Beauty bi­ble

Save your san­ity this party sea­son with a re­li­ably bril­liant, stripped-back beauty rou­tine

The Daily Telegraph - Telegraph Magazine - - Contents - Celia Walden

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.

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