Afraid of liquid eyeliner? Don’t be

She’s been wowing fans with her incredible make-up at various events, with the most recent coming at the Grammy Awards earlier this month (Feb16). It’s Adele’s eyeliner that’s really the standout of her whole look, with the feline flicks perfectly shaping her almond shaped eyes. Of course, Adele isn’t the pioneer of this look – with Old Hollywood stars such as Brigitte Bardot and Audrey Hepburn previously showing their love of sexy eyeliner flicks. It’s the perfect look for a big party or even a glamorous day look if you have the time to do it in the morning. Achieving this look is no easy feat though, and requires more than just a steady hand.

Make sure you apply a primer to your eyelids first, ensuring that the eyeliner won’t slide off during the course of your day or evening. Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion is a cult classic or Rimmel London Undercover Shadow Primer is a slightly cheaper option. Once you’re all primed, you can move on to starting the eyeliner.

While eyeliner pencils are undoubtedly easier to use, your best bet to creating the perfect Adele look is to use a liquid eyeliner. Shu Uemura Calligraph: Ink Liquid Eyeliner is a popular choice among make-up artists, as it has a bristle brush based on calligraphy pens, and means you can create a thin or thick line with complete precision. For an entirely liquid eyeliner, try MAC’s Liquid Eyeliner.

If you really don’t want to use a liquid liner, you could give one of the newer marker pen style liners a go. Benefit Cosmetics’ they’re real! push-up gel eyeliner is a good choice. Be aware though, this won’t give you the same sharp look as Adele’s.

When it comes to actually applying the liner, you don’t want to be messing around with a mirror and the eyeliner brush, so the best way to ensure a straight line is to place the mirror on a table and look down into it.

Holding the edge of your eye to pull the skin taut can help if you are a novice applier and don’t try and get each eye exactly matching before you start. Give it a go on one eye before moving over to the other.

The other thing to remember is that any errors can be easily corrected. Either wipe off the whole look and try, try and try again until you get it right, or dip a cotton bud in eye make-up remover and use to get rid of any minor slip ups.

One thing you can be sure of though, if you get this look right, you’ll have all the boys saying, “Hello!”

Applying make-up to dry skin

Nothing is worse than trying to make yourself look good for a night out in the winter, but your skin is just too flaky and dry to apply make-up properly. This doesn’t mean you should throw in the towel and give up though, as there are ways to tackle this.

It all starts with your base, which you need to get as smooth as possible before anything. Exfoliate your skin with a gentle facial scrub to get rid of any excess dry skin – rub too hard and you’ll only irritate your complexion.

Then you want to apply a hydrating moisturizer that caters to your skin type – flakiness is a sure sign of sensitivity so you’ll want a face cream that doesn’t have any harsh chemicals or ingredients. Let the moisturizer sink in and absorb naturally so your skin gets all the nourishment.

Or, a good tip you may not know about is to apply your moisturizer before you shower, so your pores open up and absorb the cream better. Rub in properly, especially targeting your extra dry spots.

If a primer is part of your routine, invest in a hydrating one for the winter months like Too Faced Hangover Face Primer – don’t just use it after a boozy night out! A hydrating product will nourish your skin even more before applying foundation.

As for what cover up you choose, you’ll want to avoid anything that will dry your skin up even more like matte, oil-free or powder options. Cream foundations will maintain a dewy finish even if you do feel flaky and dry, and they will hold more moisture in as the day goes on.

Or you could mix the one you already use with a spot of moisturizer or primer to hide blemishes and keep your complexion looking fresh.

New season multi-tasking masks

New launches seem to come in fits and starts; one minute brands are clamoring to bring out serums, the next everyone is focused on cleansing oils. At the moment it seems to be face masks which are top of the bill, but simply leaving skin soft isn’t enough. A new breed of these products are intent on fixing all your beauty ills at one, so allow us to introduce you to 2016’s multi-tasking mask launches.


One of the biggest complaints people who live in cities have about their skin is loss of radiance. Kiehl’s believes dullness is caused in no small part by pollution – it penetrates the skin, damaging the barrier, affecting the way it repairs itself, making it more sensitive and accelerating the ageing process. None of that sounds great, which is why the brand has launched two new masks to combat these effects. The Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque protects the skin from pollution and helps strengthen it in the long term. The Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque helps with dullness instantly, as it works like a mini facial by exfoliating skin and then treating it.

Deep cleansing

Sanctuary Spa’s 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask isn’t new, but its Warming Detox Charcoal Wash is and is the perfect partner for the treatment. The wash was designed to offer deep purification, cleansing the skin and helping get rid of all grease and grime which could clog pores. Then add the mask on to help refine your pores even further – it’s self heating, so perfect for winter too.


If you hanker after the feeling of a facial but don’t have the money to splash out on one regularly, Bliss Steep Clean Pore Purifying Mask is the answer. It has exfoliating enzymes in it which help dissolve dead skin, plus it unclogs pores to help keep the complexion clear and boosts radiance too.


Many of us go for a scrub followed by a mask when we want a real pampering treat, by why use two products when one will suffice? Filorga Scrub & Mask sloughs off dead skin while at the same tightening pores and helping with radiance. Your skin will be left soft and smooth – so much so that in a trial, 100 per cent of people claimed their face was clearer after using it for four weeks.


While smoothing on a mask and relaxing in front of the telly is great for some, we don’t always have the time to dedicate to our beauty routine. If you want a treatment hit but don’t have minutes to waste, Origins Plantscription Powerful Lifting Overnight Mask could be right up your street. You should apply every night before you drop off, with the product helping firm and plump skin as you sleep. Fine lines and wrinkles should be less apparent and sagginess will be a thing of the past.