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Your A-Z Guide To Lipsticks

Whether you never stray from that one favourite shade or you’re a little scared of lip colour altogether, this simple guide will have you wielding your lipstick like a pro!

The Best Lip Shades For Your Skin Tone

Choosing the right lipstick for your skin tone and style in a poorly lit store is truly everyone's nightmare. To simplify the process, start with a shade that goes most comfortably with your complexion and then try, try, try until you find the tones that make you smile.

Skin tone: FAIR
Colour range: Look to pink, orange or pink-based reds, pink-based nudes to best complement your complexion.

Skin tone: MEDIUM

Colour range: Lucky for you, there's a range of shades at your disposal! Play around with brown-mauve, plum, raspberry, rosy and soft pinks, light browns and bronze to see what suits best.

Skin tone: OLIVE
Colour range: Lean into the moodier shades like light browns, berry, brown-based reds when trying to find your favourite lipstick.

Skin tone: DARK
Colour range: Deeper shades work like a dream - try berry, deep purple, ruby red and camel. 

Now you know how to play up your pout, let's shape it into a full look. From flirty berry hues to vampy lips, adding lipstick is a quick way to elevate your style.

The Full Look

Fruity 
Bring the sunshine with semi-bright, fruity lipstick colours. Perfect for daytime wear and to coordinate with cheery colours, it's also the best colour selection to try in gloss and stains.

TRY: Perfect your matte pout with Rouge Signature in 'I Speak Up' or gloss on in Color Riche Shine Addiction in '465 Trending'

Vamp
There’s no easier way to instantly electrify an outfit than adding a bold lip. Remember they come with varying bases, so choose a tone that suits your skin. And avoid overdoing the rest of your makeup - your lipstick is the star of the show.

TRY: Color Riche Matte in '349 Paris Cherry' is the LBD of your makeup bag - a classic red never goes out of style! Or opt for a more magnetic purple in '471 Voodoo'

Nudes
Go either slightly brighter or darker than your natural skin tone. The shade should work to enhance your natural colour, so paler skin types should opt for something with a hint of pink and olive, yellow or dark types work well with sandy beiges. 

TRY: Marry flattering neutral shades and 24-hour staying power and what do you get? Infallible 2-Step Lipcolor.

Pastels & Pinks
When it comes to pink, the range is endless, and there’s a shade to suit every skin type. Pink hues work all year round and can be applied lightly for a soft look or layered for a bolder style.

TRY: Swipe on Color Riche Lip Color in '303 Rose Tendre' for an elegant pastel touch. 

If you're still unsure, you're in luck! Our new Modiface tool allows you to swatch the full spectrum of shades on the shelf - from Color Riche to Rouge Signature.

 

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10 Tips
Want Your Longest, Strongest Hair?

Wouldn’t it be great if you could wake up one morning and – presto – you had hair like Rapunzel? Sadly, the dream stops right there, we’ll give it to you straight – there’s simply no magic bullet to make hair grow longer overnight. Inch-by-inch, day-by-day – you’ve got to play the long game. Which means creating the right environment for healthy hair to grow – with no splitting, snapping or breakage.

So, when you’re suffering from serious growing pains and the waiting just gets too hard, here are our 10 commandments for getting your longest, strongest hair:

Step 1: Choose the right shampoo: Hair isn’t silly – it knows exactly what it wants. And to help it grow longer, it demands a specific set of ingredients. Bring out the best in your hair by picking a shampoo that contains Keratin – a protein found naturally within each strand, which helps save it from snapping. New L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Length Restoring Shampoo ticks the Keratin box to repair and renew. The formula also contains castor oil (an ingredient well known in DIY communities as essential for hair health) as well as vitamins B and PP to guard against breakage from the inside too.

Step 2: Don’t wash too often: You know that expression, “too much of a good thing”? Like cupcakes on a Friday afternoon: The first one is naughty but nice – the fourth just makes you nauseous. So, shampooing is good – seriously good – but to grow long hair, try and limit yourself to doing it once every other day. Too much cleansing and you’ll strip the scalp and make it dry, bringing growth to an emergency stop. If things get greasy, here’s the trick: Double-cleanse, (just as you would longwear make-up) the roots alone.

Step 3: Get conditioner smart: Like skincare for hair, this is all about prepping the correct canvas – and here, conditioner will prove your good friend. Bypass those roots, which can get clogged with product build-up, and save the conditioning TLC of L’Oreal Paris Dream Length Detangling Conditioner for lengths below ear-height. Max out the benefits by gently pressing the formula into lengths and ends before rinsing. Et voila – your tips are sealed. Now you can skip your salon appointment and start growing that hair back.

Step 4: Don’t brush when your hair is wet: Yes, life’s too short to spend it detangling – but brushing your hair when it’s drenched from the shower is like a shortcut to breakage. Wet hair is fragile – and it snaps under pressure. So, to grow hair longer, play by the rules and simply stick to brushing when your hair is dry. If your hair is extremely damaged and fragile, gently using your fingers is an option as well.

Step 5: Skip super tight styles: That killer tight pony may look like a good idea. But then again, appearances can be deceptive. Dragging your hair back seriously stresses your scalp and hair out, making breakage all the more likely. So, pick a snag-proof hair tie like an Invisibobble or scrunchie and loosen up a little. Trust us, your lengths will thank you.

Step 6: Head massages are awesome – so do them more often: There are few things more relaxing than a head massage, so no wonder your scalp loves them too. Use a calming essential oil to ramp things up and the pressure from your fingers will increase circulation to your scalp. Plus, regular scalp massage is known to lower stress hormone levels, which can contribute to hair loss. Who knew that the secret to growing healthy hair lay beneath your fingertips all this time?

Step 7: Do a treatment once a week, (because treats make you and your hair happy): We get it: You’ve got Instagram to update, and Snapchats to view. Then there’s your social life and job too. But everyone’s got five minutes for a special treat. Take L’Oréal Paris Dream Length Saviour Mask: It’s rich, it’s caring, it envelops your lengths when you apply it from ear-height down – we like to think of it as a cuddle for our hair. You can even double up and apply it after your conditioner if your hair is feeling really damaged. You’ll notice the difference in shine, strength and softness after just a few minutes.

Step 8:Never skip heat protectant, (it’s literally a cardinal sin): Being fried beneath 230-degree heat would freak you out – so have a care for your poor hair. Yes, some protectants feel sticky to the touch – not to mention that they stink of alcohol. But L’Oréal Paris Dream Length leave-in No Haircut Cream actually penetrates the hair, to skip greasiness in favour of heat protection, softness and shine. Its texture is so lightweight that it’ll remain gunk-free, even on dry hair.

Step 9: Pick a boar bristle brush every time: Rescue those last centimeters from the mean blade of the scissors by being clever with your brush choice. Boar bristles distribute your scalp’s natural oils evenly through roots, lengths and tips when you’re running around between washes. Strange but true, this will even help you go longer before you need to wash again, just as commandment 2 recommends.

Step 10: Pat, don’t rub – you’ll only regret it later: So, you’ve nailed the other 9 commandments but hey, there’s always room for growth. Rubbing your hair dry with a towel will only lead to breakage and frizz. Instead, ever so gently, pat your hair with your towel to absorb the excess moisture. Strong, long, smooth and shiny – your hair will soon be ready for a selfie.

10 commandments, done and dusted – get ready to wave a fond farewell to your hairdresser in favour of growing long locks. It seems long stories have happy (hair) endings, after all.

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What's the Best Clay Mask
For Your Skin Type

Keeping your glow in the cold weather is no easy feat. Drying it out and messing with its pH balance is just the beginning... but masks have got your back! Especially clay ones. They're supercharged with nourishing ingredients and detoxing benefits to help restore your skin to its radiant self. Find out what mask is right for your skin concerns, and don’t forget you can mix and match to create a personalised routine!

BEST FOR: Acne-prone skin

Clay is a top ingredient in face masks for acne thanks to its purifying and oil-absorbing properties. The Pure Clay Marine Algae Anti Blemish Mask contains montmorillonite clay to rebalance skin and reduce imperfections, ghassoul clay to absorb oil without irritating skin, and kaolin clay to purify delicate skin. The addition of marine algae extract works to tighten pores and clear blackheads.

BEST FOR: Dry skin

An unexpected ally for dry skin in winter is an exfoliating mask. The Pure Clay Exfoliating Mask is great for dry skin because the finely milled apricot seeds in the formula help scrub away flaky skin, and the creamy texture pampers in the process. Bye bye dryness, hello natural glow!

BEST FOR: Sensitive skin

Has the harsh weather left your skin feeling irritated and sensitive? Calm your complexion with the Pure Clay Soothing Mask. Hypoallergenic and formulated for sensitive skin, it contains soothing mallow flower extract to gently comfort, while the three pure clays take care of purifying the complexion.

BEST FOR: Blackhead-prone skin

Give your clogged pores a deep clean with the Pure Clay Detoxifying Mask. Delivering detoxifying benefits for winter skin, the black charcoal in the formula draws out impurities from deep within pores for visibly clearer and brighter skin.

BEST FOR: Dull skin

Lacklustre complexion? Go for a face mask that exfoliates and brightens in one, like the Pure Clay Brightening Mask. This brightening face mask contains yuzu lemon extract, which is rich in exfoliating fruit acids to boost skin radiance and improve skin texture.

BEST FOR: Oily skin

Pure Clay Eucalyptus Mask is a great face mask for oily skin as it is enriched with eucalyptus extract, which is known for its purifying properties, as well as three pure clays (kaolin, montmorillonite and ghassoul) to detox skin and soak up excess oil.

 

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