Beauty Notebook: New Starters

Bright eyes, glowy skin and glossy, super-hydrated hair are all beauty must-haves for 2020. Velvet kits out

W7 Cosmetics Vivid Eyeshadow Palette, £6.95,

Famous for its spot-the-difference dupes of big-brand eye palettes, W7 is known for delivering impressive pressed pigments at an equally impressive price-point. Tapping into the growing trend for big, bold eye looks, the new Vivid palette, pictured in Glowin’ Green, sets zingy fluorescents against warm earth tones across both glitters and mattes. It’s a winning combination.

Payot Look Younger Morning Mask, £7,

These morning sheet masks are ingenious. Coming in five different types - our favourite is the radiance-boosting Look Younger, enriched with green tea extract - they should be applied first thing, to give skin a kick-start and prime it ready for makeup, too. There’s no faffing about, either: to save time, the masks are designed to be worn in the bath or shower.

Elemis Superfood Cica Calm Hydration Juice, £40, and John Lewis & Partners, Grand Arcade, Cambridge

Pairing natural ingredients (it contains extracts of aloe, cucumber, mandarin, kiwi and cica) and scientific innovation (the cica has been ‘biotransformed’ to boost its soothing properties), this new gel formula embodies all we love about luxe British beauty brand Elemis. Applied to cleansed skin as a moisturiser step, it’s light as a feather and absorbs in a flash, making it a great base for makeup, and the actives, including a biome-balancing prebiotic, leave skin looking and feeling fresh.

Hair Rituel by Sisley Colour Perfecting Shampoo, £54, and Space NK, Trinity Street, Cambridge

Formulated to keep coloured hair vibrant, shiny and healthy, this shampoo is something of a game-changer. The star active - hibiscus flower extract - is said to seal hair cuticles, locking in colour, while Sisley’s Restructuring Complex strengthens, shea oil nourishes, and light-refracting passion fruit oil boosts shine. Free from sulphate surfactants, found in many high-performance shampoos, it’s gentle on the scalp and hair and locks feel more luscious after a single wash.

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