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Beauty secrets: Ruth Crilly rates her best and latest make-up hits

Model-turned-blogger Ruth Crilly talks to Katie Wright about all things beauty.

Model and beauty expert Ruth Crilly (36), who has a successful blog, A Model Recommends, with 600,000 followers, shares her top make-up secrets.

What are the most useful tips you've picked up from make-up artists over the years?

"A lot of make-up artists don't use one foundation, they layer things, starting with a complexion enhancer and then a really light, sheer cover foundation to conceal spots and dark circles, and then something to finish. My current favourite foundation is Guerlain Lingerie de Peau, £38.50, John Lewis. Debenhams, which really is like a second skin. It's just gorgeous. And Bourjois Blur the Lines Concealer, £7.99, Boots, is not expensive, but it's great."

What about your favourite budget brands or products?

"The L'Oreal True Match Foundation, £9.99, Boots, is notable for the range of different shades. There's also a great Makeup Revolution eye shadow palette with lovely shades called Fortune Favours The Brave, £9.99, Superdrug, created by Jane Cunningham. They're tiny, but I always think when you buy an eye shadow palette you never use it up."

What are your favourite luxury products?

"I love a relaxing bath, so if I could only choose one product, it would be Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Bath and Shower Oil, £45, Space NK. In terms of make-up, I really love Clarins Supra Volume Mascara in Brown, £21.50, Boots. You never find a good brown mascara but this one is really volumising and heavy, so you get that full lash effect."

In terms of skincare, do you have a weekly exfoliation or face mask routine?

"A bath is the only time I get to myself, so I always use a mask then. The Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask, £55.50, CultBeauty, is amazing, but it's really strong, it's like a proper peel for your face."

What beauty product do you use the most?

"COLAB Dry Shampoo, £2.32 (left, currently reduced from £3.49), Superdrug, which is my dry shampoo brand. It's probably the beauty product I go through the most. A can a week."

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