• Beauty: The
all-time greats
    What are the world’s best-selling beauty products? EMMA STRENNER reveals the 12 breakthrough heroes that remain iconic classics

    Diorshow Iconic

    With its revolutionary oblique brush, this super-luxe formula separates, curls and lifts, leaving loyal users with lashes so primped and primed they can even forgo the curlers. A steady favorite among makeup artists, beauty editors and celebrities alike.

    Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

    Could this be the original hero product? The uses for this miracle balm, created almost 80 years ago, are never-ending, and although there’s a fragrance-free version available, we love the familiar, trustworthy scent of the original.

    Chanel Le Vernis in Rouge Noir

    This deep burgundy, almost black lacquer became an instant classic when Uma Thurman wore it in Quentin Tarantino’s cult 1994 thriller Pulp Fiction. A perennial best-seller, it looks equally smart on short, squared-off fingernails and perfectly pedicured toes.

    MAC lipstick in Russian Red

    The classic femme-fatale shade (as worn by Madonna during her Blonde Ambition tour), it is a blue-toned red with a velvety matte texture. Launched in the 1980s, it continues to sell at a dizzying rate and looks brilliant on both blondes and pale-skinned brunettes.

    St Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse

    The first fake tan to give a natural, glowy bronze that didn’t reek of old biscuits and leave you looking fluorescent orange. Aim for a gradual build up – and if all goes wrong, reach for the St Tropez Tan Detox kit, which softens and removes stubborn dark patches.

    NARS bronzer in Laguna

    The idea that a bronzer can give a gorgeous glow to all skin tones may seem implausible, but NARS’s golden shimmering shade does just that. With just the right mix of matte and shimmer, it flatters and lifts any complexion.

    The Edit

    Photographs: Simon Vinall

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