Elsa McAlonan’s Beauty Upgrades: How to achieve a summer foundation

Elsa McAlonan’s Beauty Upgrades: How to achieve a summer foundation

  • Elsa McAlonan reveals the best, lightweight foundation you should be using
  • She also reveals the secret behind Salma Hayek’s red carpet lip  
  • ReVive Intensite Complete Anti-Ageing Eye Serum is her shameless indulgence

WHAT’S NOW & HOW TO DO IT: SUMMER FOUNDATIONS

British beauty expert Elsa McAlonan revealed the best, lightweight foundations to cover your blemishes while still looking sheer

Cheat your way to bare-faced chic this summer with a new, lightweight foundation that gives just enough coverage to refresh the complexion without clogging pores.

My favourite is Benefit Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation (now £21.67, debenhams.com), which uses optical blurring spheres to hide imperfections. Lancome Skin Feels Good Foundation (£25, lancome.co.uk) covers blemishes while still looking sheer.

Or why not try cult U.S. brand It Cosmetics’ CC+ Illumination (£30, boots.com), which evens out skin tone and offers SPF 50 sun protection.

Uses optical blurring spheres to hide imperfections   

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Covers blemishes while still looking sheer 

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Evens out skin tone and offers SPF 50 sun protection 

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RACE YOU THERE 

It’s rare to be able to do a whole face of make-up for less than £10, but thanks to Wilko’s budget beauty brand Essence, you can now do exactly that.

With blushers costing £1.50, foundation for under £5 and £2 mascara, it’s never been cheaper to experiment with a new product or shade. The star of the range is the Fresh and Fit Awake Primer (above, £3.50, wilko.com), which uses light-reflecting pigments to minimise pores and creates a smoother, fresher base for make-up.

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GET SALMA HAYEK’S RED CARPET LIP  

Salma Hayek (pictured) lips were sight on the red carpet, with the colour not fading at all

Lip colour that doesn’t fade or slide off is a must on a warm summer’s day. Take note of actress Salma Hayek, who loves beauty guru Charlotte Tilbury’s lip products, which boast amazing staying power.

She uses Hot Lips lipstick in Hot Emily (£24, charlottetilbury.com), a beautiful coral shade. To ensure it lasts, layer over Lip Cheat liner in Hot Gossip (£16), a nude colour that can perfect the natural lip line.

THIS WORKS

Swap to a lighter blush for summer with armani’s Neo Nude A-Blush (£30, armanibeauty.co.uk), which has a weightless, gel-like texture. Perfect for freckled or tanned complexions, it gives cheeks a pop of colour without masking the skin underneath, and comes in five pretty shades to suit all skin tones. 

Perfect for freckled or tanned complexions, it gives cheeks a pop of colour without masking the skin underneath, and comes in five pretty shades to suit all skin tones 

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MUST MY SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER MATCH?

No, they don’t have to be the same brand. In fact, according to a leading hair expert, trichologist Anabel Kingsley, it is better to mix and match products from different ranges to personalise your routine for your hair type — a trend known as ‘Hair cocktailing’.

‘Choose the right shampoo for your hair texture and scalp, and a conditioner that addresses the moisture needs of the ends of your hair,’ advises Anabel.

So, if you have dry ends and oily roots, pick a shampoo for greasy hair, such as Faith in Nature Tea Tree Shampoo (£5.49, superdrug.com) then use a rich conditioner to prevent split ends. Try Klorane Leave-in Cream with Mango Butter (left, £12, boots.com).

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3 OF THE BEST: NIGHT CREAMS 

Uses rice peptides to enhance the skin’s nightly renewal process and minimise wrinkles. 

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Plumps and firms skin with the help of plant extracts. The intensive formula is ideal for dryness, too. 

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SHAMELESS INDULGENCE 

When you’re faced with a £220 price tag for an eye serum, you want to know it will work. Which is why Dr Gregory Bays Brown, a leading American plastic and reconstructive surgeon, has been using cutting-edge science in his products since 1997.

His latest breakthrough, ReVive Intensite Complete Anti-Ageing Eye Serum (spacenk.com), has been developed using the same technology he usually uses to heal burns victims. The formula increases skin cell renewal, while peptides boost the skin’s natural collagen and elastin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. 

The added ingredients of kombucha black tea extracts also tackle dark circles, under-eye bags and crepiness.

If you have been seriously considering injectables, it might just be worth investing in this instead.

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