Beauty | Thursday 21 December 2017

It’s time for beauty school

Take a crash course in the need-to-know trends, including DIY dermatology, multi-masking and dermaplaning, and say hello to an even more beautiful you. Notebooks at the ready…

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DIY dermatology


 Ingredients once reserved for the dermatologist’s office are finding their way to the high street, so it’s time to swot up. The products everyone should have in their bathroom cabinets? An antioxidant-rich serum, such as Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Daily Serum; a glycolic acid to exfoliate and brighten, such as Bliss That’s Incredi-‘Peel’ Glycolic Resurfacing Pads, plus a product containing retinol – your most powerful anti-aging ammo. We love Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum.





Hot on the heels of the K-Beauty trend (from those savvy Koreans) comes multi-masking. Essentially using different masks for different areas of the face, it allows you to address all your skin needs at once. Oily T-zone? Go for a clarifying mask, such as Rio Peel Off Cleansing Charcoal Facemask. Clogged pores plaguing your chin? Try Murad Pore Extractor Pomegranate Mask. Dry cheeks? Use Décleor Hydra Floral Ultra-Moisturising & Plumping Mask. Or get everything in one place with Nails Inc Face Inc by Nails Inc Masking All The Way Gift Set.





This is a treatment that looks vaguely terrifying but gives great results, and it became an Insta sensation as soon as it hit the beauty world. Essentially a form of exfoliation, it uses a super-fine blade (yes, a blade!) to shave off dead, dull skin cells and peach fuzz to reveal a smoother, brighter complexion. Tweezerman Bright Complexion Facial Dermaplaner, gives professional results and has chic millennial-pink packaging.


Good foundations


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 Ace your base with the latest skin-loving foundations. Wearing make-up can actually benefit your complexion thanks to feel-good formulations such as Max Factor Healthy Skin Harmony Miracle Foundation. This cleverly adapts to your skin’s needs throughout the day, providing 24-hour hydration, vitamins, oil absorbers and SPF20 to boot. Meanwhile, Rimmel Lasting Finish 25-Hour Breathable Foundation, is enriched with breathable skin technology to ensure perfect coverage without blocking pores.

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Holographic make-up


 The unicorn craze shows no sign of clip-clopping away, but beauty’s take on the trend is definitely one for the grown-ups too, as make-up goes multidimensional as well as multicoloured. The reason? It gives an out-of-this-world glow that works for every skintone. We love Barry M Liquid Chrome Highlighter Drops in Precious Pearl, to highlight the cupid’s bow and brow bones, with some Illamasqua Beyond Powder, swooshed over the cheekbones. And to finish? Nails Inc Sparkle Like a Unicorn Collection.


Hair gadgets


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With the latest innovations in hair tools, it’s easier than ever to have that just-stepped-out-of-the-salon look. Our favourite game changers? BaByliss Smooth and Wave Secret, which does all the hard work for you, sucking your hair in and transforming it into curvaceous curls or wondrous waves, depending on the setting. Or, to get a smooth style, it’s as simple as running a Carmen Heated Ceramic Hair Straightening Brush, through your locks after blasting with Tresemmé Frizz Control Hairdryer.



Teeth technology


A dazzling smile has always been on the beauty agenda – and now it’s more affordable than ever. Charcoal is having a big beauty moment and for teeth, that means whitening without harming the enamel. We love Mr Blanc Bamboo Charcoal Tooth Polish, which uses activated charcoal to gently remove stains caused by the tannins in coffee and wine. For a more a hi-tech approach, go for Rio Smile White Advanced Blue-Light Teeth Whitening Kit, which includes the latest advanced whitening gel and blue-light activation technology for perfect pearlies. Smile!


Probiotic skincare


 We’ve all heard of good bacteria for our gut health, but now the beauty world is catching on to the benefits, too, with a whole raft of new launches to boost your skin’s health. Try Gatineau Melatogenine AOX Probiotics range, which packs an anti-aging punch, while the probiotics help to boost the skin’s natural defences. And for pimple-prone adult skin? Try Murad Advanced Blemish & Wrinkle Reducer, which contains probiotic-rich kombucha (fermented tea) to target signs of aging, as well as spot-slaying salicylic acid.


Unisex scents


 Gender blending is the hottest trend in the fragrance world, fuelled by the launch of Calvin Klein’s CK2. Touted as an ‘urban woody’, it’s clean and crisp with unexpected notes of wasabi and violet leaf. For a darker, more seductive take on the trend, try Tom Ford’s sensually spicy Black Orchid Eau De Parfum


Skin supplements


 On the quest for perfect skin? With an explosion of new ‘beauty from within’ brands on the market, it’s time to try out hardworking supplements. Our #goodskin heroes? Protein World Collagen Capsules, (collagen is what keeps skin bouncy and youthful looking) and Forza Regime London Dermal Grandeur supplements, which have shown to offer a 12.5% improvement in skin firmness and a 32% improvement in skin texture and smoothness.

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