How To

Beauty No-Brainers

Uncovering the common mistakes professionals never make

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You’re a self-certified beauty junkie and you’ve invested in the best products around. So why do your niggling beauty issues still exist? Turns out it’s not them, it’s you. Break up with your bad habits and make the most of the products in your arsenal. . .

Match your colourFor Maddy and Rihanna on our Nars counter, seeing customers with the wrong colour foundation is the ultimate frustration. Their top tips: “If you come to us in-store, we’ll sit you down, remove your makeup and swatch three colours (cool, medium and warm) on both sides of your face. If you haven’t got time, swatch the product on the back of your hand and your chin, as this is where it oxidises fastest.” Oxidising, or slight darkening of your makeup throughout the day, is best fought by choosing your exact match or the shade slightly cooler than your natural tone.

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Use the right brushYou’ve invested in an innovative foundation that goes on like silk, but who knew your trusty sponge applicator would turn it into a completely different product? “A lot of our customers will choose a foundation for its properties, then use it in a traditional way”, says Andrew at Hourglass: “For example, the new Vanish foundation launched with the Vanish Seamless brush to give that buffing action on the skin. A beauty blender or sponge applicator will give really thick, streaky coverage when that foundation is supposed to be really natural.”

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Make time for conditionerThe most common hair mistake according to stylist Gary at Taylor Taylor is trying to cut your own fringe (put the scissors down, guys). However if you’ve managed to resist the at-home snip, your hairdresser is probably mourning your lack of conditioner. Taking the time to rinse it out properly, using a leave-in formula AS WELL AS your normal product and applying a mask once a week will make the biggest difference to your hair. And earn you a nod of approval from your stylist.

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Kick the caffeineReaching for your third coffee of the day? The caffeine hit could be the cause of your tight, dry skin. Hannah at Dermalogica recommends setting your skin (and skin care products) up for success by cutting out soap, and holding back on caffeinated drinks. For a complexion in need of some love, try Dermalogica’s cream-based essential cleansing solution and a rich moisturiser like Super Rich Repair.

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