Foundation and fake tan mishaps in the shade of Lucozade perpetrate a fear of orange makeup. Take that hue and transfer it to your lips (as at Margiela SS20), eyes or cheeks for a wonderful lift. Orange lipsticks, thanks to their plethora of undertones, are surprisingly inclusive: pastel or pinky versions work best on fairer tones; warm tangerines on olive and darker skins. Reddish oranges are universal. For cheeks and eyes, don’t be heavy-handed: a hint of colour (for eyes, a wash or liner) will suffice. Just resist the temptation to wear it all at once.
1. Sleek Blush £4.99, sleekmakeup.com
2. Carolina Herrera Lipstick in Sheer Orange Affair £25 (refill, plus £17 cap), harrods.com
3. Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Cruise £22, chanel.com
4. Gucci Rouge à Lèvres Mat Lipstick in Agatha Orange £34, harrods.com
5. NARS Single Eyeshadow in Persia £17, narscosmetics.co.uk
I can’t do without… a serum for lacklustre skin that works wonders
Products that claim to be multitaskers – you know, the ones that promise to banish wrinkles, lift your jowls and take your dog for a walk – are nothing new. Those that actually work? A rarity. Nowadays, however, less so. Which is just as well because there are numerous elements impacting the quality of our skin – from anxiety to blue light from your computer screens – and no one has the time to apply a million and one separate products morning and night to combat them all. Yes, even I, whose job it is to road test products so you don’t have to, see the sense in a less-is-more approach. And even if you did have all the time in the world, working out the sequence and which ingredients compliment each other, cancel each other out or work against each other is headache inducing. This creamy but lightweight serum simplifies the process. Created by Dr Sam Bunting, a Harley Street skincare specialist loved by beauty insiders, it combines specific percentages of active ingredients to combat lacklustre, dull skin. These are azelaic acid (for even-toned, breakout-free skin), niacinamide (reduces the look of lines and pores) and bakuchiol (the gentle retinol alternative that improves skin texture and elasticity). The result? A natural glow that could rival a highlighter. It took three years and 34 iterations to create this. Thankfully you won’t have to wait as long to see it deliver. Dr Sam Flawless Brightly Serum, £44, drsambunting.com
On my radar
Good to glow This bestselling hyaluronic self-tan serum has been reformulated to include SPF 30, which means that you get a dewy sunless tan, while also protecting your skin from the sun. Tan Luxe Super Glow SPF 30, £39, spacenk.com
Clean sweep While this eau de toilette has a soapy note, the clever addition of rose, jasmine, bergamot, coconut and musk ensures there’s nothing syrupy about it. Forget the bubble baths of old. Maison Margiela Replica Bubble Bath, £98, johnlewis.co.uk
Let it shine Seeking a shampoo that gets rid of build up? This cleansing oil treats parched hair and itchy scalp, adding shine sans weight or grease. Shu Uemura Art of Hair Cleansing Oil Shampoo, £28.35, feelunique.com
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