BLACK MAGIC

Beauty re­veals its dark side with a range of lo­tions and po­tions ded­i­cated to na­ture’s most mys­te­ri­ous hue. tama lung re­ports

Prestige Hong Kong - - BEAUTY -

Black – the colour of power, mys­tery and re­bel­lion – never seems to go out of style. And whether it’s be­cause the days are get­ting shorter or the fact that Hal­loween is around the cor­ner, even beauty brands are now em­brac­ing all things ebony. It all started with the re­cent ap­pro­pri­a­tion of ac­ti­vated char­coal for cos­met­ics use, the lat­est won­der in­gre­di­ent cred­ited with suck­ing up im­pu­ri­ties and ab­sorb­ing ex­cess oil. The car­bon-based pow­er­house has been used in ev­ery­thing from primers and masks to cleans­ing balms and sheet masks. More nat­u­rally sourced el­e­ments fol­lowed, in­clud­ing the an­tiox­i­dant-rich black tea at the heart of Fresh’s anti-age­ing skin­care col­lec­tion and the sap of black al­gae that gives Givenchy’s Le Soin Noir col­lec­tion its re­vi­tal­is­ing prop­er­ties and cap­ti­vat­ing hue. Nan­nette de Gaspé, avail­able at Lane Craw­ford dur­ing its Good Feels pro­gramme (un­til Oc­to­ber 16), has even cre­ated a pro­pri­etary blend of black Tahi­tian pearl ex­tracts, black-tea fer­ment and black­cur­rantseed oil to power its Art of Noir skin­care col­lec­tion. Of course, black is also one of the es­sen­tial colours when it comes to make-up and this sea­son sees the in­tro­duc­tion of chic, lim­ited-edi­tion prod­ucts from a range of top brands. Don’t miss the selec­tions from Clar­ins, Nars, Shi­seido and other lead­ing brands. As the lux­ury depart­ment store Neiman Mar­cus is cred­ited with declar­ing: “Women who wear black lead colour­ful lives.”

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