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Shoes, Ser­gio Rossi he moon lives in the lin­ing of your skin,” wrote Pablo Neruda – oh, how truly we be­lieve those mantras – “Beauty is a light in the heart,” Kahlil Gi­bran said. We know how good emo­tions, a great state of mind, and a healthy diet con­trib­ute to a fab­u­lous com­plex­ion. We sub­scribe to the to­tal pack­age – with a dou­ble dose of Pi­lates. But achiev­ing it, we wish it were that easy. En­ter: a woman’s beauty arse­nal, which th­ese days reads like a gro­cery list (I’ve added spot whiten­ing and lip plumper to mine, by the way). Where do we be­gin, and … where does it end? The BAZAAR Beauty Awards – into its 10th year al­ready – has all the an­swers.

We take our awards se­ri­ously. Five in­de­pen­dent judges – and my­self as the “con­trol” – la­bo­ri­ously (and with great plea­sure) each tried, tested, and rated over 600 prod­ucts to come up with this year’s Hot 150. It seems plenty but this en­tire reper­toire takes you from top to toe, all meant to im­prove the qual­ity of your skin and, with the ad­di­tion of make-up, en­hance your nat­u­ral beauty. Dis­cover the serum that de­liv­ers eight hours of sleep, and the per­fect shade of red that takes your lips from sweet to se­duc­tive in a flash; th­ese are some of the things you must have on your list!

There’s much more to this Beau­ti­ful At Ev­ery Age is­sue, in­clud­ing how to cel­e­brate each decade by work­ing your best fea­tures (page 122: I’m in be­tween “work­ing the shad­ows” and “giv­ing lip”, oh dear) and the style fea­ture ‘All Grown Up’ (page 94) on how dress­ing like a real woman is back in chic. If there’s any­one who knows what women want, it’s Mi­uc­cia Prada, queen of in­tel­li­gent fash­ion – with a touch of whimsy. “When I do fash­ion, I don’t want to in­ject my other knowl­edge to look in­tel­lec­tual, but ob­vi­ously it comes out,” she tells Cathy Ho­ryn in the fea­ture ‘Look­ing Through Mrs. Prada’s Eyes’ (page 86), “Also, be­cause I am not an in­tel­lec­tual; I am more hu­man.” This bal­ance is art­fully posed in a Prada skirt, which had ‘Waist Down’, a four-city ex­hi­bi­tion, ded­i­cated to it in 2005. The Skirt, this sea­son, draws in­spi­ra­tion from Ger­man culturati Joseph Beuys and Rainer Werner Fass­binder, and is ac­tu­alised in Art Deco print. With a white silk tu­nic and ar­chi­tec­tured wedges, it ex­presses per­fect so­phis­ti­ca­tion; red lips com­plete. Sim­ply, beau­ti­ful.



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