Puffy eyes Dab on raw potato!
20:56 GMT, 11 April 2012
23:55 GMT, 11 April 2012
From putting raw potato on puffy eyes to a
favourite pot of bargain face-cream, everyone’s got a top tip for
looking good on a budget – even supermodels. Here, we let you in on the
money-saving secrets of the beauty experts, then we pick the best
products for under 5 …
From putting raw potato on puffy eyes to a favourite pot of bargain face-cream, everyone's got a top tip for looking good on a budget
ERIN O'CONNOR, SUPERMODEL
‘I’ve been using Pond’s Cold Cream, 2.99 (lloydspharmacy.com), for years. I love its texture and add it to powder eyeshadow to make it go on more smoothly. I also use it to add a sheen to the tops of my cheekbones. It has a nice, tactile feel.’
SARAH CHAPMAN, FACIALIST
‘My clients always ask me to recommend a really good suntan lotion, so I suggest something like Soltan Moisturising Suncare Lotion SPF 15, 7.99 (Boots). If you splash out on an expensive sun cream, you’ll be tempted to use it sparingly, whereas applying a cheaper lotion will offer you the same protection — all SPF ratings are independently tested and are equal across brands, so you’ll be more likely to slap it on regularly. UV rays are incredibly damaging and ageing, so protection in the sun is essential to keep you looking young and to keep your skin safe.’
KABUKI ARTISTIC DIRECTOR FOR MYFACE COSMETICS
‘Put foundation on with your fingers; sponges soak up a lot of product. Get highly-pigmented colours for lips and eyes — you use fewer products and it lasts longer. Use your imagination — do something new with existing make-up.’
Lee Stafford adds a few tablespoons of oat flour to his ArganOil Nourishing Conditioner to achieve extra volume while Michelle Mone relies on Optrex dew dazzling eye drops to make her eye look brighter
LULU SINGER AND FOUNDER OF TIMEBOMB SKINCARE RANGE
'My money-saving tip is something my mother always did and something I now do automatically, which is to try to use every last drop of my products. I turn bottles upside down overnight to catch anything at the neck of the pot and have even been known to cut a bottle in half to get to the last drops. It pains me to throw a bottle away with four or five applications left in it.’
GILL SINCLAIR CO-FOUNDER OF VICTORIAHEALTH.COM
‘Potatoes contain an enzyme called catecholase, which will help reduce the puffiness under your eyes more effectively than cucumbers. Place a cold potato slice on each eye for approximately ten minutes and your eyes will look much better.’
SUE DEVITT MAKE-UP ARTIST AND FOUNDER OF SUE DEVITT BEAUTY
‘In my job, I know that it’s the small things that can make a huge difference, that’s why I always carry my eye-lash curler with me, as simply curling lashes can really open up the eye area. Sometimes this is all you need and you can skip mascara altogether. Try Alida Eyelash Curlers, 8 (victoriahealth.com).'
Michelle Mone swears by Optrex Eye Dew Dazzling Eyedrops (left) while Erin O'Connor has been using Pond's Cold Cream for years to add sheen to her cheekbones (right)
DR MARKO LENS PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGEON AND EXPERT IN SKIN CANCER AND SKIN AGEING
A CREAM TO BANISH AGE SPOTS
Known as the ‘miracle cream’, No 7’s Protect & Perfect serum became the country’s best-selling skincare product in 2007, when it was reported the serum had proven antiageing effects.
No 7 is hoping to repeat the phenomenal success with the launch of a product it says is clinically proven to fade age spots if used for eight weeks. No 7 Lift & Luminate Day & Night Serum, 24.95, goes on sale in Boots next Wednesday.
Ingredients include Vitamin A, skinfirming peptides and a lightening complex with kiwi and Vitamin C.
‘Get more from your daily moisturiser. If you have applied too much cream or dispensed too much from the container, use the surplus cream on the back of your hands to help counteract the signs of dehydration and ageing. Don’t forget the neck and decolletage, too. Cetaphil, 9.99 (victoriahealth.com) is good.’
LEE STAFFORD HAIRDRESSER
‘Add flour to your conditioner if you want extra added volume in your hair. This cheeky manoeuvre works a treat and saves you having to buy additional hair care, which can be pricey on top of your regular products. I add a few tablespoons of oat flour to my ArganOil Nourishing Conditioner, 10.99 (Boots), and use as normal after shampooing.Your hair will be left looking shiny and smooth in an instant, but with added volume, as the flour helps to make the brittle strands of your hair look thicker.’
MICHELLE MONE FOUNDER OF ULTIMO LINGERIE
‘I often don’t get much sleep — in fact, four hours is average for me. As a result, my eyes can often look tired and dull, so instead of using expensive eye brighteners, I use Optrex Eye Dew Dazzling Eyedrops, 4.15 (Superdrug). I’ve always got a bottle in my bag, you can pick them up in the supermarket or chemist, and they help to brighten my eye colour and make my eyes appear fresher and clearer. It’s definitely my best budget beauty tip.’
BEST BEAUTY BARGAINS
Back by popular demand — and just in time for summer — is Collection 2000’s Perfecting Minerals (4.99, Boots and Superdrug). The mineral-based powder provides just the right amount of coverage and gives a soft, silky, natural finish. It includes a brush applicator, which is easy to use and is available in two shades.
Wilkinson’s skincare range is incredible value, with prices starting at 57p. Look out for Skin Therapy Cleanser, Toner and Moisturiser, each 99p, facial treatments such as Deep Cleansing Chin and Forehead Strips, from 98p, and Fragrance Free Facial Wipes for 57p (wilkinsonplus.com).
Getting your nails in shape doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Dirty Works’ nail accessories range has everything you need for a pampering evening, leaving you with perfect nails. The Jewelled Nail File, 2.99, not only looks great, it’s gentle on nails and will help avoid splitting. The four-sided Buffer Block, 2.99, is great for popping in your handbag, as it smoothes, shapes and shines nails all in one handy block. Put it all in a pretty pink and white spotted cosmetic purse (4.99, Sainsbury’s) and you’re all set for spring and summer.
Eau Thermale Avene Cold Cream Ultra Rich Cleansing Bar (4.50, Boots) is one of the best cleansing bars around. Perfect for sensitive skin as it uses a soap-free formula, it combines cold cream and spring water to act as a gentle, moisturising cleanser.
Pretty pastel nail colours don’t come any better than Mavala’s Delicious Collection. Each little pot costs 4.30 (from Debenhams), so you can treat yourself to more than one — shades include Blue Mint, a pale, flattering turquoise; Lemon Cream, a delicate yellow; and Frozen Berry, a subtle pale purple. The perfect match for this season’s pastel clothes.
Your summer make-up bag isn’t complete without a BB cream, and Nivea’s new Visage Daily Essentials Tinted Moisturising Day Cream (4.07, Boots) not only covers imperfections and uses light-reflecting pigments to brighten skin, it also gives a perfect matte look and ensures skin stays hydrated all day.
As hair is exposed to sun, chlorine and salt water, it can become dull and damaged. Invest in a good conditioner, especially if you have long or coloured hair. Phil Smith Long Locks Conditioner (3.99, Sainsbury’s) targets the dry areas of hair, restoring and reviving hair without adding heaviness or dullness. It can be used to prevent damage, or to breathe life into tired locks.
Candy-coloured lipsticks may look difficult to wear, but with a little blotting and a slick of non-sticky gloss over the top, they can be incredibly flattering for any age or skin colouring. Smooch’s Sweet Tooth and Tangerine Dream (4.95, smoochcosmeticsuk.com) are long-lasting without drying out lips, and look perfect with a pastel outfit. Keep blusher to a minimum and let your lips stand out.
2True can always be relied on to offer the latest make-up trends at great prices. Instant Length Mascara does a great job of lengthening lashes without clogging or smudging. For added volume, Instant Volume Mascara defines eyes, and Voluptolash Mascara (1.99 each or three for 4.99, Superdrug) shapes lashes individually.
The new George at Asda make-up collection (stores nationwide) is very impressive — with everything under 5. Glitter Nail Varnish (2.75) comes in fabulously shimmery shades. The four-colour eyeshadow palettes (4.50 each) are great — Earthquake is ideal for achieving the perfect smoky eye. Shimmer Me in Starstruck (4.50) is a must-have shimmer block that instantly brightens skin, and the individual eyeshadows (2.50 each) come in great summer shades.
Save on cotton wool — and time — with Bourjois 1 Seconde Magic Nail Polish Remover (3.99, Boots and Superdrug or 0800 269 836). Simply dip your finger into the formula-soaked, sponge-filled pot, twist it around, pull it out and your old polish is removed all in one second. The acetone and paraben-free formula contains sweet almond oil, known for its nourishing properties, and has a fruity scent.