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The Beauty Memo

The best new beauty buys to try now

The new-season products worth investing in – tried and tested by PORTER’s beauty desk

Illustration, Willa Gebbie

The multi-tasking skin duo Victoria Beckham by Augustinus Bader Cell Rejuvenating Priming Moisturizer and Power Serum set

Created in partnership with skincare expert Augustinus Bader, this clever two-step set provides the skin with the protection and hydration it needs, keeping the vital skin barrier strong and getting it prepped, primed and ready for makeup. And remember: using both a serum and a cream is essential for great skin. Amazing on dry skin, the serum gives it a beautiful dewy plumpness, which, with the cream applied on top, ensures it’s long-lasting – but what I really noticed was how makeup stays looking fresher for longer. Newby Hands

The healthy-hair skin treatment Dr Barbara Sturm Scalp Serum

The skin on our scalp is exactly the same as that on our face, so it makes sense that treating it in a similar way, and with the same calming and hydrating ingredients, ensures fewer issues (dryness, flaking, post-color itchiness) and, ultimately, healthier hair. Renowned for her potent ‘wardrobe’ of serums, Dr Barbara Sturm now uses the same key active ingredients, including her famous deeply hydrating hyaluronic-acid blend, in this light-textured serum. It’s easiest to use before bed, massaging in a few drops, as you do for the face. NH

The SOS skin cream Doctor Rogers Restore Healing Balm

It should come as no surprise to learn that skin, just like the rest of our bodies, has gone through the mill recently. I’ve noticed an increase in sensitivity and redness and so have taken steps to strip back my skincare regime and introduced a healing balm, which has been a real tonic to soothe stressed-out skin. My go-to has to be Doctor Rogers’ Restore, which uses a cocktail of castor-seed oil and glycerin to not only repair dryness and soothe any irritation, but it can also improve scarring and double up as a lip balm and brow gel – a win-win. Danielle Fox

The antidote to dehydrated skin Tata Harper Water-Lock Moisturizer

With its abundance of plant-derived peptides, this moisturizer-primer hybrid is rich in hydrators (hyaluronic acid also takes center stage) but lightweight in texture, making it particularly good for dry, parched skin without overloading the barrier. I like to massage one to two pumps onto the face and neck, both morning and night, and have noticed my skin’s texture has become far more even. DF

The dry-lip savior Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Magic Lip Oil Crystal Elixir

With the slip of an oil and the shimmer of a gloss, the new generation of super-luxe lip oils are fast becoming an easier way to wear lip color or to add shine to any look. And this latest addition from A-list makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury does all this and more. Not only does it nourish a dry lip instantly – I often use it in place of a balm – but it makes the perfect finisher to a lip tint, and I have also been adding a touch to cheeks and lids for extra dewiness. DF

The sustainable mascara that delivers Vapour Beauty Mesmerize Mascara

I always look to mascara to work three-fold – to lengthen, add volume and definition – and I’ve been suitably impressed by Vapour’s environmentally considerate Mesmerize Mascara. Not only does it help give guts and lushness to my straight lashes, but the formula feels conditioning, thanks to the acacia-flower wax, amino acids and jojoba oils. DF