BEAUTY CONFIDENTIAL: How to stay HOT on the beach

How to stay HOT on the beach



21:24 GMT, 11 July 2012

From self-tan to cellulite, whatever your summer beauty problem, ELSA McALONAN and her team of experts have the answers . . .

Can I get lovely sleek hair when I'm miles from my favourite hairdresser

Celebrity stylist Charles Worthington has five golden rules for great-looking hair. First, it sounds obvious, but make sure you use the correct shampoo and conditioner for your hair type.

Follow these tips to look cool in the summer heat

Follow these tips to look cool in the summer heat

Second, choose a good styling product. For fine hair, use a volumising styling spray; if it’s frizzy, use a product that will smooth and calm your hair.
Towel-dry hair and spray roots thoroughly with your chosen product, using less on the ends. For extra root lift, tip your head upside down and blast the hair until it’s roughly 80 per cent dry.

Third, blow dry your hair section by section. Fourth, use a brush with natural bristles, as they grip hair well and make it shine. Try Mason Pearson Extra Bristle Brush ( At 90, it’s expensive, but it will last for ever. For a cheaper alternative, the Babyliss Ceramic Cushion Brush with Bamboo Bristles is 8.60 (Boots).

‘An insider’s tip is to blast cold air at the end of each blow-dried section to set the style, seal the cuticles with extra shine and ensure long-lasting volume,’ says Charles. ‘Hair hardens as it cools down, resulting in better hold.’

Finally, he advises finishing off with an ultra-fine hairspray spritzed lightly over the hair to give hold without weight.
Try CW Salon Results Brilliant Shine Max Hold Hairspray (5.19, Boots) or the classic Elnett Satin Normal Strength Hairspray (5.99, Boots).

I like to use fake tan in summer: Should I apply it before or after my mouisturiser

If you use facial self-tan, choose a product with added moisturising qualities and skip your usual moisturiser. St Tropez Natural Radiance Self Tan for Face (21.45, John Lewis or is perfect, as it uses pomegranate extract to give the skin some added radiance.

Exfoliate gently to remove dead skin cells and avoid moisturiser before applying tanner, as it creates a barrier on the skin’s surface and dilutes and diminishes the effect of the self-tanner. Always apply a moisturising serum after the product has dried. For a wash-off tan, try Fake Bake Beyond Bronze Face & Body Wash Off Tan (6.66, Boots).

Check whether your facial tan contains an SPF. If not, use a foundation or sun care after your tanner, such as St Tropez SPF50 Face with Tan Enhancer (15, John Lewis or

How do I get my bronzer right

When working with bronzers, the primary point to remember is not to over-apply and go too dark, says Givenchy’s international artistic director Nicolas Degennes. ‘Take care when choosing a bronzer, as some can have a very red pigment, when what you want is a natural radiant glow,’ he says.

Givenchy Croisiere Healthy Glow Powder

Givenchy Croisiere Healthy Glow Powder

2true All Over Body Bronzer

2true All Over Body Bronzer

One of Nicolas’s favourite tips is to use two different shades of bronzer. ‘A lighter shade is ideal for use all around the face, with gentle emphasis on the eyes, nose and lips to create a sun-kissed glow.
‘The second darker shade is used to subtly contour and is best applied to the cheeks, forehead and chin.’

Try Givenchy Croisiere Healthy Glow Powder (32.50, stores nationwide), available in three shades, or 2true All Over Body Bronzer (1.99, Superdrug), also in two shades — Matte Brown and Golden Matte.

How can I stop holiday make-up melting away

Apply a primer — you’ll find make-up goes on more smoothly and lasts longer. One of the best value around is Asda’s Face Primer (5), which does the job perfectly. Or try Yves Saint Laurent Top Secrets Pore Refining Skincare Brush (38, John Lewis) on any oily areas.

To keep eye make-up intact, Jane Richardson, international lead stylist for NARS cosmetics, advises: ‘Ensure eyelids are clear of oils by avoiding using eye make-up remover in the morning.
‘Then, invest in a base that will both soak up any excess oil and grab the pigment of the make-up to keep it in place all day.’

Eyeshadow primers can also work wonders: try NARS Smudge-Proof Eyeshadow Base (18, nars

Saint Laurent Top Secrets Pore Refining Skincare Brush

Saint Laurent Top Secrets Pore Refining Skincare Brush

NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

Can I get rid of unsightly cellulite

While no product can actually get rid of cellulite, it is possible to improve the appearance of your orange-peel skin. Los Angeles-based skincare guru Ole Henriksen recommends dry body-brushing your whole body, starting at your feet and working upwards.

Scrubs and creams can also help to improve skin quality. Try Mandara Spa Intensive Body Scrub (8, Sainsbury’s), which contains peach stone granules and coconut shell.

The new Australian BioElixia Body Shaper Cellulite Contour Creme (49.95, Boots) makes impressive claims. Tests showed a visible reduction in the appearance of the orange-peel look by 38 per cent after 28 days. For a budget choice, try Dr Organic Royal Jelly Cellulite Cream (9.29, Holland & Barrett).


L'Occitane Hydration Face Mist

Moisture magic

Dehydrated skin can look old and wrinkled before its time, so we love L’Occitance’s new Angelica collection, which is designed to boost skin moisture. The Instant Hydration Mask, 19, helps plump skin in just three minutes, and our favourite, Hydration Face Mist, 15, is a lightly-scented mist that’s brilliant for topping up hydration.

Best bargain buy

Versatile and inexpensive, E45 has long been a best-selling moisturiser — and now it has brought out three new products that are great for dehydrated summer skin.

Touchably Smooth is lightly fragranced, while Nourish & Restore is especially for mature skin and contains vitamin B3 to help restore suppleness.

We particularly like Silky Radiance, which has a light shimmer that’s subtle enough for daytime and ideal for self-tanning as it gives skin an extra glow. The bottles are huge and, at just 3.99 each, you can slather the cream on without worrying about cost.

For best results, apply after a shower, when the skin is still slightly damp.

Cor's Silver lotions

Boots, nationwide

Silver service

Cor’s Silver Soap, 15, is a multi-tasker — it removes make-up, helps clear skin, reduces pore size and exfoliates. Thanks to the antibacterial properties of silver, it’s suitable for sensitive skin and can help reduce scarring and calm eczema-prone skin. The range includes lotions.