Summer beauty: Get beach ready on a budget
18:31 GMT, 2 August 2012
Save yourself a fortune on pre-holiday treatments by following our handy money-saving guide . . .
A HEAD START: LOW MAINTENANCE HAIR
You don’t want to worry about blow-drying your hair all holiday, so it’s worth thinking about an easy wash-and-go style.
Follow our summer guide to get beach beautiful
Stylist Christopher Appleton says: ‘A mid-textured bob such as Sienna Miller’s works really well as a beach style: it’s just long enough to tie back, hangs nicely around the shoulders, and looks great if you have loose curls.
‘But if you have fine hair, you should avoid layers at all costs, and if it is thick, make sure the layers sculpt your face shape.’
A great holiday hair product is L’Oreal Professionniel Tecni Art Play Ball Texture Tonic, 10. Spray this on wet hair and let it dry naturally to give shape and volume to all styles.
Chris also recommends the Soleil range by Kerastase, as it protects hair from exposure to salt, chlorine and the sun. Kerastase Soleil Aqua-Seal ( 16.10, feelunique.com) is particularly good for sensitive and brittle hair as it has a waterproofing effect on your locks.
BODY CONSCIOUS:FAKE A LIGHT TAN
No one wants to strip off on the beach and look white as a ghost, so fake tan is a pre-holiday must. But looking good doesn’t require an expensive salon spray tan.
Tanning guru James Read says it’s easy to fake it yourself at home with a light tanning mist such as L’Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Pro Spray, 10.49, to help you reach the awkward areas (such as the back of the knees and elbows).
‘Mist all over your body in fine, fast movements allowing the mist to settle lightly,’ he recommends. ‘Leave it on for five to six hours to achieve a subtle, natural glow. A tanning mitt will help to reach difficult areas and ensure a smooth, streak-free finish.'
‘Once you are on holiday, boost your tan in the evening by brushing a bronzing powder (try Guerlain Terracotta Moisturising Bronzing Powder, 30) on to a tanning mitt and then rub it over the skin to give more depth,’ he advises.
Solait’s new limited-edition animal print self-tanning mitt (3.49, Superdrug) has been designed for easy, streak-free application of self tanner, whether it’s mousse, spray, cream, gel or lotion.
LOOK WELL-HEELED: A DIY PEDICURE
Margaret Dabbs Hydrating Foot Soak
Champneys Foot Butter
There’s no need to suffer with cracked heels or hard skin. Top podiatrist Margaret Dabbs recommends using an exfoliating file on dry feet.
The trick is to soften heels in a bowl of Hydrating Foot Soak (20, margaretdabbs.co.uk) first, and then choose a foot cream with ingredients that have been chosen to tackle hard skin.
Try Manuka Doctor ApiNourish Foot & Heel Cream, (8.99, Holland & Barrett). It is particularly good, as it contains manuka honey, famed for its healing and anti-bacterial properties.
Champney’s Foot Butter, 8 (Boots) is infused with cooling scents of spearmint and grapefruit, making it the perfect product to pack for a sunshine break.
PRETTIFY HANDS: CHEAT A MANICURE
If your nails need attention and your finances won’t stretch to a trip to the nail salon, try your own simple DIY manicure at home.
Simply start by filing your nails into a neat, short shape. Then, massage a nourishing oil to the cuticles (try Mavala Cuticle Massage Oil, 6.20, John Lewis) and they’ll instantly look better. A hydrating cream, such as Dove’s Visible Effects (6.69), will also go a long way to improving the look and condition of your hands.
While you are on holiday, you can go without polish for a natural look. That way, you don’t have to fret about touching up your colour if they chip.
Or, if you prefer bold colours to complement your tan, celebrity manicurist Marian Newman, who tends to the nails of Lady Gaga and Keira Knightley, suggests painting them with Avon’s Nailwear Pro+ Nail Enamel in Cosmic Blue (5, avonshop.co.uk).
Another option, she suggests, is to try pre-coloured self-adhesive nails, such as Broadway Nails Impress Ex On The Beach (7.99, Boots).
SMOOTHLY DOES IT: EASY-TO-DO WAXING
Parissa Express Wax Strips
Organic Surge Luxury Collection Fresh Ocean Super Smooth Salt Scrub
Only the bravest women would attempt a DIY Brazilian, but that doesn’t mean you can’t wax other areas of your body. Today’s home waxing strips are easy to use and not messy.
Always exfoliate your legs with a body scrub at least a week before you wax. Try Sanctuary Salt Scrub (11.50, Boots) which smoothes skin and cleans away dead cells.
‘My motto is that if you can reach it, you can wax it,’ says waxing guru Alley Laundry. ‘It’s all about choosing the right product.'
‘If you’re a beginner, I suggest starting with Parissa Express Wax Strips (12.99, Boots). They are pre-waxed and ready to use, so you just press on and zip off. There’s no heating required. They are also terrific for travel and touch-ups,’ she suggests.
When waxing, the hair should be at least 1/8 in (5mm) long. Rip off the strip in the opposite direction of hair growth, always removing in one quick, swift motion parallel to your skin and keeping skin taut to minimise any discomfort.
PERFECTLY FRAMED:BROWS AND LASHES
When your brows and lashes frame your face well, you barely need a scrap of make-up, so a brow makeover is a pre-holiday must-have.
Brow expert Vanita Parti, founder of Blink Brow Bar, says: ‘It’s a good idea to get your eyebrows tinted and shaped before you jet off for minimal and stress-free maintenance while you’re away.
‘Don’t forget that your brows can get bleached by the sun, so apply sunscreen with SPF all over your brows, too,’ she advises.
Eyelure Black Dylash (7.50, Boots) is an eyelash and brow dye kit that can be used at home, with results that last up to six weeks.
For quick and easy grooming while you are away, Blink Eyebrow Grooming Gel (15, blinkbrow.com) comes in three different shades (clear, light brown and dark brown) and is applied with a mascara-type brush directly to brows.
Model Co’s Fibre Lash Brush On False Lashes (30, Boots) are great if you like the look of lash extensions, but can’t be bothered with the hassle of false lashes while away. The kit contains a bottle of black extension mascara and lash fibres you apply on top of it.
No personal trainer No worries!
For the majority of us who don’t have the benefit of a personal trainer, there are quick-fix creams that promise to tighten and tone wobbly bits.
Bliss FatGirl Six Pack (34, blissworld.co.uk) is a new tummy-targeting gel with a built-in applicator that is said to tighten the stomach area. Simply work the formula, in a circualr motion, into your muscles.
USculpt BLT (39.50, ultimobeauty.co.uk) is a new firming lotion to target bottoms, legs and tummies. It lifts and tones and contains light-diffusing properties which are said to improve the appearance of the skin.
Mama Mio Bootcamp for Arms (49.50, Boots) contains products to exfoliate and tone the arms. It includes exercises by personal trainer Efua Baker, who says it takes four minutes a day for a month to banish bingo-wings.
Stay cool in the summer heat!
One of the drawbacks of hot weather is that your make-up can melt in the heat. It’s especially difficult to stop eyeshadow from sliding off as your eyelids get oily.
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 to grab the pigment of the make-up and keep it in place all day. Using a brush to apply make-up, rather than fingers, also helps, as it avoids adding extra oils.’
Eyeshadow primers can work wonders, too. Try Benefit Stay Don’t Stray (19.50, benefitcosmetics.co.uk), NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (18, narscosmetics.co.uk) or Stila Prime Pot Waterproof Eyeshadow Primer (13, Boots). A loose powder brushed over the eyelid before applying eyeshadow will soak up any excess oils. Try Clarins Face Powder in Translucent, 30.