SKINCARE - Ruby Hammer


SKINCARE - Ruby Hammer
They’re the hero products that cost a little but
work a lot. Don’t just take our word for it – here
a host of make-up artists, models, hair stylists
and actresses vouch for them. By Natalie Silverton
Illustrations by Agnese Biocchi
Best beauty
under £10
Beauty Fluid by Olay “My first
foray into skincare was Oil of
Ulay, now called Olay,” says the
actress Thandie Newton. “My
mother used it and I always
aspired to have one of the pink
bottles.” £4.99, from
Camomile Waterproof Eye &
Lip Make-up Remover by The
Body Shop “Rather than rubbing
the eyes and lips, apply a cotton
pad soaked in this for a few
seconds to absorb make-up,”
says Attracta Courtney, a makeup artist. £8;
Cold Cream Cleanser by
Pond’s “I don’t go anywhere
without a jar of this,” says
the television presenter Laura
Whitmore. “It’s a quick make-up
remover, fantastic cleanser
and a hydrating face mask.”
£4.07, from
Daily Eye Repair by Liz Earle
“This has light-reflecting
particles, so it’s great for
a morning perk-up after a late
night,” says Abigail James, the
facialist to Sarah Jessica Parker.
“It has SPF10 – genius – a really
nice texture and some great
antioxidant ingredients.”
Effaclar AI Targeted Breakout
Corrector by La Roche-Posay
“Great for spot-prone women
who may also suffer from dry and
sensitive skin,” says the
dermatologist Sam Bunting.
£9.50, from
Gentle Skin Cleanser by
Cetaphil This multi-award-
winning cleanser is lauded
both by dermatologists and
celebrities, including the
actress Claire Danes. It’s mild,
non-irritating and removes
make-up a treat. £8.99,
Homeoplasmine by
Laboratoires Boiron A favourite
of make-up artists, this soothes
everything from insect bites to
allergic reactions. “It’s a healing
balm,” says Millie Kendall, the
co-founder of the BeautyMart
website. “I also love the matte
finish it leaves on lips.” £6,
Olive Virgin Oil Swabs by
DHC These are a fixture in the kit
of Sian Grigg, a Bafta-winning
make-up artist who has
worked with Carey
Mulligan. They clean and
moisturise and are brilliant for
fixing make-up mistakes. £4.50
for 50, from
Original Lip Balm by Carmex
Every minute seven of these lipbalms are sold in Britain. Fans
include the supermodel Jourdan
Dunn, for whom they are “a
make-up-bag essential”. £2.69,
Pore Refining
Toner by The
Sanctuary Spa “I use
this toner on every one of my
clients,” says the facialist Nichola
Joss, who’s worked with Gisele,
Darcey Bussell and Kate Moss.
“It’s great for re-balancing the
skin.” £8.99;
Sensibio H20 by Bioderma
One bottle of this ultra-mild
cleanser and make-up remover
is sold every six seconds across
the world. The supermodel
Mariacarla Boscono says, “Years
ago I had a big season of shows
and a rash on my face – I found
this stuff and was hooked.”
£9.99, from
Slanted Tweezers by Boots
“I can’t live without these,” says
the make-up artist Cassie
Lomas. “I’ve tried them all and
these really are my ultimate
for precision plucking.”
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Sponge Puff by Konjac “I use
these sponges on shoots as they
deep-cleanse and polish the
model’s skin without aggravating
it, leaving a smooth canvas for
me to work on,” says Kenneth
Soh, the make-up artist to the
actress Michelle Dockery among
others. £6.99; konjacsponge
Tea Tree Organic Essential Oil
by Neal’s Yard Remedies
“This is always in my kit,” says
Nathalie Eleni, a beauty therapist
and make-up artist who has
worked with Jennifer Lopez and
Carey Mulligan. “Two drops on a
dampened cotton bud is perfect
for breakouts and inflammation.”
Eyeshadow Base by NYX
Day Hill, the singer Nicki Minaj’s
make-up artist, loves this. “To
make Nicki’s matte eyeshadow
pop, I prep with this,” he says.
Java Rice Loose Powder by
Bourjois “I use this on all my
shoots,” says the make-up artist
Attracta Courtney, who’s worked
with Cara Delevingne and Eva
Longoria. “I used it at the Zoë
Jordan spring/summer 2014
show – it’s perfect for absorbing
moisture around the T-zone
and to brighten the eye area.”
£9.99, from
coral shades look natural on
a dark skin, while paler skins can
take a blue-toned blush,” she
says. £7.49, from
colour and pigment and it can be
used wet or dry,” says the makeup artist Georgina Graham.
Moisture Renew Lipstick by
Rimmel “I love this lipstick,”
Whipped Creme Foundation
by Max Factor This was used to
says the make-up artist Kirstin
Piggott. “Georgia May Jagger’s
favourite shade is Red Diva.”
create the models’ flawless skin
at the autumn/winter 2013
Valentino show. “The super-light
formula makes it incredibly easy
to achieve a ‘demi-matte’ look,”
says Caroline Barnes,
Max Factor’s makeup artist. £9.99,
Nail Varnish in Old Velvet by
Liz Earle “This makes you look
more ‘done’ and vampy,”
says Nathalie Eleni.
BB Lips by No7 “This lip-balm
is a beautiful mix of colour and
comfort for lips,” says the makeup artist Ruby Hammer, who
used it on the supermodel
Caroline Winberg during filming
of the television series The Face.
“Just tap it on with your fingers.”
Clear Mascara by Miss
Sporty The make-up supremo
Kay Montano, who works with
Thandie Newton, uses this “to fix
and widen eyebrows. It makes
a huge difference,” she says.
£2.99, from
ColorBurst Lip Butter in Peach
Parfait by Revlon “Adds a subtle
tint of colour,” says the renowned
make-up artist Gucci Westman,
who works with the actresses
Emma Stone, Cameron Diaz
and Julianne Moore. “You don’t
even need a mirror to apply it.”
£7.99, from
Lash Accelerator
Endless Mascara by
Rimmel “All my celebrity
clients love this, especially as it
contains ‘grow lash complex’,”
says the make-up artist Kirstin
Piggott. “It gives maximum
length with clump-free lashes.”
Lip Gloss by Cargo Cosmetics
Color Riche Quad Eyeshadow
by L’Oréal Paris “This has great
colour density for the price and
a beautiful texture,” says Kenneth
Soh. £7.99, from
Color Tattoo by Maybelline
New York “I used this
eyeshadow on the model Lily
Aldridge for a cover shoot,” says
Sharon Dowsett, Maybelline’s
make-up director. “Immortal
Charcoal and Eternal Silver
together create a soft smoky
eye.” £4.99, from
Joni Powell, the make-up artist
to the actress Rachel Bilson,
says, “I like to finish off Rachel’s
look with a neutral lip-gloss.
Woodstock is light pink with
an opalescent sheen.” £7.50,
Little Round Pot Blush by
Bourjois Mary Greenwell, the
make-up artist whose A-list
clients include Cate Blanchett
and Uma Thurman, uses this to
add warmth to the contours of
the cheekbones. “Orange or
“Apply two coats. After
a minute rinse nails under
cold water to help set.”
Super Liner Gelmatic by
L’Oréal Paris “This long-lasting,
smudge-free liner stays put for
up to 24 hours,” says the makeup artist Lisa Eldridge. “And it
is easy to apply precisely with a
brush.” £5.99, from
SuperShock Gel Eyeliner
Pencil by Avon “Such a find,”
says the make-up professional
Lee Pycroft, who used this on
the actress Gabrielle Union’s
eyes at the Venice Film Festival.
“I love the rich, sooty finish it
gives.” £6;
Water Eyeshadow by Kiko
Make Up Milano “Amazing
Apricot Cuticle Oil Nail
Treatment by Essie “This not
only smells good, it nourishes
and protects cuticles and
improves their appearance,”
says Trish Lomax, a manicurist to
Rihanna and Marion Cotillard.
£8.99, from
Arnica Joint & Muscle Rescue
Bath by Kneipp “After a
transatlantic flight, nothing beats
jet-lag like a long walk, a glass of
red wine and a soak in the bath
with this,” says the television
presenter Cat Deeley. “Restless
nights be gone!” £7.95, from
Aromatherapy Pure Essential
Lavender Oil by Boots Botanics
The celebrity facialist Anastasia
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