8 Of Our Favourite Beauty Picks To Start The Year

From the THOUSANDS OF LAUNCHES we tried and tested over the past twelve months, these are THE STANDOUTS we love right now as the year starts …

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1. THE TREND …
It’s been the year of the lipstick: formulas such as MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour, Tom Ford’s Patent Polish gloss and Chanel’s Lip Ink dazzled, and made lip colour more exciting than ever.

2. ARRIVALS … The new passion for blow-dry bars (see right) means we can have better hair, at hours that suit us.

3. GADGET … Yes, the Dyson Supersonic hairdrier is an investment buy, but it really does transform the daily drag of hair-drying.

4. MAKE-UP MAGIC … Lancôme’s Miracle Cushion foundation (below right, d38) is no gimmick – it goes everywhere with us.

5. SURPRISE HITS … Blue mascara, especially YSL’s Vinyl Couture: it’s far more wearable and flattering than you think.

6. THE SHOW-STOPPER … Victoria Beckham’s collaboration with Estée Lauder was love at first sight – and we hear there is more in the pipeline.

7. THE ESSENTIAL … Lancôme’s Grandiôse Liner (d29) made it easy for all of us to do the perfect cat’s eye.

8. THE PALETTE … Everyone loves the Nakeds, but our pick is Urban Decay’s Moon Dust (below, d40, at Debenhams), a set of glittery eyeshadows that are fun and fabulous, just as make-up should be.

Sarah Halliwell

This article appeared in a previous issue, for more features like this, don’t miss our January issue, out Thursday, January 5.

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