Can a beauty product bring you luck? Absolutely, say these style insiders.
We all have that special beauty product – the one we reach for when we really want the magic to happen; the one that makes us feel the universe is on our side. I found mine many moons ago when a handsome Australian was falling in love with me, and I with him. Amid his many love letters he told me that what really got his pulse racing was the scent of my skin – which in actual fact was all down to my Clarins Moisture-Rich Body Lotion (£32 for 200ml, clarins.co.uk). Of course, after that I slathered it on with abandon. Our romance did not have a happy ending but to this day for me this smell says passion and I feel special whenever I wear it.
Here more women in the beauty know reveal their own magical ‘ones’ and the reasons why these products have such a big hold over them.
Ruby Hammmer, make-up artist
Aesop Marrakech Intense Eau de Toilette. This has an amazing touch of the exotic. I’ve never really had a signature fragrance, but whenever I hug someone I care about or come close to anyone, they always remark on how divine I smell – so I think this could be it. £65 for 50ml, aesop.com
Jo Elvin, YOU editor
Philosophy Amazing Grace Eau de Toilette. I have to really be in the mood to wear it because I get stopped several times a day when I do – by men, women, taxi drivers, café staff – complimenting me on it and asking me what it is. Even the guy who used to run my dry-cleaners waited until his last day and said, ‘I’ve been wanting to ask you for two years.’ Phenomenal. £35 for 60ml, debenhams.com
Justine Jenkins, make-up artist
Code Beautiful Lid Lift Enhance. It’s a vegan concealer, primer and brightener in one. The compliments I receive about looking fresher and brighter give me a real boost and put a spring in my step. This in turn creates more positive energy around how I feel, and that’s when magical things happen. How we view ourselves is so key to positivity, and that’s the power of make-up. £22, code-beautiful.com
Liz Jones, YOU columnist
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. It hides all imperfections and makes my skin dewy. Add foundation or tinted moisturiser on top. It’s like underwear for your face. A primer really is an unsung hero and much less obvious than a concealer, which can look stripy. I first wore it after a make-up artist told me it’s what the stars wear on the red carpet. At my friend’s 60th birthday dinner everyone thought I’d had a second face-lift! £49 for 30ml, spacenk.com
Sabrina Elba, actress
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Walk of Shame. This keeps my lips hydrated and plump while still giving me a matte finish, which I love. I discovered the shade after borrowing it from a friend on an evening out and was pleasantly surprised when it lasted all night. £25, spacenk.com
Elizabeth Day, YOU columnist
Benefit Watt’s Up! Highlighter. I love this product, which comes as a handy stick and means I can take it on any flight without worrying about liquid restrictions. A quick stroke of it on each cheekbone makes my face instantly glowier. I wear it every day and I amp it up for special events. I was wearing it when I met my boyfriend, launched my latest book and for my 40th birthday party. I was introduced to it by a very convincing guy working behind the Benefit beauty counter in Cambridge – he was so enthusiastic that I thought it would be rude not to buy it. Now I’d feel bereft without it. £27, benefitcosmetics.com
Lisa Snowdon, TV and radio presenter
Byredo Rose Noir Eau de Parfum. This sensual, ultra-feminine fragrance makes me feel uplifted, empowered and a little bit naughty and I always get so many positive comments when I wear it, which is a confidence booster. Its scent has a big impact on my mood, day or night, as it’s the perfect blend of rose as well as something a little more mysterious. I was introduced to it by a friend on my 40th birthday – a bold move as I believe perfume is a very personal preference. But luckily it paid off as I fell head over heels in love with the subtle, delicate yet very sexy scent. My fiancé George always makes sure it’s under the tree for me at Christmas. £115 for 50ml, spacenk.com
Beauty assistant: Alice Robertson