Long-lasting, flexible, flattering – what’s not to love about liquid eyeshadows?
Something’s definitely afoot in the eyeshadow department at the moment: so many liquid formulas seem to be crossing my desk. Not that they’re a new invention, but I feel as though I’m witnessing peak liquid shadow season – what a time to be alive!
But seriously, I mostly bring this up because I’ve become rather partial to this texture. It’s much easier to swipe on and blend around the lid, for starters. And because the formulas feel so non-powdery, in fact quite luscious, I feel as though they make eyelids look that little bit more youthful. They are also far less prone to sit noticeably in any creases – plus, they’re usually pretty long-lasting and there’s no pigmented dusting on cheeks from loose powder fallout when you’re applying them.
It’s true that, generally, liquid versions have a bit of a shimmer to them, but personally I mind this less in eyeshadows, and none of these are so glittery that they start to look cheap. They also seem to be on the metallic side, but I love a bit of that come sunnier months.
Too Faced Crystal Whips Shimmering Eye Shadow Veil (£19, debenhams.com) has a whipped texture that glides on and gives a good colour pay-off. I love the It’s Lit rose goldish shade the most.
Rimmel Wonder’swipe 2-in-1 Liner to Shadow (£6.99, boots.com) is a clever product that can be used as a fine eyeliner or blended over the lids for a shimmer of colour. My favourite is Crush On You, a gorgeous green.
Bobbi Brown High Shine Liquid Eye Shadow (£18, johnlewis.com). This water-based formula has a metallic finish and comes in four shades. Copperhead is dramatic enough for summer nights.
A genius game-changer for frizz
I would never question the genius of John Frieda Frizz Ease. It was revolutionary when it launched 30 years ago and has become an essential for many – frizz is up there in the concern rankings, after hair loss and greying. However, the original formula never worked for me. I have a slight frizz to my hair with a hint of natural curl, but my hair type is fine and the product simply weighed it down. It seems that others have had the same problem, because John Frieda has now launched a lighter range called Frizz Ease Weightless Wonder (Shampoo and Conditioner, £5.99 each; Smoothing Creme, £6.99, boots.com). The new formula contains less than three per cent of silicones, which are deployed via an emulsion enabling it to spread more evenly. The result is a godsend for the fine-haired among us.
Glitter gets greener
Whether you’re planning to go to a grown-up carnival or simply packing your kids off to one, the biodegradable glitter options are, thankfully, increasing. My favourite is Percy & Reed Starlight Glitter Glow (£8, exclusive to lookfantastic.com this month and afterwards at percyandreed.com). Simply shake and spray to give hair a lustrous golden shimmer and dress up a look without a scrap of make-up involved. Also try Barry M Pick ’n’ Glitz Glitter Pot (£4.99, barrym.com) containing plastic-free, biodegradable chunky glitter in vibrant colours from sea blue to bold pink, plus a gold and silver. Use them as eyeshadow – or anywhere you like!
…and some flipping gorgeous palettes
Unless you’re a pro make-up artist or a vlogger doing lots of tapping to camera as you indicate each colour you’re using, palettes can seem superfluous. As attractive as they are, the reality is you end up using only one or two shades as the rest are too arty – so I often use single-colour compacts. But here are five that are full of wearable, blendable shades – they can be used with a light touch or built up for a bolder effect.
1. Nars Endless Orgasm Palette (£46, selfridges.com) celebrates its iconic (and always flattering) Orgasm shade. These lightweight creams include the original cult tone and five more for eyes, cheeks and lips.
2. Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Desert Heat Eyeshadow Palette (£45, esteelauder.co.uk). This limited-edition compact has a silky texture and comes in a great variety of shades, including a chic coral to help eyes pop at any age.
3. The Body Shop Own Your Naturals Eyeshadow Palette (£15, thebodyshop.com) has a selection of warm, highly pigmented bases – which come in matt and shimmer finishes. They are also vegan.
4. Lottie London Lottie Palette – The Rusts (£5, asos.com) is super-soft and blendable with a good selection of eyeshadow shades (matt and shimmer) for night and day. Plus it’s very easy on the bank balance.
5. Dior 5 Couleurs Wild Earth in 696 Sienna (£49, dior.com) contains a gorgeous limited-edition selection of warm browns and caramels. This palette suits all eye colours and has garnered a lot of lust in the YOU office.
Beauty assistant: Alice Robertson