Our round-up of the sites with the best cosmetics and make-up tips around.

When it comes to the girly stuff, you won’t find anything more universally feminine than the world of make-up. Very few men venture in, so it is, by and large, a girls-only party. With the magical aid of cosmetics we females are able to mask, to transform, accentuate and celebrate our faces, adding a little slap of confidence that is so often needed! In the spirit of London Fashion Week (where good make-up is key), here is our pick of the best make-up sites on the web. Ladies, this one's for you.


Based in Milan, but delivering to most of Europe and the UK, Kiko Cosmetics has really got it going on. Their sexy website reveals Nude colours and brights at surprisingly low prices should appeal to the magpie eye. Lipsticks and mascaras, loose eyeshadows and eyeliners all come in for £7.90 or under.


With its impressive 48-strong team of global beauty experts, Cult Beauty has established itself as the last word in cosmetics and make-up products. Rather than featuring entire brand lines, the team cherry-pick the cream of the crop, the result being a star quality line-up of beauty products, all of which you can buy through the site. Fabulous.


Screenface may be unfamiliar to you, in which case you are in for a genuine treat. The home of theatrical make-up, this amazing shop has everything weird, fun and wonderful required for the performing world, such as wigs, moustaches, false eyelashes, coloured hairsprays and face and body paints galore. Once you have this place indelibly marked into your address book your diary of festivals, fancy dress parties and fashion extravaganzas will never be cosmetically challenged again.


Benefit loves to celebrate the naughty side of make-up, relishing the kind of woman who can casually pop on a bit of slap, fluff up their hair and have men fall at their feet. With their vintage pin-up packaging and irreverent product names, Benefit understands that make-up is a fantasy and a game, and that make-up should be, first and foremost, FUN.


Beauty mavens; if you are always on the hunt for the latest cosmetic sensation, Glossy Box could be the ideal choice for you. Subscribe for £10 a month (plus p+p) and Glossy Box will send you 5 sample-size luxury beauty products. Create a beauty profile to allow Glossy Box to send you the right products for your personal requirements.



There is a reason why make-up artists like to use MAC cosmetics. MAC have been leading the way in the make-up stakes for quite some time, consistently pushing the envelope with their range of colours and products and collaborations with fashion mavericks Lady Gaga and Daphne Guinness has set the bar even higher. Check out the 'Artistry' section on the site, offering tips and how-to videos on using their products.



Beauty High is an online beauty magazine covering make-up, hair and body. Featuring articles, interviews, product reviews, photos and how-to videos this site will teach you how to style your eyebrows, choose the right lippy, apply eyeshadow and much more.



For cosmetics with a conscience, cutECOsmetics should be your port of call. This family-run business has worked hard to find organic, vegan and cruelty-free cosmetic brands to stock on their site. Shop by brand (Barry M, Urban Decay, Nvey are all available here) or you can even shop by Ethic! Looking for a bright red vegan lipstick? Get it here.

21 February 2012