New season make-up lessons
19:54 GMT, 5 September 2012
From pens that create the hottest eyeliner looks around to nail art that's so easy it's child's play, the start of a new term — or season, as beauty experts say — is the perfect time to try something different. Take your pick from our bright ideas to beat the back to school blues…
Practise makes perfect: You can get your eyeliner like the Duchess of Cambridge's with careful application
PRACTISE YOUR LINES
Fine line: Clarins 3-Dot Liner
If you can join the dots you can do eyeliner, and two new products make it easier than ever. A fine line along both the upper and lower lash lines, as seen on both the Duchess of Cambridge and the Valentino catwalk, is a big trend this autumn.
The trick to drawing the perfect line is a triple-point applicator such as the Clarins 3-Dot Liner (20, clarins.co.uk). This uses a line of three fine pens to delicately fill the space between each lash dot by dot, giving the impression of a fuller lash line.
You will need a steady hand and you do have to push the pen close to the edge of the lashes to see a clean line.
If you don’t concentrate it is easily smudged, but with a little practice this product does give a polished result.
A cheaper option is Bourjois Intuitive Liner, (6.99, Boots). This is a felt pen with three fine tips, specially designed to be tapped along the lash line in a dotting motion.
HOMEWORK FOR BRIGHT SPARKS
It’s not always necessary to go to salons to get that professional facial feeling. More salon-standard products are being launched, giving you great results at home.
Bliss recently brought out an alternative to expensive chemical peels, called That’s Incredi-Peel! (39 for 30 pads, blissworld.co.uk). Each pad releases exfoliating glycolic acid that helps skin cell renewal and makes your complexion appear brighter. These pads are suitable for most people, even those with sensitive skin. Soothing witch hazel helps to calm any irritation.
Get into the habit of using a face mask at least once a week to rejuvenate post-summer skin. The new Nuxe Masque Crme Fraiche de Beaute, (18.50, spacenk.com) is great for rehydrating skin, or soothing and calming irritated skin.
If you just want a one-off beauty boost, try Superdrug’s range, all at 99p. The Anti-Ageing Moisture Mask helps to lock in moisture, the Dead Sea Purifying Clay Mask uses witch hazel and willow bark to cleanse, and the Calming Floral Mask includes damask rose petal oils to leave skin feeling smooth and clear.
WARD OFF THOSE SCHOOL GATE BUGS
Keep germs at bay: Green & Spring Antibacterial Hand Gel
At the start of a new term, bugs spread like wildfire, and when children get ill it’s not surprising that mothers do too. Using an anti-bacterial hand gel is a good precaution.
The trouble with many anti-bacterial hand gels is that they can be drying, irritating your skin. But the new Green & Spring Antibacterial Hand Gel, (7.50, John Lewis) includes rosemary, which is a natural antiseptic, marjoram, known for its aromatic citrus-scented leaves, and rowan, a source of vitamins C, B and E and provides antiviral, antifungal, and antimicrobial protection.
It doesn’t contain alcohol and is certified to kill 99.9 per cent of germs. Most importantly, it will leave your palms feeling as soft and supple as if you had massaged them with hand cream.
COME TOP OF THE SKINCARE CLASS
I love it when someone comes up with a revolutionary way of applying a product. Lancome’s new Genifique Yeux Light-Pearl, (44, lancome.co.uk) comes with a tiny teardrop-shaped stainless steel applicator.
This unique application wand rotates, so it can be used to lightly massage around the eye area, helping to shift dark circles and reduce puffiness.
Also, the cold stainless steel has an instant tightening effect on the eye area. The serum is light, refreshing and works wonders on tired eyes. This product is pricey, but every drop goes exactly where you need it, so it’s worth it.
GLOSS OVER BAD MARKS
Redknapp recommended: Wild About Beauty blush stick
Make this the season you tackle blotchy pigmentation, which often looks worse after a summer of sun exposure. To minimise the appearance of your brown sun spots, who better to ask than a woman who’s been there
Step forward TV presenter Louise Redknapp, who has suffered seriously blotchy skin in the past. Together with make-up artist Kim Jacob, Redknapp has developed a new cosmetics range called Wild About Beauty, which aims to give women a radiant, even complexion without heavy make-up.
The range includes Sheer Glow Moisture Tint, 22, which helps to even skin tone, Ultra Dewy Creme Blush, 16, a handy blush stick with an easy-to-blend creamy texture (pictured above), and Mattifying Balm, 20, (right) which uses an anti-inflammatory action to smooth the skin’s surface and reduce shine. All products are available from wildaboutbeauty.com.
NAIL ART THAT'S EASY AS ABC
Patterned polish: Ciate's set of two
You don’t need to be a pro-manicurist to nail this season’s trend for patterned polish. Ciate’s set of two nail polishes, (15, ciate.co.uk) creates a crocodile-skin effect on the nails quickly and easily.
Choose from purple, burgundy or black as a base. Then, while your base coat is still tacky, apply a coat of the Croc Embossed polish. Within minutes, nails taken on a crackled look.
The best thing about this is that it looks like a professional salon manicure, but is much cheaper.
Alternatively, try L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Nail Art — a range of five nail art stickers inspired by luxurious fabrics, with some great golds and a perfect python print. These stickers are applied in three easy steps and last for up to ten days. Choose from Poudre D’or 3D; Or Lame 3D; Feuille D’or 2D; Chic Python 3D; Diamant Eternal 3D, (all 8.99, L’Oreal, call 0800 0304 031 for stockists).
Maybelline Color Show Nail Stickers are available in two styles (6.99 for a pack of 18, from Boots) and designs include Zebra Night — a shimmering silver zebra print for safari-chic nails.
Simply lay the sticker over your nail and file away the excess.
TOP MARKS TO…
JOHNSON'S BABY POWDER
The ultimate multi-purpose product,
Johnson’s Baby Powder has been reformulated. The new extra-dry version
of the powder absorbs 60 per cent more moisture than talc, so it’s
brilliant for putting into trainers before a gym session, or breaking in
a new pair of heels.
Pop a pinch on your hairbrush and
brush through to get rid of greasy roots, or dab a tiny amount in place
of face powder to keep shine at bay. It’s preservative-free and
LIZ EARLE CLEANSE AND POLISH
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth
Cleanser Rose and Lavender Prince’s Trust Special Edition, (18.25, John
Lewis or call 01983 813913). The award-winning original Cleanse &
Polish has been updated to include lavender and rose essential oils in
this special edition, which goes on sale this month. For every bottle
sold, Liz Earle will donate 2 to The Prince’s Trust, a charity that
helps young people get jobs and training.
Giorgio Armani Maestro Complexion Perfector, (36, Selfridges) is an ultra-fine fluid that really does help perfect your complexion. The water and powder-free base uses oil pigments to create a thin colour film that enhances, rather than masks, your skin. It gives your face a luminous, barely-there coverage that doesn’t look oily. It quickly sinks into the skin yet lasts all day.
THIS WORKS DEEP SLEEP
The This Works range (from Boots) includes four products to help us look rested. Deep Sleep Shower Gel, 15, contains coconut oil, camomile and lavender to unwind before bedtime. Stress Less, 12, is a blend of eucalyptus, lavender and frankincense oils to create a relaxing scent. The Deep Sleep Cream, 18, and Night Oil, 25, contain relaxing vetivert and lavender. Massage into tired muscles before bed and drift off to sleep.