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If you have a make-up bag crammed with lipstick mistakes, can’t resist peeling off chipped nail polish or are too lazy to apply sunscreen, it’s time to take this advice from the expert beauty troubleshooters, says Leah Hardy

Skipping sunscreen

How many of us have thought, ‘I don’t need sunscreen today as it isn’t sunny’? ‘Nothing could be further from the truth,’ says skin doctor Mervyn Patterson, medical director of the Woodford Medical chain of cosmetic clinics. ‘Large amounts of invisible UV are still present even on the dullest of summer days, which causes premature skin ageing.’ ‘I encourage everyone to wear a thin layer of UV protection every day,’ says Mervyn. The trick is to find one that is neither too thick nor too greasy and fits in with your usual make-up routine. ‘The ideal sunscreen doesn’t just protect against sun damage, but can also act as a blurring primer or alternative to foundation on good skin days,’ says Mervyn. The Anthelios range of sunscreens by La Roche-Posay, for example, offers a variety of textures and finishes with high protection.

TRY Anthelios XL Anti-Shine Tinted SPF50+ (£17/50ml, If you have oily, shine-prone skin, this works brilliantly either under or instead of make-up.

Getting stuck in a lipstick rut

Have you got a dozen lipsticks, but you can hardly tell the difference between them? ‘If we find a shade that suits us, it’s such a relief that we often end up repeating the purchase over and over again,’ says make-up artist Kellie Mitchell. ‘That’s fine if they’re different textures – matte, satin or gloss – but if they’re pretty much identical, it’s time to stop shopping or start experimenting.’ ‘Visit a make-up counter such as Charlotte Tilbury, Mac or Bobbi Brown that offers tutorials and advice,’ says Kellie. ‘Say you want a new lip look, whether it’s subtle or glamorous, and the assistant will be happy to help. Remember your lip and your cheek colour should be the same tone – a peach lipstick with a peach blush, or a pink lipstick with a pink blush, for example, so a new lippy means investing in or digging out a different blush shade.’ Maybelline has a collection of six ‘universal’ lipstick shades that are each tested on 50 different skin tones to ensure they’ll complement yours.

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Find your sense of inner calm with our guide to understanding hormonal changes and simple mindful breathing exercises to de-stress your day. We investigate how IBS might be improved in just 9 weeks and a new diet for carb lovers. Summer fruits and toast toppers fall under the nutritional spotlight, and we put alcohol-free spirits and ice to the test. Plus fish and chips and ice-cream treats get a makeover.