The Beauty Updates You Need To Try

Here are the NEW PRODUCTS our BEAUTY EDITOR is trying out this month …

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Matte lips

Super-matte lipsticks continue to grab all the attention on the beauty desk: who could ignore LANCÔME‘s Matte Shakers, the decidedly grown-up version of their Juicy Shakers? These are pocket rockets of full-on colour to zip on at whim. €19.50. And NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils are the height of matte artistry. We love the 28 unpredictable shades, including raisin-brown Dirty Mind; the names, all inspired by Prince songs; and the formula, which is creamy yet long-lasting. €26.50. We’re also drawn to the new breed of squeezy tubes of lip colour inspired by art shops – try BOBBI BROWN‘s Art Stick Liquid Lip (€27, in 16 shades), and MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Acrylip (€22). They’re just what lip colour should be – fun as well as fabulous.

Deep clean

Since Japanese brand SHU UEMURA left Ireland a few years ago, I’ve had panicked emails from Cleansing Oil devotees trying to track it down. While Selfridges in London still stocks some Shu, the US website, www.shuuemura-usa.com, is now your best bet. Alternatives we recommend include L’OCCITANE‘s gentle Shea Butter Cleansing Oil (€20), and KIEHL‘s silky new Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil (€32), lightweight and lovely, with evening primrose and lavender.

Raise your hair game

A pre-shampoo treatment? Really? We had doubts too. It has taken us, frankly, months to remember to use KÉRASTASE Resistance Soin Premier Thérapiste (€25) before shampooing, and with some reluctance – the last thing we need is another layer of grooming in the morning. However, we have to admit it’s one of the very few things that makes a difference on our wayward hair. If yours is battered from over-colouring, styling and general angst, this is excellent for smoothing and brightening, making it feel like you had a pro blowdry. Especially good for fine hair, instead of weighing it down with conditioner.

SARAH HALLIWELL

This article appeared in a previous issue. For more features like this don’t miss our next issue, out Thursday April 6.

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