Discover beauty icons – from near and far – that will set your skincare and make-up routine apart.
Dust off your passport, it’s time to plan those long-awaited trips: a reunion with old friends, the once-in-a-lifetime family holiday, and jaw-dropping adventures to the most unique corners of the globe. From Australia to Amsterdam, Paris to Portugal, New York to Nepal and beyond, dream big, pack light (or not), and get ready to explore everything on offer. But while we anticipate new adventures to come, let us bring global icons right to your doorstep. Consider this your beauty bucket list.
A New York beauty icon
Hailing from the city that never sleeps, Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair harnesses the power of overnight recovery to reset skin. Think of it as beauty sleep in a bottle. If it sounds too good to be true, it’s not. Every beauty editor worth their salt voices praise for ANR. Promising 72-hour hydration (thanks to hyaluronic acid), eight-hour antioxidant power, and a stronger skin barrier in just four hours, we can see why. Contrary to its moniker, you can use this serum during the day, meaning dull, dry and dehydrated skin types will reap the rewards even if you’re not getting quite as much slumber as you’d like.
Chocolate, cheese, snow-capped alpine scenes. When you think Switzerland, think La Prairie Skin Caviar. Where science meets skincare, this beloved formula is powered by a nutrient-rich matrix of caviar that works to reverse the effects of environmental damage. After an immediate lifting sensation, continued used promises to leave you with tighter, younger-looking skin. Whether you’re touring off-piste or indulging in après-ski, introduce yourself to this transforming moisturiser for the ultimate skin renewal.
As elegant as the Champs-Élysées, Lancôme’s gleaming, golden Absolue Soft Cream deserves a place in your beauty routine. This legendary skincare line is infused with Grand Rose Extracts (99% of the brand’s roses are organic), which helps promote skin cell renewal and leaves skin feeling softer, more supple and comfortable. Dedicated use promises visible results in as few as three weeks. C’est magnifique!
Known for its less conventional scent pairings, Jo Malone is synonymous with British idiosyncrasy. With notes of just-ripe pears wrapped in a bouquet of cool white freesias, the brand’s English Pear and Freesia Cologne can be thought of as the essence of autumn. Expand your fragrance collection and delight your olfactory sense with a journey to England and beyond – our sense of smell has the power to evoke our most powerful memories, after all.
If a sojourn to the south of France is long overdue, sate your Francophile desires with a cult classic: Sisley Paris Black Rose Cream Mask. Luxurious in texture, subtle in scent and undeniable in efficacy, this leave-on formula is loved for its smoothing and plumping effects. The perfect remedy for a long-haul flight (or a Rosé-filled long lunch), one of these spellbinding products is sold every three minutes.
Vive la France
Long live France, and long live French skincare. With its revolutionary 2-in-1 design, Clarins Double Serum is a one-way ticket to youthful skin. Harnessing the power of oil and water, this dual-phase formula firms skin, smooths wrinkles, restores radiance and diminishes pores. Twenty plant extracts (including turmeric, banana and oat) combine to create this age-defying botanical beauty.
Create a flawless base worthy of any world-class gallery with Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. Known for its velvety texture that blurs imperfections, it offers the sort of flexible coverage that modern life demands. An oil-free, buildable formula that leaves the wearer with a lit-from-within glow: this beauty is a true masterpiece.
Eternal youth in a bottle, L’Occitane Immortelle Reset Serum helps skin recover from life’s daily stressors. An oil-in-serum formula, this antioxidant-rich product harnesses the power of the immortelle plant, seemingly turning back the clock on fine lines and restoring glow. Using consciously cultivated ingredients, L’Occitane supports local growers in Corsica to bring this skincare devotee’s favourite to life.
A regal addition to any skincare collection, Guerlain’s Abeille Royale line is powered by the restorative properties of French honey and royal jelly. With an intriguing texture (described by the brand as offering the richness of an oil, the lightness of a lotion and the power of a serum), the Advanced Youth Watery Oil melts into the skin with no greasy or sticky residue. Beauty Queen bees will confirm this product is worth the buzz.
The Antipodean edit
These are the homegrown heroes popping up in beauty #shelfies the world over.