New Beauty Products To Try This Month

Beauty Editor SARAH HALLIWELL shares the NEW PRODUCTS to add to your MAKE-UP BAG now …

Victoria Beckham SS17, Jason Lloyd Evans

There’s an appealing new simplicity in the beauty world right now. If you admire insouciant French women such as Isabelle Huppart and Caroline de Maigret – who champion the uncontrived as opposed to the try-hard – this season and the next bring inspiration.

The beauty giants are handing back more control over how we make up: CLINIQUE are encouraging a hands-on, back to the lab approach with their BIY Blend It Yourself Pigment Drops (€34), designed to mix in with your moisturiser to transform it into tinted coverage that’s as light as you like. It’s a way of championing an individual, custom-made approach. And it’s neat for travelling, too. Expect to see plenty more such custom-blends. YSL make-up artist Fred Letailleur has good advice when it comes to achieving a fresh, glowing look: “Target skin precisely – really look at it and treat it in segments, to keep control of your make-up rather than using an all-over approach. In the long term, skin benefits from a softer coverage rather than a full mask.” Make-up-loving teens take note.

It’s old-school, but the talcum powder (€30) from Dublin’s elegant SANTA MARIA NOVELLA boutique is a delight, from its pretty box to its light soft fragrance. Shake on with abandon. We’re considering going pink just for one day, with L’OREAL PARIS Colorista wash-out hair colour (€10.75); it positively encourages rebellion. Finally, we keep double-taking when we spot dragon’s blood as an ingredient in skincare. In fact, it has nothing to do with Game of Thrones – it’s a red-coloured tree sap with anti-inflammatory properties, traditionally used to heal wounds. Feel its benefits in facialist Su-Man’s Velvet Skin Brightening Serum (£98stg;, a shake-to-mix potion rich in omegas.

Sarah Halliwell

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