Last year we went make-up free, now we’re making up for it. So slick on your favourite lipstick and… Share your bounce back beauty heroes for 2021
For the world of beauty and beauty lovers alike, 2021 has been a year of re-emergence, of attempting to put the pandemic behind us and sally forth into society — scented, complexions gleaming, hair resplendently coiffed.
It has brought a renaissance for the industry and a resurgence of our spirits, for the two are inextricably linked. Beauty is about aesthetics, but it is no less steeped in psychology: the psychology of creativity, pleasure and joy.
While we weren’t allowed in shops and salons, we stockpiled so many small and perfectly formed deliveries, with online beauty sales surging by 23 per cento.
All of us have been reminded of what an incredible amount our grooming rituals mean to us. It could be the bottle of aromatic oil that soothes an exhausted body, the nail varnish that injects a spring into your step, or the sheer joy of a device that allows us to create the perfect big and bouncy blow-dry.
The Daily Mail has begun its search for the beauty heroes that helped to put a smile back on your face (immagine del file)
So for this, the fifth annual Inspire Beauty Awards, we want to hear about the beauty heroes that put a smile back on your face — literally and also metaphorically. Perhaps you’ve fallen back in love with a foolproof favourite, or maybe among those online packages you’ve discovered a brilliant new product that you now can’t live without.
Every mascara wand, every blusher compact, is something we choose and cherish, using it as the armour with which we face the world. That this is a world in which we can now — at times — go maskless and lipsticked will continue to feel thrilling for a good while longer.
So what in your make-up bag or on your bathroom shelf has made you happiest as we leap back into the world? For inspiration, we’ve asked three brilliant women who are at the top of the beauty industry — Dr Maryam Zamani, facial aesthetics doctor and award-winning skincare founder, Anabel Kingsley, a trichologist and brand president of the Philip Kingsley clinics and haircare range, and Alexia Inge, co-CEO of cosmetics website Cult Beauty — to pick their favourite products.
And I’ve listed mine, pure. But you don’t have to pick from our chosen wares: if you have your own favourite that’s not here, simply write the brand and full name of the product by the words ‘other choice’.
Nel mese di settembre, Chancellor Rishi Sunak referred to the beauty industry as ‘something that, come un paese, we should feel proud that we do really well’.
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Award-winning journalist Hannah, 50, is Inspire’s beauty columnist and knows everything there is to know about looking — and feeling — fabulous. She lives in London with her partner, Terence, e il loro cane, Pimlico.
Hannah Betts, 50, (nella foto) che vive a Londra, has relied on Bobbi Brown’s Skin Long-wear Weightless Foundation as a base
Beauty boosts have never felt more vital to morale than in this weird and not-so wonderful year. I have relied upon a fantastic base — Bobbi Brown’s Skin Long-wear Weightless Foundation (£35, bobbibrown.co.uk); Glossier’s cult Boy Brow grooming pomade to bulk up my eyebrows (£14, glossier.com); and Lipstick Queen’s berry shine Hello Sailor on my lips (£22, lookfantastic.com). My daily joys: Aromatherapy Associates Revive Evening Bath & Shower Oil in my bath (£36.75, aromatherapyassociates.com); and Etat Libre d’Orange’s Rien on my neck (£139, selfridges.com), a sublime, incense-like creation that is not so much ‘nothing’, as everything.
DR MARYAM ZAMANI
Dr Maryam, 47, is a leading oculoplastic surgeon and facial aesthetics doctor. She is also founder of skincare range MZ Skin. She lives in London with her husband, Reza, e due bambini, Casper, 12, e Lily, dieci.
Dr Maryam Zamani, 47, (nella foto), che vive a Londra, said her all-time favourite product is Tom Ford’s Soleil Glow Bronzer
Before the pandemic, it was all about heavy contoured make-up, but now skin is in, as well as self-care. It’s about nurturing ourselves inside and out, living well and feeling well.
Skin is the essence of all beauty, so I’ve been taking care of mine for a long time. But over the past 18 mesi, I found the ritual of skincare even more important for my mental wellbeing. Every other night I use my at-home MZ Skin Lightmax Supercharged LED mask for ten minutes, to stimulate collagen and calm my skin (£545, drmaryamzamani.com). And my all-time favourite product is Tom Ford’s Soleil Glow Bronzer (£ 55, tomford.co.uk) — it gives me a beautiful, light glow.
Alexia, 44, is co-founder and co-CEO of beauty website Cult Beauty. She lives in London.
Alexia Inge, 44 (nella foto), che vive a Londra, loves One Ocean Beauty’s Replenishing Deep Sea Moisturiser
There’s been a host of new beauty trends post-pandemic. One of my favourites is sustainability: consumers recognise each purchase is a vote with your purse for the ethos of a brand. That’s how you effect change. It’s why I love One Ocean Beauty’s Replenishing Deep Sea Moisturiser (£65, cultbeauty.co.uk), which uses locally lab-grown algae, instead of harvesting it from the seabed.
Now we’re even more dependent on screens, there’s been a boom in blue light protection such as Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 30 (£30). We’ve also become obsessed with complexion lifters, due to spending so much time inside. Monika Blunder’s Beauty Blunder Cover (£ 45) sold out instantly when it launched. You apply it with a brush to key areas, then blend for a natural look. It works well on older skin in particular.
Anabel, 37, is brand president of the Philip Kingsley clinics and product ranges. She lives in New York with her husband, Constantin, and their 15-month-old son, Leopold.
Anabel Kingsley, 37, (nella foto), che vive a New York, said her favourite tool is the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer
Quest'anno, we’ve seen a boom in hair loss solutions. Hair shedding can be triggered by underlying or severe stress, of which we’ve all had plenty. Viruses like Covid can also cause hair shedding during the three-month period after contracting it. Our Tricho 7 Volumising Hair & Scalp Drops (£52, philipkingsley.co.uk) have been particularly popular with women with fine hair who are experiencing a loss of volume.
There’s been a massive interest in scalp health this year, pure. People now realise you need to treat the skin on your scalp just like your face. In terms of styling, my favourite tool is still the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer (£299.99, selfridges.com).