Give pink makeup an edgier look

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<span>Photograph: Sipa US/Alamy</span>
Photograph: Sipa US/Alamy

Pink is generally associated with a traditional (archaic?) concept of femininity. This eye look, however, seen on the Native American model Quannah Chasinghorse at Prabal Gurung’s SS22 show, is anything but orthodox. While it can be achieved using eye, lip or even cheek colours, the key is in the application. Apply colour only at the inner and outer corners of the eyes. Leave the centre bare and finish off by adding a variation of pink to the lips. If you’ve always blanched at the “girlieness” of pink makeup, say hello to its edgier counterpart.

1. Benefit Wanderful Blush £27.50, benefitcosmetics.com
2. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser Blush £25, johnlewis.com
3. Gucci Westman Bonne Brow Defining Pencil £35, cultbeauty.co.uk
4. Mineral Baked Eye Shadow In Pink £22, llmakiage.com
5. Hermès Beauty Hermesistible Infused Care Lip Oil £44, hermes.com

I can’t do without… A no-nonsense cleanser that punches above its weight

I haven’t done the maths, but I would say the largest category of product I cover is cleansers. That is because cleansers are so fundamental to our skincare routines. There are entire skincare categories one could forgo. I love an essence and think they do extraordinary things to your skin, but do you absolutely need it? No. A cleanser? Non-negotiable. A decent cleanser will get rid of dirt and makeup, it won’t strip your skin, it will enable your moisturisers to work better and give you brighter and healthier looking skin. Ideally you do need more than one cleanser: skin isn’t stagnant; it is a living breathing organ, so you have to respond accordingly. If your skin feels clogged up you may want to use a non-stripping foam or gel cleanser along with a mask. If your skin feels dry or dehydrated it will benefit from an oily cleanse. There are not many cleansers that do it all. But some come close, like this one from Medik8, which is a brilliant no-nonsense cosmeceutical brand (essentially medical graded, but you can buy it sans prescription). It is a powerful, really impressive gel cleanser that is excellent at getting rid of makeup, doesn’t strip the skin and includes exfoliating acids. It’s great for mature skins as well as breakout-prone skin, all of which are left cleaner, brighter, softer and smoother. And your products go on like a dream. If your current cleanser isn’t delivering, here’s one to try. Medik8 Surface Radiance Cleanse, £14.40, lookfantastic.com

On my radar… Three investment scents to capture the summer

Capital gains Inspired by Gabrielle Chanel’s love of Paris, this sparkling summer scent is an amalgamation of damascena rose, pink peppercorn and citrus with a patchouli base. Paris-Paris Les Eaux de Chanel, £114, chanel.com

Head for the sunshine Seeking the sun without moving? This mandarin, bergamot and sandalwood concoction will take you to warmer climes whatever the weather. Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Vitae Cologne Forte, £165, harrods.com

Different strokes This fragrance launch marks Off White’s foray into the beauty world. Developed by the late Virgil Abloh, it is, as expected, anything but conventional. Off-White Paper Work Solution Eau De Parfum, £135, farfetch.com

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