Elsa McAlonan’s Beauty Upgrades: How to achieve an instant summer glow with highlighter
- Elsa McAlonan has reviewed the make-up bag staple for summer: Highlighter
- She also shares the best skin boosters to help with hydration or ageing
- British beauty expert also picks out a selection of the best serum lipsticks
WHAT’S NOW & HOW TO DO IT: SUMMER HIGHLIGHTER
British beauty expert Elsa McAlonan reviews a selection of highlighters that have become a make-up bag staple for summer
Highlighter has become a make-up bag staple for summer, as it gives skin an instant glow.
Texture is important.
If you like a liquid formula, try an easily blendable one such as Sculpted by Aimee Liquid Lights Gilded Glow
If you prefer power, choose a superfine one such as Il Makiage Mineral Baked Highlighter in Good as Hell
Or, if you want a handy stick version, opt for the long-lasting Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Highlighting Stick in Vibrant Lilac
RACE YOU THERE
Whether you remember the 1970s TV ad or not, the new Coca-Cola X Morphe 1971 Unity Collection has the same feel-good vibe as the drink’s iconic advertising campaign, which turns 50 this year.
The hero piece is the Awe Together Artistry Palette, featuring 18 eye shadows, but you should also snap up the Lip In Harmony four-piece mini lip gloss set (£19), the Sweep The Peace eye brush set (£26), or the Make It Big Volumizing Mascara (£12) in a classic Coca-Cola red tube — or get the full range for £45.
EMMA STONES HAIR TAMER
Emma Stone (pictured) wears a striking black-and-white hairdo in the new Disney film Cruella and hair designer Nadia Stacey used Hask Keratin Protein 5-In-1 Leave-In Spray on the actress’s hair
Emma Stone is attracting plenty of attention for her striking black-and-white hairdo in the new Disney film Cruella, which is out on Friday.
Hollywood hair designer Nadia Stacey used Hask Keratin Protein 5-In-1 Leave-In Spray (£7, tesco.com), not only on Cruella’s wigs (made of real hair), but also on the actress’s hair, to tame frizz, protect against heat damage and boost shine.
DO I REALLY NEED A SKIN BOOSTER?
There’s a buzz about boosters again (no, not the Covid one!), but do we truly need this extra step in our regimes?
Celebrity facialist Emma Brown says we do. ‘Skin boosters are like supercharged serums,’ she explains.
‘They are potent, concentrated formulas, containing active ingredients, which are designed to target and treat specific skin concerns such as pigmentation, blemishes, hydration or ageing.’
She recommends looking for products rich in vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide.
Try the Katherine Daniels Treatment Boost For Anti-Ageing & Rejuvenation which tackles dryness and uneven skin tone and texture.
Even if it’s raining, it’s still important to protect skin from the sun.
As well as filtering out UVA and UVB rays, Liz Earle Environmental Defence Cream Mineral SPF25 is packed with hydrating shea butter and antioxidant-rich blueberry and lingonberry seed oils to reduce damage from pollution and blue light.
3 OF THE BEST: SERUM LIPSTICKS
IT COSMETICS Pillow Lips Solid Serum is enriched with lip-plumping collagen and hydrating hyaluronic acid. It comes in eight glossy shades, and the colour won’t settle in fine lines, either.
AVON Anew Revival Serum Lipstick (now £8, avon.uk.com) contains alpha hydroxy acids and glycerine to smooth lips and keep them moisturised for up to 72 hours, even after you take the lipstick off. It’s available in 15 rich colours.
PERRICONE MD No Makeup Lipstick SPF15 (£25, perricone md.co.uk) is packed with wrinkle-busting neuropeptides and hyaluronic acid, making it perfect for dry, mature lips. Its six shades all offer a sheer, natural-looking wash of colour.
British perfume house Ormonde Jayne has come up with a novel way to buy the perfect personalised scent, with its new initiative Your Scent, Your Strength, Your Style.
You get to pick from the Signature Collection’s 15 scents and choose the strength — ‘extract’, poured at 40 per cent concentration, or ‘intense’, at 50 per cent concentration — before selecting one of eight jewel-coloured bottles engraved with your name and/or initials.
Refills are available at Selfridges in London and Manchester or online.
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