The Beauty Memo

The Best New Beauty Buys To Try Now

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


THE EVERYDAY SPF Ultra Violette Supreme Screen Hydrating Facial Sunscreen SPF50+

What’s particularly clever about this SPF range by Ultra Violette is it combines excellent and reliable sun care with great skincare, so you get all the protection you need, plus amazing textures that leave skin looking and feeling hydrated and happy. It’s the no-compromise daily sun care, and this cream is especially good for summer- or city-dry, dehydrated skin. Maria Snowdon, beauty buyer

THE DIY TAN Amanda Harrington Tonal Tanning Drops – Natural Rose

Bridging the gap between self-tan and skincare, self-tanning drops are an excellent bronzing option for those who are maybe less masterful with application, as they give a far more subtle and natural finish – with far less mess. Infused with a host of extra-nourishing skincare benefits, alongside the tanning ingredient DHA, these innovative drops from tanning guru Amanda Harrington allow you to create a bespoke tan and achieve the finish you want. Add one or two drops to your favorite face cream or serum for a soft glow; or, for a deeper tan, try between five and 12 drops ­– and keep skin well-moisturized to prolong the color. Danielle Fox, senior beauty editor

THE SUPER CREAM Augustinus Bader The Light Cream

When it comes to creams that truly nourish the complexion, this one really stands out. The brand comes with a cult-like status and its new, lighter texture will not disappoint Augustinus Bader fans. I find its almost a cure-all – plus, it sinks in beautifully to leave skin velvety-soft, with the dewiest of glows. Rosie Jameson, senior beauty buyer

THE NECK TECH The Light Salon Boost Advanced LED Collar – Neck & Face

The neck can often be overlooked in our beauty regimen, but it’s actually one of the areas that is most in need of intervention. Exposure to UV rays can cause sun spots, while movement can create lines over time. In short, it pays to add an extra step into your regime. What I like so much about this LED collar is that, as well as giving you firmer skin, it can reduce hormonal breakouts and pigmentation on the neck, lower face and forehead. It’s also super-portable, so very easy to travel with. RJ

THE GLOW-GIVER Refy Gloss Highlighter

As a rule, a completely mattified face tends to result in skin that looks flat and dull. In order to breathe life back into the complexion, adding touches of light to certain areas is important for a multidimensional look. I love to blend Refy’s Gloss Highlighter onto to cheekbones, using a fan brush for more controled application. Keep the focus on the C shape that hugs the eye area, right up to the temples, and it will give your skin the prettiest of finishes. The one tip I’ve learnt from the experts is to keep highlighter a finger’s width away from eyes, as it can settle into and accentuate any fine lines. Instead, place under the arch of the brow to lift, swipe down the center of the nose bridge to slim, and boost lips by adding on top of the Cupid’s bow. Amy Robinson, beauty buyer

THE BRONZER WITH BENEFITS Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Bronzer and Brush

The pursuit of that all-elusive glow isn’t solely a vacation sport, which is why the right bronzer has year-round versatility and a permanent place in my makeup bag. But finding one with the perfect shade, and the right texture, that can emulate a fresh-from-the-beach glow without being too obvious, has taken some groundwork. Charlotte Tilbury’s Beautiful Skin Bronzer (which comes in four shades) ticks all those boxes. Delivering both warmth and glow, it contains hyaluronic acid and vitamin D3, so looks good and does good, too. I’m obsessed. DF

THE ON-THE-GO POCKET POWDER Westman Atelier Vital Pressed Skincare Powder

Warmer weather calls for a helping hand and a lighter touch when it comes to my base. And I’ve found that this intelligent skincare powder (which comes in five shades) from Westman Atelier works well when the temperature rises. It’s like makeup that doubles as skincare, so while it instantly sets my makeup, it also smoothes pores, evens out tone and sweeps away shine. After using it for a while, I also noticed that the skin around my T-zone became less oily. AR