldi whose cut-price scents have become bestsellers.
With 22 fragrances to suit all tastes, there are Eau de Parfums (£8 each, all asda.com); Eau de Toilettes (from £5), which include three pocket-sized rollerball fragrances; and the exotic Arabiyat range (£6 each), which features spicy scents and is water-based and alcohol-free.
REESE’S CLEAN SKIN BARGAIN
Big Little Lies star Reese Witherspoon (pictured) recently revealed that one of her best beauty buys is the American pharmacy favourite Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
Big Little Lies star Reese Witherspoon recently revealed that one of her best beauty buys is the American pharmacy favourite Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser (£9.50, boots.com).
This affordable cleanser, popular with celebrities and plastic surgeons, removes make-up without drying the skin.
The new Murad Oil and Pore Control Mattifier SPF45 is a miracle-worker at minimising large pores and works just a minute after applying to your skin.
It controls shine for up to ten hours, thanks to avocado and African yellow wood bark extracts. It also has broad-spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 45 to give sun protection.
Cosmetic dermatology GP Dr Nyla Raja says yes.
‘Clients often say their skin only needs a facial oil in the winter,’ she adds. ‘But an oily summer complexion is an indicator of dehydration, as the skin is over-compensating for the loss of moisture.
‘Humidity, the sun, pollution, air-conditioning and sun creams dehydrate the skin, so we need to feed it back nutrients.’
Bharti’s Special Oil includes nourishing rosehip, argan oil, neroli, saffron and hemp oils.
De Mamiel Summer Facial Oil is an antioxidant-rich mix of aromatic oils and flower essences.
3 OF THE BEST: SELF TANNING SERUMS
TAN-LUXE Super Glow Hyaluronic Self-Tan Serum gives a strong burst of hydration and boosts collagen.
It also works as a primer under make-up.
SKINNY TAN Wonder Serum produces a streak-free, natural-looking colour which lasts for up to ten days.
It has anti-ageing and antioxidant ingredients.
MADAME LA LA West Coast Face Bronzing Serum is an instant self-tanner for the face.
It’s infused with green tea and Vitamins A and E to reduce crow’s feet and fine lines.
Hair scents come into their own in the summer, and this Hair Fragrance collection from Thameen London not only looks and smells gorgeous, it cares for your locks, too.
As well as containing keratin and pro-vitamin B5 to condition and strengthen hair, the scents will last all day.
So as your hair moves around, it releases the fragrance, often making it more intense than spraying scent on the body. It comes in elegant blue glass bottles.
You can choose from Amber Room, with notes of golden amber and spicy cinnamon and cedarwood; Carved Oud, with Turkish rose and Indian black pepper; Peacock Throne, a sparkling combination of jasmine, Egyptian oris and pink pepper; and Riviere, a sultry blend of saffron and Indian black pepper.
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