Winter brights

Inject some sunshine into your make-up bag with our pick of the buzziest new-season treats, by our beauty expert Bella Blissett.

We are but a week into January and, as expected, it is cold, dark and fairly disheartening to think of the long stretch ahead until spring. So today, I set myself one task: everything on this page must be a reason to be cheerful…

Be inspired by the catwalk and cheer up your make-up kit with candy shades of coral and fuchsia

From rhubarb-and-custard pink and yellow at Roksanda to bubblegum fuchsia and green at Marc Cain, the S/S 18 catwalks were awash with confident candy shades. These promise to add the same flair to your make-up kit.


Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick in Fab and On Point (£22 each, spacenk.com) takes no prisoners.

From left: Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick in Fab and On Point (£22 each, spacenk.com)

For cheery colours in a more forgiving sheer texture, there’s Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint in Bare Melon (above left) and Bare Popsicle (£25.50 each, bobbibrown.co.uk).

From left: Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint in Bare Melon and Bare Popsicle (£25.50 each, bobbibrown.co.uk)

And I challenge anyone not to feel perkier when swiping on INC.redible Jelly Shot Lip Quencher in Ex Revenge (£8, nailsinc.com), which has 24-carat gold flecks and a flower inside the bullet.

INC.redible Jelly Shot Lip Quencher in Ex Revenge (£8, nailsinc.com)

Give skin some va-va voom with Dior’s new Capture Youth serums. Described as ‘age-delaying’ rather than the more negative anti-ageing, the formula doesn’t merely counter historic skin damage but actively attempts to anticipate it.

Dior’s new Capture Youth collection ranges from glow-getting serums to plumping, mattifying, sculpting and redness-reducing boosters (£75, dior.com, from 17 January).

Select from the glow-getting, plumping, mattifying, sculpting and redness-reducing boosters (£75, dior.com, from 17 January). They say prevention is better than cure – and I say better skin for longer is worth shouting about.


Because I’ve always rather missed the strawberry flavours of my childhood toothpaste, Lebon’s pineapple, rooibos and mint Tropical Crush and liquorice Une Piscine à Antibes versions seem playful and fabulous for something so bog-standard as brushing one’s teeth. £17.99 each, lebontoothpaste.co.uk

 

From left: For an exotic twist on your morning routine, try out Lebon Toothpaste in Tropical Crush and Une Piscine à Antibes (£17.99 each, lebontoothpaste.co.uk)