Vary the texture and richness of the pinks you use on eyes, cheeks and lips – and add a pop of blue mascara to give your look some edge
Paul Costelloe proved pink eye doesn’t always mean tired eyes. Also, the catwalk was awash with it – and it was a hit. The trick is to vary the depth and texture. For lips, a berry pink is universally wearable. Blush should be a whisper, not a rage. On eyes, add a subtle bronze shimmer to the top and a dark liner on the bottom. Like a sandwich with a pink filing. And blue mascara? Be my guest.
Get the look
1. Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic in Love Is The Drug £30, charlottetilbury.com
2. Diorskin Forever Perfect Cushion £39, dior.com
3. Giorgio Armani Lip Magnet in Peony £31, armanibeauty.co.uk
4. Huda Matte & Metal Melted Shadows in Faux Fur & Bamboo Hoops £22, net-a-porter.com
5. Mac eyeshadow in Passionate £14, maccosmetics.co.uk
I can’t do without… A cleanser that won’t tax your skin – or brain
The Inkey List Salicylic Acid Cleanser, £10.99, cultbeauty.co.uk
You see that bonkers list of ingredients on the back of your beauty product? It’s known as the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients, aka the INCI list.
Fed up with the migraine-inducing language, one duo decided to launch a single-ingredient brand you could understand without being a chemistry boffin. It’s called The Inkey List (get it?) and it is the epitome of hi-low beauty, ie high quality, low price. Admittedly, the packaging doesn’t really float my boat, but I’ll happily cast my design snobbery to the kerb for the sake of an efficacious product. Now I’m pretty diligent with my skincare regime – yes, it’s a regime; what, you think I do the 10 step because I love it? – however, there was a point where, regardless of what I put on my skin, breakouts refused to leave.
The Inkey List’s cleanser, a combination of salicylic acid (an exfoliator that removes debris from the pores), zinc (controls sebum production) and allantoin (an anti-irritant) changed my skin pretty much overnight. It’s not foamy so it won’t strip, it is scentless so the fragrance-free brigade will rejoice, and it costs less than my daily coffee habit. Which was probably the thing causing me to break out in the first place.
On my radar… Twin fragrances, night cover and a wow for brows
Twice as nice
Two bottles, same name, same ingredients – yet they smell different, because key ingredients have been dialled up or toned down. Genius. Maison Francis Kurkdjian Gender Fluidity, £150, libertylondon.com
Fake a good eight hours of zzzs with an overnight mask. Try Origins’s long-lasting Drink Up Intensive; MZ Skin, which uses placenta and stem cells to boost collagen; or Beauty Pie’s QI Energy. From £8.24 beautypie.com
If you worshipped at the cult of Dipbrow Pomade, you’ll sing the praises of the new launch from Anastasia Beverly Hills. Dipbrow Gel is a highly pigmented, waterproof formula that creates fuller-looking brows. Hallelujah. Anastasia Beverly Hill, Dipbrow Gel, £19, selfridges.com
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