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Au naturel beauty implies a lack of effort and makeup. Lies. The truth is, a thorough daily skincare regime is laborious. Alas, that is the starting point of au naturel; yes, even for supermodels at the Chanel Cruise 2021 show. Oh and, sorry, you still require makeup. A drop of highlighter in a light but deeply hydrating moisturiser will ensure glowy, plump-looking skin. For definition, apply a neutral colour on lips and across the eyes. Finish with a brow pomade – your overgrown brows will look more polished. And that’s how you really go “au naturel”.

1. Surratt Expressioniste Brow Pomade £30,
2. IL Makiage Color Boss Master Palette £42,
3. Hermès Rouge Hermès Matte Lipstick £58,
4. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream Light from £25,
5. Illamasqua Beyond Liquid Highlighter £24,

I can’t do without… A multi-tasking product that does the work of several others

How much a beauty product is worth is rarely only about price. Inexpensive does not equate to ineffective – though some cheap products are terrible. This also applies to high-ticket beauty. Every so often, however, something pricey comes along that works so hard for its money that you’d be hard pressed to dismiss it. This Resurfacing Compound is in a basic blink-and-you’ll-miss-it (fully recyclable) bottle and I have little patience for product names that don’t tell me exactly what it is. But I’m glad I bothered to find out. This is an excellent formula that resurfaces, exfoliates and tightens skin while repairing any damage caused by free radicals. It combines a toner, vitamins A (aka retinol), C and E, AHA (glycolic and lactic acids) and hyaluronic acids, meaning it replaces numerous steps in your skincare regime. As someone that loves a multi-step beauty routine, I was cynical, but the results are phenomenal: skin texture and clarity visibly improves in 3-6 days. And it is non-irritating, so safe for sensitive skins and use around the eyes. Use after cleansing, leave for a few seconds then layer on a moisturiser for increased hydration. I found it pills with oils, so avoid adding those. Otherwise, I can’t fault it. The biggest size is an eye-watering £233, but seeing as it replaces at least four or five products in your skincare, I’d argue it’s a canny investment. U Beauty Resurfacing Compound, from £85,

On my radar… Moisturise and nourish your lips, skin and hair

Summer Fridays lip balm

Read my lips When your regular lip balm is no longer cutting it, you need something more intense like a mask such as this which works overnight to seal in moisture for hours on end. Summer Fridays Lip Mask, £19.50,

Nourish your skin This deeply hydrating antioxidant-rich mask uses camellia wax and a patented form of extract to reinforce, repair and protect the skin barrier. Excellent for dehydrated skins. Chanel Hydra Beauty Camellia Repair Mask, £52,

Smooth frizzy locks Silicone-loaded hair masks make hair look great but conceal underlying issues. This silicone-free range targets fine, damaged and frizzy hair – with lasting results. Living Proof Restore Repair Hair Mask, £33,

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