The new-season beauty trends are upon us, but with nude lips, sheeny skin and
bronzed eyes to perfect, how’s a girl on a budget supposed to keep up? These
days, if you want your beauty products to pack a punch they can often come
with a hefty price tag – not to mention a serious case of ‘make-up shoulder’
as you haul all the latest products around in your handbag for a quick
post-work, pre-bar touch-up. But not any more. Ladies, it’s time to kick
your make-up collection into shape and have a serious revamp that means you
get a whole lot more beauty for your buck.
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Autumn is all about twin-vestments – bagging new beauty booty that gives us at
least two uses. Thankfully the multitasking options are endless and it’s
something that all the hottest catwalks are cottoning onto.
“My favourite catwalk trick is to use one make-up product on two areas of the
face to get a really fresh, individual look,” reveals Revlon’s global
artistic director, Gucci Westman.
So follow her lead and bag two beauty functions for the price of one, and keep
your look – and purse – firmly on track with these little miracle buys. Now
that’s what we call a beauty no-brainer!
Is your bathroom cabinet starting to resemble a branch of Boots? Then get set
for a cosmetics cull! Davines Authentic Replenishing Butter for face, hair
and body, £22.60, is crammed with ultra-nourishing safflower oil to make a
great multitasking body moisturiser, eye make-up remover, hair mask and
cuticle softener that’ll send your dry bits packing in one body blitz – and
seriously slim-line your shelf!
While camel-coloured coats are the ‘It’ item on the A/W catwalks, there was
only one thing make-up pros were talking about – texture. Forget glossy or
matte, the new rage is velvet – as seen at the Mary Katrantzou show, where
coloured powder was patted over lippy to give a suede effect. Do it yourself
with Mac’s new Pigment in Bloodline, £15, a purpley powder that you can
press on lips and then eyelids to nail two trends in one!
An all-year tan looks healthy, so long as it’s less ‘I’ve been tangoed’ and
more ‘I’ve spent two weeks in Hawaii’. Spritz the golden shimmer spray, Nuxe
Huile Prodigieuse Multi-usage Dry Oil, £22.50, over your body to revive your
summer glow in seconds. Then blend a teeny dab over your blusher to create a
shimmering, sheer effect that’ll give the beautifully bronzed Nuxe fan,
Davina McCall, a run for her money (maybe!).
Flawless skin is always in, but before you curse your complexion, there’s a
new foundation in town that promises an airbrush effect on your face and
hides fake-tan streaks on your body. After spraying Dior’s
Diorskin Airflash Spray Foundation, £32.50, on your face, turn to your body –
used over a faux glow it will blend away any tanning mistakes. It’s
Don’t let the word ‘lipstick’ limit you to using it just on your lips.
Revlon’s ColorBurst lippy in Blush, £7.99, gives a bang-on-trend nude hue to
your pout and can be blended on cheeks for a fab, natural-looking flush. Or
go beige – all the rage on the Chloé catwalk – and pat it on lips and any
ugly bruises and leg veins. Seriously! The apricot shade counteracts the
blue tinge so you get perfect pins, too.
Just when you thought your sun-singed locks couldn’t take any more, along
comes autumn and the season for hair-frazzling central heating. Luckily,
Adara oils, £7.95 each, contain organic coconut oil (rich in essential fatty
acids) to hydrate hair when used as an overnight mask. They also smooth fine
facial lines (apply before your mosituriser) and quenches dry legs.
Get ahead of the beauty pack before the party season gets underway and take a
tip from the catwalk of funky Serbian-born, London-based label Roksanda
Ilincic, where models wore Studio 54-inspired glitter on their eyelids,
cheekbones and temples. Try the look yourself by blending Technic’s new
Eyeshadow Shimmer Stick in Gold or Silver Glitter, £2.75, on eyes and cheeks
– be as daring or subtle as you feel.
Limp hair and perspiration marks are two big beauty no-nos. But we’ve found a
product that tackles both in one pop. The All Nighter Styling Powder,
£18.95, contains rice and tapioca starches to absorb excess oil from the
scalp. And because it’s aluminium- and parabens-free, it’s safe to use on
your underarms, too. Genius!
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