Elsa McAlonan’s Beauty Upgrades: How to lengthen lashes with pool-proof mascara
- Elsa McAlonan reveals the best pool-proof mascaras for water-resistant lashes
- She also shares the at-home treatment Drew Barrymore uses on her skin
- British beauty expert rounds up the best self-tan serums for each age
WHAT’S NOW & HOW TO DO IT: POOL-PROOF MASCARA
British beauty expert Elsa McAlonan, reveals the best pool-proof mascaras for water-resistant lashes (file image)
For the great British summer, mascara needs to be not only waterproof, but weatherproof, too, to withstand heat, humidity and, of course, rain.
On sale from Wednesday is No7’s The Full 360 Waterproof Mascara, the waterproof version of the brand’s best-selling Full 360 Mascara. It’s volumising, curling and water-resistant, and formulated with pro-vitamin B5 to nourish lashes.
RACE YOU THERE
The ultimate summer pedicure is an appointment with the celebrity favourite podiatrist Margaret Dabbs.
And now there is no reason to miss out, because she has just released a new range of affordable foot care called Bare Feet, with most products costing less than £10. Highlights include the Nourishing Cracked Heel Balm (£8.50), Soothing Foot Soak (£7) and the Conditioning Foot Cream (right, £8, barefeetandhands.co.uk).
Containing a rich blend of manuka honey, sweet almond oil, ginger and avocado oil, these products aim to instantly soften tired, dry feet.
DREW’S MIRACLE MASK
Drew Barrymore (pictured) revealed one of her favourite at-home treatments is Caudalie’s Purifying Mask
We all know celebrities get spots, too — and Drew Barrymore recently shared on Instagram how she handles her pesky breakouts.
One of her favourite at-home treatments for helping to clear congested skin is Caudalie’s Purifying Mask (£22, lookfantastic.com) which contains white clays, zinc and flax seeds to clarify and cleanse.
Skincare doesn’t have to cost the Earth. The new Nivea Naturally Good range is bursting with natural ingredients, including green tea, aloe vera to hydrate and soothing cham is argan oil, to help skin look refreshed.
SHOULD I KEEP MY SPF IN THE FRIDGE?
No, there’s no need to keep sunscreen in the fridge, according to Dr Marko Lens, a leading expert in sun protection and skin cancer.
‘Sunscreens should be kept at normal room temperature,’ he says. ‘A very high temperature, or very cold temperature, could affect the stability and efficacy of the formula. Sunscreens should have a PAO — period after opening,’ he adds. ‘This will usually say the product is stable for 36 months after production, if it is not opened.’
It’s important to pay attention to these dates, as your sunscreen might not work if it’s out of date. If you need to replace yours, try Zelens Daily Defence Sunscreen with SPF 30.
3 OF THE BEST: SELF-TAN SERUMS
NIP + FAB Luminize Faux Tan Serum contains hyaluronic acid, which helps plump up the skin. Leave on for six to eight hours and then wash off.
For a subtle golden glow, the light madame La La West Coast Face Bronzing Serum contains green tea extract to hydrate and brighten.
SOLEIL Toujours Organic Daily Sunless Tanning Creme is a no-fuss serum which dries in ten minutes, so make-up can be applied on top.
Fashion history is captured in the beautiful new YSL Couture Colour Clutch Eyeshadow Palettes.
Presented in a leather-effect clutch with a gold trim, the two collections of ten eyeshadows are truly decadent, inspired by cities loved by the French fashion house’s legendary founder, Yves Saint Laurent. Paris (near right) reflects the allure of the City of Light with a range of metallic shades. Marrakech, meanwhile, contains rich oranges and blues, inspired by the Moroccan city where Yves would design his collections.