Elsa McAlonan’s Beauty Upgrades: How to perfect glowy bases

WHAT’S NOW & HOW TO DO IT: GLOWY BASES

We want foundation to make our skin the best version of itself, so choose one with a skin-loving formula.

We want foundation to make our skin the best version of itself, so choose one with a skin-loving formula (stock image)

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Make this your first new mascara of 2021. The L’Oreal Paris Air Volume Mega Waterproof Mascara does it all.

Its whipped formula uses fixing waxes to give you fuller-looking lashes without any clumps, smudges or flakes.

It’s lightweight, too, so won’t weigh your lashes down, and you don’t need harsh make-up remover to take it off.

It’s the waterproof version of the Air Volume Mega Mascara, a favourite of Beyonce’s make-up artist Sir John, who is a L’Oreal Paris ambassador, and it’s set to be just as huge a hit. 

HALLE’S SECRET SMOOTHER 

It has been a lockdown hero for those of us missing our salon waxes — and now it seems Halle Berry is also a fan of the Finishing Touch Flawless Facial Hair Remover (£19.97, asda.com).

The actress swears by the discreet trimmer, which looks like a lipstick — perfect for stowing in your bag — and removes unwanted hairs in seconds.

It has a gold-plated, hypoallergenic head to prevent irritation, and a handy built-in light to guide you.

It has been a lockdown hero for those of us missing our salon waxes — and now it seems Halle Berry (pcitured) is also a fan of a secret smoother

It has been a lockdown hero for those of us missing our salon waxes — and now it seems Halle Berry (pcitured) is also a fan of a secret smoother

THIS WORKS 

With beauty hall advisers off-limits, why not try the online skin diagnostic tool from new brand Wo Skincare. It helps you choose the right products whatever your skin type. 

Dull, uneven complexion? It recommends Power Toniq Skin Tone Brightening Essence with revitalising botanicals. 

DOES TWO-IN-ONE SKINCARE WORK?

There’s no doubt a do-it-all skincare product helps to minimise waste and bathroom clutter. And according to consultant dermatologist Dr Anjali Mahto, using multi-purpose products is likely to decrease the risk of irritation and sensitivity, too.

‘One way of reducing the number of products we need is by choosing multi-purpose skincare,’ she adds. ‘Why use an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) toner and a retinol if you can have something that incorporates both?’

Try Alpha-H Liquid Gold Midnight Reboot Serum, which mixes exfoliating glycolic acid with the anti-ager granactive retinoid, and revitalises skin while you sleep. 

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SHAMELESS INDULGENCE 

Than k goodness for the rash of beautiful make-up palettes to lift our spirits in 2021. My favourite is Bobbi Brown’s Stroke of Luck Eye Palette part of the brand’s limited-edition Lunar New Year collection. 

It contains a palette with five pigment-rich, warm shades in metallic, matte and shimmer finishes to suit all skin types. Complete your look with the Opal Glow Stroke of Luck Highlighting Powder (£36.50) and a choice of three Luxe Metal Stroke of Luck Lipsticks (£29 each): Firecracker, a bold red; Lantern Light, a pink; or Red Fortune, a red-brown. 

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