I owe an apology to the yellow eyeshadow. For years, rolling my eyes, I chose yellow eyeshadow to symbolize the ridiculous makeups that beauty people try to sell as “wearable.” This look (Richard Quinn AW20) debunks my theory and is easily accomplished. Use a pink watercolor wash on lids, cheeks, and lips; draw a winged eye in black and outline the middle of the lash line in bright yellow. While I can’t imagine the full yellow eyeshadow becoming a classic, this modern take proves that it’s not what you wear, but how you wear it.
1. Stila eye and lip paint £ 21, stila.co.uk
2. YSL Couture colored leather clutch £ 100, yslbeauty.co.uk
3. Ruby Hammer Precision Eyeliner £ 18, harveynichols.com
Four. Unique eyeshadow from Nars in Douro £ 17, narscosmetics.co.uk
5. Illamasqua Beyond Face Blush and Highlighter Palette £ 45, illamasqua.com
I can’t do without … A glycolic acid treatment without irritation
Alpha-H Liquid Gold Midnight Reset Serum
For those of you who have yet to discover Alpha-H, you are missing a trick. Their formulas are some of the best on the market. Years ago, they launched their cult Liquid Gold, a pioneering glycolic acid liquid scrub, when everyone else was still destroying skin barriers with granite-like facial scrubs. The latest addition to the Liquid Gold family is this hard-working creamy (yet lightweight) serum that combines glycolic acid and retinol with no downtime or irritation. Traditionally, those age-defying powerhouses aren’t great bedfellows, so this is a breakthrough in beauty. Uses 14% glycolic to speed up the removal of dead skin cells, for glowing skin, quickly, and granactive retinoid to give you the smoothest, smoothest kind of texture and skin tone that you would normally only achieve with prescription retinol from high resistance (and many irritations). Anyone can use it, even those with sensitive skin, but mature skin will especially benefit from this. When you see the results, you will be tempted to go overboard and combine with other acids and overuse. Do not do it. It may not have the irritant factor one expects with retinoids, but it is still very active, so for now, use it alone, use it every other night to start, and apply sunscreen in the morning. Oh, and get acquainted with the rest of the Alpha-H clan. £ 70 cultbeauty.co.uk
On my radar: a trio of sumptuous scented candles
Famous friends Libertine, a smoky and woody fragrance from a new brand inspired by strong and quirky personalities, has already gained a fashion following. August & Piers candles, £ 59, augustpiers.com
get out of life The aroma of this candle, a combination of bitter orange, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, has been described as a steaming mulled wine. Glorious. Cire Trudon Gloria Candle, £ 85, harrods.com
Message of hope Bella Freud’s latest candle looks fit for the end of 2020. It incorporates patchouli, sage, and pink pepper, which are said to be healing. Bella Freud Peace and Love Candle, £ 95, libertylondon.com
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