Elsa McAlonan’s Beauty Upgrades: How to skip foundation with perfect primers 

WHAT’S NOW & HOW TO DO IT: PERFECTING PRIMERS

British beauty expert Elsa McAlonan, reveals a selection of the best primers for reducing the appearance of pores (file image)

British beauty expert Elsa McAlonan, reveals a selection of the best primers for reducing the appearance of pores (file image)

Supercharged with ingredients, the latest primers are so effective that you can wear them on their own and skip foundation altogether. 

Erborian Pink Primer & Care 

The right one fits like a second skin, such as the new Erborian Pink Primer & Care, a creamy balm that works like a stretch fabric on skin, helping to shrink the look of pores while boosting radiance.

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Bronze Chic Universal Bronzing Balm 

Bronzers are especially useful when we are not able to jet off abroad.

Inspired by Chanel’s fabulous Cream‑Gel Bronzer (£42, johnlewis.com), the new W7 Cosmetics Bronze Chic Universal Bronzing Balm (£5.95, W7makeup.co.uk) not only looks uncannily like its designer double, it performs well, too, producing a healthy, sun-kissed glow. Why not put Chanel on your Christmas list — and buy W7 for now?

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DAVINA’S BEAUTY BREW

Davina McCall (pictured) swears by a spoonful of Ancient + Brave True Collagen powder for keeping her skin gorgeous

Davina McCall (pictured) swears by a spoonful of Ancient + Brave True Collagen powder for keeping her skin gorgeous 

The first cup of tea in the morning is always a welcome pick-me-up, but for Davina McCall it is a must-have complexion-booster, too. The TV presenter swears by a spoonful of Ancient + Brave True Collagen powder (£27, ancientandbrave.earth) stirred into her morning cuppa to keep her skin gorgeous. The supplement helps to boost the elasticity of the skin and can be added to hot or cold drinks. 

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Eye Hydrator 

Keeping skin hydrated is vital to slow down, and even reverse, signs of ageing. The No 7 HydraLuminous range delivers a powerful shot of moisture. Its latest addition is the Eye Hydrator, a gel formula with No7’s HydraDrench Complex and hyaluronic acid to revive the delicate eye area, and reduce puffiness and dark circles.

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HOW CAN I STOP ‘HAT HAIR’ THIS WINTER?

One surprising way to keep your tresses tamed in wet and windy weather when you’re wearing a hat is to use a heat-protecting spray, says Lesley Clarke, founder of Azure Planet Friendly Beauty.

‘A lightweight heat-protecting product will help guard against heat damage and also reduces static, so when you whip your hat off you won’t get that fingers-in-the-lightbulb look! A heat-protector also reduces frizz and split ends, keeping your hair looking super-glossy.’ 

3 OF THE BEST: BATH & BODY OILS

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Jo Malone London Car Diffuser 

Just about anything in a classic Jo Malone cream-and-black box is always welcome — the colognes, the bath oils, the candles and body creams — we love them all.

But for the person who has everything, Jo Malone London has launched a scented car diffuser, so you can drive along with your favourite fragrance filling the air.

Available in three signature scents — Lime, Basil & Mandarin; Peony & Blush Suede; and Wood Sage & Sea Salt — they are all sold separately from the diffuser, which comes beautifully presented in the classic box.

Jo Malone London Car Diffuser (£48) and scented refills (£25 each, jomalone.co.uk).

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