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Whether a slick of lippy is your go-to, or eyeliner is more your thing, these are the budget buys to take your look to the next level
Your traditional palette should be shaking in its, erm, tray – there’s a new shadow in town that’s set to take your routine by storm. ‘Eyeshadows can be too high-maintenance for daily use, as they’re sometimes tricky to apply and can be prone to smudging,’ says make-up artist Erin Kristensen, who helped create these looks. ‘But the new-gen products go on like a gloss (so they can be applied with a finger), and leave such a subtle tint that you can apply them while on the go.’ Wear one layer for a wash of colour, or build up for extra intensity. ‘I used my finger to apply this to lids,’ says Erin, ‘blending above the socket line and winging out at the edges.’
YOUR 2018 UPDATE: New CYO Crush On Metal Metallic Eyeshadow in Lovey Dovey*, £4.50/450 points
PRO TIP ‘Keep mascara to a minimum, with just one coat on the upper lashes,’ advises Erin. ‘Choose a waterproof version that won’t stain your lids.’
You’re always on the lookout for that ‘perfect skin in a bottle’, and what you don’t know about foundation isn’t worth knowing. But your battle is with highlighter: how to perfect a gorgeous, natural-looking sheen without going OTT? ‘It’s a fine line,’ agrees Erin. ‘Too little goes unnoticed, but too much can look more greasy than glowy.’ So how is this highlighter different? ‘The pipette allows you to control the amount you use,’ Erin explains. ‘I mixed one drop with a creamy foundation to add a lovely dewy finish to skin. It contains just the right amount of shimmer, so the effect is really natural and fresh.’ Sorted.
YOUR 2018 UPDATE: Barry M Liquid Chrome Highlighter Drops in Beam Me Up, £6.99/699 points (12ml)
PRO TIP ‘For added radiance, lightly dab an extra layer of highlighter on your nose, cheekbones and brow bones,’ suggests Erin.
You’re a master of the ‘tightline’ and you’ve got the sexy-smudgy eye sussed, but your feline flick hasn’t quite reached the Adele-esque standard you crave. Well, not for much longer. The new breed of ‘stamp eyeliner’ aims to make wonky wings a thing of the past. ‘The hardest part of getting perfect flicks is making both eyes look symmetrical,’ says Erin. ‘But this liner, with its wing-shaped stamp applicator, is foolproof.’ First, rest your arm on a steady surface to avoid slip-ups. Run the tip of the pen along the upper lash lines, then turn the liner on its side and press the stamp applicator onto the outer corners.
YOUR 2018 UPDATE: Rimmel London Wonder Wing Eyeliner, £5.99/599 points
PRO TIP ‘Blend the area where the line and the “stamp” meet, using the tip of the pen to ensure you create a tidy flick,’ explains Erin.
Your lippy wardrobe probably consists of various shades of high-shine gloss and chalky matte – but what about a hybrid of the two? ‘The metallic matte is set to be the texture of the year,’ says Erin. ‘It glides on like a gloss and creates highlights where it catches the light, yet it sets like a matte but without the chalky finish. Make sure you prep lips before applying, as this texture can dry out skin and expose cracks and bumps. So use a scrub or rub them with a dry flannel to create a smooth surface for the colour to go on seamlessly.’
YOUR 2018 UPDATE: NYX Liquid Suede Metallic Matte in Pure Society, £9/900 points
PRO TIP ‘Apply lipstick with the wand provided, then use a lip brush to push the colour out to the edges of the lips and the Cupid’s bow for a defined, neat finish,’ says Erin.
*Available in selected stores.
Photography Oliver Shearing Words Donna Francis Still life photography Pixeleyes Make-up Erin Kristensen Hair Liam Curran Nails Nickie Rhodes-Hill Model Ellen at Profile