Elsa McAlonan’s Beauty Upgrades: How to achieve shimmery lips
- Elsa McAlonan reveals a selection of the best cosmetics for shimmery lips
- She shares the standout items in Victoria Beckham’s make-up collection
- British beauty expert also rounds up the best setting sprays for each age
WHAT’S NOW & HOW TO DO IT: SHIMMERY LIPS
Elsa McAlonan picked out a selection of the best cosmetics for achieving shimmery lips throughout winter (file image)
The new generation of sparkly lipsticks should be top of your Christmas list. A simple swipe of glitter can transform your evening look to party-ready.
‘The shimmer particles in these lipsticks are also super-flattering,’ says Bobbi Brown pro artist Amy Conway.
The brand’s Luxe Jewel Lipstick in Rose Quartz is a stunning pink with shimmer. It also comes in Ruby Slipper and Tahitian Pearl.
Gucci’s Rouge a Levres Lunaison is infused with three types of glitter for the ultimate sparkly lip statement.
Meanwhile, NARS Disco Dust Lipstick in Lisa is a dazzling red and Kiko’s Magical Holiday Wow Lipstick (left, £11.99, kiko cosmetics.com) comes in vibrant, glamorous hues and is super-soft.
Kiko’s Magical Holiday Wow Lipstick comes in vibrant, glamorous hues and is super-soft.
RACE YOU THERE
Vaseline is still one of the best tried and trusted ways to keep cracked, dry lips soft and hydrated in colder weather, and this limited-edition Gold Dust version is infused with gold sparkles which leaves a subtle shimmer.
Scented with white pear and chamomile, the special tin was designed to celebrate Vaseline’s 150th anniversary next year.
VICTORIA’S COVER-UP TIP
Victoria Beckham (pictured) has a make-up collection limited to eyes and lips, it has received rave reviews since its launch two months ago
Victoria Beckham may be having a tough time with her fashion line, but the singer’s first standalone beauty range, launched two months ago, has had rave reviews.
For now, her make-up collection is limited to eyes and lips, but a future foundation could be inspired by IT Cosmetics’ Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ (£31, itcosmetics.co.uk), one of Victoria’s favourites. The smoothing cream gives a full coverage base, with the benefit of SPF 50.
Late nights and wintry mornings mean a good eye cream, especially one designed to perk up tired eyes, is worth its weight in gold at this time of year. GlamGlow’s new BrightEyes lifts, hydrates and brightens the eye area. Narcissus extracts lock in moisture and helps to smooth skin over time.
IS ANTI-BACTERIAL GEL BAD FOR SKIN?
Hand sanitiser is a handbag essential, especially when you’re doing Christmas shopping during cold and flu season.
But can using too much be bad for our skin?
‘You should use enough sanitiser so your hands get completely wet and take about 15 to 20 seconds to dry,’ says beauty expert Leighton Denny. ‘But this rapid evaporation can be bothersome, especially if you have dry, problem skin.’
Leighton Denny Safe Hands Anti-bacterial Gel is blended with five essential oils to combat dehydration
For extra-dry skin, follow with a moisturiser, such as Sebamed Intensive Hand Cream, which contains avocado oil.
3 OF THE BEST: SETTING SPRAYS
MAYBELLINE Lasting Fix Make-up Setting Spray provides up to 16 hours’ protection against fading and smudging. The formula is oil-free and gives a matte finish.
The non-greasy Smashbox Photo Finish Weightless Setting Spray helps to lock in your look for up to 16 hours and is ideal for all skin types.
CLARINS Fix’ Make-Up is enriched with aloe vera and allantoin for deep hydration. It works to refresh and extend make-up at any time of day.
Laura Mercier’s The Caviar Vault eye Colour Collection is a smoky eye-lover’s dream. This limited-edition range features ten eyeshadow sticks in matte and shimmer colours, ranging from molten gold and bronze (perfect for Christmas parties) to everyday pink and sand. highly pigmented and easy to use, the creamy crayons, which usually cost £24 each, glide smoothly on to eyelids to give an effortless smoky eye effect.
The ten shades — Vanilla Kiss, Sandglow, Tuxedo, Au Naturel, Amethyst, Orchid, Blossom, Rose Gold, Cocoa and Moonlight — can be built up to achieve a depth of colour that will last for 12 hours.
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