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Beauty tips: a decent primer is the perfect skincare cheat

God, skincare is exhausting. And it never ends! Constantly wetting and drying and hydrating and protecting and on and on, purely so that one doesn’t repulse one’s deskmates. There is a cheat though, and that’s a decent primer. The beauty of a decent primer is that you can layer as much make-up on top as you like, thus obscuring your woeful skin and allowing at least one cycle of cleanliness to lapse. Maybe.

Get the look

1. Hydra Veil Primer £34, illamasqua.com
2. Priming Moisturiser £18, glossier.com
3. Lumene Invisible Illumination £27, feelunique.com
4. Laura Mercier Radiance Bronze £30, johnlewis.com
5. Guerlain L’Or Radiance Concentrate £42.75, escentual.com
6. Peter Thomas Roth Skin To Die For £19, beautybay.com
7. In Transit £30, thisworks.com
8. Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster £70, selfridges.com
9. Bobbi Brown Primer £24, debenhams.com
10. Mua Pro/Base Primer £4, muastore.co.uk
11. Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Primer £42, spacenk.com

Trunk call

Get ready for a stampede as ‘non-toxic’ cult skincare brand Drunk Elephant launches in Britain on 3 October. It’s Sephora’s bestselling skincare line, beloved in the States for its ‘clean-clinical’ combinations of natural and synthetic ingredients, and its bright neon packaging. Get on the waiting list now at cultbeauty.co.uk.

Hit the target

The hottest lip trend from this season’s catwalk shows? The Cupids Bow 2.0. Accentuate your natural lipline with highlighter and a careful blob of glitter.

Cook up good looks

May Lindstrom describes herself as a ‘skin chef’. Her concoctions make up a brand that’s super wholesome – each product even has its birthday printed on the label. Though it’s not cheap (Blue Cocoon Beauty Balm Concentrate is £159 at spacenk.com), a little goes a long way.

Email Eva at e.wiseman@observer.co.uk or follow her on Twitter @EvaWiseman

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