Elsa McAlonan’s Beauty Upgrades: How to cover blemishes with one-stop concealers
- Elsa McAlonan reveals a selection of concealers for covering blemishes
- She also shares how Lynda Pearce sculpted Phoebe Dynevor’s eyebrows
- British beauty expert rounds up the best brightening creams to use at each age
WHAT’S NOW & HOW TO DO IT: ONE-STOP CONCEALERS
Elsa McAlonan revealed a selection of the best concealers for covering dark shadows and blemishes (file image)
A do-it-all concealer that covers dark shadows and blemishes, highlights and primes is a good alternative to a full face of make-up in lockdown.
If you don’t want to bother with a base, try the bareMinerals Original Liquid Mineral Concealer, which smooths and brightens skin and won’t crease.
For puffy eyes, try Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Concealer. It contains caffeine, which is known to ease dark circles.
To disguise blemishes, try e.l.f 16hr Hydrating Camo Concealer, which contains soothing rose flower water.
The new Ordinary Concealer is another good budget buy for a natural, barely there look.
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It’s hard to believe that OPI turns 40 this year. It’s marking the anniversary with a new Hollywood collection which celebrates its cinematic roots. It was the first nail brand to collaborate with films, making its screen debut in Legally Blonde. The range features 12 shades including the fuchsia 15 Minutes of Flame; green Rated Pea-G; and the bright yellow Bee-hind The Scenes.
BRIDGERTON BROW STAR
Lynda Pearce used No 7’s Lash & Brow Perfector on actress Phoebe Dynevor (pictured) to keep stray hairs in place
It’s not just about the Duke of Hastings (played by Rege-Jean Page) and his marvellous muscles — fans of Bridgerton have also been lusting after Duchess Daphne’s perfectly sculpted brows.
Lynda Pearce, the show’s hair and make-up supervisor, used a High Street hero, No 7’s Lash & Brow Perfector (now £7.20, boots.com), on actress Phoebe Dynevor to keep stray hairs in place. The conditioning gel also enhances the brows’ natural shape.
Cold snaps can dry out your skin, so treat yourself to a nourishing mask. Pixi Rose Remedy Mask is a jelly formula enriched with restoring rosehip oil, hydrating argan oil, anti-inflammatory herb cica and antioxidant-rich turmeric. It leaves skin smoother and firmer.
IS CENTRAL HEATING MAKING MY HAIR DRY?
It’s not just the lack of hairdressers that’s wrecking hair. If yours is feeling more dry than usual, the cause could be turning up the thermostat while being cooped up indoors.
Josh Kelly, founder of Hair Choice Extensions (hairchoiceextensions.com) explains: ‘Central heating creates a dry, warm environment, so your hair and scalp will be losing moisture. Ensure you keep hydrated and maintain a protein-rich diet. Use sulphate-free products and intensive conditioners to hydrate the hair.’
Try Wildtree Skincare Organic Baobab Oil, a multi-tasking natural treatment rich in vitamins A, D, E and F. It can restore dry hair, leaving it feeling silky and smooth.
3 OF THE BEST: BRIGHTENING CREAMS
OLAY Regenerist Glow Day Moisturiser SPF30 uses niacinamide to even out skin tone and restore radiance.
The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser refreshes dull, tired skin with aloe vera.
Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme + Bright Power Soft Creme hydrates and improves the look of age spots.
It’s February already (how did that happen?), which means Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. And Jo Malone’s new Scarlet Poppy Cologne Intense, is just the scent to kindle romance.
The sweet, decadent fragrance is inspired by the great scarlet poppy in the steppes of Asia. Its base of heliotrope, barley and tonka bean — with accents of vanilla, almond and tobacco — complements the heart of scarlet poppy, fig and iris and top notes of ambrette. It’s a winning combination that could well see it usurp Pomegranate Noir and Lime Basil & Mandarin as Jo Malone’s top-selling cologne.
Why not drop a hint for Valentine’s Day? It’ll last far longer than a bouquet of flowers.
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