Get inventive with your beauty buys...

Jenny Dickinson, Beauty Director


During a recent manicure with nail artist, Andrea Fulerton, I was impressed by the inventive choice of products that were used to prettify my hands. She started off with Clinique’s Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliator Cream, £18.50, before washing it off and applying Decleor’s anti-ageing face mask, Radiance Revealing Peel-Off Mask, £25.50.


I’d never have thought to use a body scrub or face mask on my hands, but it made my hands softer than they’ve ever been, which got me wondering which other products in our beauty cupboards could be multi-purpose…

Jenny Dickinson, Beauty Director

“I can't actually take the credit for this – it’s the brainchild of the amazing artists at WAH Nails ( – but remember those letter transfers you used to use at school? Well, you can apply them – very, very carefully – to your nails on top of a base coat or layer of polish and then seal with a top coat. WH Smiths + Seche Vite = fierce!”

Victoria Riedl, Beauty Editor

“If I wear a strong lipstick colour (usually a cerise pink) I always dab a smudge on my cheeks... it really balances out the look. I have also been known to mix a little bit of shimmering eye shadow in with some body lotion to give me a, you guessed it, shimmering body lotion!”

Georgia Collins, Beauty Writer

“It was during a quick touch-up session at my desk one evening before a night out that I first discovered how great a slick of lip balm can look on your eyelids. Inspired by the kind of irreverence and creativity I see all the time backstage, I stuck my finger in, smeared it on and hoped for the best. Worked in over a flick of black kohl along the lash line, it’s the best trick I’ve tried for creating smudgy, rock n’roll eyes. The key is to choose the right balm though, nothing menthol (ouch) or coloured (obviously). My favourite is Baume de Rose SPF15, £32, by By Terry.”

Amy Lawrenson, Web Assistant

“I was given a great fragrance tip from Miller Harris which I now swear by. Instead of spraying perfume on your body, apply it to your hair – the smell lasts longer because hair is porous. I spritz perfume onto the palms of my hands (so the alcohol evaporates – it's bad to spray it directly into the hair) and then run my hands through my hair.”

Susannah Edwards, Beauty Intern

“I’m obsessed with having polished skin and get through my liquid highlighter (Benefit High Beam, £17.50) by the bucket-load. When I run out, I’ll often use my palest shimmer eyeshadow (Mac Pigment in Naked, £15, is perfect) instead. I lightly dab it along my cheekbones, brow bones, nose and Cupid’s bow, until the light catches the contours of my face. It’s a great substitute.”

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