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A party-season pep talk with Twiggy


As queen of style Twiggy (right) launches her first beauty gift collection for Marks & Spencer, she tells us how she survives the rigours of the social whirl…


Go-to party make-up?

Smoky grey and brown eyeshadows or a cobalt-blue eye pencil and mascara.


Hair quick fix?

It has to be a good blow-dry. My favourite salon is Gielly Green in London’s Marylebone. I see Poppy for my highlights and Fred for a blow-dry.


Signature party scent?

My own Twiggy Amber Blossom eau de toilette [£16] with sweet lily, freesia and orange blossom notes. It reminds me of wonderful family holidays in the Mediterranean.


Essential recovery tip?

I love to soak in a bath of Himalayan sea salt as it relaxes tired, aching muscles after a long night.


Twiggy’s beauty gift collection is available now at



How often do we splash out on a set of super-luxe make-up brushes? Give someone the gift you’d love with the Marc Jacobs Your Place or Mine? set (£95, The foundation, powder, eyeshadow and eyeliner brushes all slot inside a handy tasselled pouch, so the lucky recipient can perfect her make-up anytime, anywhere.


When it comes to creating the most desirable of scents, fragrance guru Jo Malone always hits the perfect note. Fresh pine, plum pudding and crackling log fires all dance from her Jo Loves Christmas Candle (£80, We defy you not to nab an extra one for yourself while buying it as a gift for a loved one.


As both the brains and beauty behind celebrated brand Lipstick Queen, Poppy King is make-up royalty. Her new beautifully illustrated book The A to Z of Lipstick (Atria Books, £8.99*) is full of facts and tips that are characteristic of Poppy’s wit – and based upon her philosophy that the link between women and lipstick is complex, emotional and ultimately empowering. An ideal stocking filler for the pout perfector in your life.


Introduce the sybarite in your life to skincare with a difference with Malée Conditioning Body Scrub (£36) and Moisturising Oil (£38, both Inspired by the culture, history and climate of Africa, the formulas from Malée – a term meaning ‘strong, learned woman’ – are potent and decadent with a scent that evokes the continent’s fresh, earthy wetlands.


By Bella Blissett