Refresh your look without a total beauty bag overhaul - you only need one swap!
Weighing up effort required vs impact, there’s nothing simpler than a slick of matte lipstick. Less simple, though, is the upkeep – touch-ups, paranoia about getting it on your teeth and dry lips – it’s a good job sheen’s making a comeback.
Swap to… New sheer formulas
The latest ones still give you plenty of colour coverage. In a blind test you’s swear Shiseido Veiled Rouge Lipstick, £19.50, was a balm, thanks to the comfortable oil-infused formula. The eight shades really pop with pigment, but that modern, lightly reflective finish means lips look lusciously full.
When dark kohl is your thing, you might eye coloured liner with a certain degree of suspicion. But before you rule anything out, check out this season’s nature-inspired shades – they’ll help make your eyes look fresher and more wide awake than black ever could.
Swap to…A grown-up green
Trust Clarins to create the perfect lush forest green for grown-ups, Clarins Crayon Kohl Eye Pencil in Intense Green, £17. ‘For a soft yet sultry look, apply to the lash line and smudge using the natural brush tip,’ say Mary McKeever, head of training at Clarins. Skip lower lashes and the waterline to keep this look modern.
It’s easy to see why these multitaskers have gone down a storm, but brilliant as BBs are, they can’t always deliver on every skincare claim. Technology is moving on, so try the latest skincare/make-up hybrids fro hydrated, glowy skin.
Swap to…A new gel formula
Be ready to pounce when bareMinerals Complexion Rescue, £26, launches in April – it’s already got beauty editors buzzing. It plumps and moisturises with natural olive extract and mineral-infused water, giving a dewier finish than most BBs. Top marks for including SPF 30 and a good range of shades for darker skin too.
If you have mastered the art of contouring, well done! For the rest of us, it can be at best intimidating and at worst a disaster. An easier, and fresher route to shaping up is to enhance your cheekbones with subtle highlights and fresh, flattering pink or peach shades.
Swap to…Subtle sculpting
Clinique Sculptionary Cheek Contouring Palette, £28, makes light work of sculpting. ‘Sweep the lighter shade across the top of the cheekbones then apply the darker shade just below. To finish, swirl all three shades together and apply to the apples of your cheeks,’ says Florrie White, Clinique UK colour artist.
If you have short straight or downward-facing lashes, then you’re probably very much in love with your eyelash curlers, but we might have found a way to skip a step entirely, and who wouldn’t love that more? Great for anyone who’s never got to grips with curlers too.
Swap too…The latest wand technology
Remember those old-fashioned pink hair rollers with all the little hooks? the cleverest of new wands, Benefit Roller Lash Mascara, £19.50, mimics those by grabbing lashes with miniscule hooks (gently!), then lifts and curls for a fuss-free fluttery look. The formula is soft, nourishing – no crisping or clumping.