The Beauty Memo

7 Beauty Updates Your Makeup Bag Needs Right Now

L-R: Chantecaille 24K Gold Serum Intense; Shani Darden Hydration Peptide Cream; Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color; MZ Skin Tint & Protect Tinted Moisturiser SP30; Hourglass Voyeur Eyeshadow Sticks

From the ultimate healthy-glow bronzer and foolproof eyeshadow sticks to a gold-infused serum and plumping hydrator that guarantee glossy, luminous skin, these ultra-flattering new products – chosen by the NET-A-PORTER beauty team – are guaranteed to elevate your day-to-night makeup look…


The glow enhancer: Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish: Divine Bronzer

Makeup pro Pat McGrath says she relies on bronzer as an easy tool to brighten up any complexion because it doesn’t need to be perfectly applied – and her new powder formulas have been created with this in mind. You’ll get finely milled, velvety-soft color that gives a radiant finish without any trace of glitter. Eight shades range from fair to deep, and all balance red, golden and neutral tones for a bronzed look that is closest to a natural tan.

The must-have eyeliner: Westman Atelier Eye Love You Eye Pencil

As the first eye pencil from Gucci Westman’s eponymous makeup range, these kohl liners are everything you’d expect from the A-list makeup artist. They’re formulated to give an ultra-smooth glide, and are soft enough for using along the waterline, too. In both a deep black (Noir) and a soft, warm brown (Brun), they truly deliver deep-color payoff. Blend them out for a sultry, smoky eye – or, if you prefer a more defined look, wait 30 seconds, so the color sets, for a smudge-proof line that will last all day.

The multi-tasking skin finisher: MZ Skin Tint & Protect Tinted Moisturiser SP30

Don’t let the weightless finish of this luminizing skin tint fool you: the silky formula works to conceal redness and uneven skin tone in one sheer layer and is easily buildable for more coverage, too. Besides imparting a hint of color (in one shade that suits fair-to-medium skin tones), it’s equal parts moisturizer (spiked with hyaluronic acid, encapsulated vitamin C and antioxidant-rich kahki nut oil) and SPF, and offers blurring optics, too. Think of it as your summer-makeup essential – when you want a little less makeup but all the benefits of perfected, but real, skin.

The radiance-reviving serum: Chantecaille 24K Gold Serum Intense

When your skin needs a little luminosity, this new gold-infused serum from Chantecaille is a must. It contains brightening vitamin C, powered by 24K gold (which, when paired, makes the antioxidant much more effective), alongside a pentapeptide that’s extracted from gold, and a new-generation hyaluronic acid that works to plump and smooth skin faster. It’s great for amping up collagen production over the long term, but also for delivering instantly smoother, more radiant skin – boosted by a glow-enhancing botanical added into the mix.

The foolproof eyeshadow: Hourglass Voyeur Eyeshadow Sticks

If there’s one item to keep in your makeup bag at all times, make it an eyeshadow stick. These creamy formulas from Hourglass are super-versatile and effortless to master, can be blended out easily and don’t sit in the crease of your eyelid, plus they offer a flattering metallic finish. Apply them as subtly or as boldly as you need – Moon (a pale champagne) is ideal on the inner corner of the eye, or dabbed onto the center of the lid for an everyday eye-opening effect; while Galaxy (a deep plum) offers a 3D smoky-eye look when blended all over the lid and set with a powder formula.

The power-packed hydrator: Shani Darden Hydration Peptide Cream

The backbone of any good makeup look comes from using the right skincare before you apply it. This is where Shani Darden’s oil-free Hydration Peptide Cream shines. A cocktail of peptides, squalene (for hydration), shea butter and niacinamide, it drenches skin with moisture and makes it even-toned, super-plump and dewy. It’s a great primer, too, since it really works to fill in lines and wrinkles from the inside out, so that makeup can’t sit in any crevices.

The new lip shades to covet: Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color

Deep, vivid lips set against fresh, clean skin are this summer’s take on vampy glamour – and you can’t go wrong with Tom Ford Beauty’s Lip Color in Impassioned (a rich burgundy with warm brown undertones) and Night Mauve (a deep, cool-toned berry hue). They’re both super-easy to apply – thanks to a creamy texture – come packed with hydrating Brazilian murumuru butter and chamomilla flower oil, and deliver a gorgeously dewy, luminous finish, too.


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