Elsa McAlonan's Beauty Upgrades: How to make your mani last

Elsa McAlonan’s Beauty Upgrades: How to make your mani last

  • Elsa McAlonan reveals a selection of the best products for a lasting manicure
  • She shares how Nicole Scherzinger adds volume and curl to her eyelashes
  • British beauty expert also rounds up the best gold highlighters for each age 

WHAT’S NOW & HOW TO DO IT: MAKE YOUR MANI LAST 

British beauty expert Elsa McAlonan, picked out a selection of the best products for a lasting manicure this festive season (file image)

Christmas can be tough on nails. In an ideal world, the sparkly ones you apply on Christmas Eve will last until New Year’s Day. But how to make it happen? 

Try choosing a hard-wearing gel formula such as Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish in Goldie Rocks 

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Or antique gold Cienna Rose Nail Lacquer in Big Spender 

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And Rimmel London Super Gel in Naughty or Nice promises to last up to 14 days. 

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Finally, finish with a robust top coat, such as ByMe by Marion Newman Deep Crystal 702

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RACE YOU THERE

If you are looking for last-minute stocking fillers or are restocking your make-up bag ahead of the holidays, head for the Revlon counter at Boots. From now until January 2, not only is there a three-for-two offer on all Revlon cosmetics, you will also receive this limited-edition rose gold brush set with your purchase — the perfect gift, or gift it to yourself. It is, after all, the season of giving.  

NICOLE’S GLAM LASH LOOK 

Nicole Scherzinger (pictured) is a fan of Kiss Products lashes and wears the Pompadour style to achieve her glamorous look 

The fastest way to give your eyes more oomph over the festive season is with false lashes. The X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger is a fan of Kiss Products lashes and wears the Pompadour style from the Blowout Lash range. Kiss Lash Couture Eyelashes So Wispy 02 (£3.65, Superdrug) blend easily with your own lashes and deliver volume, bounce and curl. 

THIS WORKS 

Oil feels wonderful on skin and hair at this time of year. The Korres Pure Greek Olive Oil 3-in-1 Nourishing and Anti-Ageing Oil can be used from head to toe. Organic Cretan olive oil and crambe seed oil hydrate the skin, while hemisqualane protects hair colour and seals in shine. 

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CAN A HANGOVER DAMAGE YOUR HAIR? 

Oh, yes it can! We all know that alcohol dehydrates your body, but too many glasses the night before may also play havoc with your hair the next morning.

Super-stylist Belle Cannan, co-founder of Salon Sloane in West London, says: ‘In the same way that drinking alcohol can dehydrate your skin, it dehydrates your hair. To keep tresses glossy, I would recommend lots of nourishing moisture treatments.’ 

Belle likes the Hair Rituel by Sisley Regenerating Hair Care Mask for an at-home treatment. 

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Or try the wonderfully named We Are Paradoxx Hangover Hair Elixir. Use it as a leave-in treatment to boost dull hair. 

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3 OF THE BEST: GOLD HIGHLIGHTERS

Marc Jacobs O!Mega Glaze All-Over Foil Luminizer in Jet Girl is a glitter-free route to radiance. 

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A multicolour sparkle that purrs glamour.

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GUERLAIN Limited Edition Terracotta Iridescent Highlighting Powder will make you glow. 

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SHAMELESS INDULGENCE

Christmas is a time for beautiful candles, making your home feel cosy and warm with subtle scents. sisley candles are among the most exquisite, with stunning attention to detail and fragrance. 

In a choice of rose and campagne, the 950g size will make a perfect table centrepiece. in a magenta matte lacquered glass jar, the rose candle takes inspiration from the izia rose, grown in the sisley founder’s garden. 

While the campagne candle — inspired by the brand’s classic scent Eau de campagne — celebrates nature with top notes of bergamot, lemon and basil and base notes of oak moss, jasmine, plum and vetiver.

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