My Beauty Secrets: Laura Hulbert

In this series, we pick the brains of some of the most talented beauty pros out there, asking them to share the secrets they think everyone should know. From under-the-radar products to fun hacks and more, here make-up artist and hair stylist Laura Hulbert shares her best tips.
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#1: Use Your Coffee Wisely

“Some people are sceptical of home-made skincare, but I swear by coffee grinds as a facial scrub. Mix half a tsp of coconut oil with some leftover ground coffee granules for a gentle exfoliation. The two ingredients combined add moisture, while the caffeine detoxifies and removes impurities from your pores – it also gets rid of any dead skin cells sat on your skin. It will save you a small fortune.”

#2: Add Heat To Your Lashes

“If you want your lashes to hold a curl properly, try adding some heat to your lash curlers – either with a hairdryer or by leaving them on a warm radiator. It sounds basic, but it works so well. Just make sure the metal clamp isn’t too hot – you just want it nicely warm. For me, the best tool around is Shiseido’s Eyelash Curler.”

#3: Do A Facial Workout

FaceGym does incredible YouTube tutorials on toning, tightening and sculpting – it’s definitely something more people should know about. Considering you might spend anywhere between £50 and £225 at one of its London studios, this is a far more affordable alternative. It’s best to use a gua sha, like Odacité’s Crystal Contour.

#4: Stop Using Eyeliner To Do A Smokey

“Instead of using eyeliner to create a smokey eye – which can sometimes be tricky if you don’t have steady hands – try dampening a small smudging brush before dipping it into your favourite eyeshadow. It will instantly turn it into more of a liner, but with a much softer look. Coloured liners are a big trend for 2022, so it’s an easy way to get more out of your existing eyeshadows. For application, the EDY London Small Pencil Brush comes highly recommended.” 

#5: Apply Fake Tan With A Brush

“If your face looks like it could do with some colour, apply some fake tan with a make-up brush to the areas where you’d like to warm up your skin. Focus on the forehead, your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose and under your chin. You can then apply some concealer to the areas which need it most to even everything up. The Amanda Harrington Facial Spray is the best – the colour is so natural.”

#6: Get Hold Of Hair Mousse

“The Bardot fringe is back for 2022. If you’re considering getting one, but are worried you won’t be able to style it every day, there’s a simple trick worth knowing about. Use a strong hold mousse directly at your roots, then blast your fringe dry and almost flat at the same place. Then, use a large roller to pull your fringe down over your face, before rolling it back. Once you finish getting ready, remove the roller to reveal a swept back bang that’s totally on-trend.”

#7: Colour Correct The Right Way

“One product I love is Chanel’s Le Correcteur – it’s been in my kit for years, but many people have never heard of it. I love both the apricot and peach tones, which are brilliant for concealing under the eyes and removing blue-ish darkness. Apply this, then put your normal concealer shade over the top. It will completely counteract any darkness and uneven tone for a flawless, airbrushed finish.”

#8: Pull Your Contour Up, Not Down

“The traditional way to contour is to follow the hollow that sits below the cheekbone. However, try going slightly above instead, blending right up to your temple. This is not the traditional way to do it, but it helps lift the face, rather than pulling it down. If you’re new to contouring, or you want a subtle effect, try Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Wand – it’s the best.”

#9: Pour Vitamin C On Your Hair

“If your hair feels a bit lifeless and dull, mix a tsp of vitamin C powder with cold water until it dissolves. Pour it over your hair and leave it on for two or three minutes. It will detoxify the hair and remove impurities or any product build-up that’s dragging strands down. Follow up with a mask and trust me, your hair will look and feel the healthiest – and shiniest – it’s ever been.”

#10: Try Shrine Drops

“In between salon appointments I recommend my clients add Shrine Drops to their conditioner. Maria Nila is a brilliant brand – it does fantastic mixed toning shades which help balance everything out. Leave the drops on for up to 20 minutes until you reach your desired colour. Trust me, they’re game-changers.”

#11: Invest In The A Priming Serum

“A product I was recently introduced to – which I now can’t live without – is Dr Michael Prager’s Urban Protect Antioxidant Serum. It contains a hefty dose of vitamin C, which leaves skin so plump and smooth. It evens out skin tone too, while leaving you with a lovely base for any make-up that follows. It also gives skin enough luminosity that you can afford to go make-up free.”

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