As we’re heading into the party season, it only seems right to draw inspiration from Elie Saab’s smoky eye: a disco-meets-Black Swan mash-up. Using the Clarins 4-Colour Pen, £28 (above, Houseoffraser.co.uk), smudge the black kohl around your eyes. Then, line your lips with the nude pencil to give your lipstick – Clinique Pop Lip Shadow Cushion Matte Lip Powder in Blossom Pop, £16.50 (left, Fabled.com) – extra staying power. Just before leaving the house, add glitter to your eyelids, ensuring a smattering of Bobbi Brown Luxe Eyeshadow Rich Metal in Serpentine, £27 (above left, Fabled.com), drops on to your temples and cheekbones.
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BOX OF HEALTHY TRICKS
This winter, when you’re short on time (and daylight hours), why not get a Marie Claire Made By Lifebox, £36, delivered to your home or office? Designed to boost mind and body, our lovingly curated Winter Skin Edition contains over £65 worth of healthy food, antioxidant-rich drinks, vegan-friendly natural beauty products and supplements to support gleaming hair, skin and nails. Perfect now that you’ve got a party every other night. Find out more at lifeboxfood.com/marieclaire.
ANATOMY OF… ELIZABETH ARDEN CERAMIDE LIFT AND FIRM SCULPTING GEL, £57 (JOHNLEWIS.COM)
There’s a new way to describe youthful skin: ‘confident’. In other words, skin that’s plump, firm and smooth. To that end, the beauty world is devising invisible gels – somewhere between primer and liquid plasters – that promise the ultimate revival. Trust us, this one will make you look ten years younger…
MC LOVES… ROLAND MOURET UNE AMOURETTE EDP, £115 FOR 100ML
The ‘Galaxy’ dress isn’t the only thing we’re craving from Roland Mouret this season. To celebrate 20 years as a fashion designer, he is launching his first ever fragrance. Une Amourette opens with pink peppercorn, cardamom and neroli, which manages to smell both spicy and sweet, but quickly melts into warmer, sensual notes of patchouli and vanilla. It’s hands down one of the sexiest scents we’ve ever come across.
It forms a clever film: Applied after moisturiser but before make-up, the gel tones and tightens skin over the cheekbones and jawline. Wrinkles are plumped from the inside out: Ceramides and hyaluronic acid soften the look of fine lines and also reinforce the skin’s moisture barrier – the first line of defence against ageing. Long-term effects: Peptides stimulate the production of elastin and collagen – the springs and stuffing of skin – to prevent sagging. Rollerball applicator: As well as retraining skin to sit where it used to, the rollerball pushes excess fluids, which can gather around the jawline, towards the lymph nodes where they are flushed out.
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