Elsa McAlonan’s Beauty Upgrades: How to use sheer tints if you don’t want to go back to wearing full foundation
- Elsa McAlonan shares selection of skin tints if you don’t want to wear foundation
- She also reveals Dame Joan Collins’s go-to nail product and shade
- Beauty expert also rounds up the best dry shampoos to use at each age
WHAT’S NOW & HOW TO DO IT: SHEER TINTS
If you, like me, have been bare-faced for months and don’t want to go back to wearing full foundation now we’re socialising again, a light base is the answer.
Elsa McAlonan shares selection of skin tints if you don’t want to wear foundation when lockdown begins to ease and we start socialising again (stock photo)
There’s a whole host of options packed with skin-loving ingredients, such as Ciate’s Dewy Skin (£26, ciatelondon.com), a semi-sheer tint with a glossy finish. Dragon fruit and yuzu extracts brighten the skin, while vitamin C and hyaluronic acid help to plump up the complexion.
YSL Touche Eclat Le Teint Foundation (£36, yslbeauty.co.uk) is infused with mallow flower and marigold, which have anti-inflammatory properties. Its weightless and hydrating formula helps to keep your skin glowing.
For a budget-buy, Barry M Fresh Face Liquid Foundation (£7.99, barrym.com) is impressive. It offers good coverage but allows natural radiance to shine through.
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If you’re on the hunt for a chocolate-free Easter gift, this Dove Hand & Body Treats Egg Gift Set (was £6.50, now £4.50, amazon.co.uk) could be it. Hidden inside a reusable marble-effect egg-shaped tin is a full-size tube of Coconut & Almond Hand Cream (75ml), a super-hydrating lotion infused with coconut oil and almond milk, and a travel size pot (55ml) of the brand’s Deeply Nourishing Body Wash. A caring Easter treat, without the calories.
DAME JOAN’S GOT IT NAILED
No-one does glamour better than Dame Joan Collins, and no nail colour is more glamorous than a classic red.
So it comes as no surprise to hear that Dame Joan’s go-to nail shade is an elegant crimson — Lady Showbiz Luxury Gel Effect Nail Colour in Red Carpet (£12, ladyshowbiz.com), to be specific. It gives nails a gorgeous, glossy shine.
The beauty expert also revealed Dame Joan Collins’s go-to nail shade is an elegant crimson and wears Lady Showbiz Luxury Gel Effect Nail Colour in Red Carpet (£12, ladyshowbiz.com)
Retinol packs a serious punch when it comes to reducing fine lines, by encouraging cell regeneration. L’Oreal’s Revitalift Laser Pure Retinol Deep Anti-Wrinkle Night Serum (now £16.66, boots.com) contains 0.2 per cent pure retinol. Regular use can help even out skin tone, freshening your complexion.
WILL COLLAGEN SUPPLEMENTS BOOST MY HAIR?
Taking collagen supplements is said to improve and care for our skin, but trichologist Eva Proudman says they can boost hair health, too.
‘For fuller, stronger and healthier hair, taking collagen supplements is a great place to start,’ she says. ‘Collagen is vital for overall hair health as it contains essential amino acids that build up keratin [a protein that makes up the hair]. Collagen will improve hair texture and condition, making it feel stronger and healthier, and help to decrease hair loss and calm scalp irritation.’
Try Absolute Collagen Marine Liquid Collagen Drink For Women (left, £26.99, absolutecollagen.com).
3 OF THE BEST: DRY SHAMPOOS
Containing pro-vitamin B5 and pea-sprout extract, Charles Worthington Grow Strong Dry Shampoo (£5.99, boots.com) is a light formula that absorbs excess oil and freshens up roots.
Moroccan Oil Dry Shampoo in Dark Tones or Light Tones (£15.45, lookfantastic.com) revives tired colour with pigments that disguise grey or light roots in dark hair, or brighten dark roots in blonde hair.
Alterna My Hair. My Canvas. Another Day Dry Shampoo (£24.80, salontotal.co.uk) is a no-residue spray with white charcoal to cleanse, and lemon peel extract to freshen hair.
The launch of two glorious additions to the Jo Malone Blossoms collection is a reminder of why the fragrances are always such a success: they smell wonderful and luxurious.
The first Blossom scent was created in 2011 (Sakura Cherry Blossom), and to mark its ten-year anniversary, there are two new scents: Yellow Hibiscus Cologne (£52 for 30ml) and Red Hibiscus Cologne Intense (£68, jomalone.co.uk).
Yellow Hibiscus is a light, floral scent of rose with a base note of white musk. While Red Hibiscus has a top note of mandarin, with ylang ylang and jasmine. The perfect way to welcome spring.