Beauty writer and creator of Legology Air Lite for Legs Kate Shapland shares her five fail-safe beauty and style resolutions for 2015.
Stay stylish year-round with these five resolutions from beauty writer Kate. From ensuring you invest in the right clothes to simple steps to avoid a make-up faux pas, these are the mantras to repeat as you hit the shops and re-vamp your beauty routine.
1. With fashion and beauty, always wag your own tail! In other words, be aware of what is current, but only wear it if it works for you personally – and always temper it with a detail of your own.
2. Less is more with make-up. It really is. Focus on your eyes or your lips, never both. Keep your base clean and transparent, nothing ages you faster than a mask-like foundation.
3. Find your jean! It’s incredibly liberating when you identify the cut and brand that suits your figure – no more ‘what am I going to wear over my bum/thighs …’ And always wear heels (preferably a leg-lengthening neutral) with them. Think s.t.r.e.t.c.h for your legs.
4. Identify your perfect heel height – generally in line with your leg length – this is even more liberating than knowing what jeans suit you!
5. If your legs aren’t your best feature, wear dark matt opaque tights – they slim the outline. But not too opaque – 15 denier is good.
Read Kate Shapland’s must-have beauty buys for January here
Beauty Writer and creator of Legology Air-Lite for Legs Kate Shapland shares the essential products to get you through January.
Award-winning beauty journalist Kate is not only a celebrated writer, but also a firm fixture in the Liberty Beauty Hall thanks to her pioneering product, Air-Lite for Legs. We asked Kate to share the January essentials she swears by; whatever your beauty dilemma, these must-try products will have you glowing from top to toe.
SKIN – Rodin Face Olio Lusso
This is an incredibly special oil because it’s so clean – honestly it feels like liquid satin and melts into your skin. Sometimes I’ll apply it with a dot of regular night cream, but generally I like to smooth it on in the bath after cleansing, then just pat my face with a towel when I get out. It gives your complexion a lovely dewy flush, you look revitalised – like you’ve had a lovely weekend on the coast. I also admire Linda Rodin, the creator behind this range, enormously – she has a very strong and recognisable personal style, and her exquisite brand is almost iconic in its simplicity. Clever lady.
HAIR – Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Pre-Shampoo Treatment
Philip Kingsley is the saviour of all girls with sad hair, and I could not live without this product – so yes, I’ll have another jar thank you and add it to my stockpile. I use it fairly regularly, once or twice a week, and what I love about it is that while it doesn’t necessarily give my hair the thickness and body it once had, it does make it as soft and shiny as it was ten years ago. May I take this opportunity to thank Mr Kingsley for this small joy in my life.
BODY – Legology Air-Lite For Legs
OBV… How could it be anything else? The sad fact of the matter is that these days I have to ask my husband for a free jar because he holds the keys to the stock cupboard in our office. I made this product because in 25 years of writing about beauty I never found it. So it’s 100% what I would expect from a leg care product – body even, as you can apply it from head to toe if you like. Just one thing I ask: enjoy applying it – don’t rush, and as you massage it in, breathe in the revitalising scent of Amalfi lemons and remember the joy of your last summer holiday. It will put you in a positive mood all day!
MAKEUP – Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo
Can all six shades of this count as one product? No one has perfected the nude lip with so much style as founder Carisa Janes. She has a matchless eye for detail and a perfectionist approach, and that is exactly what it takes to produce a makeup range of such beauty and efficiency as Hourglass. Every nuance in the Lip Stylo brand is perfect.
WELLBEING – Susanne Kaufman Acid Alkalising Tea
I’ll have a box of this please. What a great way to combat stress-induced acidity in the system. It tastes nice too. And that’s key because as we know, if you want to reap benefits from a product you have to use it regularly. And how often do you forget to take supplements after a late night/quick breakfast? Ta-dah! Here’s your morning cuppa. Genius.
Read Kate Shapland’s tips for perfect legs
Have you booked in for you next facial? Well before you do, you might want to consider giving the new Repair and Rebalance facial by Aurelia Probiotic Skincare a try. Liberty Online’s Assistant Editor, Fiona Davies, reviews the new miracle treatment.
“Think back to the last time you had a really great facial. Within the last month? Maybe in the last year? Never? Well it’s certainly been a while since I’ve treated my skin to such a luxury. So when I was invited to try Aurelia’s new Repair and Rebalance Probiotic facial, I could almost feel my face jumping for joy at the thought of a full hour of pampering ahead. What followed did not disappoint.
My treatment began, as it should, with a quick chat with my therapist about my skin’s history before the first product of the treatment was applied. The wonderfully soothing Aurelia Skincare Miracle Cleanser all over my face and décolletage. I really love this cleanser, for its beautiful smell and gorgeous creamy texture. I use it often in my own everyday skincare routine and my skin seems to look undeniably smoother afterwards. The eucalyptus and chamomile are particularly great for calming the skin and treating blemishes.
Next the Refine and Polish Miracle Balm; this facial polish is absolutely genius. Like a typical exfoliator, but with tiny granules so it’s very gentle on the skin, it works to clear away any lingering dead skin and brightens your complexion. Needless to say, my skin felt like satin once it had been rinsed off.
But the facial really came into itself during the Cell Repair Night Oil facial massage stage – a deep massage routine with one of the most incredible natural facial oils I have tried. The therapist spent a good 10 minutes working the oil in with a skilful, targeted facial massage that had me drifting off to sleep more than once!
Post-massage, Aurelia’s Rose Mask was applied and left to sink in while my therapist massaged my hands with the oil, releasing further tension. Once the mask was gently removed, the massage was completed with the Revitalise and Brighten Eye Dew – a roller ball that cools the eye area while applying a light serum to reduce puffiness. Finally the Day serum and moisturiser were applied to seal the deal.
What I loved most about this facial was the breadth of the Aurelia range that it covers. You really get to see the instant benefits of the brand’s best products, and come out the other side looking like you’ve been on holiday in the South of France for two weeks. My skin felt rich, moisturised, and plumper and I was glowing. Moreover, I felt like I’d just had the best beauty sleep of my life. I highly recommend it, whether for seasoned facialists or novices.”
Aurelia’s Probiotic Repair and Rebalance facials are available at the Liberty Beauty Treatment rooms throughout the year. The next event is due on Wednesday 3 September. Find out more about the facial here, and browse our schedule of treatments here for future events.
Liberty Beauty Buyer, Sarah Coonan spreads her beauty tips on choosing and applying the right foundation for a flawless, expert finish.
Foundation is probably the most important step in any make-up routine. The wrong foundation, when poorly applied, can be really ageing and look mask-like. Luckily, finding the best foundation is much easier than you think and application doesn’t need to take hours. We’ve pulled together some of our favourite makeup tips and tricks to help you achieve an enviably flawless base.
Step 1. Find the perfect colour
Foundation should match your skin as closely as possible, and I recommend visiting a make-up counter for advice. Always test it on your skin and ideally in natural light. If you don’t feel confident the colour is quite right ask for a sample and try it at home. There’s nothing worse than investing in a great foundation and then not using it because the colour is poorly matched.
Step 2. Take a lesson
Nothing beats a one-to-one tuition with a great make-up artist. Pop into store for a lesson and you’ll pick up a handy arsenal of tips. The assistants on our beauty counters are make-up artists too and many of them do freelance work so they really know their stuff. Don’t automatically head to the brand you always use, have a look round and only seek advice from someone with flawlessly applied foundation. If theirs isn’t applied well I find it hard to take their advice seriously.
Step 3. Cherry pick
I’m a firm believer in finding the very best product you can, rather than buying everything from one brand. They may have the best foundations but if their primer or brushes aren’t up to scratch you aren’t going to get the best results. My make up bag is a big mix of products and the best ones for you will vary depending on your skin type, the time of year and what look you want to achieve. For me, I love Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation, Trish McEvoy Correct and Brighten for under the eye, and Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage for any blemishes. I’m not keen on an overly powdered look so my go to products are either Chantecaille HD Powder or Hourglass Ambient Powder.
Step 4. Tailor your products
Depending on the look you want to achieve, you will need to use the right products. If you want dewy skin, a mattifying primer is going to work against you, so either skip the primer altogether or use something like Laura Mercier Radiance Primer. For velvety skin, I swear by Hourglass Veil Fluid Make Up and if you want a really natural look and don’t need too much cover you really can’t beat Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturisers.
Step 5. Find the right tools
Now you have the perfect products, you need to make sure you’re applying them correctly! Much of this is down to personal preference, but certain tools will help you achieve a really precise look. For an airbrushed finish, a damp Beauty Blender is a godsend. It’s quick, totally mistake-proof and gives the most beautiful coverage using just the right amount of product. When it comes to brushes, quality is the key. This doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune, but do your research first. My favourites for foundation are: Trish McEvoy’s Sheer Mistake-Proof Brush, Hourglass No. 2 (the most versatile brush you will ever use) and London Brush Co. Pyramid Brush.
Step 6. Learn from the professionals
YouTube is an amazing resource where you can get advice from great artists and real people alike. Some of our favourites are Pixiwoo, Wayne Goss and Lisa Eldridge – and the beauty is you can practice while you watch. This is also a great way to get completely impartial advice about which products to use. Wayne Goss has some really great videos about foundation and applying it. His advice is super easy to follow and he is always brutally honest about the products.
Three Tips from Our Artists
Abida from Trish McEvoy
For an airbrushed finish use Trish’s Sheer Mistake Proof Brush to stipple on foundation. Using fast circular motions to blend gives you a really light, even coverage that you can build up.
Anastasia from NARS
I like using my fingers to apply foundation as the heat really helps to melt the product into your skin leaving a really natural finish. Alternatively, I like to use a Beauty Blender slightly wetted.
Yen – Shu Uemura
A good base to even out skin, correct pigmentation and bring down redness is essential for a flawless look. The key is to use a great primer of base product like our UV Underbase. Also, don’t overcompensate with foundation to cover up blemishes. Less is more!
Interior designer Selina Lake talks about turning your outside space into a stylish setting with her tips on how to make, create and decorate
Selina Lake is a popular interiors’ stylist and best-selling author well known for her use of colour, and pretty, vintage and accessible style. Her work appears in magazines across the world, including Mollie Makes, Living etc, Homes & Antiques, Flow Magazine and Country Living as well as via her popular blog www.selinalake.blogspot.com. In her latest book ‘Selina Lake Outdoor Living‘ she takes her styling and decorating ideas outside and shares her style tips for outdoor lounging, garden parties, picnics, hideaways and weddings.
We’re excited to have Selina in-store Sunday 11 May 2-3pm in the Outdoor Living department on the 4th floor to launch her new book. Whether you’re eating alfresco or sleeping beneath the stars, ‘Selina Lake Outdoor Living’ is packed with inspiring and stylish ideas for enjoying outdoor life to the full. It’s a great opportunity to come and and meet Selina and get your hands on a signed copy of her book.
If you can’t make it into store, you can still pick up a few of Selina’s top tips right here as she shares some of the best bits from her book:
1. Logistically, setting up a dining table in the middle of a buttercup field, on a River bank or even at the bottom of your garden does involve a little pre-planning. Invest in a lightweight folding table for such occasions that can easily be assembled and ask your guests to bring along their own chairs – that way your create an easy and casual mix and match feel around the table. Remember to take a tablecloth along with you to cover up the table, perhaps a length of your favourite Liberty Print?
2. If like me you enjoy buying and collecting vintage Eiderdowns and unique cushions, then you could create a comfy patchwork seating area on the ground as a fun way to use them in the Summer months, when it’s too hot to adorn beds with them. I love Bluebellgrey Floral watercolour cushions available in Liberty’s Outdoor Living Dept.
3. I like using traditional gardening items in different ways. Could an old plant pot be used as a cutlery holder on your outside table? Or how about filling a wheelbarrow with ice and bottles of drinks to create a moveable bar perfect for a garden party?
Need a quick way to update your outdoor space for a party, barbecue or just because you feel it needs sprucing up? Selina has chosen three of her favourite pieces from the Liberty Outdoor Living department to give it a speedy update:
1. Liberty Print Deckchairs – I love deck chairs and I love Liberty prints so for me this is a perfect combo. These chairs would be a super edition to a garden, deck or balcony – how lovely to soak up the summer sunshine from these seats?
2. Turquoise Watering Can – ‘I garden therefore I am …’ Love the colour of this and it could double as an outdoor vase for long sprigs of Lilacs or hydrangeas.
3. Cream 6 Glass Carrier – this a great way to serve drinks at a garden party, you could add sprigs of wild flowers to the carrier using ribbon for an extra prettiness.