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Expert-rated make-up buys
30 October 2018
Whether you’re carefully curating the mother of all make up bags or simply looking for a payday treat, Fabled by Marie Claire has whittled down five beauty buys that are worth all the hype (and then some). Timeless classics, cult buys, iconic heroes, game-changers – no matter what you call them – it’s never been easier to justify your buy. Treat yourself to a slice (or five) of expert-rated beauty below:
1.THE SUITS-ALL LIPSTICK (that won’t dry out your lips)
Fabled by Marie Claire Editor, Leyla Rudolf loves: By Terry Hyaluronic Sheer Rouge 12 in Be Red £29
‘If you’re looking for colour that cares, By Terry’s Sheer Rouge is for you – and best of all it suits all skintones. Infused with hyaluronic acid, this melt-in lipstick balm moisturises, boosts volume, fills wrinkles, smooths and protects the lips – while simultaneously adding a glossy veil of pigment. HA-Lip & Hyaluronic Acid micro-spheres re-plump and fill while the Crystal-Colour micro-pigments promise pure colour. In a word, it’s simply brilliant.’ For a high glamour yet timeless look, Fabled by Marie Claire recommends Be Red – though, truth be told, we’re hooked on the lot. Apply with your finger tips for a natural finish guaranteed to suit any occasion.
2.THE ‘FIND-IT-ONLINE’ FOUNDATION
Marie Claire Senior Beauty Editor, Fiona Embleton recommends: Benefit Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation Mini from £6.50
'For years the “no make-up” make-up look has been the holy grail when it comes to foundation, and an effect we’ll (rather ironically) use a fair amount of product to try and replicate. Not anymore. Benefit’s lightweight foundation evens out skin tone and blurs imperfections with soft-focus optical blurring spheres. With a natural-matte finish and light-to-medium coverage, it looks like skin and feels like nothing at all.
If, like me, a tinted moisturiser doesn’t quite cut it anymore but most foundations make you feel too ‘made-up,’ then this is your solution.’
3. THE CULT BUY
A favourite amongst industry experts (even the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle is rumoured to be a fan) Beautyblender’s iconic sponge has undoubtedly reached cult status. The super soft aqua-activated™ sponge creates an even blend and absorbs minimal product, so your favourite formula lands on your complexion (not on your sponge). The edgeless shape also blurs out any imperfections for a truly seamless, royally good finish. Simply wet, squeeze and bounce your way to makeup perfection! Fabled by Marie Claire’s experts recommend you switch up your sponge every three months.
4. THE ALL-YOU-NEED BROW BRAND
Head Makeup Artist for Benefit Cosmetics, Lisa Potter-Dixon loves: Benefit Eyebrow Collection, from £20.50
Big and bushy brows are the dream in my opinion,' says Lisa. ‘Embrace the bush, but make sure you groom them otherwise they’ll just look unruly. Stroking a soft powder through the hair like Foolproof Brow Powder, will add a touch of definition and the Gimme Brow + Volumising Brow Gel, is brilliant if you’re after a bushier, boy-brow look. Just stroke it away with the hair, and then back with the hair, to add volume and colour to your brows.'
5. THE SERUM TO SPEND £££ ON
Marie Claire Beauty Assistant Sarah Barnes recommends: By Terry Cellularose CC Serum £61
‘If you’re looking for a fast-track to more radiant looking skin, this CC Serum is for you. Enriched with White Rose Stem Cells, the colour-correcting formula combines a cell-renewing Brightening Agent with Vitamin E to create that ‘light-from-within’ finish (aka the holy grail of beauty). Light-reflecting prisms help to blur imperfections and fill fine lines for an even-toned result. Available in four suits-all skin tones (No. 1 Immaculate Light; No.2 Rose Elixir; No. 3 Apricot Glow and No. 4 Sunny Flash) depending on your mood and/or occasion.’
Apply to the contours of the face with the tips of your fingers and blend in a circular motion to create a seamless effect. Layer to enhance the overall radiance.
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