The Beauty Memo

The best new beauty buys to try now

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

Illustration by Willa Gebbie

The instant glow Gucci Beauty Éclat De Beauté Effet Lumière Gel Face Gloss

This is exactly the sort of multi-tasking essential we need in our makeup kits. In a light gel texture, this clever shimmer-free ‘glow’ from Gucci Beauty blends over bare skin or foundation to give cheek and brow bones that beautifully polished, dewy skin finish. Even better, it works just as well over lips and eye lids – I love it dabbed over a beige or taupe shadow for the prettiest, glossy smoky eye. Newby Hands, Global Beauty Director

The intensive skin program Omorovicza The Cure

I love these new, short skin-treatment programs because they give results you can actually see; with three targeted steps taken over nine days, Omorovicza’s intensive course of ampoules gives dull, tired skin a fresh glow. Days one to three are about prepping skin with the blend of mandelic (good for pigmentation) and glycolic acids; days four to six focus on repairing, while days seven to nine deeply nourish. The result? Smoother, more evenly toned and brighter, plumper-looking skin. NH

The neck and chest LED mask The Light Salon Boost Advanced LED Light Therapy Décolletage Bib

Providing the at-home version of The Light Salon’s famous in-salon treatment, this particular mask, combining near-infrared and red light, is genius on two levels. First, it allows the LED light treatment to be used on the neck and chest (two key areas that show skin damage early on) and even on the back and shoulders (good for breakouts). And secondly, because it’s made from flexible silicone, it simply rolls up, making it easy to take and use anywhere. NH

The perfect shine-free base Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Fluid Powder Foundation SPF20

It’s the incredible lightweight texture that makes this Bobbi Brown base so good, because although it sets as a powder, it looks natural and not too heavy. There is a brilliant variety of great shades available, and thanks to its easy application (fingers work as well as a brush) and long-lasting finish, it’s ideal for more oil-prone skin types or for hot-weather wear. NH

The cooling eye mask 111Skin Sub-Zero De-Puffing Eye Mask

The eye mask has become the unsung hero of the skincare world, because it can transform the look of your under-eye area instantly. 111Skin Sub-Zero De-Puffing Eye Mask does just that and more: the serum-soaked mask contains marine extracts and potent peptides, which are both known for their anti-aging properties that intelligently address everything from dark circles and eye bags to fine lines and dark spots. For even faster results, layer your eye mask over your favorite hydrating face serum to encourage extra de-puffing and firming of the skin. Danielle Fox, Senior Health and Beauty Editor

The indulgent hand cream Jo Malone London Lime Basil & Mandarin Body & Hand Lotion

Our hands may be a little drier than usual right now, which is all the more reason to invest in a beautifully indulgent, rich hand cream to offset the constant washing and astringent antibacterial gels. Not only does this hand cream from Jo Malone London condition with the added coconut oil, but its zesty scent is truly uplifting. DF

The serum that acts as a filter Charlotte Tilbury Magic Serum Crystal Elixir

Fans of Charlotte Tilbury’s original Magic Cream will not be disappointed with this serum follow-up. The cocktail of vitamin C, a crystal complex of quartz, ruby and amethyst, barrier-boosting niacinamide and plumping peptides leave skin comfortable and stress-free so that makeup can go on easily over the top. I’ve noticed a difference in the clarity of my skin and I’m impressed by the beautifully dewy glow from using only a few drops. DF

The head-to-toe glow oil Oribe Gold Lust All Over Oil For Face, Body & Hair

I love how oil can transform and nourish skin in a matter of minutes, and this multi-purpose, all-over formula from Oribe really does takes it one step further. Designed to be used on the body, face, hair (leave on overnight for a deeper treatment) and décolleté, it even works as a beard treatment, making it beautifully unisex. Rather than leaving a shimmery finish, the oil takes its luminosity from essential fatty acids, leaving skin with a super-hydrated glow. DF