Category Archives: Beauty

Pucker up with super-matt pink lips | Eva Wiseman

This spring you might choose to keep your face as calm and unadorned as possible and let a great slash of pink lipstick do the talking for you

At the Maison Margiela show, Pat McGrath painted models with bare, glossy faces, and super-matt fuchsia lips. When you looked closely, the lips revealed themselves to be two hearts, flipped on their sides. It’s a pop art moment and a statement look, but one that’s subtle enough that it shouldn’t be too scary for you to try it out this Friday night.

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The Fashion – hair eartuck

Simple, nuanced and just the tiniest bit nerdy. There’s only one way to wear your hair this season – and it doesn’t involve a blow-dry

• Read more from the spring/summer 2018 edition of The Fashion, our biannual fashion supplement

“It’s such a dorky thing to do. Like you can’t find your alice band and you’ve got to do your maths homework.” Tilly Macalister-Smith, a British fashion writer based in New York as director of content for DVF, is talking about the power beauty move of the moment: tucking your hair behind your ears. Forget twice-weekly blow-dries, dip-powder manicures and dragons’ blood sheet masks. The beauty hack of the season is literally at your fingertips. Hook your hair behind an ear or two and you’re good to go.

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A face gym is a fad I can get behind | Gemma Cairney

It’s not a ‘pampering facial’ but a butt-kicking one …

OK, so I went to the gym. A face gym, as in a gym for your face. Please don’t judge me, hear me out. Yes FaceGym is a new thang, it’s all-a-buzz on some Instagrams, innit? There is a snowballing excitement for this new beauty fix and though I am sometimes a little punk and grouchy when it comes to fads, this time I’m hooked.

FaceGym is inspired by an ancient Chinese practice that consists of an amalgamation of massaging and sculpting the 40-plus muscles of our face in various ways, as well as rubbing a healing jade stone into its crevices in order to release tension. The concept is quite different to what’s associated with your usual ‘pampering facial’ – it’s bit more of a butt-kicking approach.

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Bad science or expensive con: either way, I’m sticking with my skincare regime | Hadley Freeman

My skincare ritual is the closest I get to religion these days

Skincare relaxes me but makeup stresses me out. There is a simple reason for this: I am bad at makeup. I am so bad at makeup that even on my most hungover, jetlagged, puffy-eyed-from-cry-watching-Steel-Magnolias-and-drinking-gin-the-night-before days, I look better than I do on my best nights out wearing makeup. I was so excited when I bought one of those Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow palettes because, a friend told me, “even an idiot can do a smoky eye with these”. Idiot-proof smoky eyes!

I gazed upon my palette like the Nazis in Indiana Jones And The Raiders Of The Lost Ark looking at a religious relic. Alas, this holy find had about as beneficial an effect on my face as the Ark did on the Nazis, whose faces melted like wax when they looked within.

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Thanks, L’Oréal, but I’m growing weary of this hijab fetish | Nesrine Malik

Amena Khan’s role in a new ad campaign, though short-lived, shows how the industry struggles to represent Muslim women

This month Amena Khan became the first hijabi model to star in a global mainstream hair campaign. L’Oréal, which featured her in its advert, apparently wanted to promote an important message: hair care is for everyone, whether or not they choose to show their hair in public.

Related: The hijab ruling is a ban on Muslim women | Iman Amrani

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Naturally flawless: how to get the ‘no makeup makeup’ look

The minimal look – a favourite of celebrities for years – is still all the rage. Here, our columnist shows you how to achieve it in eight easy steps

As much as I have a soft spot for full-face glam, there is nothing I love more than a “no makeup makeup” look. For years our favourite celebrities and bloggers have nailed it using minimal products to achieve a simple, wide-awake aesthetic. Here’s how you can do it yourself.

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Ingestible me – will putting Brain Dust in my porridge make me smarter?

A range of ‘ingestible’ supplements are claimed to boost everything from your skin to your sex life. In the first of a new series on the weirdest and wildest food fads, we put them to the test

Brain Dust tastes like aspirin. It’s good to know this before putting it in a pancake, one of the breakfast suggestions on the box, because the pancake will be ruined. Brain Dust tastes marginally better mixed into a smoothie with almond butter, agave syrup and a banana, but in plain water, it’s foul. Still, the quest to look and feel generically better rumbles on, so here I am, drinking my dust.

I’m trying out “ingestibles”, wellness in a calorie-free pill or powder, which promise to do big things for your skin. Some people, such as – you guessed it – Gwyneth Paltrow, swear by eating this stuff for breakfast. I usually have coffee, a satsuma and eggs, but for the past 10 days, I’ve added 500ml of warm water containing 30ml of collagen from the Beauty Chef; a sachet of something called Clean Me, which includes powdered broccoli and wheatgrass; three pills containing various antioxidants and concentrated plant extracts; and occasionally Brain Dust, which contains something fun called lion’s mane mushroom. The manufacturers, Moon Juice, also make Sex Dust and Dream Dust, but I don’t want to get too preoccupied at work.

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Cleopatra had a big, beautiful nose. So let’s see it onscreen | Radhika Sanghani

The latest retelling of the Egyptian queen’s life must reject Hollywood convention – and show her in her full aquiline glory

Cleopatra is having a remake. The Egyptian queen, so memorably immortalised by Liz Taylor in Joseph Mankiewicz’s 1963 film, is coming back to our screens. And this time it’s going to be “dirty, bloody, with lots of sex”.

Related: A moment that changed me: rejecting the white ‘prettiness’ ideal | Eliza Anyangwe

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