nsm Beauty: Anna-Marie Solowij, co-founder of BeautyMART, shares her beauty secrets with nonstopmama!

Yesterday, nonstopmama got the scoop on the beauty products that BeautyMART‘s Millie Kendall wouldn’t be without.

This autumn, Millie and co-founder Anna-Marie Solowij will unveil the first BeautyMART concept store, and the trend-spotting BeautyMART blog is already a must-click …

Today, Anna-Marie – former Vogue beauty director – shares her must-have make-up, skincare and haircare treats with nonstopmama!

My beauty secrets, with Anna-Marie Solowij

What are your everyday make-up must-haves? 

Estée Lauder Double Wear Concealer – immovable, once it’s on. 

Bit of eyeliner pencil – current favourite is by Clarins, nice and soft and easy to smudge with a finger or brush.

Mascara – I’m ‘dating’ about four different mascaras at the moment: Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes for big, separated lashes; Max Factor Xperience for a clean, natural look; Lancome Hypnose because it’s just all round brilliant and a new Bobbi Brown Long Wear formula which is nice and liquid, like a lash tint.

Blusher – I love BeneFit’s ChaCha Tint because it lasts well and I’m convinced a peach-toned blush tones down a high coloured complexion.

Brows – my current focus, given that my hair is getting lighter (greyer/blonder?!). I’m pencilling in length and with a Smashbox Brow Pencil - well-shaped nib, dry formula and good, non-orange-y colour.

How do you look after your hair, and style it in a hurry? 

Aah, the Solowij upsweep has been a dependable trick since I was about 13. I have always worn my hair up and I’m currently wearing something between a top knot and a bun – face lift and climate control in one.

I use a Mason Pearson brush for a clean finish. I’ve never been confident about products but I do like Batiste Dry Shampoo to add texture (and to stretch a blow dry) and Elnett for control.

Any bodycare favourites?

I hate body scrubs – they generally make my skin sore, but I love Darphin‘s Nourishing Smoothing Body Scrub, with is an essential oil gel with plant extracts and non-scratchy bits that are easy to clean from the bath. Another favourite is REN’s Guerande Salt Exfoliating Balm which is rich and luscious and smells wonderful.

I’m a big fan of Bliss products: Lemon & Sage Body Butter in particular.

I use This Works Dry Leg Oil and Perfect Heels, both summer essentials  

Nails: nude, bright or au naturel?!

Super-bright: neon, flouro – the bolder the better. Currently wearing Face Stockholm neon orange.

Any beauty indulgences you try and make time for?

Er, no. Don’t have the time but in my dreams I would have a weekly body treatment at Ushvani spa, where the therapists are exceptional; a monthly facial with Anastasia Achilleos, who is superb and always makes my skin look incredible.

What are the best beauty tricks you’ve ever been shown ?

I had a brilliant hair cut at Rossanno Ferretti the other week. They cut invisible layers into the middle underneath section of hair that give you natural volume without losing the length – genius!

Thanks for sharing your fantastic tips, Anna-Marie!

If you missed Millie’s must-haves and make-up tips, you can read them here!

You can also follow Anna-Marie and Millie at the BeautyMART blog, on twitterFacebook and Pinterest!

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