Elsa McAlonan’s Beauty Upgrades: How to wear super mascara  

Elsa McAlonan’s Beauty Upgrades: How to wear super mascara

  • Elsa McAlonan reveals the best mascaras for the illusion of longer eyelashes
  • She also reveals Nicole Kidman’s secret to hydrated skin 
  • She shared Acqua di Parma’s new scents as this week’s shameless indulgence

WHAT’S NOW & HOW HOW TO DO IT: SUPER MASCARA

Elsa McAlonan reveals the best mascaras for the illusion of long, thick eyelashes that last for hours with flaking

We expect a lot from our mascara. We not only want it to lengthen and thicken eyelashes, but we need it to last for hours without flaking or smudging. The latest do all that and more. 

Smashbox Super Fan has a 360-degree brush that allows you to catch even those hidden corner lashes.

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Cosmetics guru Charlotte Tilbury has reformulated her bestselling Legendary Lashes mascara to create ‘Volume 2’, which claims to give eyelashes more than 500 per cent extra volume.

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And Glossier’s new Lash Slick curls and sculpts as it lengthens. It is water-resistant (as opposed to waterproof), so will wash off with warm water.

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RACE YOU THERE

Huda Beauty palettes have become collector’s items in the cosmetics world, so coveted they sell out almost as soon as they go on sale. The two new Obsessions Eyeshadow Palettes will surely be no exception.

Gemstone Obsessions has nine metallic and iridescent shadows inspired by precious gems including Amethyst and Ruby. Coral Obsessions has two shimmer and seven matte colours in warming oranges and dusky pinks.

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NICOLE’S DRY SKIN SAVIOUR

Nicole Kidman (pictured) reportedly uses Eucerin Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm to avoid dry skin

Actress Nicole Kidman is a fan of Eucerin Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm (£9, boots.com).

Clinically proven to hydrate and support skin regeneration, it works wonders for extremely dry, damaged or irritated skin. 

The water-free, paraffin-based formulation creates a semi-permeable, protective barrier, which maintains the natural rate of water vapour, keeping damaged skin moist. 

THIS WORKS 

DO I REALLY NEED TO USE A NECK CREAM?

In a word, yes — but a recent survey found only 3 per cent of us use a targeted neck cream. Unlike our faces, our necks don’t have a supportive bone structure, so the signs of ageing can be profound. 

Tackle neck lines with the new PRAI Beauty Ageless Throat and Decolletage Serum (£29.99, boots.com). It features a rollerball applicator that aids drainage 

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as does Emma Hardie Amazing Lift & Sculpt Firming Neck Treatment 

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Meanwhile, bareMinerals Ageless Genius Firming & Wrinkle Smoothing Neck Cream deeply hydrates the skin, while reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

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3 OF THE BEST: ANTI-AGEING SERUMS 

GALLINÉE Youthful Serum is an anti-ageing prebiotic and probiotic concentrate that is suitable for sensitive complexions. It helps restore radiance, while re-balancing your skin’s bacteria.

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With regular use, the Clarins Super Restorative Remodelling Serum has a ‘lifting’ action, so that facial contours appear redefined and, after time, age spots fade.

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Cosmetics A La Carte’s Superglow Serum has nourishing oils and quickly sinks into the skin to prepare it for a flawless foundation application.

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SHAMELESS INDULGENCE

The renowned Italian fragrance house Acqua di Parma has launched its Le Colonie and Le Nobili scents in dinky 20ml bottles that are perfect to pack for spritzing on holiday. They are available in two summery sets. 

The floral-themed Nobili trio includes Rosa Nobile, a heady rose perfume, Magnolia Nobile, with an intense floral background, and Peonia Nobile, celebrating the peony flower. 

Meanwhile, the Colonie set (£102) offers Colonia, a bright, citrus scent, Colonia Intensa, with a hint of leather, and Colonia Pura, a light cologne.

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