Love ice cream? Ok, silly question, of course you do. You’re human. But do you LOVE ice cream? Like, enough to paint your whole entire face with raspberry ripple then glue waffle cones and sprinkles onto your head? Instagram’s beauty queens do.

A new wave of MUA’s are seriously committed to the sugar-sweet look, using summer’s most delish dessert as colourful inspiration for ice cream make up.

What better way to pay your respects to the school summer holidays (aka the best time of the year, apart from maybe Christmas and National Chocolate Day) than to rock up to your friend’s BBQ fully decked out like a super-cute Mr. Whippy. Sure, it might turn heads, but it looks SO PRETTY.

Better still, why not throw a summer fancy dress party for you and your squad just so you can debut Instagram’s latest hun. It totally won’t be weird if you’re all painted with sugar syrup. OMG, that might even mean that some of it is edible?

The best news about this new trend is that you can actually hide snacks on yourself. Genius, right? (We see that sneaky doughnut you’ve popped on your head for later, @bunnyneedsmakeup…)

So, the next time you’re off to a party, or just want to play around with the brightest shades in your make up palette, use your fave ice cream flavour as your muse. In fact, you should probably just go and buy a big fat ice cream sundae for research purposes RN…

@missblackmore

Sponsored by Eyeko

Cat-eye flicks might be our go-tos for the weekend, but when it comes to festivals: OTT is the way to go. So, forget your sleek flicks and go for a sassy feline alternative. Introducing the claw-mark effect! Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner is the perfect tool. Like drawing with a pen, you can smudge, darken and shape to your hearts content. Cat claws included.

Oh, and if you’re throwing your own mini-fest in your garden, you could even extend the wild theme to the decor!

Method

1. Swipe the eyeliner from the inner corner to the outer corner of your eye. Increase the thickness slightly as you get towards the outer edge.

2. Add a thin flick and lighten the pressure as you flick out.

3. Line up your Eyeko eyeliner so that it’s along your eyelid crease, directly above the outer edge of your eye. Swish across to make another flick.

4. Starting just under your bottom eyelashes, towards the outer corner of your eye, add the last flick. Finito! 

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner is available in June’s bettybox, or shop their full range of eyeliner here.

Stop whatever you’re doing, we think we *might* have found the most Instagrammable eyeshadow palette of all time. Sleek, officially our go-to palette people, have nailed the whole dreamy-pastels-for-spring thing with this mouthwatering selection: blue, lilac, mint green, petal pinks, peachy corals and buttery yellows.

It’s the perfect palette if you want to experiment with the new sunset eye shadow trend or if you just want a subtle pop of colour to brighten up your day.

We’re sold.

i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette Fun Fair, £8.99, Sleek MakeUP  

@LilyPesch

A new beauty look! What could be simpler? Oh right – everything, everything is simpler… 

OK, make-up gods. You’d better be up there. And you’d better actually be listening this time.

‘Cos last time I tried a new look – you know, that time I drew on freckles and was immediately escorted to the school nurse with suspected chicken pox – I don’t feel like you exactly had my back.

I mean, you could have sent me some kind of sign that using mum’s dark red lipliner instead of forking out for a brown eyeliner would definitely NOT be totally fine. I can only assume you were off watching Netflix or something.

So, pay attention this time. Because I am about to attempt something REVOLUTIONARY with my face. And this time it’s going to be amazing.

I’ve got two whole hours before Jamie’s party, a tonne of YouTube tutorials loaded, T-Swift on for support. What could possibly go wrong?

I mean, yeah, there’s the teeny, tiiiiiinyyyy, not-even-a-real-issue-really issue of not having any of the right products or tools. But hey, I’m in the Girl Guides. And who was it that fixed Anna’s skirt right before school photos with only a paper clip and some chewing gum? If there’s one thing I know how to do, it’s improvise. By the time I’m done, this face is going to look so beyond on fleek they’re going to have to come up with a new hashtag just for me.

And if not, well… mucking about with all this stuff for a couple of hours is more fun than what’s going downstairs. Wonder how long Mum is going to last teaching Great Granny to do internet banking before she hurls the laptop out of the window? LOVE that she turned up with her swimming cossie, in case surfing the web involved actual surfing.

Wonder how long it’d take mum to hurl Great Granny out the window if she could pick her up?

So, anyway… what to try?

Maybe an Arianna Grande cat-eye flick? Hmmm but then I’d feel like I had to copy the rest of her look too. And where am I going to get that many hair extensions at this time on a Saturday afternoon?

And, I mean, she rocks it and everything, but is it just me that thinks she looks a liiittle bit like she’s stolen an actual pony’s tail and stitched it to her head? How does her tiny head even support that kind of weight?

Nope. I don’t have the neck muscles to deal with that all night. Especially when I’m going to be pulling some seriously killer dance moves. So maybe… Ooh! Bronze smoky eye with glowy skin. Perfect.

Man this is going to look so awesome. Am going to need to plan a suitably dramatic entrance.

OK, so foundation. Don’t have any of that. Good start. Tinted moisturiser will have to do.  

Hmmm it doesn’t say anything about glowy on it.

*Searching through make up bag*

Maybe my entrance could involve someone wheeling me in on an exercise bike like Arianna in the Side to Side video.

Glowy… glowy….

AHA! I have a glitter lip balm! And glittery is kind of glowy. Mix a bit of those two together on the back of my hand…

(I am soooo profesh mixing stuff on the back of my hand. Tanya Burr would be super proud.)

And… VOILA! Glowy foundation! OK, apply with a damp beauty blender sponge. Don’t have one of those either.

I reckon a washing up sponge cut into the shape of an egg would probs work? OK, off I go. Right, no sponges. A dish cloth will have to do.

Hmmm… that doesn’t really seem like enough coverage. Not really getting the ‘glow’ factor…  Second layer I reckon…

Should probably take my makeup bag along to the party. Everyone is going to want in on this look once they– WOAH! OK. Second layer was a mistake.

Definitely a mistake.

Look like a glittery alien. Great.

Although… kind of an AWESOME glittery alien on second thoughts. I’m sort of… rocking this! Who knew? OK – glittery alien foundation stays!

Eyebrows. Urgh. Still can’t do mine without them looking like deranged caterpillars. Alright Michelle Phan. Where’s your ‘Mastering the art of Eyebrows’ video?

How can she be so weird yet so mesmerising at the same time? It’s that voice… she’s like some beautiful sparkly robot from outer space. Oh my god Michelle Phan is a glittery alien too! KNEW I was a trendsetter!

NO, FOCUS! Eyebrows. So a light hand is key, appazza.

Deep breath.

Light hand.

Deep breath.

Light ha- actually, do you know what? They’re fine. They’re FINE as they are!

Eyes. Wonder if Jamie has an exercise bike at his house somewhere? And if there’s anyone who’d be willing to be one of my roll-er-in-er-ers.

How has an hour gone already?! Urgh. This was supposed to be fun. If it takes any more than ten minutes from now I’m having a pre-party dance session instead. So. ‘Sweep a light gold colour all of over the lid with a flat brush’.

Ok. I have a brush….

*Hits it a few times with a school textbook*

A flat brush! So… sweeping… sweeping… perfect! I am basically NikkieTutorials.

‘Blend a darker bronze colour into the socket line’. OK, this shimmery brown I got free with that magazine will do. Blending blending blending…

(Wonder if people still get scouted on the street to become models? Shame mum’s driving me to Jamie’s. Otherwise I’d defo get stopped).

Blending blendi– ARGH!! Abort blending! ABORT BLENDING!! Too much brown!! Noooo! Glittery PANDA alien? That’s a bit too far, even for a trendsetter like me.

OK don’t panic. Think. What would the Pixiwoos do? THINK!! No wait, don’t think – YouTube it. The modern way.

Face wipes! Of course! Like wondrous, aloe vera-scented time machines! There we are. Like nothing ever happened.

OK so let’s just leave the leftover goldy bit there and slap some mascara on. Mascara I can do.

Well look at that. Pretty damn fierce if you ask me.   

But the girl in this picture has such cute freckles… NO. Put the lipliner DOWN. Maybe some statement red lippy?

Ok… Slow and steady… slow and stead–  ARGH!

Why did anyone create little brothers?! And how do they always know the worst possible time to burst into your room waving a plastic weapon? Should definitely have intercepted the brother-making process somehow.

BLEURGH! Have just realised what that would involve and now cannot unsee it.

And now I’ve got a stupid clown mouth, too. And it’s lip stain. It’s never coming off. Total DISASTER.

Unless…

I mean it could work… it TOTALLY could…

Watch out world! Here comes my amazing new look: glittery alien meets Miranda Sings.

Nailed it.

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@LucindaEverett

In this month’s bettybox there’s a beautiful blue nail polish from Nails Inc, so we thought we’d have a little fun with it.

In this video, Anjali and Lily paint their nails. Simple, right? Well, apart from the fact that they’re blindfolded and only have 60 seconds to do it…!

Who do you think did a better job?

It can be really tricky to know when you’ve properly matched your foundation to your skin tone, so in this video Jazmin talks us through what to watch out for and what to do to make sure your foundation looks as 🔥 as you do.

There are some brilliant women out there. Women who are breaking the mould, going out into the world and living  their very best lives. These women are betty’s Sheroes, and the first is Florence Adepoju.

Florence Adepoju always loved science, and when she started working on a cosmetics counter she realised she loved beauty, too. So she put her scientific brain to work, creating her own line of make-up.

At 22 she founded her own company, MDMflow, making a bold, vibrant beauty range that was inspired by her love of hip-hop. In this video she talks about her inspirations, her style, and how sometimes even the most successful people just need a really good cry.

 

December is finally here! And while that means ’tis the season to be jolly, ’tis also the season to be shopping. Two words: Secret Santa.

We all know that Secret Santa can be like a flashmob – one minute, everything seems completely under control, and the next you’re running up and down the high street trying to find gifts that say ‘I value your friendship and who you are as a person’ for £5 or less.

Luckily, the betty elves are here to help! Here’s our round-up of awesome Secret Santa gifts for under a fiver. Sorted.

Beauty 

Sassy soap

A little feminist message for next time you’re lathering up.

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Cat boss soap, Ohh Deer, £4.50

Midas mani

This nail polish dries super fast, comes in loads of beautiful colours and is so cheap that you’ll still have some change left over. We think this gold is tres festive, now all that’s missing is some frankincense and myrrh.

 

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Celebration Gold Sand, Maybelline, £2.99

Panda Eyes

Never has looking like a panda been so freakin’ adorable. This calming Korean sheet mask might be just the ticket in the lead up to the holiday season.

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Pretty Animalz, Masquebar, £4

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If your Secret Santa is a fan of gingerbread, look no further. This hand cream from Zoella’s Christmas range smells incredible and makes your hands silky soft.

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Hungry Hands, Zoella Beauty, £5

XOXO 

Who needs friendship bracelets when you can pick up these stunning temporary tattoos for next to nothing?

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Kiss Hug, Pepperink, £2.31

Kissmas

You never when there might be some mistletoe hanging about, so best to be prepared.

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Kissmas, Tanya Burr Cosmetics, £5

An-nail-gel

The holy grail of Secret Santa presents for a Christmas-loving nail artist. You can hang the angel on the tree and apply a coat between mouthfuls of turkey.

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Nail Polish Angel, Mavala, £4.95

Accessories

Having a whale of a time 

Maybe we should take all of our advice from Narwhals, the unicorns of the sea.

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Narwhal Pin Badge, Minifelts, £2.50

Tied up in knots

This ring is the holy trifecta: pretty, elegant and cheap.

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Knotted ring, Urban Outfitters, £5

Spot of cheer

This jazzy neckerchief can keep your throat toasty while you’re singing carols. Or you can fashion it into a head scarf. #Versatile.

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Leopard Print Neckerchief, New Look, £3.99

Fluff it up

You can pop it on your school bag or use it as a keychain. It’s soft and fluffy and we’ll bet you a fiver that you’ll end up stroking it like it’s a pet.

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Fluffy key chain, Monki, £5

To the moon and back

Why buy one pair of earrings when you can buy NINE?! That way, you don’t have to panic too much when you inevitably lose one within the first day of wearing them.

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Gold and Silver studs, New Look, £3.99

A little bit random 

Stamp it out

If your Secret Santa is a little bit crafty, these are the perfect gift. Stamps can make even the blandest of chemistry notes suddenly look fun.

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Wood Stamps, Tiger, £4

Cushion wisdom

Sure, it’s not the most traditional format for an inspirational quote, but you can pop it on your bed, so every morning you have a little reminder. What better way to start the new year?

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Cushion Cover, H&M, £3.99

Spooning

I’m dreamin’ of a white Christmas. You won’t mind too much if it’s doesn’t snow this year if you have a white chocolate spoon on hand.

 

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White Chocolate Spoon, Cocoba, £2.75

Let it grow

We still have no idea how these things work, but that doesn’t make them any less magical. And who doesn’t want a Christmas miracle?

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Crystal eksperiment, Tiger, £2

 Now that’s taken care of, you can put your feet up and get a crack on watching Love Actually. You’re welcome.

December is the month of parties, so the betty team decided to take up the Christmas party make-up challenge. Four girls, two mirrors, two minutes, and a tableful of make-up. Who do YOU think had the best look?

Announcement: there’s nothing wrong with loving beauty. But you knew that. There’s loads of fun to be had with make-up and nail art and hair experiments and face glitter and hours spent messing around in Superdrug or trawling Pinterest for new ways to jazz up what Mother Nature gave you. That’s all good.

But what’s boring? Perfection. When beauty stops being about expressing yourself and starts being about expressing some magazine’s really narrow idea of how you ‘should’ look, it all gets a bit…. ugh. A bit… yawn. Not to mention much worse for our self-esteem than wonky eyeliner or a few split ends. Plus, there’s something eternally cool about not really caring too much. Wild hair, chipped nails, smudgy eyes; from Brigitte Bardot to Cara Delevingne, history is full of beauty icons who knew that life was too short to do six layers of contouring.

So instead of worrying about flawless foundation or immaculate manicures, let’s celebrate some of the colourful, the messy, the sparkly and the loud, proud beauty trends that laugh in the face of perfection. Then pout, then take a fabulous selfie.

 

1. Mermaid hair

Roots? Pfft. Forget boring highlight maintenance and be a beautiful land mermaid instead, with hair that shows your true colours. All eight of them.

 

2. Smudgy lips

Great news for those of us who like to do lipstick while running for the bus! Slightly blurry, smudgy lips are currently the last word in cool. Ditch the liner and say ‘mmmm’.

 

3. The messy bun

All hail the messy bun! Beloved of everybody from Zoella to your friendly neighbourhood dog-walker, the messy bun is the ultimate lazy girl hair. Muss it up, muss it some more, and when it looks like it would make your Nan ask if you’ve been dragged through a hedge backwards, you’re good to go.

 

4. Clumpy lashes

Spider lashes are for life, not just for Halloween! Mascara fiends rejoice, because clumpy, spiky, 60s-esque overloaded lashes are apparently a fashion ‘thing’ now. But so is wearing no mascara at all – everybody wins!

 

5. Bushy brows

That skin and those freckles 🙌🏼 ph:unknown 💃🏻

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We’ve been in love with giant brows for ages now, but that perfectly groomed on-fleek look is still a lot of effort. So let’s embrace the off-fleek brow in all its naturally ruffled glory.

 

6. Glitter for dayyyys

Had loads of fun with glitter today ✨ #strobing #glitter #clumpylashes #art #makeup #mua #highlight #glow #summer #festival

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Let’s look to Jane from the Bake Off, and her totally perfect philosophy: if in doubt, chuck a load of glitter on it. It worked for her chocolate celebration cake and it’ll definitely work for your face, too.

Halloween is creeping up on us (don’t turn round) but if you haven’t even thought about a costume yet, don’t panic – I’ve got you covered.

Before you rush out to your nearest shop to buy that last lonely tube of fake blood left on the seasonal shelf, I’ve gathered some of my favourite zero-gore, totally minimum-effort Halloween make up ideas that you can do with the products you probably already have at home, as tested on a real life face. Mine. Ideal to have on standby as a quick solution for those last-minute party plans your mates will probably spring on you.

Cheaty tips
  • I didn’t have any face paint so I just used some eye shadow with a layer of Vaseline underneath to give it a bit more grip and make the colours stand out against my skin!
  • Don’t worry if your hand is shaky. I like to use an eyeliner pencil to draw an outline and then go over it with liquid eyeliner to make those lines stand out better. And you can always tidy up the edges afterwards.

Spider queen

screen-shot-2016-10-26-at-13-50-41Because why wouldn’t you want an incy wincy spider climbing up the side of your mouth? Sparkly eye shadow is always fun, so use it as a base for your cobweb to really draw attention to your spidey-eye.

Difficulty: 4/10. Scariness: 4/10. Products used: 3.

You’ll need:
Sparkly eye shadow in your favourite colour 
Vaseline
Black kohl pencil and/or liquid eyeliner

 

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This is probably one of the creepiest of the lot, so we wouldn’t blame you if you get progressively freaked out as you finish off the look. Team with a cute dress and pigtails for the full package.

Difficulty: 5/10. Scariness: 8/10. Products used: 4.

You’ll need:
White face paint or eyeshadow
Black face paint or eyeshadow
Red lipstick
Black kohl pencil and/or liquid eyeliner

 

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You can’t fault a classic, guys. We love this one because it’s so soooo easy to pull off and you can also get away with putting minimal effort in to your outfit. Because skeletons still wear clothes, okay?

Difficulty: 3/10. Scariness: 7/10. Products used: 3.

You’ll need:
Black face paint or eye shadow
Whit face paint or eye shadow
Black kohl pencil and/or liquid eyeliner

 

Not-so-funny jester

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The humble jester is always a winner. Not too lol, not too scary; ticks all the boxes. Admittedly it’s a little bit fiddly to draw the shapes around your eyes, but if you take your time and draw outlines with pencil eyeliner first, you’ll nail it.

Difficulty: 6/10. Scariness: 6/10. Products used: 3

You’ll need:
Colourful eye shadow in your favourite colour
Vaseline
Black kohl pencil and/or liquid eyeliner

 

Lioness

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Forget the pet cat, it’s all about the lion! This is a really fun one if you’re not into the whole scary thing but want something cool to dress up as. Once you’ve got all of your features down, shower shimmery bronzer along your cheekbones and forehead to really get glow that Aslan glow.

Difficulty: 5/10. Scariness: 2/10. Products used: 4

You’ll need:
Highlighter/concealer/foundation one or two shades lighter than your skin tone
Black kohl pencil and/or liquid eyeliner
White face paint or eye shadow
Bronzer. Lots of it.

@JazKopotsha

Glitter is everywhere right now. And not just because you spilled a pot on the carpet and it’s impossible to hoover.

Maybe it’s because designers sent sparkling eyes, lips, faces and limbs down the catwalks at fashion week, maybe it’s an homage to the late David Bowie, maybe it’s because a face full of glitter feels like the perfect antidote to all that nude-lipped Jenner perfection… or maybe it’s just because the world is dreary, we all need a cheer-up and there ain’t no quicker fix for your mood than turning yourself into a human disco ball. Whatever the reason, suddenly everyone is feeling the otherworldly unicorn/mermaid/sparkly space alien vibe.

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Lauren’s glitter handiwork

And in that spirit, here’s the betty buy making us full-on swoon this week: the Stardust kit from Beauty Boulevard (£12.50). So ridiculously easy to use that you could probably manage it on the bus, in school loo or in a tent (all life’s most crucial glitter opportunities!), the kit contains a tube of binding gel, a pot of showstopping glitter and a dinky little brush to dab it on with.

We’re partial to a glittered cheekbone (here’s our speedy step-by-step ) but it also looks aces on your shoulders, on your forehead and along your parting, like magical starry dandruff. In the best possible way.

Even better, £2 from the sale of every pack in ‘Babylon Zoo’, a properly perky lilac-pink, goes to CoppaFeel! to help raise awareness and funds for the breast cancer charity’s amazing work. Founded by supershero Kris, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 23, CoppaFeel!’s mission is clear: get girls checking their boobs. Like, now.Lily and Lauren

So what better cause could there possibly be to glitter up, cop a feel of your own Babylons and help keep the party going? After all, like the meme (almost) says: always be yourself. Except when you can be a unicorn/mermaid/sparkly space alien, in which case… you know what to do.

Stardust Festival Glitter Kit, £12.50 from Beauty Boulevard