Best in Beauty 2021: Become a makeup master with these prime products to add to your top shelf

Put your best face forward with our discerning selection of marvellous makeup products, encompassing both new cosmetic crushes and cult favourites. What they all have in common, is their high-powered formulations and impeccable useability, meaning you don’t have to be a bona fide artiste to succeed with these beauty bastions.

Status Symbol: Hermès Nail Enamel
Since launching Hermès Beauty in March last year, the heritage luxury company has set a new and beautiful bar for opulence in cosmetics. It has dipped its polished fingers into a new range of high-performing nail enamels and hand care, with quintessentially chic, Pierre Hardy-designed packaging. The Les Mains Hermès range is available in 24 unique shades; each one of which contains ultra-fine, ultra-saturated biosourced pigments.

Lush Lashes: DiorShow Iconic Overcurl Mascara 
A master of reinvention, the DiorShow Iconic Overcurl mascara has been re-released to provide even more volume and curl. It defines, coats and fans out lashes with its faceted brush for longer-looking lashes and larger eyes. Enriched with cotton nectar, the formula also helps lashes become stronger and shinier in the blink of an eye.

Best Base: IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream
The award-winning IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream (with SPF 50) was developed by plastic surgeons to deliver clinically tested hydration, while diffusing the appearance of skin imperfections. What’s left is flawless coverage that won’t crease or crack. Infused with hydrolysed collagen, peptides, niacin, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and vitamins, it covers all bases.

It’s in the Eyes: Byredo 5 Colour Eyeshadow Palette
When it comes to modern makeup, you’d do well to play up those peepers with all this mask-wearing. Byredo’s luxurious cosmetics range not only comes in incredible packaging but its formulas and shades are also suitably unique. We’ll be dipping our brush into Corporate Colours (pictured), with the perfect shades for both daytime and after dark.

The Glow Getter: Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter
Now we can get our hands on beloved British brand Charlotte Tilbury, we’re reaching for the Flawless Filter. Inspired by Hollywood lighting effects (which the eponymous founder has worked under as a makeup artist to the stars), it illuminates the skin while blurring and smoothing. It can be worn alone, or in any combination with your favourite foundation.

Couture Coverage: Chanel Le Correcteur de Longwear Concealer
The secret agent in our makeup bag, Chanel’s Le Correcteur blurs imperfections, diminishes the appearance of dark circles and brightens up the eyes, while being supple and comfortable for long wear. Enriched with an energising active ingredient and a light-reflecting pigment, the moisturising formula can also illuminate the eye area for up to eight hours.

Raise Your Brows: Kosas Air Brow Clear Lifting Brow Treatment Gel
From the makeup brand created with skincare priorities, this clear brow gel is a one sweep wonder for those who like a naturally groomed brow. Biodegradable, plant-based fibres and a triangular spoolie promise to lift each hair and hold them in place through each and every expression.

Clever Contour: Westman Atelier Face Trace Contour Stick
Founded by lauded American makeup artist Gucci Westman, Westman Atelier is a luxurious beauty brand that favours vegan, high-performing formulas and conscious ingredients. The Face Trace Contour Stick is brilliant for those who like a natural contour, gliding on easily with a neutral taupe undertone that never appears orange or ashy.

Finishing Touch: Sisley Phyto-Lip Twist 
Coloured like a lipstick and shiny like a gloss, Sisley’s Phyto-Lip Twist tinted balm, with nourishing plant-based active ingredients, is a best-selling trifecta. Following the rules of threes, the new shades for summer — Rosy Nude, Soft Berry and True Red — will help you create a divine lip proportion. 

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