The Best Eyeshadow For Your Eye Colour

From Van Morrison’s ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ to Elton John’s ‘Blue Eyes’, eye colour has long been the source of inspiration for love songs, poems and sweet nothings. Whichever shade you were born with (or whichever coloured contact lenses you enjoy experimenting with), our simple guide will show you how to amplify your irises with different types of eyeshadow.

UNDERSTANDING WARM AND COOL TONES
Tom Ford eye shadow palette

Eyeshadow is available in every finish and texture imaginable. To narrow down your choices it helps to keep in mind not just your eye colour, but also skin tone.


Regardless of your actual skin colour, your tone will either be cool or warm. Warmer skin has gold or yellow undertones while cool skin has blue or pink undertones. So how does this affect your eyeshadow picks? It’s simple. Warm skins are flattered by warm shades (think chestnut, coral or ivory) while cool skin tones are flattered by cool shades (think grey, pastels, teal or turquoise).


Not sure which you are? You can get a clue by looking at your jewellery collection. We tend to be drawn to the pieces we look best in, so you’re likely to have subconsciously developed an attraction to either gold (warm) or silver (cool).

CREATING A CLEAN CANVAS
Lancome ombre hypnose stylo eyeshadow stick in turquoise

Investing in an eyeshadow base or primer is your first step towards effortless application. It creates a clean, smooth canvas to work on which will make your application easier, and any product applied will appear more vivid and last longer.


The fortunate thing about putting on eyeshadow primer is that unlike, say, winged eye liner, it doesn't require precision. All you need is a finger to apply a light layer from your lash line all the way up to under your eyebrow to brighten and even out the area, ready for the next exciting step of ocular enhancement.


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SELECTING YOUR MAKEUP KIT
Eye shadow palette

Eyeshadow makeup brushes can produce a professional looking wash of pigment or seamless blends between tones. If you intend to combine multiple shades together, keep a few brushes on hand and use one for each tone to prevent colours transferring over. There are many different types available, but you could start with the following :

  • Fluffy brush: These are large with a rounded top and can be used to add colour to large areas of the lid.
  • Blending brush: These have tightly packed, rounded edges. They’re perfect for blurring out blocks for a natural line of diffused colour.
  • Tapered brush: Need to apply a concentrated pop of colour to a specific area without product fallout or smudging? Then choose this brush.
  • Smudging brush: Create a smoky or soft line of colour with this small, curved tool.

With that sorted, all you need is an eyebrow kit and a high quality mascara in black or deep brown. These will frame your face and enhance your features against strong eyeshadows.


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THE BEST EYESHADOW FOR DIFFERENT EYE COLOURS
Givenchy dark purple eyeshadow pot

Now that you have a better idea of which shades best suit your complexion and how to apply the eyeshadow, it will be easier to narrow down the perfect match for your irises


What colour eyeshadow for green eyes?

Green eyes are naturally bright and require just a dash of pigment to bring out their full potential. Shades that look best with green eyes are purples and reds – think wine, rose and berry. You can tone it down with muted hues or ramp it up with vibrant ones to make a bold statement. If your green eyes have gold or brown specks, intensify them with complimentary shimmers to match.

What colour eyeshadow for brown eyes?

Brown is a toasty, neutral shade that pairs well with contrasting blue and green to balance it out. Of course, neutrals such as gold and bronzes will also look divine. If your eyes are a darker brown, try a deep, rich purple (with a hint of blue for contrast) in metallic or gunmetal variations for a simmering evening look.


What colour eyeshadow for blue eyes?

As a naturally cool colour, blue eyes are thawed with orange, bronze and terracotta. For more formal occasions, use these same shades with added golden or silver shimmer to flatter your skin tone. You can even opt for jewel hues that provide a hint of contrast, such as emerald, to accentuate the sapphire in your eyes.


What colour eyeshadow for hazel eyes?

Uniting both brown and green, people with hazel eyes can opt to draw attention to either the warm or cool aspects of their eyes. Autumnal and soft forest greens will bring out the green in hazel eyes, while flushed golds can emphasise any flecks of brown or gold. Alternatively, go for royal purples for an attractive contrast.


What colour eyeshadow for grey eyes?

One of the rarer colours, grey eyes can be made up of various degrees of blue, green and even yellow, so your options depend on your own special blend. To bring out the blue in your grey eyes go with intense oranges, and to highlight the green opt for berry shades. Make the most of your unusual colour with a dramatic eye mask of smoky greys and blacks.

Foundation Buying Guide

Whether you've spent hours on your hair and makeup or you're just doing the school run in your pyjamas, a flawless foundation can give you the confidence of a catwalk model. This guide will explain how to choose the right foundation for your skin type and desired coverage. We’ll also explain how to apply foundation for a natural look that will leave you feeling ravishing.

TYPES OF FOUNDATION
Foundation Types

The various foundation formulas favour different skin types; later, we'll come back to exactly which one is best for your complexion.


Liquid foundation

An easy-to-blend consistency and smooth appearance makes liquid foundation one of the most popular options out there. There are formulas to suit all needs and skin types, like oil-free, waterproof and 24-hour. You can build up fuller coverage by applying multiple layers.


Cream foundation

Cream foundations are a handy on-the-go option, with compact or stick forms ideal for touch-ups during the day. Newer cream-to-powder foundations achieve a matte finish, which is wonderful for oily skin.


Mineral foundation

A true mineral foundation is made of completely natural ingredients that won’t clog the pores, so you can banish breakouts. It can be as buildable as a liquid foundation and gives a natural finish.


Powder foundation

Pressed powder foundations have excellent oil-absorbing properties to help lessen shine throughout the day. This evens out the skin tone smoothly, creating effective but barely-there coverage.

LIGHTER ALTERNATIVES TO FOUNDATION
Foundation Alternatives

If full coverage foundation isn't your thing, one of these milder options may be for you.


Tinted moisturiser

Moisturisers with a touch of toning pigment are lightweight in texture and will smooth your skin tone for a dewy, no makeup look.


BB cream

Blemish balms, or BB creams as they're more commonly known, moisturise, protect and correct imperfections. Many have bonus sun protection and antioxidants in their formula.


CC cream

CC creams, or colour correct creams, offer hydration, sun protection and a semi-sheer coverage to help improve uneven skin tone. Try one if you just want something to give your face a moisturising pick-me-up.

CHOOSING THE BEST FOUNDATION FOR YOUR SKIN TYPE
Foundation Skin

Different skin types have different requirements when it comes to finding the most complementary finish, so it's important to get the right match.


Dry skin

The best foundation for dry skin will hydrate without being greasy. Avoid a matte finish as this can exaggerate flaky dry patches.


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Oily skin

Choose a foundation for oily skin to help control shine, cover any blemishes and absorb excess oil.


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Combination skin

Recommended foundations for combination skin will be oil-free and rich in hydrating ingredients to moisturise dryer areas of the skin. Choosing one that's easily buildable will ensure that dryer areas of skin get full coverage while oilier areas can breathe.


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Mature skin

Mature skin tends to be drier, so opt for an anti-ageing foundation with moisturising properties. Mineral foundation is particularly flattering for older skin as it has a luminous finish that won't settle in fine lines.


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FIND MY FOUNDATION SHADE
Foundation Shade

Here are a few quick tips for getting the best match for your skin tone the first time:


  • Check the colour of your veins on your wrist. If the veins are olive, you have a warm undertone. Purple means you have a cool undertone, and a combination of blue-green means you have a neutral undertone.
  • Test three swatches of foundations you think may have potential by applying them to your jawline. Choose the match that most appears to disappear into the skin.
  • Remember to test in natural light where possible.
BEST FOUNDATION FOR COVERAGE
Foundation Coverage

The amount of coverage you need will depend on your skin type, personal preferences and even the time of the year.


Sheer coverage

If you have naturally clear skin or prefer lighter coverage, you'll appreciate a sheer finish. Tinted moisturisers and BB creams are sound choices when you want just a little help to achieve that natural glow.


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Medium coverage

Medium coverage formulas are best if you're looking to cover imperfections, but also leave the skin with breathing room to feel hydrated and looking radiant.


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Full coverage

If you want your foundation to leave you with zero blemishes, dark spots, scarring, shadows or redness, look for a full coverage finish to create a flawless base.


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HOW TO APPLY FOUNDATION
Foundation Apply

  • Step 1: Add a small amount of your chosen formula onto the best tool for the job. A damp sponge or beauty blender works well with cream foundations. Other types of foundation can be applied with a flat brush.
  • Step 2: Apply to the centre of the face and blend outwards in circular motions in order to achieve the most natural finish.
  • Step 3: Use any leftover foundation to top up problem areas like the under-eye or blemishes.

How To Contour

If you've seen the incredible before-and-after pictures posted by contouring enthusiasts on social media, you're no doubt interested in trying it yourself. With an overload of contouring information, products and methods out there on the web, we’ve decided to simplify things with this step-by-step guide on the essentials of how to contour your face. After all, simple is often better when it comes to makeup, and that’s certainly the case when it comes to creating a sophisticated but striking contoured look.

WHAT IS CONTOURING?
Contour What

Contouring is a makeup technique that enhances the light and shadows on your face’s natural structure, sculpting your features in a flattering way. This is accomplished by strategic application of dark and pale pigments to certain areas of the face. It shouldn't result in harsh lines of colour or painted-on features that aren’t there in the first place, so don't worry about it looking too obvious. Blending will effectively smooth down the two tones into an understated look.

WHAT KIT DO YOU NEED?
Contour Kit

You’ll want to start off with makeup application tools on standby. While you can apply foundation with your fingers, tools allow for easier application and seamless blending. The key things you’ll need are a couple of makeup sponges, a flat-ended brush and a soft brush for dusting.


Your main concern is probably which foundation to use for the actual contouring. Beginners should opt for powder over liquid, as it's easier to apply with precision. Choose one matte foundation that’s two shades lighter than your normal tone and one that’s two shades darker. Alternatively, pick up a contouring makeup palette for a range of shades specially selected for this task.


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WHAT ARE THE STEPS TO A GOOD CONTOUR?
Contour Good

Step 1: Lay the foundation

Find a day when you have time to spare so you’re not rushing to perfect your look. Start by applying your usual base of face makeup – a simple covering of foundation will do fine. Make sure you’re working in natural light to get an accurate idea of what you’ll look like when you go out.


Step 2: Deepen the shadows

Take your dark-toned foundation and add a small amount onto an applicator sponge. Suck in your cheeks to create a hollow and brush makeup from your ears down into it. Next, apply along your hairline and under your jaw. You can also do the sides of your nose if you want to make it appear smaller.


Remember that you can always build up the colour with repeated applications, but it’s much harder to tone it down if you use too much.


Step 3: Brighten the lights

Now take a shade a few tones lighter than your foundation and dab it onto a flat brush. Draw thin lines from between your eyebrows to an inch or so up your forehead. Draw more lines down the bridge of your nose and at the tip of your chin.


The largest area to highlight is above the cheekbone. Draw a curved triangle down from the edges of your eyes to above the hollow of your cheeks and fill it in with pale foundation. The exact size will depend on your natural face shape, but the light and dark patches of makeup should be separated by a couple of centimetres.


Step 4: Blend it smooth

At this point you’ll have rather severe lines and shapes drawn on your face in various colours, which might look a little concerning. Don’t worry, though. This is the part where you blend it all down to look natural and flattering.


Blend the dark colours in first with a clean sponge, working from the centre of your face out, until you’re left with a warm shadow. Next do the same for the light colours. The two tones should never blend together, only with your base foundation. A final dusting of neutral loose powder will help pull the whole look together. Voila!

HOW SHOULD YOU CONTOUR FOR YOUR FACE SHAPE?
Contour Face Oval

  • Oblong or oval face shape: Your face is longer than it is wide. You can alter these proportions by emphasising the contour along your hairline. Follow the whole outline of your face from forehead to jaw with a bold block of dark foundation for a more balanced appearance.
Contour Face Heart

  • Heart or diamond face shape: Your chin is pointed and your cheekbones are the widest part of your face. Make the most of those cheekbones by building up strong blocks of dark tones and light tones on the sides of your face before blending. This is one face shape where you might also want to add a little dark tone to your chin to soften its point.
Contour Face Round

  • Round or square face shape: Your face is broad and even in dimensions. To make it appear narrower and longer you can contour the sides of your forehead and jaw to create an elegant profile.

Mascara Buying Guide

Having a signature mascara is just as important as having a go-to perfume or pair of jeans. Finding the right one for you can be tricky, but when you get there you'll never go back. Our guide will break down the different formulas and wands on offer, helping you to discover the best mascara for your eyes. We've also got top tips about removing your makeup properly and growing your lashes, too.

TYPES OF FORMULAS

Our range of mascaras features numerous different formulas, and each one has been created to give your lashes a different look – whether you're after volume, length or shape.

Nars larger than life mascara

Lengthening mascaras

The best lengthening mascara will lift at the roots to make even the smallest of lashes appear longer. These formulas cling on right at the base to make them stand out, so they're ideal if you have particularly short or stubborn lashes.

Sisley so curl mascara


Curling mascaras

A curling mascara will help you build intensity with just a few coats. Suitable for those with straight or poorly-defined lashes, they contain filmifying polymers that contract when applied, creating a pronounced shape. The brush is usually slightly curved to mimic the desired outline of your eyelashes.

Lancôme Grandiôse Extrême Mascara


Waterproof mascaras

Waterproof mascara contains mineral oil and wax to give you a formula that will stay put. Specially made to withstand unpredictable weather, tearing and sweat, they're a face-saving choice if you have oily eyelids that continually smudge your mascara. Find your perfect water resistant mascara in our varied range.

Shiseido Full Lash Volume Mascara


Volumising mascaras

A volumising mascara has dense bristles to make sure the formula can get right to the roots to coat and separate. The specially-chosen ingredients are ideal if you have thin or limp eyelashes as they contain silicone polymers and special waxes to lift and provide volume.

YSL Luxurious Mascara


Lash-defining mascaras

The best mascara for short and straight lashes, lash-defining formulas offer all the benefits in one go: volume, length and colour. They have a thicker and heavier consistency with filmifying polymers for extra thickness and stronger pigments for a lengthening effect.

Clinique High Impact Lash Elevating Mascara


Hypoallergenic mascaras

The best mascaras for sensitive eyes are hypoallergenic and formulated to eliminate eye irritation. Look out for one with nourishing ingredients like aloe and vitamin E to give fragile lashes extra protection.

TYPES OF MASCARA WANDS
Pine Cone Wand

  • Pine cone wand - grips and lengthens the corner lashes.
Thick Bristle Wand

  • Thick bristle wand - helps make the lashes appear thicker.
Rubber Bristle Wand

  • Rubber bristled wand - gives sparse lashes depth.
Thin And Straight Wand

  • Thin and straight wand - coats the lashes individually.
Curved Wand

  • Curved wand - helps to curl the lashes.
Bottom Lash Wand

  • Bottom lash wand - coats and curls the bottom lashes for definition.
Ball Tipped Wand

  • Ball-tipped wand - works to curl the corners of your eyelashes.
GROWING YOUR LASHES
Growing Your Lashes

Want to know how to make your eyelashes grow? Certain natural ingredients enhance hair growth, helping you to achieve longer, fuller lashes.


1. Put a few drops of vitamin E oil or petroleum jelly on a soft-bristled eyelash brush or comb.

Growing Your Lashes

2. Use the brush to apply the oil or jelly directly on your lashes.

Growing Your Lashes

3. Continue brushing the lashes gently using upward strokes. Brush for two minutes twice daily until you see desired results.

EYELASH HEALTH
Eyelash Health

In order to maintain healthy lashes, it's important to regularly cleanse your eye area morning and night. Clean the area using a makeup remover pad or muslin cloth in a gentle circular motion.



It's always best to avoid mascara that contains ethel alcohol as it can cause lashes to become brittle and break over time. Instead, look out for formulations that are free from parabens and phthalates and rich in moisturising ingredients like vitamin E.

HOW TO REMOVE MASCARA
Clarins Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover

Remove your eye makeup before you cleanse your face as it's more difficult to budge than dirt or foundation. Here's how:



  • Use a gentle alcohol-free makeup remover to break down pigment. For a natural alternative, use coconut oil. Massage onto your eyelids with cotton pads.

  • Rinse your face with warm water.

  • Remove any residue from your eye area with cotton pads.
MASCARA TIPS
Various mascaras open and stood up on blocks

Build it

To make the most of your lashes, consider using more than one type of mascara to build a bespoke lash look that's perfect for your needs. For stubby eyelashes, start with a lengthening mascara before using a curling formulation to lift for more volume.


Go blue

Blue mascara lets you achieve all the definition you get with black, but to a softer degree. The colour may seem bold for a daytime look, but blue brightens the whites of your eyes, making it a great alternative to the classic black.


Curl it

Using an eyelash curler will add additional shape and definition to your lashes. Check your curler before you begin to ensure the pad is in place and the cage lines up. Gently ease over your lashes, getting as close to your lid as possible, then squeeze and hold. Simply hold for at least 15 seconds, then gently open, removing with care.

Skincare Buying Guide

Have you ever found yourself envious of that eternally young-looking colleague, family friend or mum at the school gates? Well, there's no need to wonder about their secret skincare routine or anti-ageing tricks. Our guide has all the answers to healthy, glowing skin that will leave you feeling happy and confident.


From your 20s through to your 50s and beyond, your skin is constantly changing and so should your skincare regimen. We’ve got you covered as we reveal how to test your skin type, offer advice on daily care and top tips for rolling back the decades.

WHAT IS MY SKIN TYPE?
Illustration of oily skin type

To find out your skin type simply wash your face with a mild cleanser and gently pat dry. Wait 30 minutes and then examine your face for any shine. If your skin feels tight, you probably have a dry complexion. If there is noticeable shine on your nose and forehead, your skin is mostly likely normal or combination. Finally, if there is shine on your cheeks, forehead and nose you have oily skin.


Oily

If you have oily skin, we recommend that you only use light fluids, thin lotions or gels, as any other texture might risk clogging your pores. A gentle exfoliator works to help balance the tone and texture of your skin.

Illustration of dry skin type

Dry

For dry skin we recommend daily exfoliation and the use of a moisturiser. The best moisturisers for dry skin are those containing hyaluronic acid, glycerin or algae because of their ability to attract water and deliver it directly to skin cells.

Illustration of normal skin type

Normal or combination

For people with normal or combination skin, gentle daily exfoliation is important to keep the T-zone and cheek areas balanced. Your skin will absorb moisturisers with a gel-like texture more quickly. Plus, these are less likely to cause breakouts.

Illustration of sensitive skin type

Sensitive

If you have sensitive skin, shop for non-irritating and non-sensitising formulas. Those that are free of parabens and synthetic fragrances work best, as these ingredients can react badly with sensitive skin. Instead, look on the label for calming ingredients like aloe, chamomile, green tea, polyphenols and oats.

A SKIN CARE ROUTINE FOR EVERY AGE
Image showing recommended skin care routines by age group 20s

Our skin changes as we get older. Here is a rundown of the best skin care products and when in life to use them:


20s

At this stage your goal is to preserve and protect. Counteract your teen skin sins with a daily skin care cleansing routine. Use twice a day – in the morning to deep clean and freshen your skin and in the evening to remove any trace of makeup.


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30s

Make use of a good eye treatment every morning and evening to firm the eye area and keep dark circles at bay. Find a Vitamin C brightening formula to help to soothe the eye area and hydrate your skin.


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40s

At this age you may notice the changes which happen to your skin start to speed up. We recommend you browse our range of hydrating oils and serums and layer one underneath your moisturiser. Serums are concentrated with anti-ageing ingredients and keep your skin hydrated – this will help to combat expression lines and sun spots so you can look forward to a more even skin tone.


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50s and beyond

In your 50s, your skin might begin to feel a bit drier and thinner as it loses up to 30% of its moisture. Don’t lose hope as you can expand your daily routine to include intense moisturisers. This will help to plump and firm up the skin. You could also carry on layering your skincare with antioxidants, SPF and a serum as you did in your 40s to combat any other signs of ageing.


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FEEL-GOOD TIPS FOR HEALTHY SKIN
4 Clinique fresh pressed daily booster bottles

You know what they say: it's what's on the inside that counts. Look after your skin from within as well as on the surface with these five handy tips to make every day a good skin day:


Get a full night's rest

Try to get seven to eight hours of sleep a night so that your skin will look refreshed and you can say goodbye to those stubborn under-eye bags.


Enjoy a citrus snack

Fancy a little detox? There's a clear connection between healthy organs and healthy skin, so up your dosage of citrus.


Always apply sunscreen

Protecting yourself from sun damage will not only make you feel better now but later on, too. We recommend wearing at least SPF 15 every day.


Exercise is essential

A good workout doesn't just burn calories; it also helps to deliver oxygen and nutrients to your skin. And if that's not worth hitting the gym for...


Stay hydrated

Drinking six to eight glasses of water a day is important for your skin’s overall hydration. You could even indulge in a bottle of refreshing coconut water, which has extra flavour and still contains all the nutrients.

The Best Lipstick Colour For You

Whether you love glamorous reds or subtle nudes, there’s a lipstick for you. Women have sought perfectly defined lips since before the days of Cleopatra, experimenting with ingredients from berries to bug juice. Thankfully, we're now past the days of foraging for makeup products.


Our makeup counter will spoil you for choice with a spectrum of sophisticated lipsticks, glosses and balms. Our handy lipstick guide is here to help you find the right shade for any occasion.

TYPES OF LIPSTICK
Coral Estee Lauder lipstick

Explore the versatility of lipstick as we decode matte, satin and glossy types below:


Satin and sheer lipstick

Satin and sheer lipsticks will add a touch of shine to your smile, along with the high-pigment colour of your choice. They leave a subtle glow that isn't as lustrous as an actual gloss lipstick. This sheer shine will complement thinner lips, drawing the eye and making them appear slightly plumper. Satin is one of the best lipstick types for protecting nourished, moisturised lips.


Matte lipstick

Are you new to the matte lip trend? Smooth and modern, this long-lasting lipstick style has a velvet finish thanks to its rich pigment. With zero gloss, matte lipsticks say it all with colour. A pared-down dark purple or understated nude will work for a day's shopping and last all the way through to a night on the town.


Liquid lipstick and gloss

If you're looking for a quick fix to enhance your lips and add depth, liquid lipstick or gloss is the answer. Pop some in your handbag and apply a layer as needed throughout the day. Designed to give your lips ample texture and shine, gloss can be worn on its own or teamed with a matte lipstick.

Pink brown Bobbi Brown cream lipstick

Moisturising lipstick

For those of us addicted to prepping up with lip balm, a moisturising lipstick could save you time and money. They contain hydrating ingredients such as Vitamin E and aloe, which treat your lips as well as colour them.


Cream lipstick

These lipsticks contain more wax than other types. For this reason they have a unique texture and will give your lips a smooth finish. As a bonus, they're also long-lasting due to their high pigment content.


Long-wearing lipsticks

If you’re strapped for time and prefer not to re-apply lipstick throughout the day, a resilient long-wearing lipstick is the right choice. Not only do they contain moisturiser to balance the dryness of your lips, but their formula will help keep your smile looking perfect all day long.


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CHOOSING THE PERFECT LIPSTICK SHADE FOR YOUR UNDERTONE
Illustration of different skin undertones and complimentary lipstick shades

Your complexion is unique thanks to your skin's underlying tones. Matching your lipstick to your skin tone will pull your whole look together, so follow these simple guidelines:


Cool undertones

If the veins in your wrist look blue, your skin tone is probably cool. Lip colours with subtle blue or purple undertones will look fantastic on you – think deep plum shades, luscious berry tones, cool pinks and pale nudes.

Illustration of different skin undertones and complimentary lipstick shades

Warm undertones

Those with warm undertones tend to have a golden, olive hue to their skin. If the veins in your wrist look green, we suggest you opt for lip colours in warm hues like pillar box red, bold coral and sandy nudes.

Illustration of different skin undertones and complimentary lipstick shades

Neutral undertones

If your veins appear to be a combination of green and blue, it's likely that your skin has neutral undertones. The great news for you is that you suit most lipstick shades, so go ahead and indulge!

WHICH SHADE SUITS WHICH COMPLEXION
Peach coloured YSL lipstick

If you're still wondering, "What lipstick colour suits me?", you can complement your skin tone with a matching or contrasting shade for a signature look:


Lipstick for pale skin

Lighter skin with rosy or peach undertones suits shades such as apricot, bright red and coral. These summery tones will help to add warmth to your complexion, so you can enjoy a sun-kissed look. For a classic take on porcelain skin, try a warm shade in these M·A·C lipsticks.


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Deep plum coloured Tom Ford lipstick

Lipstick for medium skin

If your skintone is somewhere in the middle of light and dark, you can indulge in a wide range of flattering shades. Consider your skin's undertone: warm complexions suit browns and peachy pinks, while cool customers prefer nudes and berry colours. Spend some time exploring samples with Tom Ford.


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Lipstick for dark skin

For a pared-down daytime look, pick a matte lipstick to match your skintone, whether it's copper or espresso, dark brown or ebony. Create contrast with a deep plum or crimson red. Make a bold statement with Dior lipsticks, enriched with marine crista, which smooths and shapes lips for a slick finish.


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HOW TO PAIR LIPSTICK WITH BRIGHT CLOTHES
Illustration of different coloured dresses and complimentary lip shades

Now you've got your skintone sorted, narrow down your perfect shade even further by matching your makeup to your outfit. Here are a few bright ideas:


Red

Choosing makeup for a red dress can be tricky. Proceed with caution when it comes to red lip colours. If you can match the colours and undertones exactly you'll have an eye-catching ensemble that works in harmony. But if your lips are darker than your dress, it might clash. Play it safe by pairing your outfit with nude or pastel lipstick.

Illustration of different coloured dresses and complimentary lip shades

Blue

Blue and coral is a classic combination. The contrast of deep navy or light teal teamed with this feminine shade will add polish to your outfit and enhance your facial features. As a general rule, the lighter the blue of your dress, the more you should favour pinks over purples.

Illustration of different coloured dresses and complimentary lip shades

Yellow

Yellow is chic and flattering when paired with fuchsia or other floral lip tones. For an unexpected pop of colour, team yellow with another primary colour such as red, which is equally bold. Colour block with accessories in blue or orange for a fun and elegant outfit.

HOW TO PAIR LIPSTICK WITH NEUTRAL CLOTHES
Illustration of different coloured dresses and complimentary lip shades

Take a look at how versatile lipstick shades can be when paired with monochrome staples:


Nude

Nude garments allow for flexibility with your makeup. You can match with nude lipstick for a subtle look. You’re also welcome to go all-out with a bold red, perhaps with deep berry undertones, paired with smokey eyes.

Illustration of different coloured dresses and complimentary lip shades

Black

Little black dresses famously go with anything, so the choice is up to you. Maybe it's time to try that vibrant neon pink or metallic copper lipstick you've had waiting in your makeup bag for months. Be confident in making a statement with your lips, as your outfit will bring balance.

Illustration of different coloured dresses and complimentary lip shades

White

A red lipstick with blue undertones will help to bring out the colour of your dress and accentuate your facial features. Alternatively, go for the all-natural look with a subtle pink, or even just a simple layer of gloss.

Choosing the best lipstick for you is a fine art, but once you know what suits you it becomes easy to pick out the right shade and consistency. Explore the beauty selection at House of Fraser for that perfect matte red, lustrous purple or barely there nude.

How To Apply Eyeshadow

Thousands of years ago, ancient Egyptians would use everything from powdered lead to crushed precious stones to enhance the shape and colour of their eyes. Thankfully, today’s modern woman has far more options. We’ve never been so spoilt for choice with the number of colours, textures and formulations available to us. However, getting the desired effect is another matter.

We’ve put together a simple eyeshadow guide to demystify its application. Whatever your age, eye shape and skin colour, we’ll help you identify the best eyeshadow palettes for your needs. Confidence is key, and with this guide putting your eyeshadow on will be a breeze ¬– you’ll be able to integrate it into your daily beauty routine in no time.

CHOOSE THE TEXTURE
Eyeshadow Texture

Most eyeshadows come in one of these three styles. Creams are an excellent choice for beginners as they're easiest to blend and you can simply swipe them on with your fingers. Powders usually require a brush so can be trickier to control, but have the advantage of lasting longer. Loose pigments (think bright, shimmery colours and glitter) are the ones to choose when you really want to pack a punch.

CHOOSE THE FINISH
Eyeshadow Finish

Matte shadows work well for a natural everyday look, and they look great with all skin types. Frosted or satin eyeshadows are more eye-catching but tend to draw attention to fine lines – try using them to accentuate the outer corner of your upper lash line instead of as a base for a more subtle effect.

CHOOSE THE BRUSHES
Eyeshadow Brushes

There’s a dazzling array of eye makeup brushes available. While they all serve a purpose, you don’t need to rush into buying one of each right now. Investing in a good quality application brush and blending brush should be more than sufficient for simple and natural eye makeup looks. You can branch out into crease, contour and lining brushes as you improve your skills.


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A FEW TIPS AND TRICKS BEFORE YOU BEGIN
Eyeshadow Tips

Whether you want to pull off a dramatic smoky eye for an evening out or are just after a bit of everyday enhancement, these tips will help you to perfect your look every time:


  • Remember to blend: For a smooth fade of colour with no visible lines, blending is the perfect technique to use for a professional application.
  • Start with less: It’s easier to add more colour than remove it. Start with a small amount, and build up from there.
  • Balance light and dark: As a rule, light and frosted colours will draw attention to an area, while dark and matte shades recede it.
TIME TO APPLY: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE
Eyeshadow Apply

This simple formula is the basis for most makeup looks. It'll define, open up and add depth to your eyes. Use earthy brown tones for a natural daytime style, or stray into inky blacks and rich greens or purples for a sultry smoky eye.


  1. Prepare your base: Start with a clean eyelid. Apply a concealer up to your brow bone to cover up any patchiness. If your eyelids are oily, you can follow this with setting powder. Now select your base colour (a mid-toned neutral shade) and apply it all over your eyelid, blending upwards towards the brow bone using a blending brush.

  2. Define your crease: Use a colour that's one or two shades darker than your base colour. Take your application brush and apply this shade to your crease, then use your blending brush to smudge it in. Depending on the depth of your crease, you might need to apply more of this shade for it to be visible.

  3. Add depth: Using a dark shade, go over the top and bottom outer third of your eye. Gradually build up colour until you've achieved the desired level of intensity. An everyday look will require a lighter hand while an evening occasion gives you more leeway to go bold.

  4. Finishing touches: Apply a thin layer of eyeliner to your top lid. If your eyes are prominent you can line the bottom lash line as well, and finish off with swipe of mascara. You could also add false eyelashes if it’s a special occasion.

The best thing about eye makeup is that once you get the basics right, the sky's the limit. Experiment with your favourite shades and find a set of colours that work for you. You can really get creative with your looks, and our step-by-step guide is the perfect starting point.

Flattering Hairstyles For Different Face Shapes

A skilfully executed, flattering haircut can completely refresh your look and renew your confidence. It can even act as a visual signifier when you've turned over a new leaf in your life. Knowing your face shape will help you to choose the perfect cut and style to bring out your favourite features.


In this guide, you'll find out which face shape you have, and how to cut and style your hair accordingly. We will also cover the hair products and tools that you'll need to maintain your new look after you have visited the salon.

WORKING OUT YOUR FACE SHAPE
Types of face shapes

An easy way to work out your face shape at home is to trace around the outline in the mirror with a lip pencil or eyeliner. If you want to be more methodical, you can use a soft measuring tape or ruler. There are four main measurements to compare: face length, forehead, cheekbones and jawline.


With an oval face shape, the length is broader than the width of the cheekbones, and the forehead is wider than the rounded jawline; round faces have similar measurements across the cheekbones and face length. The forehead and soft jawline are narrower; heart-shaped faces have a wide brow and cheekbones with a narrow jawline; all measurements of a square face are similar, with an angled jawline.


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HAIRSTYLES FOR ROUND FACE SHAPES
Illustration of a round face shape

Round faces tend to look youthful (lucky you!), but if you long for a more angular visage, try a medium-length cut with a side-swept fringe. Not only with the length elongate your face, the fringe will bring attention to your lovely cheekbones, as well as drawing focus to your eyes. Alternatively, a pixie crop with plenty of volume on top will add flattering height and the sharp lines will contrast beautifully with your round features. Don't forget to use styling products to give your short cut some definition.


People with round faces should avoid blunt bobs, or any cut that is all one length. Instead, ask for plenty of layers, as this will bring structure and depth to your features. Avoid cuts with a wispy fringe, too, as this can soften the lines of your face further. Go for an asymmetrical style instead, like a deep side fringe, for a statement look. When it comes to styling, add dimension to a shorter haircut with a texturising product or enhance any natural waves with a curl-defining spray that tames frizz.


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HAIRSTYLES FOR OVAL FACE SHAPES
Illustration of an oval face shape

Balanced and evenly proportioned, an oval-shaped face is considered to be the most versatile for different hairstyles – so feel free to experiment to your heart's content. When choosing hairstyles for oval face shapes, the objective is to keep the face as clear as possible; slicked-back styles and updos are perfect in this respect.


Mid or longer length cuts work best with oval face shapes as they will enhance the facial structure. Using a conditioning hair mask once a week will keep longer locks looking luscious and feeling healthy. The most flattering, face-framing effect will come from a cut without a fringe. Avoid thick, blunt fringes, as they will make your face appear shorter. If you do choose a fringe, make it one with a deep, side-swept parting.


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HAIRSTYLES FOR SQUARE FACE SHAPES
Illustration of a square face shape

Hairstyles for square face shapes can serve two purposes: either to highlight or to minimise your strong jawline. To draw attention to the angles of your face, go bold with a short, sharp bob. Curls can widen the complexion further, so it's best to stick to sleek, straight locks or loose boho waves. If you want to soften the lines of your face, steer clear of cuts that end above your ears. Any slicked-back styles should be avoided, too.


Instead, frame your face with a fringe that is shorter in the middle and longer towards the outside. This will make your forehead look smaller while directing attention to your eyes. The addition of some long layers will soften the corners of the jaw while adding attractive movement and texture.


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HAIRSTYLES FOR HEART-SHAPED FACES
Illustration of a heart face shape

When styling hair for a heart-shaped face, the goal is to highlight the facial structure and minimise the width of the forehead. A side-swept fringe will achieve this by framing the face and drawing attention to the cheekbones. Shoulder-length styles tend to look best, as they create the illusion of a wider jawline.


To draw attention to your face's pretty tapered shape, try a high ponytail or a sleek top knot. It's best to avoid choppy layers or block fringes, as they will make your forehead look much wider. Instead, opt for loosely layered, one-length cuts that softly graze your chin; these will enhance the natural lines of your complexion.


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ACHIEVING SALON-INSPIRED LOOK AT HOME
Black hair dryer

Once you've been to the salon, you'll want to be able to achieve the same look every time you walk out of your door. If you have the space, it's fun to set up your own personal dressing table and chair so that you can feel like an A-lister when you step out of the shower. Be sure to explore our range of shampoos, conditioners and hair treatments to complement all hair types.


It's worth investing in a high-powered hair dryer to help you create the style you want quickly and easily. For curly locks, choose one with a diffuser; this creates scrunchy, natural waves in seconds. For a smoother look, make sure the dryer has a removable nozzle; this concentrates the heat towards individual areas of the hair, flattening the cuticles for a sleek finish. Pair with a round, bristled brush for ultimate straightening power.


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Knowing what hairstyle suits your face shape is a great starting point when it comes to choosing your next look, but remember that these are simply guidelines. Everyone is different and you might want to experiment with a couple of cuts before settling on one. The beauty of hair styling is that nothing's permanent.

Wedding Makeup Ideas

Getting ready for your wedding might just be the most effort you'll ever put into looking beautiful. You've found the perfect dress, chosen shoes and jewellery to match, and finalised your hairstyle – now it's time to think about wedding makeup looks.

Our guide will show you how to develop your own look, trial it beforehand and touch it up on the big day to keep you looking flawless, from taking your vows to the last dance.

START WITH SKINCARE
Kiehl’s deep cleansing foam face wash

Your preparation should begin long before the big day. If you haven't followed a skincare regime before, now's the time to start. For glowing wedding day skin, treat yourself at home with all the essentials: high-quality cleanser, exfoliator, toner, serum and moisturiser. You should avoid receiving any intensive facial treatments right before the wedding as they will encourage impurities, such as pimples and blocked pores, to surface.


Before applying makeup on the day of your wedding, it's essential to prep your skin correctly. Opt for a lightweight, oil-free moisturiser to ensure your makeup won't slip off. Follow this with a high-quality primer to create a smooth, even base. You may also want to apply primer on your eyelids to help eyeshadow and liner stick for the long haul.


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TRIAL YOUR LOOK
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Trial your look well in advance so that you're completely happy before the big day, as last minute decisions might mean you end up with a look you don't really like. If you're not sure how to do makeup for a wedding, call in favours from any beautician friends or get a professional to help. Find photos of yourself where you particularly like your look, as well as any images of celebrities with similar colouring to you whose makeup you love. These will give you an idea of which products to use.


Be sure to test your makeup in daylight so that you can evaluate the final result correctly. Wearing a white top will allow you to see how your makeup will look against your wedding dress. Experiment with different colours and formulas until you've found the perfect combination. If you plan on fake tanning, make sure you factor in this change in skin tone. Finally, take both a flash and non-flash photo to see how the look will appear on camera.

NATURAL WEDDING MAKEUP
Charlotte Tilbury lipgloss

On your special day, you should look like no one but yourself – just the most polished, glowing version! Radiant skin, flushed cheeks, defined eyes and nude lips always work like a dream against a lovely white dress. Opting for a classic look that will stay timeless for years to come means you'll always look fantastic in your wedding pictures.


Go for something soft and understated that brings out your eye colour. Lips can be kept subtle with a slick of gloss or a flattering nude lipstick and liner. For a bolder finish on the lips, choose a classic 'Hollywood Siren' red. Finally, nails will look wonderful in a fresh neutral shade, complementing your gorgeous dress.


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Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation

Most wedding photography is done in natural lighting, which calls for a light base of foundation. If you have problem areas, use a hardworking concealer to cover up. There's almost guaranteed to be some flash photography throughout the night, too, which can overexpose any oily areas of the complexion. Resist combating this with more foundation and just blot your T-Zone with translucent powder.


Be wary of products containing lots of glitter as the particles will reflect light back at the camera. Instead, use a dab of shimmering highlighter on your cupids bow, cheeks and brow bones to create a naturally luminous effect. Consider applying body foundation to ensure your face completely matches the rest of your skin. If you can stand to cut out coffee and red wine, it's also worth avoiding these stain-inducing drinks in the weeks leading up to your big day, to ensure your smile is pearly-white in every shot.


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WEDDING EYE MAKEUP
Guerlain mascara

Intense lashes will give your eyes definition and elevate your look. Whether or not you decide to wear false lashes, water-resistant mascara is a must when it comes to wedding eye makeup. It'll see you through those emotional speeches without a smudge. If you're a big crier, avoid any eyeliner under your eyes and make sure the rest of your eye makeup is waterproof too.


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MAKE IT LAST
Clarins compact powder

You have the happiest – and possibly the longest – day of your life ahead of you: you'll want your makeup to look fresh from the first steps down the aisle through to the last twirl on the dancefloor. An oil-free moisturiser, primer, long-wear foundation and powder will go far in keeping your look in place. However, after hours of kisses, champagne toasts and laughter, even the most budge-proof makeup is bound to fade.


With that in mind, it's worth bringing a DIY touch-up kit that you can stash in someone's clutch. This should include oil blotting sheets, which absorb any grease without removing existing makeup; a pressed powder; tissues or cotton buds (to tidy up teary eye makeup); plus any lip colour you're wearing. Now you're set for any emergency touch-ups you might need to undertake throughout your big day.


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Putting in the prep beforehand and making sure your perfect look can last the distance means all you have to focus on on your big day is getting married. After all the excitement of getting ready, your makeup is likely to be the last thing you're thinking of as you walk down the aisle towards the love of your life, and that's just the way it should be!

Haircare Guide

The trick to a beautiful barnet isn't a fancy salon treatment or the latest styling gadgets: it's simply taking care of your hair. Whether you dye, straighten, curl or keep yours au naturel, you can add life to your locks with our haircare guide.

Read on for guidance on how to strengthen your hair with the right oils and products. There’s also advice on how to grow your tresses faster and repair damage. The steps are simple enough to do at home with just a little time and TLC.

HAIRCARE CHECKLIST
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We’ve put together a haircare checklist for all your need-to-know products.


Conditioners

Contrary to popular belief, using a good quality conditioner each time you wash won't damage your hair. It helps to keep it tangle-free and manageable, minimising damage during styling.

Hair masks

Apply a hair mask once a week to breathe new life into your locks. Not only will it help to eliminate frizz, it will also leave your hair touchably soft.

Treatments

Treatments have a similar aim to masks, with an intense moisturising effect. They’ll nourish your hair strands and condition your roots, leaving a shiny finish.

Hair oils

Oils are ideal for revitalising dull or lifeless hair. They’re highly versatile – try working some into your roots as a treatment during your shower, or applying as a finishing product after styling.

Heat protection

You should apply a heat protection product every time you use heated styling tools. They can make a huge difference in maintaining your hair, stopping it from becoming brittle.


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HOW TO GROW HAIR FASTER
A lady brushing her hair

Lusting after long locks? There are plenty of ways you can help your hair to grow faster.


Keep your scalp healthy

Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp, so invest in a shampoo that cleanses and treats your skin as well as your locks. Treating those follicles right is the first step to encouraging them to produce strong hair.

End with a cool rinse

A steamy shower feels great, but it can be tough on your skin and hair. Turn the temperature down when cleansing and rinse with cool water to seal your hair cuticles and strengthen them in the process.

Make the most of your hair's natural oil

A quick and easy tip that should become part of your nightly routine is to give your hair a few strokes with a brush before bed. The bristles will distribute your scalp's oils evenly onto your hair, so your strands stay naturally moisturised.


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DAMAGED HAIR REMEDIES
Kiehl’s olive fruit oil nourishing shampoo

Transform tired tresses to their former glory with these tips for repairing damaged hair.


Dry and itchy scalps

Our favourite remedy uses rosemary or pine essential oils. Simply add a few drops directly onto your hair and gently massage into the scalp for best results. As both of these oils has anti-bacterial properties they provide a natural defence against itchiness.

Dandruff

Coconut oil is effective in removing dandruff as it contains lauric acid, which has anti-fungal properties. Massage a tablespoon or two onto your scalp and leave on for a few hours. Repeat two to three times throughout the week depending on the severity of your dandruff.

Coloured hair

Bleaching and dying have a bad reputation when it comes to hair health, but rather than avoid them altogether you can keep your coloured hair vibrant through the use of specialist shampoo. It’s specially formulated to provide dyed hair with the extra nutrients needed to stay strong.


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SPLIT END REPAIR
Tangle teezer hair brush

Here's how to improve the look of damaged hair and prevent more splits from occurring.


Carefully brush wet hair

Your strands are more likely to break when damp, so caring for your wet hair is key. Apply conditioner during your shower and comb it afterwards. This will prevent possible snaps caused when brushing out hair that has been towel-dried.

Choose the right comb

The brush you use can make a big difference, We recommend using a wide tooth comb or a Tangle Teezer. They'll give your hair the gentle de-tangling it needs.

Get regular cuts

Regular haircuts will help get rid of any unwanted split ends and make your hair appear healthy. A trim every other month also adds volume and shine to your hair.


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HAIRCARE TIPS
Smiling woman spraying her hair with hair treatment

A few final pointers for taking great care of your hair at home.


Make your own mask

You can use ingredients from your kitchen to make an emergency hair mask before a big meeting or a special date. A few tablespoons of olive oil, mashed avocado or honey will add instant shine to your hair.

Protect your hair like you would your skin

The effects of the weather and changing seasons could greatly impact your hair's appearance. Protect it from the harsh rays of the sun with a UV spray and apply a moisturising conditioner.

Rinse before you dip

Your hair is less likely to absorb chlorine if you soak it in clean water before taking a refreshing dip in the pool. Another preventative measure is to spray it with leave-in conditioner.

Our range of haircare products will go a long way to protecting your hair when used regularly, alongside a few items you probably have at home already. Here's to happier hair!

How To Do Smokey Eyes

Attending a lavish gala, looking to impress on a hot date or just fancy shaking up your style? Smokey eye makeup could revolutionise your beauty routine. This classic look never goes out of fashion and there's a technique to suit every eye colour and shape.


It may seem daunting, but, as with all makeup techniques, practice makes perfect. Our ten-step guide will help you achieve a smouldering stare in just a few minutes. We’ll also cover eye makeup tips and tricks so you can find the smokey look to suit you.

HOW TO DO SMOKEY EYES STEP BY STEP:
Applying black eyeliner to upper lashes

Step one: Apply a cream concealer to your eyelids. This will act as a base and create a long-lasting foundation for your eyeshadow to stick to.

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Sweeping a light brown eyeshadow on the entire eyelid

Step two: Sweep a pressed powder over your entire eyelid to prevent your eyeshadow creasing and ensure longevity throughout the day. Smokey eyes shouldn’t mean smudgy eyes.

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Blending brown eyeshadow on outer half of eyelid

Step three: With a black eye liner pencil, draw a steady line from the inner corner to the outer. Run the same pencil over the roots of your lower lashes. 

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Blending dark eyeshadow on outer corner of eyelid

Step four: Take the lightest colour from your palette of eyeshadow and sweep it across your entire lid. 

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Applying mascara to eyelashes

Step five: Get a new brush for the medium shade. Start blending from halfway across the eyelid, working upwards and outwards towards the crease.


Step six: Using a blending brush, sweep the darkest shade you have onto the outer corner of the eye and along the crease. 

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Step seven:Take a pale colour lighter than your skin tone and brush it along your brow bone to highlight the eye.


Step eight:Go back to the darkest shade with a small brush and apply lightly to your lower lash line. 


Step nine:With a blending brush again, blend your shadow and buff out harsh lines, paying particular attention to the outer corner of the eye.


Step ten:Complete the look with lashings of mascara to frame your eye dramatically. 

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HOW TO DO SMOKEY EYES FOR YOUR EYE COLOUR
Nars dark silver eyeshadow.

To get the most out of your smokey eye look, choose an eyeshadow at the opposite end of the colour wheel to your irises. This will enhance the appearance of your eyes and make them appear bigger and brighter.


Hazel eyes
Choosing the right shade for hazel eyes can be tricky because their multifaceted spectrum of green, brown and gold means there’s no one colour to match to. A darker emerald shade or rich brown will complement your eyes’ many tones and help them stand out.


Blue eyes
A contrasting shade of coffee brown will enhance the blue tones of your eyes, while shimmering bronze will add impact and depth ideal for a long-lasting evening look.


Green eyes
Green eyes work best with purple shades and floral hues like pinks and lilacs. Try a soft violet eye with deeper plum shadow blended softly into the socket for a knock-out stare.


Brown eyes
Eyeshadow colours don't have to be dark to achieve the smokey effect, so draw attention to your deeply coloured eyes using cream and bronze shades. This will make sure your already dark eyes don't become overwhelmed with even darker eyeshadow.

HOW TO DO SMOKEY EYES FOR YOUR EYE SHAPE

The last secret to the perfect smokey eye makeup is figuring out the most flattering technique for the shape of your eye. Once you understand the basics you can experiment by applying these rules to different colour combinations and find your signature blend.

Illustration of almond shaped eyes

Almond eyes

To accentuate your almond eyes, use a shimmery shade from lash line to crease. Bronzer in the crease will intensify the smokey effect and lining the upper eyelid rim with a black pencil to draw attention to your elegant shape.

Illustration of small eyes

Small eyes

You can create the appearance of wider eyes by keeping the shades you use on the lighter side. Your lightest colour should be cream or a very pale pigment, and think grey rather than black for your dark tone. Avoid lining the lower rim in black. Instead, use a white or nude eye liner to make the eyes appear larger.

Illustration of close set eyes

Close-set eyes

Add a light iridescent shade or highlight to the inner corners of your eyelids, and use a deeper shade for depth in the crease. Your eyes will appear further apart as well as getting the benefit of your sultry makeup.

Illustration of wide set eyes

Wide eyes

Wide eyes come with a generous amount of surface area to work with so don't hesitate when it comes to creating a bold look. Go all out here with dark browns, blacks and bold liner. Remember to blend dark colours well so that the contours around the brow bone don't appear harsh.

Illustration of asymmetric eyes

Asymmetrical eyes

Extend your darker shadow slightly higher towards your brow bone on the eye that is the smallest or that droops downwards. This subtle trick will balance the symmetry of your face.

Hair Appliance Guide

Want a salon-fresh look every day without the time and cost of going to the salon? Our introduction to hair appliances covers everything you need to know to give your ‘do an easy upgrade at home. Explore our range of dryers and straighteners, along with the best curling tongs, hot air brushes and hot rollers. These simple tools will help you create chic curls, silky straightness or flirty waves with ease.

INTRODUCTION TO HAIR APPLIANCES
Hair Appliance Introduction

These bits of kit will be your secret weapons in the fight against flatness and frizz.


Hair dryers and diffusers

Or course, the most basic tool of the trade is the trusty hair dryer. You probably have one of these at home already, whether you use it every day or leave it in the cupboard until you’re in a rush to leave the house. But did you know how versatile a styling tool it can be? For example, take a simple diffuser – popping one of these on the end of your dryer will add volume in the roots by holding up sections of hair and directing the air flow towards them.


Straighteners

Whether you're taming flyaway strands or completely transforming your look, straighteners are another must-have for styling at home. The best straighteners for short styles have narrow plates that are easy to control, while wide plates work wonders to keep long hair looking even.


Curling tongs

Curling tongs are ideal if you’re looking to experiment with new looks. They also go by a different name – curling irons – but both do the same job. The main things to consider when choosing tongs are barrel width and heat. For tighter curls, a slim barrel works best, while a larger barrel will create wider loops. High heat is best for thick hair as its effect will be longer lasting and it will take less time to set, which is better for the health of your locks.


Styling wands

Styling wands are the cousins of curling tongs, but they come without the clamp that keeps your hair in place. Instead, simply wrap strands around the barrel and let them slide over the heated section. Wands give you supreme control over your curls, so you can make them as tight as corkscrews or as loose as waves with a flick of your wrist.


Hot air brushes

Hot air brushes are ridiculously simple to use. They look like rounded barrel brushes but they have the added benefit of streaming heated air through your hair as you brush it. Add volume by drying off with one of these, then finish off with a spritz of hairspray for a look that will last all day and night.


Heated rollers

If you’re looking for curls that maintain their shape, try heated rollers. They’re not like the old Velcro kind your gran used to wear – these heat up before you put them in, so they set your hair into long-lasting shapes as they cool.

STYLING YOUR HAIR AT HOME
Hair Appliance At Home

Here are some of the best styling tips and tricks for two essential looks to ensure you never have a bad hair day again.


How to curl your hair

When you're curling your hair, you can change things up as you work on a section by twisting the strand or keeping it flat, or by wrapping it more tightly or loosely around the tongs. Using a styling product such as a finishing serum or oil will help tame frizz, while a curl hold spray will lock your locks in place all day.

  • Start by taking your curling tongs and clamping a two inch section of hair, beginning about an inch from the end.
  • Hold your curling iron vertically with the clasp facing forward.
  • Simply wrap the end of your hair around the barrel, working your way up towards the root, and hold still for a few minutes.
  • When you release you’ll have a restyled ringlet.

How to straighten your hair

Smooth hair can be achieved with straighteners alone, but it's best to start with a blow dryer.

  • After washing, simply aim your hot air stream in a downward motion as you’re drying. This angle will encourage the cuticles to lay flat, ultimately preventing frizz from forming.
  • We recommend applying some heat protectant spray while your hair is still damp, plus a tiny bit more once it's completely dried.
  • Once that's done, it’s time to whip out the straighteners. Run them down your hair from root to tip. The hotter the iron, the less time you'll need to spend on each section.
HAIR DRYING TIPS
Hair Appliance Dry

You can make a real difference to how healthy your hair looks by drying it according to whether it's thick or fine.


Thick hair drying tips

Opt for a hair dryer with a slim nozzle as it will assist in creating a shiny finish. If you’re straightening your hair, run a wide-tooth comb through it as you work to keep your hair tangle-free.


Fine hair drying tips

When it comes to fine hair, we recommend letting it get about 90% dry using only your hands to separate and fluff it up, then switch to using a hot air brush. This drying technique will help to plump up the follicle shaft, creating va-va-voom volume.

Makeup Brushes Buying Guide

Makeup brushes are as varied as they are versatile. If you'd like guidance on how to apply your beautifying powders and creams effectively, read on. Our guide will cover different types of makeup brushes, how to use them and cleaning tips. We'll also delve into the details of applying foundation, contouring and other specific uses of the many brushes available. 

WHICH MAKEUP BRUSH TO USE FOR WHICH MAKEUP

Here you'll find guidance on which brush to use with which kind of makeup, as well as a few specialist techniques. 

Types of make-up brushes

Face

Foundation: The face brush you choose will depend on the finish you prefer. Flat foundation brushes are ideal for full coverage with minimal wastage and their angled design allows for precision application of concealer in small facial contours. For an airbrushed finish, use a buffing brush in circular motions or stipple on foundation with a damp makeup sponge. This technique is will gradually build up subtle layers of cover.


Powder: Help your foundation and concealer last as long as possible with a dusting of pressed or loose powder. This is best applied with a soft and fluffy brush, ensuring a light distribution and non-cakey finish. Large brushes are best suited to lightly dusting powder over the T-zone to help reduce shine, while smaller styles can target any creasing in the under-eye area.


Bronzer: For an all-over glow, use a large-headed brush for smooth and even application of your bronzer. Load your brush with powder, then gently tap on the palm of your hand to shake off any excess before sweeping it over the face, paying extra attention to areas the sun naturally falls on (we’re thinking the apples of your cheeks and the bridge of your nose).

Types of make-up brushes

Eyes

Eyeshadow: The all-over eye brush makes applying eyeshadow colour easy, no matter what look you’re after. Follow with a soft, tapered blending brush to blur your different shades together. A smaller smudger brush will create a soft, smokey effect along the upper and lower lash lines and enhance the natural contour of your eye.


Eye liner: Choose either a short and dense brush for applying heavy cream eye liner, or a lighter, thinner brush to work liquid liners across the lash line with extra precision and build where necessary. Extra-fine tipped brushes ensure a precise, even stroke and can be used with both liquid and cream formulas.


Cheeks

Blusher: The best blush brushes are medium in size with a slightly rounded tip and are densely packed full of soft, lightweight bristles. These carefully designed styles will pick up just the right amount of blush and distribute it evenly on the cheeks.


Cream blusher: You might not think a brush is the best way to apply cream blusher, but they work well with firm, rounded brushes. Dab yours into the cream and apply it in a sweeping motion. Follow with a flat or angled brush to buff the colour and really blend it into the skin. You'll be left with natural-looking rosy cheeks.


Lips

Lipstick: Did you know that instead of applying lipstick directly, you can use a lip brush for total control over your shape? Pick up a little colour from the end of your lippy and brush it on from the centre of your mouth outwards. Retractable lip brushes can be popped straight in a makeup bag without making any mess, so you can top up your coverage on the go.


Special techniques

Contour: If it’s definition you’re after, the best brushes have angled or slanted brush heads. This allows the brush to accurately follow the line of your cheekbones and enhance your natural bone structure, with no professional skills required. Apply a neutral-toned bronzer or contouring powder to the hollows of your cheeks, along your jawline and from the hairline to mid-way down your cheek, buffing it into the skin for a seamless finish.


Highlight: Enhance your brow bone, Cupid's bow and cheekbones with a swipe of highlighter on a light synthetic fibre brush or featherweight fan brush [product nomination required]. When it comes to the best highlighter brushes, fewer bristles are always better.

HOW TO CLEAN MAKEUP BRUSHES
How To Clean Makeup Brushes

While professional makeup artists clean their brushes after each use, washing your brushes once a month is generally recommended for regular makeup users. 

Here’s how to wash your makeup brushes and keep them in optimum condition:

  • Once a week, grab a few sheets of kitchen or toilet roll and gently rub them over all of your brushes and sponges to get rid of excess.

  • Once a month, do a big clean. Wet all of your tools, then apply a gentle soap or shampoo – baby shampoo works particularly well. Massage it in well. Rinse thoroughly to avoid leaving any soap residue.

It's worth the effort to keep your makeup brushes squeaky clean:

  • Getting rid of build up will mean that your precious tools stay pliable for as long as possible.

  • Clean bristles are less likely to break, so your brushes will last longer overall.

  • Bacteria build up quickly in makeup brushes, which can be bad for your skin. Washing them regularly will help your skin stay soft and clear.

How To Fake Tan

Whether it's a rich bronzed look or a gorgeous golden undertone you're going for, fake tan is a safe and simply way to give your skin a healthy-looking glow. Find out how to select the best fake tan for you, how to prep your skin and how to achieve an even, streak-free application with our fake tan guide.

WHICH FAKE TAN IS BEST FOR YOU
Illustrations of how to prepare your skin for fake tan

Before you begin prepping and priming your skin for application, you need to decide which type of fake tan you want to use. There are plenty of different formulas on the market, and each comes with its own benefits.


Mousse

Mousse is ideal for beginners as it gives you more control over the product with minimal mess. A mousse formulation usually dries quickly to create instant colour, which means you can patch up any missed areas before heading out.


Lotion

Especially effective for those with dry skin, a tanning lotion provides ample moisture. The consistency makes sure your tan glides on smoothly and produces an even finish that restores the skin's softness.


Spray

Sprays are wonderfully easy to apply and great for all-over tanning. Choose one with a multi-angle applicator that helps reach those hard-to-get places like the back of the legs.


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HOW TO PREPARE YOUR SKIN
Illustration of how to prepare your skin for fake tan

Achieving the best fake tan starts earlier than you think. If you want even and long-lasting colour, you'll need to carefully prep the skin first. Start with a good exfoliator to remove any dryness and finish with your favourite moisturiser


Exfoliate

Exfoliating helps to remove dead skin cells, allowing the tan to be absorbed and reducing uneven tan on rough patches of skin. When exfoliating, pay particular attention to any areas where you experience extra dryness, like your elbows, knees and ankles, to ensure a streak-free finish. For the best results, exfoliate at least 24 hours before you apply your tan to make sure the skin is primed and ready.

Illustration of how to prepare your skin for fake tan

Moisturise

When you're done exfoliating, follow up by applying plenty of moisturiser. Again, pay particular attention to typically dry areas so that your tan has the best chance of adhering to the skin. Leave a two or three-hour gap between moisturising and applying your tan so that your skin has plenty of time to absorb the lotion.


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HOW TO APPLY FAKE TAN
Illustration for how to apply fake tan

In order to achieve expert control, use a tanning mitt for applying your product. Using a mitt makes sure that whatever formula you're using will apply smoothly and evenly.

Illustration for how to apply fake tan

Work your way from the bottom of your body to the top, leaving out tricky areas like the feet. Starting at the shins, apply your product using a circular motion so that the formula absorbs well.

Illustration for how to apply fake tan

Next, it's time to target those hard-to-reach areas. The best way to do this is to use the leftover product from your mitt and lightly buff it around your ankles, feet, knees and elbows. This should ensure a streak-free finish and keep the application consistent. Struggling with your back? Get an extra pair of hands on the task!

HOW TO REMOVE YOUR TAN
Illustration for how to remove your tan

When it's time to remove your artificial tan, the easiest and most effective way to do so is gradually.


Start with a light body exfoliator mixed with some bath or massage oil and gently rub into the skin in circular motions. Use a fine-grained polish to avoid aren't abrasively scrubbing at the skin, as this may cause the tan to fade in patches.


The softening properties of the oil will break down the tan, removing the colour evenly. To speed up the process, use a fresh tanning mitt and gently rub in circular motions to cover a larger surface area of skin.


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HOW TO TAN SAFELY AND NATURALLY
Flat lay of a round woven bag and sun tanning products

While it's easy to love the quick and reliable colour that applying fake tan gives pale pins, there are always times you want to achieve a natural tan.


If you're going to tan safely it is absolutely crucial you apply the right sunscreen for your skin type. Look for SPF, broad spectrum and UVA protection when you're searching for sun lotions. Fair skin types should opt for a sunscreen with SPF 50 for maximum protection, while those with very dark skin may only require SPF 15.


Understanding the way in which your skin tans is also an important factor. Each person's skin has its own cut-off point – when it stops producing the skin tanning pigment melanin – so spending a long time in the sun does not necessarily mean a better tan. Typically, this cut-off period is around two or three hours. After this, you risk exposing your skin to UV damage, so head inside and rehydrate while you cool down.


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Now you've achieved your sun-kissed glow, remember that frequent practice is the only real route to becoming master of the tanning mitts. Add the finishing touch to your skin with a good body oil for a healthy-looking and radiant shimmer.

Men's Grooming Guide

It takes confidence to find satisfaction at home, work and in yourself. It won't change your life overnight, but a spot of grooming is the best first step to feeling good in your own skin.


This men's grooming guide will help you take pride in your appearance. Whether you want to improve the overall condition of your skin, find out how to shave a beard effectively or just pick up general men's beauty tips, we'll cover all the essentials.

FIVE STEPS TO SKIN CARE FOR MEN

Taking proper care of your skin means more than washing your face with hand soap and drying off with a towel. These five steps form the best men's skin care regime:

Illustration of man going through a skincare routine

1. Cleanse: The first, most important step. Use a men's cleanser on a daily basis to remove all the dirt, grime and oil that builds up. Splash your face with warm water, apply cleanser to your fingertips, lather and wash off.

Illustration of man going through a skincare routine

3. Tone: Once you've scrubbed off the dirt, you'll want to stop your skin becoming too shiny. Men's toners and serums will prevent your pores producing too much oil.

Illustration of man going through a skincare routine

2. Exfoliate: Gently buff the skin to remove dead cells and smooth roughness. Men's exfoliators and masks should only be used a few times a week as they're harsher than cleanser.

Illustration of man going through a skincare routine

4. Treat: Men's treatments are aimed at targeting very specific areas of your skin such as fine lines, blemishes, spots or uneven skin tone. Make sure the treatment is fully absorbed before you continue.

Illustration of man going through a skincare routine

5. Moisturise: Last but not least moisturisers and face creams keep your skin hydrated to reduce dryness, absorb sweat and reduce shine.



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HOW TO STYLE YOUR HAIR

Whether you've got a full head of hair or are a little thin on top, male grooming can go a long way to help you look suave. Here's a rundown of the best men's hair products:

Various grooming products

  • Start with your usual routine of men's shampoo and conditioner. Try not to wash every day, as it can make the hair drier and coarser in the long run.
  • Use a matt styling solution such as styling paste or clay on thinning hair to create a more textured, fuller head of hair.
  • Apply a pre-styling mixture when your hair is damp. Serums, salt sprays and mousses will improve the look of your finished hair style.
  • Using too much wax or gel can make your hair look greasy and heavy. Use sparingly.
  • If you're using a hairdryer or straighteners, don't go full fire with the heat setting. A cooler setting will leave the hair less frizzy and reduce the chance of damage.
  • For extra hold, spritz a little hairspray after using your men's hair styling products.

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HOW TO GROOM A BEARD

Even the wildest beard needs a little love to keep it in good condition. Beard trimming and beard grooming are very important aspects of men's beauty, so take your time.

Illustration of grooming tools

  • Brush your beard every day.
  • Keep it clean, just like the hair on your head.
  • Use clippers to trim short cuts and scissors on bushier beard styles.
  • Apply a beard oil to keep it soft and make it shine.
  • Use a razor to keep the edges defined.

Had enough of your facial hair and ready to go clean-shaven? The best way to shave is to start by preparing your skin. Take a hot shower before to open up your pores. Apply a pre-shave oil and leave it to penetrate the hairs and skin – this will soften everything up and help the razor glide. Get plenty of shaving foam or shaving cream on the area. Shave in the direction of the hairs, never against. A top tip for extra after-shave comfort is to apply a moisturiser or post-shave balm to rehydrate and cool the area.


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HOW TO SMELL GOOD
Blue Italian resort bottle

Scent plays a big part in the laws of attraction. It pays to know which brands of men's aftershave are aligned with your style. Do you prefer exotic citruses or warm spices? Or maybe you'd like to evoke lumberjack style with pine-scented perfume? Try a few testers to find out.


Apply aftershave gently. Either spray a cloud into and walk through it, or lightly rub each wrist together after one or two sprays. And don't forget to wear deodorant.



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GENERAL MEN'S BEAUTY TIPS
Clinique for men skincare set

Here are a few parting tips to make your new skincare regime as effective as possible:


  • Make sure you understand what type of skin you have before you invest in men's grooming products. Some are designed for oily skin, while others work to reduce dryness.
  • Once you've found a men's skin care routine you like, stick to it. Even the best skincare for men won't get results overnight: you need to be consistent.
  • Find a men's grooming gift set if you want a range of products in one box.

How To Give Yourself An At-home Manicure

Our hands take us through life's moments, big and small – whether you're giving an assertive handshake before an important meeting or joyfully reaching out to a loved one. Beautifully cared-for hands and nails are an easy confidence boost, no matter what you're doing, and add effortless polish to your look.


Careful regular maintenance with an at-home manicure routine is a quick and easy way to maintain healthy nails and elegant-looking hands. This guide will tell you which tools you'll need and the process to follow for a salon-perfect finish.

WHICH TOOLS SHOULD I INVEST IN?
Manicure kit

You'll already have the essentials in mind, but a truly great at-home manicure kit goes a little further. Of course, it helps to purchase quality manicure tools, as they'll do a better job and last longer too. If your current nail clippers, nail file and hand cream have been faithful companions for some time, consider upgrading them to start afresh with your new routine. Also invest in a rich moisturiser with sun protection to keep those hands looking lovely for longer.


Now for the extras to take your do-it-yourself manicure up a notch: you'll need a hand scrub to slough away dull skin, cuticle cream for soft, malleable cuticles, and a cuticle pusher to elongate your nails. If you have brittle nails, try using a nail strengthener and giving your nails a break from coloured polish for a little while.


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WHAT KIND OF NAIL POLISH SHOULD I USE?
Pink NARS nail polish

Choosing a quality nail polish is essential for giving yourself a long-lasting salon-like manicure at home. Extended wear and gel nail polishes are a useful option as they tend to have a longer lifespan than standard versions. Thankfully, polish created for personal use will forgo the potentially drying effects of the harsh UV lights used to seal in the colour at the salon.


Make sure you use a clear base coat before applying colour. Not only will this provide protection from stains, it'll also smooth out your nails for a sleeker overall finish. Finally, a clear matte or shiny top coat will prevent your nail polish from chipping and peeling for longer. This also forms a base for any embellishments you want to add on top.


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WHICH NAIL SHAPE WILL SUIT ME?
Illustration of different nail shapes

Finding a flattering shape is generally dictated by the length and width of your fingers and nail beds, but consider your personal style, too. If you prefer an edgier look, longer, angular nails will add to this. Those with a more understated style might choose to go for a shorter, neater nail featuring softer curves.


When looking at the shape of your hands and nails, you'll likely fit in to one of four categories. Generally, longer fingers with slim nail beds suit square or 'squoval' (square with a slightly rounded oval edge) shapes, as this adds an angular touch to streamlined hands. Long, wide fingers will find balance with elongated almond or oval shapes, while short, wide fingers will find the curves of round or oval nails the most flattering. Lastly, short, slim fingers tend to suit shorter styles, but can pull off most shapes.

HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY AT-HOME MANICURE?
Woman painting her own nails

Ultimately, an at-home manicure is an opportunity to pamper yourself a little. Set aside some time when you know you won't be interrupted and use this as an opportunity to wind down too. Really try to avoid doing a manicure in a rush, as you'll end up with a poor finish. There's nothing worse when you've just applied that flawless fresh coat than having to do something that involves your hands and potentially ruining all your hard work. It helps to keep your phone nearby if you know you might need it, so that you don't have to root around in a bag or coat pocket.


Minimise the rather intense scents of nail varnish remover and nail polish by sitting in a well ventilated area and making sure you open a window before getting started if needs be. Tie your hair back if it's long or you have a habit of absent-mindedly playing with it – best not to give your hair a fresh coat of polish as well!

HOW CAN I MANICURE LIKE A PRO, STEP BY STEP?

Before you begin, collect everything together – tools, products and any entertainment you might need while your nails are drying!

Illustration of how to manicure

1. Remove all traces of polish with an acetone-free nail polish remover and then wash your hands thoroughly. If necessary, trim your nails, then smooth them into your desired shape with a nail file. Take care to get rid of any sharp edges and hangnails.

Illustration of how to manicure

2. To soften cuticles, soak your hands in a bowl of comfortably warm water infused with an essential oil such as soothing lavender or uplifting jasmine. After a few minutes, you'll be able to gently nudge your cuticles back to elongate your nails. Avoid removing or cutting the cuticle, as it helps to protect the nail and nail bed.

Illustration of how to manicure

3. Gently exfoliate your hands with a scrub. Massage it in thoroughly, paying attention to rough patches but being careful not to irritate delicate skin. Wash off every last trace in the bowl of water, then follow up with a rich moisturising cream to make your skin super soft. If you've got a separate cuticle cream, apply this now.

Illustration of how to manicure

4. Allow all of the goodness from your moisturiser and cuticle cream to be absorbed before applying a base coat to your nails. Leave this to dry thoroughly to ensure that your coloured polish has a smooth surface to go on to.

Illustration of how to manicure

5. Next, apply colour. Don’t rush this stage as an accident here could mean you need to start from scratch. A quality product will generally only need one or two coats to create the desired opaque finish. If you make any mistakes, tidy them up with a small makeup brush dipped in nail varnish remover.

Illustration of how to manicure

6. When your polish is completely dry, add a top coat to protect your nails and give them a salon-perfect shine. After that, simply sit back, relax and admire the effects of your pampering session while you wait for your nails to fully dry. Steer clear of activities like washing up or doing your hair for a little while afterwards to avoid nicks or smudges.


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Once your nails are looking beautifully neat and healthy, you can take things a step further and get inspired with creative nail ideas. After all, a striking nail design needs a perfect foundation to look at its best. Remember that this can sometimes require a lot of nail varnish remover, which might impact your nail health. Reserve complex designs for special occasions and leave your nails bare every now and then. Buff them to a healthy shine for a naturally polished look.