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WAY TO GLOW

You don’t have to spend your days sunning yourself on the beach to look like a honey-hued beach babe (in fact please DON’T fry yourself in the sun! Today’s “healthy glow” is tomorrow’s skin damage!). I never ever sunbathe – however I love looking tan and bronzy. I wear bronzing powder pretty much every day, it’s my desert island pick. Now, over the years I’ve been known to sometimes overdo the tan and end up looking a bit more Malibu Barbie than I’d like. But trial and error has brought me to a place where I will confidently state that I’ve nailed the way to look sun-kissed rather than sun-tangoed! I’ve teamed up with makeup artist Anna Priadka to show you the no-fail way to apply just the right amount of bronzer and highlighter for a natural golden glow.

My Top Bronzing Tips

1 Luminous bronzing powder is most universally flattering on all skin types. Too much shimmer makes you look artificially metallic and ultra-matte can look a bit dirty. I love the texture of the Nars Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer, because it’s super weightless. It delivers a non-glossy finish that feels more skin-like than flat. Plus, the formula contains a soft-blurring technology that conceals imperfections.

The right brush is so important – I used to use a massive fluffy brush until Anna introduced me to the Nars Mie Kabuki Brush and that really was a game changer! I feel I have more control on bronzer placement when I sweep it over my forehead (making sure to get it into the hairline), the apples of my cheeks, down the bridge of my nose and over my neck.

3 Nars Bord de Plage Palette is the ultimate one-step glow which warms up skin and shimmers up lids and cheeks. The four luminous powders catch the light so beautifully – never sparkly, just radiant. Two of the hues are gold-flecked which enhance yellow-based complexions, whilst the two pearl and rose shades work perfectly for those with cooler, pinkish skin tones.

I like to use two shades of bronzer to sculpt my face – the Bord de Plage Palette houses, ‘Laguna’, a medium tone and ‘Casino’, a medium deep hue. I’ll use Laguna as my bronzer all-over to bring warmth to my skin and then Casino to lift and sculpt my cheeks and jawline. I blend it directly under my cheekbones to my ears and then I’ll swipe it under my chin, up along my jawline.

Remember: you want to appear sun-kissed not tan. For a pretty sheen that mimics bare skin, use a circular motion with your brush and diffuse the bronzer and highlighter as you work your way around the face.

This blog post is kindly sponsored by Nars.

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MACxALESSANDRA

As a MAC obsessed teen, I never expected one day to have my own lipstick with the most iconic pro makeup lover’s brand. I might have dreamt it – but it seemed so far out of my reach…Until last May, whilst on assignment for GLAMOUR, I got to visit the MAC labs in Toronto and had the opportunity to mix my own lipstick. It was made very clear at the time that this was just for personal use (I had asked if I could give some away via my Instagram – but got told that for health and safety reasons that was not an option). I did proceed to create my dream shade – a fleshy, sheer pink that was easy to wear and turns every lip into that perfect plump, kissable pout.

Everyone always talks about the prefect nude, but many of these are way too beige for me and make me look dug up. Brown-based lipsticks don’t suit everyone, whereas a touch of pink is universally flattering. It was clear for me from the get-go that the texture had to be ‘Lustre’ – this formula had lost in popularity over the past few years with mattes being so on trend. But it’s always been my fave – because it’s translucent and moisturising, making lips look really juicy and naturally plumper.

That day in the lab, blending my perfect shade was hands down one of the highlights of my career – I got to take away ten samples and of course proceeded to Instagram the hell out of them. And that’s where the magic happened – thanks to YOU! Fast forward to last December when I got told by MAC that the response to the lipstick had been so positive that they decided to do their first ever Influencer Collaboration – choosing 10 Influencers world-wide to create their own shade and sell it in their country. Being the emotional wreck that I am, of course – I cried.

The whole process was meant to be kept a secret and the shades not to be revealed for a while, but obviously, my lipstick was already done, so it wasn’t much of a secret. And here we are one year later and I am so proud that it’s finally available. To celebrate the launch, I filmed a video with my friend, fellow beauty editor and blogger Victoria Ceridono, who created the most DIVINE matte red lipstick to be sold in her native Brasil. I hope you enjoy our video – we tried on each other’s lipstick, mused over what other products we’d love to create and laughed a lot as we always do…

I also want to give a shout out to Fleur de Force, my fellow Brit who created a truly pretty creamy nude!

MACxAlessandra is available from May 8th on maccosmetics.co.uk and from May 10th exclusively at Harvey Nichols and on harveynichols.com (THEY SHIP INTERNATIONALLY!!!!)

 

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LINE THIS WAY

Black liner might sound basic, but getting it right is trickier than it seems. Plus, with endless options – it’s about working out which formula is right for the finish you want. A thin line along the top lashes for low-key definition? Lining the inner rims for a rock n’ roll vibe or a thick winged shape for a rebellious effect? I’m no liner pro and lots of trial and error has got me to my ultimate liner edit.

Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner
A no-smudge or budge gel-liner…dries quickly but also doesn’t smear.

Yves Saint Laurent Shocking False Lash Effect Eyeliner
An easy to master quick-dry felt-tip pen – perfect for flicks and wings. (I find felt tip pens speediest to use – check out my other faves in the main shot above)

Tom Ford High Definition Eye Liner
This retractable pencil is perfect for a sharp, clean line as it’s totally stress-free to use, like a pen.

Dior Diorshow Khol
Utterly blendable, this chubby pencil is perfect to line inside the lash-line for a sultry or edgy look.

HOW TO GET IT RIGHT

All pros advise to use a pencil first to draw the shape and then tracing over it with a liquid or gel liner. It’s easier to clean up pencil mistakes than liner.

The secret to getting precise line is to make one continuous stroke, but if you don’t have those expert skills, try this: starting at the outer corners, sketch little dashes with a pencil right into lashes and then connect the dots.

The fool-proof trick to sexy eyes: take a chunky pencil and draw it all around eyes following your lash-lines. Then grab a cotton bud, dip it very lightly with eye cream or a colour-less eye primer and blur the lines with it. Et Voila!

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ARMANI BOX – THE ULTIMATE BEAUTY EXPERIENCE

I think I might have found love when I visited the Armani Box and I don’t just mean Uri, the red gorilla. As many of you know, I’m a nude lipstick girl at heart and whilst I dabble with red, wearing a power pout is something I struggle with.

Even though as a beauty editor I try out products day in day out, the bright lipsticks somehow never tend to make it onto my lips. I think a lot of it has to do with the fear of not knowing which shades work on and how pull it off. That’s why going to the Armani Box made such a difference. Whilst I was there, I met one of their Face Designers, who sat me down and helped me not only select my perfect red, but actually teach me how to do it myself, by following his top tips:

1 “Smile when you apply lipstick- it stretches your lips, so the lip colour goes on smooth. Plus your lips naturally lift up when you smile.”

2 “For a bold look – apply straight from bullet. For a sheerer look use a brush-really saturate the brush so it makes the colour very even.”

3 “Remember to fill in the corners of the lips that’s where it changes the lip shape. You need to connect the upper and lower lip – this is especially important if you wear a red.”

4 “Concealer or foundation around edges stops lipstick from bleeding.”

 5 “For a sharp lip use a lip liner or the edge of your lip brush. For a softer finish, use a cotton bud to slightly wipe the edges.”

And one of the cool things at the Armani Box you can get your lipstick engraved right there and then – it can be anything, I chose my initials and its complementary, with any lipstick purchase.

Another thing many of us struggle with is finding the right foundation , that’s why it’s great to have an expert on hand to match you to your perfect shade. Armani is known for their gorgeous foundations from my personal fave, Luminous Silk Foundation, which gives a glowy finish, to their latest, Power Fabric, which gives a matte long lasting finish.
Now I thought this was something I didn’t need help with, so I picked a shade that I thought would work well for me but the Armani Face Designer actually ended up guiding me towards a shade that was a much better fit and he gave me one of the best foundation tips I have ever heard, “You’ve got to match your shade between your face, neck and back of hands. Your face is typically slightly warmer than your neck and the back of your hands, what you need to do is choose a shade right in between so it makes healthy.”

1 Maestro UV Make-Up Primer
This one’s great because it’s not sticky, not opaque and has UV protection – which is always perfect.

2 Luminous Silk Foundation
This is such a classic and a staple in my makeup bag, I wear it when I want a glowy perfect skin finish and perfect for weddings too.

3 Urban Rouge Gorilla Red Rouge Armani
This radiant red is exclusive to the Armani Box, with a hint of pink making it flattering on most skin tones.

4 Power Fabric Foundation
This delivers high coverage without being powdery or chalky.

 Visit the Armani Box at 6a The Market Building, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8RF.               

 The blog post is kindly sponsored by Armani.

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THE GLOW TRINITY

3 Steps to Radiant

My dear friend and makeup artist Nikki Wolff knows a thing or two about creating that glowy skin we all covet (check out her insta, it’s full of inspo @nikki_makeup)  and it doesn’t actually take as many steps as you think. As with most things, less is better and that is fully my philosophy for makeup. I like the radiance to come from the skin and just enhancing it with a few key products: Bronzer, Blush and Highlighter.

Check out Nikki’s step by step masterclass and my pick of my fave glow-givers.

My fave glow-givers

1 YSL Terre Saharienne Bronzing Powder
2 Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic in First Love
3 The Estée Edit by Estée Lauder Flash Illuminator in Morning Light
4 The Estée Edit by Estée Lauder The Barest Bronzer in Light Medium
5 Tom Ford Soleil Bronzing Powder in Gold Dust
6 The Estée Edit by Estée Lauder The Barest Blush in Coy Coral
7 Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder
8 Estée Lauder Perfectionist Youth Infusing Brightening Serum and Concealer
9 Marc Jacobs Air Blush in Flesh and Fantasy
10 The Estée Edit by Estée Lauder Gritty & Glow Magnetic Eye and Face Palettes

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PFW AW17 Beauty: Chanel

To match the incredible set design at the Chanel AW17 show, Jane Fonda as Barbarella (AKA the ultimate 60s sci-fi icon) was the inspiration behind the beauty look.

Her trademark voluminous hair was sported by each of the models, however, according to Sam McKnight, the genius behind the big and backcombed hair, the models were to look like a more theatrical, exagerrated version – which he nick-named “Chanarella”.

For the silver smoky eye, Tom Pecheux combined clumpy lashes and “la banane” liner, two big makeup trends from the 60s, to create his own take on the astronaut eye.

Recreate the look:

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow in Tissé Smoky

Chanel Le Volume De Chanel Mascara

Oribe Dry Texturising Spray

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