Beauty Articles

Lashes, glitter, drama

Do one dramatic thing and you’ll look like you’ve made an effort, even though you gave it less than five minutes


Glitter roots

Hair buns and glittery roots have been filling up our Instagram feed over the last month. The full directional look involves gelling your roots, sprinkling over glitter and holding it in place with hairspray. Or nip into Claire’s and buy a can of its very cheap and very effective spray – available in several wild shades – and layer it on close to your hair line. Glitter spray, £3, Claire’s


Fancy red lips

Kiko’s liquid lipstick achieves a smart sheen without the sticky finish of conventional lip glosses. It also allows us to eat canapés without getting crumbs caught up in our lip line. Perfect for that awkward bit at the beginning of the Christmas party when we’re attempting to look professional while eating a mini sausage roll. Shining Star Lip Lacquer in Intensive Red, £6.90, Kiko


Crazy lashes

NicLove, a seller on Not on the High Street, specialises in laser cut jewellery and beautiful, extravagant false lashes. Her glitter lashes comes in nine finishes. They look mad from the top, with tight clusters of glimmering discs stacked along the lash line, but the underside is kept clear so you can actually see where you’re going. Mermaid glitter festival lashes, £12.50, NOTHS


More smoke

When you want a smoky eye, you need help from the queen of them, Claudia Winkleman. Her new beauty range for M&S features a concise set of mascara, eyeliner, two eyeshadows and individual lashes with glue. Keep it in your desk drawer for emergencies. Claudia Winkleman Panda Eye set, £19.50


Metal eyes

By Terry’s Ombre Blackstar eyeshadow pencils are simple to apply and hold their colour and coverage for hours. There are 12 metallic shades and the thick, soft applicator makes it easy to buff with your fingers. Keep it close to the lash line for a soft eyeliner, or use as a traditional eye shadow for a strong look. By Terry Ombre Blackstar, £29, SpaceNK

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