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Rimmel Multi Tasker Concealer

Rimmel Multi Tasker Concealer

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Denise Smith

This summer, I’ve reshuffled my makeup bag and I’m all about staple products that don’t cost the earth. With foolproof tans, multi-tasking concealers and pressed powders that will keep you looking picture-perfect and sweat-free throughout the day, dive right in to my top picks now.

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Rimmel Multi Tasker Concealer, €9.95 THIS hydrating concealer really does what is says on the tin. Disguising blemishes and brightening skin while also managing to be budgeproof, there’s not a lot it doesn’t do. Just remember a little goes a long way. You won’t get that caked-on effect because it blends so easily, but you will get long-lasting matt coverage. As a bonus, it’s cheap as chips.

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SunShimmer Water Resistant Instant Tan Wash Off Shimmer, €8.49 PICTURE this: I am 13-years-old and have just robbed my sister’s last squeeze of SunShimmer tan — I have my first disco and I’m chasing that glow. Armed with one of my dad’s socks, I let loose on my limbs and miraculously, I emerge without a streak. That’s because this OG delivers a fail-proof faux glow. A cult classic for a reason, this glow-getter is back and now it’s water resistant. With the smoothest, easy-to-blend formula, you can expect the most luminous finish. It’s also transfer-resistant, so no scrubbing your toilet seat.

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Rimmel Scandaleyes Volume On Demand Mascara, €10.99 FLUTTERING, wide-awake lashes are a go. You’ll find this easy-to-build volume mascara lets you customise your look, and build your lashes throughout the day without clumping. Its ultra-smooth conditioning formula delivers lush, long lashes. With an eye on design, the soft waxy bristle brush separates lashes from root to tip. In a nutshell, if you want dramatic, look-at-me peepers you should invest in this magic wand. It’s also available in two shades, brown and black. I love the brown for a more relaxed daytime vibe.

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Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs Illuminator, €10.50 I REFUSE to get my pins out unless they have a glossy, highlighted finish. Creating the illusion of longer legs, this body highlighter is infused with light-reflecting pigments to provide a beautiful buildable shine. Transfer and water resistant your skin will have a radiant look all night long. Golden Goddess come at me.

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Max Factor Facefinity All Day Flawless 3in1 Liquid Foundation with SPF 20, €17.99 A LIQUID foundation with built-in primer and concealer? Yes please. Giving a long-lasting matte finish of dreams, the featherlight formula is totally vegan, as well as waterproof, touch-proof, sweat-proof, tear-proof and oil-free. To be honest, I’ve never witnessed a harder working foundation. Available in 33 amazing shades, rest assured that there is a match for you.

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Rimmel Kind & Free Pressed Powder - Translucent, €8.50 THIS lightweight and long-lasting pressed powder is the stuff of your sweaty high summer dreams. Formulated with aloe vera it won’t cake or budge from your face, delivering a fresh, natural-looking mattified glow. Free from mineral oil, animal derived ingredients and perfume, it even has recyclable packaging.

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Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Polish, €6.99 IF, like me, it always looks like a toddler has attacked your digits every time you come in contact with a bottle of nail varnish, never fear. You don’t have to shell out on an expensive set of gels to be summer-ready. This express polish dries in 60 seconds with just a single step, so you can take that nail look to-go anytime, anywhere. Magic.


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