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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:

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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.

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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.’ 

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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.

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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.'

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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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