Save your sanity this party season with a reliably brilliant, stripped-back beauty routine
The perfect 10 products to survive the mad season
EVEN IN THE RUN-UP to December, I get a sinking feeling in my belly. It’s a mix of déjà vu and pre-emptive exhaustion at everything this party-packed month necessitates in terms of money, energy, good graces and liver damage. But most of all it’s the sheer quantity of body admin that gets me down.
While I love discovering the best little ruses out there, the daily beauty grind – hair and body appointments, manipedis and extended make-up sessions – can leech the joy out of party season. Unless you’re one of those people who has retained a teenage enjoyment of ‘the process’, that is. The kind who gets their best friend over, opens a bottle of fizz and shimmies around giving out fashion advice and swapping lippy – in which case: get back to the 1980s where you belong. Normal women stopped getting dressed in the same room the moment Spanx entered their lives.
This year, however, I’ve deployed a new tactic. Rather than resent the prep process, I’ve streamlined it for maximum effect, minimum effort. And that means each product involved needs to have the same redemptive powers as that ‘never fails’ dress you’ve relied on for over a decade; and each treatment have outstanding and durable results. These 10 will do the trick. Armani Face Fabric Like a second skin (belonging to a 20-year-old), this matt, lightweight foundation should be a staple in every woman’s beauty cabinet. £38, armanibeauty.co.uk.
001 Cryopress The ‘sub-zero hero’ is a little roller you keep in the freezer. It transforms hungover or tired skin in minutes and feels divine. £75, 001skincare.com.
Givenchy Le Soin Noir Crème Only a tiny amount of this intensely regenerating aqueous
cream is needed to boost collagen and stimulate cell renewal. £285, debenhams.com.
Clarins Double Serum One of the most powerful highperformance serums I’ve ever tried, this oxygenates, hydrates, firms and perfects. £57, clarins.co.uk.
Tigi Bed Head Urban Anti+dotes Resurrection Conditioner This will leave hair insanely soft and smooth, no fuss. £8.37, parfumdreams.co.uk. GHD Gold Professional Styler Cuts hair prep in half and gives snag-free results with its new design. £139, ghdhair.com.
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder in Glow This warms up the palest winter skin, leaving you radiant. £29, feelunique.com.
Daniel Galvin Detox Miracle Solution My first port of call in December, this vitamin C-rich treatment removes product build-up and leaves hair shiny for up to a month. In-salon treatment, £17, at-home product, £30, danielgalvin.com.
Kérastase Elixir Ultime L’huile Rose Two pumps of this marula-oil-infused treatment nourishes and sleekens the frizziest of hair. £41.40, kerastase.co.uk.
Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow This primer makes you look like you’ve been filtered – in a good way. £38.50, charlottetilbury.com.