Elsa McAlonan’s Beauty Upgrades: Gloss is back!
- Elsa McAlonan reveals the best gloss products for this summer and how to do it
- She also shares the secret of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s holiday look
- This week’s shameless indulgence is Sahara Jewel Sun Light Duo Bronzing Powder
WHAT’S NOW & HOW TO DO IT: GLOSS!
This week, British beauty expert Elsa McAlonan reveals the best products for lip gloss (file photo)
Lip gloss is back in fashion this summer, but not as we know it. Unlike the gloopy glosses of the Nineties, the newest non-stick formulas go on smoothly for a glass-like shine.
Try moisturising Marc Jacobs Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Sticks, which are infused with vitamin-rich kahai oil.
Or, for a cheaper option with staying power, Sleek MakeUp Lip Shots give intense colour with an ultra high-shine finish.
RACE YOU THERE
From bronzers to mascara and even quality skincare, Primark has created a buzz in the beauty industry.
Its trendy products are available at bargain prices, with nail polish from 60p and lipstick from 80p.
The newest launch is the PS…Tropic range, a colourful make-up collection that epitomises summer. A stand-out item that’s sure to be a favourite is this eyeshadow palette (above), which is a snip at £4. The nine eye-popping shades include ocean blue and sunset orange.
ROSIE’S HOLIDAY MULTI-TASKER
Model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley loves the multi-tasking wonder Lanolips 101 Ointment
If you take only one product with you on holiday this summer, make it the multi-tasking wonder Lanolips 101 Ointment (£9.99, boots.com), loved by model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. The versatile balm has 101 uses, including soothing chapped lips, dry cuticles, itchy skin and even insect bites.
The star ingredient is lanolin, which resembles your own skin oils and promotes healing.
The L’Oreal Professionnel Solar Sublime range shields hair from the sun with Mexoryl S.O. technology, a filter system that blocks harmful rays. Use the nourishing Solar Sublime Masque (now £12.35, lookfantastic.com) after sun exposure to protect, condition and help rescue hair frazzled by the heatwave.
CAN THE SUN DAMAGE MY NAILS?
We tend to forget about nails when it comes to sun protection, but they are sensitive to UV rays and can become brittle after too much exposure, leading to breakages.
Nail varnish formulations that are designed to keep colour vibrant can offer some protection. However, a fool-proof solution is to use a nail polish with built-in UV filters, such as Nailberry’s L’Oxygene range (£14.50, selfridges.com, left). Its advanced formula also helps prevent discolouration.
Or try a topcoat with UV filters, such as the chip-resistant Orly Polishield 3-in-1 Ultimate Topcoat (£11.99, superdrug.com), which promises a high-shine look that lasts.
3 OF THE BEST: JELLY CLEANSERS
THE gentle Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser (£15, glossier.com) uses rose water and healing allantoin to calm the skin, and pro-vitamin B5, a natural moisturiser, to keep it hydrated.
A non-foaming coconut-infused gel, e.l.f Bounce Back Jelly Cleanser (£7.50, elf cosmetics.co.uk) removes make-up and conditions skin, so it isn’t left feeling dry.
Origins Original Skin Cleansing Make-up Removing Jelly (£16.55, feelunique.com) uses willowherb and the anti-irritant pink rock rose to improve the look of dulling mature skin.
Bronzer has come a long way from the original Guerlain Terracotta powder.
A huge hit in the Eighties, the shade helped to fake the deep bronze look that was fashionable at the time. But these days it’s all about a natural-looking blush, and Guerlain’s latest compact, the Sahara Jewel Sun Light Duo Bronzing Powder (£49, johnlewis. com), gives the perfect glow.
The ylang-ylang and orange blossomscented powder is infused with fine pearl particles to give skin a subtle shimmer and to banish dullness. For the perfect highlight, blend the