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Cult Beauty Classics

The New Year typically means new diets and new regimes, but sometimes there’s nothing wrong with staying true to the classics. Luxury London rounds up the beauty icons that you should be adding to your make-up bag right now


Ever since Cara Delevingne burst onto the scene back in 2011 with her natural bushy eyebrows, brows have been big news. Perfect yours with the Brow Definer from the masters of quality eyebrow care – blinkbrowbar. Easy to use and precise, the retractable nib creates a naturally defined brow look that is waterproof and smudge-proof. It’s brow brilliance.

£15, blinkbrowbar, www.blinkbrowbar.com


Now considered a beauty essential, primer is often the secret to smooth, flawless-looking skin. And the best of the bunch is the Foundation Primer from Laura Mercier. Designed to be worn under skin make-up, it paves the way for foundation, creating an even surface and ensuring it stays put for longer, while also protecting against daily environmental aggressors and nourishing the skin with vitamins A, C and E.

 £29, Laura Mercier, www.lauramercier.com


For so many of us, finding the right foundation can be like the quest for the Holy Grail. But look no further: the award-winning Original SPF 15 Foundation from Bare Minerals delivers complexion perfection. While it looks like a powder, it goes on like a cream and delivers a flawless finish without any unattractive clumping or caking. With a foundation this good, who needs Instagram filters?

£26.50, Bare Minerals, www.bareminerals.co.uk


When it comes to a classic red lip, reach for one brand and one brand only: Chanel. The Rouge Allure Velvet is as soft and sensual as the name suggests, but the vibrant colour packs a serious punch. Its matte yet luminous finish lasts and lasts and with a palette of intense, daring shades to choose from, there’s no excuse not to have knockout lips this January.

£26, Chanel, www.chanel.com


By Terry – the make-up brand founded by Terry de Gunzburg, former creative director at YSL Beauté – is your go-to brand for eclectic eyeshadow palettes. The powders have a creamy, buttery texture allowing for easy application and long-lasting impact. The Gem Experience palette is my favourite – a dazzling showcase of cool, frosty hues that are designed to be blended for the ultimate statement look. 

£44, By Terry, www.byterry.com


A favourite among make-up artists, the Radiant Creamy Concealer from NARS is enriched with hydrating skincare benefits and light-diffusing technology, and is proven to create a softer, smoother complexion while reducing the signs of fine lines and long nights.

£22.50, NARS, www.narscosmetics.co.uk


January is as good a time as any to invest in a new bronzer. My pallid cheeks are screaming out for some colour and it’s MAC to the rescue with its Mineralized Skinfinish. The velvety soft powder not only adds a natural shade of bronze but the pearlised pigments highlight cheek bones and add radiance. This year it’s all about getting the glow.     

£24, MAC, www.maccosmetics.co.uk


For years now I have been on the hunt for a mascara that offers length, volume and – more importantly – staying power. Only too often have I caught myself in the mirror in the mid-afternoon resembling something close to the Joker, with smudgy black debris settling unattractively under my eyes. Recently, I found the answer to my prayers: the Smokey Eye Mascara from Bobbi Brown. The kohl-pigmented formula delivers high drama and builds up volume lash by lash, thus avoiding clumping. As the name suggests, it’s also perfect for creating a flawless smokey eye.

£23, Bobbi Brown, www.bobbibrown.co.uk