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The best must-have beauty dupes on the High Street

Of course, in an ideal world we’d all have limitless funds to splash out on the beauty brands recommended by celebrities and glossy magazines. But in reality, few of us can afford to be quite so indulgent with our shopping. Luckily, help is at hand. Here’s our guide to the best high street products that work just as well as their premium counterparts. 

Dream Lumi Touch Concealer Pen by Maybelline

Love Yves Saint Laurent’s Touch Eclat concealer but put off by the price tag, which doesn’t leave much change from £30? Thankfully, Maybelline’s alternative is a dead ringer for its more expensive twin. Like the original, it brightens up under-eye areas and makes it look as if you’ve had plenty of beauty sleep – even when you’ve done nothing of the sort.

Rose Gold Makeup Blush by Sleek

Orgasm Blush by Nars is one of the most popular beauty products ever made – but at almost £20 a pop, it’s out of reach for many people on a budget. Enter Sleek’s Makeup Blush in Rose Gold – an almost carbon copy of the popular shade at a far more affordable price point. Packed full of peachy pigment, this blush will give you a healthy glow with even just the lightest touch.

Australian Pink Clay Mask by Sun Prive

When the Aussie skincare brand Sand & Sky released a mask made from Australian pink clay, it became an instant hit on social media. But the £40 price tag meant that only a lucky few could experience its legendary spot-fighting abilities. Thanks to rival brand Sun Prive, however, budget-conscious shoppers can now splash out on a similar treatment that fights acne and leaves soft, glowing skin.

Liquid Glitter Eyeshadow by e.l.f. Cosmetics

Looking for sparkly lids this festive season? While some might be asking Santa for the £25 Glitter & Glow shadow from Stila, we know that not everyone has that much cash to flash. Instead, opt for e.l.f. Cosmetic’s budget version to save money without compromising on quality. With the same great coverage and high-impact shine as the original, it’s the perfect alternative. 

Sienna Rose Matte Lipstick by The Body Shop

While you might associate The Body Shop with the sort of perfumes and bath pearls you used as a teenager, their makeup range is surprisingly on point – such as this ultra-pigmented, long-lasting lipstick in Sienna Rose. Almost identical to Velvet Teddy, one of the most popular shades by luxe brand MAC, it comes in at almost £10 cheaper – making it the ideal beauty treat for those watching the pennies. 

 

The best selling cosmetics of all time

Every so often, a product comes along that sits head and shoulders above the rest, earning it a place in the beauty hall of fame. And when that happens, consumers take note – often ensuring that these must-haves remain bestsellers even years after their release. So what are the most popular beauty products of all time?

Touche Eclat Concealer by Yves Saint Laurent

When this under-eye concealer first came to the market way back in 1992, it was the first to utilise brightening pearls in the fight against dark circles. Ultimately, the ingredient proved so popular that Yves Saint Laurent patented the formula, creating a product that remained a sell-out for 15 years. Now, other concealers have appeared that imitate this beauty classic, but Touche Eclat remains the original and best – with one sold every ten seconds around the world.

Orgasm Blush by NARS

When Francois Nars of the French cosmetic brand NARS released Orgasm Blush in 1999, he wanted a name that would create shockwaves in the beauty world. And he found it with ‘Orgasm Blush’. At it’s most popular, the blusher sold around four units every minute, and even now it is one of the best-selling products on any beauty counter. Initially available in just one shade – a flattering, girlish pink – Orgasm Blush now comes in a choice of 28 different colours.

Better Than Sex Mascara by Too Faced

Another product with a bold-as-brass name, Too Faced’s Better Than Sex Mascara has acquired legendary status since its launch in 2013. Applied using a unique hourglass brush, this formula will make it look like you’re wearing the lushest false lashes – all for a relatively affordable price. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that one of these bad boys sells every 7.5 seconds.

Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask by 111SKIN

A favourite of A-List celebrities needing to prep their skin before big events, this hydrating and brightening mask is actually infused with real, 24-carat gold, along with rose extract to create a smooth, glowing complexion. And it’s obviously a recipe for success: since its launch by 111SkIn in 2017, around 18 million of the masks have sold around the world. 

Ruby Woo Retro Matte Lipstick by MAC

The mother of all red lipsticks, this killer lippy actually came about by mistake, while technicians at MAC were attempting to alter the formula of another popular shade. Realising they had a hit on their hands, they released Ruby Woo as a color in its own right – and the public lapped it up! Hydrating, long-wearing and endlessly dramatic, this is MAC’s most popular shade in the US, with around seven sold every minute.

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Predicted Makeup Trends For 2021

Trends are constantly coming and going within the beauty industry, as well as fashion, nails and pretty much anything else you can imagine. With trends in makeup, the great thing about them is that you can learn new skills in order to perfect new looks, and you can even create them using products you’ve already got in your collection, which saves some of your money. It’s good to be ahead of the trends so you can get yourself ready for the new year and get used to the techniques you need to use to create them, so you’re ready to conquer your makeup! 

Dark smoky eyes 

Many designers this year, particularly Chanel, have made a big emphasis on the good old black smoky eye, filling the lid in a deep dark colour, and blending this out into the crease around it. For those with hooded or almond eyes, now’s your time to shine, as the style and shape of the designs we’ve seen suit these eye shapes really well, but you can obviously recreate them on any eye shape, too. 

Red accents 

Time to channel your inner Coco Chanel, by reviving the iconic red lip, along with a new twist. Some designers have utilised the strong colour along the lash lone as eyeliner, which makes for a really nice, fresh change. This means that you can draw attention to either your lips or your eyes, depending all on which you are feeling that day. Either way there is nothing better than making a statement with the colour red.

Bold black eyeliner 

Smoky eyes aren’t the only eye makeup that are trending for 2021, and you can expect some more clean-cut black eye statements, too, as brought to fashion week by familiar names, including Paco Rabanne and Chloe. The black eyeliner trend now stands alone, without the addition of any other colours in the crease or on the lid, to add a sharper feel to the look and channel your inner boss. Whether you like more blended or clean-cut styles, there’s something for everyone. 

Pink lipstick 

As well as some of the red accents which have popped up in the SS21 fashion shows, pink is another bold lip colour which is making a comeback, and it’s about time. If you’ve got any pink hues that you’ve been itching to get some use out of, now is the time. What’s been really effective is how designers and artists have paired these statement lips with neutral or even no eye makeup, and a little bit of pink blush, to really draw attention to the lips, and give the pink the moment it deserves. 

‘No makeup’ makeup 

If you were keeping up to date with last year’s makeup trends, you will have noticed that the ‘no-makeup’ makeup looks were circulating all around social media, and many designers were incorporating the style into their runway outfits and fashion shows. With work from home still likely in the near future, this trend doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere, and it’s a great option for days when time is tight, or you don’t want to spend hours doing your makeup. 

Your skin but better 

Similar to the ‘no-makeup’ makeup looks we’re expecting that skincare will also remains a large focus in our routines. The thing that sets this trend apart from others is it’s sole focus on the skin. This is regardless of the brows or lashes, and strives to create a fresh, flawless, glass-like surface on the skin. This doesn’t all come from the skincare routine alone, some makeup products have been specifically created exactly for this purpose, so look out for them when you do your 2021 shopping. 

Final thoughts 

While there are some trends we haven’t seen for a while, others are sticking around from last year. There is a minimalistic nature to many of the trends we’re going to see next year, and there is a lot of black on the eyes along with bolder colours on the lips. Now that you know about these trends, you can expect them in advance, and start to prepare yourself for the start of the year!