Every month, Red's Beauty Director, Annabel Meggeson, divulges her latest beauty finds and shares the product she considers absolutely essential to your make-up kit.
This month, it's all about new, affordable highlighters for an instant hit of radiance, game-changing nail polishes that lend a little TLC (as well as a chic finish), and a nourishing cleansing balm, whose texture is beautifully pitched between slip and grip.
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To see Red's first ever beauty box hand-picked by Annabel, .
It's cool, complexion-brightening and stays perfect for hours.
1. , £27 - The sweet almond-rich formula is designed to clean without disrupting the skin’s healthy bacteria. Clever.
2. , £25 – Part of their new skincare range, this is excellent, leaving skin clean and soft.
3. , £40 – Thorough, but super-light. Fans also layer it on as a skin- softening mask.
Eighty-eight per cent of women cover their grey hair, with one third saying they’ll do so until the day they die*.
So it’s safe to say we don’t like regrowth. Nothing beats the salon finish, but I’m coming round to in-between products, like (£14.99) and (£16.99), which boosts colour and makes greys stand out less.
From the gilded Doric pillar of a tube to the eye-watering price tag, everything about screams luxe.
Whether you’d pay £55 for a lash enhancer is another matter; inky and lengthening and lovely it is, but that’s a hefty wedge. It would make a fabulous talking point in the Ladies, though.
Spring’s lip crayons are full of playful promise, yet still incredibly chic. I feel ready for anything when I team (£28, 2) with polished skin and a smoky eye; (£17.50, 1) are juicy and bright, while (£26, 3), come in names like Leader, Lover and Dreamer – a reminder that we’re all a force for good (and can benefit from a hydrating lipstick to boot).
Featherising – is it a word? It is now, thanks to (£16), which leaves lashes inky and fluttery.
Add fortifying ceramides and it’s a great everyday mascara.
1. The overnight plumper: , £38
2. The everyday skin support: , £88
3. The lip softener: , £16
“A fragrance for humans” is how Sarah Jessica Parker described her new unisex fragrance; I’ve yet to meet anyone who doesn’t love the subtle, (£32 for 30ml).
Maybe I’m feeling rushed or my skin’s unreceptive, but there are days when I know a foundation’s not going to work. Make-up artist Geraldo Frazao suggested this, instead: prep skin with Lait-Crème Concentré, £20 (the cult backstage moisturiser that’s now available in Boots), then press a little Sensual Skin Enhancer, £36.50, just around eyes, nose, mouth and anywhere else you have a little redness. It’s a fast route to perfected skin without any heaviness from a base.
Find Lait-Crème Concentré in .
“Use body oil rather than bath oil in the tub, as the latter contains dispersants which can be drying. Any droplets of oil left on the surface of the water can be rubbed into skin before you get out.” - From Goop Clean Beauty by the Editors of Goop (Sphere, £20)
These Smoke Sticks from Topshop (£6.50 each).
Great colours, easy to blend and they stay put.
Renowned for her holistic treatments and hand-blended products, Annee de Mamiel also suggests this seasonal soup to support skin ().
Fry butternut squash, onion and turmeric (antioxidants); add coconut milk (healthy fats) and stock; whizz and finish with pancetta and coriander.
Essie’s Treat Love & Colour (shown in Sheers To You, Laven-dearly and Tinted Love, £8.99 each) are a great new one-stop for nails.
Rich in oils, collagen and brightening pigments, they strengthen and perfect, leaving tips with a pretty tint. The lavender one even neutralises stained and uneven nail beds.
Decléor’s new Facial Pilates treatment uses powerful movements to lift and sculpt.
At home, massage in (£76) – use thumb and forefinger to pinch along your jawline and up your cheeks.
Facial Pilates, £75, at Decléor spas;
To get that chic, effortless look, rough-dry your hair, then apply some of (£16.30) – it’s somewhere between a texturiser and a dry shampoo, and adds that je ne sais quoi to hair without making it flat a few hours later.
Feeling really French? Skip the rough-dry and apply product once hair has dried naturally.
I’ve just started taking these (£79 for a four-week supply) as they come recommended by both Red’s no-BS health director and the most youthful-looking fiftysomething I know – Yasmin Le Bon.
Their USP is high-quality nutrients suspended in flax oil, making them super-digestible. I’ll keep you posted.
The (£38) is loaded with pretty, sexy shades in a soft texture that makes them a joy to apply.
It's my new must-have.
(£45) leaves a subtle sheen and smell on skin with no stickiness.
The perfect finishing touch for legs and arms.
From the gardens of Provence comes (1), with herby ingredients and chic packaging. (4), a (2), and (3) also make great bottom-of-sock fare.
Add a couple of (£105) to your skincare or foundation for a little on-the-spot UV protection when the weather looks bright. It’s a non-bothersome way to do sunscreen in winter.
The Red jury’s still out on what exactly LED can do for skin*, but it’s gaining quite a reputation among beauty experts as a collagen booster.
We’ll be looking into this at the newly opened Cowshed Spa in Selfridges, where it’s offered alongside manis and pedis.
“For the ultimate ‘no-make-up make-up’ eyes, use a prodigious amount of black or brown kohl the night before, really working it in to the lashes, then wiping off the excess. It adds depth to the eyes but doesn’t look like you’re wearing any make-up.” Kirsten Kjaer Weis, make-up artist.
1. , £15 – the coolest new balm in town
2. , £25 – a new (chic, effective) offering from the luxe-y hair brand
3. ￼, £2.99 – a cheerful revamp of an old faithful