In search of youth, many people get so fixated on wrinkle creams they miss tricks that easily (and quickly) deliver a youthful demeanour – like glossy brows. Thick, lusciously shiny brows (Koche SS21) radiate health and youthfulness. For extra density and luminosity, follow a highly pigmented brow pencil with brow gloss. If yours are sparse – naturally, or from the passage of time or overplucking (step away from the tweezers) – try microblading. This intricate tattooing system – done brilliantly at Suman – gives you realistic, and yes, youthful, brows.
1. Suqqu Signature Color Eyes £48, libertylondon.com 2. Huda Bomb Brows Microshade Brow Pencil £15, harveynichols.com 3. Benefit They’re Real Magnet Mascara £24, benefitcosmetics.com 4. Kevyn Aucoin True Feather Brow Marker Gel Duo £22, spacenk.com 5. Gucci Beauty Stylo Contour Kohl Eyeliner £24, harrods.com
I can’t do without… A rich, creamy hair moisturiser for perfect coils
There has long been an idea that straight hair is the best kind of hair and if you have it, great, and if you don’t then, well, it should be your north star. This perception means most hair brands fail to cater for the huge proportion of people whose natural wave pattern doesn’t fit the mould. Like me. So when a brand launches products claiming to cater for all curly hair textures, my ears prick up. Alas, many fail to recognise that curls are on a spectrum. Wavy hair and coily/afro hair have very different needs. Living Proof’s new range of products – targeting different curl types – understands this. So I’m obsessed. The scent is divine: fresh bergamot, orange, prickly pear, green tea, rose petals… using a shampoo has never been so joyful. The Curl Elongator, however – specifically for “coily” hair – is my personal standout. When natural afro hair is washed it tends to shrink, sometimes quite significantly. This rich, creamy moisturiser stretches out curls, but without compromising their definition or health because it’s infused with a strengthening “healthy curl complex” (curls are surprisingly fragile). None of the products create build-up instead, it leaves hair hydrated and shiny (and smelling nice). So if you’ve struggled with curls/coils products, try this. You might just find what you’ve been looking for.
Living Proof Curl Elongator, £37, livingproof.co.uk
On my radar… Scents with sensibility for a new dawn
Musk cadet This light scent, with notes of kumquat, citrus, rose petals and musk, is part of Loewe’s nine-strong scent collection reimagined in colourful bottles. Loewe Agua Ella, £63, libertylondon.com
Capturing the essence Bottling emotions is at the heart of what Byredo does. This blend of cassis, black tea, violet and birchwood is “a distillation of the highs and lows of our times”. Byredo Mixed Emotions, £122, byredo.com
The sky’s the limit A clean but eclectic medley of patchouli, cedar and vetiver inspired by a newfound intensity for life and blue-sky thinking. Jo Loves Cobalt, Patchouli and Cedar, £115, joloves.com
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