Elsa McAlonan’s Beauty Upgrades: How to give winter-worn locks a lift with hair glossers
- Elsa McAlonan reveals a selection of the best hair glossers for adding vibrancy
- She shares how Laura Dern a natural look at this month’s Oscars
- British beauty expert also rounds up the best serums to use at each age
WHAT’S NOW & HOW TO DO IT: HAIR GLOSSERS
Elsa McAlonan picked out a selection of the best hair glossers for adding vibrancy to winter-worn locks (file image)
If your winter-worn locks need a little lift, add some shine and your colour will look as if it’s just been done.
The glossier your hair looks, the more light and colour it will reflect — and it is easily achievable with the right products.
‘Oils are fantastic for adding shine and vibrancy and can instantly lift dull, coloured hair,’ says Hari creative colourist Francesca Dixon.
The Herbal Essences Bio:Renew Hair Oil Blend With Hemp Seed Oil & Aloe is made with botanicals endorsed by the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew.
Or try L’Oreal’s Mythic Oil, which will give hair a satin shine.
While Rita Hazan’s True Color Ultimate Shine Gloss in Clear will help to protect coloured locks.
RACE YOU THERE
We can always make space for another mascara in our make-up bags — especially if it’s free.
Until February 25, when you spend £4 on MUA make-up in Superdrug stores you receive a free MUA Amplify Mascara, which normally costs £3.
The cruelty-free and vegan range has an incredible collection of cosmetics, with most items costing £5 or less. Hero products include the Super Stylo Lipsticks (£3 each), Primer Sticks (£5 each) and Eye Primer (£2.50).
LAURA ’S SUBTLE OSCARS LOOK
Make-up artist Gita Bass, achieved Laura Dern’s (pictured) natural make-up look at this month’s Oscars using Armani Beauty products
Laura Dern’s natural make-up perfectly complemented her pale pink and black Armani Prive gown at this month’s Oscars, and it was thanks to make-up artist Gita Bass.
Using Armani Beauty products, the star, who won Best Supporting Actress for Marriage Story, was made up with Luminous Silk Foundation in 5.75 (£43, armani beauty.co.uk), with Power Fabric Concealer in 4 (£32.50) and Neo Nude A-Blush in 51 (£32).
Winter-worn hands appreciate a little extra care and attention. D’Alchemy Spectacular Hand Therapy is a luxuriously rich hand cream which combines a mix of essential oils, including sandalwood, mandarin and grapefruit, with the scent of cedar and sweet vanilla.
IS SKINCARE MAKING MY LIPS DRY?
Yes, if your skincare products contain active ingredients such as retinoids. This anti-ager can cause Retinoid Lip, says dermatologist Dr Sam Bunting.
‘Retinoids cause dryness when they come into contact with our lips and can even trigger itching, redness and dermatitis,’ she says.
‘It usually comes about as an accident — we inadvertently swipe our fingers over our lips when applying night-time retinoids or when we moisturise.’
She recommends generously applying lip balm after cleansing and before using any retinoid product. Dr Sam’s Flawless Lip is a non-sticky treatment which contains lanolin to hydrate and protect lips.
Dr Sam’s Flawless Lip is a non-sticky treatment which contains lanolin to hydrate and protect lips.
3 OF THE BEST: BOOSTING SERUMS
The super-hydrating MAL & MOD Active Collagen Boost Serum contains glasswort, a sea herb to help lock in hydration and provide antioxidant protection.
Packed with ingredients rich in antioxidants, the BYBI Supercharge Serum blends, brightens and repairs skin. It can even be used in place of your regular night cream.
With plumping hyaluronic acid, magnolia extract and skin-boosting creatine, the Nivea Cellular Anti-Age Concentrated Face Serum accelerates the skin’s own cell renewal.
If you feel this winter has plodded on for ever, the new fragrance from aerin will lift your mood in an instant. Wild Geranium has been inspired by the thought of meadows filled with wildflowers that bloom with colour all year round. Its glorious blend of geraniums with hints of pink pepper and lemon, orange flower petals, peonies, rose centifolia and tuberose absolute, will help you quickly forget it’s still only February.
It even comes in a bright, colourful box and a glass bottle with a periwinkle pebble-like cap. the matching body cream (£45) is perfect for layering on the luxury. Bring on spring!