Are you frazzled by the slew of new beauty product launches? Or looking for beauty advice and tips from experts? Fret not, we’re here to help. From the latest skincare to must-try makeup essentials, we’ve got you covered.
Ahead, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite beauty products for the month.
Gucci Beauty’s first powder blush is a combination of smooth powder pigments and emollient waxes that make it feel like second skin. Easy to blend and layer for either a natural or intense look, it can be used on cheeks or eyelids.
The Orchid Totum extract improves skin regeneration and gives a lifting effect when applied on eyecontours or nasolabial folds. Peptides and a new ferment extract reduce puffiness and the appearance of dark circles, giving the under-eye area a smoother and brighter appearance.
Enhancing skin’s natural renewal process at night, this cream works to eliminate oxidised protein accumulated in the body, while stimulating the production of collagen, lipids and cells that have been lost through free radical damage.
If you haven’t already included retinol in your skincare routine, then you need to add it, stat. This vitamin A derivative has exceptional anti-ageing abilities, and Kiehl’s serum contains 0.3 percent retinol which improves skin cell turnover for visible improvement in fine lines and wrinkles.
This cream replenishes collagen and moisture, essential for a youthful complexion. Resveratrol protects against free radical damage and promotes collagen production, while squalane and hyaluronic acid keep skin smooth, plump and hydrated.
Dull and pigmented skin will benefit from this lotion that is super-charged with a vitamin C-rich berry complex and other vitamin C derivatives. Niacinamide also helps to keep new discoloration from appearing and repairs damage to the skin barrier to prevent moisture loss.
Mature skin with other concerns such as uneven skin tone, sagging, dullness and wrinkles will get a boost from the combo of skin-brightening 15 percent L-ascorbic acid and skin-smoothing lactic acid. Licorice and mulberry extracts are known to inhibit tyrosinase, an enzyme that triggers the production of pigment-causing melanin.
If pigmentation is your concern, this gel cream evens out skin tone with THD Ascorbate, said to be more stable and less irritating than other forms of vitamin C, and contains lutein which protects against blue light. Sodium hyaluronate helps skin retain moisture for up to 24 hours.
Suited to drier skins, this serum’s low-molecular weight hyaluronic acid penetrates skin better for deeper hydration. It also contains the brand’s Vital Vita Solution—a mix of ascorbyl glucoside and niacinamide—to brighten skin and protect against free radical damage.
The C-Firma Fresh Day Serum comes as a separate serum and powder that is meant to be mixed before the first use so as to preserve the potency of its ingredients, particularly vitamin C which is known to degrade quickly. An antioxidant complex of 15 percent L-ascorbic acid, 0.5 percent ferulic acid and one percent vitamin E retexturises and plumps skin, soothes redness and improves radiance.
Pimples, pigmentation and dark circles are no match for this high-coverage concealer.
A sunscreen that protect without the white cast or greasy feeling— promise!
Like pillars holding up a roof, skin ligaments help to anchor and stabilise the soft tissue layers within skin. With age, this supporting structure weakens, resulting in saggy facial contours and wrinkles. The La Prairie Skin Harmony L’Extrait ($1,280) comes to the rescue with Caviar Infinite, its proprietary ingredient that strengthens skin ligaments, and restores volume and firmness.
It took three years and 255 iterations to arrive at this new formulation. It is as much skincare as it is makeup, as it contains an extract derived from the sap of the mastiha tree—said to have exceptional regenerative powers—which improves skin elasticity and firmness. The water-gel base keeps your complexion hydrated and looking fresh all day long.
This fragrance-free balm is loaded with ceramides and botanical oils that deliver long-lasting moisture and restore the skin barrier, and oat extracts that soothe and relieve signs of fatigue.
Containing three types of stabilised vitamin C and citrus bioflavonoids to improve skin elasticity and smooth out wrinkles, this upgraded edition is also vegan and fragrance-free. Banana powder-inspired pigments reflect light and counteract dark circles.
The formula centres on the red camellia’s antioxidant properties and ability to protect against signs of ageing. The new Revitalizing Essence Lotion also gives a splash of freshness and absorbs quickly to imbue skin with hydration.
Cultivated by Dior specifically for cosmetic purposes, the hardy Rose de Granville is prized for its exceptional resilience. Micro-nutrients extracted from this hybrid rose are encapsulated within micro-pearls that melt into skin to strengthen, firm and improve skin’s ability to repair itself.
Damask rose has amazing antioxidant and soothing properties. In this silky oil, it’s combined with eight botanical oils (pomegranate seed, sunflower, argan, sweet almond, hazelnut, pistachio, jojoba and peach kernel) to strengthen the skin barrier, boost cell regeneration and restore hydration.
Think of this gel-serum as an eraser for dark under-eye circles, puffiness, wrinkles and sagging. The cooling metal applicator soothes and depuffs while potent botanical ingredients like the rose de mai water, algae and Persian silk tree extract tighten, hydrate and protect skin against free radical damage.
If you’ve been guilty of overplucking your brows, help is here. Fix sparse brows and coarse, wiry hairs with Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Brow Genius Conditioning Brow Serum ($105).It’s packed with peptides, panthenol, Korean ginseng, biotin and castor oil to nourish brows so that they appear fuller. The formula absorbs quickly without leaving any sticky residue, so you can proceed with your usual brow makeup after application.
Create both everyday and playful looks with this 12-shade eyeshadow palette that features versatile neutral browns peppered with blues and pinks, in satin, matte and metallic textures.
The Middle East collection by Louis Vuitton – a series of luxury fragrances inspired by the scents of flowers found in the Middle East that debuted in 2018 – has welcomed its fifth eau de parfum to the collection. The Fleur Du Desert is created by master perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud and features the scents of three flowers native to the region that has been widely used in the world of perfumery for ages. The sweet and intoxicating perfume blends notes of jasmine, orange blossom and rose. Explains Cavallier Belletrud: “My idea was simply to stage these natural wonders in their original setting.”
Love clay masks, but hate the cloying texture and how dry they make your skin feel? So does singer Rihanna – and that is why she created Fenty Skin’s first face mask.
Fenty Skin’s Cookies N Clean is not your grandmother’s face mask. Made with clay, salicylic acid to exfoliate, and rhubarb and ginger extracts to condition, it has a lightweight texture and contains encapsulated charcoal beads that are supposed to burst when you massage the mask on.
The best part? It detoxes and deep cleanses without stripping the skin of moisture.
Tom Ford’s Soleil Summer Collection 2022 will be sure to keep you looking golden. The collection is inspired by the brand’s Soleil Brulant fragrance, a woody citrus scent launched in the 2021 Private Blend line. The Soleil Sheer Cheek Duo ($132) acts as a highlighter and blush with a peachy hue for you to perfect that golden hour glow. Complete the look with the Soleil Eye and Cheek Palette ($255) and Soleil Brulant Shimmering Body Oil ($175), formulated in rose-gold and gold shimmering shades.
Like tempers, skin flares up when temperatures rise. If you’re feeling the heat, why not slap on a soothing layer of belif’s Super Knights – Clear Soothing Mask and chill while you snooze? Its sorbet-like texture instantly cools skin upon application, while its formula of squalene as well as agave, oat seed and calendula extracts works from within to hydrate and soothe irritation, giving heat-stressed skin a moisture boost on top of much-needed relief.
Take on a beauty metamorphosis with the limited-edition Too Faced Too Femme Eye Shadow Palette ($62) by the American makeup brand. The 14-shade palette (pictured) comprises eight buttery mattes that are creamy to blend, including two of the brand’s signature neutral base shades – pressed in extra large pans to make the most out of your makeup. There are also four icy metallic shades including a minty green and bronzed gold-purple mix.
The skin’s natural reparative process is strongest at night, when the skin shifts from protect to recovery mode—which means it’s prime time for targeted products or those with nourishing ingredients. Enter Sigi Skin’s Youth Beam, an anti-ageing serum that works on restoring the skin’s microbiome with a blend of prebiotics, probiotics and postbiotics. The skin’s microbiome is a colony of beneficial bacteria that forms its first line of defence against external aggressors and keeping it in balance can help improve skin barrier integrity. On top of that, there are antioxidants such as ginger and pine bark extracts to neutralise free-radical damage sustained during the day, and help improve skin elasticity and plumpness.
Thanks to a nourishing blend of marula butter, shea butter, coconut oil and meadowfoam oil, this hard- working SOS salve treats and relieves irritation such as rashes and sunburns. An essential in any makeup bag, it can also be used on cracked heels, chapped lips and dry, dead ends.
Go bright or go home with the 25-pan palette that’s filled with vivid purples, blues, greens and more in matte and shimmery finishes. These finely milled shadows pack a pigment punch and can be swept on with your fingers or a brush. The possibilities are endless.
In need of that post-holiday glow? Peter Philips, the creative and image director for Dior Makeup, has created a new limited-edition makeup line for summer that imparts the sun-kissed beauty and carefree spirit of the French Riviera. Aptly named Dioriviera, the expansive seven-product line includes two 5 Couleurs Couture Dioriviera eyeshadow palettes ($110 each) that takes inspiration from the golden hour with its warm and champagne-like hues; 12 Dior Addict Lip Tints ($54 each) in shades of coral, taupe and deeper plum; two Rouge Dior Baumes ($58 each) in Coral and Bronze. Adding to the mix are two Dior Addict Lip Glow Oils ($54 each) in Bronze Glow and Peach Glow; two Dior Forever Couture Luminizers ($95 each) in radiant Pink Riviera and in sensual gold Nude Riviera; eight Dior Forever Couture Perfect Cushion Dioriviera foundations ($110 each, pictured) decorated with Dior’s distinctive Bayadere pattern said to make complexions luminous or dewy respectively; and three Dior Vernis nail polishes ($43 each) that beautify the nails in peach, coral and gold shades and strengthens nail buds with enriching peony and pistachio extracts.
The Dior Beauty Summer 2022 Collection is available at all Dior Beauty boutiques and counters from May 1 and from Dior Beauty Online Boutique from April 25
Billed as “a light switch for your skin”, the 2022 version has hydrating and protective benefits on top of the usual brightening ones. The key active remains the TXC molecule, which is designed to work on all layers of the skin, and targets melanin overproduction while stimulating the production of proteins that help strengthen the skin’s barrier. Working alongside this is the new gardenia fruit extract, which has moisture-boosting, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, and affords antioxidant protection.